Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Update, 9/10/08: I wrote this post a long time ago when i was more "Truthy," but in fact there was probably NOT a wargame called Vigilant Warrior on 9/11 - see comments below. For reference purposes at least however I'll leave this post up. Just read "probable" as "faintly possible," and so on...

USA Today reported in April 2004 article also cited a NORAD press release: “Numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked aircraft. These exercises tested track detection and identification; scramble and interception; hijack procedures…” [1] These “mock hijacked aircraft,” otherwise called “live-flies,” are used sometimes in air-based war games involving hijacking scenarios. They are actual planes of a variety of makes, in the air (manned or under remote control), pretending to be hijacked for the benefit of effective training.

Ruppert asked some questions, some regarding live-flies, of Major Don Arias, NORAD press spokesman who was on duty and involved in the response the morning of 9/11. Arias at first dismissed Ruppert as part of the “grassy knoll” crowd, but later gave him some good information in a phone interview and follow-up e-mail. He confirmed Vigilant Guardian, and provided clues on the meanings of nicknames.

“Vigilant or Amalgam means it is a HQ NORAD sponsored exercise. Guardian means it is a multi-command CPX, or command post exercise (no live-fly). So on 9/11, NORAD was conducting a NORAD-wide, multi-command, command post exercise with no live-fly. Other exercise terms include: Warrior = JCS/HQ NORAD sponsored FTX, or field training exercise (live-fly).” [2]

Arias thus confirmed that JCS-connected “Warrior” exercises would involve live-flies faking symptoms of a hijacking. Ruppert further speculated that “warrior” and “guardian” exercises would be conducted jointly in an offense/defense simulation, a possibility he was unable to verify. But whatever its relation to the other war games, there is evidence of at least one “warrior” exercise taking place on the morning of 9/11.

Richard Clarke said in his book Against All Enemies that acting JCS Chairman Richard Myers told him in their videoconference on 9/11 “not a pretty picture, Dick… We are in the middle of Vigilant Warrior, a NORAD exercise.” [3] This does not seem to be a confused reference to the already admitted Vigilant Guardian, since that did not involve JCS – but a “Warrior” FTX would have Joint Chiefs involvement – and live-flies. Chalk up another (probable) exercise, this one putting extra “hostile” aircraft in the skies amid the attack.

[1] Ruppert, Crossing the Rubicon. p 345
[2] Ruppert, Crossing the Rubion. p 368
[3] clarke, Against All Enemies. p 5


Anonymous said...

You people are fucking retarded! "Operation Vigilant Warrior" took place in 1994, to boost forces defending Kuwait when Iraq amassed troops on their border. I should know, I was there. Get a life, you losers!

Caustic Logic said...

I'm just passing on what Clarke said. I never said this was a real exercise that day, but did list as a possibility. While I can't rule out recycling of names, I'll take your comment, ill-intentioned as it seems, as a clue that this was probably just a mix-up on Clarke's part.

Caustic Logic said...

Re: "you people." I am only me. The others you may be referring to don't even talk to me.

and re: my post here - I did write it in a too-truthy vein, following Ruppert's lead. See the update.

Anonymous said...

To the guy who posted "you people are fucking retarded"

Do adequate research behind 9/11 before you open your mouth, ignorance will be bliss.

Anonymous said...

And besides, if you really think some people in a cave blew up the twin towers, think again. Do you live in that cave as well?

In 2000 NORAD had 67 intercepts with 100% accuracy

On 9/11 they failed 4 times in one day

The planes were flying around for 80 minutes when on average 10 minutes before a plane gets intercepted yet no one cares enough until something happened

Obviously they let it happen, and if you are too ignorant to understand that please do adequate research before opening your big ass ignorant mouth.