Russ Wittenberg says America has
turned into a police state with martial law on the immediate
horizon. He said Americans need to 'wake-up' before it's too
late and all constitutional rights are stripped away.
July 17, 2005
By Greg Szymanski
was no fooling former Air Force and commercial pilot Russ
Wittenberg the morning of 9/11. He knew it was an inside job from
the get-go, knowing the ‘big boys’ were up to the same dirty tricks
they played in the Kennedy assassination and Pearl Harbor.
The government may have fooled millions of Americans with its
cockamamie official story, but the former fighter pilot who flew
over 100 combat missions in Vietnam and who sat for 35 years in the
cockpit for Pan Am and United, wasn’t one of them.
Now, almost four years later, Wittenberg is still shaking his head in disbelief more than
ever, saying the country he loved and fought so bravely 40 years ago
has fallen in the deep, dark and sinister hands of fascist leaders
who are quickly turning
America into a military state.
Although back in the beginning he seemed like a lone wolf in the hen
house, he’s noticed, especially in the last six months, more
Americans waking up to the cold reality that the U.S. government staged 9/1l, started an illegal
war in Iraq and basically is criminally
responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of innocent lives here
Even though it’s a hard pill for some to swallow,
Americans need to “wake up and wake up fast,” holding those in
government responsible even though it may mean a total makeover of
the American political system.
And for these despicable actions now taking place in the name of
freedom, the former F-100 Vietnam fighter pilot, who knows what it’s
like to be in harms way, directed a little military jab toward the
Commander and Chief, saying: “Oh, why doesn’t he wake up and just
fall on his sword.”
Talking about his obvious disgust for the Bush administration, he
bundles 9/11 into the neo con’s “neat little contrived war package,”
saying it was the lynch pin needed to usher in a state of constant
fear, a climate of war and a perfect setting for the
unconstitutional Patriot Act and eventual martial law.
“If you would have told me back in the 1970s this was going to
happen to America, I would have never imagined
it. It’s just not the same country I grew up in as all our
Constitutional freedoms are being stripped away right before our
very eyes,” said Wittenberg in a telephone conversation from his home in
Carefree Az., a picturesque and serene place on the map near Scottsdale.
“The government story they handed us about 9/11 is total B.S. plain
and simple. I also thoroughly went over the recent 9/11 Commission
report, finding about 110 outright lies and numerous other
half-truths and omissions in an obvious cover-up of not only the
truth but of a criminal investigation.
“Condaleeza Rice lied through her teeth when she testified and if I
would have had her on the stand for 10 minutes, I would have had her
Concerning 9/11, Wittenberg knew right off the bat the hijackers
- who couldn’t handle a Piper Cub - couldn’t fly the ‘big birds” he
flew for so many years, knowing the planes were also incapable of
performing such high speed maneuvers as the government claimed.
He also knew the possibility of jet fuel bringing down the towers
made no sense. In fact, he knew the whole 9/11 story made about as
much sense as crossing the Atlantic
in a row boat.
And right after 9/11 when it was unpopular and considered almost
treasonous to question the government, Wittenberg became the
first commercial airline pilot with experience flying the jets used
in 9/11 to publicly denounce the government story.
Although speaking publicly on many occasions about the fictitious
government account of 9/11, it wasn’t until Sept. 16, 2004, his
controversial remarks aired on Wing TV, sparking a heated debate
among pilots and others clinging to the flimsy government account.
Knowing the flight characteristics of the “big birds” like the back
of his hand, Wittenberg convincingly argued
there was absolutely no possibility that
Flight 77could have “descended 7,000 feet in two minutes, all the
while performing a steep 270 degree banked turn before crashing into
the Pentagon’s first floor wall without touching the lawn.”
claimed the high speed maneuver would have surely stalled the
jetliner sending it into a nose dive, adding it was “totally
impossible for an amateur who couldn’t even fly a Cessna to maneuver
the jetliner in such a highly professional manner, something Wittenberg said he couldn’t do with 35 years of
commercial jetliner experience.
“For a guy to just jump into the cockpit
and fly like an ace is impossible – there is not one chance in a
thousand,” said Wittenberg, recalling that when he made the jump
from Boeing 727’s to the highly sophisticated computerized
characteristics of the 737’s through 767’s it took him considerable
time to feel comfortable flying.
“I had to be trained to use the new,
computerized systems. I just couldn’t jump in and fly one,” he
Finding more inconsistencies with the
government story about Flight 77, Wittenberg recalled the
recent statements made by a flight controller on an ABC 20/20
television program three months ago.
“If you listened to her carefully only an
experienced pilot probably would have known that what she was saying
was scripted,” said Wittenberg. “Remember the transponder was
turned off on Flight 77 and when this occurs, all the particular
flight data like air speed and even the plane’s flight
identification goes with it.
“All that’s left on the controller’s
screen is a green blip, that’s it. But here you have this flight
controller on 20/20 saying she was tracking the flight with specific
air speed and other coordinates which was totally impossible once
the transponder was turned off. How would she even have known the
flight number? The whole story is a pack of lies and this is just
And from the moment
called attention to the lies, he’s been in the cross hairs defending
his story, defending it by using a little bit of psychology, a lot
of history and asking critics to answer questions before drawing
“I’ve learned over the years, it’s hard
to change anybody’s mind when they really aren’t listening,” said Wittenberg. “So, I just decided to fire back a
lot of questions to those people who believe the government story.
“I ask them explain how Building No.7
collapsed? I ask them why haven’t the “black boxes” been recovered?
I ask them to explain how jet fuel – fuel that burns cold not hot --
could bring down two high rise structures when more than 90% of the
fuel on board burned outside the buildings?”
And Wittenberg has hundreds of other tough questions ready, but
said it’s also important to put 9/11 and the Iraq war in a
“Is 9/11 and the phony war on terror any
different or more serious than Pearl Harbor and World War II?,” asks Wittenberg. “The bottom line is all wars are
contrived and it is these rich bankers and financiers who have
pulled the strings and who have put these contrived events like 9/11
and Pearl Harbor into motion.”
Turning to the recent
London bombings, Wittenberg said he’s tired of the “talking heads’ trying to
analyze how to counter terror when “the real cause and effect
issues” about the root problems with America and the world are being
“It’s simply bizarre. Maybe our one-sided
foreign policy that keeps getting us into all this trouble around
the world should be seriously questioned,” said Wittenberg. “If we are
really fighting terror, why are our borders just to the south
completely wide open? It’s a joke.”
Claiming the entire neo con scenario now
playing out in America and around the world is based
on the attempt to establish a one world government controlled by a
select few, he said it’s difficult to figure out their true motives,
adding he can only offer an educated guess based on what he’s
studied and read.
“Power corrupts, money isn’t enough and
these people want total control,” added Wittenberg. “These elites
actually think they are better than everybody else and basically
want power and control over the diminishing resources by creating a
one world government.
Regarding another terror attack on
American soil coming on the heels of the London bombings, he said
“it’s not if but when,” claiming the unconstitutional Patriot Act is
waiting in the wings to silence those Americans who may not fall in
line with the government’s eventual takeover.
“They passed it for a reason. The problem
with our two party system is that the same group of gangsters
controls both parties,” said Wittenberg, who didn’t vote for Bush or Kerry in the last
election and was the former Arizona state chairman for Pat Buchanon’s
failed presidential run in 2000.
Although Wittenberg remains
politically active and abreast of world affairs, he has left the
political forefront, trying instead to raise public awareness about
the danger of the neo con agenda.
“More people are listening now, but it
doesn’t surprise me that still a lot of people just don’t want to
get involved, thinking things are just fine in America,” he
added. “These people are perfectly content to play golf, watch the
ballgame and not get involved.”
Wittenberg, who retired the day before
9/11 having a strange and unexplainable premonition, said high gas
prices have led him to sell his private plane, saying it was getting
too expensive to even “fly for fun’ anymore.
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