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President Gives Generals Authority to Shoot Down Jets

Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM

The New York Times, in editions today, identifies one of those generals as Gen. Ralph E. Eberhart, head of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Eberhart told the Times such a decision would be taken only as a "last resort" and only if no time existed to consult with the president.

Earlier this month, Vice President Cheney told NBC's Tim Russert that he and the president agreed on Sept. 11 to shoot down any additional hijacked planes that day if they were heading for a potential target.

The Times notes that Maj. Gen. Larry K. Arnold, a two-star officer at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, a three-star officer at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, would have authority to order shoot-downs in the continental U.S. and Alaska.

NORAD is currently overseeing more than 100 fighter jets at 26 bases nationwide that are on alert.

In addition to patrolling cities, the jets have been guarding other sites. Last week several jets patrolled several NFL football games.

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