This page is a collection of all the links [cIb] has logged regarding the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and all of the subsequent stories about war, rumors of war, terrorism, anthrax, hypocrisy, paranoia, patriotism, propaganda, and all other related issues. Theoretically, this weblog is updated on every Sunday, give or take a day or three.
Playing Politics With The War
(BlackPressUSA.com)It was downright painful to see Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) being booed loudly as she came out on stage at the Oct. 21 New York City gala benefit for the victims of the Twin Towers disaster. Bill also received his taste of boos from the same beer-drinking crowd of blue-collar New York City fire and police department ''heroes'' being honored, many of them White men who Black communities know as some of the country's most demonstrated racists. Nevertheless, it confirmed the fact that the emotions being played out as patriotic gestures are also taking a political shape that favors Republicanism."Ism's" is the problem.
« 7:59 AM :: 11.06.2001 »
Osama’s New Recruits
(The Village Voice)As U.S. intelligence agents strained to pick up conversations among Al Qaeda members gloating over their September 11 success, soldiers in America's racist underground gnashed their teeth over not having carried out the attack on "Jew York" themselves. "It's a DISGRACE that in a population of at least 150 MILLION White/Aryan Americans, we provide so FEW that are willing to do the same," bemoaned Rocky Suhayda, Nazi Party chairman from Eastpointe, Michigan. "[A] bunch of towel head/sand niggers put our great White Movement to SHAME."Is the "war on terrorism" going to go after all the terrorists, including inbred ones living right here among us?
Sometimes, it makes you wonder whether or not this country is worth it after all. Maybe we need to hit the "reset" button and just start over, so we can get rid of all the scum.
« 8:15 PM :: 11.02.2001 »
Chemical and Biological Weapons Resource Page
(Center for Nonproliferation Studies)« 10:42 PM :: 10.29.2001 »
The public health infrastructure must be prepared to prevent illness and injury that would result from biological and chemical terrorism, especially a covert terrorist attack.Signs of the times: know your diseases. (b/w randomWalks xowie, the "earthquake" blog)
« 10:06 PM :: 10.29.2001 »
Private anthrax lab doable
(The Washington Times)Though not at all simple, experts agree -- and a government program demonstrated within the past three years -- it would be possible for a private group with expertise and resources to create the anthrax sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.And so the plot thickens.
« 5:30 PM :: 10.27.2001 »
U.S. officials suspect domestic extremists
(The Washington Times)"Nobody believes the anthrax scare we are going through is" the next wave of terrorism, one senior official said. "There is no intelligence on it and it does not fit any [al Qaida] pattern."« 4:16 PM :: 10.27.2001 »
Why every terrorist needs a website
(This Is London)It might dominate Al Jazeera's schedules, but in the propaganda war al Qaeda has made one glaring error: where's the website, guys? Al Qaeda's lack of a news site is distinctly unfashionable. Most of the West's "pro-scribed terrorist organisations" maintain web pages that let them bypass the media and publish press releases, galleries of "mar-tyrs" and calls to arms, often in English.« 5:07 AM :: 10.26.2001 »
US should tackle global poverty, says Clinton
(Independent News)Bill Clinton called on the United States yesterday to do more to combat global poverty, saying America's war against the al-Qa'ida network had to go hand in hand with addressing the problems of the developing world.BoyCaught likes this. As long as Americans are perceived as greedy fat-*sses, people who like driving around in gas-guzzling cars and generally scarfing up the lion's share of all the good things on this planet, then poor, desperate people in faraway lands will see the US as the enemy. And some of them will strike out.
« 7:31 PM :: 10.25.2001 »
Stanford University scientists need your help to better understand how individuals like you across America and around the world are coping with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The accompanying CONFIDENTIAL survey designed for adults (18 or over) asks questions about your reactions to the events and about your personal background.(b/w blahblog, bb/w harrumph!)
« 7:58 PM :: 10.23.2001 »
« 8:25 AM :: 10.23.2001 »
Anthrax attacks now being linked to US right-wing cranks
(Independent UK)Investigators are increasingly convinced that a lone individual or group of people living in the US are behind the mailings of the white powder, which have claimed the life of a British-born picture editor and brought parts of the US media, political and economic infrastructure to a standstill ... There is plenty of other circumstantial evidence pointing to the letters being the work of someone sympathetic to the 11 September hijackers – but it is only circumstantial.For some reason, BoyCaught keeps thinking about "To Kill A Mockingbird." Boo Radley did it. Lots of US-based groups have an interest in fomenting the kind of race-dipped paranoia and fear we're seeing right now. More on this later. (b/w net.headlines, solid!)
« 7:03 PM :: 10.22.2001 »
They are the country's premier warriors, and when they wrap their arms and legs around 2-inch-thick ropes and descend from hovering Blackhawk helicopters into the next phase of the war in Afghanistan, many will carry as much as 100 pounds of the most sophisticated combat gear in history.« 5:07 PM :: 10.21.2001 »
“Remember when the U.S. had a drug problem, and then we declared a War On Drugs, and now you can't buy drugs anymore? It'll be just like that!”The characters in this web cartoon are brutal.
« 2:45 PM :: 10.21.2001 »
Anti-Terror Hackers Seek Govt Blessing
(NewsBytes)A vigilante hacking group is attempting to obtain government approval for its anti-terrorism efforts, Yihat's leader announced Tuesday. During an online meeting of the group's members, founder Kim Schmitz said Yihat [Young Intelligent Hackers Against Terrorism] is negotiating with one European and one Asian government to "legalize" the group's hacking activities in those nations.Warrrrrriors! Come out to playyyyyyyy! BTW, Kim (Schmitz), truly an L33t H4X0r well-known haXor, has a pretty cool site. (b/w FARK.com)
« 7:28 PM :: 10.18.2001 »
(Fazed.net)Osama meets the Peace Lovahs ...La-la-laaaaaaaaah, My Lord! Kumbayah! (Aside: is that how you really spell "koom-buy-ahh?" Also, fazed.net is a lil' bit of a blog-type t'ing ... a discovery. Gotta love a website that can roll with hedz like "Pimpin' Ain't Easy." Hey, you know, it's Friday night, ain't a damn thing funny; da b*tch betta have my money! BoyCaught's been flowin' with all varieties of knowledge since Link Number One. (Flash plug-in or player required; b/w KickerX, the bro)
« 7:08 PM :: 10.18.2001 »
us terrorist attacks: the best enemies money can buy
(disinformation)Considering that during the 1980s, under the pretext of fighting a Sandinista regime in Nicaragua that never once launched an attack on the U.S., these same people oversaw an explosion in U.S. cocaine consumption that went from 80 metric tons in 1979 to 600 metric tons in 1989 - considering that the CIA trained and equipped death squads that tortured and murdered hundreds of thousands of people from Guatemala to Panama – considering that these same people have brutalized Iraq, leaving portions of it radioactively contaminated by depleted uranium for the next 4 billion years and causing a fivefold increase in the number of childhood leukemia cases amidst a starving population, one can only wonder what they will produce for the world now given the context of the World Trade Center attacks.Nothing like some good disinformation, eh?
« 9:10 AM :: 10.18.2001 »
Black Doctor Leader On Bioterrorism: 'We Must Be Our Brothers' Keeper'
(BlackPressUSA.com)If a terrorist attack caused a national smallpox epidemic or if there was a need for sudden immunization for anthrax, would Black America be caught off-guard? An emphatic yes ... as with most social problems, the nation's Black neighborhoods would likely be hit hardest since they have far worse records of obtaining even regular immunizations, partially because of a history of distrust of the government's health system.Vaccination barriers would not only be caused by limited access to health care in poor neighborhoods, but by historic fears of a system that has a record of deceiving Black people.Damned if you do, damned if you dont?
The distrust for mass immunization programs is due to incidences such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, which caused the crippling, illness or death of 399 Black sharecroppers who were secretly denied treatment for the disease while being studied by the U. S. government between 1932 and 1972.
« 8:53 AM :: 10.18.2001 »
The government spin doctor who suggested the US terror attacks provided a "very good day" to "bury" bad news has apologised in public for the offence she caused.Spin doctors spin doctoring their own spin?
« 1:33 PM :: 10.16.2001 »
Whites-Only Press Conference at the White House
(BlackPressUSA.com)President Bush urged Americans to exercise racial tolerance while pointing out only White reporters to ask him questions during a White House press conference about the war against terrorism in Afghanistan ... Bush’s remarks on race came near the end of the conference, during which he called on eight White men and two White women of the White House Press corps while an invited multicultural group of about 26 reporters sat excluded from the dialogue in assigned seats to his left.BoyCaught has some questions about this, but unfortunately none are being taken. (b/w Leviathan)
« 1:24 PM :: 10.16.2001 »
'Joke' over anthrax leads to man's arrest
(Denver Post.com)Police arrested an apartment worker in Littleton on Monday after he allegedly filled an envelope with laundry detergent and pretended it was anthrax, authorities said.File under "duh!"
« 1:15 PM :: 10.16.2001 »
Warning on way from post office
(Denver Post.com)About 135 million U.S. homes, businesses and other addresses will soon receive warnings from the U.S. Postal Service cautioning them about the risks of biological hazards moving through the mail system.Times have really changed in such a short time.
« 1:13 PM :: 10.16.2001 »
The Agency: Anthrax
(CBS.com)The team works against the clock to stop an anthrax threat in the United States. A Belgian kennel has fallen victim to a terrorist attack in which the deadly disease anthrax was used. When the CIA discovers the perpetrator's identity and that Washington, D.C., is his next target, the team mobilizes to stop the criminal before he can reach the capital.A new CBS prime-time show about the CIA, "The Agency," already has an antrhrax storyline. Isn't the timing of this particular story, well, unbelievably fortunate? TV glamorizes ... and CIA applications start going through the roof. Waggin' the dog?
« 3:57 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
The Islamic Taliban Movement ...
(The Call of Islam)So, what are the facts behind this Movement and its objectives? How did it deal with Arab Mujahideen there? What are the dangers of the conspiracies that plans to domesticate it and attempts to change its path to conform with the interests of the regional and international powers, especially that of the United States and it's allies?« 3:00 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Feared Biological Agents
(Howstuffworks)There are many ways to implement a biological attack, but these are some of the most feared agents:« 2:32 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Hoaxes and Scares Thrive Amid Fear
(LA Times)Hoaxes often come in waves, fed by copycats emboldened by news accounts of 'successful' scares. The Los Angeles area was struck by several bogus anthrax threats in 1998 ... "It got out of hand, to a point that our [hazardous materials] teams weren't capable of full responses"« 2:26 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Soviet anthrax lying unguarded on test island
(Telegraph.co.uk)One of the world's largest dumps of the biological weapon agent anthrax has been left unguarded.The dump is on Vozrozhdeniye (Renaissance) Island in the middle of the Aral Sea, on what was once a Soviet open-air biological weapons test site. It is about 600 miles from Afghanistan.« 2:17 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
(StickDeath.com)Stop the fleeing terrorists.It's a game. (Flash plug-in required.)
« 2:09 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Fact Sheet: Osama bin Laden
(The Smoking Gun)This is the Central Intelligence Agency's unclassified fact sheet on Osama bin Laden.« 2:06 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Laden is an evil genius: Former Pak envoy
(Times of India)"The guy is not 10-feet tall. He can be dealt with and will be dealt with."« 1:53 PM :: 10.14.2001 »
Yeah, you've seen him before.
