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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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461. Re: I've written many posts today, but... Sep 13, 2001, 00:28 anon@162.33
I believe that this attack, while horrendous and unconscionable and burned into the collective memory of this country and the world, has also shown something quite remarkable...

For the first time ever, I saw no racism, no crime, no looting, no self-serving agendas. Instead I saw compassion, empathy, support, incredible humanity where the very loss of humanity caused such terrible destruction, "ordinary" people braving such adverse conditions to help others, but more than anything I have seen unparalelled solidarity.

I saw no Democrats, I saw no Republicans, no Blacks, no Whites, no men, no women, no Christians or Jews or Muslims or Hindus, I just saw Americans. It is unfortunate that such a horrendous act brings us together so strongly, but perhaps this event will unite us even more strongly, unite us in a way that will illustrate to whoever perpetrated this attack that even with means such as this, you simply cannot break our spirit - that in fact this type of event binds us even closer together.

Your classroom is a perfect example of this - everyone who can appreciate what happened, everyone who does not possess what, in my opinion, is the character flaw that allows them to be unmoved by the images of September 11th (a day after my birthday, by the way), realizes what terror this was, the suffering of the countless thousands directly involved and the millions in the United States and around the world who mourn with us, appreciate what this country represents and realize that something needs to be done to bring this kind of thing to an end.

I don't condone violence, but the epic scope of this attack demands, in my opinion, a response of the strongest caliber. It is not unlike a bully in a schoolyard - every day this bully pounds you, and you try to be as diplomatic as possible in response, not wanting to provoke the person. Yet one day you get fed up and pound him back (anyone see "A Christmas Story?). Suddenly, the bully realizes you mean business and thinks twice about doing it again - talks tough, of course, but never actually does anything because they realize you have been pushed one bit too far and they'll get it worse next time. Again, I don't condone violence, especially against innocents, yet I believe this requires a definite, and significant, response.
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