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Attacks On US Continued Reports

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the ongoing-saga dept.

United States 808

I'm still having problems getting news from most normal sites, and we are just barely holding up. Both world trade towers have collapsed after hijaacked planes crashed into them. New Yorkers are asked to give blood. Pentagon has collapsed after similiar crash. A pilot of another hijaacked plane crashed in a PA field rather then hitting another target in Pitt (unconfirmed). Military is at the highest alert. US Embassy in Oslo evacuated, all israeli embassies evacuated. 2 Flights to LAX lost radio contact. 3 other planes down. London evacuating. Camp David crash is false. Bin Laden threatened about 2 months ago. Many many many dead. Many other cities evacuating and shutting down.

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808 comments

fp - mev (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277917)

This is my first post

Today Sucks, I want tomarrow back again

Re:fp - mev (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278070)

Stupid motherfucker. People are dead and you're worried about first post? I hope you lose some loved ones in a terrorist attack someday.

CNN Slowly Coming Back (5, Informative)

bahtama (252146) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277918)

This may have been already posted, but CNN is slowly making its way back online, just give it some time to load, it is still very sporadic. Although the BBC [bbc.co.uk] [bbc.co.uk] is the best one for news so far.

http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/11/worldtrade.crash/ index.html [cnn.com] [cnn.com]

Here it is from CNN, only a synopsis right now.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Terrorists struck the United States Tuesday morning in harrowing, widespread attacks that included at least three commercial jet crashes into significant buildings.

In the first attack, a plane smashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan shortly before 9 a.m., followed by another plane into the second tower about 20 minutes later. Both towers later collapsed. Sources told CNN that one of the planes was an American Airlines Boeing 767 that had been hijacked after take-off from Boston.

About an hour later, a plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, part of which later collapsed.

Sources say a second plane was heading toward the Pentagon; F-16 jets were in the air monitoring it.

The Pentagon, the White House, the State Department, the Justice Department, the Capitol, the CIA and all other government buildings in Washington evacuated.

In the first ever national ground stop of aircraft, all flights nationwide have been stopped at their departure airports.

All international flights were diverted to Canada.

Israel has evacuated all its missions around the world.

President Bush cancelled an appearance in Florida to return to Washington, calling the crashes "apparent terrorist attacks" and "a national tragedy."

In Chicago, the Sears Tower was evacuated; United Nations in New York evacuated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was evacuated.

The New York Port Authority said it had closed all bridges and tunnels into the city.

New York's Bellevue Hospital was designated command central for handling the catastrophe. Several hospitals have already reported receiving victims with burns and head injuries.

Large plane crashed 80 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but it was unknown if this crash was connected to terrorist attacks.

U.S. stock markets were closed after the New York attacks.

Re:CNN Slowly Coming Back (1, Troll)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277938)

Actually, there were 3 planes hitting the towers. The third plane to hit the second tower low is what caused that tower to collapse. I'm not sure what caused the collapse of the other tower.

Re:CNN Slowly Coming Back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278100)

No way was there a third plane. The collapse was caused by secondary explosions caused by fires spreading in the towers coupled with structural stress. The buildings needed to be complete simply to hold up their enormous weight. With gaping holes in them, naturally they would collapse as stress broke supports. Don't rumormonger, have facts.

Re:CNN Slowly Coming Back (1)

Bistromat (209985) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278101)

you're wrong, i'm sorry. i watched the tower collapse. there were only 2 aircraft.

Re:CNN Slowly Coming Back (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278096)

The plane in PA was hijacked, someone with a cellphone on the plane called 911... today's date

DFLP claim false (2, Informative)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277920)

DFLP has said that they are not responsible. The TV station confirmed that the call they received this morning was anonymous. High level DFLP officials are in contact with the US gov't, and according to ABC are offering to cooperate fully.

a meta slashdotting! (3, Funny)

Karmageddon (186836) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277921)

Update We're having server problems. Sorry.

I think you're being slashdotted :)

say goodbye to civil liberties.... (1, Insightful)

isotope23 (210590) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277922)

wanna bet we get a suspension of our
"inalienable" rights?????

over here (5, Informative)

psych031337 (449156) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277927)

We (members of the german army) have been put on alert, people are being revoked from holiday, all system/material checked, no talk policy.

