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September 11 2001 Terrorist Attack

September 12, 2006
Five years ago, this date -- September the 11th -- was seared into America's memory. Nineteen men attacked us with a barbarity unequaled in our history. They murdered people of all colors, creeds, and nationalities -- and made war upon the entire free world. Since that day, America and her allies have taken the offensive in a war unlike any we have fought before. Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe. * The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict.
September 12, 2006 | Faye Fiore and James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writers
President Bush led the nation on Monday in marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, making a solemn journey to the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in the terror strikes and declaring, in an evening address, that America's safety "depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad."
September 11, 2006 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
JUST days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a column ran in these pages saying how pop culture would be transformed by the carnage at the World Trade Center. "The terrorist attacks may have brought to a close a decade of enormous frivolity and escapism," observed the writer. "Maybe Hollywood will recognize that Americans suddenly view the world as a more serious place. There's a new moral gravity out there."
September 11, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that he was approaching the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks "with a heavy heart," President Bush said Sunday that "there's still an enemy out there that would like to inflict the same kind of damage again." The president flew to New York on Sunday afternoon for the start of commemorations that will take him from Manhattan to Pennsylvania and then the Pentagon today before he delivers an address to the nation from the Oval Office at 6 p.m. PDT.
September 11, 2006 | Helene Elliott
Every day, not just once a year when the world pauses in solemn silence, Mike Bavis grieves for the piece of himself that he lost when his identical twin brother died aboard United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane hijacked by terrorists and crashed into the World Trade Center. Today, it will be five years since what Mike calls "the accident" took the lives of Mark Bavis, fellow Kings scout Ace Bailey and hundreds of others aboard the four commandeered planes.
September 11, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
In the frantic days after 9/11, Lewis B. Freeman was sure of one thing: His world was about to get a lot smaller. Freeman, a forensic accountant in South Florida, was in a rental car returning from a San Francisco business trip. With all flights grounded, it was the easiest way to get home. At that moment, the routine of frequent flying for business appeared outdated.
September 10, 2006 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
Five years after Sept. 11, is the United States winning the war against Al Qaeda? President Bush says yes, but most experts -- including many inside the U.S. government -- say no. An all-out effort by the United States and its allies has succeeded in making life difficult for Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, and has probably disrupted any plans they had for further terrorism on the scale of the attacks in 2001, the experts say.
September 9, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush plans to deliver a speech to the nation from the Oval Office on Monday, the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, to reflect on what the terror strikes meant to the nation and to address what the United States still needs to do to fight terrorism, his spokesman said Friday. The speech, at 6 p.m. PDT, will conclude Bush's participation in two days of commemorations of the attacks, which reshaped his presidency as well as the nation's foreign and intelligence policies.
September 6, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
The largest study of rescue workers at the World Trade Center site has found that 70% developed breathing problems while working there and -- to the surprise of doctors -- many were still suffering years later. As they labored on "the pile," responders breathed in a caustic, pulverized dust that penetrated deep into their lungs and sinus cavities. The dust contained "trillions upon trillions of microscopic shards of glass," as well as asbestos and other carcinogens, Dr. Philip J.
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