FACT 1: NO STEEL BUILDINGS HAVE EVER COLLAPSED FROM FIRE:
In the over one hundred year history of steel high-rises and skyscrapers there has never been a single steel-framed high-rise skyscraper which has collapsed due to fire. However, on September 11, 2001 there were three such structures which fell, World Trade Center Buildings Numbers One, Two and Seven for which the official explanation was fire-induced collapse. Since that time, there have been no others. (Note: On January 19, 2017, the steel framed Plasco building in Tehran, Iran collapsed suddenly, completely and unexpectedly. The investigation of that collapse is in progress.)
EXAMPLES OF OTHER SERIOUS FIRES IN STEEL HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS:
FACT 2: FIRES WERE ALMOST SELF-EXTINGUISHED:
The smoke billowing from the Towers deteriorated into a slow thick black pall, indicating an oxygen-starved fire. Smoke of this color and consistency is a product of a fire that is being deprived of an essential component, and consequently must be a relatively “cool” fire. Changes to prevent fires spreading between floors had been implemented after a multi-floor fire in 1975 exposed pathways that allowed fire to progress into a massive 6 floor inferno (which caused no structural damage). These changes compartmentalized combustible materials allowing the fires to become fuel starved.
FACT 3: NO EVIDENCE OF HIGH TEMPERATURE STEEL-WEAKENING INFERNO:
People, soon to be victims of the collapse, were seen standing at the jagged holes in the Towers, waving for help. How could they stand there if a steel-weakening inferno was raging behind them?
FACT 4: ALL FOUR AIRLINERS CARRIED MUCH LESS JET FUEL THAN REPORTED:
Reports stated the hijacked airliners started with a full load of fuel, with one CNN article actually reporting an impossible 50 to 57,000 gallons. (Boeing specs: 23,980 US Gallons max capacity, max range 6,600 nautical miles). The reality is they carried only enough fuel to reach their scheduled destination, with an additional nominal amount for safety. Jet fuel weighs 6.8 lbs per gallon, and because needless added weight results in added expense, airliners are never fueled beyond the trip requirements. We estimate the total fuel on board to have been a maximum of 16,000 gallons (almost 8,000 gallons less than a full load). Therefore, much less fuel than reported was available to feed the “steel-weakening inferno”.
FACT 5: EVIDENCE OF HIGHLY DESTRUCTIVE THERMITE USED TO WEAKEN WTC1 AND WTC2:
Brigham Young University physics professor Steven Jones pointed out a video showing a yellow, molten substance splashing off the side of the South Trade Tower about 50 minutes after an airplane hit it and a few minutes before it collapsed.
Jones also cited video pictures showing white ash rising from the south Tower near the dripping, liquefied metal. When Thermite burns, Jones said, it releases aluminum-oxide ash. The presence of both yellow-white molten iron and aluminum oxide ash "are signature characteristics of a Thermite reaction," he said.
He added that pools of molten metal were found beneath both trade Towers and the 47-story WTC 7. That fact, he said, was never discussed in official investigation reports.
Jones said his studies are confined to physical causes of the collapses, and he doesn't like to speculate about who might have entered the buildings and placed Thermite and sulfur. But he said 10 to 20 people "in the know," plus other people who didn't know what they were doing but did what they were told, could have placed incendiary packages over several weeks.
It seems obvious to us that Thermite charges were placed at critical points within the Towers, and remotely ignited to weaken them prior to ignition of demolition charges, causing the collapses.
See the video described above, along with a controlled Thermite ignition demonstration for comparison:
Professor Steven Jones’ Bio: www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/
FACT 6: EVIDENCE OF FIRE TEMPERATURES MUCH HOTTER THAN JET FUEL CAN PRODUCE:
These photos are from a current New York Police Museum display of recovered firearms that had been stored by the US Customs House inside WTC-6, prior to and during 9/11.
As the actual display sign indicates, the entire hand gun on the left, and two pistol barrels on the right are completely embedded in a mass of solidified concrete, melted by the fire and liquefied so that it flowed “like lava”.
