- In their own words
NYC, 11 September and since
The way we are
- Mimi Gauthier LeBien, an "Accidental
tourist at ground zero," evokes how those
phantasmagoric first days felt.
- "6:26 p.m. | 2001-09-11
Third entry today. We still haven't heard from
my oldest friend's husband who was on the 102nd
Flr. of WTC building Number Two. She has asked
my roommate and I to search local hospitals.
And so we are off." "I
bet you like to watch"--a weblog
by someone who pursued that harrowing search
around the clock for several days,
a half-dozen friends, and continued
a fascinating journal of the last four
years of "Partygirl's" 20s in
turn-of-the-millennium NYC through a farewell
entry just after Independence Day 2003.
- "[W]hen we hit Fifth Avenue I see why
our cab was never going to move. It's the Columbus Day
Parade, going full gear one day after we began bombing
Afghanistan, with the city on Omega alert against the
threat of a second terrorist attack. And we're holding
the parade anyway, because it's Columbus Day and this
is New York and fuck you. I have never been so happy
to see a parade": "Jeffrey
Zeldman Presents: My Glamorous Life"
(stick with this 'blog--click
<previously> link at the bottom of each
page to work Pinteresquely back in time; no
<next> options that I can find, so the
first link is for an entry a few weeks after
- "[...] It was then that we heard the roar
and jumped back from the window as a United jet hurtled
past. It looked massive flying through the concrete
canyons of Manhattan. I heard the engine accelerate
as the pilot throttled forward and knew instantly that
the original pilot had to be dead. This was someone
else at the controls, someone evil, guiding the jet
with deadly precision at the heart of Tower Two. [...]"
"[...] In a nearly full subway car an old Jewish
man, sporting a fur hat covered in pro-Israel pins,
some in English, some in Hebrew, tries to hand out
Zionist literature. The pages condemn anyone against
Israel, and promote a hard stance against `enemies.'
He is talkative and friendly, and a number of people
take the pages. One young Latino man, with a thin Dutch
beard that traces the line of his jaw, says, `Aw shit,
this is not the time, man. Now is not the time. Now is
not the time.' He keeps repeating it. Now everyone else
hands their pages back like children turning in homework. [...]"
"[...] The barriers into the lockdown zone are
the kind of challenge that New Yorkers appreciate.
The goal is to get to the other side. You're only
qualified if you have identification with the right
information: a driver's license, a business card,
someone who will come from the other side and
vouch for you. All of Houston Street is Checkpoint
"[...] I'm breathing asbestos. The Yemenis in
the deli are telling everyone they're Gypsies--all
of us with obvious Arab blood are tentative. Four
of my fish have somehow picked this time to die.
... a sampling
of observations at fray.com
ground zero diary: 12 days of fire, fear and
grit," by C. J. Chivers;
NYTimes, 30 September 2001
- "[A]fter 2.5 days of watching
and listening to bad reporting," Steve
Forbis snuck into ground zero to see for
himself what was going on: "A
report from ground zero"; 1 October
2001, Acid Logic ezine
- "The surreality continues. At the diner
down the street, everyone acts like nothing has happened.
And all the while bulldozers and debris-removal trucks and
fuel tanks and ambulances are driving towards Manhattan":
for what? A love letter from New York, in ruins,
September 12, 2001," by Laleh Khalili;
The Iranian, September 2001
- "To my astonishment, the whole peace
vigil was draped in flags. The stars and stripes
appeared on signs pleading `Don't Turn a Tragedy
Into a War," `Islam is Not the Enemy,' and `Justice
Not Revenge,' and on head scarves, T-shirts, wrapped
around shoulders and piled in the shrines. Flags
were on doggie sweaters and quickie `America Under
Attack' T-shirts. What was this hawkish symbol doing
at my peace vigil? I began asking people wearing or
carrying the flag `what does this mean to you now?'"
for approval," by Virginia Vitzthum,
AlterNet, 19 September 2001
- Most links in "Frozen Zone" text
display photos at the KiwiClub site, where you can see
many more of Rod
Bicknell's vivid pedestrian-distance images.
