September eleventh, two thousand & one, was a very strange day. Of course we are told, enemies, hostile to Americans, people hating our Freedoms, attacked various locations near the heart and control centers of American power, New York City and Washington, DC.
We were told hijackers acting in synchronicity, boarded state of the art airliners in several cities, carrying passports and box cutters (like a "shank" used in prison), quickly overwhelmed the cockpits of the various airliners and soon were at the controls - piloting mankind's most sophisticated flying machines toward a nefarious destiny. We later learn these pilots had trained to fly the world's most sophisticated jet airliners by obtaining a few hours of training in single engine, high winged, Cessna airplanes.
At the same time, unfortunately, airspace drills were in progress around the East coast; drills ironically, simulating airliners being hijacked by Terrorists. These drills made it difficult for air traffic controllers to respond fast enough to the dangers of the commandeered flights -- leaving the world's most advanced and technologically guarded nation blind to the deliberate acts of destruction that were to follow. On that fateful and strange day, the FAA was unable to ask for "escort service" from the National Military Command Center and like the rest of the day that too was strange.
The story goes that airliners were flown into two populated skyscrapers in New York City as well as the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the last crashing straight into the ground at "Shank"sville, Pennsylvania.