What they have neglected to notice is jet fuel and office contents can produce a maximum burn temperature of 1,800 degrees, over 1,000 degrees cooler than the sustained 3,000+ degree burn temperatures required to liquefy construction grade cement.
Therefore, this becomes one more of the countless items of absolute evidence that the fires were far hotter, and burned far longer than jet fuel could possibly produce. Once again, the laws of physics must be suspended for the official government story to be believed.
FACT 7: TOWER COLLAPSE SPEED DEFIED THE LAWS OF PHYSICS:
When the Towers collapsed, they actually fell at approximately two-thirds the speed of an object falling with zero resistance. It is physically impossible for any structure falling down upon itself to achieve this tremendous rate of acceleration. Exact measurements of the rate of descent are not possible because, after the first second or two, there is no observable "top" to the building (i.e. there was no intact mass available for crushing the lower, stronger parts of the building).
Even if the Towers fell at two floors per second, an impossibly fast rate, it would have taken over 50 seconds to complete the fall.
WTC North Tower completed its collapse in only 10 seconds, and WTC South Tower collapsed in just 9.5 seconds, as documented in the 9-11 Commission Report https://www.9-11commission.gov/report/
Near free-fall acceleration is possible only when encountering a path of "low" resistance, while the Towers, if it were actually a gravity-only collapse, had to fall through their intact lower structure - a path of greatest resistance.
How could the Towers have defied the laws of physics? The most likely hypothesis to explain the observations would be; demolition explosives planted on the 47 massive supporting central core beams, (easily accessible from the elevator shafts) sequentially detonated, from the top collapse point, floor by floor all the way to ground level.
FACT 8: UNEXPLAINED COLLAPSE OF BUILDING SEVEN:
Building Seven (WTC7) also collapsed, without being stuck by an airliner. Viewing the video of this collapse reveals the unmistakable signature of a classic “controlled demolition”. Official reports determined that fire caused the collapse, as in WTC1 and WTC2. The construction design of WTC7 was completely different from WTC1 and 2, and did not rely on trusses from a central core, but was a more standard construction steel frame building covered with brick.
WTC 7 was actually designed and built far stronger than a typical building of its size because it straddled a pre-existing electric plant. Yet WTC7 fell in a classic and picture-perfect “controlled demolition” type collapse. The 9-11 Commission’s Report did not even mention Building Seven at all, and when a representative of the commission was directly asked why WTC7 was omitted from the massive report, he replied that they did not think it was significant enough be to included.
The photo of Building Seven at the above is typical of the random and scattered fires that appeared late in the afternoon. See collapse here: www.tyrannyalert.com/seven.html
FACT 9: EVIDENCE OF PRE-PLANTED EXPLOSIVES IMPLODING BUILDING SEVEN:
Why didn’t it topple over? Why didn’t it cave in? How could it have fallen perfectly straight down?
FACT 10: WTC OWNER ADMITS TO CONTROLLED DEMOLITION OF BUILDING SEVEN:
There is an incredibly self-incriminating video interview with Larry Silverstein wherein he stated that he decided Building Seven would have to be “pulled” to prevent any further loss of life, and so they “pulled it”. Pulling a structure is common industry terminology for a controlled demolition. This “pulled” 47-story building then collapsed in a controlled demolition sequence.
“I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, "We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." And then they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.”
The lease of WTC1 and WTC2 was purchased by Larry Silverstein, an extremely savvy NYC real estate mogul, three months before the attack for a cost of 3.2 billion to be paid to the NYC Port Authority over 99 years. Silverstein was the original owner of WTC7, and is the current owner of the new Building 7. www.silversteinproperties.com
Larry Silverstein later stated that he meant to say firefighters should be "pulled" from the building. However, as widely known on 9/11, no firefighting activity was allowed inside Building 7 and it is unlikely that Larry Silverstein was not aware of this absence of firefighting.