- In their own words
- 11 September
- The text that accompanies this
large gallery of news photos--in effect, a
debriefing of the photographers--is, if anything, even
more dramatic than the images, many already familiar as
published photos, presented by the Digital Journalist,
a kind of trade journal of, by, and for professional
photojournalists. Many of these pros are seasoned combat
photographers; without warning, the combat situation
they were covering was in their hometown, in some cases
in their front yard. They tell what they saw and felt
while--as disoriented as the rest of us--they kept
doing their job even as the walls came rumbling down
around them. Two died, at least one was severely injured.
Some of the
last images shot by a photographer killed on
West Street appeared in the next issue.
- The view from six blocks away: text
from an email Hayden Planetarium director
deGrasse Tyson, who witnessed the attack
from his apartment, sent to his
family and friends the next day
witness: Taking refuge under, then in, a van: My
escape from New York," by WSJ senior editorial
page writer Jason Riley (email sent to
colleagues at 4.17 p.m. ET 11 September); Wall Street
Journal OpinionJournal Extra, 12 September 2001
- My friend the novelist/
screenwriter/ journalist, who has an engineering degree,
told me that as soon as he saw the towers burning on tv
he knew the steel was getting so hot they would collapse.
This eyewitness on Bleecker Street knew that too:
"[W]ith that intensity of heat in a building
in which the steel girders were insulated with
asbestos, it had to collapse within one hour. I
called the fire department, police, etc. and told
them the building was guaranteed to collapse. I was
told that 911 was only for emergencies, and I should
call somewhere else. After about 40 minutes, as I saw
the top segment of the building listing about 3 degrees,
I left my apartment and went out to walk in the street.
Buidlings collapse if they list more than 3 degrees":
a way to go," by "Ray C. Dougherty"
email to NYU Linguistics Departmental Forum, 0:15 a.m.
12 September 2001
- "My roof, like the others nearby, was
brimming with the emotional discoveries, the slow
realizations, the unacceptable knowledge of the lives
being lost in those moments":
I saw," by David France; Newsweek
- "I knew my world would never be the same":
attack on New York: So low, so wrong," by
Haleh Nazeri (an email to friends);
The Iranian, 21 September 2001
personal recollection from a day of horror,"
by Barry L. Ritholtz, U.S.-based market
strategist for London-based brokerage Weatherly
York state of mind, an eyewitness account of the WTC
attack": Pat Kearney was visiting
Hoboken; The Stranger, 13-19 September 2001
- "Spinsanity-- countering
rhetoric with reason": This useful site
"exposes and analyzes the increasingly pervasive use
of manipulative and subrational rhetoric in American
politics"--and see "Spin
me right round," by Richard Byrne,
Washington City Paper: Press Corpse, 30 November-6
- Constructing the image: "`We're
more dependent than ever on his top aides because
everything is so closely held,' says the White
House correspondent for Newsweek. `Hopefully
you're not just the tool of the administration.'
[F]ormer media critic for Inside.com: `There's been
a collective decision to re-image the president[. ...]
When you have people with agendas serving as your
eyes and ears, I just don't think you're necessarily
getting the truth. It's just a more patriotic
version of spin'": "What
Bush said and when he said it," by Howard Kurtz;
Washington Post, 2 October 2001
- More on the insulation of the administration's
(s)elected representative from journalistic scrutiny:
White House doesn't need the press,"
by Ryan Lizza, NYTimes Magazine,
9 December 2001
- "At Snopes.com,
Barbara and David Mikkelson debunk conspiracies and quash
rumor busters," by Katharine Mieszkowski;
Salon, 31 October 2001. After disproving rumors about
employees of various businesses celebrating the attack,
e.g., they confirm that an
Starbucks charged ambulance drivers treating shock at
the WTC $130 out-of-pocket for three cases of water,
then the corporation ignored complaints till the (true)
story started getting national attention.
- At a loss for words
- The aerial image of
the frozen zone on another page here
is a rotated (to put north at the top) and cropped
version of one that a favorite federal agency
of mine, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric
Administration, has buried at its site in a variety
of resolutions. If you have a large-screen monitor
and massive amount of bandwidth, graphics
memory, and motivation, download the 14mb image.
