As most of you know I leave for New York tomorrow (Saturday) for the 9/11 anniversary. There will be lots of Fox and I will join Johnny for a time on Sunday at Ground Zero for a special program he’s doing. Tammy Radio will be live from New York Monday and Tuesday. I’ll post more on the specifics here on the blog but wanted to make sure we had a Lounge where we could share the news of the day as usual and discuss the importance of memorializing the tragedy of 10 years ago (can you believe it’s been that long!).
I’m honored I’m able to visit that great city on this anniversary. For this Lounge, like all others, the “no links” rule is lifted in the name of sharing. Here’s some of the news, including updates on the terror threat and the first-time release of some 9/11 tapes. So many of you have email me, btw, with concerns about my traveling to NT at this time. Thank you so much but everything will be ok, keep in mind Obama and Bush will be on hand at Ground Zero so I have a tiny feeling NY will be the *safest* it’s been in quite some time despite effort by beasts to hurt people.
Bloomberg: NY City Police Search Trucks on 9/11 Threat
Still overwhelming and heartbreaking, but we must never forget.
The full audio recordings of the military and aviation responses to the unfolding events of September 11 have been made public for the first time.
The recordings, by nature dramatic as they unfold in real time, provide an insight into the disbelief and confusion that greeted officials as they struggled to obtain an accurate picture of what was happening.
“We have a problem here … We have a hijacked aircraft heading towards New York and we need to get … We need someone to scramble some F-16s or something up there to help us out,” air traffic controller Joseph Cooper, at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Boston centre, said, according to the recordings, published by the Rutgers Law Review.
“Is this real world or exercise?” he is asked by an official from North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad), at the other end of the phone.
“No, this is not an exercise, not a test,” Cooper replies.
Sky News has this coverage, along with video:
Audio recordings, which reveal in real-time how US air traffic controllers and the military reacted to the September 11 terror attacks, have been released.
The audio also includes the voice of Mohamed Atta, the terrorist ringleader who piloted one of the two hijacked passenger planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York.
For the first time, he is heard saying: “We have some planes. Just stay quiet and we’ll be OK. We are returning to the airport.”
Atta then said: “Nobody move. Everything will be ok. If you try to make any moves you will injure yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet.”
Another terrorist Ziad Jarrah, who piloted the jet that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, was heard saying: “Please sit down and remain sitting. We have a bomb on board.
“This is the captain. I would like you all to remain seated. We have a bomb on board and are going back to the airport and have our demands, so please remain quiet.”
Some of the recordings, which stretch across two hours on the morning of 9/11, have never been heard in public before.
As we remember the horror, don’t forget the effort to build their Victory Mosque at the site continues.
Christian Broadcasting Co: Rep Allen West Promotes Anti-Ground Zero Mosque Film