Attack on the U.S.: An Internet Guide
Attack on the U.S.: An Internet Guide
How an idea spread and grew on the Internet.
Sept. 12 2001 2:30 AM

Attack on the U.S.: An Internet Guide

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CNN is reporting that U.S. officials have linked the attacks to Usama Bin Laden. The FBI already has Bin Laden on its Most Wanted list for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Here is the poster, which includes the surprising detail that Bin Laden is extremely tall, perhaps 6 feet 6 inches. The Smoking Gun posts this CIA fact sheet on the Saudi terrorist. The State Department's most recent list of terrorist organizations includes Bin Laden's al Qaeda, as well as dozens of other groups. The Federation of American Scientists maintains a superb terrorist resource page that includes profiles of every known terrorist organization. The intelligence Web site has lots of instant analysis of the attacks and a guide to which countries might or might not be involved.


For a hint of what the U.S. response to the attacks might be, read " Catastrophic Terrorism: Elements of a National Policy," a paper by three scholars associated with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. This article may have more pull than the usual academic paper: One of its authors is Philip Zelikow, a longtime collaborator with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. Another is John Deutch, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Planes and Disasters:

You can see a cockpit image and video of the Boeing 757 at the plane's home page. Fear of Flying has a day-by-day list of airplane disasters, which notes that a DC-9 crashed outside of Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 11, 1974, killing 70 passengers, and an American military helicopter crashed on Sept. 11, 1982, at a German air show, killing 46.

This site chronicles the history of disasters in New York City.  It notes that this is not the first time a plane has crashed into a New York skyscraper. In a thick fog on July 28, 1945, a B-25 crashed into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building, killing 13 people. Here is an account of that crash. History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as tragedy.