Otherwise, check out the cropped and lower-res
versions. (It's the image
that's described but not displayed, and it's
easy to see why. The site might well have lurched
under the load if word of the image had spread
on the Web when NOAA released it.)
- A photos mirror site, source of the Terry
Schmidt shots used on these pages.
Owen Bossola shot these images
the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in
Hoboken, New Jersey.
Another mirror: Jon Anhold's mirror
of 11 September graphics.
Links on these pages to 11 September
photos refer to images at sites above, except
one that is from the wtcGroundZeroRelief.org gallery
and one from NOAA.
- Everything you ever wanted to know about
World Trade Center as an architectural entity:
valuable facts, pix, links
- Only in New York
- The images on these pages and many
others by Mark Mozaffari are
available at Trilogy Photo, 79 Chambers Street,
a few doors west of Broadway.
- Not for the faint of heart: Each
of the scores of photos of the attack
and its aftermath that Here
Is New York is displaying is wrenching, the
cumulative effect is staggering. The makeshift exhibit
is in a crowded makeshift gallery on the south side
of Prince Street between Wooster and Greene streets
(the space Agnes B. just vacated). The
Photo Project also is exhibiting pro and
amateur images, at 26 Wooster Street, between Grand
and Canal streets. Both welcome more images.
Net proceeds from Here Is New York sales benefit
the Children's Aid Society. The September 11 Photo
Project "is a not-for-profit project in
partnership with the NYC Firefighters Burn Center
<update, June 2003: both shows of course long
- Another spontaneous, downtown, arts community
response is the Art Science Research Lab's
wtcGroundZeroRelief.org, which answers rescue workers'
special needs that fall between the cracks of FEMA,
city agencies, and the big charities, delivering
directly to ground zero and the Fresh Kills dump.
needed-items list and bring donations to the
warehouse at 304 Spring Street between Hudson and
Greenwich streets, NYC--or send a check (address at
the site; email;
voice 646-230-1664). Among most-needed supplies,
25 November: black flexible ankle-high/steel toe
boots, all sizes 4 to 16; thermal tops and bottoms;
winter-insulated Carhardt coveralls. <mission
accomplished, early summer 2002>
Haslam Septic Service
- As the shockwaves
spread on 11 September, everyone called upon seemed
to rise to the occasion.
Gander, the hospitality of perfect strangers":
Nazim-Amin was a member of the cockpit crew of a Delta
airliner that was diverted to Gander; JD's Blog: New Media
Musings, 5 October 2001
suddenly needed to accommodate thousands
of passengers aboard 53 diverted flights grounded
in the tiny Newfoundland town.
- A U.S. sailor's email home, with photo, describes
the spontaneous gesture of support the German
destroyer Lutjens delivered to crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Winston S. Churchill.
- reconsidering Oracle
local account of the last call from one of the guys
who brought down flight 93 near Pittsburgh--and
who worked for Oracle
- Uh ... not so fast with that
reconsideration. "[Lisa Beamer, who before
marriage also worked for Oracle] is trying
to copyright her husband's endlessly regurgitated
parting salvo, `Let's roll!' `We believe we own
"Let's roll" because Todd said it and
it was attributed to him,' says Beamer's attorney,
Paul Kennedy. `We're going to do all that's necessary
to protect that.' Well, a widow's got to do what
a widow's got to do": "Let's
Roll! Let us now praise famous widows," by
Steve Perry, Native Son, The Rake, April 2002
"They're eerily calm. They smile and crack
jokes and laugh out loud. They're the scourge of the
media:" The irreverent Ted Rall's "Terror
- for the record
timeline: "September 11 News has captured the
news event with archived news, images, photos, pictures,
news graphics, headlines of the day, web site archives,
and the world's reaction."
kottke.org September 2001 archives
- An attempt at a comprehensive 11 September archive
terrorism news full coverage
- The Internet Archive and the Library of Congress
are "defining and preserving the Web record
of the attacks." They invite surfers to forward
relevant URLs to webArchivist.org,
which also offers a software tool for the purpose.
