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Kristinn's Pentagon Photos and Report 9/11/01
self | Tuesday, September 11, 2001 | Kristinn

Posted on 09/11/2001 8:59:44 PM PDT by kristinn

I work just across the Potomac River from the Pentagon, in Southwest Washington, D.C. Like alot of us, I watched in awe as the the World Trade Center towers in New York City were destroyed this morning in a bizarre terrorist attack involving two passengers jets crashing into the twin towers.

Around 9:30 a.m., someone in my office received a call from a friend of his who told him a plane had just crashed into the Pentagon. This wasn't being reported on the news, so I ran outside to see what I could see. Sure enough, dark smoke was rapidly rising from across the river where the Pentagon lies.

The distant feelings of seeing a major terrorist attack on TV were replaced by the immediacy of seeing the results of a similar attack in real life. Back in the office, news reports (which hours later turned out to be false) caused concern as explosions were said to have occured at nearby Capitol Hill and the State Department downtown and that another terrorist plane was headed for D.C.

I chose to stay at work, leaving it in God's hands what would become of me today. As things turned out, no more terrorist actions occurred in D.C.

Later in the afternoon, I drove around town and by the Pentagon with tgslTakoma. We picked up some copies of The Washington Post's special edition (which was a good issue, actually) on our way back to my neighborhood at 16th and U St., NW.

Rush-hour traffic was almost non-existent, adding to the eerieness of the day. We went to the roof of my building, which has a panoramic view of the city. I looked around at the beautiful blue skies which stretched from horizon to horizon and noted the ugly blemish of the smoke still pouring forth from the Pentagon.

Just as I commented on the absence of air traffic, tgslTakoma saw a descending white jumbo jet in the southeast horizon disappear below our line of sight. A minute later, two F-16s came screaming by overhead from the southeast, rapidly ascending as they banked first west and then to the northeast and out of sight. A few minutes later when we were back in the car, we learned from news reports on the radio that we had just witnessed President Bush return to Washington.

I bought a disposable camera and we went downtown to check out the White House. A perimeter had been established two blocks around it on all sides. We could still see it from 16th and I St. In fact, we were close enough to make out the black- clad ERTs on the roof.

We drove out of town to see the Pentagon. On our way out, the Mall by the Washington Monument was swarming with military helicopters which had accompanied Marine One as it carried the President back to the White House. However, we saw no troops on the ground. There was a strong police presence, but nothing anyone could call a police state.

We drove across Memorial Bridge and down to the Shirley Hwy. Smoke still billowed out from the Pentagon as twilight approached. All roads leading to it were blocked by police. The closest we could get was driving by on the Shirley Hwy. Even from that distance, the gaping wound left by the plane could be plainly seen. It was a sad and maddening sight--made even more so because I knew one of the passengers.

Smoldering Sunset

Washington Monument in Background

View of Crash From Shirley Hwy

Another View

One More View

South Parking

Another South Parking

Twilight View

White House, September 11, 2001


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It is a testament to the strength of America's belief in Freedom, and President Bush's trust in his fellow citizens, that our nation's capital was not turned into a militarized zone today. While there was a strong police presence, I want to reiterate that D.C. was nowhere near a police state.

May God hold close those taken today; may He comfort those who are injured and lost loved ones; and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

1 posted on 09/11/2001 8:59:44 PM PDT by kristinn (kristinn@bellatlantic.net)
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To: kristinn
Thank you for posting this....
2 posted on 09/11/2001 9:04:03 PM PDT by technochick99
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To: kristinn
May God hold close those taken today; may He comfort those who are injured and lost loved ones; and may He continue to bless the United States of America

We have experienced Pearl Harbor times 20 today, and our resolve will be as it was then, times 20.

3 posted on 09/11/2001 9:07:23 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: kristinn
Thank you for posting this too.
4 posted on 09/11/2001 9:07:51 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the pictures and special thoughts, Kristinn.
5 posted on 09/11/2001 9:13:33 PM PDT by kaycee
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To: kristinn
CBS's Bob Schieffer: Whoever did this, will rue the day they did.
6 posted on 09/11/2001 9:15:02 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Lazamataz
20 x 20 times.......
7 posted on 09/11/2001 9:17:10 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: kristinn
I'm glad you're safe, Kristinn. I thought of you (as well as all our beloved DC FReepers) several times today. I can't get your shots to download so I bookmarked them for whenever the net slows down. THANKS and STAY SAFE! Oh.... And send Angelwood my love, ok?
8 posted on 09/11/2001 9:18:46 PM PDT by Humidston
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the report and pictures.
9 posted on 09/11/2001 9:20:09 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: kristinn
Thank you for posting this.
10 posted on 09/11/2001 9:23:54 PM PDT by pubmom
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To: kristinn
Stay safe.
11 posted on 09/11/2001 9:27:08 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: kristinn
Hang in there bud. Be careful. Thanks for the report.
12 posted on 09/11/2001 9:35:37 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: kristinn
Kristinn, you are always on duty.....thank you.

