Thursday, September 11, 2014
A Look Back At The Horrific Terrorist Attack On 9/11
As today is September 11th, I'm offering a link to my Crime Beat column on the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
I covered the Police-Security Expo in Atlantic City this past June. Sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police, the theme of the expo was to prepare to act and respond to terrorism. Previous to 9/11, counterterrorism was largely a federal responsibility, but now police officers have become front line soldiers.
I sat in on a seminar conducted by retired New York Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Dunne. He gave what we used to call in the military a commander’s "after-action report" on the 9/11 attack.
Dunne played tapes of some of the 911 emergency calls, one of which had the voice of a young woman on the 110th floor pleading with the operator to tell her what she should do. The woman paused, and told the operator that she was pregnant. The audience was a tough group of cops and security people, but most of them were touched by the woman’s frantic call for help.
While standing near the towers, Dunne said he thought debris was falling around him, but he discovered that it was people. This, he said, left an indelible image in his mind.
You can read the rest of the column via the below link:
You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon via the below link: