I'm interested in stories (real or fictional) about people who have intentionally changed their identities following some sort of disaster in which they were presumed dead.
What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
I'm a Bostonian and many of us helped after the marathon bombings, but I'm wondering what are the best resources to find out exactly how helpful The One Fund really is? [more inside]
Were there tanks on the National Mall in DC on September 11, 2001? [more inside]
9-11 Story about about a girl attending elementary school telling her father about seeing "the birds flying around the world trade center". [more inside]
This newspaper article is about me. Basically, I have I PTSD and struggle with depression. I am looking for a good therapist in Richmond, Virginia. I've tried a number of them, but have never found a good match. It occurs to me that someone here might know someone, so I thought I'd ask. I found one recommendation from 2009, but would like to find more. Thanks in advance...
Help me figure out exactly what movie I'm thinking about? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
After the terrorist events of Sept. 11, 2001, I remember seeing a photo of Disney World being evacuated. I've since not been able to find it, but would love to find it again. [more inside]
What songs protesting government reaction to 9/11 came out after the event itself and before its 1st anniversary?
I remember the relief of hearing Sage Francis' Makeshift Patriot for the first time in October of 2001. It was the first song that voiced my fear of possible repression in the US. I thought there would be a wave of left-wing protest songs, but it seemed to be more of a trickle. In August of 2002 Sleater-Kinney asked in Combat Rock where the protest songs were. My question is the same as theirs: What songs protesting government reaction to 9/11 came out after the event itself and before its 1st anniversary? I am specifically looking for protest songs by American musicians.
Are there a few minutes of video that sums up 9/11 as it happened that day? I feel like I need to re-live those moments but don't want it cluttered up by junk. [more inside]
Author name please. Read about him recently via the Zite Ipad app but have forgotten his surname. First name Alex, he won a book deal for his first novel and looked poised to be a literary star until the events of 9/11 robbed his contemporaneous book launch of all impact. He's subsequently written another novel and I think also a short story collection. He teaches somewhere ;-) thanks
Would a fast food restaurant in midtown have closed on 9/11? What about 9/12? [more inside]
Watching a JFK assassination documentary on cable has gotten me thinking. Given the extreme state of the Cold War in 1963 and Lee Harvey Oswald having lived in the Soviet Union and being connected to Communism, was there any kneejerk reaction among the American public/political hawks calling for direct retribution against the Soviet Union? Or efforts to sell the assassination to the public as a reason to do so. How did that national tragedy differ from/align with 9/11 in that respect?
In the film Final Destination 3, a photo of the Twin Towers is shown with what looks like an airplane silhouette on it. Is this a real photo and, if so, what is the "conspiracy theory" behind it? [more inside]
I am a journalist trying to find a way to locate people who were passersby at 9/11. Not first responders, mind you, or folks who escaped from the towers -- just people who happened to be around when it happened. And despite their non-direct involvement, may have been in some way affected. Thoughts?
How did 9/11 affect Cuba specifically? How would the past ten years of Cuban history be different if 9/11 hadn't happened? [more inside]
Did transit workers let people ride for free on September 11th, 2001 in NYC? [more inside]
I am looking for respected papers and books by psychologists and/or psychiatrists on the effectiveness of torture as a means to extract truthful confessions, especially in a military setting. [more inside]
Can anyone help me find a transcript of David Letterman's initial remarks after Sept. 11? [more inside]
A friend of mine, who is highly educated (married with two kids, accomplished medical researcher), is absolutely convinced that September 11 was a huge conspiracy initiated by members of the US government. She has a detailed complex explanation for everything. She takes it deeply personally when I scoff at her, telling me I should read the evidence before forming an opinion. I see her as gullible and she sees me as ignorant. Is there an analysis available comprehensively somewhere addressing the conspiracy theorists to the satisfaction of the leading academics in the relevant areas (material engineering, aerodynamics, media relations, architecture etc)? How do you deal with people like this? [more inside]
What significant items have been irretrievably lost? [more inside]
9-11 Technology Filter: I have never been able to even get signal on my Blackberry 8200 (GSM) within 10 seconds of liftoff, so how were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11? Specifically, given the prevailing handset, carrier, and tower technologies present in the Boston, NY, and DC metro and intervening areas at the time, and given the flight paths and altitudes of the hijacked planes, how were passengers able to complete cellphone calls to loved ones? [more inside]
Please recommend some 9/11 literature. [more inside]
Best 9-11 'Conspiracy Theory' book for the skeptic? [more inside]
Within a year of 9-11, I heard a song on the radio that I'm trying to track down. It was a male singer, and the refrain went something like, "they were going up while we were going down" (referring to the firemen). Does anyone have any idea who recorded it and what the song title is?
How do I respond to a friends who's advocating 9/11 conspiracy theories (specifically the " Loose Change" video). [more inside]
Where can I find good quality free video footage of the "war on terror" for use as b-roll in a documentary? [more inside]
Name that animated internet meme [more inside]
What has changed since 9/11? [more inside]
Why did 7 World Trade Center collapse on 9/11? A friend thinks that its collapse was caused by our own government, but I can't say I believe that.
There's a site somewhere that archives a ton of news video from 9/11 -- before, during and after the planes hit. It's network news, CNN, that kind of stuff. Anyone know where that site is?
Were any of the 9/11 terrorists granted asylum in the US? [more inside]
Was what we were told about Flight 93 a myth? [more inside]
When did the FAA/airlines stop asking those 2 questions about whether someone had given me something to bring on the plane, and whether my bags had been out of my possession at any point? What was their justification? I want to say that this changed after 9/11, but that doesn't really make sense.
What is the significance of the number 9 in Islamic culture? or perhaps, what is the significance of said number with relevance to "Radical Extremism" (dude! Extreme and Radical! This is in reference to 9 a.m. on 9-11 and 9 p.m., 11-9 and so on. . . [more inside]
How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there? [more inside]
On September 17, 2003 Spanish über-judge Baltasar Garzón issued a 700-page indictment of the "Madrid cell" of al Qaeda for its support role in the 9/11 attacks. Is this document online anywhere? Has it ever been translated?
Hmm.. A friend linked me this critque of the Pentagon 9/11 event. I was wondering if there was any official or unofficial debunking of the claims made here? [more inside]
Within a day or two after 9/11, there was coverage on network news of some person (and possibly his brother) in the US who was suspected of being an important figure in the attacks. A few days later it turned out this person had actually died some time earlier and was in no way involved. Anyone know who this person was?
Why hasn't Al Qaeda perpetrated an attack on U.S. soil since 9/11?
What are the best middle-brow / high-brow "think-pieces" you've read on the topics of: the macropolitical consequences of 9/11; relations between the West and "the rest" after 9/11; and how "we" (whoever "we" may be) think of "ourselves" after 9/11? [more inside]
Where were you on 9/11? How did you find out what was happening and what do you remember about that day? [more inside]