Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 4 weeks ago

Why didn't NORAD detect the planes on 9-11?

Were the control staff drunk and asleep in their comfortable office chairs on 9-11 when 4 aircraft were able to fly erratically across US airspace?

 did someone forget to replace the batteries on  this thing. It is is supposed to monitor the airspace.

A total waste of money it seems when it failed to do the job. 3000 people would be alive now if it had worked.

12 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    Because they wanted everything to reach there targets.

  • 3 weeks ago


    By the time they diverged from their normal flight paths, they were already within MINUTES of their targets.

    Non of the flights were actually 'erratic' even after departing there planed flight paths.

    Your source is the DEFINITION of hearsay.

  • 4 weeks ago

    NORAD is supposed to monitor for invading military planes coming from a foreign country.

    Those were U.S.-registered civilian airline planes that were already in the country.  Monitoring them was the responsibility of the FAA, not NORAD.

    Detecting them wouldn't have prevented 3000 deaths.  There was nothing that could be done about the two planes that hit the World Trade Center; when they were hijacked, they were already closer to their targets than any of our defensive forces were; there simply wasn't time to intercept them.  Also, shooting down the planes would have killed the passengers, so their lives couldn't be saved either.  And the plane that crashed in PA didn't kill anyone who wasn't already on it, so no lives could be saved there either.  The only lives that even theoretically might have been saved would be those who were in the Pentagon.  Everyone else who died, including everyone on any of the four planes or in the World Trade Center, would still have died.

  • 4 weeks ago

    What is NORAD for?   It detects enemy attack from OUTSIDE the USA.   So which way do you think their radars point?    They have one that looks OUT over the Pacific,  another that looks OUT over the Atlantic,   another that looks OUT over the Gulf of Mexico and the DEW LINE that looks north over the pole.   So just which of these radars do you think would be able to see planes INSIDE the USA?    None of them.    Plus the fact they flew low so not even our air traffic control system that IS responsible for watching planes inside the USA could see them.     No one was asleep at the wheel.  

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  • 4 weeks ago

    For the 10 BILLIONTH time..........

    NORAD does not track  US Interior commercial flights. 

    Jets WERE scrambled after the first two towers here hit , which caught everyone off guard,  and pilots  had EYES  on Flight 93- 

    Now some still argue, that Flight 93 was SHOT down. 

    The official story is.....passengers wrestled the terrorists for control of the plane, and it the Military pilots watched events play out.........

    perhaps with orders to shoot it down, IFFFF if got near Washington or New York. 

    But Pilots WERE in the air, and at one point , had VISUALS on  Flight 93.........before it crashed. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    During the cold war the RAF Nuked the USA twice during NATO

    exercises in One exercise 4 RAF Vulcan used one caught the other three simulated a nuclear attacks and got away safely

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    They don’t track regular commercial flights.  

  • Rick
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    sure, but they were regularly scheduled commercial flights ........

  • Kerri
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    NORAD "provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Northern America".  It's a combined US/Canadian entity.  Commercial airliners flying within the United States/Canada are not the realm of NORAD.

  • 4 weeks ago

    might want to educate yourself on NORAD's roles....

    here's a hint:  making hijacked planes magically land or ordering them shot down aren't among them...

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