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A Decade After 9/11

9/11 Boat Rescue The photograph shows a mangled piece of the original antenna crowning one of the 110 story buildings. The relic is on permanent display at the Newseum in Washington, DC. (Photo by the author.) This is a sad day in the United States, as well as in the rest of the civilized world.…

Remembering 9/11′s Heroes Afloat

New York is a maritime city with one of the world’s great natural harbors, as explorer Henry Hudson discovered over 400 years ago. And among the heroes of 9/11 ten years ago were the city’s still great mariners; work boat, tugboat and ferry operators and Coast Guard men and women who helped rescue half a million of their fellow citizens on that horrible and historic day.

The Original Plans for 9/11

By Patrick J. Kiger As horrifyingly deadly and destructive as the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington were, it’s perhaps even more chilling to realize that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Kuwaiti Al Qaeda operative who has been indicted for planning the attacks, originally had something much bigger in mind. According to Mohammad’s 2008…

9/11 What-if Scenarios

By Patrick J. Kiger Unfortunately, there’s no way to undo the tragedy of the September 11 attacks. But just as we wonder how history might have been different had Abraham Lincoln chosen not to go to Ford’s Theater on that fateful night in 1865, or what might have happened had U.S. Naval Intelligence gotten wind…

9/11 and Global Consciousness

Chances are, you probably remember exactly what you were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001, at the moment when you first learned about the attack on the World Trade Center. And if you were one of the millions who stared in horror at the television images of smoke billowing from the crippled towers, you undoubtedly can recall the intense, excruciatingly painful surge of grief and anger and sadness that you felt.

9/11: Remembering Ann and Joe

For most Americans, this September 11—like the nine before it—will prompt recollections of the shock, the horror, and the grief we experienced a decade ago, of all we lost on that grim morning. It will also be a day to reflect on the moments of courage and unity, on the worldwide outpouring of sympathy that…