#TBT: September 12, 2001

Eighteen years ago today, desperate family members and friends searched for their loved ones in New York while a stunned nation reeled after the 9/11 attacks.

The day after the tragedy

Eighteen years have passed since the earth shattering attacks of September 11, 2001. And while most remember with unsettling clarity where one was when the world heard that hijacked planes had crashed into the World Trade Center and later, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 people, it might be the next day — September 12, 2001 — that actually marked the beginning of a new era, one in which full-body scans at the airport, color-coded threat levels, slow-burn wars that never really end, and an undercurrent of fear running beneath the conventions of life became the norm.

On September 12, many Americans felt trapped in a confused and shocking state of limbo. School was canceled. Few people went to work. Many were stuck. Some literally, as planes were grounded, subways and trains running minimally if not canceled altogether, and many streets clogged with vehicles. Others emotionally, trapped between grief, shock, fear, and anger. Almost two decades after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond. The attacks' aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan. A rocket exploded at the U.S. embassy as the anniversary began in Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America's longest war.

There has also been growing awareness in recent years of the suffering of another group of people tied to the tragedy: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to the wreckage and the toxins unleashed in it. After years of legislative gridlock, dwindling money in the fund and fervent activism by ailing first responders and their advocates, Congress this summer made sure the fund won't run dry. Trump, a Republican and a New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, signed the measure in July. The sick gained new recognition this year at the memorial plaza at ground zero, where the new 9/11 Memorial Glade was dedicated in the Spring of 2019.


09/12/2019 11:58 AM
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  • Shujah A.
    09/12/2019 12:26

    Find me a Zionist Victim.

  • Daren P.
    09/12/2019 12:33

    Flexin ny badge

  • Brenda D.
    09/12/2019 13:32

    So sorry for all of you!

  • Brut
    09/12/2019 13:44

    This firefighter's life changed forever when he arrived at Ground Zero just after the South Tower collapsed. Here, Richard Alles discusses what he saw on 9/11.

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    09/12/2019 14:59


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  • Ricky R.
    7 days

    Happy Tower Implosion Day! Remember that jet fuel can’t melt steel beams. 😂

  • Miguel A.
    5 days

    Autogolpe para justificar guerras. ☹️

  • Raymond A.
    4 days

    I was one Of The engineers that work during the 911 supposedly attack. I said it then and I say it now that was a Stage attack from our own government. No one wants to talk about the pre cut corner col around the entire structure.

  • Patrick I.
    3 days

    " Greedy Capitalism Left Uncheck, Makes Everyone's Lives A Complete Wreck! Money is The Root of All Evil! Just Ask the Bushes!

  • Jaime L.
    2 days

    Escuchar la voz de George Walker Bush condenando el ataque a las torres del " World Trade Center" es el acto de hipocresía más despreciable que cualquier ser humano pueda ejercer,cuando fueron ELLOS el y su padre ( el PODER DETRÁS DEL TRONO ) quienes a sabiendas que fue Osama bin Laden y no Saddam Hussein quien orquestro los ataques. Que Atta y demás miembros de Al Qaeda estudiaron aviación en Florida y los dejaron continuar con sus planes para justificar la entrada en Iraq y acabar con Saddam y a su paso destruir HISTORIA como las TABLAS DE HAMMURABI. Todo porque cuando el viejo era PRESIDENTE y HUSSEIM invadió Kuwait éste se retiró cuando el VIEJO le envió la operación " DESSERT STORM " espina que no olvidaba GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH. ...INMOLARON 3,000 VIDAS tratando de justificar lo injustificable. No sólo eso,sino todos los primeros "respondedores" que están MURIENDO DE CANCER. Todo por el control del petróleo. No olviden son tejanos y protegen sus interéses petroleros. MALDITOS SEAN LOS BUSH.🇵🇷

  • Jaime L.
    2 days

    Debo añadir que si la INTELIGENCIA NORTEAMERICANA no sabía los planes de Osama y Al Qaeda, la INTELIGENCIA NORTEAMERICANA no sirve para un CARAJO.

  • Lee N.
    2 days

    It's sad when some ignorant fools rely on You Tube for their so called information source....

  • Evelyn G.
    a day

    Very Questionable Still...💒

  • Hector B.
    a day

    Oh please ...enougt of it.

  • Michael R.
    a day

  • Ray F.
    10 hours

    Pretty sad hayyyayay

  • Darryl S.
    6 hours

    So sorry! But when will we ever be told the truth!