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post #31 of 331
Panic Reigns on Washington Streets
Sep 11 2001 11:31AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Panic-stricken Washington pedestrians froze in their tracks when they heard the whir of a plane overhead on Tuesday after plane attacks demolished New York's World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.
Washington workers flooded the streets near the White House and elsewhere after all federal buildings were ordered evacuated and other businesses shut down. But some people seemed bewildered about what to do next.

"I'm totally freaked out. Hearing the plane going over my head was frightening," Elissa Brainard, 29, told Reuters as she joined the 150 yard line to get her car from the parking garage.

But even with her car, Brainard faced a long wait to get home, as gridlock hit Washington's roads.

Drivers ran red lights and sped across intersections, sending pedestrians scattering. Police near the White House tried to direct traffic, but a few blocks away chaos reigned, thwarting the efforts of emergency vehicles.

Wailing sirens from fire engines, police patrols and ambulances mingled with car horns, whistles and human cries.

"Everything is going crazy. People are getting so stressed out," one office worker said.


Pedestrians hurried away from the federal quarter and clutched cellular telephones to their ears, desperately trying to reach loved ones. But cellular telephone networks seemed to be disrupted and people began to line up at public phones.

"I'm terrified. We tried to call on the cellphone but they weren't working," office assistant Val Thornton said.

Thornton, whose commuter bus takes her past the Pentagon to her Virginia home, did not know how she would get out of the city.

But others seemed unfazed by the citywide panic.

When his building was evacuated, Roger Connor had been chairing a meeting of Christians, Jews and Muslims about how to help poor people in the United States.

But Connor, struggling up a street on crutches, said he refused to be deterred by the attacks.

"Our original meeting place was close to the White House so we had to evacuate but we're moving to a different office because our meeting is going to continue," he said.

And the Williams family from Atlanta, Georgia said their tourist trip was continuing as planned.

"We are carrying on with our Washington sightseeing, just with a little extra caution," Carl Williams said, standing alongside his wife and teen-aged sons. "We're headed to New York tomorrow but we're going to drive."

post #32 of 331
World Goes on Alert After Massive Attacks on U.S
Sep 11 2001 1:39PM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Governments tightened security at U.S. embassies and public buildings Tuesday and planes bound for the United States were recalled as the world braced for more terror attacks.
France called a general security alert, Germany convened its national security council and airlines canceled flights to the United States after two hijacked U.S. planes slammed into the World Trade Center and a third hit the Pentagon.

German airline Deutsche Lufthansa said some 5,000 passengers were affected when it recalled or diverted 22 of its flights across the Atlantic. Nine flights were re-routed to Canada and the others turned back.

All European flights to the United States were suspended.

The hijacked planes destroyed both of New York's mighty twin towers and plunged the Pentagon in Washington into flames in an unprecedented assault on key symbols of U.S. military and financial power.


French measures, implemented under a plan code-named Vigipirate, involve the deployment of armed troop patrols at airports and metro stations as well as increased street and border controls.

Vigipirate was first introduced in 1995 following a series of bombings in Paris that were blamed on Algerian guerrillas of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).

The U.S. military European Command said it had increased security at bases in Europe but gave no details.

The American University in Cairo said the Egyptian government was providing it with extra security.

In Washington, foreign embassies closed down or sent American personnel home. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ordered the evacuation of the lower part of Manhattan and said there had been an enormous loss of life.

In Germany, police, some with dogs and others on horseback, stepped up their presence around the Reichstag parliament building, where a session debating the 2002 budget was canceled.

The German Federal Chancellery put up its automatic security gates. The government said it would step up protection of U.S. and Israeli interests in the country.

Undercover police outside the U.S. embassy in Berlin pointed pistols at the rooftops of nearby buildings and crouched behind cars in front of the building when American Ambassador Daniel Coats returned to the embassy.

The new Jewish museum in Berlin canceled its public opening, set for Tuesday night.

The U.S. embassy in Rome sent its staff home early, while Spain threw cordons around the U.S. and Israel embassies and around the Palestinian representation.

Romanian special forces cordoned off the U.S. embassy in Bucharest, which shut down for two days last week after unspecified threats to security, as well as the Israeli embassy.


In the Kenyan capital Nairobi, scene of a massive bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in 1998, a spokesman for the U.S. ambassador said he was not aware of any increased security precautions but was awaiting instructions from Washington.