Re:over here (4, Funny)

OblongPlatypus (233746) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278064)

But typing is ok, it seems? :)

American Airlines confirms 2 planes lost (5, Informative)

Randy Rathbun (18851) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277930)

Here is what is on their webpage [flyaa.com] :

AMERICAN CONFIRMS TWO AIRCRAFT LOST

FORT WORTH, Texas ? American Airlines confirmed today that it lost two aircraft in tragic incidents this morning. American said the flights were Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles with 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots; and Flight 77, a Boeing 757 operating from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles with 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots.

Because of the heightened security due to the nature of today?s events, American said it is working closely with U.S. government authorities and will not release more information at this time.

The government has shut down the entire air traffic system in the United States. American, TWA and American Eagle will not operate.

"We are horrified by these tragic events," said Donald J. Carty, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all involved."

Media calls should be directed to the FBI. Customers who wish to receive information about relatives should call American?s response number at 1-800-245-0999.

Updated information about this morning's incident in New York will be available here as soon as it is verified. Check back frequently and refresh your browser often to make sure you have the most current information.

Anyone else worried about biological/viral? (5, Interesting)

weslocke (240386) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277931)

Granted exploding planes aren't exactly the best transport system for biological agents, but with the number of people compressed into relatively small places, a good number of which will soon be travelling back to their home areas soon...

The possibilty of secondary attacks to that end are just frightening as hell.

Re:Anyone else worried about biological/viral? (1)

isotope23 (210590) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277955)

I have been wondering the same thing,

if they were "smart" terrorists a little anthrax
in NY would go a long way......

Re:Anyone else worried about biological/viral? (1)

PyroMosh (287149) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277981)

When the first tower went down, it was unclear at first what happened.... All you could see was a cloud... that was what I feared it was a massive boi/chem cloud. It looks like it was just dust and debries from the tower collapsing now, but still, it's a real fear. I'm not far from there now in New Jersey...

Re:Anyone else worried about biological/viral? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278076)

not really, they would have used it instead, it would be much more devastating. They are after terror and trying to send a message that we are vulnerable. We have a cure for anthrax, although not enough to go around yet.

More attacks are certainly possible... we have to bury these people. I don't even care if a specific terrorist group claims they are not responsible.... that is still a terrorist group with the option open to them. We can't let this stand.

AE

Re:Anyone else worried about biological/viral? (1)

mokyar (306659) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278050)

Negative...
CNN homepage says
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was evacuated. CDC was preparing terrorism teams in case they become necessary.

latest (4, Informative)

forsaken33 (468293) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277932)

Latest on the news is that the Palestinians have condemmned the attack, attention has shifted to Bin Laden who has in fact threatened us a while ago. Estimates on ABC were in the 50-60,000 dead at the world trade center alone. Pentagon they wer saying like 5,000? its all guesses right now.

Re:latest (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277971)

I saw some footage on a Canadian channel (CTV Network) showing footage of people celebrating in the middle east. The clip ended with an identifier saying it came from Reuters in Jerusalem.

Sickening

Re:latest (2, Informative)

mikeage (119105) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278008)

That's correct. I saw it as well... in the so-called "East Jerusalem", many of the same people who yell "Death to the Jews" also yell "Death to America". That's right, they don't just hate Israelis, they hate us, too... wonderful.

Re:latest (5, Informative)

M. Piedlourd (68092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278021)

Just a correction, 50.000 to 60.000 at the late WTC are worst-case casualties, not fatalities. No one knows, of course, how many have been killed, certainly many thousands, but most news sources say no more than 5.000 are dead and no more than 25.000 wounded. These numbers are sure to increase; may God, Allahw akg all the rest help us all.

Re:latest (2, Insightful)

pclinger (114364) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278044)

There are 50,000 workers at the WTO. I don't see how 60,000 can die from this unfortunate disaster (include the plaines you add another 150 or so).

This is a national tragedy, I think I speak for all of us when we say that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

The Pittsburgh Crash (4, Informative)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277933)

Was a 747 jet bound for San Fran. Prayers for those lives lost, and families with loss on this day of infamy.

