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Passengers Battled WTC Hijack - Widow
NY Daily News ^ | 3.9.2004 | Corky Siemaszko

Posted on 03/09/2004 5:58:07 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick

Passengers battled
WTC hijack - widow

Brian Sweeney
The widow of a Gulf War veteran aboard doomed United Airline Flight 175 revealed for the first time yesterday that passengers tried to stop hijackers from crashing the plane into one of the Trade Center towers.

"I might have to hang up quickly, we're going to try to do something about this," Brian Sweeney reportedly said in a cell phone call to his mother.

"Okay," Louise Sweeney said. "Do what you have to do."

The account was related yesterday to the Daily News by Sweeney's widow, Julie, and has never before appeared in print.

Until now, the only known rebellion against Osama Bin Laden's hijackers was on United Airlines Flight 93, where passengers forced the hijackers to crash the Washington-bound plane in a Pennsylvania field.

"There was no time for 'Let's roll,'" said the widow, referring to the Flight 93 battle cry. "He called me at 8:58. ... The plane crashed a few minutes later."

Julie Sweeney said her mother-in-law watched his plane plow into the South Tower on television and has never spoken publicly about her call from him. Louise Sweeney declined to be interviewed by the Daily News.

Al Felzenberg, a spokesman for the federal 9/11 commission, said Sweeney's story is being evaluated.

A former Navy lieutenant, Sweeney was an aeronautics consultant headed west for business on Sept. 11, 2001, when the hijackers took over the plane. By the time Sweeney and the other passengers realized what was happening, American Airlines Flight 11 already had struck the North Tower and the other plane was on a collision course with death.

On the phone with his mother, "She asked who they were and he said not specifically but said they were Middle Eastern," Julie Sweeney said. "He could literally kill somebody with a twist of the neck. We could see him trying to do something about it."

But there just wasn't time.

"He always stated that family came first and in the face of death he called me, he called his mother, and the next priority was trying to save everyone around him," his widow said. "I believe he and other people on the plane were trying to do something, but I believe it was just too late."

Brian Sweeney, 38, was posthumously awarded the Defense of Freedom Medal, created by the Defense Department to honor department employees who died Sept. 11.



TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 911; briansweeney; wtc

1 posted on 03/09/2004 5:58:07 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick
BTTT for a hero!
2 posted on 03/09/2004 6:00:29 AM PST by b4its2late (If you think no one cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Kerry, et.al., will be very distressed to learn of this. From their perspective the appropriate action is to call the police and await government to protect the people. People taking their own protection in to their own hands is a dangerous concept in the (small) minds of liberals.
3 posted on 03/09/2004 6:04:22 AM PST by twntaipan (Liberalism: The Rot on the Dung Heap of Humanity)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I gather the account is that Brian Sweeney called relatives with his cell phone to report a hijacking, then heard from them about the fate of the first plane?

I'd be interested in hearing more about this.

4 posted on 03/09/2004 6:09:16 AM PST by Timm
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To: twntaipan
That's right. Just sit on your hands and wait for the Government of Inherent Authority, which owes you nothing, to show up to defend its policy interest in public order. Or something.

BTTT.

5 posted on 03/09/2004 6:09:37 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: lentulusgracchus
BTTT
6 posted on 03/09/2004 6:10:20 AM PST by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Never Forget.
7 posted on 03/09/2004 6:12:07 AM PST by AngryJawa (It Is Not One World...)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Hope you don't mind.

We Remember

We saw the look upon his face,
Through whispers he was told.
We knew he felt just what we felt,
We wouldn’t sit here cold.
We knew this time that we would act,
And not just turn our head.
This time we’d go and we’d go big,
We wouldn’t bomb some shed.
He called them faceless cowards,
He vowed we’ll hunt them down.
We watched as he spoke to us all,
Sincerely, not some clown.
His eyes assured us he’d not rest,
Until they paid the price.
Yes we’d turn over every stone,
Until they were on ice.
He warned the battle would be long,
That many would forget.
That some would say, let’s just move on,
Not him, his mind was set.
We backed him then, we back him now,
The fight must still go on.
We can’t back down, we can’t let up,
Until the threat is gone.
God Bless our troops as on they fight,
Each day for them we pray.
We thank them all, for all they do,
“They are the best”, we say.
We will support our President,
He’s proven he will stand.
We’ll vote for Bush this coming fall,
We will protect this land.

Conspiracy Guy 3/5/4
8 posted on 03/09/2004 6:13:14 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (The word "Tagline" needs to be added to Free Republic's Spell Check.)
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To: AngryJawa
Never Forget.

According to CNN/Gallop 55% of us have.

9 posted on 03/09/2004 6:15:05 AM PST by CaptainK
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To: twntaipan
Or Kerry would insist that they format a resolution for submission to the UN. After all, per Kerry, everything should go through the UN and our European allies.

Besides, all this terrorism is over emphasized anyway.

[end sarcasm--Kerry is dangerous; Clark was a nutbar, but Kerry is scarey.]
10 posted on 03/09/2004 6:16:16 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: NYC GOP Chick
These poor people. And we didn't nuke at least someone for this atrocity? Sigh.

And like everyone's saying, Kerry would just protest at the UN and be done with it. Sickening.
11 posted on 03/09/2004 6:19:07 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Monty22
And we didn't nuke at least someone for this atrocity? Sigh.

If terrorists detonate a portable nuke in a Western city, what's left of the Terror War will be nasty, brutish, and short. The West's so-far limited response will instantly become total and, in effect, genocidal. Any and all WMD-producing states will be considered targets for a unilateral nuclear counterattack, starting with capital cities. The UN will not be consulted. Millions could die in a day.

