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Pentagon Rejected Pre-9/11 Hijacking Exercise

At least five months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, air defense planners proposed a war-game situation in which a terrorist group hijacked an airliner and flew it into the Pentagon, but the Joint Staff rejected the idea, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Pentagon officials on Tuesday played down the significance of the proposal, which they said was made at a planning conference before the training exercise in April 2001, and was not based on any specific threat. The exercise was intended to test the military leadership’s ability to function at undisclosed sites outside Washington in an emergency, and the hijacking did not fit the war game’s objectives, the officials said. Full Story

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