The really eerie thing is... (1, Insightful)

Obiwan Kenobi (32807) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277939)

...what today's date is.

911...(9/11/01)

Re:The really eerie thing is... (2)

clark625 (308380) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277979)

Okay, this is a flame--so feel free to mod it as such. But I'm disappointed in the moderators that would rate the above comment as "funny" and not something "insightful" or "interesting". I can't think of one "funny" thing in relation to this disaster.

Re:The really eerie thing is... (2)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278031)

I disagree with the funny rating. It's not very funny. Honestly I think today would be a good day for the "funny" moderation option to be disabled.

What today really is (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278038)

The anniversary of the signing of the Camp David Accords. One jet has crashed at Andrews AFB near Camp David. It's also almost 60 years since Pearl Harbor. This is our generations Day of Infamy.


Whomever has done this has awakened the giant. We will not rest until we run them down and expose their evil and folly to the world.


I may be a frequent critic of W., but today, I'm behind him 100% and want the culprits brought to justice and their abbetors, likewise.

Re:What today really is (0, Flamebait)

BombTechnician (410958) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278098)

Whoever did this will rue the day that this idea came to their mind.

we will kick their collective asses so hard they will be destroyed.

Where do i sign up?

Re:The really eerie thing is... (1)

Drey (1420) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278061)

Today is also the midpoint between September 5th and 17th -- which, in 1978, was when the Camp David Accord were signed, to bring peace between Egypt and Israel and attempt to get the other Middle East nations to join in the peace process.

what does this tell us (5, Insightful)

rnd() (118781) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277947)

about the ability of our internet infrastructure to handle the demand in cases of crisis?

AOL working great! (2, Insightful)

jkasyan (24836) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277953)

http://my.aol.com/news/news_special.psp?newsid=wor ldtrade

United Airlines web site (4, Insightful)

Targetman (308365) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277954)

http://www.ual.com/Response/PressReleases/0,11641, -1_,00.html

Unite's link. flight 93 is the Pa plane, flight 175 is missing.

Report of another hijacking out of Pittsburgh (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277956)

Just heard a news report that a United flight out of Pittsburgh is confirmed to have been hijacked.

Also a 767 from Boston to LA (flight 175) is out of radio contact and officials are "worried".

Pentagon news (good) (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277958)

According to NPR, the Pentagon has *not* collapsed, and although there have been significant casualties, the section that was hit was a new section that had many vacant offices.

i am in times square (2, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277966)

i am in times square now i work at 5 world trade i was late for work today and obviously never made it i can not locate all of my coworkers i am emailing and phoning all cell networks seem to be flooded or down please everyone, pass this to EVERYONE: PRAY AND DONATE BLOOD PRAY AND DONATE BLOOD

tell everyone: PRAY AND DONATE BLOOD PASS THIS ON

Re:i am in times square (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277999)

it is very scary people i know are probably dead i work at 5 world trade and was late for work and never made it in.... alll subways down, wtc collapse oh my god... please, pass this to everyone: pray, pray, pray... donate blood, donate blood, donate blood... pass it to everyone thisd is bigger than pearl harbor
please, send it to EVERYONE: PRAY AND DONATE BLOOD THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

Re:i am in times square (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278104)

This is the saddest attempt at karma whoring that I have ever seen. You should be fucking ashamed of yourself, PEOPLE DIED TODAY. Please fuck off and die.

Unconfirmed: another plane lost, headed for DC (1, Redundant)

TDScott (260197) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277967)

It's unconfirmed at time of posting, but some newswires have been reporting another plane hijakced/missing and heading towards DC.

Please remember this is not confirmed.

Just thought I'd share this. (1, Interesting)

Coolumbus (200176) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277968)

"In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb."

Quote by Nostradamus

See:

http://www.ed.brocku.ca/~nmarshal/nostradamus.htm

Scary if you ask me.

Re:Just thought I'd share this. (1)

PeterMiller (27216) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277990)

I'm sorry, not only does this not mean anything, but please....today is not the day to bring this up. Please mod down.

Re:Just thought I'd share this. (1)

bonneyrwk (110492) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278066)

NOT!!

Re:Just thought I'd share this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278068)

Here's to making vague predictions with VERY broad terms.

