September 11th: How Did It Change Your Life?

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Fifteen years later, volunteers from the 9/11 Tribute Center describe how the events of September 11, 2001 changed their lives.

How We've Changed Since 9/11

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City
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In the decade since the September 11, 2001 attacks?the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil?the country has been mired in protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Homeland Security was established, and Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks, was killed. The Patriot Act and other legislation expanded presidential authority and government intrusion into our personal lives while decreasing our civil liberties. Here's a look at how the attacks and the country's reaction to them still affect American lives today.

The most obvious changes Americans have faced after September 11 have been at the airport. Travelers must check in at least two hours before their flight takes off. There are restrictions on what travelers can bring. Liquids and toiletries have to be a certain size and placed in clear, sealed bags. No food or bottled water is allowed through security. Passengers are selected at random for more intense screenings. Over the decade, airport security has tried different types of searches and screenings, introducing new equipment. The extra security protocol means longer lines. Ten years later, the lines move a little faster, mostly because travelers have become accustomed to the post-9/11 restrictions. We've become so familiar with the new procedures that seeing a pre-2001 movie where someone waits for a loved one at an airport gate seems dated, even strange.

Airplanes are also more secure after 9/11. Every large U.S. passenger aircraft has been equipped with hardened cockpit doors. Thousands of federal air marshals are assigned to flights to guard against terrorist acts. The No Fly List existed before 9/11, but the list has grown substantially since the attacks. We now have thousands?some claim millions?of names on the list. For almost nine years after September 11, a color-coded threat system informed travelers when the country was at risk of another terrorist attack. In April 2011, that color-coded advisory system was replaced by the National Terror Advisory System that focuses on specific threats in geographical areas.

Even with the beefed up security, the U.S. has still experienced attempted terrorist attacks over the last decade. For example, on December 25, 2009, a Nigerian man on an international flight from Amsterdam to Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear. The explosive device, a mixture of powder and liquid, got through airport security. The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by Al Qaeda. On December 22, 2001, Richard Reid boarded a flight from Paris to Miami wearing shoes packed with explosives. The explosive failed to detonate and Reid, a member of Al Qaeda, was apprehended. Because of the incident with Reid, who became known as the Shoe Bomber, travelers must remove their shoes when going through security at airports.

Public buildings have also tightened security since September 11, requiring most American workers with office jobs to enter a building with a security badge. Guests must sign in. Flower and food deliveries are left at a main desk. Television studios in New York, which once allowed fans access to the sets and offered tours, closed their doors to the public after September 11. Some travel insurance companies, such as CSA Travel Protection, now provide coverage for terrorist attacks committed in the United States. Before 9/11, travel insurance only covered terrorist attacks overseas.

Some Americans responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks with fear, anger, as well as a growing intolerance for immigrants, especially against people who were?or appeared to be?from the Middle East. In the days immediately following the attacks, while the government launched a war on terror and searched for suspects internationally, many Muslims and Asians in the U.S. reported that they were the victims of harassment and hate crimes. Sikhs, who follow Indian religions, were targeted because they wear turbans, which are stereotypically associated with Muslims. Balbir Singh Sodhi was fatally shot on September 15, 2001, in Mesa, Arizona. Like other Sikhs, Sodhi was mistaken for a Muslim. According to the FBI report, hate crime incidents targeting people and institutions that identified with the Islamic faith increased from 28 in 2000 to 481 in 2001. Mosques were attacked as well as other religious buildings, including a Hindu temple in St. Louis, Mo., which was hit twice with firebombs in early 2003.

The fall 2010 battle over what has been referred to as the "Ground Zero mosque" was a sign that opinions haven't changed and emotions haven't cooled much in the last ten years. In reality, the Ground Zero mosque, officially named Park51, is neither a mosque nor is it located at Ground Zero. In fact, it isn't even visible from the World Trade Center site. Park51, a 13-story Muslim community center, will replace a Burlington Coat Factory building that was damaged in the 9/11 attacks. It will be open to the public and will contain a Muslim prayer space as well as a memorial for the victims of the attacks.

The planned center, located two blocks from the attacks, has sparked controversy and protests. Opponents of the community center have argued that a mosque so close to Ground Zero would be offensive since the men behind the September 11 attacks were Islamic terrorists. However, supporters of Park51 point out that some of the victims of 9/11 were Muslim and that some of the victims' families are in favor of the project. Various polls show that the majority of Americans, even New York City residents oppose building Park51 near Ground Zero. However, residents of Manhattan support it. According to the Quinnipiac University Poll in June 2010, New York City voters oppose the Park51 by a margin of 52% to 31%, but Manhattanites support it by a margin of 46% to 36%. A national Rasmussen Report found that 54% of American adults oppose a mosque being built near Ground Zero, while 20% favor it. There have also been recent protests over mosque projects in other states, showing that almost a decade after 9/11 distrust of Muslims in the U.S. still exists.

Anger and fear aren't the only lingering psychological repercussions of the September 11 attacks. According to figures from three New York City 9/11 health programs, at least 10,000 police officers, firefighters and civilians directly exposed to the World Trade Center attacks have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ten years later these people are still having trouble sleeping and concentrating, among other symptoms.

When the Twin Towers collapsed, thousands of tons of toxic debris containing known carcinogens were released. Exposure to the chemicals led to illnesses among rescue and recovery workers. A study of nearly 13,000 rescue workers published in the April 2010 New England Journal of Medicine found that 30%-40% of the workers who suffered impaired lung functions still show little or no improvement in symptoms.

Not until June 2002 did the air quality near the site return to the level it was at prior to the attacks. Residents, students, and office workers in Lower Manhattan and nearby Chinatown have experienced health problems since the attacks. Several deaths have been linked to the toxic dust. In 2011, scientists are still speculating that exposure to the dust may have negatively effected fetal development.

According to the Center for Defense Information, the estimated cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will reach $1.29 trillion by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. The Pentagon's base budget increased from $307 billion in 2001 to $529 billion in 2011, a 72% increase. Of course, these figures don't include the human cost of war, the lives lost or forever altered. As of May 12, 2011, more than 6,000 soldiers have been killed in the Global War on Terror, according the Department of Defense, and 43,399 service members have been wounded, according to the Department of Defense.

How the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have affected the U.S.'s economic recession is a source of an ongoing debate. Economists disagree about whether war hurts or helps the nation's economy. Defense spending during World War II helped to rejuvenate the U.S. economy in the years following the Great Depression. Unemployment rates were also reduced during World War II. However, since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. has hit an economic recession unlike any it has seen since the Great Depression. In August 2011, there were signs that the recovery from the 2008 recession has been stalled with unemployment rates rising, the government coming close to a default, and Standard & Poor's downgrading the nation's credit rating for the first time in history.

Worldwide sympathy has faded in the ten years since the 9/11 attacks. Much of the Arab world resented the U.S. occupation of Iraq. In May 2011, the hunt for, capture, and killing of Osama bin Laden, strained relations further with Pakistan. Throughout the Middle East and Pakistan protests against the United States have continued over the decade since the attacks.

A decade is a long time, but perhaps not long enough for a country to recover from the biggest terrorist attack on its soil. Security measures have been put in place, but Americans are still feeling the impact of those measures and of what happened on that early fall day.

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80 Responses to When Was Jesus Christ Born? The Bible Says September 11, 3BC-The Day of the Feast of Trumpets

I have looked up the date using the calendar converter, and it looks like you are using the Julian calendar, not the Gregorian, so in fact Jesus was born September 9, 2BC as we now measure time. It would be interesting if it was indeed 9/11, almost as if the devil planned it that way. Maybe he got mixed up between the two calendars as well.

I favor your date for the birth of Jesus Christ over others because of Rev 12. I wonder does this reckon with the eclipses of the moon and the death of King Herod?

God doesn’t go by the Gregorian calendar, its pagan.

Also, Herod the Great would have already been dead by 4 BC. We know this as we actually have records of his life and death etc. We actually have pretty good records as to who was governor in Syria at that time as well.

As I stated in a previous comment that got deleted, EVERY human calendar is technically “pagan” (a term that was invented by the Romans and was the equivalent of “hillbilly” or “country bumbkin”). And technically “god” wouldn’t go by any human calendar since it would be assumed that he was outside of human understanding of time.

“And since the publication of Ernest Martin in 1978 (The Birth of Christ), scholars have acknowledged the difficulties with the 4 B.C. date for the death of Herod, which Martin clearly proved was impossible. The account of Josephus, the succession of rulers, the Lunar eclipse, used to establish that date, have been carefully scrutinized to demonstrate the hypothesis that Herod died in 1 B.C. The 4 B.C. hypothesis is the least probable.”

Hindu calendar is the most perfect on earth.

The Stellarium Program I Have Points Everything to 2BC not 3 BC as the Year Christ was Born.

Hi James…if that’s the case then what would be the real birth date if it was 2 BC?

Stellarium points to the year minus 2, which is 3 BC because there’s no year 0.

it all fits,we’ve been hoodwinked,by the Illuminati, New World Order,Satan worshipping,U.N.based,descendants of the Merivingians whose only desire is to create chaos between the 3 main ‘one God faiths,to bring about the Third world war,which will bring the Anti Christ to power.Other than for tha,keep listening to the Spaceman, Gary Bell on radio 640 based in toronto Canada sauday nights ,lately 8pm-12am and you will be always informed.

Hi thank you for the insights i love all the commentary specially Clay ff by Tim G. On gestational period. I celebrate Dec 25 as a tradition where all the family are together but i strongly believe Jesus was not born on Dec 25 Its winter and if He was wrap on swaddling clothes in a manger in my human mind he wouldn’t have survived even a woman giving birth .. too cold!
Tabernacle or Trumpets. im glad God is real..Jesus came to save a person like me you us and i look forward when He will come again.

Fantastic stuff amazing well done but could you like send a book or DVD please about the exact day that Jesus was born on
Thank you

Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed by Victor Paul Wierwille, American Christian Press

Everything in it’s time is revealed according to His plan.
God bless!

GOD is great, trust seen is not trust. Took Pasteur to prove Law of life Genesis 1 true thousands of years after Genesis stated it. And took thousands of years to catch up to Isaiah 44 Universe expands and after thousands of years we are finally at Genesis 1:1 Universe has a beginning!! GOD shows proof to confirm WORD/ Holy Bible:) Has a way of letting us trust WORD then in time reveal it…important thing is believe on JESUS as savior!! Yet awesome effort and thanks for your faithful endeavors towards our LORD!!

Thanks for making known that December 25th is not the real birth of Jesus Christ and making known the real birth of Jesus Christ is September 11th its not Jesus’s fault that we can’t get his birth date right. Great teaching God Bless Bruce

God Bless you for posting this! I’ve read research by several others pointing out this same date: September 11, 3 BC as our Lord’s date of birth. Gods wonderful Word is powerful, accurate & precise. Thank you for standing on & teaching the truth!

The Jews celebrate their birthdays on the date of conception. Jesus was born on September 11th, 3BC but he was conceived on December 24/25th making Christmas the perfectly correct day to celebrate his birthday. He was born exactly 271 days after conception. Check out HAGGI, Chapter 2, verses 18 and 19.

Verse 18:
Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month ( our December) even from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider it.

Verse 19:
Is the seed yet in the barn (referring to the impregnating of Mary) yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day I will bless you.
So say Merry Christmas and have a great day. Think of the tree as the tree of life and the lights show that Jesus is the light of the world.

Interesting point on those verses. The 24th of the biblical 9th month would probably not be the 24th of December though. But yes! He was conceived on hannuikah which is close to that date that year! The hung about the trees at Christmas is its mixing in old pagan traditions. God said not to do that. Check out Deuteronomy 12. The Lord hates the stuff they did. So let’s not pull out their traditions to honor Him. Isn’t it kinda like taking an ex boyfriend’s favorite meal to honor your husband even though your husband doesn’t like it and it reminds him of your ex??

do not base it in our gregorian calendar, base it on the biblical calendar that has 29 to 30 days only.

Yeshua was born during Sukkot, folks. You need to take another look at that calendar reckoning…

In order for us to find out exactly when He was born, we’ve got to go back to Zechariah. Mary’s cousin Elizabeth was married to Zechariah, who was a priest in the temple.

In 1 Chronicles 24, King David, from the order of God Himself, started the rotation of the priests. There were 24 rotations, each priest from each house. The 24 courses of the temple priesthood are found in 1 Chronicles 24 and 28, where it lists all the priestly line and their rotation. They had to draw lots. I have no clue what that included, but it was something that they allowed and I don’ t think it was like gambling in a casino.

The priests began their service on a Shabbat. It is a Shabbat today. Actually, today is considered a high Shabbat.

There were three feasts that every Israelite man had to go up to Jerusalem for: Pesach, or Passover Shavuot, or Pentecost and Tabernacles, or Sukkot. They would go up to the temple and they would make their sacrifices.

Zechariah was the father of John the Baptist. His course happened to have been during the time after Pentecost. We are actually in the Jewish month of Sivan. We are going by the Jewish calendar not the Greco-Roman calendar. That would be between May and June. May and June would be when he would have stopped his rotation, which usually lasted 6-12 weeks, depending on which house you were from and what rotation you were in.

That meant Zechariah completed his temple service on a Sabbath, he went home, and sometime around the end of June-beginning of July, Elizabeth would have conceived John the Baptist. The reason why John’s conception and his birth is important is because it will determine in chronological order Yeshua’s birth.

If you go to Luke 1:24-27, it talks about when Elizabeth conceived. Fast forward six months to when Miriam, or Mary, came to visit her, and whose baby leapt within her? Elizabeth’s. This is awesome that even in the womb a fetus recognized the Messiah of Israel. I don’t know about you, but that gives me chills.

By the way, it is said that when Mary conceived Yeshua, it was actually around December 25. Think about this for a second. He wasn’t born on December 25, but there are two things to see here. Number one, in the Jewish culture of His day, the day you were conceived was actually considered your birthday. Also, it was Chanukah time, and it was around Chanukah, which is the Festival of Lights, that the Light of the World was conceived. Even though Chanukah was a manmade festival, Yeshua still celebrated it.

Working from when John was conceived, and then when Yeshua was conceived, Scripture tells us Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months. If Elizabeth was already six months pregnant, then she stayed with her until the baby was born. That baby was born, John the Immerser, the forerunner of the spotless Lamb of God, during Pesach, or Passover.

It gets better. In Jewish tradition and also Messianic tradition, during the Passover Seder they have a cup for Elijah. In Matthew 17:10 it says, “His disciples asked him saying, ‘Why then do the scribes say Elijah must come first?’” John was actually a forerunner of the Meshiach, the Messiah. He was to prepare the way. The fact is scholars actually believe that he was born at the exact time on the same day that we usher in Elijah the prophet, the spirit of Elijah. Guess what? He is the spirit of Elijah.

Then we have the birth of John. John was born the week of Pesach. Mary would already have been three months pregnant. If you go from December 25 and you count 40 weeks or nine months, guess where we come to? The fifteenth day of the seventh month, Tishri, which is the Festival of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. You see how the Bible proves itself?

If God’s festivals are His appointed times, His moadim, and Yeshua died on Passover, why is it so hard for us to believe that He would have been born during God’s appointed time, one of the feasts that the Israelite men had to come up for?

In conclusion about Tabernacles, Yeshua was born the first day of Tabernacles, and He was circumcised the eighth day of Tabernacles.

What I really want to bring to your attention is that Tabernacles was a feast of the ingathering of the Harvest. His first coming was when he was born on the 15th of Tishri, the first day of Tabernacles, so then would it be quite reasonable to presume that the Harvest of this earth, the ingathering of the Second Coming of Yeshua, will occur precisely the same day? I am not talking about the rapture of the saints. I am talking about His Second Coming.

The gestational period for humans is 40 weeks. However, a woman cannot be pregnant for the first 2 weeks because ovulation does not occur until the end of the 2nd week. According to embriology textbooks, the egg does not become implanted into the womb until the end of that week. That reduces the ACTUAL pregnancy in humans to 37 weeks! If you look on a pregnancy wheel, for a woman to give birth on Sept. 11, implantation of a fertilized egg would have happened on….DEC. 25!

This is amazing! Do you think 2030 is when tribulation will take place?

Yes, totally believe that. And of course every woman is different to a degree. I got impregnated Dec. 24 and was due on Sept. 5. But my son didn’t come until Sept. 9, at 9:10 a.m. (9/9/9). First pregnancies are often late. I was getting impatient by the 8th, so went for a long walk. Bingo, he came next morning. Lol


I had a very powerful word from God which said that Jesus would arrive on The Feast of Trumpets. I don’t know what year this will be.

I believe the Tribulation will occur from Sept or Oct 2030 though to Sept or Oct of 2037, if that helps.

The biblical information in this article and the article’s historical Jewish facts and how it flows and reinforces themselves with one another is accurately consistent and therefore blends together into a logical and common sense conclusion as to the true date of the birth of Jesus Christ.
I am convinced that our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ was born on September 11th, 3 B.C.

I undestand from other sources following The birth of Christ in September , but i was glad to know from those sources that conception of Jesus was some time in December, here is something which one must study whether the conception can be treated as birth because Jesus is God, his conception is unique. If so, December 25 can be made as the Christmas. Perhaps, you may wish to tell us whether the actual date of conception. Before I learn those and now yours, can you say like me, God owns everything which he created, if so, anyone can claim any day belongs or is his. So to claim or to make December as the birthday of Christ for celebration , can this be called pagan? I choose to celebrate my birthday anyway if I don’t know for sure which day I was born, cannot God or we chose December 25 the birthday of Christ?

Didn’t Jesus just say believe in me! So why are all the churches so rich! Not sure this is what Jesus had in mind! Jesus is in your heart, just believe! That’s all there is to it!

So, with all this in mind, would I be out of line, as a non-Jewish Christian, in celebrating Jesus’ birthday in September? (I really don’t want to celebrate Santa Claus, anyway.)


WOW I super Blessed to Find this site.I am A VIRGO.I am A messenger For God.and God put me on earth to help make this world Be A Better place to Live

See for Rick Larson’s NASA-based software(Starry Night) which shows a pretty strong case for, yes, the Conception of Yeshua around 9/11 3BC…and birth June 17, 2BC, and, whoa, THE STAR STOPPING OVER THAT LITTLE TOWN on 25Dec2BC….Even better, Larson digs into the dating of Good Friday and finds some amazing truths of what happened that awful, glorious day…corroborated by Phlegon, Thallus, Tertulian and Sextus Julius Africanus..

How do I share this birthday of Jesus on Facebook? Is it doable? Thanks Drew Bennett

Just post the link below and it should bring up the article on Facebook.

Thank you for this most interesting article! God is a God of order, He is a perfectionist. You brought all the threads together! And you didn’t even mention the timeline in the book of Daniel!v

Hi Tina,
Here is your answer regarding the prophecies in Daniel:
Palm Sunday is the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the ‘Anointed One’. It is the Sunday just prior to His crucifixion on Good Friday. It is referred to as Jesus ‘Triumphant Entry’. The date of Palm Sunday was prophesied in the book of Daniel to occur exactly 173 880 days after the decree was made by King Artaxerxes (Appendix 1) to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
The prophecy in Daniel 9 is known as ‘The 70 week Prophecy of Daniel’:
Daniel 9: 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. KJV
The Hebrew word for Messiah also means “Anointed one”. In the KJV it is translated as ‘Messiah’, but in the NLT it is translated as ‘Anointed’.
Daniel 9: 25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times. NLT
Understand that each day in the prophecy represents a year. This was first understood and explained by the early church leader, Julius Africanus. Only fragments of his book “On the Weeks and This Prophesy” remain (Wikipedia).
This principle is given to us in Leviticus:
Leviticus 25: 8 “In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. NLT
A ‘Sabbath’ is the 7th day of the week. Seven weeks are equal to 49 days, but in Leviticus, this is equated to 49 years.
From the prophecy given in Daniel 9:25 there are “7 weeks and threescore (60) and 2 weeks” for a total of 69 weeks (7 + 60 + 2). If each day of those 69 weeks is also understood to represent a year as described in Leviticus, there would be 483 years (69 x 7 = 483). But how many days is 483 years?
It has been understood by Bible scholars that a ‘Prophetic Year’ is 360 days. In the story of Noah’s flood, the verses of Genesis 7: 11, Genesis 7: 24 and Genesis 8: 4 clearly equate 5 months to 150 days. Also, the verses of Revelation 11: 2 and 3 equate 42 months to 1260 days. Forty two months is 3 ½ years and 1260 days divided by 3.5 years equals 360 days per year. It has been speculated that the earth used to have exactly 360 days in a year due to the fact also that ancient cultures divided a circle into 360 degrees and we still use this today.
If the prophetic years in Daniel 9: 25 are presumed to be 360 days per year, then the 483 years would equal 173 880 days (483 x 360 = 173 880). This must now be converted back to the Roman/Gregorian calendar of 365.24219 days/year. This is accomplished by first calculating how many days are prophesied (using the Biblical year of 360 days per year) and then dividing those total number of days by 365.24219.
It makes the most sense to convert this into Tropical years of 365.24219 days/year. A Tropical year is the time measured from one vernal equinox to the next. It keeps the calendar dates from drifting into different seasons over time. A Sidereal year is 20 minutes and 24.5 seconds longer and is the time it takes the earth to complete one full circuit around the sun with respect to the background stars. A Sidereal year falls out of sync with the seasons by one day every 72 years (Wikipedia), so it makes more sense to convert to Tropical years which keep the calendar in sync with the seasons rather than with the stars.
To figure out the date of the coming of the “Anointed One”, 173 880 days are converted back to Roman/Gregorian years as follows:
173 880 days ÷ 365.24219 days / tropical year = 476.0676744 tropical years, which equals 476 years and 24.7 days. (0.0676744 years x 365.24219 days per year = 24.7 days)
So for this prophecy to come true, 476 years and 24.7 days must be added on to the date when the decree was given to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The story of King Artaxerxes giving the decree to restore and build Jerusalem is recorded in the book of Nehemiah as follows:
Nehemiah 2: 1 Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. 2 So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.”
Then I was terrified, 3 but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”
4 The king asked, “How can I help you?”
With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”
6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. NLT
Artaxerxes reigned from 465 BC to 424 BC. Therefore the 20th year of King Artaxerxes was 445 BC according to the Roman calendar (465 – 20 = 445). However, Nehemiah was using the Hebrew calendar. In fact, Nehemiah would not even have known about a Roman calendar at that time. The very first verse of the book of Nehemiah confirms this.
Nehemiah1: 1 These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah.
In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. NLT
Kislev in the Hebrew calendar corresponds to November/December of the Roman based calendar. Nehemiah states that it was the 20th year of King Artaxerxes reign. The following spring, in the month of Nisan, Nehemiah still states that it is the 20th year of King Artaxerxes reign (Nehemiah 2: 1). This only makes sense if Nehemiah is using the Hebrew calendar which runs from September to September and therefore going from Kislev (November) to Nisan (March) would not be considered a new year to Nehemiah. Because the Hebrew calendar is skewed from the Julian/Gregorian calendar by 9 months, the 20th year of King Artaxerxes reign according to the Hebrews would correspond to the Julian year of 444 BC and not 445 BC. Julianus Africanus also used the year 444 BC as the year of the Decree.
In addition to this, it would be rather odd for Nehemiah to refer to the months of the Hebrew calendar, but then refer to the years using a different (ie. Roman) calendar.
Hebrew months always start at the first visible crescent after the new moon. Because of this fact, the Hebrew dates given to us in the Bible can now be correlated to our present day calendar dating system. NASA moon phase dates show that Nisan the 1st in the year 444 BC would have occurred on March 4. Although the date of Nisan the 1st is not given in the Bible, the custom was for Kings to make their decrees on the New Moon which is also the first day of the Hebrew month.
From the 70 week prophecy of Daniel, adding 476 years to March 4, 444 (the date of the decree) would come to March 4, 33 AD (476 – 444 = 32 but there is no year ‘0 AD’, so it ends up being the year 33 AD, and not 32 AD). Adding 24.7 (25 days) days to March 4, 33 AD would come to March 29, 33 AD. This was the day of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem (John 12: 12-19), and it occurred on the first day of the week – Palm Sunday. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, had anointed Jesus with perfume at the house of Lazarus the day before in Bethany (John 12:1-11), hence, the coming of the ‘Anointed One’ (Daniel 9: 25).
Perpetual calendars for 33AD confirm that the day of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, March 29, 33 AD was in fact a Sunday (now referred to as Palm Sunday), and that the day of the crucifixion, Good Friday April 3, 33, was in fact a Friday.

Perpetual calendars for 33AD confirm that the day of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, March 29, 33 AD was in fact a Sunday as and that the day of the crucifixion, Good Friday April 3, 33, was in fact a Friday (also confirmed by perpetual calendars).

Perpetual Calendar for the year 33 AD (

March 33 AD
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

April 33 AD
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30

John12: 1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. NLT
John 12: 12 The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors 13 took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,
“Praise God!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Hail to the King of Israel!” NLT
The crucifixion occurred on the following Passover Friday which was April 3, 33 AD. Jesus would have risen from the grave on April 5, 33 AD.

How Did 9/11 Change Your Life?

I remember 9/11 vividly. My two younger daughters were on the carpet, playing with Barbies. I was watching Regis and Kelly on TV. I remember them saying a plane has hit a building. I turned it over to CNN and there began the ordeal of 9/11. A tremendous fear came over me. My daugher asked "mommy, is that real?" I didn't know what to say, so I said the truth. "Yes it is". she said "turn it off, I don't want to see that". I turned it off, but went into the bedroom and cried and cried.
May all those innocent lives that perished on 9/11 Rest In Peace.

I was an editor at The Orange County Register newspaper in Southern California. I awoke to the news of the attacks, and worked on an extra edition of the paper that day. I then worked 11 of 12 days after that because of the extra coverage the paper undertook. In October, I was one of about 100 people downsized by the paper, as the economic calamity from the attacks drastically reduced ad revenue. I now live in Atlanta.

It made me feel angry that people had taken lives in the name of a God who loves lives it made me realize that twisted people will turn the words of God around to fit there personal sins and to justify there actions there is only one God and only one meaning change the meanings as you may but the true meaning awaits us all.

I was lying in bed trying to sleep late because I was pregnant with Thatcher, Tim was up watching the Today Show and ironing. Auntie Colleen called from downstairs to see if we were watching. I got out of bed to see what was going on and Tim tried to block the TV and tell me to go back to bed. I didn't, but I sure wish I had. Tim went to work because he had managers in from all over the country . . . I didn't go anywhere. I stayed home and worked the phones. My brother called from the Pentagon Metro Station and said, "What is going on?", my friend Jim called from midtown–he had tried to give blood and was denied, he was watching from a bar–when he had left his home he saw the first tower with smoke, when he emerged from the subway in midtown the world had completely changed–he had no where to go my friend Jen called to find out where I was (I used to travel a lot) my other friend Krista was evacuated from the White House, I tried to comprehend, I couldn't.

