Twelve missing commercial jets may now be deployed as weapons against U.S. cities

In that story, they wrote:

" now seems increasingly likely that the Flight 370 aircraft has, indeed, been delivered to a rogue nation where it is being transformed into a weapon. Whoever took control of Flight 370 now has a massive stealth weapon which an incredibly long flight range. This aircraft can now be outfitted with nuclear weapons and dispatched to almost any desirable target anywhere in the world, including cities like New York and Washington D.C., unfortunately."

Yesterday, U.S. intelligence officials repeated their warning almost word for word.

As Bill Gertz of the Free Beacon is now reporting, 11 commercial airliners have gone missing in Tripoli, and U.S. intelligence officials are now openly warning that those jets could be weaponized to launch terrorism attack on U.S. cities.

"...western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa," reports the Free Beacon. "Intelligence reports ...included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.

Intelligence officials are concerned about jetliner attacks on 9/11

"The official said the aircraft are a serious counterterrorism concern because reports of terrorist control over the Libyan airliners come three weeks before the 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks and the second anniversary of the Libyan terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi," reports the Free Beacon.

There are numerous ways in which a commercial aircraft could be outfitted with weapons and launched against major U.S. cities. I will not detail them here for obvious reasons, but as a qualified aircraft pilot and a high-IQlaboratory director, I can immediately think of at least five specific airborne threat tactics which the U.S. needs to defend against. I hope they've thought of them all and are taking necessary precautions. Although in all seriousness, there are some attack scenarios which are virtually impossible to stop.

Aircraft squawk identifiers, for example, can easily be spoofed. That's not any sort of top secret information: every qualified pilot knows this. In nearly all aircraft, in fact, the pilot simply types in whatever squawk code he wants. It's a four-digit code, and "1200" is a generic VFR squawk code used by hundreds of general aviation aircraft on any given day. Unfortunately, an inbound jetliner with evil intent could quite readily request traffic vectors for a large U.S. airport and actually be guided right into the final approach glide slope by air traffic control.

I'm not sure there are any security measures in place to detect terror intentions in time to stop the aircraft from deploying weapons above U.S. cities. I do know the U.S. military will scramble fighter jets to escort suspicious aircraft, but even their engagement protocols might actually make things worse in some circumstance. For example, what if the commercial jet is loaded with "dirty bomb" radioactive waste material? Shooting down the jet would only cause those materials to be dispersed into the air, potentially worsening the incident rather than de-escalating it.

As U.S. intelligence authorities no doubt realize, if a flight crew of terrorists is willing to die in order to deliver their weapons, there is not much which can be done to stop them. You can't force an aircraft to land unless you physically shoot out the engines, in which case you are risking a massive explosion of the entire aircraft and whatever might be onboard. Shooting out the engines, after all, will often result in a fiery explosion for the simple reason that all the jet fuel is stored in the wings. And those wings aren't bulletproof. At best, the U.S. military might hope to shoot down an enemy aircraft over a relatively uninhabited area, but such outcomes necessitate early detection and confirmation of the threat.

MH370 plus 11 more commercial jets are now missing

So what we have now is a grand total of 12 large commercial aircraft that have gone missing (that's MH370 plus 11 more that have gone missing from Tripoli). We have terrorist organizations around the world that are openly seeking to destroy America. On top of that, certain nations and terror groups obviously have easy access to weapons materials from several different fronts (biological, chemical, nuclear, etc.).

Senior military intelligence believes U.S. cities might be targeted by these weaponized aircraft on September 11. I don't think they have any specific intelligence claiming such attacks will take place, but they recognize the threat (as do I). With twelve jets, twelve U.S. cities could be simultaneously targeted by whatever weapons of mass destruction the terrorists can come up with. If only half of those attacks made it through, a six-city attack would still be absolutely devastating to America (which is what the terrorists want).

Because of flight path proximity, the most likely cities to be targeted by terrorists flying commercial jets would reside on the East Coast of the United States. Therefore, it's only logical to conclude that the most likely city targets would include New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Philadelphia and so on.

Be careful on 9/11

Whatever your plans for the next couple of weeks, be cautious on 9/11. This is a date on which terrorists wish to strike America because of the psychological impact of the date. Striking on precisely 9/11 sends a message that the United States can't even stop terrorists on the most likely day of terror.

Hopefully nothing bad will happen on 9/11, and I'm not trying to scare anyone away from existing plans. But if you have a choice, you might be wise to consider staying out of East Coast cities on that day, just in case.

Or, if you really have to be in the city, double check your own preparedness supplies. Do you have potassium iodide or iodine supplies in case of nuclear terrorism? Do you have a face mask in case of chemical or biological terrorism? Do you have food, water and medicine supplies at home? These are wise things to keep prepared at all times -- but especially so when the likelihood of a terrorism attack is heightened for any reason.

Right now, you've got about a week to get prepared before 9/11, just in case. I'm not suggesting anyone panic, but right now would be a good time to double check your preparedness lists and make plans to go out and acquire anything you're missing before the coming weekend.

Stay safe by staying prepared for all emergencies

Personally, I believe it is only a matter of time before a large U.S. city is hit with a devastating terrorism weapon. I hope and pray such violence never takes place, but I also know that there are horrendously evil people (and nations) in our world, and I know that America has many enemies which are trying to destroy her.

I am sending extra prayers to all the crew aboard America's nuclear sub fleet, because those subs stand as the last-ditch defense against global nuclear war. The very fact that we have stealth subs cruising around the oceans, carrying nuclear-tipped ICBMs, is a powerful deterrent to America's enemies. And if we didn't have those subs, we would be in a far worse strategic situation right now. As a person who is "anti war," I am also strongly "pro nuclear submarines" because it is those subs that help prevent wars from taking place by forcing America's enemies to consider the devastating cost of retaliation.

Stay safe, everybody. The idea of 12 missing commercial airliners in the hands of terror groups who hate America should be more than enough cause for you to double check your preparedness plans before 9/11.

by Health Ranger
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