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America Under Siege - A Week of Front pages

National Post archives - America Under Siege

 The Headlines: This document contains a collection of News items over the following days after Sept. 11, 2001

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For The Record: BY HARRIET BAROVICK, ELLIN MARTENS, VICKY RAINERT, SORA SONG

6,333 People reported missing in the World Trade Center
rubble as of Sept. 22
2,593 Estimated number of foreign citizens from
65 countries missing or dead
1,968 Total number of people killed in the world's
10 worst terrorist attacks before Sept. 11
7,000 FBI agents and support personnel involved in
the investigation into the terrorist attacks--the largest
FBI investigation ever
5,131 Air Force National Guard members and reservists
called to active duty
$4 billion Estimated benefits the life-insurance industry
expects to pay out because of the attacks
$151,635 Federal money given to each family of a police officer,
a fire fighter or an EMT who died in the Trade Center collapse
$15,000 Value of the life-insurance policy of a kitchen
worker at Windows on the World
15,000 Number of copies in the first printing of Germs:
Biological Weapons and America's Secret War (Simon & Schuster),
released Sept. 11
100,000 Copies ordered for the second printing after the book topped
Amazon's best-seller list on Sept. 11
1.2 million Cubic yards of earth and rock excavated to build the
World Trade Center
90,937 Tons of debris removed from the World Trade Center site as of
Sept. 22, 2001
256 Body parts recovered from the rubble
15 Ladder trucks, fire engines and support vehicles recovered
$25 million Reward for Osama bin Laden's capture

15,000 Number of Afghans who crossed the border into
Pakistan the week after Sept. 11
$800 Per capita GDP of Afghanistan
300,000 Pledges made during the first 15 min. of the
Tribute to Heroes telethon
16,000 Approximate number of tickets sold in 15 min. for
Madonna's first London concert
79,390 Airline workers who were laid off after the terrorist attacks
$15 billion Aid package passed by Congress to bail out the airlines
Sources: Office of the Mayor, Reuters, NY Times, Chicago Tribune,
NYT, CNN, NYT (2), TIME, CIA, AP, Reuters, United Nations (2), AP (2),
Twin Towers Bldg. Proj., Office of the Mayor, NYT (2), U.S. State Dept.,
CIA, Tribute to Heroes, Press Assoc., AP, NYT

World Trade Center 

Complex of seven buildings around a central plaza, near the S tip of Manhattan. Its huge twin towers (completed 1972-73) were designed by Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986). At 1,350 ft (417 m) and 1,362 ft (415 m) tall, they were the world's tallest buildings until surpassed in 1974 by the Sears Tower. The towers are notable for the relationship of their simple, light embellishment to their underlying structure. In 1993 a bomb planted by terrorists exploded in the underground garage, killing several people

 

In honor of our own members from NYPD - THANK GOD they are ALL safe:

Sgt. Michael Kelly, NYPD
Sgt. Donald Young, NYPD
Police Officer Rick Wiley, NYPD
Police Officer Rob Corbett, NYPD
Police Officer Stuart Portner, NYPD
Police Officer Jamie Mauro, NYPD
Police Officer Frank Irizarry, NYPD
Police Officer Gary Gorman, NYPD-retired
Det'v Ray Reichert, NYPD-retired
Capt. Edward D. Reuss, NYPD-retired
Det'v Al Sheppard, NYPD-retired
Det' v Paul Ragonese, NYPD-retired
Police Officer Derwin Pannell, NYPD-retired
Sgt. Paul Morton, NYPD-retired
Police Officer John McCarry, NYPD-retired
Police Officer JL Cook, NYPD-retired
Det'v Donald King, NYPD-retired
and my personal friend - Police Officer Mike Brown, NYPD

PHOTOS of the Attack on WTC, 9-11 (2001)

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Live Police transmittal of WTC attack (9-11-2001) 

 

Photo by Norman Woollons of England & TopCops in memory of all the lost heros and victims of the WTC atrocity, Sept. 11, 2001

At last, the story of what happened on THAT flight, the one that crashed without killing anyone on the ground, in Penn. - Ray Fields - (knowledge is sought after, wisdom just happens)

Absolutely AMAZING!! - The HERO flight - "Let's roll." (click here)

("Let's Roll" is our Tribute to United Airlines Flight 93)

By Joann Loviglio
Associated Press Writer

"Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" is an expression Todd Beamer used whenever his wife and two young sons were leaving their home for a family outing. The 32-year-old businessman and Sunday school teacher said the same thing before he and other passengers apparently took action against hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Tuesday, shortly before the plane crashed in a western Pennsylvania field.