« 7:53 PM :: 10.12.2001 »
Even in the Ruins, Race Matters
(AlterNet)There are thousands of workers down there, and to enter the site you have to go through armed checkpoints," he says," one guy will ask you for your ID and another guy standing two feet from him watching the whole procedure will stop you and put you through it again." And he was quick to point that this was the attitude of the armed white men securing ground zero whether they were military or civilian cops. "If you are my color," James says, pointing to his rich ebony colored skin, "you can see the pure racism on their faces." However light brown skin Hispanics and Afro-Americans are encountering even bigger problems. "But if you are just dark enough to be an Arab, then you really got a problem. My cousin is light skin and he gets a lot of hassles. "When we walk through check points it's usually three of us and we all have the same union issue and state ID's, but they let us pass and pull him aside. He and I have the same last name but that doesn't matter; sometimes they detain him for ten minutes or more just checking out his ID. But while they be checking us out to the max, always calling in supervisors to double check our ID's, the white boys just flash their cards and walk on through."So, why is BoyCaught skeptical about all this "war on terrorirsm," and patriotism boo-sh*t? Because this is still f*cking Amerikkka. America: I Am Race! Better recognize. "Returning to normalcy" probably means returning to the same old bigotries. But of course, bubbleah, you're here to prove me wrong. (b/w the bro, KickerX; hat tip to randomWalks)
« 7:06 PM :: 10.12.2001 »
US deploys controversial weapon
(Guardian Unlimited)Cluster bombs are used to cover a broad area rather than a single specific target. The bomblets, or "sub-munitions", contain higher explosive than landmines and their normally brightly-coloured casings make them attractive to children. An internal Ministry of Defence report estimated that 60% of the 531 cluster bombs dropped by the RAF during the conflict in Kosovo missed their in tended target or remain unaccounted for. Cluster bombs were dropped from medium and high altitudes during the Kosovo conflict despite official US assessments after the 1991 Gulf war that they were likely to miss their targets. On average, between 5% and 12% of the bomblets fail to explode, according to UN estimates(b/w AfroFuturism mail list)
« 12:00 PM :: 10.12.2001 »
Scott Ian of [the rock band] Anthrax on stocking up on Cipro.Sorry, but that's one's too rich. The band is named ... Anthrax. They gigged with Public Enemy once. (b/w randomWalks)
« 7:10 PM :: 10.11.2001 »
The decision, the first time in memory that the networks had agreed to a joint arrangement to limit their prospective news coverage, was described by one network executive as a "patriotic" decision that grew out of a conference call between the nation's top television news executives and the White House national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, yesterday morning.It's not just that our national media is in bed with our political leaders, they're fighting over which side to sleep on. Waggin' the dog? (Username/password may be required; use cibblog/cibcib)
« 7:59 AM :: 10.11.2001 »
US launches 'anti-terror' satellite
(BBC News)The United States has launched a satellite which intelligence analysts say will probably be used to gather information in the global campaign against terrorism. Orbiting hundreds of miles above the earth the 15 tonne KH-11 is capable of tracking small groups of people walking on the ground as well as vehicle and weapons movements. It can monitor conversations and even spot campfires at night using infrared technology.Ladies and gentlemen, introducing "Eye in the Sky," also know as "Mr. Big Brother." He's here. He's now. Today. And then after this so-called "War on Terrorism," what will this satellite be used for next? Or are they saying that the plans for this "anti-terror" satellite suddenly materialized in just the last month, and they haven't finished figuring out how this bird is going to return on the huge investment?
« 7:00 PM :: 10.10.2001 »
Job Hunt: Thousands Apply to CIA
(Yahoo! News)Want to work for the CIA? Join the crowd ... The CIA says it received 15,000 job applications between Sept. 11 and Oct. 5, up from the pre-attack average of about 500 to 600 a week and about five times as many as it received during the same period a year ago.Well, sh*t, all the other jobs are just vanishing like rice cakes at at dieter's convention. Or didn't you notice, bubbleah, between all the wars and rumors of wars. In the future, we'll all be terrorists ... or just the peepo that catch 'em.
« 6:36 PM :: 10.10.2001 »
Black New Yorkers joke among themselves about their own reprieve from racial profiling. Even the language of racial grievance has shifted: Overnight, the cries about driving while black have become flying while brown — a phrase referring to reports of Muslim-Americans being asked to get off planes. Ever so slightly, the attacks on the trade center have tweaked the city's traditional racial divisions. This is not unheard of in wartime, historians say. Nor do most people believe it will last long. The black-white racial pattern has too deep a history.We can all just get along, as long as we're all trying to kill someone else. (username/password may be needed, use cibblog/cibcib as shortcut)
« 4:31 PM :: 10.10.2001 »
Psychological warfare underway in Afghanistan
(New Scientist)Six EC-130E "Commando Solo" aircraft are known to be in the Afghanistan region. These planes operate as airborne radio stations, blocking local transmissions and broadcasting replacement propaganda programmes.Our propaganda is better than their propaganda. (b/w Ghost Rocket)
« 8:01 PM :: 10.09.2001 »
(Center for Research on Globalisation)What was largely hidden from public view was the fact that the KLA raise part of their funds from the sale of narcotics. Albania and Kosovo lie at the heart of the "Balkan Route" that links the "Golden Crescent" of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the drug markets of Europe. This route is worth an estimated $400 billion a year and handles 80 percent of heroin destined for Europe« 7:34 PM :: 10.09.2001 »
Lost in the rhetorical fog of war
(Independent UK)[The] Al-Jazeera satellite channel was a welcome sign that democracy might be coming to the Middle East. Al-Jazeera had been upsetting some of the local Arab ... but hold everything. The story is being rewritten. Last week, US Secretary of State Colin Powell rapped the Emir of Qatar over the knuckles because – so he claimed – Al-Jazeera was "inciting anti-Americanism." So, goodbye democracy. The Americans want the emir to close down the channel's office in Kabul, which is scooping the world with tape of the US bombardments and – more to the point – with televised statements by Osama bin Laden.Our propaganda is better than their propaganda.
« 1:39 PM :: 10.09.2001 »
Dre has written and is in the process of recording the new song, 'Kill Bin Laden', which Dre describes as preparing "a pine box for his dead body."Maybe entertainers should stick to entertainment.
« 4:07 AM :: 10.09.2001 »
Feds Enlist Hollywood for Theories
(washingtonpost.com)In a reversal of roles, government intelligence specialists have been secretly soliciting terrorist scenarios from top Hollywood filmmakers and writers.And you thought that BoyCaught's Die Hard and Money Train theories were just jokes. This is way past Wag the Dog, wouldn't you say?
« 8:40 PM :: 10.08.2001 »
Ridge Is Sworn In as Anti-Terror Chief
(washingtonpost.com)Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R) was sworn in today at the White House as director of the new Office of Homeland Security and vowed to close "the gaps" in the country's law enforcement and intelligence operations in the war on international terrorism. [Ridge] must oversee efforts to prevent and anticipate terrorism, but it remains unclear how much access he will have to intelligence from the FBI and the CIA, or precisely how his Cabinet-level office will related to former White House counterterrorism czar Richard A. Clarke, who will oversee cyberspace security, and another office that will coordinate military and intelligence resources and become Bush's chief antiterrorism adviser.Just what this state needs ... more police.
