Dear Mr. Marc Fisher,
On Sept. 12, 2001, an article under your and Don Phillips' signature appeared in the Washington Post, with the title "On Flight 77: 'Our plane is being hijacked'. I have a few questions regarding this article.
1. In the article you say that "the passengers and crew members…were ordered to call relatives to say they were about to die." What is the source for this claim?
2. The report quotes one sentence by Ted Olson. Did any of you actually speak to Ted Olson or is this quote based on someone else's reporting? If you talked to Ted Olson, who initiated the contact, he or you?
3. Most of the information on the call by Barbara Olson to her husband emanates in your report from Tim O'Brien, described as a "friend of the Olsons". Did you talk to Tim directly and if so, who decided to have him describe the call by Barbara Olson rather than her husband who took the call? Such indirect attribution is rather unusual.
4. You write that controllers "had time to warn the White House that the jet was aimed directly at the president's mansion". Who were these controllers and at what time did their warning occur?
5. You write that "Aviation sources" said the plane was flown with "extraordinary skill" and that removing the transponder was a "move that is considerably less than obvious." Who were these aviation sources who made these statements?
As a researcher and author in 9/11 issues, I would be most thankful if you could help me with these questions.
With kind greetings,
7 June 2007