"What I can say is that judging from the reaction of my staff, this is a horrifying reminder of what happened in Nairobi three years ago," he said.

Simultaneous bomb attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998, killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and injured more than 4,000 people.

Kenyan police spokesman Peter Kimanthi said security forces would tighten security in the wake of the attack.

"We are going to do everything possible to make sure nothing like that happens again here," he said. "We are not taking any chances. Every security agency is busy trying to put in place its plans."

Four people have been found guilty in a U.S. court of conspiring with Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden to kill Americans, and two have already been given life sentences for their roles in the bomb attacks.

Greece, criticized by Washington over its anti-terrorism record, ordered a security alert at the U.S. embassy in Athens and other U.S. targets, including schools.

A Reuters photographer saw busloads of special police forces taking positions around the central Athens embassy building.
post #33 of 331
Two United Airlines Jetliners Crash
The Associated Press
Sep 11 2001 2:14PM

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP)- A United Airlines jetliner crashed Tuesday morning in western Pennsylvania, the airline said. Minutes earlier, a man who said he was a passenger on the plane told an emergency dispatcher in a cell phone call: ``We are being hijacked, we are being hijacked!''
United said 45 people were aboard Flight 93 from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco. The fate of the passengers was not immediately announced. The Boeing 757 crashed north of Somerset County airport, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The crash was one of four reported Tuesday by United and American Airlines. United said a second jet crashed at an undisclosed location. American Airlines initially said two of its planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York but later said that was unconfirmed.

In Pennsylvania, an emergency dispatcher received a cell phone call at 9:58 a.m. from a man who said he was a passenger locked in a bathroom aboard United Flight 93, said dispatch supervisor Glenn Cramer in neighboring Westmoreland County. The man repeatedly told officials the call was not a hoax.

``We are being hijacked, we are being hijacked!'' Cramer quoted the man from a transcript of the call.

The man told dispatchers the plane ``was going down. He heard some sort of explosion and saw white smoke coming from the plane and we lost contact with him,'' Cramer said.

According to Somerset County dispatchers, Flight 93 crashed about 10 a.m. about 8 miles east of Jennerstown.

``It shook the whole station,'' said Bruce Grine, owner of Grine's Service Center in Shanksville, about 2 1/2 miles from the crash. ``Everybody ran outside, and by that time the fire whistle was blowing.''

Michael R. Merringer was out on a mountain bike ride with his wife, Amy, about two miles away from the crash site.

``I heard the engine gun two different times and then I heard a loud bang and the windows of the houses all around rattled,'' Merringer said. ``I looked up and I saw the smoke coming up.''

The couple rushed home and drove near the scene.

``Everything was on fire and there was trees knocked down and there was a big hole in the ground,'' he said.

United said Flight 93 left Newark, N.J., at 8:01 a.m. with 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants.

In Chicago, United CEO James Goodwin said the airline is working with authorities including the FBI. United said it was sending a team to Pennsylvania to assist in the investigation and to provide assistance to family members.

``Today's events are a tragedy and our prayers are with everyone at this time,'' Goodwin said.

After the crashes the three passenger terminals at Newark International Airport were evacuated. At 11:30 a.m., several hundred people were still clustered at the Terminal A baggage carousel, while shotgun-toting officers patrolled. Ticket counters were deserted.

Because of the attacks in New York, the Federal Aviation Administration had ordered all departing flights canceled nationwide, and any planes already in the air were to land a the nearest airport. The Pennsylvania crash came after the order was issued.
post #34 of 331
Bush Says He's Taken Steps to Protect Americans
Sep 11 2001 1:26PM

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, Louisiana (Reuters) - President Bush said on Tuesday the United States had taken all appropriate steps to protect the American people and would hunt down and punish those responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"We have taken all appropriate security precautions to protect the American people," Bush, facing the first big test of his eight-month presidency, told reporters at a hastily arranged appearance at Barksdale Air Force Base.

"Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

Bush said the U.S. military had been put on "high alert status" and said he had taken security precautions to ensure the proper functioning of the U.S. government.

"Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faithless coward," Bush said. "Freedom will be defended."

Offering his prayers for the victims, the president added: "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."

"Our military at home and around the world is on high alert status and we have taken the necessary security precautions to continue the functioning of your government," Bush said.

"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."

