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Desperation forced a horrific decision
USA Today ^ | September 3, 2002 | Dennis Cauchon and Martha Moore

Posted on 09/03/2002 10:15:04 AM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:39:51 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

At first, it seemed like debris. Large objects were falling from the top of the World Trade Center's north tower, just a few minutes after American Airlines Flight 11 hit.

"It took three or four to realize: They were people," says James Logozzo, who had gathered with co-workers in a Morgan Stanley boardroom on the 72nd floor of the south tower, just 120 feet away from the north tower. "Then this one woman fell."


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1 posted on 09/03/2002 10:15:04 AM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Never Forget.


Tony

2 posted on 09/03/2002 10:20:38 AM PDT by TonyInOhio
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I'm glad they published this. NEVER FORGET.
3 posted on 09/03/2002 10:22:22 AM PDT by bayareablues
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To: TonyInOhio; Sweet_Sunflower29; Orual; aculeus; general_re; BlueLancer; Poohbah; Travis McGee
"Never Forget" bump.
4 posted on 09/03/2002 10:22:33 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
And the libs wonder why we fight?

So sad. Words cannot describe it.
5 posted on 09/03/2002 10:23:30 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29

......at a loss for words
6 posted on 09/03/2002 10:23:34 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: jjm2111
Also USA Today coverage of the actual event 9-11 has been excellent.
7 posted on 09/03/2002 10:24:06 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
NEVER FORGET.
8 posted on 09/03/2002 10:26:55 AM PDT by Bedford Forrest
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
When the left says we need to move on they should be forced to watch video of these poor souls falling to their deaths. There is no moving on until all of those responsible are dead. Radical Islam must be destroyed.
9 posted on 09/03/2002 10:27:37 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Heartbreaking.
10 posted on 09/03/2002 10:28:24 AM PDT by lsee
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I'm glad this was written, but it makes the rage swell in my throat. Horrific beyond belief! I want the blood of as many "those people" as is possible.
11 posted on 09/03/2002 10:28:36 AM PDT by seeker41
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To: bayareablues
I'm glad I never saw any of this footage on TV. But a friend told me that her husband developed temporary heart palpitations when he saw this on TV, and my friend made her husband turn off the TV.
12 posted on 09/03/2002 10:30:10 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Kudos to USA Today. An disturbing but necessary story. I abhore the sanitized whitewash that is going on in the media now. We need to remember - really remember.

Never forget.

13 posted on 09/03/2002 10:31:23 AM PDT by I still care
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
What I will never forget, is that religious nuts did this.

Mad dog, man hating, religious nuts!

14 posted on 09/03/2002 10:31:55 AM PDT by thinktwice
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Thank you for posting this. I read the story on my way to work this morning, and I was filled with such a horrible sadness, followed by solemn rage.

USA Today seems to be the only print media outlet willing to take off the gloves and show 9/11 for what it was. They have yet to declare the true identity of our enemy (Radical Islam), but they may come around yet. The American public need the stories, images, and aftermath to be explained over and over, so when we start shedding others' blood, there will be no blind dissent.

15 posted on 09/03/2002 10:33:46 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Jesus come quickly
16 posted on 09/03/2002 10:33:50 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: bayareablues
I am glad they posted this as well. If you look closely at the videotapes you can see the bodies falling. However, I think its high time that the media publish pictures of these because it would make a difference in public opinion of actually how savage our enemy is.

I am not one of those who will light candles but instead we should invade Iraq on the anniversary of 911 and I am NOT ready to "get over it" as some liberal pundits are saying (because they are still stuck in pre-911 thinking).

17 posted on 09/03/2002 10:34:31 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Every time I come across the famous "jumper photos", my heart sinks. Then I think, "Those are AMERICANS! MURDERED!" My blood boils with white-hot rage whenever I see or hear about it. Those photos and videos should have been shown repeatedly to the country and the world, to keep the rage well-tended.

There's been speculation that the country is losing its way on the war...people are actually questioning whether it should even be fought. They should be handed those photos, and told to shut up. ANYONE who cannot feel righteous anger and rage upon seeing those pictures has no right to be called "American", or possibly even "Human".

Screw the peaceniks - whether on the right OR left. We have a war to win, and we must do so by ANY means necessary. The animals who performed, planned, and supported this atrocity deserve absolutely ZERO mercy. And no, their countries do not deserve to continue existing, either. They have forever discarded that right.

IMHO.


