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Last updated: Sep. 11, 2001
Date: Tue, 11 Sep
2001 11:31:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sreenath Sreenivasan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have received several
e-mail and phone inquiries asking about the NYC
situation. This is just a note to let you know that I am well and am
checking in with as many of my friends as possible. There are still dozens
of people I know who work in the WTC area and am awaiting word on their
Below are six items
that might interest you.
1. Part of a note
I sent to my family this morning. My wife, Roopa, and I
were in Bermuda this weekend and were stuck there because of Hurricane
Erin -- we came back on one of the last flights into JFK this morning
American Airlines flight, no less)... See below...
2. A link to a story
by a first-hand account of MSNBC reporter Martin Wolk
who was in the WTC area at the time:
3. The Poynter Institute
has built an excellent Web site with suggestions
for reporters covering the story from around the world:
http://www.poynter.org -- especially
compelling is the collection of
newspaper frontpages from around the country that has been gathered there
in PDF format.
The American Press
Institute has built Web resources for journalists as
4. A 1997 NYT report
about the start of the trial of the 1993 WTC bombers.
The description of an FBI agent's conversation with a WTC bomber as they
flew by the WTC is chilling indeed. See below...
5. Two older online
stories done by students of mine about the WTC. One,
"Securing the Big Apple" from April 2001 about security at the
The other is "The Skyscraper Shimmy" from March 2000 about the
6. A collection
of links I have made for WABC-TV in NYC (as part of my on-air work
there about the tech aspects of the crisis).
We are praying for
the people affected by all this mayhem.
regards, sree | http://www.sree.net
o o o o o
From SREE at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
we flew into NYC around
8:10 this morning on an american airlines and as
we came close to the city, i saw the familiar skyline from my window seat.
roopa and i looked at the world trade center towers clearly visible in
beautiful clear sky (we were about two miles away). we even talked about
how nice it all looked -- the citibank building and the WTC were the two
most visible landmarks (the empire state building, which is taller than
the citibank building) was somehow not as "shiny" as those two
we landed, got into
a cab and neared the triboro bridge into manhattan, we
were able to see dark smoke billowing from one of the WTC towers. at that
point, we started listening to the radio and watched as emergency crews
drove past us. the rest, you know.
o o o o o
The New York Times
Aug. 4, 1997
Trial begins today
for alleged leader of Trade Center attack;
February '93 bombing killed 6, injured more than 1,000
NEW YORK CITY--One
February night two years ago, a helicopter carrying
Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, the man accused of masterminding the World Trade
Center bombing, sped along the East River on the last leg of Yousef's
journey from Pakistan. He was on his way to detention and trial in the
United States. As the helicopter flew over mid-Manhattan, William Gavin,
a senior official in the FBI's New York office, pushed up his captive's
Yousef squinted as
his eyes adjusted to the light. Then Gavin pointed at
the Trade Center towers below, their lights glowing in the clear, cold
night. "Look down there," Gavin said he told Yousef. "They're
Yousef replied, "They
wouldn't be if I had had enough money and
explosives," recalled Gavin, who has since retired.
Yousef may have boasted
of his role in the Trade Center blast, which
killed six people and injured more than 1,000 on Feb. 26, 1993. But as
trial begins in federal court today, important questions remain about
Yousef and the extent of his participation in what at the time was the
worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
For example, did any
country, group or person - beyond Yousef - sponsor
the Trade Center blast? Evidence in previous trials showed that the
bombing cost less than $20,000 to carry out, but it is uncertain where
money came from.
Is there any connection
between Yousef's trial and the arrest last week of
two men who have been accused of plotting suicide-bomb attacks in the
subways of New York City? The judge in Yousef's case, Kevin Duffy, has
agreed to ask prospective jurors individually whether they would be
prejudiced by the recent arrests in New York or by last week's deadly
suicide bombings in Jerusalem.
In Yousef's trial,
which is likely to last three to four months,
prosecutors are expected to focus not on the larger mysteries surrounding
the defendant but on proving his guilt in the Trade Center blast. A second
defendant, Eyad Ismoil, also is on trial, accused of conspiracy.
Yousef fled the country
on the night of the Trade Center bombing and was
not present at the first trial, which ended with the convictions of four
lower-level defendants. After Yousef's arrest in Islamabad, Pakistan,
was tried last year in federal court and convicted of a second conspiracy:
a plot in Manila, not carried out, to blow up 12 U.S. airliners. For that,
he faces a mandatory life prison term.
Now, for the first
time, he will stand trial directly for his alleged role
in the Trade Center blast.
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