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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  • The list of tragedies stemming from Tuesday’s attack on the World Trade Center is virtually endless. Each of thethousands of victims has family, friends, and co-workers now struggling to cope with the magnitude of what hashappened. Among them is Juan Galan, a leader of HERE Local 100 in New York City. His unionized brothers andsisters were workers at the Windows on the World restaurant on the 106th and 107th floor of the World Trade Center.
    Sep 14, 2001 | Story
  • Rescue workers, police, firefighters, sanitation workers and thousands of volunteers continue the grim search for survivors in the disaster area where the World Trade Center once stood. Yesterday five more people were pulled alive from the rubble, but Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that nearly 5,000 people remain unaccounted for. The walls of many New York City neighborhoods are now plastered with posters bearing photos of the missing. Democracy...
    Sep 14, 2001 | Story
  • Jim Mallot is a Harvard Trained Architect with 30 years experience. He says that the collapse of the World TradeCenter towers may have been caused by a faulty structural plan, and by builders cutting corners. Mallot says therush to build the towers may have aided their collapse three days ago after they were struck by two hijackedcommercial airliners.
    Sep 14, 2001 | Story
  • Officials from Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban movement have started to flee the capital, Kabul, amid growing expectations of U.S. attacks. Fear of reprisal has triggered a rush to get families out of the cities. Thousands of people have flooded over the eastern border to the already overflowing refugee camps of Pakistan. These who couldn’t leave were bracing for war, stocking up on food, as prices soared and the Afghan currency slid....
    Sep 17, 2001 | Story
  • Racist violence against Arabs or people of Arabic descent has increased around the world. The BBC is reporting that an Afghan taxi driver has been paralyzed after an attack in London. In New York, a caller threatened to harm hundreds of students in an Islamic school. In Texas, a mosque was firebombed. In Wyoming, an angry group of shoppers chased a woman and her children from a Wal-Mart. In Bridgeview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, police stopped...
    Sep 17, 2001 | Story
  • A team of senior Pakistan officials is to fly to Kandahar today to press the ruling Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden and help prevent a potential catastrophe in the region. The Taliban, however, continue to insist neither they nor bin Laden had the capacity to organize an international plot that saw trained pilots hijack large passenger jets and Boston in Washington. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 17, 2001 | Story
  • In Mesa, Ariz., Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh, was shot and killed outside his gas station Saturday "for no otherapparent reason than that he was dark-skinned and wore a turban," Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said.
    Sep 18, 2001 | Story
  • In the wake of the devastating attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, most commentators and editorsfocused on one theme: violent revenge. Here are a few selections:

    Syndicated columnist Ann Coulter wrote in the New York Daily News the day after the attack: "This is no timeto be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved in this particular terrorist attack.... Weshould invade their countries, kill their leaders...

    Sep 19, 2001 | Story
  • In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon last week the US Congress voted almost unanimouslyto authorize President Bush to use military force to fight terrorism. Almost. Representative Barbara Lee of Oaklandcast the only dissenting vote against the use of force. It’s a position she has become accustomed to. Barbara Leecast one of only five votes against the renewed bombing of Iraq in 1998. In 1999 she cast the lone...
    Sep 19, 2001 | Story