FACT 11: LEASING THE WTC COMPLEX SHOULD HAVE BEEN A FINANCIAL DISASTER:
Larry Silverstein leased this property even though it was well known within the industry that the WTC1 and WTC2 had been constructed with asbestos fire retardant coating on the internal steel structure. Asbestos coated all columns up to the 64th floor, only switching to a less effective and non-toxic product in 1971 when New York City banned the use of asbestos as a building material. Asbestos is now known to be an extremely toxic carcinogen, and would eventually have to have been remediated at a cost that would surely have exceeded the buildings’ resale value. Also, the Towers were in need of extensive and costly rehab to the HVAC, plumbing, electrical infrastructure, and the inclusion of Fiber Optic cabling throughout. The Towers were under-occupied for many years due to uncompetitive lease rates and a legacy of fear arising from the 1993 WTC bombing.
FACT 12: HOWEVER, LEASING THE WTC COMPLEX BECAME A FINANCIAL WINDFALL:
After signing the lease, Larry Silverstein promptly increased the insurance on these buildings to $7.2 billion; double their purchase price prior to the attack. After their destruction, the potential white elephant complex became an instant double-your-money windfall to the tune of a 3.5 billion in pure profit to Silverstein. A wise sage once said, “Always follow the money trail”.
FACT 13: CONTROLLED DEMOLITION PREPARATION PROCESS:
Preparing a structure like the 47 story WTC7 building for controlled demolition requires specially trained demolition experts, complete building blueprints, specialized explosive charges, remote control detonators, and many weeks to plan and actually install the explosives and wire them. This is no spur of the moment project that can just be thrown together in a few hours - and a few hours was all that expired from the initial attack to the demolition of WTC7. There is no doubt WTC7 was destroyed by a controlled demolition, so the question that remains glaringly unanswered is, when was this building wired for destruction, by whom, and for what purpose.
FACT 14: EVIDENCE OF FOREKNOWLEDGE OF THE COLLAPSE:
During an interview on 9/11 with Rudy Giuliani, he claims that he was advised by an authority to exit the lobby of one of the Towers because the Tower was about to collapse. How could ANYONE have known the Towers were going to collapse? Absolutely no steel structures had ever collapsed before.
FACT 15. NYC FIREFIGHTERS RADIO COMMENTS FROM WITHIN THE TOWERS:
There are radio recordings of NYC Firefighters that had reached the 78th floor of the South Tower, in different stairwells. An excerpt of these recordings is as follows:
Ladder 15: “What stair are you in Orio?”
Ladder 15: “ Chief, What stair you in?”
Battalion Seven Chief: “South stairway Adam, South Tower.”
Ladder 15: “Floor 78?”
Battalion Seven Chief: “Ten-four, numerous civilians, we gonna need two engines up here.”
Ladder 15:“Alright ten-four, we’re on our way.”
Battalion Seven Chief: “I’m gonna need two of your firefighters Adam, stairway to knock down two fires. We have house line stretched. We could use some water on it, knock it down, okay?”
Sadly, this was just eleven minutes before they were killed in the demolition. Their conversation indicates they believed they could knock down the fire with standard equipment, contradicting the “raging steel-melting inferno” theory.
FACT 16: EXPERT WITNESSES SAW AND HEARD MULTIPLE EXPLOSIONS:
NYC Firefighters, trained and experienced in the art of critical observation during cataclysmic events report hearing multiple massive explosions, going off in a sequence that they actually attribute to what a controlled demolition sounds like. Since their initial reports, Firefighters and Police directly witnessing these events were issued a court-ordered gag order.
- What did we do? We made it outside.
- We made it at least two blocks and we started running.
- Floor by floor it started popping out...
- It was as if they had detonated - as if they were planning to take down a building, boom boom boom boom boom...
- ...all the way down. I was watching it and running.
Also see: Witnesses to the Towers' Explosions
FACT 17: HERO ON DUTY HEARD EXPLOSIONS IN THE NORTH TOWER BASEMENT:
William Rodriguez, declared a hero for saving numerous lives at Ground Zero, was the janitor on duty the morning of 9/11 who heard and felt explosions rock the basement sub-levels of the north Tower just seconds before the jetliner struck the top floors.
Rodriguez was checking into work in an office on sub-level 1 when the north Tower was hit, seemingly out of harms way. However, the sound and concussion of a massive explosion in the sub-levels right below his feet changed that.