The jetliner, which government officials suspect was headed for a high-profile target in Washington, was the fourth to crash in a coordinated terrorist attack that killed thousands, and the only one that didn't take lives on the ground. "He was gentle by nature, he was also very competitive, and he wouldn't stand for anyone being hurt," said Beamer's wife, Lisa, who was told of his last words by an operator who spoke to him. "Knowing that he helped save lives by bringing that plane down ... it brings joy to a situation where there isn't much to be found."

Todd Beamer placed a call on one of the Boeing 757's on-board telephones and spoke for 13 minutes with GTE operator Lisa D. Robinson, Beamer's wife said. He provided detailed information about the hijacking and — after the operator told him about the morning's World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks — said he and others on the plane were planning to act against the terrorists aboard. "They may have realized that (the hijackers) were planing to do the same thing with their plane," Beamer said Sunday in a telephone interview from her Hightstown, N.J., home. "So they chose to do what they could to prevent other people from being hurt."

Before the call ended and with yelling heard in the background, Todd Beamer asked the operator to pray with him. Together, they recited the 23rd Psalm. Then he asked Robinson to promise she would call his wife of seven years -- who is expecting a third child -- and their two sons, ages 1 and 3. After receiving clearance from investigators, Robinson kept her promise Friday. "People asked me if I'm upset that I didn't speak with him, but I'm glad he called (Robinson) instead," Lisa Beamer said. "I would have been helpless. And I know what his last words would have been to me, anyway." Beamer said her husband placed the call at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and told Robinson that there were three knife-wielding hijackers on board, one who appeared to have a bomb tied to his chest with a belt. The other two hijackers took over the cockpit after forcing the pilot and co-pilot out.

The jet was bobbing and changed course several times; the passengers knew they would never land in San Francisco. "They realized they were going to die. Todd said he and some other passengers were going to jump on the guy with the bomb," Lisa Beamer said. Several other passengers made phone calls from the jet before it crashed southeast of Pittsburgh: Jeremy Glick, 31; Mark Bingham, 31; and Thomas Burnett Jr. 38. Glick and Burnett said they were going to do something. Todd Beamer dropped the phone after talking to Robinson, leaving the line open. It was then that the operator heard Beamer's words: "Let's roll."

Then silence. Shortly afterwards, the plane crashed, killing all 45 aboard. "Some people live their whole lives, long lives, without having left anything behind," Lisa Beamer said. "My sons will be told their whole lives that their father was a hero, that he saved lives. It's a great legacy for a father to leave his children." (Copyright 2001 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

The 911 Calls For Help
NEW YORK (AP) 10.02.01 -- The 911 entries started at 8:47 a.m. with the words "BLDG EXPLOSION." Incident No. 0727 quickly unfolded as a diary of terror, as call after desperate call rolled in from the World Trade Center. Excerpts from the log of the dispatcher for the Fire Department's Emergency Management Service were published Sunday in the Daily News. The entries were published much as they appeared when they flashed on the computer screen Sept. 11. The time of each call is noted, and messages are abbreviated. MC stands for male caller, FC for female caller, STS for "states."

08:50:12 MC STS PLANE JUST FLEW INTO WORL TRADE CENTER---POSS COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE. - Then the calls began pouring in from One World Trade Center.

08:56:44 MC STS HE IS ON THE 87 FLR--STS 4 PERSON THERE W HIM--STS THERE IS FIRE.

08:57:26 PEOPLE SCREAMING IN BACKGROUND--STS CANNOT BREATHE---POSS SMOKE COMING THRU DOOR--FLR 103...TRAPPED.

09:04:50 MC--STS 103 FLR-CAN'T GET OUT--FIRE ON FLR...PEOPLE GETTING SICK - A report from the police aviation unit came in, saying people were falling from the building. The dimensions of the disaster suddenly grew.