So the question is this. Will we win this war through liberation and nation-building? Or will we win by turning the Middle East into an ashtray?

Liberalism in the Balance

12 posted on 03/09/2004 6:26:22 AM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: StriperSniper
I'd like to think you're correct, but I think we'll sit on our thumbs if they do it.
13 posted on 03/09/2004 6:29:26 AM PST by Monty22
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Hooah. Nicely done CG. Thank you for that.
14 posted on 03/09/2004 6:32:20 AM PST by The Dude Abides (Hey Saddam., you're king of just two things.......and Jack just left town.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Contrast this courageous response with J F Kerry's view of using the UN or police SWAT teams to track down terrorists. We are at war with the Islamic terrorists--a war that means the very survival of Western Civilization. Wars demand heroic sacrifices and the use of our full military power..not some police action or timid UN sanctions.
15 posted on 03/09/2004 6:33:32 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: The Dude Abides
Thank you.

CG
16 posted on 03/09/2004 6:34:24 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (The word "Tagline" needs to be added to Free Republic's Spell Check.)
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To: The Great RJ
Contrast this courageous response with J F Kerry's view of using the UN or police SWAT teams to track down terrorists

Imagine if United flight 93 had not been delayed an hour in taking off John F'n Kerry might be dead right now along with most members of Congress. One would think some of these polititians would be motivated by self-preservation to kill terrorists first.

17 posted on 03/09/2004 6:40:37 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: lentulusgracchus
#5 - BTTT!
18 posted on 03/09/2004 6:46:53 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
That's the critical point. They'd almost certainly all be dead from this incident if not for a small twist of fate.

Do they care? No. It was NY and the Pentagon, too far away from the mind of Kerry or whoever to ever comprehend.

Honestly, I think if these guys were pulled out of a flaming capitol building they'd STILL not give a damn.
19 posted on 03/09/2004 6:48:25 AM PST by Monty22
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Heros all. I've always thought how awful those last few seconds must have been for those in the second plane. They certainly would have seen the smoke from the north tower and realized their fate as the plane circled around. Sounds like the passengers may have made a desperate attempt to stop it, but ran out of time.
20 posted on 03/09/2004 6:54:44 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: lentulusgracchus
...to show up to defend its policy interest in public order.

So true. This is all our government can effectively control. It cannot protect the mainland from Islamic terror, cannot secure our borders nor protect our liberties defined in The Constitution. States deny proper funding for essentials... roads, police, fire, and shovel entitlement programs full of tax dollars.

All the govt. can do is yellow-tape off the next disaster and make damn sure that the 'first responders' are a full representation of all ethnic genders, religions and sexual persuasions.

21 posted on 03/09/2004 6:56:07 AM PST by johnny7 (C'mon! You sons 'o bitches wanna live forever!?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Mind?! It's beautiful and poignant. Thank you, big bro.
22 posted on 03/09/2004 7:54:36 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick ("This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!")
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To: Monty22
And like everyone's saying, Kerry would just protest at the UN and be done with it. Sickening.

Protesting? More like apologizing for whatever it was we did to offend the islamofascists and their Euro-weasel pals.

23 posted on 03/09/2004 7:56:14 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick ("This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!")
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To: StriperSniper
Can I vote for "B"?

I say we nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

L

24 posted on 03/09/2004 7:58:40 AM PST by Lurker (Don't bite the hand that meads you.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
OTay!

CG
25 posted on 03/09/2004 7:59:05 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (The word "Tagline" needs to be added to Free Republic's Spell Check.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Chances are Kerry wasn't in D.C. on 9/11 since he apparently has more important things on his agenda. God forbid he should do the job he was elected to do.
26 posted on 03/09/2004 7:59:31 AM PST by surrey
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To: NYC GOP Chick
DU troll sarcasm on:

This is obviously a Karl Rove implanted story. The Right-Wing Corporate Media wants Bush to win and we are slaves to the evils of capitalism.

Sarcasm off

27 posted on 03/09/2004 8:02:00 AM PST by Sam's Army (Why is the left suddenly full of Biblical Scholars?)
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To: The Great RJ
Contrast this courageous response with J F Kerry's view of using the UN or police SWAT teams to track down terrorists. We are at war with the Islamic terrorists--a war that means the very survival of Western Civilization. Wars demand heroic sacrifices and the use of our full military power..not some police action or timid UN sanctions.

The problem is that Frenchie -- just like Clinton before him -- views terrorist atrocities not as acts of war, but as isolated criminal actions to be dealt with by our legal system.

28 posted on 03/09/2004 8:03:26 AM PST by NYC GOP Chick ("This situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!")
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To: NYC GOP Chick
This is the thread that ought to get most attention today. Not some oh-so-boring German troll.
29 posted on 03/09/2004 8:20:33 AM PST by aculeus
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To: TomGuy
Unlike Kerry, Mr. Sweeney did not discard his oath upon leaving the service.
30 posted on 03/09/2004 10:51:35 AM PST by NewRomeTacitus (This tag line has been tested on animals.)
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To: aculeus
This is the thread that ought to get most attention today. Not some oh-so-boring German troll.

What-you-said bump.

BTTT

31 posted on 03/09/2004 7:35:24 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
....their Euro-weasel pals....

Not to niggle, but I believe the formal term is "European crapweasels".

I think you can search the site for citations.

32 posted on 03/09/2004 7:37:28 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Et praeterea caeterum censeo, delenda est Carthago. -- M. Porcius Cato)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Boy, it hurts your heart to read about this. I'm so amazed at how democrats have forgotten so quickly.
33 posted on 03/09/2004 7:52:23 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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