The FBI has evacuated the White House after they received what they said were "creditable threats" against the White House.In The Initial Fire & EMS Response, by Michael J. Ward, from the April 2002 issue of JEMS, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Ward writes,
"Although the Pentagon response proved overwhelmingly successful, some problems did occur. The news media created confusion for EMS and fire agencies in Virginia and Washington, D.C. By the time American Airlines Flight 77 had crashed into the Pentagon, a cacophony of unconfirmed reports of other terrorist incidents dominated the media airways. One report claimed a car bomb had exploded in front of the State Department. Other reports indicated a fire was supposedly burning on the National Mall, near the Washington Monument.This story---that the Secret Service called the District of Colombia's fire and emergency medical service to report that a plane had crashed into the White House---is credible for many reasons, even if the crash report an fire alarm itself was not.
"An example of the impact this confusion caused can be seen in the activities of DCFEMS dispatch. About the same time Arlington County requested a box alarm from DCFEMS for the Pentagon, the Secret Service called to report that a plane had crashed into the White House, and a box alarm was dispatched there.
"D.C.'s Engine 16 and Truck 3 are first-due to the White House. Normally, they greet the uniformed Secret Service officer at a closed access gate. When they arrived on Sept. 11, the access gate stood wide open. Next to this gate, the media conduct their talking head shots, using the White House as a background. Responding crews knew something was up because they observed tripods and stepladders typically used by camera operators abandoned on the hill. As Engine 16 and Truck 3 pulled up, a uniformed officer waved them off, telling them, "Get the f--- outta here! There's a plane coming in!"
"Fortunately, no plane crashed into the White House. One reason for this false alarm may have been a split-second decision by an air-traffic controller. When the hijacked plane turned into the Pentagon, it was on a collision course with an airliner leaving Reagan National Airport as scheduled. Without the data from Flight 77's transponder and not knowing the intention of the hijacked plane, the controller ordered the departing aircraft to take a hard right, into the protected airspace above the White House."
The article was written by Michael Ward, who retired from the Fairfax County (Va.) Fire & Rescue Department in July 2000, after 25 years of service. He is the regular contributor to Firehouse Magazine's "Company Officer Development" column, so Ward had both the credibility as a writer, as well as the connections to have been properly tasked with the review.
His job was successfully completed with he turned in a vetted product that passed muster, where the actionable detail of the Secret Service's phoning in a phony plane-crash scare---a fact which must have been widely gossiped about in the district fire service---needed massaging, and a bit about the National Airport directing a departing aircraft into restricted airspace over the White House to avoid a hi-jacked airplane, led to an exaggerated claim of a "crash."
While this alibi might have worked on its surface in April 2002, it doesn't anymore. I don't know if it's mentioned in Lynn Spencer's book, but other researchers, like Rob Balsamo at Pilots4911Truth, haven't addressed it.
The inescapable fact here is the U.S. Secret Service was rumor mongering at a time of utmost danger and peril for our nation, for the purposes of hindering the response of emergency services to the Pentagon. Whether this constitutes the FBI's "credible threat"or not I don't know, but it's the germ of an idea.
What is the penalty for subversion through rumor in a time of war?
Hey, Mike Ward's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I think anybody with an email address that great deserves some crank email!