The officers included veterans of Marine Corps Special Operations.
The officers concluded that it was impossible for the military's command and control, intelligence, and other defense systems to cascade in a total failure on the morning of September 11. They quietly set out to find out what actually occured that morning and who or what influenced the total failure of defense, intelligence, and air traffic control systems.
The officers were forced to hold their meetings in secret because of retaliation brought against those who revealed information embarassing to the Bush administration about both 9/11 and the concocted war against Iraq.
It is now being reported that investigators for the 9/11 Commission drafted a memo in April 2004 stating they believed that the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lied to commission investigators by indicating the military's readiness was sufficient on 9/11. Commission staffer John Azzerello is reported to have given the memo to Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow, a leading neocon, who then "buried it." Commission investigators wanted a strongly-worded criminal referral on NORAD and FAA perjury sent to the Justice Department but Zelikow downplayed the complaint and later told Phil Shenon, the author of "The Commission" and New York Times reporter, that he did not know of the criminal referral issue at the time.
The 9/11 Commission documents about the perjury of NORAD and FAA officials corroborates the concerns expressed by the retired military officers about the true version of events on 9/11.