November 17, 2009
The Wisdom Fund

9/11: FBI Exhibit Contradicts U.S. Solicitor General's Account of Phone Calls From Barbara Olson

by Enver Masud

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In a front page article on September 12, 2001 -- On Flight 77: 'Our Plane Is Being Hijacked' -- Marc Fisher and Don Phillips of the Washington Post reported that Barbara K. Olson called her husband twice in the final minutes before the crash of Flight 77. The FBI contradicts this account.

According to the Washington Post, Olson's last words to her husband were, "What do I tell the pilot to do?"

Barbara Walters interviews Ted Olson -- ABC, September 14, 2001

"She called from the plane while it was being hijacked," said Theodore Olson -- 42nd Solicitor General of the United States. "I wish it wasn't so, but it is."

"The two conversations each lasted about a minute, said Tim O'Brien, a CNN reporter and friend of the Olsons." FBI exhibit Olson phone calls

However, FBI exhibit (P200054 above) from the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui contradicts the Solicitor General's account. It shows that Barbara Olson made only one phone call -- it did not connect, and it lasted for 0 seconds.

We contacted Mr. Olson ( for comment. None was received.

Mr. Olson's account is repeated in The 9/11 Commission Report.

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[Under the weight of evidence that the cellphone (not airfone) calls were essentially impossible as described by the Bush White House and the major media on the day in question, we have no alternative but to give serious consideration to the operational possibilities, as outlined here.--A. K. Dewdney, "The Cellphone and Airfone Calls from Flight UA93,", September 13, 2005]

[In 2004, Ian Henshall and Rowland Morgan, having asked American Airlines whether their "757s [are] fitted with phones that passengers can use," received this reply from an AA spokesperson: "American Airlines 757s do not have onboard phones for passenger use." To check on the possibility that Barbara Olson might have borrowed a phone intended for crew use, they then asked, "[A]re there any onboard phones at all on AA 757s, i.e., that could be used either by passengers or cabin crew?" The response was: "AA 757s do not have any onboard phones, either for passenger or crew use. Crew have other means of communication available."--David Ray Griffin and Rob Balsamo, "Could Barbara Olson Have Made Those Calls? An Analysis of New Evidence about Onboard Phones,", June 26, 2007]

Enver Masud's email to Andy Alexander, Ombudsman, The Washington Post, December 6, 2009

VIDEO: Griffin, "David Ray Griffin on the 9/11 Cell Phone Calls: Exclusive CBC Interview,", December 18, 2009

[The FBI report for the Moussaoui trial affirmed only two cell phone calls from the airliners, both of which were from United Flight 93 after it had descended to 5,000 feet.--David Ray Griffin, "Phone Calls from the 9/11 Airliners," Global Research, January 12, 2010]

Enver Masud, "Pentagon Transcripts, Official Records Belie 'The 9/11 Commission Report'," The Wisdom Fund, August 27, 2010

Enver Masud's email to Patrick B. Pexton, Ombudsman, The Washington Post, August 26, 2011

MORE: "What Really Happened on September 11, 2001," The Wisdom Fund

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