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Sedalia Democrat (Newspaper) - September 12, 2001, Sedalia, Missouri
Sedalia Missouri ism strikes wednesday sept. 12, 2001in this Section sports 12 a plane crashes in Pennsylvania 15 a Missouri reacts 16 Airliner takes out military Headquarters by Robert Burns ass x in Al i Hess Washington Side the Pentagon defense Secretary Donald h. Rumsfeld had just raced to his office after hearing of the world Trade Center attack. On a House porch a Little More than a mile away Ralph Banton 79, was enjoying a Crystal Clear morning. Then Banton heard a Jet flying directly overhead very Low. A it sounded like it was jetting instead of slowing Down a he said. Seconds later american might 77, hijacked while carrying 64 people from Washington to los Angeles Tore into the Side of the Pentagon in a shocking terror attack aimed at the building that represents americans military Power around the world. The Pentagon burst into flames sending into the Blue sky a huge Cloud of smoke visible for Miles. And a part of the Western Side of the five sided building in suburban Arlington va., collapsed. By tuesday night firefighters were just gaining control of the fire and searchers were preparing to enter the Wing to search for dead and injured inside. They had no Clear idea How Many casualties would be found Rumsfeld said at a briefing inside the Pentagon. But he added a it will not be a nevertheless a the Pentagon is functioning a Rumsfeld said. Quot it will be in business the area hit by the aircraft was under renovation and thus some offices May not have been occupied officials said. Overall 24,000 people work in the Pentagon. When the attack came at 9 40 . Edi Quot the whole building Shook with the Impact said Terry Yonkers an air Force civilian employee at work inside the Pentagon at the time. A there was screaming and on a nearby Road debris hit several cars. Cab Drivers watched stunned As hundreds of people poured out the doors of the huge building. Rumsfeld was in his office when the aircraft hit on the opposite Side of the building. He had just run there after hearing of the Trade Center attack while at a meeting on missile defense in his private dining room. . Rep. Christopher Cox r-calif., also at the meeting said Rumsfeld had just predicted that the United states would face another terrorist incident at some Point. A the said a let me Tell a Ive been around die Block a few times. There will lit another and he repeated it for emphasis a Cox said. A and within minutes of saying that his words proved tragically associated press Rescue workers look Over damage at the Pentagon on Pentagon burst into flames and a portion of one Side of the five sided Structure collapsed after the building was hit by an aircraft in an apparent terrorist attack. Attack on the Pentagon a the whole building Shook a hijacked Boeing 757 plane carrying 58 passengers crashed into the Pentagon tuesday morning. About 20,000 military and civilian personnel work at the Pentagon which covers 34 acres. River Entrance area of offices for the highest Pentagon officials including Secretary of defense Donald h. Rumsfeld. Mall Entrance heliport Entrance the helipad is used by senior officials and president Bush. Before the attack president Bush had been scheduled to land Here and motorcade Back to the White House. Metro rail and metro bus Entrance my South parking 28 Washington do Fairfax 66 5 Miva. J 5 pm 495 Pentagon hijacked plane the plane was in route from Washington Dulles International Airport to los Angeles. The plane was carrying 58 passengers four flight attendants and two pilots. First built in 1978, the plane carries 178-239 passengers. It is 155 feet Long and has a Wing Span of 124 feet. Source compiled from a wire reports a what will it take to get America believing in itself again could do this a he said. A they flew so Low. I was in the military for 20 years. I thought Washington was delusions of invincibility have been dashed before and at the same ground zeros a in the 1993 world Trade Center bombing when six people died and in the mad actions of people with grudges or demons shooting guns at the White House and at Congress. Hie Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people attacks on americans abroad a till have contributed in myriad ways to the fortification of Public places and made people More Alert. But there has been nothing remotely like this. One cruel morning made the american debate Over a National missile defense seem absurdly abstract even As it pointed to dangers from abroad. Death came from the sky All right but in hijacked commercial planes. By Calvin Woodward As xxi i n Phi s Washington a any notion of America being invincible died in the monstrous rubble. With the twin towers crumbled in new York the Pentagon burning a jetliner Down in Pennsylvania a mornings cruel work ended the nations Nom laity a America is forever changed a said sen. C Huck Hagel a neb. A America is in for a Long on the confused streets of Washington where police gazing skyward stood with guns drawn where much of the nations leadership went into hiding where Izick ets of pedestrians would Start running but not know where or even Why the allusion that so Many