Picking Up the Clues as a World Stands Stunned
2 (September 12, 2001)
Burnett’s last words to his wife were "I love you." Mr.
Burnett is one of the heroes believed responsible for stopping the
terrorists aboard Flight #93 from carrying out the object of their
untold grief and anger, Americans join their hearts together to
honor those who lost their precious lives and to pray for miracles
as victims are still fighting for their lives. Hundreds of people
continue to work around the clock to save lives from the rubble
of the huge destroyed buildings.
Today it was
discovered that the aircraft that hit the Pentagon was targeting
the White House, but failed. It’s speculated that the White House
was too difficult a target because of it’s small size from the air
and it’s cover from nearby trees and buildings. Ari Fliesher released
information later, that reveals the President’s plane was also in
jeopardy, stating ‘there is credible evidence that one of the terrorist
attacks was planned to strike Air Force One’ but refused to give
details. In the
meeting with the National Security Team today, President Bush gave
warning to the terrorists and their supporters: "The freedom-loving
nations of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental
struggle of good versus evil. But good will prevail." In the
afternoon, the president visited the site of the devastation and
met with soldiers and rescue workers. A large American flag was
draped over the wall of the Pentagon next to the point of impact.
Words just as strong came from John McCain, which echoed throughout
Capital Hill: "I say this to our enemies: ‘We are coming. God
may show you mercy; we will not.’"
As clues are
followed, officials are exposing the face of the evil that sought
to destroy our people. Some of the most critical information is
coming from the downed Newark flight, which became a scorched crater
in Pennsylvania. The heroes aboard Flight # 93 have made it possible
for investigators to find the most significant leads. Mrs. Tom Burnett
who thought that her husband was on a normal trip home to California,
cried as she told of her husband, who called her three times during
the terrorists’ takeover of his flight. While in the air he called
out that the World Trade Center had been attacked. During the second
call he asked for more details, and in the final call he told his
wife that he and the other men on the plane took a vote to take
down the terrorists. They succeeded in taking them down..
To the passengers’
families of all four planes, United Airlines and American Airlines
joined together to offer $25,000 to each. Many continue to fear
about the financial impact, but today, Congress wrote a virtual
blank check worth billions of dollars for the president to use for
aid and rebuilding. It has been reported that foreign countries
have pledged to assist American banks in some monetary fashion and
Federal Action is being threatened against any U.S. gas stations
that price gouge. Several stations that did gouge are offering refunds
But more important
than money are the lives of the dead, which is estimated to be in
the thousands. Rescuers continue to work under dangerous conditions
to save victims.
Crews had to stop
work around 5:00p.m. due to reports from firefighters who stated that
rescuers were encountering fireballs from the shifting air, heat,
and gas. Soon after, workers were running for their lives again as
gas filled the air due to a leak, and one of the towers collapsed
for a second time. While continuing their efforts, rescuers had a
glimmer of hope when they heard gunshots. Thinking that there may
be an officer alive somewhere trying to signal to crews, they found
sadly that it was merely an officers’ belt that had melted, causing
the ammunition attached to go off. Now reports are coming in saying
that not only have countless Americans died, but several hundred British
workers are presumed missing or dead according to the BBC. 9,000 calls
have been received from Britain to New York, hoping for any good news.
Rescuers were shaken by the events of yesterday and the overwhelming
sadness and dangers of today, but they continue through the night
determined to find another miracle.
group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the
destroyed South World Trade Center in New York.
by Peter Morgan / REUTERS
what helped many people today. One of the few surviving members
of the Port Authority was on the 82nd Floor of one of the towers
when it began to collapse. Officer John McLaughlin literally "rode"
the building to the ground. He has broken legs, but he is alive.
An even more astounding report states that a man in one of the towers
jumped out of the building as he saw the second jet about to hit.
He flew into the air probably thinking he was going to die, but
the smoke and hot air blew him up instead of down. Somehow he flew
slowly downward and made it to the ground, breaking his leg.
now know that some of the terrorists were Saudi and Egyptian Nationalists.
In Boston and South Florida suspects have been detained. And in
Rhode Island 3 Arab men were pulled off of an Amtrak train. We now
know from law enforcement officials that some of the terrorists
had been attending such prestigious flight schools as Embry-Riddle
and Hoffman. The school takes in students from all over the world,
including several Arab countries.
Germany, firefighters pray for and honor the dead and missing
American firefighters during a memorial service.
condolences and reaction continue also. In Russia, flags fly at
half mast and a Decree for a moment of silence was signed. A day
of mourning took place today in Israel as Palestinian Men, women
and children cheered in the streets waving their country’s flag
in pride. In a media blitz, Arafat threatened reporters and told
them to stop airing the pictures and he went to donate blood to
be sent to America. A Catholic church in Paris France carried our
American flag and sand "Our Country ‘Tis of Thee" as prayers
were sent. A noticeable sign of unity was the sight of a man wearing
a yarmulke in the church and reading from a bible. And for the first
time in history the Queen of England has decided that the military
band will play the American National Anthem at a planned Buckingham
Palace event of the changing of the guard, followed by 2 minutes
of silence in honor of Americans lost in the attack.