« 2:46 PM :: 10.08.2001 »
Rumsfeld Briefs On Afghan Bombing
(Yahoo! News)Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday that military attacks started against Afghanistan on Sunday involved bombers, cruise missiles and attack planes and were intended "to take this battle to the terrorists."Note: multimedia presentation; Windows Media or Quictkime players, broadband connection recommended.
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« 2:15 PM :: 10.07.2001 »
Sharon's Appeasement Remark Draws White House Rebuke
(Intn'l Herald Tribune)In the sharpest dispute yet between the Bush administration and Israel, the White House on Friday angrily rejected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's remarks accusing the United States of selling out the Jewish state in order to enlist Arab states in the war against terrorism.« 2:04 PM :: 10.07.2001 »
America Strikes: Full Coverage
(ABCNEWS.com)The United States and Great Britain have launched 50 cruise missiles against terrorist targets inside Afghanistan. President Bush said the actions "are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations."« 1:07 PM :: 10.07.2001 »
The Bush-Cheney Drug Empire
(From The Wilderness)As the Bush Secretary of Defense during Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-91), Cheney also directed special operations involving Kurdish rebels in northern Iran. The Kurds' primary source of income for more than fifty years has been heroin smuggling from Afghanistan and Pakistan through Iran, Iraq and Turkey« 12:57 PM :: 10.07.2001 »
President Bush has ordered a military operation in Afghanistan as a new front in the United States' operation to combat terrorism. There were reports of loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire in the Afghan capital Kabul and the city of Kandahar, the main stronghold of the ruling Taleban.« 10:49 AM :: 10.07.2001 »
Enter the name and URL of a weblog that has been updated.« 3:16 PM :: 10.06.2001 »
Text of Evidence Against bin Laden
(Yahoo! News)The following is the full text of the summary of evidence against Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) in U.S. terrorist attacks, released Thursday by the British government ...« 7:26 PM :: 10.04.2001 »
To My Baby Girl, After the Terror
(AlterNet)I wish that love could protect you; not just mine but that of others. But I'm not sure how much of that is left. It is on markdown; on the sale rack; on clearance; but no buyers today. Love is too expensive for some, even when on sale. Too costly in time, if not in money.'Nuff said.
« 7:04 PM :: 10.04.2001 »
Documenting America's Greatest Tragedy
(Booksurge)A stirring oral history capturing America's most tragic day ... The most basic act of journalism, by no means limited to journalists, is when someone says to us, "I was there, you weren't, let me tell you about it." Or equally often: "I'm there now, you aren't, so let me tell you."« 6:56 PM :: 10.04.2001 »
a ripple from the storm
(Zeldman:My Glamorous Life)A horrifying relativism colors my thinking as the damage from 11 September continues to ripple out across every aspect of our lives ... New York cannot think abstractly yet. New York is still smashed and grieving.
Zeldman is becoming my favorite web author for all the wrong reasons. The raw pain that he articulates, as he tries to get his own head around September 11 is so real, so intense, and so vivid, even when he's relating mundane facts, that it's hard to stop reading. And it's impossible not to feel his despair. Zeldman uses the word "ripple," and I think that the word -- ripple -- is particularly evocative. Perched here on the West Coast, 3000 miles away, the psychic and pyschological ripples have not yet arrived at my doorstep in full-force, I am not there, at or near Ground Zero. But they surely are on their way, because we have all witnessed the largest mass murder of modern times. To be indifferent to such a horror would make one less than human.
Zeldman is becoming my favorite web author for all the wrong reasons. Because his life ain't so glamorous after all, and because he has the ability and the fortitude to tell the me so with lasting words that he etches on temporary phosphor.
« 2:20 AM :: 10.02.2001 »
Why America napped
(Salon.com Books)"They're doing this because they're getting signals from those great patriots who poll the American people to find out what the American people want to know. They find out that the American people want to be entertained and they send back signals to do fluffier, warmer, more endearing reporting. As that happens, the national debate gets more trivial. Foreign policy gets played down. The rest of the world becomes a place we don't need to know about."Noted author David Halberstam, on why our national craving for heaping portions entertainment mixed in with our news makes us ignorant to world outside our borders. He thinks that because foreign policy hasn't been important to us, it hasn't been important to our politicians; after all, would you vote for a politician who talks about things that don't mean anything to you? Moreover, would you read a weblog that points to things like this? (Uh, that's rhetorical baby.)
« 10:44 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
This isn't like the war on drugs
(Boston Globe)This war must be against hate, inequity, and blind, unthinking nationalism. Along with any military response, we must look honestly at our role in the world, at all the sources of anti-Americanism, legitimate and illegitimate, and proceed with our eyes open.Let us learn from the failure of the war on drugs that if we misidentify our enemy and frame our struggle incorrectly, we will do harm to many innocents and democratic institutions, and we will all lose.Ironically, this "War on Terrorism" actually should be called the "War for Drugs ... and the their Profits." Put down your f*cking crack pipe, or your Valium, or your Prozac, or your Viagra and recognize. (b/w Ghost in the Machine)
« 9:35 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
Beneath the Veil
(CNN.com)Journalist Saira Shah travels undercover in Afghanistan to view the Taliban's harsh version of Islamic law. She discovered public executions, allegations of human rights violations like massacres and torture, and a place where women are forced to beg because they are prevented from working. But she also found that the first voices of protest come from the most repressed, including an opposition group that uses hidden cameras to film the executions.Collateral damage?
« 9:34 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
Who Is Osama Bin Laden?
(Centre for Research on Globalisation)In the words of CIA's Milton Beardman "We didn't train Arabs". Yet according to Abdel Monam Saidali, of the Al-aram Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, bin Laden and the "Afghan Arabs" had been imparted "with very sophisticated types of training that was allowed to them by the CIA"Put that in your pipe, and smoke it.
CIA's Beardman confirmed, in this regard, that Osama bin Laden was not aware of the role he was playing on behalf of Washington. In the words of bin Laden (quoted by Beardman): "neither I, nor my brothers saw evidence of American help".
