9-11 and the Public Safety :
Seeking Answers and Accountability
Meeting held in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2002 at the National Press Club
John Judge:… My parents were civilian Pentagon employees for thirty years. My mother was five levels above top security under the Joint Chiefs. I grew up in the Pentagon. I spent time as a child in the Pentagon….
Another quote that came out September 23rd in Newsday from the Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Vick Warzinski [Ed: sp?], he says that it’s simply not – that they simply weren’t capable of understanding that the plane was heading our way. They weren’t aware. They simply weren’t aware that the aircraft in question was heading our way and I doubt that prior to Tuesday’s events anyone would have expected anything like this. Now I arranged a demonstration called A Day Without the Pentagon in the late 1990’s to march from the National Cemetery to the Pentagon to contest the bloated military budget and cutting it – What A Day Without A Pentagon Budget, in other words. I wasn’t suggesting we get rid of the Pentagon by an explosion but I was saying what would it mean if we took one day of the Pentagon’s budget and put it into social services. And we marched across. Now I had to negotiate that with about 16 different police agencies here in DC. And I was taken, by the head of security at the Pentagon, into the Pentagon building. I was walked through the area where the Joint Chief’s have lunch and I was taken out to the grounds in the parade area where we were going to be. And he said, "You can’t come up any further than this wall." Well the wall was at the end of an area that doesn’t come up to the steps. And I said there had been a Supreme Court decision in the 1970’s that demonstrations could come all the way up to the steps. And he said, "You can’t do that now because we are on delta alert." And I said, "What’s that?" And he said, "It’s our highest form of alert." And I said, "Why are you on alert?" And he said, "We’re getting bomb threats every day from the Muslims." And he said, "And we have this constant alert and you can’t come any closer for security reasons." And then he pointed up at the top of the building and he said, "We have radar up there watching to see if any planes are coming into the building." And he said, "We have photographic equipment and look at the skies with the videos and we’re going to be taping your demonstration." And I said, "That’s nice, can we get a copy?" This was the late 1990’s. Did they go back to sleep? They have the equipment to know something’s coming…
In addition to that, my parents used to take me to lunch during the day in the center area of the Pentagon in the courtyard in the middle. And I remember asking my father when I was young what certain things were there. And there were surface to air missile batteries in that area that defend the building.