18 posted on 09/03/2002 10:35:24 AM PDT by Long Cut
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Pearl Harbor made an entire generation despise the Japanese. The muslims have not even begun to comprehend the negative impact this will have on them. A bit of Suadi PR nor the CAIR PC double talk is not going to 'fix' it.
19 posted on 09/03/2002 10:36:03 AM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
For those who jumped, the fall lasted 10 seconds. They struck the ground at just less than 150 miles per hour — not fast enough to cause unconsciousness while falling, but fast enough to ensure instant death on impact. People jumped from all four sides of the north tower. They jumped alone, in pairs and in groups.

I've always wondered about that... Are you really unconscious when you land?? I did a tandem jump with 60 seconds of free fall, and the instructor estimated we were going about 100 miles an hour. I don't know, all I felt was sheer terror in every cell.

Yet I've read that usually the poisonous fumes in the smoke will kill someone quite quickly. I don't know what I would do, stay and die, or jump and die. My only hope would be that I had enough time to make my peace before death.

And I do hope that the 'martyrs' truly got what they deserved in their afterlife.

20 posted on 09/03/2002 10:38:05 AM PDT by technochick99
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Our Generation's
Pearl Harbor

NASA satellite photo of the smoke plume arising from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

From the Associated Press:
Grand total 266 dead on the aircraft.

–American Airlines Flight 11: A Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane was carrying 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots. This plane took off from Boston at 7:59 AM and crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 AM.

–United Airlines Flight 175: A Boeing 767. The flight was bound from Boston to Los Angeles. It was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants. This plane took off at 8:14 AM and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 AM.

–American Airlines Flight 77: A Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport near Washington to Los Angeles. The plane was carrying 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots. This plane crashed into the Pentagon at 9:40 AM.

–At 9:50 AM the south tower (Two World Trade Center) collapsed.

–United Airlines Flight 93: A Boeing 757, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh while en route from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco at 10:00 AM. The plane was carrying 38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants.

–At 10:29 AM the north tower (One World Trade Center) collapsed.

–At 5:25 PM Seven World Trade Center collapsed.

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER forget.

21 posted on 09/03/2002 10:39:59 AM PDT by Bryan
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
I was across the street from WTC that day. What I saw that day still haunts me - I have never witnessed anything so horrifying as what I saw that day. I still have nightmares about this a year later. Reading this brings the day back in focus and my eyes are tearing. If my finger was on the button, Afghanistan and whichever country involved in this would be a lake by now.

May we never, ever forget.

22 posted on 09/03/2002 10:45:32 AM PDT by segis
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
It's worth mentioning that, if you go to the website there is a picture . . . but proceed cautiously -- I wasn't expecting it.
23 posted on 09/03/2002 10:46:08 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
The sight of people jumping saved lives, too. In the south tower, people had a close-up view of people plunging to their deaths from a building that was a mirror image of their own. "I looked at a couple of people jumping, and that was it. I'd seen enough. I said, 'We've got to get the hell out of here,' "

At least some did not die in vain.

Rest in Peace my friends, you will be avenged 100 fold...

24 posted on 09/03/2002 10:48:14 AM PDT by null and void
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To: thinktwice
Not generic religious nuts. Islamic monsters. Do NOT blame religion for what these evil people did. God didn't make them do it. Each one of them made a conscious decision to commit these acts.
25 posted on 09/03/2002 10:48:20 AM PDT by alnick
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To: Long Cut
There's been speculation that the country is losing its way on the war...

That's because the damned leftists are saturating the airwaves with defeatist drivel. Why? Because they want to win elections. They're repugnant.

26 posted on 09/03/2002 10:51:12 AM PDT by alnick
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
To safeguard people from falling bodies and debris, authorities blocked the main exits from the lobbies to the street. Instead, people escaping from both towers were sent through an underground shopping mall and under the outdoor plaza where bodies were falling.

I would submit that they were people or terrorist victims until the moment they hit the ground, and only then did they become "bodies."

27 posted on 09/03/2002 10:53:14 AM PDT by mvpel
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
If Bush provides a basic connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda, then every member of Congress should be made to watch the most horrific footage from 9/11 just before casting their vote for war. Just my opinion.
28 posted on 09/03/2002 10:56:38 AM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: dighton
Never Forget! Never Forgive!
29 posted on 09/03/2002 10:57:30 AM PDT by tet68
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To: Revelation 911
Amen.
30 posted on 09/03/2002 10:58:49 AM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
European media showed much more footage of people jumping from the towers than our media did. It was a lot worse than we were told.
31 posted on 09/03/2002 11:00:37 AM PDT by ALASKA
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To: alnick
Yes, the current party line is to delay, obstruct, or even cancel an attack on Iraq. I've debated it myself, both here and elsewhere. Bottom line? Look at the photos again. Watch the videos.

