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September 11, 2001: Assessment States that Any Domestic Hijacking Would Be a ‘Suicide Hijack’

An assessment is published, apparently by the FAA, which states that if an aircraft hijacking took place within the United States, it would be part of a suicide attack. This is according to John Hawley, who works for the FAA’s intelligence division as a liaison to the State Department. Hawley will tell the 9/11 Commission that on this day, a “strategic assessment” is published, which says that “if they”—presumably meaning terrorists—“conduct a hijacking domestically, it will be a suicide hijack.” It is unclear who publishes this assessment, but presumably it was produced by the FAA. Hawley will apparently provide no further details about the assessment. He “didn’t elaborate on this point,” the 9/11 Commission will state. [9/11 Commission, 10/8/2003 pdf file; 9/11 Commission, 3/17/2004]

Entity Tags: John Hawley, Federal Aviation Administration

Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline, 9/11 Timeline

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