- If you know of other first-person
accounts, with or without or exclusively photos,
I'd appreciate your emailing me the URL. I hope
to build a larger section of links to unmediated
eyewitness pages. (Alas, I have the resources
to handle only URLs of accounts that already
have been published elsewhere on the Web, not
- Six months after:
the Winter Garden, the rebuilding begins"!!!
by Glenn Collins, NYTimes, 22 March 2002.
- Minneapolis scavenger
and handyman Joe Temeczko, 86, joyously decided what
to do with the surprising $1.3 million he'd saved: He
bequeathed it to the City of New York, "to honor
those who perished in the disaster of September 11,
2001," and two weeks later, on 14 October 2001,
he died. If he'd hired a big-bucks flack, the Big
Apple might have greeted his sweet open-heartedness
with something better than bureaucratic indifference:
it all to New York," by Carla Baranauckas,
NYTimes, 22 March 2002
- "To a British
ear perhaps `Ground Zero' seems self-dramatising[.
...] Perhaps if I had stayed in London, I would have
an unambiguous response, viewing all this as sentimental,
hysterical, excessive": "Why
the Big Apple was ripe for Miller's return"
by Richard Eyre, New York Diary, The
Guardian, 16 March 2002.
three months on," by Michael Ellison,
- The Guardian, 11 December 2001:
a fairly accurate appraisal once you get past
the "New York's brash confidence has been
replaced by enduring uncertainty" nonsense.
(At least the reporter knows St. Paul's Chapel
when he sees it. Margot Adler committed the
customary journalistic gaff in her NPR three-month
anniversary piece on ground zero when she called
St. Paul's Trinity Church.)
- On the eve of the three-month
anniversary, another moving piece about ground
zero (although the reporter calls what surely
must be St. Paul's Chapel St. John's Church--St.
the pit, a night shift to numb the body
and soul," by Charlie LeDuff,
NYTimes, 10 December 2001
- About that Rector Street dig--etc:
WTC area from the ground down," by
Daily News Staff Writer Greg Gittrich,
New York Daily News Online,
11 December 2001
- "Glenn Corbett, professor of fire
science at John Jay College: `It's shocking that
the engineering community would be saying they
knew the building would come down. [...] If
they knew that, then they had an obligation to
communicate it to the fire service.'" Uh,
tell that to the NYU faculty member who wrote on
11 September that he tried and was told 911 was for emergency calls only.
from towers disaster," by Daily News Staff Writers
Joe Calderone and Thomas Zambito,
New York Daily News Online, 28 October 2001
- "The firefighters at Lillie's
[...] don't wave flags, there is no calling on
God or looking for enemies":
can't I die?'," by Christopher Ketcham;
Salon, 26 September 2001
"FDNY's second-darkest day: Marking '66 fire
an annual ritual," by Daily News Staff Writer
Michele McPhee; New York Daily News Online,
17 October 2001
- "[... E]veryone wandering the streets
of Manhattan knew the face of a victim. [...] We knew
these faces because the photographs of the missing
were everywhere[. ...] Everyone seemed to lock on
to one face in particular":
a grief ritual is born," by Marshall Sella;
NYTimes Magazine, 7 October 2001
"A toxic nightmare at disaster site:
Air, water, soil contaminated," Daily News
Exclusive by Juan Gonzalez; New York Daily
News Online, 26 October 2001
- "The economic crisis
caused by the World Trade Center attack has not
trickled down to low-income New Yorkers--it has
hit them like a tidal wave":
workers, poor also feel devastated; economic
pain mounts," by Daily News Staff Writer
Brian Kates; New York Daily News Online,
29 October 2001
- "The preacher from Kentucky
went store to store on the edge of ground zero.
He listened to hard luck tales. He said, `We'd
like to help out.' Then he cut the checks--$1,500
to Muyang Jo at the deli, $2,000 to Salvatore
Borgognone at the pizzeria, $2,300 to Grace Koh
at the children's clothing store. And he wrote
`Jesus loves you' on the bottom left-hand corner
of each one. The preacher, Dave Stone of Southeast
Christian Church in Louisville, is part of a
loose-knit alliance of evangelical clergy members
in the midst of handing out nearly $850,000 in
World Trade Center relief. So far, more than
$100,000 has gone to small-business owners
and employees. The idea is to give immediate
financial help, along with a message of Christian
love, without the due diligence of more established
edge of ground zero, gospel and giving,"
by Daniel J. Wakin,
NYTimes, 1 December 2001
- "We're all just heartbroken
here. What can we do to help make New Yorkers
feel better?" asked Hans von Waardenburg,
owner of the Dutch company B&K Bulbs.
memorial to WTC victims a Dutch treat," by
Daily News Staff Writer Michael O. Allen;
New York Daily News Online, 20 October 2001 ...