I live very close to NYC. We could see the smoke from certain areas here. Many people in this area commute to the city to work...and many worked in the Twin Towers. I know two...one escaped......the other was still on the train heading in when it happened.

The loss of Barbara Olsen is so sad. What a tragic loss.....by the thousands.

My first thought was that we are so fortunate to have the Bush administration to handle this.

13 posted on 09/11/2001 9:37:29 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: kristinn
Thank you kristinn. I'm going to look at the photos now. I am so glad that you are both safe.
14 posted on 09/11/2001 9:42:06 PM PDT by abner
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To: Serb5150
a broken toe bump for you...
15 posted on 09/11/2001 9:45:24 PM PDT by jwfiv
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the pictures and the eyewitness report. You are a true patriot and much appreciated.
16 posted on 09/11/2001 9:47:04 PM PDT by pollyshy
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To: kristinn
Thank the Lord you're all safe, kristinn! We all worried about you all day! And here you are, not only reporting in, but with photos for us. Bless you!
17 posted on 09/11/2001 10:19:42 PM PDT by brat
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the post kristinn. Stay alert and safe.
18 posted on 09/11/2001 11:20:05 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi
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To: kristinn
So glad you are okay! Thanks for posting these pictures for us. There was such a surreal atmosphere looking at those planes going into the WTC - like a gigantic video game. I haven't seen any photos of the plane going into the Pentagon. I would think there would be tons of security cameras in that area. Have you seen any local pictures?

I pray for those poor people on board the airlines who knew what was happening. I am so sad about Barbara Olson. I never met her, but like many other Freepers, I felt as though I knew her.

19 posted on 09/12/2001 12:03:55 AM PDT by SmartBlonde
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To: kristinn
May God hold close those taken today; may He comfort those who are injured and lost loved ones; and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

Amen.
20 posted on 09/12/2001 12:10:29 AM PDT by Gelato
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To: Angelwood, Clinton's a liar, ironman, Doctor Raoul, CommiesOut, All
Thought you might be interested.

To all who've responded, thanks for your concern. Most of D.C. will be going back to work today, as will I, but our thoughts will be elsewhere.

21 posted on 09/12/2001 3:34:37 AM PDT by kristinn (kristinn@bellatlantic.net)
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To: kristinn
Amen. And thanks for the report/photos.

Any word on how many were lost at the Pentagon? Last news report said..100-800 were lost there. But the first reports said the numbers were @ 30-35, because that section of the Pentagon had just been refurbished and not even 'open' for 'business'.

22 posted on 09/12/2001 4:06:41 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the report and photos. Naturally, we are all relieved that you are well.

You mentioned:

It is a testament to the strength of America's belief in Freedom, and President Bush's trust in his fellow citizens, that our nation's capital was not turned into a militarized zone today

Me, too! So far, so good....

23 posted on 09/12/2001 4:20:41 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: kristinn
You were in my thoughts and prayers today, Kristinn. I am so thankful that you and the DC Chapter are safe.

I still can't believe that Barbara Olsen is gone. I simply cannot wrap my mind around that thought...

Thank you for the pictures and yet another thoughtful DC report.

24 posted on 09/12/2001 4:53:20 AM PDT by Requiem for Truth
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To: Humidston
I appreciate your concern. I was already at work when reports of the first terrorist attack came in. I saw the headlines on Free Republic and got out my small TV to verify the grim news. As the secondary attacks were executed and federal offices were evacuated, my building security closed our office to anyone not possessing a Castle key. We were told that we were safer inside and were given the option of using personal leave to go home.

One of my bosses was driving in on I-395 past the Pentagon and saw the plane crash into the building. She said everyone was in shock. The plane had disappeared into the building and flames and smoke were all they could see. Cars stopped, people pulled over and got out of their cars. The FBI was there almost immediately closing roads and redirecting traffic. But it took a long time to clear the roads and people helplessly watched the carnage wondering what was next.

I had no trouble getting home on the metro train when I left at 2:30 p.m. The city was very quiet with few people on the streets. The cordoned off area surrounding the White House was a street away from the block where my building is located and the police/Secret Service presence was visible.

Unfortunately, my cable and roadrunner Internet access were down the whole evening and I was unable to communicate or see much other than the local channels on a TV with an old antenna.

This morning the metro trains are running smoothly and the cordoned off area around the White House has been moved back. People on the train and in the streets were subdued, but going about their normal schedules.

25 posted on 09/12/2001 6:52:27 AM PDT by Angelwood
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To: kristinn
Thanks for the report. Thankfully I was not at the Pentagon today. My company has lots for people who work down there and go there for meetings. I have no info yet as to whether we lost anybody.

PS - nice beard, starting to look like mine.

26 posted on 09/12/2001 7:17:12 AM PDT by ironman
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To: kristinn
Thank you for the report.
27 posted on 09/12/2001 8:09:13 AM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: kristinn
Hey, who's the homeless guy with the paper?
28 posted on 09/12/2001 8:23:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: kristinn
It is a testament to the strength of America's belief in Freedom, and President Bush's trust in his fellow citizens, that our nation's capital was not turned into a militarized zone today. While there was a strong police presence, I want to reiterate that D.C. was nowhere near a police state.

Thank you. An important message that the press has overlooked.

29 posted on 09/12/2001 8:50:17 AM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Angelwood
Good to hear you're ok, Angelwood. Our FReeper family seems to be intact and that means our prayers were answered.
30 posted on 09/12/2001 9:59:45 AM PDT by Humidston
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To: ironman
Just heard back from our tele-commuter employee we have in WDC, had put out a panicked e-mail this morning to him, as I was out ill yesterday when this happened. Thank God he and his family are safe. Will keep your associates in my prayers.
31 posted on 09/12/2001 10:13:13 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Humidston
My husband's company had people working in the WTC. We haven't heard any news about them yet.
32 posted on 09/12/2001 10:16:57 AM PDT by Angelwood
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To: kristinn
Thanks for a ping. Great post and photos.
Thank God DC FReepers are safe.
33 posted on 09/12/2001 7:27:09 PM PDT by CommiesOut
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To: Angelwood & Kristinn
Glad to hear you are OK and thank you kristinn for the pics.

I miss all your adventurous reports...you guys must have time to cut your lawn and wash the windows now!

34 posted on 09/13/2001 6:13:41 PM PDT by cfrels
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To: Angelwood & kristinn
Glad to hear you are OK and thank you kristinn for the pics.

I miss all your adventurous reports...you guys must have time to cut your lawn and wash the windows now!

35 posted on 09/13/2001 6:16:24 PM PDT by cfrels
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To: kristinn
Thanks dear friend for this first hand report.

The White House Tour is an even more meaningful memory now.

36 posted on 09/13/2001 6:31:46 PM PDT by YaYa123
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To: kristinn
Thank you for posting.
37 posted on 09/13/2001 6:46:53 PM PDT by maestro
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To: cfrels
The military presence is now on the streets of DC. When I walked out of the metro station at Farragut West (17th and I Streets), the street was blocked with yellow crime tape and cars were blocking traffic. On the next block at K Street a camouflaged Humvee was blocking the road and military personnel were directing traffic. People were allowed to walk to businesses in the area, but no vehicles were allowed.

There are people everywhere with red, white and blue ribbons, clothing or flags; and conversations heard when walking down the street mentioned the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, the lighting of candles at 7 p.m. this evening and attending church or memorial services.

38 posted on 09/14/2001 7:46:29 AM PDT by Angelwood
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To: Angelwood, kristinn
While there was a strong police presence, I want to reiterate that D.C. was nowhere near a police state.

The military presence is now on the streets of DC.

I was going to say the same is true in NYC, but then I saw Angelwood's post. The part of Manhattan that is open and getting back to "normal" does have more of a police presence than it used to, but there aren't soldiers in the streets. The downtown area that is closed off does have some National Guard troops in Humvees.

Kristinn, thanks for the report and pictures. Take care.

39 posted on 09/14/2001 11:09:34 AM PDT by ELS
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To: kristinn
Thanks. BUMP!
40 posted on 09/16/2001 3:19:36 PM PDT by LiberalBuster
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To: kristinn

Besides NY City, the Pentagon in DC was attacked on 9/11/01.

Kristin’s reported on the DC/Pentagon re 9/11/01.


41 posted on 09/11/2014 8:25:54 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Holder & his black racist thugs have started another Black Washing in Ferguson.)
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