Terror in the Air, Chaos on the Ground

Staff Report No. 17, issued today by the 9/11 Commission provides the most complete timeline to date on the airline hijackings of September 11, 2001, and the federal government's response.

Among its findings:

>there were serious communications deficiencies between government officials on the morning of 9/11, and at one point President Bush had to use a cell phone to reach VP Cheney.

>Vice President Cheney issued a "shootdown order" on hijacked planes that was not followed because of confusion in the chain of command.

>The hijacking of flight 175 (the second plane to hit the WTC) was not immediately noted because the responsible air traffic controller was also following hijacked flight 11.

Read the report [adobe acrobat required]