Bush said that he had been in contact with the vice president, the secretary of defense, his national security team and members of his Cabinet.

He spoke after departing Florida upon word that three hijacked planes crashed into major U.S. landmarks, destroying both of New York's mighty twin towers and plunging the Pentagon outside Washington into flames -- an unprecedented assault on key symbols of U.S. military and financial power.

Loss of life was expected to be catastrophic from the destruction of the giant towers of the World Trade Center where some 50,000 people work. The two 110-story towers collapsed one at a time in a huge cloud of smoke and fire two hours after the initial impacts. Desperate people were seen jumping out of the burning towers before they collapsed.

Bush cut short his trip to Florida and flew at high altitude to the Air Force base in Louisiana for a brief stop before taking off again for an undisclosed destination.

The attacks, the worst on the U.S. mainland in modern history, plunged the country into chaos and panic, paralyzing communications, forcing the evacuation of key buildings, closing markets, schools and even theme parks.

American Airlines said two of its jets carrying a total of 156 people were lost. United Airlines said two of its planes had crashed, one in Pennsylvania, with unknown loss of life.

post #35 of 331
but I know that not everyone has access to a television right now, and our overseas members may not have the same access to the news stories. I just wanted to make sure that the people who can't access the information are able to get it here.

Anne (or any other moderators), if all the threads are a problem, please feel free to delete them and I will understand.
post #36 of 331
1:04 p.m.: President Bush, speaking from an undisclosed location, says that all appropriate security measures are being taken, including putting the U.S. military on high alert worldwide. He asks for prayers for those killed or wounded in the attacks and says: "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

12:30 p.m.: The FAA says 50 flights are in U.S. airspace, but none are reporting any problems.

12:15 p.m.: The Immigration and Naturalization Service says U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are on the highest state of alert, but no decision has been made about closing borders.

12:15 p.m: San Francisco International Airport is evacuated and shut down. The airport was the destination of American Airlines Flight 77, which was one of the aircraft to strike the World Trade Center.

12:04 p.m.: Los Angeles International Airport, the destination of two of the hijacked American Airlines flights, is evacuated.

11:59 a.m.: United Airlines confirms that Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles, has crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members aboard. Emergency personnel at the scene say there are no survivors.

11:26 a.m.: United Airlines reports that United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, has crashed in Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh. The airline also says that it is "deeply concerned" about United Flight 175.

11:18 a.m.: American Airlines reports it has lost two aircraft. American Flight 11, a Boeing 767 flying from Boston to Los Angeles, had 81 passengers and 11 crew aboard. Flight 77, a Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport near Washington to Los Angeles, had 58 passengers and six crew members aboard. Flight 11 is believed to be one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.

11:16 a.m.: CNN reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing bioterrorism teams to respond to the incidents in a precautionary move. The preparation is not based on any known bioterrorism threat.

11:02 a.m.: New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani urges citizens to stay at home and orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal Street.

10:57 a.m.: New York Gov. George Pataki says all state government offices are closed.

10:54 a.m.: Israel evacuates all diplomatic missions. 10:53 a.m.: New York's primary elections scheduled for today are postponed.

10.48 a.m.: Police confirm the crash of a large plane in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

10.46 a.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell cuts short his trip to Latin America to return to the United States.

10:45 a.m.: All federal office buildings in Washington are evacuated.

10:28 a.m.: The World Trade Center's north tower collapses from the top down as if it were being peeled apart, releasing a tremendous cloud of debris and smoke.

10:24 a.m.: The FAA reports that all inbound transatlantic aircraft flying into the United States are being diverted to Canada.

10:22 a.m.: In Washington, the State and Justice departments are evacuated, along with the World Bank.

10:13 a.m.: The United Nations building evacuates, including 4,700 people from the headquarters building and 7,000 total from UNICEF and U.N. development programs.

10:10 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.

10:10 a.m.: A portion of the Pentagon collapses.

10:08 a.m.: Secret Service agents armed with automatic rifles are deployed into Lafayette Park across from the White House.

10:05 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building.

9:57 a.m.: Bush departs from Florida.

9:45 a.m.: The White House evacuates.

9:43 a.m.: An aircraft crashes into the Pentagon, sending up a huge plume of smoke. Evacuation begins immediately.

9:40 a.m.: The FAA halts all flight operations at U.S. airports, the first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide has been halted.

9:30 a.m.: Bush, speaking in Florida, says the country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack."

9:21 a.m.: New York City Port Authority orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York City area closed

9:17 a.m.: The FAA shuts down all New York City area airports.

9:03 a.m.: A second plane, apparently a passenger jet, crashes into the second World Trade Center tower and explodes. Both buildings are burning.

8:45 a.m.: A large plane, possibly a hijacked airliner, crashes into one of the World Trade Center towers, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.
post #37 of 331
Recent terrorism attacks targeting the United States
The United States has been the target of several terrorist attacks in recent years.

October 12, 2000: A suicide bomber attack on the USS Cole in Yemen's Aden harbor kills 17 American sailors and wounds 39 others.

August 7, 1998: Twin bombings at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, kill 224 people and wound thousands of others.

June 1996: A bomb at U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, kills 19 Americans and injures 500 people.

November 13, 1995: A bomb at U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, kills five U.S. service personnel.

April 19, 1995: A truck bomb at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, kills 168 and wounds more than 500 others.

February 26, 1993: Terrorist bombers strike the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

December 21, 1988: The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, kills 270, mostly Americans.

September 5, 1986: Hijackers take over a Pan Am jet at Karachi Airport. Twenty people are killed when security forces storm the plane.

September 20, 1984: A bombing at the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut, Lebanon, kills 16 and injures the ambassador.

October 23, 1983: The bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, kills 241.

April 18, 1983: A car bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, kills 17.
post #38 of 331
Wall Street paralyzed by Trade Center catastrophe
CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo reports from the scene

By Roland Jones
New York, Sept. 11 — Wall Street was thrown into chaos Tuesday after two planes crashed into both World Trade Center towers in New York City, toppling the 110-story buildings, located in the world’s financial center.

THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE and the Nasdaq Stock Market were both closed for trading, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other U.S. financial markets also closed. It was not known when trading would resume.
President Bush called the episodes an apparent terrorist attack and said the United States “will hunt down and punish those responsible.â€
Day of terror in N.Y., Washington
The World Trade Center, the World Financial Center and other buildings in the Wall Street area were being evacuated as the twin towers collapsed. The area is home to many brokerages and investment firms. Other large office buildings and financial centers in the United States — and around the world — were evacuated.
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, a major Wall Street firm that had offices in the World Trade Center, has converted its main sales lines to an employee hotline. A spokesperson said sales employees were taking names and trying to locate employees. (The number to call is 1-800-584-6837).

Trading came to a virtual halt on Europe’s stock and commodities exchanges following the incident. London’s FTSE 100 index closed 5.72 percent lower at 4,746. Frankfurt’s DAX fell 8.49 percent to 4,274 and the CAC 40 in Paris fell 7.39 percent to 4,060.
Japan has no plans to close the Tokyo Stock Exchange after Tuesday’s incidents, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda told a news conference. Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange closed at 11 a.m. ET. The 300 index fell 4.03 percent to 7,049.
The U.S. dollar fell Tuesday against other major currencies. The dollar was trading at 91.24 cents to the euro and 119.16 yen to the dollar, compared with 89.87 cents and 120.98 yen late Monday in New York. The euro recorded strong gains
Federal Reserve officials who were attending a meeting in Switzerland said the nation’s banking system will be protected following the disaster. It said it stood ready to provide additional money to banks if needed.
post #39 of 331
Vlinder, I too worry that this is not the end, and there is more devastation on the way....
post #40 of 331
I hope it is over, but I fear it is not
post #41 of 331
I am very sad about the whole thing. I am angry about all the innocent people who lost thier lives today and thier families. My heart sinks everytime I think of all these people on the planes and the people hanging out of the buildings. Out of anger right now I would like to take out every palestinian!
When I heard it on the radio I was at work. I didn't get a chance to see it on TV until they shut down the subase for non essential employees and I got to come home. I am still in a state of shock!
post #42 of 331
Thank you AP - I think it's really nice of you to update like this. I will merge them into one thread though.
post #43 of 331
Today is a terrible day.
I and everybody else here in Israel are mourning with you, the people of America.
post #44 of 331
Thanks Anne, for merging them. If I had been a little more level headed I would have thought to put it all in one thread myself.
post #45 of 331
Experts Suspect Osama Bin Laden
The Associated Press
Sep 11 2001 3:30PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Highly coordinated and unprecedented in scale, Tuesday's attacks in the United States called to mind the man suspected of orchestrating some of the world's worst terrorist acts: Osama bin Laden.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attacks, and the Afghan government which plays host to bin Laden rejected speculation he was involved. One expert cautioned against assuming bin Laden could pull off such a complex operation.

