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September 11, 2001
Overview of CIA Support of bin Laden during Russia-Afghan War
“[T]he CIA, concerned about the factionalism of Afghanistan ... found that Arab zealots who flocked to aid the Afghans were easier to ‘read’ than the rivalry-ridden natives. While the Arab volunteers might well prove troublesome later, the agency reasoned, they at least were one-dimensionally anti-Soviet for now. So bin Laden, [and other] Islamic militants ... became the ‘reliable’ partners of the CIA in its war against Moscow.”
Senator Orrin Hatch: “It was worth it ... Those were very important, pivotal matters that played an important role in the downfall of the Soviet Union.”
Dated: Aug. 24, 1998
posted by raaka at 11:18 PM PST - 15 comments
Canada: Spillover Nation
Essentially every airport in Canada able to land a jumbo jet has done so. Halifax is packed to the walls with 44 planes; 24 at Pearson; 14 at Mirabel; two in Whitehorse, one of them, a KAL cargo plane, undergoing an escorted quasi-emergency landing
because the pilot could not communicate in English with the control tower (!) to explain that the plane was low on fuel. Serious echoes of Swissair 111, where suddenly the small Atlantic airports showed themselves as invaluable and irreplaceable.
posted by joeclark at 9:30 PM PST - 4 comments
Not over yet.
Police find a truck packed with enough explosives to blow up the George Washington bridge. When will it stop?
posted by kaefer at 8:32 PM PST - 30 comments
Plastic.com has been down all day. I know that the site has experienced server problems in the past, but usually they get fixed within hours. So this is unusual. Does anyone know if the site's server went down in connection with the World Trade Center thing?
posted by MAYORBOB at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments
Are we sure it's over?
I don't mean to play the role of doomsday prophet here, but as happy as I am to be alive (I watched the buildings fall from my office on 23rd St), I feel utterly trapped on Manhattan and completely vulnerable to an attack which would dwarf today's tragedy as much as today dwarfed the previous WTC attack. Anyone want to allay my fears?
posted by Sinner at 7:40 PM PST - 27 comments
newsnow.com search. here
is a link to a search run through News Now (UK) for "terrorist" - lots of information streaming in from all over the globe.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:26 PM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment
Or cruise missiles? What will America's military response be if the Taliban are determined to be liable? The Russians certainly didn't too well with a conventional military attack on Afghanistan.
posted by MattD at 6:49 PM PST - 34 comments
Photos of tragedy
- Warning, may be distressing to some.
Tragedies like this always provide for very dramatic photos. What are some of the ones you've seen today that made you gasp?
made me think "all these people are now dead."
posted by bondcliff at 6:16 PM PST - 39 comments
Are you drinking too much?
Daniel Lieberman is a psychiatrist at George Washington University who has posted a clinically-tested questionnaire which measures personal relationships with the demon drink. Unlike the usual amateur "are you an alcoholic?" tests on the Net it seems methodologically sound and non-judgemental. I don't know about scientific - but it may actually be useful in a Socratic, "know yourself" sort of way.
It does take about 10 minutes to fill out - enough for half a gin and tonic - but it's free, well set out, and will probably leave you feeling slightly less guilty about your drinking habits than before.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:13 PM PST - 9 comments
posted by bloggboy at 6:01 PM PST - 1 comments
- An in-depth story on the methodology the attackers used to hijack the plane (flight-attendants stabbed)
- A third World Trade Center building has collapsed
Reflections on a Mote of Dust
"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam."
Carl Sagan "Pale Blue Dot"
posted by crasspastor at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments
Gas prices did in fact spike to $5.00 a gallon
in some areas of St. Louis, Kansas City and Oklahoma. All Conoco stations that have spiked their prices will have their licenses immediately revoked. Avis still hasn't responded to their price gouging around midwest airports.
posted by geoff. at 4:38 PM PST - 36 comments
Is the DFLP responsible?
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center. This report, from a television station in Abu Dhabi, is unconfirmed.
