I was home working (self-employed) and my furnace was having its annual
cleaning. The guy got a phone call from his son, who lives in NYC, so he
came upstairs and we turned on the TV. We saw the second plane hit, live. It
I was home asleep. Got a call from work saying we were "under attack"
and to turn on the news. The Air Force base I worked on was going to
Defcon 1 (?). Machine gun nest and barricades were set up all around
the base. I had to carry a suitcase of clothing, etc., in the vehicle
as we didn't know when we would be allowed on or off the base.
One of the most fascinating conversations took place when the head man at
the FAA said: "This shit stops right now. ATC-Zero.* Nationwide."
The most amazing thing followed 9-11 when the government committees,
agencies, and know-it-alls tried to come up with codified procedures to
follow should something similar happen in the future. You won't believe what
they decided. They concluded that no procedure that they could envision
would be as effective as those the ad hoc decisions, made on the fly by
people intimately involved with the day to day operations. The result? No
conclusion, no procedures, no chain of command, no recommendations. Just do
Amazing that something so profound could originate from a government
On the other hand, I can think of another. I learned to day that the agency
in charge of the Pentagon disaster relief was - wait for it now - the
Arlington Virginia fire department! That's right. There were some big
footprint agencies around: the FBI and the DOD to name two, but they
deferred to this municipal fire department. For eleven days, until all the
fires were out.
Maybe emergencies bring out the best in people.
ATC-Zero = all planes on the ground. At that time, there were about 4,300
commercial airliners aloft.
Working on my computer at home like I'm doing right now. I was
listening to the radio and heard them announce about the first hit. I
thought "..some air traffic controller is going to get hung out for
this.." and continued working. Then I heard about the second hit and I
thought "something is wrong here.."
I grew up in NYC and was about 18 years old when the WTC was being
built; but I now live in a fairly rural area. We don't have a TV, so
I got into my car and drove 5 miles into the nearest town where there
is a McDonalds that has a TV. I watched the collapse of the towers
on 9/11/2008 12:46 PM Stormin Mormon said the following:
Sitting right here in front of my computer with CNN news on the TV off
to my right. The regular news was interrupted by the first plane strike.
I watched CNN until the second tower fell, cutting off CNN (CNN was
being broadcast from the antenna on the second tower). Thereafter I
watched one of the local NY news channels whose antenna was on the
Empire State Building.
Welcome! I'm at the last bit before retirement. 26 years come May 2009.
USN Senior Chief (E8 for other branches)
We locked down *hard* overseas. It was 3 years (yes YEARS) later when
Sasebo allowed taxis onbase at all. That with drivers who had security
clearances. Heck, I'm still in cycle for my weapons quals (good for a year)
for M50, 25MM, and 9MM.
All our feelings back then were (excuse my french), 'come fuck with ME
asshole! I am armed, loaded, and WILL take you OUT'.
It's also got a more polite name. 'Hard Target'. The guy on sleep at the
post is who a terrorist will hit. We learned to have more guards, more
training, and just did not put up with any shennanigans at all.
Yes, I was on watch that day. The Navy wording is 'I stood the watch'.
Soon I will turn this over to my younger mates.
I had just stepped out of the shower in my hotel room and turned on
the TV just in time to see the second plane hit. I was visiting Las
Vegas for a trade show. All I wanted to do was get home (South
Carolina). Once we realized that flights would not resume for several
more days, we got on a waiting list for a rental car. We ended up
getting the last car on the Alamo lot. We left on Wednesday afternoon
and drove straight through, with the three of us taking 4-hour shifts
behind the wheel. With one exception we stopped only for drive-thru
food, gas and the bathroom. It took 35 hours and 45 minutes to get
I remember the anger and fear that I experienced for days after the
attack. I also remember the good feelings that came with seeing all
the "God bless America" signs along the interstates all the way home.
It was an uneasy mixture of emotions, but I remember feeling confident
that we would bring justice to those who committed this terrible act.
It is a shame that so many have forgotten what those days felt like.
We wouldn't be arguing about Afganistan and Iraq today if we didn't
have such a short collective memory.
don't know if these are all current;
Jim Yanik beat me to it, but clearly the answer to your question is "a
lot". In his address following the attack, President Bush said that
anyone harboring or giving aid to terrorists would be considered an
enemy in the war against terror.
BTW, thanks for proving my point about how quickly some people forget.
Bzzt, no, but thanks for playing. Conservative plonkers. You so don't get
it. Just because Faux News says something, it doesn't make it true. Idiots
like you are why Republicans keep getting "elected" (or are able to steal
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