Wednesday, September 12, 2001

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  • World Trade Center Destroyed, Pentagon Damaged by Hijacked Planes; Thousands Feared Dead; Bush Administration and Congress Beat Drums of War

    In a series of horrific and coordinated actions, two hijacked commercial airliners on Tuesday morning crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, causing them to collapse into rubble minutes later. A third hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in rural Pennsylvania 80 miles from Pittsburgh. Up to 800 people are feared dead in the attack on the Pentagon, while thousands more are likely dead in the area surrounding what used to be the World Trade Center. [includes rush transcript]

  • Muslim and Arab Americans Face Harassment, Threats as Bush Administration and Congress Beat Drums of War

    In the immediate wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, U.S. officials immediately speculated that Osama bin Laden was likely to be found responsible. A CNN anchor said, "Whenever something like this happens, you have to look to the Middle East." Amidst this climate of official and media speculation, Muslim and Arab-American organizations have immediately reported harassing and threatening emails and phone calls directed against Muslims and Arab Americans all over the country, responses similar to those seen during the Gulf War and after the Oklahoma City bombing. [includes rush transcript]

  • An Eyewitness Report

    Journalist Robert Knight was at the United Nations Plaza when the World Trade Center was hit and saw the second plane that struck the South Tower. [includes rush transcript]

  • Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

    Reaction on Capitol Hill and from Bush administration officials was swift and angry, as government officials fairly fell over themselves to vow military retaliation against those responsible for Tuesday’s attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. [includes rush transcript]