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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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14. Re: Bombings Sep 11, 2001, 11:19 anon@24.182
 
Don't think the prez is too safe. Camp David just got hit with a plane also, according to local Washington D.C. news. I used to feel pretty safe, but Baltimore, MD has just been "sealed off", allowing no access in or out. Man, i'm glad i checked BluesNews today.

-=d.v.us.1=-
 
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13. Re: Does anyone else... Sep 11, 2001, 11:18 anon@208.2
 
The FBI has just announced that there was NOT a car bombing at the state department in DC.

Another plane has crashed in the vicinity of Camp David, however the official word is that nothing at Camp David was damaged. This is interesting, because Sept. 11 is the aniversary of the Camp David Accord.

The plane crash in Pennsylvania was in Somerset County.
 
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12. Sad day Sep 11, 2001, 11:16 anon@217.3
 
I cant say im suprised...Its all very simple and was a matter of when and how the attacks would happen.. I mean
Jews kill palistinians
US helps Jews
US gets bombed by palistinians

Still very sad
 
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11. Re: Bombings Sep 11, 2001, 11:16 anon@209.50
 
If you want more INFO
www.canoe.ca is still fairly fast and has all the recent news
both trade centres have now collapsed
quite the day this is turning out to be
 
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10. Re: WTC Sep 11, 2001, 11:14 anon@128.192
 
I'm just glad they didn't use Nukes (or worse) Biologicals on us. I spoken with experts in the field (in graduate courses) who tell you all sorts of scary sh!t: like the former Soviet Union can't account for all of its Suitcase Nukes, or that letting Iraq develop Bioweapons is paramount to giving them to the terrorists...  
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9. Re: more updates Sep 11, 2001, 11:14 anon@205.139
 
The car bombing is false just heard it on NPR that the car bombing at the state dept is not true.  
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8. Re: WTC Sep 11, 2001, 11:14 anon@217.36
 
whether or not you're taking the piss, it's this sort of attitude that scares me almost as much as what's happened this morning.
I fully agree, this is all very nasty but I'm worried about the US's response. A lot of you over there aren't used to Terrorism like many of us in the rest of the world are, altho this is rather an orgainsed, large and significant event. Unfortunately this event is the perfect que for responses as bad as the acts so far.
 
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7. Bombings Sep 11, 2001, 11:13 anon@24.129
 
Well, at least we have a Republican president that's willing to listen to the military. Then again, whoever masterminded these attacks knows this too and went ahead anyway. That's even scarier.  
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6. Does anyone else... Sep 11, 2001, 11:11 anon@128.192
 
...feel like they're living the intro to some counter-terrorism game??? This is all so bizzare! I mean, if you told me last night that terrorists were going to seize two American Airlines flights, crash them into the World Trade Center buildings, and COLLAPSE them, I would've said that you played one-too-many games of CounterStrike!

[BTW, info according to the ABC News report I heard 5 minutes ago...]
 
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5. more updates Sep 11, 2001, 11:09 anon@217.36
 
Apparently there's a fourth plane heading towards Washington, there are a bunch of fighter jets patrolling the area now.
The car-bomb is said to have gone off at the State Department.
Obviously this has had a major world impact, stock-markets plummiting and closing, evacuations from possible targets worldwide. It's all kicking off in a bad bad way.
 
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4. Re: WTC Sep 11, 2001, 11:09 anon@194.205
 
yeah, that's a good idea, start a nuclear war. that'll show 'em.

whether or not you're taking the piss, it's this sort of attitude that scares me almost as much as what's happened this morning.
 
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3. WTC Sep 11, 2001, 11:05 anon@65.14
 
Nuke um when ya find um  
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2. My condolances Sep 11, 2001, 11:04 anon@65.198
 
I would like to send my condolances to any families involved in this horrible event..  
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1. Helpful hint.. Sep 11, 2001, 11:03 TK-421
 
If you need to reach someone in NYC who has a cell, try the SMS service to send a message:

Verizon:
http://www.msg.myvzw.com/messaging.jsp

AT&T:
http://sap.mobile.att.net/mc/personal/pager_show.html

Voicestream:
http://www.voicestream.com/messagecenter/

Sprint:
http://www.messaging.sprintpcs.com/sms/
 
"TK-421, why aren't you at your post?"
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