December 16th, 2007

Lone Gunmen episode that forecasted 9/11 attack on WTC

I had heard about this Lone Gunmen episode before but never saw any of it until today. It was actually the series pilot, and aired March 4, 2001.

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The story was about terrorists seizing control of an airliner with remote avionics, and flying it into the World Trade Center.

And it turned out that the terrorists were native: a “faction” within the U.S. national security apparat.

Their motive: to restart the cold war arms merchandizing. This seems (IMHO) the only element of the forecast to have been a bit off.

Recall Rice’s statement while testifying before the 9/11 Commission that no one in U.S. intel had anticipated terrorists flying jetliners into buildings. Seems the Octopus doesn’t watch television.

The series was an X-Files spinoff featuring the cool nerds (known to friends as the Lone Gunmen) who’d occasionally hack computers to aid the X-Files FBI paranormal team.

The X-Files (for those even less familiar with TV than me) was mostly about aliens in league, since Roswell, with certain Washington powers.

Here’s something: Journal of 9/11 Studies

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5 comments

  1. ed says:

    Below — some Facebook chatter re the Lone Gunmen:

    Chris M: So what. Tom Clancy wrote about crashing an airliner into the US Capitol in “Debt of Honor” years before that. That might have come true if the terrorists had been competent and could navigate in the air.

    November 1st, 2010 at 7:40 am

  2. ed says:

    It reflects badly, Chris, on the National Security Advisor, who testified a year later, despite The Lone Gunmen and the President’s Daily Briefing of August 6, 2001, that neither she nor the fearsomely expensive US National Security Apparat in general had a clue that Terorists might attack tall buildings with jetliners.

    November 1st, 2010 at 7:41 am

  3. ed says:

    Chris M: No one expects there to be a megalomaniac with a secret lair inside a volcano, either. Yet there have been many movies with such a theme.

    November 1st, 2010 at 7:41 am

  4. ed says:

    Shhhh, Chris — the Wall has ears. Where do you think Cheney was undisclosed all those years?

    November 1st, 2010 at 7:41 am

  5. ed says:

    I suspect that the Lone Gunmen pilot was informed by the same awareness that inspired the now-public intel reports about jetliners as weapons (eg the 8/6 PDB but there’s been more that’ve come to light).

    November 1st, 2010 at 7:49 am

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