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New York World Trade Center Destruction September 11,2001

On Tuesday September11,2001 two hijacked planes slammed into the New York's World Trade Center , destroying the twin 110-story towers.

 

On September11,2001 two hijacked planes slammed into the New York's World Trade Center Tuesday, destroying the twin 110-story towers.

 

New York World Trade Center Destruction September 11,2001

A third plane crashed into The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

A third plane crashed into The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

A fourth plane crashed in Western Pennsylvania. It is reported that passengers fought with the hijackers preventing them from completing their mission.

FBI aerial photograph United airlines Flight 93 Crash Site

All four planes were hijacked within hours of each other.

266 passengers and crew died. Several cell phone calls from the planes reported teams of 3 to 5 hijackers armed with knives and box cutters had commandeered the flights. In total there were 19 hijackers, seven of whom were believed to be pilots.

 

It is estimated that 40,000 to 50,000 people were at The World Trade Center. Authorities say 2,749 people died at the World Trade Center.

At least 300 New York City Firefighters were killed including Peter Ganci, Fire Department chief and The Rev. Mychal Judge, New York Fire Department chaplain. 

 

The death toll at the Pentagon was 189. 

In September 2001 The US had high security on international flights, and virtually no security on internal flights. Key parts of international procedure - such as making sure bags are accompanied, and X-raying hold baggage - are absent. Airport security was maintained by low paid employees that had a high rate of turnover. 

Former Vice President Al Gore was head of a commission that recommended sweeping changes in airport security several years ago, The United States Congress, The Federal Aviation Administration and the airline industry basically dismissed the recommendations, saying it would cause delays and it would be too costly.



Osama bin Laden

The usual suspect, Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, warned three weeks before the attack that he and his followers would carry out an unprecedented attack on US interests for its support of Israel. The people ultimately responsible for these terrorist attacks died in completing it . 

Many people in The United States questioned how these terrorists armed with only box cutters, could strike these targets so easily. 

A box cutter compared to a 6" ruler

A box cutter compared to a 6" ruler

 

On September 17, Dan Rather, veteran anchorman and newsman for CBS, made an emotional appearance on CBS's ''Late Show with David Letterman'' and he has one possible answer for these questions. 

Dan Rather being interviewed by David Letterman

Dan Rather being interviewed by David Letterman

 

The usually calm and collected newsman was visibly shaken during much of the interview. He said it is well known in the law enforcement community, that even though 29 billion dollars are spent on intelligence by the United States, the CIA and The FBI are considered to be like "The Keystone Kops". He said in essence that both agencies hide information from each other, do not work together and are not accountable for their shortcomings. 

Keystone Kops

The" Keystone Kops" were a silent movie series that portrayed a "slapstick" bungling group of police.

President George W. Bush Address To The Nation

Remarks by the President Upon Arrival at Barksdale Air Force Base

THE PRESIDENT: 

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. And freedom will be defended.

I want to reassure the American people that the full resources of the federal government are working to assist local authorities to save lives and to help the victims of these attacks. Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.

I've been in regular contact with the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, the national security team and my Cabinet. We have taken all appropriate security precautions to protect the American people. Our military at home and around the world is on high alert status, and we have taken the necessary security precautions to continue the functions of your government.

We have been in touch with the leaders of Congress and with world leaders to assure them that we will do whatever is necessary to protect America and Americans.

I ask the American people to join me in saying a thanks for all the folks who have been fighting hard to rescue our fellow citizens and to join me in saying a prayer for the victims and their families.

The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake: We will show the world that we will pass this test. God bless.

8:30 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America -- with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.

Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.

The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me."

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.

END 8:35 P.M. EDT

 



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