The attacks differ significantly from the DFLP's previous methods of operation. Likewise, the resources and infrastructure necessary for such attacks are far beyond the group's traditional means. Either the DFLP's claims are spurious, or it has joined forces with other groups.
posted by Davezilla at 4:36 PM PST - 18 comments
Caution: This links might be inflamatory
A friend runs a site that is a portal dealing with middle-eastern news (for his safety, I will not link to it). He often receives hate-filled emails urging him to act out against various ethnic groups. This link was sent to him a couple of months ago; it is Islamic Resistance Support Association and is loaded with anti-american propaganda. [view at your own risk]
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments
Index of Afghanistan Attack Reports Here
is a list of stories run by the major U.S. news sources on the attack. Still not sure who is responsible, or able to find any coverage from their end.
posted by ryanshepard at 3:52 PM PST - 2 comments
"In the City of God there will be a great thunder, Two brothers torn apart by Chaos, while the fortress endures, the great leader will succumb", "The third big war will begin when the big city is burning"
- Nostradamus, 1654
posted by Nick Finck at 3:37 PM PST - 44 comments
There were more than 4 Crashes Today
as the world markets were hammered
. Percentage-wise, Germany is down 10, Paris down 7, London down almost 6, and similar catastrophic drops in the Americas
forced nearly all of the world's markets to close for the day early. I'm worried about the Hang Seng and Nikkei which open very soon. Hopefully the NYSE and Nasdaq will not open for a week or so to let cooler heads prevail.
posted by Kevs at 2:50 PM PST - 16 comments
Hunting Bin Laden
"Who is Bin Laden & what does he want?"
Uh huh, what about what we
want? That storm coming across the mountains toward your "remote mountaintop camp" doesn't have any clouds in it, Binny.That is, if you are the one to blame for today's attacks.
posted by BarneyFifesBullet at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments
Fellow Canadians, if you want to donate blood, call 1-888-236-6283 to set up an appointment. A friend at Canadian Blood Services said that the level in NY is very low - it's the least we can do.
posted by theNonsuch at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments
"This is a human issue, not an American, democracy, or a freedom issue."
This site is intelligent & amusing, usually, but this critique is just plain wrong. It is uniquely
an American issue, as the crime has been perpetrated upon our nation solely for our American values, beliefs, and principles.
This is not an attack on Jason, but rather an attempt to demonstrate the true nature of this evil. The strike at the symbolic center of capitalism and the financial heart of the world, coupled with the attack on the headquarters of our nation's ability to defend itself, directly point to terrorists who want to hurt us BECAUSE of the very values & principles that make this America.
BTW - I love that Jason & MeFi are performing the valuable services that they are, providing links to sites where NYC folks & friends can post "I'm OK" messages.
posted by davidmsc at 12:46 PM PST - 36 comments
Washington state and the Bangor submarine base
are all also in a state of heightened security. I drove past Subase Bangor and they are in Condition Delta, which is when every person who enters the base is physically searched, as well as their car. As a former member of the US Submarine Service I can tell you from first hand knowledge that the military is being scrambled right now to prepare for heightened security along the coastlines of the US.
The entire Puget Sound is reeling from the tragic news... malls are closing, the WA state ferry service is no longer transporting cars, federal buildings are being closed, and major structures such as the Space Needle are being evacuated.
posted by crankydoodle at 12:15 PM PST - 5 comments
has been asked to coordinate 500 reefers in assistance with the trade center tragedy. They're asking for help, as obtaining them in such a short amount of time is hard. Their phone number is 800-777-8785. Mind these are reefers, and 500 times atleast 48 feet would make up 24,000 feet, by atleast 98 inches would make up 2,352,000 square feet of space.
posted by tiaka at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments
Plane crashes in to the word trade center.
Apologies for not linking to anything besides the main CNN page but there are no full stories on this yet. The plane crashed into the building about six minutes ago, from what the TV is saying. We are about sixty blocks north and we can see the smoke over the skyline.
posted by karen at 5:58 AM PST - 492 comments
Generation Jones : If you were born between 1954 and 1965, ask yourself this question: "Do I feel like a member of The Baby Boom Generation, Generation X, or neither?"
Does this seem to you like splitting the hair too finely? Or do you think they've got something here?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:35 AM PST - 6 comments
Lawyer Joseph Gersten
fled to Australia after uncovering official corruption in Florida. He is trying to restart his career, but the FBI wants its pound of flesh.
posted by flowerdale at 3:34 AM PST - 5 comments
The math geeks have done it again.
Yet another prime number which, when converted to binary, contains DeCSS: this one's an x86 Linux ELF executable. Only took a weekend of hacking to do, and it's only 752 bytes! You know what they say: when prime numbers are outlawed, only outlaws will have prime numbers.
posted by darukaru at 3:29 AM PST - 0 comments - Post a Comment