9/11: Did the military have permission to shoot hijacked planes?
As the military scrambled to respond to the 9/11 terror attacks, they were too late to stop the New York attacks. However, they were aware of the attacks before hijacked planes crashed at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Penn.
Moderator Ann Compton, the only broadcast reporter aboard Air Force One on September 11th, asks Former Under Secretary for Defense Douglas Faith and the rest of the panel – which included former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer - if the fighter jets were authorized to shoot down the civilian airliners.
Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff, sat directly across from President George W. Bush on Air Force One and explains the president’s answer when asked for the go-ahead to shot down the hijacked planes in this video, filmed at an NCC event on Feb. 28th, 2009.