Almost exactly a year before, I was standing on the floor of Cantor Fitzgerald after drinks with Lisa Tim and I were eating breakfast at Windows on the World in the north tower after we had gotten engaged–New York was bigger than life and now it was damaged and we were all on pause. I waited to here about St. Paul's–the little chapel just across the street from the towers. Some things survived.

As the east coast was attacked, we waited on the left coast for what was to come. I sat in awe of Air Traffic Control.

Minutes, hours, days passed.

The moment that seemed most unbearable to me was watching the people standing around at the Trade Center with pictures trying to find their loved ones. A teenage boy said, "I'm just trying to find my mom." It was unbearable and hurts to this day. There are moments in every generation that define you, make you who you will be, stop you in your tracks and make you check that you are breathing. My parents had the assassination of JFK, this was ours and although we knew that as we lived through it, we couldn't help but think of what more was to come.

We started to emerge from the ashes . . . literally–we realized that hope had survived. We stopped on the street and talked to our neighbors, we took longer with our friends and we shared our fear, our pain and our hope. We had survived. A country this size is unimaginable–we are disconnected–we are individuals, but for a moment we weren't–we were one and we were broken with the hope of being not broken.

I don't know when we stopped being broken (if we have), I don't know when we stopped talking in the street, I don't know when we went back to business as usual, but I mourn that now more than I do the events of the day.

The world changed in an instant I have said on more than one occasion. The world became closer not more cynical–we did that. The terror alert was raised, we take off our shoes at the airport, we can't go greet our friends at the gate of the planes anymore–our security got in the way of our compassion. We took a moment that should have defined us as a caring, thinking nation and went inside and locked our doors.

Maybe we were already ready to not trust, maybe everything was already a mess, but we had a moment to change it. We were attacked and we came out better, but we didn't stay better.

We yell at our leaders, we question everything. There is no trust. We are worse today than before. I can do what we all do–come up with the reasons why this is where we are today–we were lied to, we were scared, we were blah blah blah. But none of it matters, we had a moment where we were together, we had a moment to say this is who we are and we let it go, so rather than continuing those excuses . . . I say today, let's do it–let's take back our optimism–we were attacked and we came together–let's hope that isn't the only thing that can bring us together. Let's stop for a minute on the street and listen to what someone has to say–sound bites are killing us–we have to stop and listen and then respond.

The rest doesn't matter. There was a little boy with a picture who was just looking for his mom. We were hurt and wounded and we reacted like an injured animal, but we are not animals . . . could we act like it?

As we watched
The wind held its breath
As we watched
Time froze in horror
As we watched
Two planes reached their final destinations
The brutal finality echoed

Despair gripped us in its mighty hands
Defeat marked us as its own
But as we stood and watched our towers surrender
We knew we never would

And the cries of a shattered nation
Resonate still
Calling ever louder, ever surer
As the many voices become
One nation under god

Thank you for your coverage of Sept 11th, 2001. One comment-please do not use the word accident to describe those terrible plane crashes. There was nothing accidental about any of it.

I was working as an insurance salesman for American General and was sitting at my desk going over my agenda for the day, when one of the veteran salesman came in and said " a plane has just crashed into the World Trade Center". We all hurriedly found CNN on the television and watched amazed and our hearts were pounding and were being broken as we came to realize the extent of this atrocity. Our hearts broken, our thoughts racing. USA was under attack and it was happening right before our eyes and it seemed no one could do anything about it, not even our Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, not our president, generals or any of our senators.
My life changed in that I realized that in a moments time all of our hopes we build toward and our families, yea, our lives are vulnerable. I became more patriotic and I began to sing "America".

At age 11 years old from a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, our teachers never thought we would understand. But I understood very well. As I sat in my music class and I watched those brave men in women running in the opposite direction of the panicked crowd I knew at that moment who my heroes were. I cried, not only because I was scared, but because I felt like I wanted to do something too. There was not much other than prayer that I could do.
Now, 19 years old, I have been an EMT since age 16. Every year I remind myself of my heroes who inspired me to be the person that I am today. I would like thank them and God bless them and their families.

9/11 changed my life because of my age. I was only 12 at the time, and really had no idea what was out there in the world. Once the first attack happened, we had to go sit in a classroom and watch everything happen on the television. It was terrifying, because I live so close to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, and I heard no planes in the sky, which is abnormal. Because of these attacks, it has caused me and many others to be grateful for everything we have because of our founding fathers. Victims of September 11th and their families will forevermore be in our hearts.

I was a stay at home Mom but the events of 9/11 motivated me to pursue my M.S. in Management specializing in Homeland Security to remain true to my commitment to support our country's commitment to never let this happen again.

I was going to college in Ireland on 9/11, though I am from New York. After the attacks, anywhere I went–the gym, the grocery store–as soon as anyone heard my American accent, I was instantly asked if I was all right, if my family and friends were all right. . . . I've never felt such an overwhelming sense of concern and kindness and care–from all over the world–and that is something I try to remember on this day.

How 9/11 changed my life. I was on vacation and was on my balcony. I lived on the 13th floor and I could see the skyline including the world trade center. As I was watching the traffic, I saw the first plane fly past me and immediately I said that something was wrong because I never saw a plane fly that low before. I watched in horror as the plane flew South. I saw the plane bank and though that it was going to fly between the two towers. I then watched as the plane hit the North Tower. I watched the whole tragedy up until the collapse of the towers. The way it changed my life is I live my life as if it were my last becuase you never know when it is your time. Take time to appreciate all that life has to offer and spend time with the people that mean most to you.

I was working on the airport expansion at Detroit Metro the day before the attacks. Entrance to the construction site gave free access to the airport tarmac without any security checks what-so-ever. Once access to the airport was allowed again. every square inch of myself and my vehicle was checked and I had to succumb to significant background checks for proper ID and access. Watching the towers fall down while sitting in the conference room of our commercial building design office will always be burned in my memory.

On 9-11-01 I was a student in the eighth grade. I am now 21 years old and can still remember 911 like it was yesterday. I happened to be sick that day and home from school. I woke up right after the first plane hit and walked into the living room to find my dad and grandfather to be in a state of complete shock and horror. I remember watching the news coverage for the remainder of that day and the following days. Personally, it was a wake-up call for me. I guess because of my age and life experience I felt that our country was invincible and untouchable. If nothing else, it opened my eyes to the human capacity for evil from which no one is immune.

That was the day I swear to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic, by enlisting in the Marine Corps.

I attended a course called Iran and Afghanistan at Uppsala University in Sweden during that time. From that day, it turned my focus away from my former interest area Iran towards Afghanistan and the talibans.
It was when I just came home from that course, I sat down in front of the tv, and suddenly there were these breaking news about the attacks. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life – I called for my children and husband to come home and watch tv.

I worked in mid town Manhattan, about 3 miles north of the WTC on 9/11. I received a call from my husband after the south tower was hit, and he thought it was an accident. When the second tower was hit, he called again with some hysteria in his voice. Then the next calls came about the Pentagon and Pennsylvania and all I could think was that it was finally happening, our country was under attack.

Because of the transportation issues caused by the attacks, I was not able to get home until 6PM that night and had no way to communicate with loved ones during this ordeal. But I thanked heaven that I was able to get home. I still cry for those who did not make it and for the families who hoped they would see their loved ones walk in through their front doors.

I think that this sense of our vulnerability and carefree belief that this would never happen to our country evaporated. The ŝ/11" page of the calendar on my desk burned into my memory permanently.

I was a 23 year old college student who was awoken by the phone call of my roomates mother. She told me to turn the t.v. on, that all hell was breaking loose. This day reminds me of, up until the moment of impact, a world that was much better. There was no daily updates of carbombings, taliban, al-quaida and a guy named Bin-Laden. The effects on the u.s. economy today are exactly what they were aiming to do eight years ago. They accomplished a mission then and it is still being felt this day. It couldn't have went any beter for them and no worse for us. And our government cant stop cheating on their wives, cant stop persuing their own agenda and cant get over the outdated republican vs democrat system and put the American people first and do what is best for our country. Im a registered nurse now and I bet if a bunch of nurses were running this country, things would get done with high efficiency. How has 9-11 changed my life? It has made me have no faith in our government.

My name is Norm i live in Montreal Quebec. I remember 911 like it was yesterday. I missed 3 day of work too watch CNN about the horrific events as they unfolded. I like many others i know were horrified and transfixed by the events that took place. I offer my prayers and thoughts too the families and victoms of this terrible anniversary.

I had participated in a clinical trial, and the 11th was my day for follow-up at the clinic where my surgery had been done. As I drove across northern Baltimore county for the appointment, I heard things unfolding on the radio. In the clinic, the young nurse who was interviewing me was clearly very unnerved. I told her that it was much the same feeling as the day President Kennedy was assasinated, and that she would see the country come together in the next days, as she had never seen before. I told her it was awful, but that our country would be closer and stronger. How prophetic and true those words were.

