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September 10, 2001: FBI Crisis Response Unit Goes to California for Training, Therefore Away from Washington at Time of 9/11 Attacks

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HISTORY COMMONS — The FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) goes to California for a week of training and is therefore stranded away from Washington, DC, when it is required to help in the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. [USA TODAY, 9/11/2001DARLING, 2010, PP. 75]

The CIRG is “the unit that coordinates the FBI’s rapid response to crisis incidents, including terrorist attacks,” according to Major Robert Darling of the White House Military Office. Its members arrive in San Francisco this evening to participate in a week of special weapons and tactics (SWAT)-related field training. [DARLING, 2010, PP. 74-75]

While the 9/11 attacks are underway, NBC News will report that the FBI is in a state of “chaos,” partly because of the CIRG being stranded in California (see 10:03 a.m. September 11, 2001). [NBC 4, 9/11/2001] On the afternoon of September 11, the White House will arrange for the CIRG to return to Washington as a matter of priority (see (3:50 p.m.) September 11, 2001), and the unit’s members will be flown back later that day (see Late Afternoon September 11, 2001). [DARLING, 2010, PP. 73-76] […]

1 Comment on September 10, 2001: FBI Crisis Response Unit Goes to California for Training, Therefore Away from Washington at Time of 9/11 Attacks

  1. Seriously ? The FBI and every other alphabet agency in the US government has AWAC command center aircraft at their immediate disposal. We’re supposed to believe that these Billion Dollar budget agencies can’t communicate while traveling. If anything, a 5 hour (or less) flight back to NYC (without distractions or interruptions) would provide the perfect setting to get organized and have everything needed in place upon arrival. The fact that they (FBI, DHS, etc) had no clue that the attack was imminent, merely illustrates their uselessness. The only tragedy larger than 09/11/01 is that the average American is too stupid to realize that the ‘official narrative’ is preposterous.

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