When the Dutch flowers bloomed in spring,
Barrow Street residents posted signs asking dog
owners not to let their pets kill them with urine.
"Don't use the tragedy to bash dog owners!"
one caninophile crabbed.
- ... "In Brooklyn, the Botanic Garden
gave more than 100,000 bulbs to schools, community
gardens and civic groups. The Parks Department
distributed 50,000 bulbs. To keep track of
places daffodils are popping up, the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden added a map to its
Web site": "Daffodil-blooming
map planted on Web," by Daily News
Staff Writer Joyce Shelby, City Beat, New York
Daily News Online, 20 March 2002
- But absolutely no offer was good enough
to lure organizers of the New York International
Orchid Show back downtown: "Orchids
still herald spring, but not at Winter Garden,"
by Glenn Collins, NYTimes, 19 March 2002.
with New York is felt in fire truck-building
town," by Jodi Wilgoren, NYTimes,
1 December 2001
to ground zero: St. Paul's Chapel inspires, comforts
work crews," by Daily News Staff Writer Don
Singleton; New York Daily News Online,
20 October 2001
- "Hundreds of people across the Valley
on Sunday mourned the slaying in Mesa of a Sikh gas
station owner whose only crime, his loved ones say,
was that he looked Arabic and wore a turban. Balbir
Singh Sodhi's death may be the first homicide
in the country related to the backlash against
Arab-Americans after Tuesday's terrorist attacks":
mourns apparent backlash killing," by Kelly
Ettenborough, Adam Klawonn, and Christina Leonard;
The Arizona Republic, 17 September 2001
- "Almost lost in the chaos of the
collapse of the World Trade Center is a mystery
that under normal circumstances would probably have
captured the attention of the city and the world.
That mystery is the collapse of a nearby 47-story,
suspect diesel fuel in collapse of 7 World Trade,"
by James Glanz, NYTimes, 29 November 2001.
... Summary of a NYObserver
March 2002 update.
- "Ask Will Heyniger for his take on
the state of the world after Sept. 11 and he'll
answer in cool, measured tones. He understands
the physical and emotional devastation. He understands
the agonies of war. It's just that he can't quite
feel them. `It all has this sort of mediated
quality to it,' says Heyniger. Ask Heyniger's
wife, Christina, about her reaction and you'll get
plenty of feeling. On occasion, traveling to or from
work, she'd break into tears. `I just could not let
it go,' she says": "The
great worry divide," by Washington Post
staff writer Paul Farhi, washingtonpost.com,
page C01, 29 November 2001
- Give self-defense a chance
- "As Americans, we have our own brutalities
to answer for--as well as the brutalities of other states
that we have armed and funded. None of this, however,
excuses terrorism; none of it even makes terrorism
terror: The politics of ideological apology,"
by Michael Walzer; The American Prospect,
22 October 2001
- "Not every attack on a foreign land
is unjust. Civilians will die in this affair, and they
shouldn't. But the answer is not teach-ins and protest
marches. I want us to find the terrorists in their cells
and wipe them out before they wipe out more of us."
not give peace a chance--Yet," by Anne Roiphe;
The New York Observer, 22 October 2001
- "[I]f, as the peaceniks like to
moan, more bin Ladens spring up to take his place,
I can offer this assurance: Should that be the case,
there are many, many more who will also spring
up to kill him all over again":
While I'm ordinarily no fan of Christopher
Hitchens, Salon has r"eprinted"
a perfectly delicious rejoinder to Arundhati Roy
et al that he wrote for the Guardian: "Guess
what, the bombing worked like a charm,"
Salon, 14 November 2001.
- What kind of "victory"
is this that leaves Afghan women feeling too
insecure to cast off their burkas?
