On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, many remembered the heroic efforts of the passengers to stop the hijacking of United Airways Flight 93, which was taken over by al-Qaida and ended up crashing in an empty discipline in Pennsylvania. An article started circulating that presupposed to be the full transcript of a name between a Todd Beamer, a passenger on that flight, and a cellphone operator.
The passenger, Beamer, who was half of a group making an attempt to take the aircraft again from the hijackers, referred to as GTE, the firm that supplied the cellphone service on United Airways flights. He spoke to Lisa Jefferson, an operator.
Many shared the alleged transcript of that decision from an article on Eternity News, which seems to be a Christian-focused web site, claiming it was the full dialog between the two of them. We realized that whereas parts of this “transcript” have been pulled from Jefferson’s account of the dialog, testimonials from the time, and different sources, there was no recorded model of the full dialog. The transcript consists of pretend dialogue that by no means truly occurred.
A key aspect of the “transcript” is especially questionable. It claims that Jefferson informed Beamer about the different flights that had crashed into the Twin Towers, as per this excerpt:
Todd: Everyone seems to be… actually scared. A number of passengers with cell telephones have made calls to kinfolk. A man, Jeremy, was speaking to his spouse simply earlier than the hijacking began. She informed him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Commerce Middle……Lisa is that true??
Lisa: Todd…..I’ve to inform you the reality…..it’s very unhealthy. The World Commerce Middle is gone. Each of the towers have been destroyed.
Todd: Oh God — assist us!
Lisa: A 3rd aircraft was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our nation is below assault….and I’m afraid that your aircraft could also be half of their plan.
Jefferson by no means informed Beamer about the different hijackings. She informed CBS Information that she made a acutely aware determination to not inform Beamer about the World Commerce Middle: “I wanted him to have hope, I wanted him to think he still had a chance. I didn’t want him to feel like it was totally hopeless.”
Her interview with CBS could be seen right here:
As proven in paperwork uploaded by the 9/11 Document Archive on Scribd — run by Kevin Fenton, the creator of “Disconnecting the Dots: How 9/11 Was Allowed to Happen,” — the transcripts referenced embody Jefferson’s personal recollections, and recordings of conversations between Jefferson and Lisa Beamer, Todd’s widow. These transcripts have been launched from the Nationwide Archives and Data Administration (NARA), based on Fenton. Lisa Beamer requested Jefferson if she occurred to have a tape of the final name from Todd, to which Jefferson replied: “No, actually, no I don’t. As for that I would have had to leave where I was on the floor […] To go in my office to record it, and at that point, I told him, I said I’m not gonna leave you Todd, I’m gonna stay right here with you […] I didn’t want him to hang up. I just wanted him to keep talking.”
In a memorandum uploaded by the Nationwide Fee on Terrorist Assaults Upon the United States, on the Nationwide Archives web site, Jefferson informed members of the Fee in a 2004 briefing that she “took notes but only a few basic notes on a small post-it pad.” The FBI took the notes however gave her no additional info, she stated.
A National Memorial to Flight 93 in Pennsylvania additionally detailed info from the name, pulled from the 9/11 Fee information: “‘Beamer asked if he could be connected with his wife, or if that was not possible, if a message could be passed to his wife telling her that he loved her.’ The second GTE/Airfone operator said she could hear “screams, prayers, exclamations, and talk of subduing the highjackers …At approximately 9 am CST (10 am EST), Beamer said that the passengers were about to attack the highjackers.”
The memorial website notes that solely three of the calls from Flight 93 had recorded transcripts. It stated, “Direct transcripts are noted. Quoted content is cited. Most of the quoted material comes from FBI reports and notes, but is not a direct transcript of a recording unless specifically noted as such.” Beamer’s name was pulled from FBI notes from interviews carried out with Jefferson, and notes from the revealed report of the 9/11 Fee.
This pretend transcript is correct in some cases, notably when utilizing Jefferson’s and quite a few media accounts of Beamer’s final phrases, which have been “Let’s roll.” At that time he and different passengers have been about to attempt to take again the flight from the hijackers.
Whereas parts of the “transcript” circulating on-line are pulled from the precise dialog and embody appropriate info, different parts of the transcript are incorrect. Provided that there isn’t any precise recording of the name between Beamer and Jefferson, and the transcript contradicts Jefferson’s personal account of occasions, we price it as “False.”
“Memorandum for the Record (MFR) of the Interview of Lisa Jefferson of the GTE Airphone Conducted by Team 7.”
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