Motivated by nationalism and religious fervor, the Islamic warriors were unaware that they were fighting the Soviet Army on behalf of Uncle Sam. While there were contacts at the upper levels of the intelligence hierarchy, Islamic rebel leaders in theatre had no contacts with Washington or the CIA ...
In the wake of the Cold War, the Central Asian region is not only strategic for its extensive oil reserves, it also produces three quarters of the World's opium representing multibillion dollar revenues to business syndicates, financial institutions, intelligence agencies and organized crime. The annual proceeds of the Golden Crescent drug trade (between 100 and 200 billion dollars) represents approximately one third of the Worldwide annual turnover of narcotics, estimated by the United Nations to be of the order of $500 billion ...
Since the Cold War era, Washington has consciously supported Osama bin Laden, while at same time placing him on the FBI's "most wanted list" as the World's foremost terrorist.
« 9:33 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
Taliban's Ban On Growing Opium Poppies Is Called Successful
(Media Awareness Project)American experts and United Nations officials say the Taliban are likely to face political problems if the effects of the opium ban are catastrophic and many people die.This is the way to make enemies, early in the morning: f*ck with the world's illicit drug business. It really doesn't help if your regime is repressive, but minor PR nuisances like that will be overlooked as long as you keep thar narcotics flowing.
« 9:31 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
U.S. gives $43 million to Afghanistan (May 17, 2001)
(CNN.com/Asia)Warning that Afghanistan is "on the verge of a widespread famine," Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday announced a $43 million package in humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people. Powell also called on other nations to send aid to the Central Asian nation. "If the international community does not take immediate action, countless deaths and terrible tragedy are certain to follow," Powell said.Hmm, prophetic words Colin ... or maybe just propagandistic. BoyCaught's question: how can claim to not officially recognize a government -- the Taliban regime -- which controls 95 percent of their country, and yet give $43 million in financial and relief aid to that same country without giving it to the rulers whom you do not recognize? That's a great magic trick.
« 9:30 AM :: 10.01.2001 »
The Russian news agency.« 1:49 PM :: 09.30.2001 »
A worldwide network dedicated to drug policy reform. We inform public opinion and promote balanced media coverage.« 1:24 PM :: 09.30.2001 »
Pakistan's Noriegas: An open letter to US Congressmen/women
(Embassy of India)If one goes purely by economic indicators, Pakistan's economy must be in as bad a shape as that of Russia, or even worse, since Russia has been in receipt of Western and IMF assistance, whereas Pakistan has not been, but (a big and intriguing BUT here, distinguished members of the Congress), the State of Pakistan has been managing to pay all salaries and pensions and the private sector all wages, without defaulting even once.Where does the money come from? From the smuggling of heroin to West Europe, the US and Canada. The US Government might have stopped economic assistance to the worse than rogue State of Pakistan from the tax payers' money, but why should the Noriegas of Pakistan be worried over it when they get billions of dollars from the heroin sale in the US. For every American boy and girl ruined and killed due to his or her addiction to heroin, there is a Pakistani General fattening his Swiss bank account.Repeat after BoyCaught: follow the money. (note: you'll need to scroll down a few screens to find the start of this open letter)
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« 12:59 PM :: 09.30.2001 »
Osama bin Laden's Bush family Business Connections
(The Konformist)"We should revisit the history of BCCI, a bank used by the legendary Palestinian terrorist known as Abu Nidal. BCCI was closely tied to American and Pakistan intelligence. Its clients included the Afghan rebels, and the father of Osama bin Laden. The father of bin Laden named Houston investment broker James R. Bath as his business representative in Texas, right after George W. Bush's father became CIA director in 1976. By 1977, Bath invested $50,000 into junior's first business, Arbusto Energy, while Osama bin Laden would soon become a CIA asset. George W. Bush's FBI director Robert Mueller was part of the Justice Department's questionable investigation of BCCI. (On BCCI, the bin Ladens, and the Bushes, see the books, The Outlaw Bank, A Full Service Bank, and Fortunate Son)."Follow the money. Follow the money. Follow the money, and you may find things that you don't want to believe. That you refuse to believe. That seem like they're right out of the "movies." Problem is, movies have to make some sense.
« 12:47 PM :: 09.30.2001 »
Fidel Castro: “Peace Still Possible”
(Mathaba.net)"Why this obstinate course of starting a complicated and open-endedwar? Why are the American leaders showing such arrogance when theirenormous power gives them the privilege of showing some moderation?... Under no circumstances should those responsible for the brutal attacks against the American people be allowed to go unpunished, if they can be identified. An honorable condition for every country would be that they are tried by an unbiased court of law that would ensure the reliability of the evidence and that justice be done."Talk about falling on deaf ears.
« 11:59 AM :: 09.30.2001 »
Bin Laden Most Wanted Poster
(Crime.com)FBI poster of America's most wanted.He stands between 6'4" and 6'6" and weighs 160 pounds. (PDF format, suitable reader or plug-in required.)
« 11:38 AM :: 09.30.2001 »
(Crime.com)Get a daily status report on the ongoing terrorist manhunt, and view the CRIME.COM WTC TERROR TIMELINE which chronicles the events since September 11, 2001-- a day that will never be forgotten.« 11:26 AM :: 09.30.2001 »
Remember Florida? News Organizations Delay Reporting on Meticulous Presidential 'Recount' in Light of Attacks
([INSIDE])Journalists involved say time is not right to publish results of ballot-by-ballot study of nearly 200,000 disputed 'votes.' In part that's because resources are stretched thin, but another reason is concern that what they find may undercut the legitimacy of the commander in chief.« 8:59 PM :: 09.29.2001 »
It's the Oil, Stupid
(AlterNet)What could possibly motivate the propping up of repressive non-democracies like the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families, or murderous regimes like that of Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran? Or pouring billions into the coffers of Saddam Hussein in the '80s, or even creating the monster that is possibly the mastermind of these attacks, Osama bin Laden, beneficiary of CIA lucre and training?It's the oil, stupid. Once again, America's twin addictions, that of its people to cheap gasoline and its corporations to billions of petro-dollars, has led us right into the proverbial pit. Having learned very little or forgotten a lot in the wake of the oil embargoes of the 1970s, America is as strung out on the fossil-fuel jones as any Bonnie Brae Street junkie is on Mexican tar heroin.BoyCaught thinks this is a nice analysis of the real causes of anti-American sentiment in the region. But oil is probably just part of a larger story. He who controls the world's oil controls the world's economy. With the European Union to start up in earnest in 2002 when the switch is made to a single currency, destabilization in the Middle East-- just a Tomahawk cruise missile hop, skip, and a jump from major European capitals -- will throw a major crimp into the dreams of European global economic hegemony. It's not the oil. It's the money, stupid. Whenever they say it's not about the money, it's about the money. It's always the money. More on this later.
