9/11—Every American Should Read This

13 09 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

What follows is the transcript of a recorded call on 9/11 between Todd Beamer, a passenger aboard United Airlines flight 93 between the Newark International Airport in New Jersey and the San Francisco International Airport in California; Lisa Jefferson, a telephone supervisor for GTE; and a FBI agent named Goodwin.  It should be read by every American to understand fully what happened on 9/11.[2]  

I had visited the “Windows on the World” restaurant on the top floors (106th and 107th) of the North Tower of the World Trade Center[3].  I had served as an Army Captain assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where across the hall from the door to our offices were massive windows that looked out on the garden at the center of the Pentagon.  And I was in California on that fateful day, and got up early to watch First Lady Laura Bush testify on Capitol Hill, where I had worked.  Then it happened; and it is a day that I will never forget.

Lots of Americans were born and raised after September 11, 2001; and like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the Pacific, 9/11 is not personal to them, which is understandable.  Yet, it is personal to me; and I urge every American to read the following transcript.  

Todd: Hello… Operator…listen to me…I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco..  We have a situation here….Our plane has been hijacked…..can you understand me?

Lisa: (exhaling a deep breath to herself) I understand… Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone?

Todd: No

Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane?

Todd: There are three that we know of.

Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?

Todd: Yes…. they don’t have guns….they have knives – they took over the plane with knives.

Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives?

Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters.

Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?

Todd: No…..I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east.

Lisa: Have they said what they want?

Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board.  He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet.  He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and… I’m telling you…it sounded fake!

Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name.

Todd: My name is Todd Beamer.

Lisa: Ok Todd….my name is Lisa…Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket.

Todd: It’s United Flight 93.

Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened?

Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit.  A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind.

Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open?

Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them.

Lisa: Has anyone been injured?

Todd: Yes, ..they…they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.

Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd?

Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane……….oh Jesus.. Help!

Lisa: Todd….are you ok? Tell me what’s happening!

Todd: Hello…..We’re going down….I think we’re going to crash……Wait – wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off….we’re ok. I think we may be turning around…..That’s it – we changed directions.  Do you hear me….we’re flying east again.

Lisa: Ok Todd…. What’s going on with the other passengers?

Todd: Everyone is… really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center……Lisa is that true??

Lisa: Todd…..I have to tell you the truth…..it’s very bad.  The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed.

Todd: Oh God —help us!

Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack….and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan.

Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God…….Lisa, will you do something for me?

Lisa: I’ll try….if I can….Yes.

Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call..

Lisa: I promise – I’ll call.

Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073…….You have the same name as my wife…Lisa….We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her…….(choking up)..I’ll always love her..(clearing throat) We have two boys.. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1…..Tell them……(choking) tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. (clearing throat again) Our baby is due January 12th…..I saw an ultra sound…..it was great….we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy………Lisa?

Lisa: (barely able to speak) I’ll tell them, I promise Todd.

Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will…

Lisa: Todd, leave this line open…are you still there?……

Lisa: (dials the phone..) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93….Yes I’ll hold.

Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin.. I understand you have a hijacking situation?

Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed.

Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination?

Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east.

Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson…I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone?

Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call…hold a mo…..

Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there?

Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well.

Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all.

Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building.

Todd: I understand…hold on……I’ll…….I’ll be back..

Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington?

Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away.

Todd: (breathing a little heavier) The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic….We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me….I want you to hear this….I have talked with the others….we have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot.

Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do?

Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa, …..will you do one last thing for me?

Lisa: Yes…What is it?

Todd: Would you pray with me?

They pray: Our father which art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive our trespassers,

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory

Forever…..Amen

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…

He makes me to lie down in green pastures

He leads me beside the still waters

He restores my soul

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me…..

Todd: (softer) God help me…Jesus help me….(clears throat and louder)

Are you guys ready?……..
Let’s Roll……………………

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 recedes into the memories of many or most Americans, each of us should read and reread this transcript periodically to appreciate the heroism of our fellow citizens on that fateful day. 

If anyone believes that such a day cannot occur again—here in the United States, or affecting our allies—they are naive.  The collapse of Afghanistan, and the humiliation of the United States, underscored this in spades.[4]

This is a disturbing realization for all of us, certainly in the midst of so many American deaths and so much suffering from China’s Coronavirus and its mutations—physically, psychologically and economically—with more to come.

 

© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele

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[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/articles/), and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com   

[2] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks (“September 11 attacks”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_93 (“United Airlines Flight 93”) and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Beamer (“Todd Beamer”)

[3] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_on_the_World (“Windows on the World”)

[4] See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/30/the-taliban-are-victorious/ (“The Taliban Are Victorious”)


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13 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

LACK OF INTEREST

If we keep electing Leftist politicians who proceed to pile-on new mandates and take liberties, then maybe there won’t be anything left worth fighting over? Just a thought.

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13 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

There’s always hope, Craig, as you know.

But yes, I share your concerns.