But other experts said the millionaire Saudi exile was the most likely suspect.

``I can think of only one person who could pull this off'' - bin Laden, said Harvey Kushner, a terrorism expert at Long Island University in New York.

``When you think of the coordination this took, it's historic. When you think of the measures that will have to be put into place to ratchet up security in the United States, it's monumental,'' Kushner said in New York. ``This opens up a new era in the history of terrorism.''

A London-based Arab journalist said Tuesday that bin Laden's followers warned his newspaper by telephone three weeks ago of a major attack.

``They said it would be a huge and unprecedented attack but they did not specify,'' said Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of the Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

The callers had made similar threats previously ``but this time it seems his people were accurate and meant every word they said,'' he said in London.

But the Taliban, Afghanistan's ruling Islamic militia, said bin Laden lacks the resources for such an operation.

``We have tried our best in the past - and we are willing in the future - to assure the United States in any kind of way we can that Osama is not involved in these kinds of activities,'' Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil said in Kabul.

Anthony Cordesman, a terrorism expert from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, warned against assuming bin Laden is to blame.

``There is a level of sophistication and coordination that no counterterrorism expert had ever previously anticipated, and we don't have a group that we can immediately identify that has this kind of capability,'' he said.

The United States has called bin Laden the architect of some of the worst acts of terrorism against Americans: the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa and last year's bombing of the USS Cole.

The FBI has a $5 million bounty on bin Laden's head. The State Department calls him ``one of the most significant sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world today.''

Stripped of his Saudi citizenship, bin Laden has been hiding for five years in Afghanistan under Taliban protection.

He has repeatedly called on Muslims worldwide to join in a jihad, or holy war, and has declared war on the United States in religious edicts faxed to the outside world. All U.S. citizens are legitimate targets, he has said.

``I'm fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God. Our fight now is against the Americans,'' bin Laden was once quoted by Al-Quds Al-Arabi as saying.

Last spring, bin Laden instructed activists attending a Muslim convention in Afghanistan to prepare the next generation for the jihad.

``Issue a call to the young generation to get ready for the holy war and to prepare for that in Afghanistan because jihad in this time of crisis for Muslims is an obligation of all Muslims,'' he said in a statement read at the May gathering.

Bin Laden's group met earlier this year with the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad and the Egyptian al-Gamma al-Islamiya ``to put in place a common strategy against the United States,'' Middle East expert Antoine Sfeir noted Tuesday, citing European intelligence sources.

But if he is involved, bin Laden and his followers probably acted alone Tuesday, Sfeir said in Paris.

``Bin Laden is the one with the financial means and the human needs and the logistic means,'' Sfeir said.

Bin Laden came to prominence fighting alongside the U.S.-backed Afghan mujahedeen - holy warriors - in their war against Soviet troops in the 1980s.

But former friends and followers say he turned against the United States during the Gulf War, and began campaigning against America from Saudi Arabia.

Disowned by his family, bin Laden - believed to be in his 40s - is said to have moved in early 1996 with a band of followers to Afghanistan, where is allegedly operates several training camps.

Earlier this summer, a federal jury in New York convicted four alleged bin Laden associates in connection with the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa, also a coordinated attack.

In retaliation for the bombings, President Clinton ordered missile strikes on bin Laden's suspected hide-out, and Washington and the United Nations have exerted diplomacy and sanctions to get Afghanistan to hand him over.

It refuses, saying the United States has no evidence linking bin Laden to terrorism.