Fear beneath the burka," by Rina
Amiri, NYTimes Op-Ed, 20 March 2002
- No, no, no
algebra of infinite justice," by Arundhati
Roy, Guardian, 29 September 2001
America must stop the war now," by Arundhati
Roy, Guardian Unlimited, 23 October 2001:
"Imagine if the Taliban government was
to bomb New York City, saying all the while
that its real target was the US government
and its policies." ... Yeah. Just imagine.
If the subject weren't so tragically serious,
I'd recommend this second, even more patronizing
piece for its unintentional humor.
- Blueprint for how to spin the anti-self-defense
pitch: "With every call to halt the
military action [the anti-war movement] should
continue to condemn the bombing of the World Trade
Centre, express sympathy, unconditionally and without
qualification, for the victims and join the call to
bring those proved responsible to justice. [...] The
movement must keep its eyes on the prize":
by precision," by Gary Younge; The
Guardian, 29 October 2001.
- Perhaps this Salman Rushdie essay
implicitly explains Arundhati Roy's sangfroid about
the mass murders? "Religion,
as ever, is the poison in India's blood,"
The Guardian, 9 March 2002: "The horrible
truth about communal slaughter in India is that we're
used to it. It happens every so often; then it dies
down. That's how life is, folks."
Note: The NYTimes requires registration
and cookies; after a few days pieces revert to
a pay-per-view archive.
- In their own words:
NYC, 11 September and since
- Other images
- Only in New York
- Bill of Rights, R.I.P.?
- Some sites that don't
watch what they say
- Tired of biased U.S. media? Try
biased offshore alternatives.
- Intelligence gathering
- Israel and the Palestinians
- Give self-defense a chance
- If we forfeit our freedom,
what is it we're defending?
- "Terrorists have no ability
to destroy our democracy--but we do, simply by
surrendering it, by keeping our mouths shut
while it is dismantled by the authorities.
The real test is going to be of our democratic
resolve. Will we citizens settle for life in a
guarded and gated corporate empire? `Everything
has changed,' we're told. No, it hasn't. This
pitiful wail by politicians and pundits [is]
the prevailing excuse used by those who tell us
that to defend freedom we must surrender freedoms,
to stop terrorist assaults on our democracy we
must militarize our society."
a time of terror, protest Is patriotism,"
by Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown,
14 November 2001
"Democracy held hostage," by David
Talbot: On watching what we say;
Salon, 29 September 2001
- Also, for breaking
news on watching what we say and the
squeamishness of American media, keep
an eye on Jim Romenesko's weblog.
- "As we were interviewing photographers
who had covered the events of September 11, several
asked that we delete any remarks about the oppressive
atmosphere created by the police, or the Mayor's
office, for fear of losing their press passes":
in New York," editorial, The Digital
Journalist, December 2001
- "A Sacramento journalist is taken
into custody by police and forced to destroy photos
by an over-zealous National Guardsman":
insecurity," by R. V. Scheide;
Sacramento News & Review, 25 October 2001
- A few sites that don't
watch what they say
do the dirty work. A blog of pointers to
mainstream coverage of issues of concern
here. Many are articles you'd read anyway
(NYT, WP); enough are pieces you'd never
have known about without this resource
to justify a daily (weekday) visit.
- Before access to news
- The American Prospect
continuing coverage was excellent; probably
- Israel and the Palestinians
"Separate and unequal on the West Bank,"
by Amira Hass, the correspondent for Haaretz
in the Palestinian territories and author of
"Drinking the Sea at Gaza"; NYTimes,
2 September 2001
- "[A] bad Ramadan for the Palestinians
is an ominous development for us, too. If more Israelis
would show a little more compassion for the fate of the
Palestinians, or at least internalize the awareness that
as long as things are bad for them they are going to be
bad for us too, things might look different":
sad Ramadan," by Gideon Levy, Ha'aretz,
18 November 2001:
- "Upon arrival the hosts tell us
a guest who lives in another Ramallah neighborhood
will not be coming. There is heavy shooting and
he's afraid to leave his house. He shows up a bit
later, apologizing for his cowardice, but assures
us, it was really heavy tonight":
"Life under occupation," by Lori A. Allen,
a University of Chicago anthropology graduate student
conducting research in the West Bank, AlterNet,
23 October 2001
- back when:
First Anglo-Afghan War"
and I taught for three years in Mazar-i-Sharif,
1968-71": William Allen, who
teaches now at Arkansas State University, remembers
those days with photographs of his students, a
photo of the burning towers his son shot from
his Brooklyn rooftop, and some questions that
may be unanswerable.