09:07:51 SECOND PLANE HIT THE SECOND BUILDING ... UNK EXTENT OF INJ.

09:09:14 MC STATES 2WTC---PEOPLE ARE JUMPING OUT OF THE SIDE OF A LRG HOLE---POSS NO ONE CATCHING THEM.

09:12:18 MC STS ON 106 FLR ABOUT 100 PEOPLE IN ROOM--NEED DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO STAY ALIVE.

09:17:39 MC STS ON 105 FLR...STAIRS COLLAPSE

09:36:33 FC STS THEY ARE STUCK THEY ARE STUCK IN THE ELEVATOR...STS THEY ARE DYING.

09:47:15 FC STS 2 WORLD TRADE CENTER---FLR105---STS FLOOR UNDERNEATH HER---COLLAPSE.

09:49:21 1 WORLD TRADE CTR...20 PEOPLE ON THE TOP WAVING...THEY ARE ALIVE PLEASE SEND HELP.

10:00:34 WORLD TRADE CENTER HAS COLLAPSED. - Suddenly all calls from that building ended. Calls from the north tower continued.

10:12:35 MC STS HE CAN BARELY BREATHE...105TH FLR - The calls ended at 10:33 a.m. as abruptly as they had begun, with a horrifying final note: "ENTIRE TOWER DOWN."

 September 11, 2001 

On this day in American history, two United Airlines jetliners and two American Airlines planes carrying a total of 266 people crashed in separate incidents Tuesday morning, the airlines said.

United Flight 93 crashed near Pittsburgh. The plane was carrying 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants. United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 bound from Boston to Los Angeles, also crashed. It was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants.

American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles with 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots onboard crashed; and Flight 77, a Boeing 757 operating from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles with 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots onboard also crashed, the airline said. The United Boeing 757 that crashed near Pittsburgh was enroute from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco. It crashed about 10 a.m., about 8 miles east of Jennerstown according to reports. Two of the same highjacked American planes struck and eventually toppled the New York World Trade Center.

Reports indicated that at least one hijacker on each of the four planes in Tuesday's (Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was trained at a U.S. flight school, the Justice Department says. A total of as many as 50 people may have been involved in the hijackers' well-financed operation.
 
The Headlines :

The New York Times: Tuesday September 11 02:56 PM EDT - Horror, Alarm and Chaos Grip Downtown Manhattan, The New York Times: Tuesday September 11 02:56 PM EDT - World Trade Center Towers Collapse After Apparent Terrorist Attack
Reuters: Wednesday September 12 8:12 AM ET - New York Mayor Says 41 Dead in World Trade Strike Thursday September 13, 2001 - Five Firefighters Found Alive in the Rubble By TERENCE NEILAN
CBS NEWS : Friday, September 14, 2001 - At Least 11 Detained At Airports Man With Fake Pilot's ID Arrested At JFK - Source Links Him To Vero Beach Pilot School - Not Clear When 3 NY Area Airports Will Reopen - NEW YORK and TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2001
A jet passes New York's altered skyline on its way to Newark Airport Thursday.

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Friday, Sept. 14, 20001 - (CBS) A man who tried to use a fake pilot's identification to get past security at John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested and at many as nine others were detained at New York City airports by the FBI and Joint Terrorist Task Force.  Authorities are investigating whether the incidents were new attempted hijackings or just individuals seeking to flee the New York area. Authorities had been on the lookout for at least some of those detained, because of an earlier episode on Tuesday when they fled Kennedy Airport. 

The incidents caused the closing of Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark airports Thursday, only a few hours after service had been restored....The FBI was already investigating whether an altercation at Kennedy Airport on Tuesday was linked to the World Trade Center explosion, a law enforcement source told The Associated Press on Thursday. Three males traveling refused to disembark. The argument with a member of the flight crew became so heated that the crew member called airport security.  Four men and a woman were detained sometime before 5 p.m. at JFK, ABC said. Another five were detained between 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. at LaGuardia.