Granted, that's creepy :)

Re:Just thought I'd share this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278089)

How exactly does NYC qualify as the "City of God"?

Re:Just thought I'd share this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278093)

Yes, folks, shaken by the blast, the nutcases are coming out of the woodwork.

Donate Blood Now! (5, Insightful)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277974)

We are turning our business into an emergency blood donation center for the red cross. I ask that anyone who has a business that has a large amount of free space to donate it as an emergency center for the ARC to setup at.

If you cannot do that please just go and donate blood. It is desperately needed for the hundreds if not thousands injured today.

Update: Military readiness (3, Informative)

merlin_jim (302773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277977)

The US military is on alert. For security reasons I can't post more details, but the 82nd airborne division has been told to suit up and according to one report one unit is already in the air, though they're not sure where they'll be landing yet. Speculation is that they'll land at a known friendly base in the middle east and then decide where to go from there.

Obviously, I can't reveal my source for this, but its a close relative who is 'in the know'.

Military Alert (2, Interesting)

batboy78 (255178) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277983)

All bases in the Colorado Springs area including NORAD, and US Space Command are on Threatcon Charlie, not the highest state of alert, but close, all bases have been closed to the public, this is going to get ugly. Where the hell is President Bush? Is there going to be a war?

Re:Military Alert (1)

Mistah Blue (519779) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278081)

The President is enroute (or already back) to the DC area. However, I wouldn't be surprised if gets on ground at a more secure location (as the White House has been evacuated). Possibly one of the nuclear command posts.

Report of another hijacking out of Pittsburgh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277984)

Just heard a news report that a United flight out of Pittsburgh is confirmed to have been hijacked.

Also a 767 from Boston to LA (flight 175) is out of radio contact and officials are "worried".

over here part II (1)

psych031337 (449156) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277986)

Also here in europe a lot of the news sites are down, especially heute.de (german).

DoS Attack or just a /. effect because all the people wanted info at the same time ?

All israeli instituions and building have been ranked high security here in Germany.

Be very very scared. This is fodder for a World War.

DMCA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2277987)

These planes can cause terrorist attacks. They should be banned and the airline companies should be sued.

Unconfirmed (4, Informative)

finkployd (12902) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277991)

A pilot of another hijaacked plane crashed in a PA field rather then hitting another target in Pitt.

I reported that in #slashdot. It is what I hard from my roommate who heard it from her ex-bf who is a coast guard pilot. I cannot vouch for it being true, it comes from no official news source (as of this writing). I've also heard that it may have been shot down.

Finkployd
my prayers are with the victims and their families.

Re:Unconfirmed (1)

batboy78 (255178) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278073)

I also heard something on the local news that there are two missing planes in Houston, does anyone in Texas have conformation on this?

"London Evacuating" (4, Interesting)

Tim C (15259) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277994)

That's not quite true; I am currently sat in an office pretty much in the centre of London (spitting distance from Trafalgar Square).

Canary Wharf and the London Stock Exchange have been evacuated, there are rumours of Heathrow (the nearest large airport) being shut down, and I'd be surprised if most of the City (the financial district, and original City of London) hasn't been evacuated, but the rest of us are still here.

(Of course, there's nothing nearby worth targetting, unless you really hate the theatre, or shops - Oxford Street is very close by, though...)

Coincidently, it's my birthday today; guess I won't be forgetting this one in a hurry.

Cheers,

Tim

Is this true? (1)

stikves (127823) | more than 12 years ago | (#2277997)

Netscape.com [netscape.com] says White House has also been attacked on their front page. but the thier story page does not contain this. It this true?

Confirming that... (2)

TDScott (260197) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278000)

Newswires also reporting that pretty much every tall building in the Western world is being evacuated, including Canary Wharf, London and the London Stock Exchange.

Spurious reports of a crash into Chicago are at this time believed to be false.

(Disclaimer: IANANS - I Am Not A News Service)

Connected with the raids on the Islamic datafarms? (1, Flamebait)

x-empt (127761) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278002)

Could this all be connected with the raids on the data farms in texas this past week?

I think our govt knew about this stuff a few weeks in advance. Coverup continues.

blood drive (5, Informative)

Mattygfunk (517948) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278004)

Hospitals are reportedly desperate for blood donations. If in the affected states please consider donating if it is practical where you are.