« 10:30 AM :: 09.29.2001 »
George Bush, Skull & Bones and the New World Order
(New Netizen)On a more practical political level, the Gulf War was a gambit to save the Bush presidency from a mounting pile of domestic financial woes, not the least of which was the savings and loan (S&L) crisis and a pending series of failures of major commercial banks.This long, long piece, written for a Japanese audience, back in 1991, was intended to explain why America fought the Gulf War. It's controversial and probably disinformative in lots of ways. But the look at the parallels to the present situation: son Bush faces a terrible economy and the possible collapse of the airline industry, without which United States cannot be a superpower. His solution, like his father's, made convenient by the WTC attack: war. Though long and nasty at times, this is a good, thought-provoking read; grain of salt, please.
« 2:35 AM :: 09.28.2001 »
Knowing the Enemy
(DEBKAfile)These future recruits to Bin Laden’s Moslem internationale are subjected to rigorous training disciplines in guerrilla and urban combat, sabotage, the making and use of bombs, simple weaponry for use against planes, helicopters and tanks and endurance in harsh conditions deprived of water and food for long periods. This is not a ragged rabble, but a well-drilled, dedicated Islamic legion of at least 110,000 zealots, raring to take on Western armies and unafraid of elite US Delta, Rangers and Seals or British S.A.S. commandos descending on their strongholds.In the grand scheme of things, the United States may be "Goliath," and Bin Laden's warriors may be "David," but their slingshots ain't Shiite. Okay, that one was bad! But can you fault BoyCaught for trying to squeeze a little humor out of a pretty gloomy scenario? (b/w MediaNews, which notes that the DEBKAfile has some pretty scary information. A land war in the Afghanistan will be extremely difficult to win. Just ask the Russians.)
« 2:15 AM :: 09.28.2001 »
Whitewashers: White House shifts media control into high gear
(The Smirking Chimp)White House spokesman Ari Fleischer took a slap at "Politically Incorrect" host Bill Maher, who called U.S. military strikes on faraway targets "cowardly." Fleischer blasted Maher, claiming it was "a terrible thing to say," and didn't stop there, noting "There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is."Freedom of speech ... but watch what you say. Listen up people: the only thing we know for sure about the WTC and Pentagon attacks is a lot of innocent people died. Everything else -- that we hear from the media -- is Bush administration spin doctoring. You can go ahead and believe what they tell you, but don't forget: Dubya become POTUS by way of probable fraud. Have you forgotten, bubbleah?
« 8:08 AM :: 09.27.2001 »
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 2001-262
(MyFlorida.com)NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEB BUSH, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution ... hereby declare that a state of emergency exists in the State of Florida. I further find that the precautions needed to protect the State from a recurrence of such terrorist acts require a coordination of efforts by a number of agencies.This order was issued on September 11! On the day of the WTC and Pentagon attack, Gov. Bush ordered Florida into a state of martial law ... before New York or DC even had reacted in any official way. The timing's a bit curious, don't you think? (b/w of Ethel the Blog: you may want to look into Ethel, because Baum is collecting a ton of very interesting info on his weblog.)
« 7:58 AM :: 09.27.2001 »
Two teenagers in Palo Alto assault Afghan owner of restaurant
(SJ Mercury News)"Yes, they're from Afghanistan, but they didn't have anything to do with" the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.This restaurant is just one block for BoyCaught's front door.
« 7:49 AM :: 09.27.2001 »
A Nice Place To Visit
The way people seem to be feeling these days, as they struggle to return to "normalcy," reminds BoyCaught of a particular "Twilight Zone" episode. It was entitled, "A Nice Place To Visit," and it was about a small-time gangster who dies and ends up in what he thinks is heaven. In this place, he gets everything he ever wants: money, dames, all the right cards in the poker game, and all the control. And he gets everything with impunity, not even a peep from even the police. There are no police, no one to keep him in line. But in this world, everything comes so easy. Too easy. Then one day, he wakes up and he tells the concierge-type guy who's been showing him around that he feels he is in the wrong place. That it's all a big mistake. He doesn't feel right being here and thinks that maybe he should go to the other place. And then concierge man tells him that this is "the other place."
Maybe this is the other place.
« 3:29 PM :: 09.25.2001 »
Voter Virus Infects E-mail
(ABCNEWS.com)The bug arrives in an e-mail titled, "Peace Between America and Islam" and the body of the message says, "Hi. Is it a war against America or Islam!? Let's vote to live in peace!"Oh the cruelty of humans. BoyCaught is at a loss here: the people who make these kinds of things, and capitalize on mass sentiments are so cruel that it's almost comical ... but obviously, it's not funny.
« 9:12 AM :: 09.25.2001 »
the thing is
(Zeldman: My Glamorous Life)We are blessed with a rich culture, woven from thousands of years of European, African, and Asian art, philosophy, and political thinking. But you wouldn’t know it to look at the junk we put on TV and export to the world.Suddenly pop culture looks like excrement smeared by a mental patient.Of course it always did. But suddenly the shallowness feels shameful. Am I the only one who feels this way? What dream have we been living in?The thing about dreams -- like our so-called "American Dream" -- is one day you're going to have to wake up and smell the coffee ... and the sewage too. But for some of us, the dream, deferred, was never ours. Maybe you see what some of us have seen all along. It's time that we all wake up.
« 8:36 AM :: 09.25.2001 »
Asked why he thinks the FBI questioned him, Teebi said it may be because his wife lectures and writes on women and Islam and attends Muslim conferences.Then, he suggested another possible reason: "We don't have blue eyes."You are correct sir.
