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ABC 7 News Chicago September 11, 2001 John Drury


>>THIS IS CHICAGO’S NUMBER ONE NEWS, ABC 7 NEWS AT 10:00.>>IMAGES THIS COUNTRY WILL NEVER FORGET. TWO PLANES OVERPOWERED BY HIJACKERS, PLOW INTO NEW YORK’S WORLD TRADE CENTER. ANOTHER PLANE SLAMS INTO THE PENTAGON. WITNESSES WATCH IN HORROR AS TERRORIST ATTACKS KILL THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS.■■■■■ / “■)[email protected]@@@@@@@@@ T=■@@@@@@ [email protected]@@ AND THE NORTH SIDE WAS SHAKING.>>TERRORIST ATTACKS CAN SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR■ BIGGEST BUILDINGS, BUT CANNOT TOUCH THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA.>>GOOD EVENING. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS IDENTIFIED TERRORIST OSAMA BIN LADEN AS THE PRIME SUSPECT.>>THE FIRST TARGET THIS MORNING WAS THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY. THEN THE TERRORIST HIT THE PENTAGON. A FOURTH PLANE HAD SIGHTS ON WASHINGTON, D.C. AND CRASHED OUTSIDE PITTSBURGH.>>JOHN BERMAN WITH THE LATEST FROM NEW YORK.>>WHERE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ONCE STOOD. AT THE PENTAGON, IN WASHINGTON, WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT AS MANY AS 800 PEOPLE COULD BE DEAD. IT IS JUST SOME OF THE CARNAGE IN WHAT HAS BECOME ONE OF AMERICA’S WORST DAYS. SEPTEMBER 11 WILL BE KNOWN AS THE DAY THE FACE OF AMERICA CHANGED FOREVER. BUT WITH THE PENTAGON STILL BURNING, PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD THE WORLD THAT THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.>>THESE ACTS SHATTERED STEEL, BUT CANNOT DENT THE STEEL OF AMERICAN RESOLVE.>>THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAD A WHIRLWIND DAY, MADE CLEAR THAT THE U.S. IS COMMITTED TO FINDING ANYONE INVOLVED IN ANY WAY TO THE ATTACKS.>>I’VE DIRECTED THE FULL RESOURCES OF OUR INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO FIND THOSE RESPONSIBLE AND TO BRING THEM TO JUSTICE. WE WILL MAKE NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE TERRORIST WHO COMMITTED THESE ACTS AND THOSE WHO HARBORED THEM.>>THE NIGHTMARE BEGAN JUST BEFORE 9:00 A.M. AMERICAN FLIGHT 11, A BOEING 767 FROM BOSTON TO LOS ANGELES, CRASHED INTO ONE OF THE TWIN TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. THEN, 10 MINUTES LATER, A UNITED FLIGHT, ALSO FROM BOSTON TO LOS ANGELES, CRASHED INTO THE SECOND TOWER. THE TWIN TOWERS, A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN ECONOMIC POWER, STOOD WOUNDED IN THE SKY, THEN STOOD NO MORE.>>A HUGE EXPLOSION RAINING DEBRIS ON ALL OF US.>>JUST AFTER 10:00, AS THOUSANDS OF TERRIFIED PEOPLE WATCHED FROM THE STREETS, THE SOUTH TOWER COLLAPSED. 20 MINUTES LATER, THE SECOND TOWER CAME DOWN.>>OH, MY GOD!>>IT WAS RUMBLING AND WE STARTED RUNNING AWAY WAY FROM IT. THE GLASS BLEW OUT ON THE SIDEWALK AND I COULDN’T SEE FOR 20 SECONDS.>>AS NEW YORK WAS STRUCK BY TRAGEDY, SO, TOO, WAS THE NATION’S CAPITAL. ANOTHER PLANE CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON. PART OF THE BUILDING COLLAPSED. IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, A FOURTH PLANE, A UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT FROM NEWARK TO SAN FRANCISCO WENT DOWN IN■■ A FIELD. THE FLIGHTS WERE ALL HIJACKED. OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE TAKEN BY PEOPLE WIELDING KNIVES. SEVERAL PASSENGERS ON THE FLIGHTS WERE ABLE TO PLACE CELL PHONE CALLS TO AUTHORITIES AND LOVED ONES, DESCRIBING THE SITUATION BEFORE THEY WENT DOWN. THE CASUALTIES ARE NOT YET KNOWN BUT BELIEVED TO BE IN THE THOUSANDS. MANY FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE WHO RUSHED TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AFTER THE FIRST CRASH ARE MISSING. RESCUE WORKS RECEIVED CALLS FROM PEOPLE STILL ALIVE, TRAPPED IN THE RUBBLE. NEW YORK’S MAYOR, RUDY GIULIANI, HAS CLOSED LOWER MANHATTAN TOMORROW TO GIVE THE RESCUE WORKERS THE SPACE IT NEEDS. THE REST OF THE CITY IS OPEN, BUT THE MAYOR ASKS THE CITIZENS TO STAY HOME IF THEY CAN. IT WILL BE SOME TIME BEFORE THIS CITY RETURNS TO NORMAL, OR ANYTHING CLOSE.>>JOHN, THERE ARE ENOUGH PEOPLE WORKING IN THOSE TOWERS, LIKE 50,000, TO MAKE A SUBURB IN ONE CITY. PEOPLE IN CHICAGO HAVE BEEN STUNNED ALL DAY. WHAT’S IT LIKE IN NEW YORK TONIGHT?>>IN NEW YORK TONIGHT, AROUND HERE, IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY QUIET. PEOPLE WERE STREAMING NORTH FOR HOURS AFTER THE CRASH FIRST HAPPENED. BUT RIGHT NOW, THESE STREETS AROUND HERE ARE QUIET. PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE STREETS ARE LOOKING UP AT THE SMOKE IN UTTER DISBELIEF. AS MANY AS 50,000 PEOPLE CAN BE IN THOSE BUILDINGS AT ANY ONE TIME. AND WE HAVE NO IDEA YET WHAT THE CASUALTIES MIGHT BE.>>WHAT ABOUT THE RESCUE WORK TONIGHT? WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE SURVIVORS IN BUILDINGS NEAR THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.>>THAT’S RIGHT. WE HEARD FROM POLICE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED CELL PHONE CALLS FROM SOME PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ALIVE, BURIED IN THE RUBBLE. THE RESCUE EFFORT IS JUST UNDERWAY. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE T