Norman Mineta

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Person.png Norman Mineta   SourcewatchRdf-icon.png
Born Norman Yoshio Mineta
1931-11-12
San Jose, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Children • David Mineta Stuart Mineta
• Robert Brantner
• Mark Brantner
Spouse Danealia Mineta
Party Democratic
US Secretary of Transportation whose revealing testimony to the 9-11 commission was covered up in their final report.

Employment.png United States Secretary of Transportation Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 25, 2001 - August 7, 2006

Flag of the United States Secretary of Commerce.svg United States Secretary of Commerce Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
July 20, 2000 - January 20, 2001
Preceded by Bill Daley

Employment.png Chair of the House Transportation Committee

In office
January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995

Employment.png Mayor of San Jose

In office
1971 - 1975

Norman Mineta was United States Secretary of Transportation on the day of 9-11 who gave a revealing testimony before the 9-11/Commission implied that incoming fire on the Pentagon was subject to a stand down order.

Testimony to the 9/11 Commission

Norman Mineta testified before the 9/11 Commission that, in the command bunker known as the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 was being tracked on radar as it approached the Pentagon, between 9:26a.m. and 9:37, and a junior officer kept asking Cheney if the order regarding the shooting down of unresponsive aircraft was still in effect. Bush’s authorization after the Pentagon was hit implies that before this, there was no standing order to shoot down possibly hostile aircraft. The standing order would therefore have been not to shoot. In answer Cheney replied in the negative, that the standing order should not be reversed. In the official transcript of Mineta’s testimony before the Commission, Mineta says:

...I was made aware of it during the time that the airplane coming into the Pentagon. There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, “The plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out.” And when it got down to, “The plane is 10 miles out,” the young man also said to the vice president, “Do the orders still stand?” And the vice president turned and whipped his neck around and said, “Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard anything to the contrary?”
Norman Mineta, 9/11 Commission Testimony[1]

9/11 Commission Report

On page 41 of the 9/11 Commission Report, in the chapter “We Have Some Planes,” the Commission clearly echoes what is meant to be Mineta’s testimony, while changing the most critical aspects of it. Mineta’s actual testimony never appears in the report, although a pale shadow of it remains, with the clearly deceptive intent of placing Cheney in the command bunker, and watching the radar, only after the Pentagon had been hit. The Commission writes:

“At some time between 10:10 and 10:15, a military aide told the Vice President and others that the aircraft was 80 miles out. Vice President Cheney was asked for authority to engage the aircraft. His reaction was described by Scooter Libby as quick and decisive, “in about the time it takes a batter to decide to swing.” The Vice President authorized fighter aircraft to engage the inbound plane. He told us he based this authorization on his earlier conversation with the President. The military aide returned a few minutes later, probably between 10:12 and 10:18, and said the aircraft was 60 miles out. He again asked for authorization to engage. The Vice President again said yes.”
Norman Mineta, 9/11 Commission report[1]

Later activities

After resigning as transport secretary, Mineta has not had any government jobs. After leaving the Bush administration, Mineta became vice chairman of Hill & Knowlton on July 24, 2006.

 

A Quote by Norman Mineta

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9-11/Pentagon“At some time between 10:10 and 10:15, a military aide told the Vice President and others that the aircraft was 80 miles out. Vice President Cheney was asked for authority to engage the aircraft. His reaction was described by Scooter Libby as quick and decisive, “in about the time it takes a batter to decide to swing.” The Vice President authorized fighter aircraft to engage the inbound plane. He told us he based this authorization on his earlier conversation with the President. The military aide returned a few minutes later, probably between 10:12 and 10:18, and said the aircraft was 60 miles out. He again asked for authorization to engage. The Vice President again said yes.”9-11/Commission/Report
 

Related Document

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Document:How They Get Away With Itessay28 June 2006Michael GreenThe mechanics of a cover-up


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