« 11:40 AM :: 09.24.2001 »
The twenty-first century, Chalmers Johnson tells us, will be a payback world in which the United States will reap the global resentments it is now sowing. "Blowback," a term invented by the CIA, refers to the unintended consequences of American policies ... Johnson lays out in vivid detail the dangers faced by our overextended empire, which insists on projecting its military power to every corner of the earth and using American capital and markets to force global economic integration on its own terms.BoyCaught picked up this book way back in the summer of 2000. It ended up on the night table -- actually, the floor -- and instead of getting read, it served to prop up all of the web development, SQL, and Java books that are necessary for the daytime job. Seem like now's a good time to start reading this one.
« 10:28 AM :: 09.24.2001 »
Reason in a Time of Anger
(monkeyfist blog)We are shocked that such destruction could take place in America, not considering that such tragedy has become commonplace for many people in other, less self-possessed places. We are appalled at the blatant disregard for the lives of ordinary people, forgetting the pain inflicted upon other ordinary people by American-backed terror or, worse still, by our own government's hand in the name of our national interests.Don't misunderstand my words or question my loyalties. I love America, and I am appalled by this crime against humanity. I only ask for reason in a time of angerThoughtful words.
« 8:06 AM :: 09.24.2001 »
President Bush's address to Congress« 10:21 AM :: 09.23.2001 »
The entertainment industry has come together in an historic fashion to raise funds and raise the spirits of all who have been touched by the horrific tragedy that has struck America.The stars came out tonight, and it was a pretty amazing evening. Why can't people be this generous during "normal" times?
« 2:57 PM :: 09.22.2001 »
(NY Times)It wouldn’t hurt to remember that the boys who shot up Columbine High School planned to finish their day by hijacking a jetliner and flying it into — yes, that’s right — the World Trade Center. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris weren’t exactly rocket scientists, and the guys who did this didn’t have to be either. All you had to be was willing to die, and these guys were. It could happen again. And now that crazos the world over see that it’s possible to get 72 hours of uninterrupted air time on a budget, it will almost certainly happen again.Chilling reminder. While all of this jingoism and anti-Arab sentiment is filling a vacuum formed by understandable anger and searing pain, dreams of mass destruction aren't indigenous to any one group of men or boys. I know I'll get flamed for this -- hell, this is my weblog -- but after Columbine, did people go around and start shooting at any white, suburban teenage boy they saw, just because they bore a superficial resemblance to the alleged murderers? You know the answer, bubbleah. (b/w allaboutgeorge, he's always right on time)
« 9:31 AM :: 09.22.2001 »
Chinese Working Overtime to Sew U.S. Flags
(washingtonpost.com)As America wraps its wounds in red, white and blue, flag factories in China are running nonstop to feed the overwhelming demand in the United States for the Stars and StripesOur surge in national pride is being outfitted by workers in communist nation. Now ain't that a blip. (b/w randomWalks, stealing too many links from rW)
« 8:09 PM :: 09.20.2001 »
They can't see why they are hated
(Guardian Unlimited)Any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent. Perhaps it is too much to hope that, as rescue workers struggle to pull firefighters from the rubble, any but a small minority might make the connection between what has been visited upon them and what their government has visited upon large parts of the world.Missed this one last week. Someone told BoyCaught that now is not the time to question our government. Now is the time to band together and go and get the *ssholes that did this to us. If now is not the time to consider our role in creating millions of enemies, then when?
« 9:57 AM :: 09.20.2001 »
Airline Aid Plan Gains; Layoffs Near 86,000
(washingtonpost.com)The White House last night presented lawmakers with an $8 billion plan to stabilize the airline industry, hours after American Airlines and United Airlines said they would eliminate a total of 40,000 jobs in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks.It seems like all of the nation's focus is being turned to this so-called "war" effort. Meanwhile, people are falling off of corporate payrolls faster we can count. We're being distracted.
« 9:33 AM :: 09.20.2001 »
Druze leader blames Mossad, CIA
(Sydney Morning Herald)Who is bin Laden who has become the number one (enemy) of western civilisations? He is an invention of the American secret services who chose to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan with US backing.Let's hear all of the "theories" - crackpot and otherwise -- before we reach a deadly conclusion. Makes sense, since we're going to war against a theoretical enemy, one that doesn't live in any particular place, but can be anyone and anywhere.
« 9:25 AM :: 09.20.2001 »
Area 'suited to harbor terrorist cells'
(Miami Herald)“South Florida is uniquely suited to harbor terrorist organizations or terrorist cells,” said Richard Scruggs, a former assistant U.S. Attorney based in Miami. “We've thought about this.”It's not just sun and surf in the Sunshine State, apparently. (b/w JillMatrix)
« 10:59 PM :: 09.17.2001 »
Plots, Marketing of Several Films to be Reworked
(Mr. Showbiz)While studios are postponing the release of completed films like "Collateral Damage" and "Big Trouble," which feature bombs or terrorist attacks, films that are still in production are also being affected by Tuesday's deadly events — especially those that were to have been set at the World Trade Center.For once, Hollywood shows a little class and restraint.
« 3:46 PM :: 09.16.2001 »
WTC wreckage guards buried treasure of COMEX gold
(Yahoo! News)"The bars are still there. Obviously, they are going to be able to dig them out -- unless they melted and disappeared," speculated one dealer at a precious metals trading firm in New York.How do you melt (and evaporate) 12 tonnes of gold? A friend, and I were commenting, off-the-cuff, on some of the similarities between the horrific events and movies we've seen. What struck us was how many people who witnessed the event said, in on-the-street interviews, that "It seemed like being in a movie." So then BoyCaught stumbles across this article, and realizes that this is eerily similar to "Die Hard 3." Of course, a week ago, if someone told you a couple of jetliners would crash into the World Trade Center, you'd never believe that one, either.
« 10:39 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
The Dalai Lama's letter to the President of the United States of America.(b/w Follow Me Here...)
« 10:37 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
How Black Boxes Work
(Howstuffworks)« 9:15 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
Cracks appear in coalition
(Guardian Unlimited)Only two days after replying positively to Mr Bush's rallying call, several European countries and Russia - whose support is considered vital for any action against Bin Laden's refuge in Afghanistan - yesterday qualified their backing.As it should be. War is not the answer.