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A day for prayer and remembering
September 14, 2001 Posted: 5:35 a.m. EDT (0935 GMT) 
Investigators inspect the scene of the Flight 93 crash in western Pennsylvania.

(CNN) -- President Bush goes to New York today to see firsthand the aftermath of Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Center as a worldwide manhunt continued for those responsible for the deadly attack. He has designated Friday a day of "National Prayer and Remembrance," and asked that Americans head to their places of worship at lunchtime to pray for victims and their families. 

Friday is also expected to see the speedy congressiional passage of a $40 billion emergency spending measure to combat terrorism and help recovery efforts in New York and Washington. The bill should be ready for President Bush's signature Saturday. 

Meanwhile, at least eight people were arrested Thursday at airports in New York because of new security measures -- including four people who were seen at one airport before Tuesday's terrorist attacks

The World in horror:

Words do not express the way we all feel about these tragic events. The heroic emergency service workers who selfishly gave their lives trying to save others, the innocent victims in their thousands and the families of lost love ones will be in our prayers. Over Ninety of the persons not accounted for are Australians, I should imagine there will be numbers from other countries who would be both tourists and workers at the WTC. Two years ago I proudly put in a flag pole and I display our flag on special occasions, today it is at half mast and will be until all the dead have been accounted for. I repeat my offer of assistance. BY Glynn Witney of Australia's Police Force

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IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH. GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND EVERY LAWENFORCEMENT OFFICER EVERY FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC IN THIS GREAT LAND OF OURS. MOTTO OF THE 10-13 CLUBS ' NON SUMUS SOLUS-WE ARE NOT ALONE, BY JOHN McCARRY of Florida, NYPD-retired

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There is such affinity between the British and American peoples, we feel, I feel the pain. I was in a meeting in the main Royal Air Force building about 2.30 local time (9.30 EDT) yesterday when the RAF said, "You'd better look at this". Satelite news was showing the live pictures, and I just sat with my crews and the RAF helicopter rescue crews, in the crew room watching the images with a terrible empty feeling inside. My heart bleeds for everyone involved. To see the second tower just implode, as it happened. What it was like for people there doesn't bear thinking about. Norman - United Kingdom Police Force

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I have been watching every moment that I can the news on New York, I grew up in New York, born in Bellvue Hospital. I remember the WTC openning and playing in the plaza and catching the PATH to New Jersey. When I was 17 years old (now 42) I left to see the world in the Navy and later the Army, but everywhere I went nothing compared to New York. I grew up within walking distance of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the jewish section. My highschool Seward Park with over 5000 students, hey I was Puerto Rican but could enjoy a hot bagel, egg cream, fresh bake french bread, or arroz con pollo all within blocks of my home. So when I hear all the changes, like not showing pictures that have the twin Towers (WTC) I shake my head is it me but the towers were part of the NYC skyline for almost 30 something years. Please let us always remenber they were there. The Towers were there and I think they should not be forgotten. I guess I am feeling stressed I have been trying to just know that my mother is safe that family that lives in the projects down by the Westside highway are safe. Well I will be driving to New York this weekend from New Orleans. I have to find out for myself how my family and friends are doing, and I have to see for myself the city which I was born in AND LOVE VERY MUCH. These are my feelings and I am not intending to offend anyone, I just love the city, the people, and this country very much. When I talk about family be assured that I am also talking of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department. By Julio Genera, United States Police force.

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May I just say how relieved I was to see your posts to the group. I have a sketchy knowledge of the NY geography and the first thoughts that went through my mind when the shock subsided was I HAVE FRIENDS THERE! I am full of admiration for the way all of the emergency services are handling the tragedy and for New Yorkers in general... I was moved by the crowds gathered to cheer the rescue workers as they made their way to the scene. I have no more words... By Stuart T. McAllister - Strathclyde Police Dog Branch, Scotland Police Force

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MY HEART AND PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE FAMILYS WHOSE LOVED ONES GAVE THERE ALL SO THAT THEY MIGHT TRY AND SAVE SOMEONE ELSES LOVED ONE. THEY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ANYONE FROM THE LEO'S WHETHER THEY BE ACTIVE OR RETIRED. PTL. LESTER DAMPHIER RETIRED - AMSTERDAM N.Y
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