I was in Bosnia serving in the Army on the original september 11th. We were supposed to be returning home to our families on the 13th, but due to the tragedy we were left in place for an additional three weeks. Due to the time difference I was working on our inventory at about 3pm when first word of the incident occured. For the first time I was more worried about my family and friends than I was worried about my own safety. I was making failed attempts to contact my family to insure that they were safe, but the phone lines were down due to the attacks on the pentegon. My brother was at the time attending West Point just up the river from the city. Since that time I have been deployed three times in support of OEF and OIF. I have been wounded twice and was recently medevaced out of Iraq and am now in an Army Hospital recovering from my wounds. I have witnessed first hand the horror of war, the toll that it takes on soldiers protecting America's security and concerns. Becuase of September 11th 2001 my life has drastically changed, I have been divorced twice now, have been wounded and have lost many friends who I was deeply close to. I will not change anything only because I know that those familys who lost someone on that day deserve nothing but the best from those who serve them.

I remember turning the tv on, when there the station I was watching, went to NY and the 1st tower was smoking. Of course the news reporter had no idea, what happened, and then as the news station stayed with it, everything started to happen. I remember turning CNN on, and you too had camera on the 1st tower, I remember seeing other news reporters, running around behind the news caster.

September 11, 2001 will always be with me, I remember sitting there and saying this doesn't happen in the U.S.A.. my prayers are always with those who lost their lives on this day. I believe September 11 should be a National Hoilday. because the whole country should NEVER forget this day.
God Bless to ALL.

9/11 changed my life in alot of ways it made me think about how we need to stand up for our country I am so proud to be called a American but most i all i am so proud to be called a Christian first God bess America and god bless the family of the victims of 9/11

9/11 will always be a sad day in my life. I gained a greater love for both my father and brother that day. My father, a police officer, and my brother, a firefighter, both served unrelentless hours at the Pentagon that day, and for many days there after. I remember being scared and anxious because I did not know what the actual dangers they were facing were. I had to sit in school, which was on lock-down, and pray.
I remember going home that evening, watching the news and just crying . I was so struck by the horror of what others could do to our innocent country. I never thought anything could happen like that, not on our American soil!
That day forver changed my love . love for my father and brother . love for my country . and love for the freedom that so many have given their lives for us to have.

9/11 changed my life by opening up my eyes about our Military Men and Women . It made me realize not to take our freedoms for granted. I became very aware of what was going on in this world and since then I don't take our freedom for granted and appreciate our Military personnel everyday. These men and women sacrifice for us soo much of their lives to go fight terrorism in far away places so we don't have to fight it at home. So to all the Military personnel. I Thank You!

I was in my 5th grade english class in Bergen County, New Jersey, when my name was called on the overhead announcements. When I got to the main office, there were about 5 police officers nervously pacing around. My principle was talking with several of them and immediately I knew something was wrong. I spotted my dad with my 2 year-old brother and I could see the tears in his eyes. My heart dropped, and I was sure that something had happened to my mom. He told me that my mom was fine but that two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. He said that it had been a terrorist attack and he wanted to take me out of school in case we had to leave. We went home and watched the buildings fall on TV. I went into my room and cried for, what felt like, the rest of the day.

I am only 16 years old and september 11th has changed my life dramatically. I play on a baseball team dedicated to the memory of a firefighter named Robert Curatolo. I think of Robert everyday and because of his great sacrafice, and bravery i hope to one day become a member of the FDNY.

I was 12 years old and being homeschooled on September 11, so I was able to watch the entire day unfold on TV. 9-11 helped me see the destruction and pain that comes from terrorism. I attended a funeral service for a man from my neighborhood who was killed in NYC and that showed me the reality of death. But America came together in a way that I have never seen before. And in the middle of such a horrific time, God's grace was evident.

I'm a retired EMT from NJ, I was a rescuer from NJ on 9/11 till 9/16. We lost a very good friend Joe Lovero that responded with the Jersey City Fire Department. Everything has changed drastically in this country. Life post 9/11 will never be the same. I have to go for yearly screenings at Bellevue Hospital to check for any effects from 9/11. I was diagnosed with severe PTSD and major depression due to the events, and my asthma seems to have gotten worse. I live in Miami now, and it's costly to take the trip to NY for the health screening. Their are thousands of out of state rescuers and no national 9/11 health programs for us. Will there be any change in this?

sept. 11 changed my feeling of safety and certainty that I had. My mom was in the military at the time as a chief master sargent in the reservers stationed in NYwhile I was in my junior year of high school in NC. I was on a team building exercise for a school project when the attacks happened-school officials kept the info from us.They didnLt want to upset us. Once back to school they told us of the situation. I was frantically teying to reach my mom to see if see was even in NC any more or if she Went to NY to report for duty. All the phone lines were busy for hours. Every tv station was reporting the same thing which at the time wasn't much information. After hours of trying I finally got through to my mom and she was still at home-packing. She was to report to NY the next day. All this being said-with taking for granted that my mom would always be there, I try to make the most of our time. We try to have plans for when our phones don't work as when all the lines were busy that day.I was always certain my mom would be here safe and sound. Now we have back up plans.

The Events of 11 September have not changed my life nor have I changed the way I live. I know the rest of the nation has.

How has 11 September changed my life? Well, I will have to get a Pass Port just to enter Canada. Have to wait in extremely long lines while rude TSA officers pull people out of line to run their little wands over them. When I put money in the bank for savings, I have to fill out dozens of pages of questions.And many other things. Inconvenient? Yes but I do not feel it has to be this way.

I am an average citizen. I was born here, and my parents were born here and my great grandparents are of Cherokee ancestry.

I feel less secure than I did on 11 September 2001.

One of the Founding Fathers said, " A People who gives up Freedom for Security are neither Free or Secure,"

Before 9/11 I never gave it a thought that the United States could be attacked by terrorists. I remember dropping my kids off at school that day and walking into the house and the TV was on and one of the World Trade centers had been hit and I thought how horrible, and aviation accident then the second plane hit and then I knew then it was an attack not an accident. Then hearing the Pentagon had been hit also, and all planes had been ordered to land. I was really really scared, I kept thinking most of the day what next? I thought should I pick up my kids from school? I feel like I lost something that day, that feeling of security because I was in the united states and terrorism just could and would never happen here. That day gave me a taste of what people in the middle east have to live with every day . I think about the victims in the united states who lost their lives on 9/11, people who got up that day like any other day and went about their normal every day routines only to be murdered. I think about all the military people who have served their country and the one's who have lost their lives as a result. I just wish for PEACE, peace for us all, all over the world.

I was working HVAC in a new building in Atlanta. A couple of crewmen ran up to me, knowing I was from NYC, and stated that a plane hit the WTC. One man let me use his radio to listen. I started crying instantly. Work stopped throughout the building. All New Yorkers that were working that day in different crews gathered together to listen. We got a TV and turned on the scenes. I called my wife that was at home with our 3 week old son. She was so scared that Atlanta was next. I then called my Father, outside NYC, and asked who was in the buildings at work already. I left work and started calling all my family to find them. One cousin was missing. Since we could not get through to him we did not know. He decided to get a coffee before going into work that morning. He was safe but other relatives were not. The weeks that followed were filled with funerals and gatherings. I will never forget that day that the skyline of home changed forever. 9/11 should be a remembrance not an anniversary. To remember all of those that died. We must stand as one not many alone. God bless all our service men and woman that fight to keep us safe.

i was a senior in high school in baltimore md,at the time of the was very confusing and tragic event to handle.i just recently took a trip to new york and the 9-11 memorial was very emotiolnal the people was silent as if you i was there on that morning of the attack. i pray for the people who lost their lives and love ones.

I remember that day, I was taking my Visual Basic class at college when some students told the class that a plane hit one of the building in NY. I will not forget that day in my life. I am Kurds and I have seen many bad things in my life back in Kurdistan. I only say God bless those who lost their lives in that day, we will never forget them. God bless this great nation for all of us.

The entire world has changed because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. From the little things we tolerate daily, like standing in line for an hour before we enter a building or board a plane or the larger issues, like the loss of lives, devastation to families, and financial drain the subsequent "wars" have caused.

Eight years later, NYC, and NY and NJ states still have failed to move ahead with a suitable memorial. And our country drags its feet in caring for the first responders who are sick and are dying from the effects of their heroic efforts. What a shame.

9/11/01 has forever changed my life. As a flight attendant for a major carrier, I not only lost a fellow crewmember on flight 93, but am reminded every day at work of what so many of us lost that morning-our freedom and sense of ease and feeling of security. Life just seemed so much easier. Eight years later, Flight Attendants across the Uniyed States report for work ,search the aircraft for foreign objects and for the entire day our jobs are soley focused to monitor passenger behaviour & "guard" the flight deck door. The ability to hand a water to the pilots or let them come out for a bathroom break has become a three step policy to protect the cockpit door. Its a very somber feeling-because we can never forget. Politely we try to explain to passengers why they cant collaborate and stand in front by the cockpit door or use the First Class lavatory. Sadly some people "don't get it" and you feel bad trying to explain it.

