9/11 Topics

Democracy Now!’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the development of the "war on terror," Guantanamo Bay and the USA PATRIOT Act.

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  • This is a special one-hour live report on the WTC and Pentagon attacks.

    [includes rush transcript]

    Sep 11, 2001 | Story
  • 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...
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • 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...
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • 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]
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • 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]
    Sep 12, 2001 | Story
  • In the midst of the rising tide of congressional and Bush administration calls for a harsh military response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there is a remarkable, hawkish unity in the views being expressed in the mainstream media. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 13, 2001 | Story
  • An ugly and perhaps predictable backlash is sprouting across the nation, as federal officials point to the Middle East in their investigation of the terror attacks in New York and Washington. Meanwhile, Congress and the Bush administration continue to issue calls for vengeance and harsh military retaliation, fueling anxiety among Muslim and Arab Americans, who remember from the Persian Gulf War and the Oklahoma City bombing where such calls lead....
    Sep 13, 2001 | Story
  • In the midst of the rising tide of congressional and Bush administration calls for a harsh military response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there is a remarkable, hawkish unity in the views being expressed in the mainstream media. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 13, 2001 | Story
  • Along with Arab Americans, Indian and Pakistani Americans, Afghan Americans have become the targets of threats and harassment in the wake of Tuesday’s terror attacks against the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Many fear devastating military attacks against Afghanistan, already one of the world’s poorest countries. International aid workers and U.N. staff have evacuated from the country.
    Sep 14, 2001 | Story
  • Bush administration officials yesterday officially named millionaire extremist Osama bin Laden as the person they say is behind the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. High-level officials say the U.S. is prepared to engage in wide-ranging military operations that could involve an invasion of Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden is widely suspected of hiding. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 14, 2001 | Story