- on the brink:
"You can't bomb us back into the Stone Age.
We're already there. But you can start a new world war, and
that's exactly what Osama bin Laden wants":
"An Afghan-American speaks," by Tamim
Ansary, a writer in San Francisco and the son
of a former Afghani politician; Salon, 14 September 2001--an
article whose impact was noted in "One
e-mail message can change the world,"
by Laura Miller, NYTimes Magazine,
9 December 2001
link: Why the Taliban isn't so tough," by Michael
Rubin, who had grown a beard and can get by
in Persian, which most Afghans understand, and wandered
for more than a week interviewing teachers, policemen,
gravediggers, merchants, the unemployed, and the Taliban;
The New Republic, 1 October 2001
- intelligence gathering
"The counterterrorist myth," by Reuel Marc
Gerecht, a former CIA operative; Why bin
Laden has little to fear from American intelligence;
The Atlantic, August 2001
"What went wrong," by Seymour M. Hersh:
"The C.I.A. and the failure of American
intelligence"; The New Yorker, 8 October 2001
(if you find a different article at that url, check
The New Yorker's "September 11th File")
- Does anybody even care what went wrong?
test," by David Corn; The Nation,
3 October 2001.
- "Through mismanagement, arrogance, and
fear of the unknown, the National Security Agency has
become a victim of the high-tech world it helped to
intelligence gap," by Seymour M. Hersh:
The New Yorker, 6 December 1999
- "An abandoned Taliban building in
Kabul contained an alarming document that advised
would-be atomic bomb builders to `[w]ash your hands
with soap and warm water after handling the material,
and don't allow your children or pets to play in it
or eat it. [...] Any left over Plutonium dust is
excellent as an insect repellant.' A webmaster who'd
viewed news footage of the document recognized it":
bomb humor fools Taliban?" by David Cassel,
AlterNet, 19 November 2001
- Tired of biased U.S. media?
Try biased offshore alternatives ...
- You hear every day about reports from
Al Jazeera, often characterized as "the
Arabic CNN." Ahmed
Ahmed updates Al Jazeera news at
approximately 7.30 p.m. on weekdays; WBUR exclusive
"Special Coverage." Describing Al Jazeera
as the Arabic CNN doesn't make it so; Sharon
Waxman and Mamoun
Fandy write that that characterization is far from true.
(English): "an independent [Israeli] daily
newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook both on domestic
issues and on international affairs. It has a journalistic
staff of some 330 reporters, writers and editors. The paper
is perhaps best known for its Op-ed page."
another Mideast site. You sometimes may read it here first;
more often, what you read is simply not true.
- The Guardian's WTC
weblog. (Beware of any publication that misspells
World Trade Center.)
- Not sure exactly what this link
is that I borrowed from A&LD--a blog,
apparently. Anyway, the self-described
screed annotates, sometimes hilariously,
one of those insufferably patronizing Brit press
accounts of unwashed U.S. masses observed in native
Iranian, an interesting Iranian-American 'zine,
maintains a toc
of its writers' reactions to 11 September. This Afshin
Levy plea deserves a read before every
11 September (Patriots Day?!?) anniversary:
"[...] I declare September 11 International
Enough Day. Enough flag-waving, enough violence,
enough nationalism. Enough already! September 11
was not an American tragedy. [...] It was a tragedy
for the human spirit, regardless of nationality,
religion, and anything else. On September 11,
let's say Enough. [...]"
- "[T]here was almost a sense [...] that the
Post wasn't in New York and somehow hadn't experienced the
same thing that everyone else had experienced. (When there
was emotion, it was expressed as out-of-control political
rage--[...] referring to Christiane Amanpour as CNN's `war
slut.')": "Post mortem?"
by Michael Wolff, New York Magazine,
22 October 2001