Los Angeles update... (2, Troll)

Zaphod B (94313) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278006)

People are evacuating large buildings in droves in Los Angeles - Century City towers, downtown towers, all government buildings are closed to non-essential employees, and the Reagan Library is closed because no tourists were there and the two retired librarians wanted to go home.


People around here are all just evacuating to make themselves look important.

Opinions on response (4, Interesting)

SpookyFish (195418) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278009)

For Americans (and truly all free nations), this has shaken our country to the very core and IMHO brings into question the ability to live our lives with the freedom we've always enjoyed.

I believe retailation in the highest order is needed, but with religious zealots willing to carry out kamakazi attacks, I fear there will be two more for every one we kill.

How do we preserve / return to our way of life?

Re:Opinions on response (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278095)

Nuke Mecca!

also (1)

waspleg (316038) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278010)

national guard and marines are at ready all government buildings practically everywhere have been evacuated teh NYSE is down all air traffic has been shut down both in the US and Canada, israel has evacuated their embassies, there are car bomb reports from everywhere

this is world war 3 people, i'm sure everyone is just waiting around to see who to invade

nwes sites (1)

crazyprogrammer (412543) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278012)

news sites that are inaccessable right now(to me anyway) are

dailynews.yahoo.com
www.reuters.com
www.ap.org

I think it would be a good idea to use lynx or some text browser so as not to put as much strain on the slashdot servers. Slashdot is the only site that is carrying this story that I can actually access right now.

May there now be a moment of silence for those who perished in this terrible tragedy........
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i beleve... (-1, Flamebait)

Atrophis (103390) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278013)

... we (the US) should just bomb the hell out of all thses rouge countries untill they have no more resources (or too few of) and people to do this kind of thing. its either their innocent or ours.

Re:i beleve... (1)

WeedMonkey (323943) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278077)

"They bombed our innocents, so I think we should, uh, bomb their innocents! Yeah!"

Oh, what a sensible reaction.

UA175 boston to LA reported down, but not where (2, Interesting)

jmarca (303319) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278018)

CNN reports second boston to LA flight, this one united 175 (as opposed to american 11 that hit the WTC) is down. Did *not* give any further details.

jem

One news site still running strong is... (2, Informative)

Walker Evans (254620) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278020)

Portal Of Evil News

www.poenews.com [poenews.com]

Racism (5, Insightful)

danjerdanjel (519284) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278025)

Hmmm... Think about the racial paranoia that is going to stem from this tragic event.

People, unfortunately, look for excuses to target any group, and blame their woes on them. Whether they be economic (as is typical), or, in this case, terrorist. The Jewish people have long been scapegoats for Europe's woes. Even recently, with the Pauline Hanson issue, here in au, in years past, where migrants were blamed for the countries environmental and economic problems.

Now. A group has already been selected, pretty much by default and with no actual basis in fact (yet). People of Middle Eastern background.

Unfortunately, there will be ramifications.

Perspective (3, Offtopic)

underwhelm (53409) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278026)

Let's keep the truly remarkable thing in mind abou this: we heard about it on Slashdot first. Great job, guys.

Just talked to someone who was on the 81st floor (5, Informative)

jjn1056 (85209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278028)

He got out. Maybe many other have. there are almost 40-500 thousand people in those buildings.

If you are in NYC, get off the phone lines NOW, and give blood.

Keep speding our money on the WoD. (1)

hex1848 (182881) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278029)

This just makes me sick, we spend countless dollars fighting a lost war, and we let fucken terrorists into our own country, killing thousands of innocent people. keep all our special forces in columbia, it seems to be keeping our children safe.

Quicktime (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278034)

Anyone running MacOS or Windows, go get Quicktime and watch the coverage on the BBC World stream.

Death to Muslim fanatics. (-1, Flamebait)

MatthewLovelace (465003) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278035)

This is enough. It's time to stop pissing about with diplomacy and concessions and appeasement. It's time to realise that peace with fanatics is impossible. It's time to round up all male Muslims and kill them. Start with Osama bin Laden, Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein, and Qaddafi.

