Norm Mineta – U.S. Secretary of Transportation 2001 – 2006. U.S. Secretary of Commerce 2000 – 2001.

Norman Mineta

Norman Mineta


Norman Mineta testimony (stand-down order for AA77)


“During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say 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 Testimony to the 9/11 Commission.

“The flight you are referring to is the…..” – Lee Hamilton
“The flight that came into the Pentagon.” – Norman Mineta

This statement alone is evidence that Dick Cheney was in control of NORAD and the USAF on 9/11 and that he gave the orders to “stand down” for “Flight 77”.
‎”Of course the order still stands” Cheney tells his Naval Aide Douglas Cochrane as the unauthorized aircraft, tracked and targeted by military radar, is allowed to come in to strike the Pentagon, NORAD on “stand down”, not a single defensive missile launched or even shot fired to defend the building – “The Air National Guard and Air Force air defense units of the United States were prohibited from carrying out their standard intercept procedures as detailed above on the morning of 911; after they had received the alerts from ATC and FAA..These orders came from the executive office of the president”.
Public Hearing; Friday, May 23, 2003, Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216
Washington, DC

MR. MINETA: No, I was not. 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?” Well, at the time I didn’t know what all that meant. And…
MR. HAMILTON: The flight you’re referring to is the…
MR. MINETA: The flight that came into the Pentagon.
MR. HAMILTON: The Pentagon, yeah.”


“MR. ROEMER: Nice to see you, Mr. Secretary, and nice to see you feeling better and getting around as well, too.
I want to follow up on what happened in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center and try to understand that day a little bit better. You said, if I understood you correctly, that you were not in the room; you were obviously coming from the Department of Transportation, where you had been busy in a meeting in official business, but you had not been in the room when the decision was made — to what you inferred was a decision made to attempt to shoot down Flight 77 before it crashed into the Pentagon. Is that correct?
MR. MINETA: I didn’t know about the order to shoot down. I arrived at the PEOC at about 9:20 a.m. And the president was in Florida, and I believe he was on his way to Louisiana at that point when the conversation that went on between the vice president and the president and the staff that the president had with him.
MR. ROEMER: So when you arrived at 9:20, how much longer was it before you overheard the conversation between the young man and the vice president saying, “Does the order still stand?”
MR. MINETA: Probably about five or six minutes.
MR. ROEMER: So about 9:25 or 9:26. And your inference was that the vice president snapped his head around and said, “Yes, the order still stands.” Why did you infer that that was a shoot-down?
MR. MINETA: Just by the nature of all the events going on that day, the scrambling of the aircraft and, I don’t know; I guess, just being in the military, you do start thinking about it, an intuitive reaction to certain statements being made.
MR. ROEMER: Who was the young man with the vice president?
MR. MINETA: Frankly, I don’t recall.
MR. ROEMER: And was there another line of communication between the vice president — and you said you saw Mr. Richard Clark on the way in. Was Clark running an operations center as well on that day?
MR. MINETA: Dick was in the Situation Room.
MR. ROEMER: So there was the Situation Room making decisions about what was going to happen on shootdowns —
MR. MINETA: I don’t believe they were —
MR. ROEMER: — as well as the PEOC?
MR. MINETA: I don’t believe they were making any decisions. I think they were more information-gathering from various agencies.
MR. ROEMER: Could it have been in the Situation Room where somebody in the Situation Room recommended the shoot-down and the vice president agreed to that?
MR. MINETA: Commissioner Roemer, I would assume that a decision of that nature would have had to be made at a much higher level than the people who were in the Situation Room.”
By David Ray Griffin

“According to Clarke, shortly after the meeting that Cheney had with Condoleezza Rice after the second attack on World Trade Center, which occurred at 9:03, the Secret Service wanted Rice as well as Cheney to go down to the PEOC. Rice, however, first went with Clarke to the White House’s Video Teleconferencing Center, where Clarke was to set up a video conference. This conference, Clarke’s statements suggest, began at about 9:10.13 After spending a few minutes there, Rice said, according to Clarke: “You’re going to need some decisions quickly. I’m going to the PEOC to be with the Vice President. Tell us what you need.” Clarke replied: “What I need is an open line to Cheney and you.”14 Some minutes later, evidently at about 9:15, Norman Mineta arrived and Clarke, after receiving him in the Situation Room, “suggested he join the Vice President.”15 Clarke thereby seemed to imply that Cheney was in the PEOC prior to 9:15.”
Military officials ignored Cheney’s 9/11 shoot-down order
Mineta and the secret orders of Cheney
————— meets Norm Mineta