For th first years or so, I couldn't even look outside as we descended into LGA-a view we as crewmembers used to love,smile and embrace. Today, I look, my eyes well up and think back how nice travel used to be and how safe and protected we felt. Now we are the guards.

To my beloved friend Sandy, I am so sorry you were taken from your husband, friends and family. My life has never been the same.

I found myself glued to the TV, hoping beyond hope for some good news some miracles of survival some joyful reunions. I am a writer and poet, but had no intentions of writing anything about 9/11. But any attempts at resuming a normal life or returning to my work were intruded on by images, words and phrases related to that event, as though some 9/11 must had perched herself on my shoulder, demanding my attention.
It was not as though I wrote what emerged from that experience it was more as though it wrote me. The themes of the poem “Angels Over America” literally haunted me until I wrote it.
“Angels Over America” celebrates the courage and resilience that are hallmarks of the American Spirit, while providing perspective, healing, and hope. It speaks to a nation torn by grief and anger, frustration and fear. And it speaks to an underlying humanity and restraint which are the backbone of our powerful nation.
The work’s unique metaphor is both dramatically grounded in the reality of the event and spiritually uplifting. The four segments of “Angels Over America” trace the evolution of awareness, emotion and understanding that lead to transcendence. This beautiful tribute brings a new perspective to a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, while preserving and renewing the indomitable American Spirit.
Everyone who read the 30-stanza poem was deeply moved, and encouraged me to have it set to music or made into a video. Award-winning New York arranger and composer Mark Freeh created the video of “Angels Over America,” with never-before-seen clips and photos of the event against the backdrop of his stirring arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” and moving renditions of “Amazing Grace,”both performed by the NY Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” performed by Imperial Brass.
“Angels Over America” is an original, 8-minute, professionally-produced September 11 Memorial video dedicated to an America that lost its innocence on September 11—but never its hope. The events of 9/11 will be a part of the American consciousness forever. I truly believe that the lens through which we continue to view those events will shape our future, as individuals and as a nation.
The video and poem may be viewed on YouTube or at the site,

AT First ,i was really upset..for me there are ALOT of unanswered questions.. especially on the FACT that bush/cheney and company avoided an independent investigation for an unbelievable 441 days..they looked/acted guilty at the very least. Thanks Cora.. ALL lost ones RIP!!

I'm a college freshman. I was in grade 5 when the attack on the World Trade Center occured. I just got inside the school and we began to take up our homework which I never did I'm grade 5 because I was new to the school and had a bit of disfunction occurring in my family. I remember it was recess and my sister asked me if I heard what happened in New York, I asked her what happened and she said that an airplane crashed into a building. She said the teachers were crying and listening to the radio and watching the news in the library with their student. I thought it was a dirty lie. Until I got home, there was non-stop coverage all over the news. For an entire week I wasn't allowed to watch television because my mother didn't want us to watch because she didn't want us to get traumatized. My family in Guatemala called to asked if we were okay since Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has a great proximity to the state of New York. Telecommunication was down and not working when we tried to call our home country. All week there was no television, all the channels were on the same thing, all about 9/11. We travelled by airplane to Guatemala the next year. We developed a bit of fear of flights but we got on the plane. Security became more tight, our ways of travelling by land got more strict. Now I realize that there is more racism after what occurred on 9/11.

I will never forget exactly where I was. I woke up to my morning routine that never made it past step 2 that day. Put the coffee on. Turn on CNN. and sat down on the end of my bed in horror and froze for hours, never taking a sip of coffee that day. I awoke to see the 1st building on fire hearing that a plane crashed into it. Then the 2nd plane hit. then a plane is lost over PA. and a plane hits the Pentagon. I like all of us walked in a fog of shock that is still thick to this day. Since that day, every single time I look at the time. if it's 9:11 a.m or p.m. I pause for a moment to pray for those lost, those fighting, and all of us.

I remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday I was only in 5th grade when this event shocked the nation as it unfolded live on the news stations across America. The fallen citizens of 911 will always be remembered because of the hurt and pain they encountered many even lost their lives. They will always be in my prayers. I remember everyone always said nothing would happen to the United States of America. I believe September 11 should be a National Holiday. I also believe that this should be an eye-opener to all never let your guards down and don't ignore warning signs take any precautions necessary.

"I cannot express really what I felt as I saw that happening, shock, horror and disbelief. I couldn’t believe that what I was seeing was live, perhaps I didn’t want to believe. As the day wore on and the news continued to report I sat glued to my T.V. watching the towers burn, the people injured, the brave firefighters and police officers trying desperately to help. The stark and all to real images of the people with no where to go jumping to their deaths to escape the flames. I sat in numb shock watching it all unfold and feeling such a deep painful sadness for those victims and their families.

We’re taught that men don’t cry, well I did. I cried for the families, for the mother who lost a daughter, for the father who lost a son, for the son who lost a parent. I will never forget September 11, 2001 and we as a people should never forget those who serve and have served our great country or pay the ultimate price for it & us, nor should we ever forget the victims and their families of such a horrific atrocity."

the events on 9/11/01 made me distrust our government.

I am so furious at our government right now. I can't believe that they would do such a stupid thing on 9/11. My heart sank and I was thinking deja vu, and was concerned for my family and all of America. This is like crying wolf for the second time now. It dishonors those being remembered today and unnecessarily causes panic for our citizens. If we are attacked again, this sort of incident will add to the confusion. Shame shame shame.

FYI same area (14th Street Bridge) that Air Florida Flight 90 came down in 1982

Did CNN, as Walter Cronkite did, pause to ascertain the veracity of the Potomac story before you started broadcasting? It seems to me that CNN is now spending all your air time trying to justify your hasty reporting on this of all days. CNN bears some responsibility for "alarming the country" that CNN is now accusing the government of doing.

I am alarmed that CNN participates in the "create the news and then report it" syndrome.

This illustrates problem of fear peddling, not that the protectors of our land aren’t working daily to insure our safety, but that you folks of the media DO NOT do “due diligence” before reporting events or occurrences that “APPEAR” to be newsworthy! Walter Cronkite would have VERIFIED before reporting. You folks are so desperate to grab public attention that you’ve lost the presence of mind to do the work of reporting BEFORE reporting. The fault is not with the Coast Guard that you blew a training exercise out of proportion the fault is yours CNN! Take a lesson. In your arrogance you've forgotten your job description: report, not create, the news. Leave the sensationalism to "The Enquirer".

You and your friends sounded positively ridiculous reference the Coast Guard incident. Two things,

1. Should the CG or any other agency really "fire" on a vessel or subject, that subject would be stopped, detained and investigated and released or arrested. In any case obviously a full report/investigation needs to be completed.
2. What, where and how the CG decides to enact a training scenario is niether your business or our the general public. As long as there is no threat to the general public, there is no reason to release that information. Most of what goes on in Law Enforcement and especially Homeland Security is secret, and for good reason.

When is it CNN's or your job to make a judgment, or an opinion on national TV. Yes, when announced as an editorial, I can understand it, but otherwise you and CNN would get more respect for just reporting the facts. If you see or hear something, intelligent speculation with a caveat could be acceptable, but not an all out judgment based on your personal feelings about something.

The news taints enough things in life. Lets give Law Enforcement support and the benefit of the doubt in times like today. Heck, the only real reason you made it to worth this morning was because of the Law Enforcement community and the training and judgments they make each day to keep you and your family safe to include the US Coast Guard and Homeland Security.

Thanks and Have a Great Day,

September 11 is an unfortunate situation that occurred, as a result of the terrorist attack I joined the military as an infantryman and took the fight to the Taliban in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq. I don't understand why 8yrs later the news persists on making the nation live in fear of what occurred.. No such attack has happened since.. Though terrists may try to attack our county, our military and government intelligence agencies are keeping control of the situation. But to think that in order the better train and prepare our service members for situations that may spark at a moments notice, we need to tell the whole world that we're training.. And we should apologize for our actions.. Hell no! Get over it.. Stop living in fear and strive for the future. We all lost something that day or we lost someone in result of the attacks. So why, America, should we still feel self pity and depressed? One thing I have learned from combat, no matter how hard you try to prevent someone from passes away, there is nothing in the world you can do to change the outcome, so gather the pieces of your broken heart and put them back together. The world needs you, your country needs you to be strong, so be strong and move on. Yes remember what happened but don't dwell on it. What's done is done. God Bless this country and God bless you.

9/11 brought about an awareness that our great nation is fragile.

9/11 brought about an increased awareness that "all" is not as the govvernment or news states it is.

9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq or Sadam. it brought about a needless war with human destruction and extreme cost to the American people.

I am the mother of 2 military children. I am extremely proud of both, one has served in Kuwait, and twice in Iraq. The other is new to the military and will no doubt volunteer for the more hazardous duties coming up. I am a military brat, the granddaughter, neice, and cousin to those who are and were in the military.