"When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated, the walls started cracking and everything started shaking," said Rodriguez, who was huddled together with at least 14 others.
Rodriguez said Anthony Saltamachia, supervisor for the American Maintenance Co., was one of the people in the room who stands ready to verify his story.
"Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above," said Rodriguez. "Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the Tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion."
But before Rodriguez had time to think, co-worker Felipe David stormed into the basement office with severe burns on his face and arms, screaming for help and yelling "Explosion! Explosion! Explosion!"
David had been in front of a nearby freight elevator on sub-level 1 about 400 feet from the office when fire burst out of the elevator shaft, causing his injuries.
"He was burned terribly," said Rodriguez. "The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn’t have come from the airplane above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don’t care what the government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire that was caused from an explosion below.
"I know there were explosives placed below the trade center. I helped a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a lie and a cover-up.”
"I have tried to tell my story to everybody, but nobody wants to listen. It is very strange what is going on here in supposedly the most democratic country in the world. In my home country of Puerto Rico and all the other Latin American countries, I have been allowed to tell my story uncensored. But here, I can’t even say a word."
After Rodriguez escorted David to safety outside the WTC, he returned to lead the others in the basement to safety as well. While there, he also helped two other men trapped and drowning in the basement elevator shaft, another result he says of the explosives placed below the Tower.
In fact, after leading these men to safety, he even made another trip back into the north Tower, against police orders, in order to rescue people from the top floors.
"I never could make it to the top, but I got up to the 33rd floor after getting some of my equipment and a face mask out of the janitor’s closet," said Rodriguez, adding he heard a series of small explosions going off between the 20th and 30th floors, unrelated to the airplane strike, while making his way through the stairwell to the top floors.
Rodriguez said he finally reached the 39th floor before being turned back by fire fighters and then, reluctantly, started his descent back down and his own flight to safety while, at the same time, hearing explosions coming from the South Tower.
FACT 18: MOST OF THE CONCRETE IN THE TOWERS WAS PULVERIZED TO POWDER:
The steel-reinforced concrete was actually reduced to a talcum powder-like residue, huge piles of nothing but dust from what was a massively strong 110-story structure. There simply is no way that this concrete falling from a height of 110 stories could cause such destruction to such highly reinforced material.
Additionally, all of the contents of the offices were also reduced to dust and fractional pieces of themselves. Joe Casaliggi of Engine 7 describes with obvious puzzlement his experience in several days of rescue efforts helping dig through the wreckage of the Towers, only to discover that the contents including office furniture, computers and telephone equipment had been almost completely reduced to dust.
TRANSCRIPT: "You have two 110-story office buildings: you don't find a chair, you don't find a telephone, a computer... the biggest piece of a telephone I found was half a keypad, and it was this big (holds up thumb and forefinger). The buildings collapsed to dust." - Joe Casaliggi of Engine 7
FACT 19: CRIMINAL DESTRUCTION AND DISPOSAL OF ALL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE:
The Science Committee of the House of Representatives reported that the WTC investigation was hampered by the destruction of crucial evidence. The committee report of March 6, 2002 says, “some of the critical pieces of steel were gone before the first [investigator] ever reached the site.”
Although the terror attacks of September 11 were clearly criminal acts of mass murder, no effort was made to preserve the integrity of the crime scenes and the essential evidence was disposed of like garbage.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani oversaw what many experts consider to be massive criminal destruction of evidence.
The pattern of destruction of physical evidence is nowhere more apparent than in the rapid removal and recycling of the steel from Ground Zero. The structural steel was the most important evidence regarding the mass murder of September 11th. No amount of indulgence of forlorn hopes of finding survivors in the rubble, nor urgency of uncovering human remains for speedy identification, can justify the destruction of the evidence.
The remains of the Twin Towers should have been afforded at least the same level of respect as the artifacts in an archaeological dig, or remnants of an aviation disaster. Instead they were treated as garbage to be disposed of as quickly as possible.
