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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:;; Yahoo; The New York Times;;;;; 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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534. More on the WTC Disaster (Updated) Sep 14, 2001, 03:07 anon@63.202
Subject: [STOP_CHOGM] Lies about Palestinian celebrations
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 17:38:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa Farrell <>

Please pass far and wide. Not sure where this message originated, but it
came through the USAS (United Students Against Sweatshops) website...

Subject: [usas] Fwd: Palestinians Celebrating?

Please read the letter below from a Palestinian student. How is
everyone handling this? Progressive Students for Justice, Fordham's
usas affiliate, had an emergency meeting to talk and see what we could
do. About a 1,000 students gave blood today. We discussed forming an
emergency committee to help mobilize other campus groups and students to
do whatever we can to support the victims and families/friends of
victims, and prevent hostility to Arab students. We don't know
specifically what we can do yet.

Date: Wed Sep 12, 2001 12:01 pm
Subject: [iipes01] Vivian

I hope and pray that your family, friends, and co-workers are all safe.
This e-mail is from a friend of mine in Palestine. I think that her
message is important for us to hear- especially in reguards to the
withdrawal of Isreali soliders in Jenin. As you all know, this summer I
studied with students in the Middle East and Balkans. They are all VERY
supportive and concerned--Jewishs, Arabs -- everyone. My prayer are
with you all.



my dear friends ,

I express to you ,my american friends, my profound sorrow and my
closeness in prayer for all victims at this horrible and tragic moment.i
really feel sorry for all the world,i feel sorry for us,HUMAN beings.
we are not human any more,we are animals!!!! i feel outraged and angry
for this aggression against humanity!!!it is really horrible,the world
that we are living in!!!! it is a jungle where animals eat each other
for survival!!! under the bombing of the bethlehem Area,palestinains
were stuck in front of TV ,watching the horrible inhuman attack while
hearing the bombs falling around! how would they behave??? Palestinians
are confused and desperate ...Palestinains are not celebrating the death
of people....i have tears in my eyes now because of the horrible image
you are getting from news!!! it is wrong...i am begging you, my friends,
not to believe what you see......Palestinians were celebrating the
withdrawal of the Israeli army from the palestinian city,jenin!!! that
was it! we are being attacked every Best friends' house was
bombard at two minutes from where i stay at bethlehem....believe me,i
don't want to talk about my suffering as much as i want to talk about
the suffering of all human beings around the globe of whom we don't know
very well....!!!!!!! Palestinian groups denounced and condemned the
attack ...reminding you that our struggle is against Occupation and
slavery. America, as a super power, has duties toward weak nations
asking for its help. WAKE UP americans!!!!we need your help!!! the
oppressed,the hungry,the poor in this world are crying out for help!!!!
President Bush ended his speech last night:::'''None of us will ever
forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is
good and just in our world"""" i hope so! hey my friends, i am with you
...we are together in spirit and soul.....we share same values,we share
the same struggle ....

i love you and pray for you.


Lisa Farrell

Now's a good time to fight!


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