Iraq might have been involved in Black Tuesday. For me, that's good enough!!!!. Don't even ask about how I feel regarding those we can prove conclusively. Nukes are too merciful. We need to get Roman Empire, Caesar - style on them.


32 posted on 09/03/2002 11:01:52 AM PDT by Long Cut
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To: ALASKA
Typical of our media -- they glorify violence all the rest of the time, but when we really need to see it, they censor it.
33 posted on 09/03/2002 11:03:21 AM PDT by TrappedInLiberalHell
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To: technochick99
I'm glad USA Today published this story. If I had a relative who had jumped, it would be an odd sort of comfort to me to know that nobody survived from those floors, and that there was nothing anybody could have done at that point. If any of their relatives torture themselves with the idea that they maybe could have gotten out if they hadn't jumped, this story might help. There was no way they could have survived, and if I had been on one of those floors, I would likely have jumped, too, rather than burned or suffocated.
34 posted on 09/03/2002 11:03:48 AM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Revelation 911
Jesus come quickly

Actually, there's no hurry. We have too much to do, too many evildoers to exterminate, too many fools to enlighten.

36 posted on 09/03/2002 11:07:09 AM PDT by TomSmedley
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29; dighton; Orual; aculeus
Bump.
37 posted on 09/03/2002 11:07:43 AM PDT by general_re
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To: alnick
> Do NOT blame religion for what these evil people did. God didn't make them do it.

There is a name for the spiritual entity who tells people to murder to order to become stronger. It is not G*d.

38 posted on 09/03/2002 11:08:18 AM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: Long Cut
We have a war to win, and we must do so by ANY means necessary. The animals who performed, planned, and supported this atrocity deserve absolutely ZERO mercy. And no, their countries do not deserve to continue existing, either. They have forever discarded that right.

And why are the Saudis apparently getting a free pass, I wonder?

39 posted on 09/03/2002 11:09:05 AM PDT by TomSmedley
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To: ALASKA
I remember a photo showing the victims leaning out of windows, some standing on ledges. One woman was holding a baby out of a window. All dead - all gone.

This article does a good service in reminding those of us who promised never to forget what really happened. Most of these photos and videos were not shown after the first day or so after 9/11. Just like the footage of the Palestinians celebrating, some obiviously wanted these disturbing images destroyed in a memory hole.

41 posted on 09/03/2002 11:11:05 AM PDT by Martin Tell
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Accounts From the South Tower
42 posted on 09/03/2002 11:11:32 AM PDT by Beach_Babe
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To: thinktwice
It wasn't religious nuts. It was Muslim extremists.
43 posted on 09/03/2002 11:15:10 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
Typical of our media -- they glorify violence all the rest of the time, but when we really need to see it, they censor it.

I agree, we do need to see it. Not really something I want to see, but the US needs to be reminded of what happened, and that if we do not agressively carry out the war on terrorism to ABSOLUTE victory, any one of us could be jumping the next time something like this happens.

44 posted on 09/03/2002 11:15:15 AM PDT by ALASKA
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To: mvpel
"I would submit that they were people . . ."

Good point, but don't be too hard on the reporter, that would be an easy trap to fall into.

45 posted on 09/03/2002 11:15:55 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost
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To: dighton; Orual; general_re
Bravos to USA Today for publishing this.

The Los Angeles office of Cantor Fitzgerald had a "squawk box" connection with the New York office that morning. People in LA listened on their office intercom to the last moments of their doomed New York colleagues.


46 posted on 09/03/2002 11:17:04 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Martin Tell
One woman was holding a baby out of a window

There were no babies among the casualties.

47 posted on 09/03/2002 11:17:06 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: TheMom
Bump.

Eaker

48 posted on 09/03/2002 11:18:36 AM PDT by Eaker
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
Give the finger to the Alan Alda "healing" messages the media will inundate us with this week....the anniversary is the right time to rekindle our righteous anger. Make sure the world KNOWS WHO DID THIS- BARBARIANS OF RADICAL ISLAM.
49 posted on 09/03/2002 11:21:23 AM PDT by Jhensy
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
May God give rest to those poor souls...............


50 posted on 09/03/2002 11:21:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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