FACT 20: FIREFIGHTERS TRADE MAGAZINE CONDEMNS 9-11 EVIDENCE DESTRUCTION:
Fair Lawn, NJ, January 4, 2002-Bill Manning, Fire Engineering's editor in chief, summoned members of the fire service to "A Call to Action." In his January 2002 Editor's Opinion, "$elling Out the Investigation" he warns that unless there is a full-blown investigation by an independent panel established solely for that purpose, "the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticals."
(And that is exactly what we are left with today – ED)
By Bill Manning
Editor, Fire Engineering Magazine
”Did they throw away the locked doors from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire? Did they throw away the gas can used at the Happyland Social Club Fire? Did they cast aside the pressure-regulating valves at the Meridian Plaza Fire? Of course not. But essentially, that's what they're doing at the World Trade Center. “
”For more than three months, structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China, perhaps never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car.”
”Such destruction of evidence shows the astounding ignorance of government officials to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history. I have combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall.”
Prof. Glenn Corbett of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City wrote in the January 2002 issue of Fire Engineering; “The World Trade Center disaster demands the most comprehensive detailed investigation possible. No event in our entire fire service history has ever come close to the magnitude of this incident. You would think we would have the largest fire investigation in world history. You would be wrong,” he wrote, “We are literally treating the steel removed from the site like garbage, not like crucial fire scene evidence.”
FACT 21: CRITICAL AIRPORT VIDEOS WITHHELD WITH NO REASON GIVEN:
There are multiple cameras recording every inch of all airports, yet there is no released video of the actual passengers on the way to boarding these fateful flights. All video from all airport cameras were immediately confiscated and have never been made available. Only one short segment of Mohammed Atta simply walking in an airport in Maine has ever been released. Videos of this nature would clearly show whether or not the accused hijackers actually boarded the airliners, so the question of the day is, “Why are they being withheld?”
FACT 22: “HIJACKERS” BLATANT OUT-OF-CHARACTER BEHAVIOR:
Witnesses report some of the supposed hijackers spending the night before the attack in a strip club, drinking and loudly carrying on, actually calling attention to themselves. Afterward there were copies of the Koran and other obvious personal identification conveniently left behind. This behavior is completely out of character for devoutly religious Muslims who planned to commit suicide the next day in the name of Allah, but a hallmark of a time-honored tactic called a false flag operation.
FACT 23: DURING THE TERROR ATTACK, NO MILITARY INTERCEPTORS WERE SCRAMBLED:
From the first official notification of a hijacking until the last hijacked plane crashed, one hour and forty-six minutes elapsed. During that time no serious attempts to scramble fighters to intercept the known four hijacked airliners were made.
Prior to 9-11-2001, it was standard operating procedure to scramble or redirect already airborne military fighters to assist air traffic control when an aircraft, even small civilian aircraft, is off its flight plan, and non-responsive radio contact. At that time, the average number of military sorties scrambled to intercept various airplanes reported to be off course was between 90 and 100 annually, yet on September 11th, four hijacked passenger airliners were flying in the most restricted and protected airspace in the world, and there were NO INTERCEPTIONS.
FACT 24: THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF FLYING HEAVY AIRCRAFT WITHOUT TRAINING:
These “hijackers” were repeatedly deemed incompetent to solo a simple Cessna 172 – an elementary exercise that involves flying this little trainer once around the patch on a sunny day. A student’s first solo flight involves a simple circuit: take off, followed by four gentle left turns ending with a landing back on the runway. This is as basic as flying can possibly be. Not one of the hijackers was deemed fit to perform this most elementary exercise by himself.
Consider the relative simplicity of the flight controls on the single engine propeller driven Cessna.
All gauges are single-purpose in an attempt to make visual checks a relatively easy process.
Because this is a simple aircraft, the majority of the instruments, control levers, dials and switches are larger than on a typical multi-engine jumbo jet. Furthermore, there are a lot fewer instruments/controls thin a Cessna than on a typical multi-engine jumbo jet.
The flight controls of the 767 jumbo jet are vastly more complex, with many of the gauges and indicators that serve multi-purposes.
Also notice the vast array of control levers, dials and switches from which to choose. Push one control at the wrong time and you can plunge the aircraft into an unrecoverable dead spin.
Adding to the major difference in skill sets required to fly this huge aircraft is the vastly reduced visual capability when compared to a Cessna. Relying on looking out of the windows to fly this aircraft, as can be done in a Cessna, is not an option.
FACT 25: DICK CHENEY TRACKED FLIGHT 77’s FLIGHT PATH UNTIL IT CRASHED:
The government has consistently stated that it did not know where the aircraft were before they struck, however the Secretary of Transportation, Norman Mineta testified before the 9/11 Commission that VP Dick Cheney, from the Presidential Emergency Operating Center, actually monitored flight 77 on the final approach to it’s crash into the Pentagon. How could one of the most heavily defended buildings in the world have been successfully attacked, when the Vice President of the United States, in charge of counter-terrorism on 9/11, methodically watched it approach from many miles away?
Norman Mineta: “During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, uh, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President, the plane is fifty miles out, the plane is thirty miles out, and when it got down to the plane is ten miles out, uh, the young man also said to the Vice President, ‘do the orders still stand?’ and, uh, the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said ‘of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary?’, while at the time I didn’t know what that all meant, and uh...”
Lee Hamilton: “The flight you’re referring to is the one..”
Norman Mineta: “The flight that came into the Pentagon”
Lee Hamilton: ”The Pentagon, yeah..”
Norman Mineta: “...and then later I heard of the fact that the airplanes had been scrambled from Langley to come up to DC, but those planes were still about ten minutes away....”
Langley Air Force Base is located in Hampton Virginia. Langley is the home of The Air Combat Command (ACC), the major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly aircraft), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the unified commands that include elements from different branches of the armed forces.
Norman Mineta testified, “airplanes had been scrambled from Langley to come up to DC, but those planes were still about ten minutes away”. Langley is located less than 150 miles by direct line of flight from Washington, DC. The scrambled combat-ready F-16 fighters would have arrived no later than fifteen minutes flying at subsonic speed, and could have actually arrived in less than seven minutes if they were allowed to fly at maximum airspeed.
Shortly after the first signs of trouble of Flight 77, clearly by at least 8:50, the military knows that this airliner has been hijacked. The Pentagon is struck around 9:38, which means that all official parties involved knew Flight 77 was hijacked for forty-eight minutes, and yet they supposedly waited until Flight 77 was on a ten-mile approach from the Pentagon to order a scramble from Langley.
FACT 26: PRESIDENT BUSH WAS KNOWINGLY VULNERABLE THROUGHOUT 9-11 ATTACK:
On the morning of September 11, 2001, President Bush attended a scheduled, publicized visit to Booker Elementary School in Florida. Prior to meeting with the students, he and the Secret Service viewed the aftermath of the first airliner crash into WTC Tower 1 on the school’s television.
Disregarding this horrible incident, he proceeded to the classroom to engage in the scheduled book reading
photo-op with the students. Even after being informed of the second attack by Andrew Card, his Chief of Staff, President Bush continued reading with the children in the classroom.
The second crash made it plain to all that a coordinated terrorist attack was in progress. At this point no one could know what the next hijacked plane might be targeting. Finally after over 20 minutes, he stood up, put his book down, and asked to be excused from the classroom.
However, instead of sensibly being whisked to safety, he lingered to deliver a prepared speech to the teachers, reporters and students. Absolutely no attempt was made by the Secret Service to remove the President from this vulnerable location, even though two airliners had completed their murderous attacks, and at least two more hijacked airliners were aloft, missing from all radar, their whereabouts unknown.
There’s no doubt the President of the United States would be a terrorist’s primary target. The Booker School schedule was known far enough in advance to have this school included in the terrorist’s attack plan. The potential for this disastrous scenario would be instantly obvious to the elite, highly trained professionals charged with protecting the President; however, they calmly stayed in the bull’s-eye, leaving the President vulnerable, and endangering the chain of command for the defense of the United States. The only logical answer for this bizarre behavior is; they had advance knowledge he wouldn’t be a target.