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post #46 of 331
She works for a major oil company and advised me to fill up my gas tanks. The price of gasoline is rumored to be going way up and soon. Thought I would pass it on to all of you.......
post #47 of 331
I have been literally sick to my stomach all day over this. This is the first time ever I have felt truly unsafe. President Bush was at an elementary school about 30 minutes from me when this terrible tragedy occurred. I just spoke to my brother, who told me that a close friend of his in New Jersey witnessed the towers of the World Trade Center collapse. I simply cannot get over the magnitude of this day. I'm off to call my stepmother, who just flew to NJ yesterday for her grandson's christening. I am very glad that my father did not live to see something as horrible as this. It would have broken him.
post #48 of 331
May Jehovah God comfort all the families and victims involved in this tragedy. We of all Faiths need to pray.
post #49 of 331
of the plane smashing into the tower. It was taken from the ground and the building literally looks like it swallows up the plane. Oh God, those poor passengers as well as the people in the tower, what hell they must of gone through
post #50 of 331
Hello everyone,

Well since Wayne and I were staying at a cabin in the woods we did not here the news for several hours. The owner of the cabin came and told us what was going on as some of my family had called and left messages for me. Wayne works nights and I have been riding with him all night long so we were just getting up at the time. In fact we took a load of stuff to Maine last night. Wayne will not be able to work now until the borders are open again. We came to Waynes house to watch the tv and get the latest news. I feel so very sorry for all the people and their families. I am also scared. Cant help thinking that I was on an United flight just days ago but never dreamed at the time that something like this could happen. I will NOT be looking forward to having to fly back home come Sunday. Also I have two sons in the military and that concerns me. I can not get in touch with either at this time, not even via email. How horrible, I just want to go curl up somewhere and cry for all the people hurt by this senseless loss of life.

post #51 of 331
I wonder how long it's going to take to get the planes up and running. It may be awhile before people are able to fly. I was suppose to fly to Providence for the day tomorrow, but I won't be doing that now.

Who knows, Meme, you may be staying longer than you thought!
post #52 of 331
I know that my stepmother is slated to return to Florida from NJ tomorrow. Looks like that won't be happening. My best friend was just on a plane from the west coast last night at midnight. I have tried to call relatives in NJ, but lines are all busy. This is a nightmare, plain and simple.
post #53 of 331
My God....How in Hell can so-called human beings do this to each other!! No religion or anything else can justify this kind of insanity.

I too am numb...hardly believing this is real..my heart aches for all the families of the victims. Please God extend your hand and welcome those who died by the hands of Satan...and Damn forever the :censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor::censor:S who perverted the words of peace and love for their own sick ends.

My heart goes out to the people of the USA and I pray for the safety of their sons and daughters in the military. I sincerely hope that the ones responsible are quickly found and executed and that no state is fool or scum enough to try to shelter them. I also pray that this does not erupt into further mass loss of life.

In the meantime I will do my best to comfort and stand by Barbara until she returns home..and be an online presence for her as she needs me.

Peace...please God..Peace
post #54 of 331
and she is alive but worried about her co-workers who were just down the hall in the room the plane crashed into. More and more people are checking into the boards now with their eyewitness accounts of what they have endured today, and it curls my hair to read some of them. I pray that all our NY and WA members are safe as well. I even heard they had a scare in Anchorage, but haven't heard the particulars? Anyone know? My step kids are there and I tried to call, but the call won't go through

Also there are now bombings in Afghanistan- I know I spelled that wrong...
post #55 of 331
I was taking my daughter to the doctor today when I heard the news on the car radio. You know how morning disc jockeys are always doing stupid skits, like Howard Stern? (Can you tell I listen for the music, not the personalities?) I actually thought at first they were re-broadcasting "War of the Worlds"! It wasn't until I heard it on our local public radio station that I believed it.

Of course I had to pull over and call my husband, who had been watching the news earlier in the morning before it happened. He was absolutely shocked and glued to the set all day. I didn't see footage until after lunchtime, what a shock.

Then I took my daughter to McD's (little kids need life to be as normal as possible, plus it doesn't really mean anything to her) and I heard these two teenage employees kind of joking about it, you know, how cool the explosions were and that kind of thing. All I could think was, "Enjoy it while you can, because if this escalates, YOU'RE the ones who are going to have to face it." Is this what happens to people who grew up with movies like "Die Hard"? {sigh}

One of my aunts is a flight attendent with American, I'm so glad she's been on the ground the last 2 days.

People on the radio kept saying that this was "another Pearl Harbor" but I think it's quite a bit different. Pearl Harbor was a military installation, and even though they were unprepared, we were already debating what to do about the War that was already in progress. This is clearly aimed at a high visibility in target in the financial district of one of our most populated cities, plus two (potentially 3) extremely important government targets. Not to mention the use of our own civilian aircraft against us.