reached for was Pearl Harbor. But even that great shocker of american history was not completely Apt for this time die invader was unknown. The enemies were simply analysis a so devastating so frustrating what can you do a asked Ajay Kapoo a software Engineer who saw die world Trade Center explosions from his office two blocks away. A How could they pull this off a Joyce Jackson ail at amp to Security expert in Washington asked with a sigh. A a Titis country is supposed to be Able to protect against something like so Many questions. So much danger come improbably to the Doorstep. For the nations Security and his own safety president Bush flying from Florida in skies emptied of regular traffic because of the attacks put off his return to the White House. He flew to military installations in Louisiana and Nebraska before heading Back to Washington late tuesday. Congressional leaders some administration officials and first lady i Aura Bush were whisked to a place or places undisclosed a a rare if not unprecedented Security veil drawn Over dip government officials. The sort of veil meant for nuclear War. Hie congressional leaders went to a secure facility 75 Miles West of Washington. They left behind a City jammed in late morning with workers pouring from closed government offices then As quiet As a sunday by afternoon. Kevin of Keefe a College student in Washington rushed to the red Cross to give blood. The crowd of donors grew. A i can to believe in a in downtown d.c., in the Middle of a terrorism crisis a he said. A this shows How vulnerable we John Croom 69, a retired army staff sergeant watched in bewilderment from his Hilltop Home As the smoke poured from the Pentagon. A i done to understand How they associated press president Bush talks on the phone tuesday with new York mayor Rudy Giuliani and gov. George Pataki aboard air Force one following the terrorist attack on new Yorkus world Trade Center. Armed forces on highest Alert president vows to punish those responsible for attacks by Susanne m. Schafer xxx rated press Washington a air Force f-16s patrolled the skies Over Washington. Navy warships were sent to Manhattan and military commanders ordered forces on highest Alert after tuesdays terrorist attacks. President Bush in an Oval office address vowed to find those responsible. A we will make no distinction Between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who Harbor them a a he said. At a Pentagon briefing earlier joint chiefs chairman Henry h. Shelton said a i have no intention of discussing what comes next. But make no mistake about it your armed forces Are some to hours before that briefing a Boeing 757 slowed into the Pentagon after two hijacked airliners had struck the towers of new Yorkus world Trade Center. But what would happen next a including potential retaliatory strikes a Wasny to exactly Clear. President Bush put . Forces around the Globe on the highest possible Alert a threat con defense Secretary Donald h. Rumsfeld denied that . Forces were responsible for the explosions heard tuesday night near Kabul the capital of Afghanistan. A in no Way is the . Government connected a he said at the Pentagon briefing. A senior defense official said the aircraft Carrier Enterprise which was due to come Home from the persian Gulf was ordered to remain in the area indefinitely. A second Carrier the Carl Vinson remains in the area As Well the official said. Officials at military Sites across the country reported that Only Alert see Page 15 a a bin Laden tops suspects list intelligence officials Start going Down the list by John Walcott and Warren p. Strobel a pm Kidder i Wmk Hun Washington a before the smoke cleared from the Pentagon and the world Trade Center the fugitive saudi arabian terrorist Leader Osama bin Laden emerged As the prime suspect in tuesdays carnage. A bin Laden is the leading candidate a a said a senior intelligence official who requested anonymity. A there a nothing hard but he a one of a very few people who would want to do this and who also has Access to the tools and the kind of people you no to do that bin Laden who a believed to have sponsored the suicide bombing of the destroyer Cole and the bombings of the american embassies in Kenya and t Tanzania might try to stage such an ambitious attack Isnit surprising. What a surprising is that the Chain of hijackings and suicide bombings took America by Surprise a especially if bin Laden was behind it. Of it was bin Laden Michael Swetnam a former . Intelligence official said i resident Bush must of there a Ever an act of War this is an act of War. We re past the Point where we talk about responding with a handful of cruise missiles. A Michael surf Nam a former i a. Intelligence official wanted see Page 15 a a Osama bin Laden respond forcefully if necessary invading Afghanistan where he a hiding and seizing him. A if there a Ever an act of War this is an act of War a Swetnam is lid. A a we re past the Point where we talk about responding with a handful of cruise t tuesday evening there were reports that missiles were striking Kabul the afghan capital. But . Officials said they were not launched by the United states rather they May have been the
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