This is (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278036)

A great attack on the US. But if you react with blame or violence out of fear or frustration at the first person you see, rather than getting all the facts, then the terrorists have won. I plead with all of you, think before you post or talk.

How many people? (-1)

sllort (442574) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278037)

Has anyone else been speculating about how many people it would take to accomplish this? Most of the flights were headed to the same destination (LAX) but came from different departure points. They were well synchronized. With a count of appx. 5 planes, assuming you can smuggle a plastic gun on board, a minimum 2 man team could take over the plane, one as a pilot and the second covering the passengers with a weapon.

By my count that's at least 10 totally crazy, organized fuckers.

Do those numbers seem about right?

prays (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278045)

my prayers are with those that were where the attacks took place.

Canada Status (2, Informative)

gbr (31010) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278046)

All Canadian Airports are shutdown, except for flights that are already in the air. They are providing landing for those planes.

The Canadian/US border is closed.

Canadian Military is on alert, and miltary police are in key locations.

Toronto Stock Exchange is closed.

White House evacuated, but NOT destroyed (3, Informative)

TDScott (260197) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278047)

At time of writing, the White House is still intact, despite a misleading header on Netscape.com [netscape.com] . It's been evacuated (and thus 'hit' as in 'hindered'), but has NOT been destroyed.

(Disclaimer: IANANS - I Am Not A News Service)

Maps of the World Trade Center (1)

UnBlinking (520203) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278053)

If you are concerned that you may have friends in the area, unfortunately the Port Authority of NY and NJ site ( http://www.panynj.gov/ ) now reports:

"All facilities are closed due to a state of emergency."

However, see this inside page at the Port Authority:

http://www.panynj.gov/wtc/wtcfram.HTM [panynj.gov]

Directions appear here:

http://www.panynj.gov/wtc/directions2.htm [panynj.gov]

"The World Trade Center is located in lower Manhattan, stretching from Church Street on the east to West Street on the west, and from Liberty Street on the south to Vesey Street on the north."

Best vicinity map:

http://www.panynj.gov/wtc/wtcareamap7-00.gif [panynj.gov]

Other interior maps:

http://www.panynj.gov/wtc/mallmapframe.html [panynj.gov]

GS http://www.unblinking.com/ [unblinking.com]

another Nostrodamus quote (-1)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278054)

Century 6, Quatrain 97
The sky will burn at forty-five degrees latitude,
Fire approaches the great new city [New York City lies between 40-45 degrees]
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
When they want to have verification from the Normans [French

also id liek to add another quote

By fire he will destroy their city,
A cold and cruel heart,
Blood will pour,
Mercy to none.

also it should be noted that the next prophecy he makes is of WW3..

may whatever god you believe in, have mercy on your soul

hang on, I saw this one.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278057)

Now you just have to send that dude back in time a few days and he can sort it all out.

Rights (5, Insightful)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278058)

We go through airport security to protect us. Well, I guess our rights being trounced on did nothing to protect us. The metal detectors in government buildings did nothing to keep those planes out.

Maybe the next time, people will question, "are having our rights trampled on really giving us security?"

From AP (1)

Utter (4264) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278059)

This news was originally in Swedish (blame my poor english):
"Palestinian groups are celebrating. The news agency AP reports that palestinian groups in Nablos on Westbank are celebrating the attack."

Microsoft to Rebuild the Towers (-1, Troll)

SGDarkKnight (253157) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278060)

I just heard an uncomfirmed report the Bill Gates has pledged that microsoft will rebuild the towers. I'm checking microsofts site to confirm and will post any links that i find.

GPG blows the WTC!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278065)


What happens to the intelligent Dept? FBI, Echelon, MI6 ... This proves once again there is something wrong with the intelligent

GPG (www.gnupg.org) is so powerful it helps terrorists blow the WTC!!

Open source movement rulez!!

Wow (1)

phoon12 (244785) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278072)

Denis Leary said that after his generation saw JFK shot on live TV, they were afraid to change the channel for the next 20 years. Now we have ours...