I hope to get the BBC news on PBS tonight, just to hear from somebody else's perspective. Has anyone claimed responsibility yet?
post #56 of 331
Bush Puts U.S. on Highest Alert
The Associated Press
Sep 11 2001 6:56PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush put a stunned federal government on the highest alert after Tuesday's deadly terrorist attacks, even as he and other administration officials sought to calm the nation.
``The Pentagon is functioning. It will be in business tomorrow,'' said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in an evening briefing at the Pentagon, severely damaged earlier in the day when a hijacked jet crashed into it.

``Make no mistake about it, your armed forces are ready,'' said Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Earlier, from the security of a military base in Louisiana, Bush vowed to ``hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly attacks'' that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and severely damaged the Pentagon.

He later returned to Washington and prepared to give a televised address to the nation.
post #57 of 331
Explosions Hit Afghanistan Capital
The Associated Press
Sep 11 2001 6:45PM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Explosions could be heard early Wednesday north of the capital, in the vicinity of the airport. Large plumes of smoke were seen.
The explosions began around 2:30 a.m. and came in rapid succession, seconds apart, making buildings shudder.

There were no sounds of airplanes or anti-aircraft fire.

Officials could not be reached at the airport.

Taliban soliders in the center of Kabul said the explosions seemed to begin with a low flying helicopter that fired rockets into the area at the airport. There was some return fire by Taliban with anti-aircraft weapons, the soldiers said.

The explosions came hours after the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

American officials said the United States was not involved in the Kabul explosions.

``It isn't us. I don't know who's doing it. But I say it isn't us,'' Pentagon spokesman Craig Quigley told The Associated Press when asked about the explosions in Kabul.

Another U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the fighting in Kabul appeared to be rocket attacks by Afghan rebels opposing the ruling Taliban in response to the attack on a rebel general over the weekend.

Afghanistan's hardline Taliban rulers condemned the attacks in New York and Washington and rejected suggestions that Osama bin Laden, who's being protected by the Afghanistan government, could be behind them.

U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said bin Laden was a suspect in the U.S. attacks.

The explosions were in the direction of the front line where Afghan's Taliban soldier are lined up against opposition forces. Fighting in that area has increased in recent but this would be first major assault by opposition forces so close to the capital.

It was impossible to travel in the streets because of a nighttime curfew, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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I heard about this horrible tragedy in my class this morning. Needless to say nobody could go on with normal class time. I spent the better part of the day watching on TV and crying for those poor poor people.

To my American friends I just want to say how sick and sad I feel for what you are going through at this time. I cant even imagine how the families of those people are going through at this moment.

It is such a cowardly and horrible thing to do its beyond all comprehension. I can only hope that the people who caused this tragedy suffer greatly for what they have done. I dont sound very christian right now but I cant help it.

My prayers for the families and for your great country.
post #59 of 331
AirPrincess.....Thank you so much for all the information...I was at work all day, and couldn't hear a radio or see the TV, so even though I came straight home and turned the TV on to hear what was going on, I learned alot more from your posts....THANK YOU!!!!!!

This is devastating!!!!! I am so scared of what is to come next!!!!!!!!!

Deb25, I like you, am glad my father is not around to see this.....he would be so worried and upset, so I guess it is a good thing, that he has gone to heaven, where he can't hear of this, and worry.

Anne....I saw on TV, when I got home, the Israeli Prime Minister, giving a speech, and he said that he was declaring tomorrow a day of mourning in Israel, for all of the Americans who have been killed, and that his support is with the Americans.
This made me cry, because knowing you, and being friends now with you, I was so glad that we are on the same team. (our countries that is....because I KNOW you and I would be)
I have cried so much about this....it terrifies me!!!!!!!
And it affects us all in ways we wouldn't even think of....there are huge lines at the gas stations here, to get gas....and when I called today to our fuel oil company.....our home is heated with fuel oil, and we had it contracted out for a certain price, and this morning, before any of this even happened, my husband asked me to call the fuel oil co. and tell them to go ahead and come fill the tank, because he has the money now, and that way we would be ready for winter.....he told me this this MORNING!!!!!!!! Before any of this even happened!!! So when I went to call them, as he asked, they told me they could not gaurantee me anything, because of what had happened today, and they would just put my name on a list....so what....are we going to freeze to death this winter???????????????????? I am really scared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #60 of 331
AP some group over there has claimed to have caused those explosions. I cant remember the name. All those people want to do is fight. They have been doing it for years. Generation after generation.
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