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Sister of Hijacked 9/11 Pilot: My Brother Was a Patriot

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 06:32 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

The sister of Charles "Chic" Burlingame — the pilot of the hijacked American Airlines jet flown into the Pentagon by al-Qaida terrorists on 9/11 — said she "speaks" with him often about that fateful day.

"I actually have an internal dialogue with him," Debra Burlingame, who cofounded "9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America," told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"[I tell him], 'Chic, can you believe they're doing this?' So it's a new relationship with him which is bittersweet. He is laughing. He is laughing because I was a big liberal before 9/11. We used to have tons of arguments on politics."

"I've really changed the way I look at the world. I really launched an effort to find out, first, what happened on 9/11 and that led me deeper and deeper into the government, the way bureaucracies work."

Burlingame remembers her brother as a patriot who deeply loved his country and loved to serve it.

"He spent eight years as a carrier-based elite Naval aviator and then another 17 as a reservist for the Navy. He actually volunteered for the Gulf War and he worked at the Pentagon," she said.

"He was an Eagle Scout. He was an all-American kid."

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