The Internet is failing to support this event (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278074)

I'm writing this just after the towers have collapsed. CNN is the hero of the day, switching to low bandwidth text/html with one image and getting the news out. Newsmax is just barely keeping up. MSNBC is showing an IIS error page, FoxNews is unavailable, as is ABCNews, Yahoo DailyNews, the BBC, the Washington Post, and many other big sites. The Washington Times isn't even carrying this story yet. Slashdot looked to be the early clearing house, but they went into 'server trouble' yet again, and noone can post right now, or log in (to turn off all those stupid icons that are sucking bandwidth). Mozilla crashed on me, Netscape 4 under Classic (OSX) is doing OK, but having DNS trouble and IE still can't figure out what my proxy is about. At work here, we had a DirectTV setup a while ago, so I tried to get that reauthorized so we can watch the news (no, nothing but advertising on the free signal) and the telemarketer couldn't find our access card or setup an account with my credit card because the phone number at work isn't my home phone. My friend Brian went out to RadioShack and bought a TV antenna, and we were plugged into the events of the day, at last, by *broadcast*. That antiquated 70-year old technology we're all so eager to see get replaced in 5 years is the only thing working. Some how NBC is still broadcasting. I guess they have backup antennas that weren't on the World Trade Center. They even have men on the street reporting, although that guy needs to get away from the school where the bomb is. We won't call him a wimp for running like hell - we'll call him smart. That crazy guy's report is making it all the way up here to a little valley in New Hampshire like clockwork. Now that's a mature system. The point of all this is that while computers and the Internet are fun and all, we're kidding ourselves if we think it's ready to become our national infrastructure. The nature of today's event is almost strictly broadcast but show me an easy way to tune into the mbone today. ("The What?" lots of readers say). Some will call me a luddite, but I love technology as much as the next geek, so call me a pragmatist instead. We have alot of work to do if we want this baby we call the Internet to really support our society.

Stay off the phone!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278080)

Telecommunication systems NATIONWIDE are straining under the tremendous load. Emergency response teams are having difficulty with communications systems.

Emergency crews need communications much more than anyone else right now.

PLEASE AVOID THE USE OF THE TELEPHONE OR CELL PHONE, AND ADVISE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!!!!!!!!!!!

September 11th (1)

aoihai (518418) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278082)

There are reports that this attack is a commemoration of the signing of the camp david accords [jimmycarterlibrary.org] . Which were worked out from September 5th to 17th (the 11th is the average date).

The Path (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278086)

We are all screaming for blood, demanding massive retaliation.

That is exactly what "they" have been doing as their people are killed.

I'm not against retaliation, just before we start down the path, we should realize whose path it is, and where it goes.

Good summary/snippets page (2)

gimbo (91234) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278087)

This page has a good summary list of news snippets from various sources, and it's updated fairly regularly:

http://www.gweep.net/~leaf/wtc.txt [gweep.net]

bleeding heart crypto liberals (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278088)

This is all down to the PGP crowd - if it werent for you the nsa would be able to monitor osama in those chatrooms

Mirror...Kinda (1)

mkelley (411060) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278092)

I have a copy of what CNN is running on their site with some information from Fox. mkelley.net. Please be gentle my server isn't that strong.

This has some long-term implications (1)

Joff_NZ (309034) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278094)

This is going to lend a lot of weight to the argument for less privacy for individuals..

Also, some photos here [dailyherald.com]

Canada closes airports, border (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2278097)



Confirmed here in canada we've closed all airports. No planes will be flying in north america.

International flights enroute to north america will be landing here in Halfiax. Emergency measures organization has taken over authority here in the city; the police and security will be reporting to them. Seems likely government buildings and such will be evacuated (our naval dockyards would make an inviting target to inbound terrorists). Radio has mentioned a dozen planes have already landed and as much as 50 more expected to arrive.

Also reports the US-Canada border may be closed and closing. Not sure on that one.

News from Maryland (4, Informative)

strredwolf (532) | more than 12 years ago | (#2278103)

Here's the latest from Maryland, which is "right next door" to DC:

* Maryland is tightening security all throught the state.
* AMTRAK Baltimore Penn Station is shut down.
* BWI Airport is accepting landings only, no flights out.
* All schools are closing, and Annapolis's (state capital) MD State Circle (state capital) is closed to all but emergency traffic.
* State Police are asking folks to limit phone use, both landline and cell.
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