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More on the WTC Disaster (Updated)

Of course this is not game related (we do not expect to be doing any further game coverage today), but with the legit news sites being almost impossible to access at times today, we've been getting loads of requests for more information about what's been going on. Here is the latest as of about 9:00 PM EDT:

  • President Bush addressed the nation 8:30 PM EDT. Here's a wire report: WASHINGTON (AP) - A grim-faced President Bush condemned ghastly attacks in Washington and New York on Tuesday and vowed to "find those responsible and bring them to justice." In the second Oval Office address of his presidency, Bush said the United States would retaliate against ``those behind these evil acts,'' and any country that harbors them.

To recap:

  • In two separate attacks, hijacked planes struck both main towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan this morning, and both of the "twin towers" subsequently collapsed.
  • A hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and part of it has collapsed as well.
  • A hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Reports indicate the hijackers planned to crash this plane into Camp David in Maryland.
  • 47 Story WTC building seven, one of the five (relatively) smaller buildings in the World Trade Center also later collapsed from ancillary damage.
  • The White House, the Pentagon, and the Capitol Building were all evacuated, all domestic flights in the US have been grounded through at least noon tomorrow.
  • Other closings include most federal offices, the stock markets, the Disney theme parks, and the cancellation of today's Major League Baseball schedule. The President's speech announced that all federal agencies will be open for business tomorrow.
  • Broadcasts out of Afghanistan showed evidence of missile attacks and antiaircraft fire, but what connection this has to today's apparent terrorist attacks in the US is not clear at this point. The US has denied involvement in these attacks.
  • In the first hints of any sort at the scope of casualties, the New York City Fire Department has estimated that as many as half of the 400 firefighters dispatched to the scene are missing. CNN has said that 78 Police officers are missing. Also, the death toll from those on the four hijacked planes has been placed at 266. The number of dead and injured at the Pentagon has been widely reported as about 100. No estimates of the number of victims from the World Trade Center have been made.
  • People throughout the United States have are being urged to donate blood to help offset significant shortages in New York and Washington. The American Red Cross in Greater New York or the American Red Cross are places to contact about donating blood or money, or both.
  • Some news sites seem to be back online. Here are some links that have been more reliable: CNN.com; CNET.com; Yahoo; The New York Times; washingtonpost.com; usnews.com; ABCNEWS.com; FOXNews.com; MSNBC; and BBC News Online.

All of our thoughts go out to the victims of these attacks and their families and friends in what must be an incredibly difficult time.

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323. USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:17 =-Vic3k-=
 
USA got what it asked for a long time. first world war 2, then vietnam then help in afganistan then conspiratual help in chechnia then yugoslavia oh and and ongoing affairs with izrail....
you see...i'm russian, i immmigrated to canada 4 years ago, why? coz it's of course better to live here and shit. i don't really give a fuck who's best who's worst or what the fuck happens in russia. i just let all the fuck in the world cut eachother throats. what if it would happen in my city? who knows... BUT USA asked for it. just go to earope and ask ppl if they like USA. btw oh europe is very civilized so don't you fuckers say anything about europe, for instance take your crappy USA education and compare to the one in europe and then also look at who's working in your silicon vally. k so what ppl will say?..you know the answer, even same here in canada, i talked in my college with all ppl i know which include foreigners like me, canadians and USA citizens. practically 90% were happy this event happened.
"the world police" thing doesn't do much good except making ppl hate USA even more. the politics of USA should change now to "if it's not your problem, don't you fucking sneak your nose there" and if USA will not change it's attitude towards the world then expect more to come and i will be more then happy to see it on my screen.
this was the worning from whoever and if that worning wouldn't happen now it would happen soon anyway probably masterminded for someone else OR perhaps a country?..
anyway i'm sorry for the people who died but that's life, it's nature of things, where ever is new idea, new action there is always sacrifice and consiquences.
probably the sadest thing is that they didn't get the whitehouse will george "THE FUCK" in it. just analize his actions or the actions of this lets say puppet coz he's probably doesn't even have the full controll and being monipulated but higher organization...who knows...some xfiles for you.
yes it's sad but sooner or later it would happen anyway and not because of some poor muslams that are indeed kind of mean but because people don't want any autocracy just coz some shitty country being away from the mainland in early years staying in shaddows mannaged to get rich...
just look at your reactions guys...nuke em..hah...you really said enough about your USA intelligence and your logical USA type thinking. i can see why Bush was elected oh yah...
anyway as long as you have this super over exagurated democratic government things will just get worse and i'm willing to see it even if it will touch me in a way but enough is enough. And not "enough is enough" for some poor afganistan that was pressed by both USA and Russian powers back in time but for USA that tries to be the center of the world and the more it does it the more world hates it, not coz of jealusy but coz of people who choose and approve their government.
my 2 cents and this pathetic discussion. there is nothing you can do, go play games and shit while you can, while some dumb fuck like you ppl didn't yet press the hot button.

 
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