The Airfones Issue Redux
Which means what, sports fans? Yep, that the Airfones on American’s fleet of 757s still worked as of 9/11/01, and in fact were not turned off until a good six months later. Thanks greatly to our anonymous source on this! So now it’s up to Rob Balsamo and David Ray Griffin to retract their claim that the phone systems were uninstalled prior to 9-11. Surely their source can check out ECO F0871 and ECO F0874 and tell them the dates those were issued?
Popular Mechanics is Wrong!
The picture referred to on page 21 (see below) is not damage related to WTC 7, it is WTC 2.
Rosie O’Donnell 9/11 Conspiracy Comments: Popular Mechanics Responds
3. Demolition experts tell Popular Mechanics that wiring a building the size of WTC7 for clandestine demolition would present insurmountable logistical challenges. That issue aside, there’s a clear-cut engineering explanation for why the building fell the way it did. Trusses on the fifth and seventh floors of the building were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another; with the south face heavily damaged, the other columns were likely overtaxed. In engineering terms, the “progressive collapse” began on the eastern side, when weakened columns failed from the damage and fire. The entire building fell in on itself as the slumping east side dragged down the west side in a diagonal pattern. Still, damage to the Verizon Building (see p. 21 of this report), directly west of WTC7, and to Fiterman Hall (see here) directly north, show that it was hardly an orderly collapse.
When 7 World trade Center collapsed in the aftermath of the Sept.
11 attacks, Verizon’s neighboring 140 West St. central office suffered
massive structural damage. Equipment was destroyed, access lines were
severed and millions of gallons of water flooded the building’s
sublevels. But Verizon’s employees stood firm, and within hours,
restoration efforts were under way. A report from Ground Zero on the
story of a company and its people put to the ultimate test.
Famulare immediately called 911. He soon experienced his second major shock: Verizon’s fire safety director had jumped the gun — and seemingly overstepped his authority — by calling for an evacuation of 140 West St. Thinking, “We don’t do that,” Famulare immediately had the call rescinded and went about calming co-workers and shepherding them back into the building.
High-level Verizon exec. is ex-official who long-argued for more surveillance
Telecom Industry’s Ties to US Intelligence
A history of arguing for surveillance
On June 12, 1995, Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of a piece of legislation called “The Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act of 1995”, which amended various sections of the U.S. Penal Code to extend law enforcement capabilities and increase criminal penalties in cases of terrorism. Part of the act authorized the use of emergency and roving wiretaps in cases of criminal conspiracy.
Barr’s testimony explicitly endorsed both modes of surveillance.
Barr’s testimony was cited in the official congressional record as justification for the elimination of a subsection of the penal code that exempted First Amendment-protected activities from these sorts of legal intrusions.
Recently-released court documents
from the trial of Zacharias
Moussaoui show clear evidence of the FBI
attempt to cover-up the
whereabouts and activities of lead 9.11 hijacker
Mohamed Atta in Florida between
January and May of 2001, confirming
reports which have appeared
exclusively in the
“Atta’s Verizon cell phone, a PrePay
account, was active from 7/15/2000
until 5/12/2001 and was listed at
the 516 Laurel Rd Nokomis address,”
(Unrelated to 9/11 Research)
Just when you think you’ve head everything, Rebecca writes you. She thought she’d set up her Verizon DSL with automatic payments. When she could suddenly no longer log in to her Verizon email, she called them up and found out that she was way overdue. Once she paid her past balance, and waited several days for Verizon to turn her service back on, she logged in to her account and sure enough she did have automatic payments set up:
I previously didn’t realize how NATS was involved (routing calls to ground stations spaced roughly 200 miles apart all over North America)
Link: Would someone in the know explain why technically the cell phones in the
headrest(Verizon?) Airphones don't cause the same problems as customer
owned cell phones.
Word Doc which includes info about NATS Here:
September 30, 2001 E-mail article link m-Travel.com
Airfone drops price for in-flight call after terrorism
OAK BROOK, Ill. — Following a sharp decrease in business after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, GTE Airfone is temporarily discounting its air to ground phone service.
The discount is already in effect, and per-minute calling rates for direct-dial domestic voice calls made from airlines using Airfone are now 99 cents. The one-time initial charge for such calls also has dropped to 99 cents. The standard rate was $3.99 for the connection fee and $3.99 per minute.
“We appreciate the unique challenges the airlines are facing as a result of these terrorists, and we want to help our partners in any way we can,” said Airfone President Bill Pallone. “We hope these low rates provide an extra benefit to air travelers as more passengers begin to return to the sky.”
Airfone’s domestic commercial airline partners include United, Continental, Delta, USAirways, American, Midwest Express and Air Wisconsin. The new low rates began at Friday, Sept. 21 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. In addition, there will be no charge for any domestic call that was placed on the Airfone system on Sept. 11.
GTE Airfone, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, began offering commercial service in 1985, with the introduction of the first cordless air-to-ground telephone system. The first seatback telephone was installed by Airfone in 1987, and the company deployed a nationwide, end-to-end digital system starting in 1993.
Now, 62% of U.S.-based commercial passenger aircraft are installed with Airfone service. Airfone’s airline partners include: Air Wisconsin Airlines; American Airlines; Continental Airlines; Delta Air Lines; Midwest Express Airlines; United Airlines; USAirways; AeroMexico; Air Canada; Air Nova; Bell Mobility; Mexicana Airlines; Air France, Alitalia; All Nippon Airways; British Airways; Cathay Pacific Airways; China Southern Airways; Crossair; Lufthansa; Thai Airways; Turkish Airlines; and Varig.
Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 125 million access line equivalents and approximately 28 million wireless customers.
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