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September 11-12, 2001

Around the world, US security is tightened

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Air travel stopped, businesses closed and government facilities were evacuated Tuesday in the wake of apparent terrorist attacks that sent two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center, one aircraft into the Pentagon and one crashing to the ground in Pennsylvania.

The attacks slowed down travel, commerce and government operations and led to increased security worldwide. Below is a listing of how the attacks affected institutions that millions of people use and depend on to conduct their daily lives. Full Article

Egyptians celebrate attacks

Egyptian students, taxi drivers and shopkeepers crowded round television sets stacked up in electrical store windows in downtown Cairo Tuesday evening, celebrating a string of elaborate attacks on New York and Washington.

"Bullseye," commented two taxi drivers as they watched footage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York shrouded in plumes of smoke after two presumably hijacked planes slammed into them earlier in the day.

Another Egyptian man, Gawish Abdel Karim, told AFP he was pleased with the wave of violence in which another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, the heart of the US defence establishment.
"Bullseye," say Egyptians as they celebrate anti-US attacks

American Unity - for Now

If grief is bipartisan, however, action is inherently political. Everyone agrees that the perpetrators must pay and that we have to prevent such attacks in the future, but beyond that nothing is certain.

Whom should we attack, and how? How are we going to fix the obviously flawed security systems we have in place? How are we going to pay for it, and what civil liberties are we willing to sacrifice? How do you conduct foreign policy in a places vehemently opposed to U.S. actions and interests?

When the candlelight vigils are over and the camouflaged humvees are gone, people on opposite ends of the political spectrum will answer these questions in fundamentally different ways. How the nation resolves those differences may well be the true legacy of September 11, 2001. Full Article

CNN's Campaign of Lies
CNN showed Palestinians cheering the death and destruction of 11 September.

The scenes were repeated throughout the day and around the world to show hatred against the "callous" Palestinians. Now it turns out that it used footage from 1991 and just claimed that it was today's footage. A contributor to CounterPunch (edited by Alexander Cockburn) reports that he and his colleagues had compared this tape with one from 1991 showing Palestinian cheering, and found them to be identical.

Here are excerpts from that letter by Marcio A. V. Carvalho at State University of Campinas - Brazil: "All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news distributors, and one of them - as you well know - is CNN. Very well, I guess all of you have been seeing (just as I've been) images from this company. In particular, one set of images called my attencion: the Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some cake and making funny faces for the camera.

Well, THOSE IMAGES WERE SHOT BACK IN 1991! Those are images of Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait! It's simply unacceptable that a super-power of communications as CNN uses images which do not correspond to the reality in talking about so serious an issue. A teacher of mine, here in Brazil, has videotapes recorded in 1991, with the very same images; he's been sending emails to CNN, Globo (the major TV network in Brazil) and newspapers, denouncing what I myself classify as a crime against the public opinion. Full Article

Palestinians deny exporting their struggle

THE Palestinian militants fighting Israelís occupation of the West Bank and Gaza were among the first to fall under suspicion, despite their immediate and strenuous denials.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine was the primary focus after reports that the Marxist group claimed responsibility in calls to two Arab satellite stations in the Gulf. The Front killed three Israeli soldiers last month in the most lethal attack by Palestinian gunmen on a military post since the intifada broke out. In 1974 it was responsible for an attack on the Israeli village of Maalot in which 21 children and four adults were killed.

But the group, whose overall leader, Nayef Hawatmeh, is based in Damascus, has publicly opposed attacks outside the West Bank and Gaza, and it has a much lower profile than rival organisations such as Yassir Arafatís Fatah or the groups that carry out suicide bombings, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Full Article

America the Vulnerable Meets a Ruthless Enemy

Osama bin Laden, has made America's helplessness in the face of terrorism a rallying cry, one he has used repeatedly to taunt the United States and to draw new recruits to his ranks of suicide bombers. People close to Mr. bin Laden in Afghanistan, where he lives, today denied responsibility for the attacks. MORE

Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

( Michel Chossudovsky ) A few hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Bush administration concluded without supporting evidence, that "Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation were prime suspects". CIA Director George Tenet stated that bin Laden has the capacity to plan "multiple attacks with little or no warning. "Secretary of State Colin Powell called the attacks "an act of war" and President Bush confirmed in an evening televised address to the Nation that he would "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them". Former CIA Director James Woolsey pointed his finger at "state sponsorship," implying the complicity of one or more foreign governments. In the words of former National Security Adviser, Lawrence Eagleburger, "I think we will show when we get attacked like this, we are terrible in our strength and in our retribution." Full Article

September 11, 2001

"Flying Bombs" Who Saw It Coming?

( Alexander Cockburn ) Tuesday did not offer a flattering exhibition of America's leaders. For most of the day the only Bush who looked composed and control in Washington was Laura, who happened to waiting to testify on Capitol Hill. Her husband gave a timid and stilted initial reaction in Sarasota, Florida, then disappeared for an hour before resurfacing at Barksdale airbase in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he gave another flaccid address with every appearance of bring on tranquilizers. He was then flown to a bunker in Nebraska, before someone finally had the wit to suggest that the best place for an American president at time of national emergency is the Oval Office. Full Article

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