WeAreChange confronts Dick Cheney Stand Down 9/11
Norman Mineta Confirms That Dick Cheney Ordered Stand Down on 9/11
Mineta, Cheney and the orders still stand controversy:

“Further evidence that Vice President Cheneys order on 9/11 regarding
Flight 77 was not a shoot-down order, but a stand down order – an order
NOT to shoot the plane down.”


Debunkers often say Mineta was confused about his times and that Cheney was referring to Flight 93 when he stated the “orders still stand”.

“Mineta was talking about UA93.”
“Mineta said when he got to PEOC Lynn Cheney was already there.”
“Belger said he didn’t talk to Cheney until after the Pentagon was hit.”
“Mineta said when he got to the Whitehouse people were running out of the building.”
“AA77 was off radar coverage for a long time and was not being tracked when it was 50 miles out.”
“Cheney was not in control of NORAD. NORAD required permission from the President to shoot down a passenger plane.”
“There was no interceptor in a position at any stage to shoot down AA77, or UA 93 for that matter.”
“flightpath that Mineta gives, as given to him by Monty Belger coincides with the projected flightpath of UA93 that ATC were following all the way to Washington after 10 am.”
“The order given was a shootdown order.”


There are many things wrong with these claims.

Cheney was whisked out of his office right after the 2nd tower was hit. He was taken to the PEOC just after 9:03am. It didn’t take 45 minutes for Cheney to get to the bunker. Which was located in the basement of the Whitehouse.

What time did Cheney arrive at PEOC and what time was “the order” given?

Mineta says he arrived at PEOC at 9:20. Clarke briefed Mineta and told him to go to the bunker. Dick Cheney was already there.

“The flight you are referring to is the…..” – Lee Hamilton
“The flight that came into the Pentagon.” – Norman Mineta

Mineta was on the phone with Berger shortly after the Pentagon was hit, ordering all aircraft to be grounded.

Radar Coverage? So planes are in stealth mode with there transponders turned off? What are you saying?

Flight 93 never got within 10 miles of Washington! Shanksville is over 150 miles away from the White House. Flight 93 allegedly crashed at 10:06am. Some even say 10:03am. If debunkers claim Cheney never made it to PEOC until 10:00am. Then what orders is Mineta talking about?

Lynne arrived at PEOC after Dick. This is confirmed as she had troubles getting into the bunker. She noted this at 10:10 am.

If the order was a shootdown order, then why wasn’t anything shot down?

Ask any debunker to show you a timeline of Mineta and Cheney’s actions and they never can.
9/11 report testimony altered to hide Cheney role in Pentagon hit

9/11 report testimony altered to hide Cheney role in Pentagon hit

“The official US government report on the attacks of September 11, 2001, has altered and obscured the testimony of US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta in a manner which absolves former Vice President Dick Cheney of failing to defend the Pentagon.

Mineta’s testimony suggested that Cheney had a clear window of opportunity during which he was made aware that an aircraft was headed straight for either the White House or the Pentagon, after it was clear that the nation was under attack, when he could have given an order and brought the plane down before it hit the Pentagon. The targeting of national landmarks such as the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was in integral part of the attackers’ strategy.”
Important “Open Letter to Norman Mineta” concerning his 9/11 Commission-censored testimony – Please help distribute widely…

“On May 23, 2003 you testified before the 9/11 Commission in public hearing as to your experience on the morning of 9/11/01. During your testimony you stated that you arrived at the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) underneath the East Wing of the White House “at about 9:20 a.m.”, at which time Vice President Richard Cheney and other staff was already present in the center, with Mr. Cheney clearly in command. You also state in your testimony that you had believed based on a conversation that took place between Mr. Cheney and an unnamed “young man” that a shoot down order had been given by the Vice President prior to your arrival, because, in your words.”

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