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The Lone Gunmen pilot episode
Posted by: photophreak (IP Logged)
Date: April 14, 2004 11:06AM

I'm surprised the "pilot" episode of the X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen is not included in the timeline.

It aired in March of 2001 (March 4th, I believe).

The climactic plot:

A commercial airliner is remote controlled by the DoD to fly into the WTC in order to blame it on Arab terrorists and start a profitable war.

It's called Scenario 12D.


Byers: "What is Scenario 12D? We know, it's a war game scenario, that it has to do with airline counter-terrorism. Why is it important enough to kill for?"
Bertram Byers: "Because it's no longer a game."
Byers: "But if, some terrorist group wants to, act out this scenario, why target you for assassination?"
Bertram Byers: "Depends on who your terrorists are."
Byers: "The men who conceived of it in the first place. You're saying our government plans to commit a terrorist act against a domestic air..."
Bertram Byers: "There you go, indicting the entire government as usual. It's a faction, a small faction..."
Byers: "For what possible gain?"
Bertram Byers: "The Cold War's over, John. But with no clear enemy to stockpile against, the arms market's flat. But bring down a fully-loaded 727 into the middle of New York City; you'll find a dozen tin-pot dictators all over the world, just clamouring to take responsibility. And begging to be smart bombed."
Byers: "I can't believe it; this is about increasing arms sales?"
Bertram Byers: "Mm-hmm."
Byers: "When?"
Bertram Byers: "Tonight."

Byers: "What's your progress?"
Langly: [on phone] "I've hacked into the flight control system output."
Frohike: [on phone] "With a little bit of help."
Langly: [on phone] "It's what the brains of the plane is telling the little black box."
Frohike: [on phone] "Course, heading, altitude, hold, yaw, axis stabilisation, wha... What the heck's that?"
Langly: [on phone] "Is that what it looks like?"
Frohike: [on phone] "I think it is what it looks like."
Byers: "What does what look like? Langly: [on phone] "Modem protocols. Remote access; somebody on the ground's flying your plane."

ND Man: "Bogie sir."
Raymond Helm: "Keep your course."

Byers: "I need to know our flight plan."
Frohike: [on phone] "I'm mapping the data now."
Langly: [on phone] "Byers... Your flight's going to make an unscheduled stop. In exactly 22 minutes."
Frohike: [on phone] "The corner of Liberty and Washington. Lower Manhattan."
Byers: "World Trade Centre." [to Bertram Byers] They're going to crash the plane into the World Trade Centre."
Bertram Byers: "I'll tell the flight crew."
Byers: "Langly... can you override the flight control system?"
Langly: [on phone] "Working on it..."

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