April Gallop worked inside the Pentagon on 9/11, as an administrative
specialist (with a Top Secret with SCI clearance) with the U.S. Army. It was
her first day back from maternity leave, after delivering her son Elisha, then
two and a half months old.
April is a very brave woman. She and her son suffered tremendous injuries
and trauma on 9/11, but they both made it out alive to tell their story.
Me: April, did you hear any warning alarms go off before the
Pentagon was hit on 9/11?
AG: No I did not.
Me: What type of warning alarms would you normally expected
to go off in the case of an attack on the building?
AG: While I worked at the Pentagon. At random times, there
would be drill exercises utilizing an alarm for us to evacuate the building.
Yet on that particular day no alarm. [This is] especially [odd] considering
the fact of what had already taken place at the World Trade Center.
Me: When you were first hired to work at the Pentagon, what
were you told about the security of the building?
AG: I wasn't hired. I was selected from the military in Germany.
I just was granted approval for an additional 3 years tour in Heidelberg Germany.
Which is called an IPCOT (In Place Consecutive Tour). Then I learned I was selected
among my peers to go to the Pentagon. Upon arrival,I completed what is known
as Reception and Integration.
A common statement provided, as you are walking around is that, "you are
now standing in one of the most secure building in all of the United States."
It is quite an impressive building on the inside.
Me: Do you have any theory about how a Boeing 757 could have
hit such a secure building without any anti-aircraft defenses being activated
or any warning alarms sounded?
AG: I have thought about this very question numerous times.
And then I realized I needed to rephrase the question. The real question
is what is the probability or likelihood that no anti-aircraft defense, warning
alarms or additional security mechanism functioned on that particular day?
And then we need to think how likely is it then there was a glitch
in all the security mechanisms, anti-aircraft defense and warning alarms?
You know, it takes a while to get around that building. And I remember being
so disgusted at the frequency of random drill exercises taking place for us
to evacuate the building. It seemed as if they always happened when I had to
take care of certain things.
Yet on September 11th, the day when our lives were threatened, not
Me: I would imagine that security procedures are different
now than they were prior to 9/11, so I don't think you would be revealing any
confidential information by answering this question. I have heard that, as of
9/11, the anti-aircraft batteries were automated, in other words, that they
would have automatically fired against any incoming aircraft that did not transmit
the appropriate friend or foe signal. Is that true?
AG: Yes that is true. They are either to attempt to guide
the incoming aircraft that has violated the airspace to a safe location to land.
Making reasonable effort to guide it down. Or shoot it down.
Me: I know that you have previously been quoted about things
like thinking that a bomb had exploded in the Pentagon, and that you did not
see any plane debris in the Pentagon. I do not want to misquote you or twist
your words. Is there anything you wish to state about these topics?
AG: I have been misquoted on numerous occassions. That happens
when individuals have ulterior motives. But here is my statement for the record.
I was located at the E ring. From my inside perspective, with no knowledge
of what had actually happened on the outside, it did sound like a bomb. And
we had to escape the building before the floors, debris etc collapsed on us.
And I don't recall at anytime seeing any plane debris. Again, I don't
know what plane debris would look like after hitting a building. But I would
have recalled unusual looking pieces similar to plane parts.
I have many flashbacks being inside the mouth of death. The images from being
inside that building on that day are forever etched in my mind.
Me: As a father, I understand and empathize how traumatic
the explosion at the Pentagon must have been, where you had to search for your
son, and -- when you first found him -- he wasn't breathing (that is why I am
calling for assistance for your family below). I also have no opinion, unlike
many 9/11 writers, about whether a Boeing 757 hit the building or not. In all
honesty, if I could conclusively prove it was a 757, and put the controversy
to rest, I would be happy. Or if I could prove that it was not a 757 once and
for all, I would be glad that way too.
So I want to ask you more about what you saw, in the hope that it will provide
clues one way or the other about this issue. Specifically, given that the images
from being inside the Pentagon on 9/11 etched in your mind, do you remember
how big was the hole in the West Wing that you and Elisha crawled out of? A
retired 2-star general says that there is no way a 757 could have fit in the
(short video clip). Similarly, the first cameraman at the Pentagon said he did
not see any hole or debris which would indicate a 757 hit the building: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1375208054676470714
(38:27 into the video -- you can pull the scroll bar at the bottom left to the
correct time, and it will take you right to the right place).
As someone inside the building at the time who crawled out, I would be very
interested to hear whether you think these folks are right or whether you think
they are mistaken. There are no right or wrongs here -- I just want to hear
your true opinion, and I understand that you were suffering a terrifying trauma
at the time given that you were injured and you were focused on getting help
fo your injured son.
AG: Yes I was focusing on getting help and getting out. With
that in mind, the images are etched in my mind. When I review the pictures
regarding the Boeing, in my opinion, the hole didn't appear to be big enough
for the 757. I don't know the scientific theory that was created to justify
it being a hole created by a 757. What we need to consider is how did the plane
go thru the building with all that heat and not burn us (those on the inside)
to a crisp? We need to consider, how did the plane break up so to the point
it created a perfectly round hole considering the rate of impact?
I didn't know it was a plane until I was informed at the hospital.
If I wasn't informed I would have never believed it. I walked through
that place to try to get out before everything collapsed on us . . . surely
we should have seen something.
Me: Is there anything else you'd like to tell me at this time?
AG: I don't want another American citizen to have our experience.
We are already infiltrated by our enemies in this country. There are terrorist
cells all over the country. It is my hope that real accountability take place.
And that we work to improve services for victims who suffer from such a horrid
event. And prevent people, agencies and organizations from capitalizing off
of our victimization.
April was severely injured on 9/11, and has suffered Mild Traumatic
Brain Injury with Post Concussive Syndrome, an unresolved muscoskeletal condition,
and mild hearing loss. Her son has suffered mild traumatic brain injury with
behaviorial deficit that resulted in developmental delays and learning disability
in retaining information he learns. She was medically retired from her job because
of her injuries.
April has not received adequate support for her or her son's injuries.
Whatever you believe about 9/11, this woman deserves our support. If you are
an attorney or have any money to spare, please contact me with any offers of
legal or financial assistance for April.
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