I support those military persons 100%. Do I like the policy and "excuses" our leaders have put forth that get our young people, husbands and fathers killed and distanted from their families. not always. no way, no how.

Of course 9/11 affected me, affected us all. It brought out policies that began limiting our freedoms, raising suspicion at every corner, making it harder to lead our lives in many ways. It gave the government an 'excuse' to become more invasive in our lives.

I love my country, but we should remember what Thomas Jefferson said. a government should fear its people, the people should not fear the government. The Constitution of the US outlines best what this country is about. not what it has been twisted into with convenient, invasive laws.

I don't believe the people who were lost in 9/11. God Bless them All. would have wanted our country destroyed from within. in their name.

9/11 placed a burden on every American. and the mishandling surrounding it.

As to the hubbub about the Coast Guard today and how they should have informed the media of a training exercise. spare me. it is none of the media's business. Security does not exist when the media is feeding the 'supposed ' bad guys every step and turn of how the military, water and land forces, operates.

Maybe think about less drama and use some common sense would be in order here.

It made me reaslize that life Is too short. We never know when what da y is our last. So I've tied my best to put petty things aside. and always suround myself with people and that are truly motivated to be happy. Just have fun live life.

I think that the world changed after this. Mainly for north americans

I was 11 and watching cartoons while doing my homework. Then breaking news noticed that one of the twin towers exploded (nothing about an airpliane in the first info). I changed the channel to CNN (I am Brazilian and I live here) and stayed paranoic when I was a second explosion. I just saw the boing hitting the building on replay.

Well, nowadays I'm a journalist and I'm doing researches about the behaviour of the people before 9/11 to expose in my final graduate article.

I was 11 years old in Defiance Ohio at home because of a 2 hour delay due to fog. My dad called me to tell me to turn on the news, but I didn't until he called a second time. I was horrified when I saw the first tower go down. That day in my tiny private school we all just sat on the floor and watched CNN. ALL day. Then when I came home my brother and my two friends who lived next door sat on their trampoline talking about things that in retrospect seem very heavy for an 11 year old.

R U Kidding me? It anhilated my career- Corprate jets-as far as sales go-its armegeddon-Never have I seen this many aircraft for sale flodding the market all at once.Its a tradgedy-It all started from Sept 11th and progressively got worse. Not only is it not "OK" as per the government playing the "GREED" factor -it has made an example out of an industry in general with which NONE of us have been approved as a "disaster relief candidate" and that in fact is what it is. Aviation layoffs are rampant and none of us have known anything but aviation for most of our lives. A true shame. The government picks an example- ruins lives-yet sets no course of action to help retrain or provide disaster relief- Its shaeds of Katrina for me.
There I was that day wondering where are the troops? Helicopters dropping off relief or in evac mode/ Sad tradgedy as was 9/11 and the end of my career. Heck-day of 9/11 there we were at the airport watching Feds come in and now we are useless?
We as aviation professionals deserve better than this.Sad sad shame it is on the Sept 11th. What is fair and just?
Guess the government has selective thinking.

The 9/11 attacks inspired me to write a book. I have lost all faith in our government. They have sent our jobs overseas. They allow our country to be sold out from under us brick by brick and stock by stock. The Supreme Court is on the verge of allowing companies owned by foreign entities, to participate in our election process. Then they question the patriotism of American citizens.

And American citizens? We have not learned anything. We learned to lock the cockpit door. We learned to build wider stairwells. But we did not learn one single lesson that would prevent another attack from happening. We have cringed like sniveling cowards, and given our rights and freedom away wholesale. We allowed them to sign the "Patriot" Act into law. We allowed them to establish a very Gestapo-sounding Department of Homeland Security. As Ben Franklin once said, "Those who would sacrifice freedom for security, deserve neither."

If we wish to stop future terrorist attacks, we need to change our behavior as Americans. We are still exploiting slave wages overseas. We are still propping up corrupt governments in the Middle East. We whine about 3000 innocent lives lost on 9/11 then invade Iraq and kill a million innocent Iraqis. We build monuments to those we have lost. Yet, we do not even bother to keep a body count on the Iraqis we have murdered. This is the hypocrisy that caused 9/11. More Americans have died in the sands of Iraq than on 9/11. George W. Bush is responsible for the deaths of more innocent Americans than Osama bin Laden.

If America does not learn to stop electing ideologues, this country will fall. If we do not learn to stop electing those who wish to make personal choices for us, we are doomed as a nation. If we do not stop arguing over stupid non-issues like abortion, flag burning, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc., etc. A nuclear attack by Al Qaeda is only a matter of time. Osama is far more patient than we Americans. He will be back to finish the job on our Capital.

I was in 6th grade. In Mrs. Flynn's math class and our principle Ms. Zello ran into our room and told us. shortly after we evacuated the school. I was glued to the tv still in shock as to what was going on.

On Sept 11th 01 i was stunned i woke up to a lot of sirens blasting didn't think nothing of it got ready for High School walked downstairs turned on the TV and i was in complete shocked on what i saw. I live in Queens, NY section is Howard Beach and i walked outside into the street and the smoke was viewable from my point of view. That day changed the way how i am as an American, it made me more patriotic made me have more respectful for emergency responders such as EMT's, Fire fighters, police officers, and so on and so fourth because the way EVERYONE united that day to risk their lives and save others. God bless those who lost their lives and God bless the family's and God bless America.

I went into office in the morning of 12/9/2001 Beijing time, a colleague
of mine told me that American was attacked by terrorists. I had no
idea at that time, till I saw the reports from TV. Actually, I could have
seen the face of the devil behind the windows of cockpit.

In front of the devil, I realized that I was so closely connected to those
people on the other side of earth who were in such a huge pain. I felt
the pain vividly as if a part of mine had lost, forever.

Look back for the past 8 years, I think 9/11 has changed me a lot but the most important change happened to me is that, I am no longer afraid of evil, with the courage gained from you Americans in 9/11.

I am facing the most biggest devil in the world now, the CCP who is
manipulating evrything in my life, what I can see, what I can think, what I can talk and who I can meet, just like millions of the other Chinese.I'd like to say to the devil at this very special moment: I am not afraid of you, I will beat you and win my freedom.

ŝ/11" is a date, not an event. On 9/11, many people were killed by a few very bad people. Two large buildings were destroyed and a third was badly damaged. That's what happened.

Since this event, many more people have died violently without any National mourning. They were no less important and no less loved by friends and family. With all due respect to all the dead and their loved ones why does the death of those who didn't die on 9/11, deserve less attention? Why should I be constantly told that I should mourn the deaths of those people who died as a result of the terrorist attack on 9/11, when no one asks me to mourn the deaths of those countless others who have died violently since?

Is it the sheer number of people dying at the same time that makes it more important? If so, what is the number of deaths that would need to occur to qualify for this level of attention? Should we have a National day of mourning for the victims of the Titanic? A lot of people died there too. How about the Holocaust? Lots of people died there. Even more than on 9/11.

Ever notice how the victims of the attack on the WTC get more coverage than the others? Bigger numbers? I guess they must have been more important.

Also, why are we constantly being told how this event somehow has something to do with freedom and patriotism? Al-Qaida was not, is not and never will be in a position to take away any of our freedoms. We can, however, give up our freedoms by over-reacting to what a small group of criminals did. We are doing just that.

Where does the patriotism come in here? There was certainly plenty of heroism on that day displayed by police and fire fighters. Many private citizens also displayed selflessness and heroism. But what does this have to do with patriotism? Nobody involved in this tragedy was defending their country. Saving lives is heroic, but not necessarily patriotic.

I can't help but feel like we as a people are being manipulated. Our old nemesis the Communists would be proud.

Our collective innocence was lost that day, but unlike those souls who perished, we have opportunity.

Had it not been for the actions that followed the initial tragedy, we could have used that temporary feeling of "oneness" throughout the country immediately following the events of 9/11 to perhaps do great things.

Imagine what would have happened had Barack Obama been in the White House instead of George W. Bush.

Had we enjoyed leadership with wisdom, insight, and the power to keep people united, perhaps some of the wounds we continue to suffer from our stark divisions would have not have occurred.

The events of Sept. 11 brought us together. It was the inappropriate response to this tragedy by George W. Bush that divides us and therefore threatens us.

It has made me more aware of the fact that any danger we face from Islamic extremists are due to our relationship with Israel! As long as the U.S. gives Israel over $1,000,000 per day in aid and their total disregard to the majority of people who live in that region, then we will always face threats from Muslims throughout the world! I personally have nothing against Jews but looking back through history, these people have made it hard for any other group of people to coincide with them! They dominate the financial industry in every country they reside in and the indiginous people are left to fend for themselves in their own countries! We must take a long hard look at our policies toward Israel and decide if being their friends is more important that the way the rest of the world views the situation.

In an attempt to ward off the attacks by those who didn't really read what I wrote, let me say that on 9/11, I too watched the coverage and cried. I was deeply saddened by the loss of life. However, this doesn't change anything I said previously.

I remember being in school an seeing my teacher enter into the class with a dull face.He gave us the news and i was too young to understand and i felt really sad. Thank God i hadnt lost any family members but we all distant relatives so i did!R.I.P to them!