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14 09 2021
H. Craig Bradley

WHY LARRY ELDER IS LOSING THE ELECTION

Like countless Republicans before him, Larry just does not see the light, or might I add, the coming darkness. First of all, he is well-versed in the public policy issues, and talks (appeals) to his conservative base. However, that is all his message is. How many real conservatives are left in Calif these days? Many have already decided Calif. is a lost cause and departed to other places. ( Hopefully better ones). Getting “egged” in Venice, CA recently might have clued him in to reality.

In effect, Larry Elder talks over the heads of the majority of Calif. voters who are largely low-information voters. They don’t know issues nor do they care much about them. Larry drones-on. The Democrats know the issues, even if they are not the REAL issues. Buzz-words like climate change, fairness, UBI are the issues with most voters today, young and old-(er). In an era of Modern Monetary Theory or MMT where unlimited amounts of money are printed regularly, funding anything is pretty easy if you are connected. Larry is not connected because Republicans are not competitive in this State any longer.

Larry Elder should have seen this coming and mounted a vigorous offensive to try to counter the lies and message of Gov. Newsom that its a “Republican Recall” with what monies he has available. He should have been polling his adversaries to find out what their offensive would be and be “quick on the draw” to counter it. Instead, he kept-up dissertations about conservative political issues which did not result in very many independents in this state supporting him.

Now, Larry is bringing up the issue of election fraud or ballot box cheating by the Democrats. He can’t do anything about it and he sounds like Trump and countess Republicans after the Nov. 2017 elections. He should have enlisted Democratic small business owners harmed by the year long Calif. lock-downs in 2020 and put them in campaign ads to show its not just Republicans who were harmed. Larry was instead busy talking about deficit and spending issues. The majority of voters are not listening to Larry. Who advised him? Larry blew it !

Larry points out correctly that Gov. Gavin Newsom is corrupt and is building-out the Entitlement State. This is absolutely correct, but do most voters on-the-dole care? Of course not. Larry says he will “fire incompetent teachers”. Really? The most powerful public employee union in the country, the National Education Association, is actively opposing him and funding Newsom. (Public school teachers are Marxist and help defeat ALL of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiatives). The governator then gave-up for the rest of his time in-office.

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15 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.

I like Larry and have liked him for many years. As noted previously, I especially enjoyed listening to his radio show when his mother was alive, and they lovingly “bantered” together.

In many ways during this campaign, Larry talked over the heads of California’s voters; and your points are well taken. Without pandering, he might have framed his campaign differently.

But like Donald Trump, he has been true to himself. Hopefully, he will “rise again.”

Surely he has made new friends nationally, and may benefit financially from that.

Lastly, my guess is that Larry will be back. 😊

See, e.g., https://apnews.com/e4fdf2c9340c9ae65958fdb2de68f1f0 (“Gavin Newsom Survives Recall Election, But Larry Elder Promises Supporters ‘We Are Going to Win the War'”)

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13 09 2021
SusanDohrman

Thank you for posting this. I simply have no words.

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13 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Susan.

A friend of mine in Hawaii brought the transcript to my attention today, and I was stunned.

Yes, I knew of the crash and what the passengers did. But I did not realize that such a transcript existed that encapsulates the heroism on the flights that day.

Imagine if similar transcripts exist with respect to the three other flights.

I have flown out of Boston, New York and Newark too many times to count. I used to fly perhaps three times a week. With the 2-3 hour TSA procedures at check-in/boarding, the process became “old” very fast after 9/11.

And then the Coronavirus lockdowns occurred, and air travel became a potential “super-spreader” activity.

But in all of my years of flying in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., I had 500,000 miles with American Airlines alone), I never thought about being hijacked.

Just think too about what it took to shut down flying completely that day, into or over U.S. airspace.

See also https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9984397/Fauci-says-support-vaccinate-mandates-air-travel-public-schools.html (“‘If you travel on a plane you should be vaccinated’: Fauci demands vaccine mandate for air travel and public schools in bid to reach herd immunity”)

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22 09 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

THE WORLD’S FIRST SUPER-SPREADER EVENT?

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10014895/Ex-Chinese-Communist-Party-insider-Wei-Jingsheng-speaks-Wuhan-theory-relating-Covid-19.html (“Chinese whistleblower claims first COVID outbreak was INTENTIONAL and happened in October 2019 at Military World Games in Wuhan – two months before China notified the world about virus”)

Did China launch its own 9/11-like attack on the United States and the world, as a bioweapon attack?

After all, Xi Jinping and China’s other civilian and military rulers have snuffed out Hong Kong’s fledgling democracy; they have enslaved a million ethnic minorities including the Uyghurs; they have used EMP weapons to “fry” Indian soldiers in their border war with that country; they have threatened Taiwan, Japan and Australia; and their goal is global domination.

See also https://www.nysun.com/foreign/witches-brew-starts-to-bubble-in-communist-china/91665/ (“Witches Brew Starts To Bubble in Communist China, as Xi Jinping Edges Into Maoism”)

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