« 9:01 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
The Call Is Out for IT Experts
(Wired News)Techies of the world, New York City needs you. Red Cross workers at the scene of the disaster desperately need computer equipment and technically skilled volunteers to aid in the recovery effort. And soon, many businesses in the downtown area will need help and hardware to get back on their feet. "The New York American Red Cross is in dire need of technology equipment and services," said Joe Leo, assistant director of the American Red Cross in New York.« 8:29 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
Our poor, our weak, our hungry
(Guardian Unlimited)America needs to look at its foreign policy, its stance on the international court of justice and the Kyoto agreement, its contribution to the suffering of the Iraqi people, its bombing of Libya and Sudan, its long-standing position on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and ask itself why 16 men were prepared to kill and die to bring down the symbols of American commercial and military might.(b/w randomWalks)
« 8:16 AM :: 09.15.2001 »
Bush, the CIA and the Roots of Terrorism
(AlterNet)Will we ever get to the point that we realize we will be more secure when the rest of the world isn't living in poverty so we can have nice running shoes? In just eight months, Bush gets the whole world back to hating us again. He withdraws from the Kyoto agreement, walks us out of the Durban conference on racism, insists on restarting the arms race -- you name it and Baby Bush has blown it all.Michael Moore, hitting on all cylinders, thanks. All this from a president elected by fraud. Have we forgotten that fact: this dope, Dubya, didn't win the election. He stole it. If we lie down with rats, we will wake up with maggots.
« 9:13 PM :: 09.13.2001 »
Hunt, Not Witchhunt, For Terrorists
(AlterNet)Federal investigators had barely begun to sift through the bomb rubble of the Oklahoma City federal building in April, 1995 for physical evidence and clues. They had not interviewed survivors or eyewitnesses. They named no suspects and issued no official statement about motives for the bombing. Yet, an expert on CBS claimed that the bombing had a Middle Eastern trait. The stampede was on.
We've rushed to judgement before. Our country, this great United States, is certainly not without its own sinners and evil men.
« 11:11 AM :: 09.12.2001 »
Anti-Attack Feds Push Carnivore
(Wired News)Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after Tuesday's deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Just hours after three airplanes smashed into the buildings in what some U.S. legislators have dubbed a second Pearl Harbor, FBI agents began to visit Web-based, e-mail firms and network providers, according to engineers at those companies who spoke on condition of anonymity. An administrator at one major network service provider said that FBI agents showed up at his workplace on Tuesday "with a couple of Carnivores, requesting permission to place them in our core, along with offers to actually pay for circuits and costs."Welcome to the real police state.
« 10:28 AM :: 09.12.2001 »
Amazon.com has set up a way to donate to the Red Cross for disaster relief in New York and Washington DC.« 3:52 AM :: 09.12.2001 »
Why the towers collapsed
(Salon.com)Why did the buildings collapse? According to Gregory Fenves, a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, the planes weakened the buildings' structures at key points. Fenves, working on information gleaned from preliminary TV reports, stressed that he was speculating. He said that if the planes had hit the structures higher, they could have merely damaged their tops; if they had hit lower, they would have been up against the enormous weight and resistance of the base of the buildings.Staggering evidence that this attack was planned out with scientific precision.
« 8:41 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
« 7:48 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
Now is not the time for rash assumptions or finger pointing. Furthermore, while the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were not thwarted, other attacks may have been, today and in the past. We must now take stock of the lessons learned from this tragedy, and carefully consider where our national security system did and did not work. This is the only sound basis for change in how our democratic government of law fights terrorism.« 7:47 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
The terrorist threat is also changing in ways that make it more dangerous and difficult to counter.« 7:45 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
John Ashcroft's First Six Months at the Justice Department
(People for the American Way)The Right-Wing Dream Team Takes Over« 7:06 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
Through a network of right-wing lawyers, government officials, scholars and judges, the Society seeks to fundamentally remake the American legal system. Earlier this year, the organization sponsored a conference called "Rolling Back the New Deal." The leading voices of the Society share an ideology that is hostile to civil rights, reproductive rights, religious liberties, environmental protection, privacy rights, and health and safety standards, and would strip the federal government of the power to enforce these rights and protections. And they are poised to succeed.
...and Its Relation to United States Armed Forces. From the moment a large proportion of the population begin to take his activities seriously, his success is assured. The Government can only intensify its repression, thus making the life of its citizens harder than ever: homes will be broken into, police searches organized, innocent people arrested, and communications broken; police terror will become the order of the day, and there will be more and more political murders - in short a massive political persecution . . . the political situation of the country will become a military situation.« 1:48 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
« 1:34 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
Taliban says bin Laden not behind US attacks
(Guardian Unlimited (Special reports ))"What happened in the United States was not a job of ordinary people. It could have been the work of governments. Osama bin Laden cannot do this work, neither us," said Abdul Hai Mutmaen from the southern city of Kandahar.« 1:33 PM :: 09.11.2001 »
Apparent terrorist attacks hit U.S.
(CNN.com)Apparent terrorist attacks hit U.S.September 11, 2001 Posted: 10:15 a.m. EDT (1415 GMT) Flames and smoke erupt from the World Trade Center after a second plane crashes into the New York City landmark. NEW YORK (CNN) -- Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan on Tuesday in what President Bush called "an apparent terrorist attack on our country." About an hour after those crashes, an explosion forced the evacuation of the Pentagon in Washington and a fire erupted on the Washington Mall. Another fire was reported at the State Department. The White House and other government buildings were also evacuated. In Chicago, the Sears Tower was evacuated. Witnesses told CNN that a helicopter circled the Pentagon and disappeared on the other side of the building shortly before the explosion and fireball. The Federal Aviation Administration shut down all airports in the country. Bush, in Sarasota, Florida, where he was to speak on education reform, cancelled those plans. "Today we've had a national tragedy," Bush said from Sarasota, Florida, where he had been reading to children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School. He described the incidents as an "apparent terrorist act." The president said he was returning immediately to Washington and had authorized a full investigation to find those responsible.Harrowing imagesShortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning a plane smashed into the northern tower of the World Trade Center. About 20 minutes later, the second plane hit the southern tower, the harrowing images transmitted live on television. As television cameras transmitted the aftermath of the first crash, smoke and flames billowing from near the top of the northern tower, the video captured a second plane slamming into the southern tower. The horrific images of the second crash were caught in live video. At about 10 a.m., the south tower disappeared behind« 7:39 AM :: 09.11.2001 »
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