Mike Chertoff Invites You to Pick a Target

The tragic story of Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle’s plane crash into a New
York City highrise, painful as it is to his family and friends, is not
about Cory Lidle.

The tragic story of Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle’s plane crash into a New
York City highrise, painful as it is to his family and friends, is not
about Cory Lidle.

It is instead, an unmasking of the incomprehensible actions (or lack
thereof) on the part of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. Here
again is every appearance of a lightweight trying to cover a
heavyweight’s job—very nearly a Bush administration trademark.
Chertoff, who screwed up the Zacharias Moussaoui prosecution and
wrongfully brought down the Arthur Anderson company in a case that
wrecked the company and was reversed on appeal (after Anderson went
broke and let go 26,000 employees), was co-author of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act represents the largest wholesale raiding of the constitutional cookie-jar in U.S. history.
This current ‘open flight’ around Manhattan Chertoff policy is so egregious, in light of the 9-11 attack, that it defies description. But I will try.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Lidle crash occurred at 2:45 p.m.

a corridor above the East River where helicopters and small planes can
fly under 1,100 feet and are not required to remain in touch with air
traffic controllers. The corridor runs up the river, over the Brooklyn,
Manhattan, Williamsburg and 59th Street bridges that necklace the
river. It is commonly used by sightseeing helicopters under “visual
flight rules,” which means pilots under 1,000 feet must steer clear of
other airplanes and helicopters as well as buildings.

All of Manhattan

lies between the East River and the Hudson (where the same rules
apply). Manhattan Island, that most targeted (and already devastatingly
hit) part of the city, where police officers patrol the subways, is
wide open to anyone with a ‘small plane.’ Small planes (however that is
determined), are thereby invited to pick their target of choice for another 9-11.
A veritable shooting-gallery, courtesy of your Department of Homeland Security,
who won’t let you carry toothpaste onto a plane, but allows free river
access to any plane with a novice pilot. Cory Lidle was a novice pilot.
He got his license last year during the off-season, bought a nifty
half-million dollar light plane and lost control of it over Manhattan.
News reports don’t yet acknowledge who was at the controls, Cory or his
flight instructor. Probably both, in their moment of panic.
Sana Monayair (Washington Post article) described standing on her
37th-floor balcony across 72nd Street about 2:40 p.m. She watched as
the four-seat, single-engine Cirrus SR20 plane strayed inland from the
East River, climbing briefly upward before lurching down into the
building’s cliff wall.

“I saw the plane fly
directly into the building,” Monayair said. “There was a big explosion.
It was very scary, the bricks falling and people screaming.”

Chertoff, if there was
a functioning government in Washington instead of the one that went
home to electioneer, would no doubt find himself in front of another
enraged Congressional committee.
He might offer a defense similar to his September 3, 2005 press
conference over FEMA response to hurricane Katrina. Chertoff asserted
that no one had ever predicted a disaster of this magnitude. In your position as secretary, you are charged with predicting every conceivable type of disaster possibility.
Listen up, Mike.
I am predicting another NY attack if the air lanes surrounding Manhattan are not closed. 
By whose decision are the front and back doors of New York City left
open to bang in the wind of anyone who chooses to fly up and down them?
What incompetent decided that as long as god-knows-who flys under 1,100
feet, he can be allowed the choice of targets in a city of a thousand
targets? Both planes that hit the WTC made contact well below 1,100 feet.
Here’s another clue, Mike.
Among the available plastic explosives these days—so named because
they are ‘protected’ by plastic, which makes them somewhat more
stable–is Semtex—a Czech explosive invention as easy to slip through airport security as nylons, Semtex has been a terrorist top choice because it’s also odorless and undetectable by dogs and airport security devices.
Very handy. Semtex was responsible for the destruction of Pan
Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1998 bombing of the US
Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Potent stuff. Way more effective than jet
According to the FBI, Semtex has an indefinite shelf life and is far stronger than traditional explosives such as TNT. It is also easily available on the black market.
Semtex became infamous when just 12 ounces of the substance,
molded inside a Toshiba cassette recorder, blew Pan Am flight 103 out
of the sky. A year later, after the Czech Communist regime was toppled,
the new president, Vaclav Havel, revealed that the Czechs had exported 900 tons of Semtex to Libya and another 1,000 tons to favored places such as Syria, North Korea, Iraq, and Iran. Some experts now put worldwide stockpiles of Semtex at 40,000 tons.
Breaking a sweat yet, Mike?
So, we have a rogue, undetectable explosive that’s readily available, 12 oz of which can bring down an airliner. None of that is news, not really. What is news, is that the accidental crash of Cory Lidl was the result of ordinary access to airspace that should have been protected.
That event

scrambled military jets over the major cities of America and
Canada–talk about a classic locking of barn doors after the horse is
What good to assign gun toting police to New York’s subway system and
leave the airways open to any novice (or terrorist) with an airplane? A
half-pound of Semtex can take down a small building. The payload of a Cirrus S-20, such as Cory flew, is a thousand pounds, a half-ton, enough to drop and building in Manhattan.
As George Bush would say,
“Helluva job, Michael.”
Press sightings of the NYC plane crash;

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