I was working for Disney World at the time, walking the Magic Kingdom with convention clients when my pager went off multiple times. It was my wife paging me. Our home number followed by 911. My first thought was for concern for her, my 5yo son or her parents. I excused myself and called home. I was greeted with: "a plane just flew in to one of the "Twin Towers!". Follwed by "oh my – a second one.". It didn't make sense. I grew up on the Lower East Side of the city, and small planes flew up the East River & Hudson all the time. . . But then it became all too real.
By 11am the Disney parks were clearing, and by 12pm there was an Orange County Sherriff's car parked on Main Street U.S.A., Cindarella's Castle against a blue cloudless sky in the background. My sisters husband and other relatives were finally contacted four hours later when phone lines opened back up. Few, were in the immediate area when the first plane hit: in a cab 2 blocks away, coming up the escellator when the building shook, running from a near by coffee shop as Tower One fell. To this day I can't help but weep on this day – a day like no other I have ever experienced.

9-11-01 Remembrance – Where were you on 9-11-2001?

Read the story of a hero that worked at Ground Zero – fed rescue workers for months.

it brought me back. to my center. MY CHILDREN. and nothing else matters. but TODAY. b/c tomorrow might not come, and today is a gift, that is why. its called the PRESENT. also, it taught me, to have no regrets, and live everyday as it was your last.

I remember 9/11 as it's my birthday. And I'm a Canadian. Although that doesn't limit how it affected myself and my family. I remember it being an up/down day. There were things going on in my life personally, and then this happened. My cousin worked in Chicago at the time as a stock broker and she was in the middle of a phone conversation with someone in one of the towers and all he said was "they said there's a bomb, we've got to go." And that was it. Later she found out he dies in one of the towers. It was hard after a couple years to celebrate my birthday because of it being 9/11. that kinda overpowered any joy felt that day. But I'll always remember that day as special, both personally and worldly.

911 didn't change my life at all. All it did was prove that the Republican Party is not the one that can protect our nation. Bush's inaction proved that.

Why is CNN not doing a indepth report on the 2 video tapes of Acorn advising a pimp and prostitute. Is it because it would embaress the President.

I watched and turned on my aircraft radio to A.T.I.S. to listen to them telling pilots to land at the nearest airport. While I feel the events were tragic I refuse to let terrorist change our whole way of life and turn America into a police state. I have serious question about why 911 was allowed to happen with all the intelligence we now knew existed and the fact that President Bush allowed the Saudi Royal family leave the country without questing by the F.B.I. then selling port security to Ports Dubai and a rushed through PATRIOT ACT I wonder if Corporate America with the help of the Republican party who took pay offs did not set us up by taking industrial jobs overseas and waiting for this economy to crash while they shielded their money in secret off shore accounts to be brought back in when we are starving because the social safety net programs have been gutted and there is no where to turn, then we will find out what all the riot gear, machine guns, pain-field generators and all the other things our large city police departments bought with homeland security money. Think about all the people loosing their homes to foreclosure then loosing their jobs and health care, what happens when you get rid of the social safety nets when you have these kind of conditions existing and people are just trying to survive do you think Corporate America care about your plight or are they there waiting to exploit you? Your real enemy may not be who you think it is, do these people have large sums of money to take on our military or is it someone from within who is setting us up with all the laws that got changed during the Republican ruled past administration? Ask yourself did all the thing done during the last administration really add up or are we being deceived by a Corporate owned news media?

My life has not changed at all because of this tragedy. It did not affect me directly in any kind of way.

8 years ago today I had just came home from a 36 hour shift on the ambulance. Got some food and went to bed. Not long after I woke to my cell phone ringing. I answered to hear a friend of mine saying a plance had just flown inot the World Trade Center. Thinking this was impossible, that it must be a joke I said "yeah right" and hung up. Moments later my house phone rang and I answered it. It was another friend of mine saying a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. I ran and turned on the T.V. just in time to see the second plane hit the second tower. I was in shock to see this tragic event. Immediatly I was overcome with sorrow horror and all I could think is that I wish I was there to help. Today I am a soldier in The United States Army. Today I stood and observed a moment of silence while Taps played, echoing across post. Today is a day to remember those who lost their lives September 11th 2001. It is also a day to remember those soldiers who have lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Never Forget. Freedom isnt free.

Thank you for showing the observances in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville PA for those who lost their lives on 9-11. They and they families and those who loved them are certainly in my thoughts today and will be, I imagine, each September 11th.

9-11 stopped me in my tracks literally. It seemed like I was stuck watching the news for weeks trying to comprehend what happened. When I was finally present and accounted for so to speak, it was a relief to talk to the people I saw on a daily basis then. I've always appreciated my friends, but I think I learned to appreciate my family more. The country chose love and healing and in several months time, though shaken, to the very center, this country was back on its feet. I feel the war in Iraq actually caused more suffering here. It might've been necessary, but to inflict the casualties on that country that war inflicted caused deep suffering here.

Having said that, I think since that time I've learned the importance of keeping yourself together and holding your own so that you can be there for people when they need you. I'm not saying that I don't make any mistakes, but I have unmistakeably learned how important a priority it is to be able to help when needed.

On the Cost Guard incident, couldn't someone operating that fix mounted camera, push the button to zoom in the picture so that we could see that all the boats on the Potomac were Coast Guard vessels? As to the appropriateness of the time and the date, my guess is the coast guardsmen are ready to train for their missions whether that be interdiction of a vessel in a restricted space or search and rescue. That's not a bad thing. Just need to reschedule.

Thank you for the heartstopping views of the newly built 7 world trade. With a two foot think concrete slab core, it looks rock solid. The shot looking up from the ground to the top with the blue sky and clouds reflected in the windows was beautiful and awe inspiring. And it is good to know that lessons from the experiences from that day are being incorporated in the design of the builidng. I know it's been reported before but why is construction going so slowly at the world trade center site?

I was in the White House with my kids–all three just adopted and in America just one year. I was receiving a Congressional Award that night–so my day was bright and happy and exciting. I was with my PA State Congressman on a private tour. Then my life changed.

He was whisked away, but smiled at us when he left. We did not know why until a few minutes later. Our SS agent Everett got the buzz in his ear and he parted the ropes. I was looking at Dolly Madisons silver coffee urn, and the next minute, my family was ushered over top of the historic rugs and furniture in the White House Blue Room. Two minutes later as we tried to calm children with big frightened eyes who barely knew English, we hopped into the first cab. I watched through the black iron gates as White House Staffers ran from all exits of the White House, in heels, with name tags on chains around their necks flying in the race.

A plane had hit the pentagon we were told. It was surreal.
No one on the streets seemed to know yet. Then we saw the rise of smoke. Then we saw TV screens in a store as our cab raced past-and saw the first images of the towers in NYC.

Every American's life was changed forever. Fear, panic, chaos.
Inside our mainland. What was coming next? What did this all mean? When or where would it end?

The day's events reminded me dramatically that life can turn upside down in seconds, in ways you have never dreamed of. And, take the time to enjoy the small pleasures in life while you have them–they can be gone in a blink of an eye. So many lost their lives. So many lost loved ones. But through the fear and turmoil, it reminded me how proud I am to be an American, and to watch my country rise to the occassion. and be the resilient survivor we somehow lost sight of in the past few decades.

I'm so ashamed of CNN, I will never watch your network ever again. Your Potomac manufactured scare broadcast was the lowest form of cheap sensationalism I have seen in some time. Heidi, you should be ashamed that you reported unsubstantiated news in the first place, and then that you tried to blame CNN's mistake on a branch of the U.S. military. Shame on you!

What makes me angry about 9/11 are the statements by American's who actually believe that Osama bin Laden is the culprit! You probably also believe that O.J. Simpson is innocent! That there is no such thing as Flying Saucers! That Lee Harvey Oswald actually killed J.F.K.! & that "anybody" can be president! Man,do you people live in FantasyLand!! If I were to tell you THE REAL TRUTH-you would probably hide inside your house for the rest of your lives. For fear of what you thought was reality-BUT WASN'T!! as Jack said, " You can't handle the truth ".
P.S.- Santa & the Easter Bunny are not REAL! Sorry.

I was walking in to Albertson's on Texas St. in Bossier City, LA, about a mile or so from Barksdale Air Force Base when I looked up and saw Air Force one flying towards the base, flanked by four F-14s. I had heard the news on the radio about an hour earlier and stopped in the store to pick up a few things. The sight of Air Force One flying so low above me sent a chill through my body. Inside the store, everyone was quiet, no one was talking about the news although we had all heard. There was, however, a complete knowing in our glances at each other that our lives would never be the same. That we would forever be looking over our shoulder, be startled at loud noises, be suspicious of those we were not suspicious of before, live lives a little more sheltered than before. We all lost a bit of freedom that day.

What 9/11 did to me was to take my whole life away. I lived in country where I felt fairly secure that our government and civil society would just be normal neurotics, to a country that has gone completely insane. I know longer feel safe or secure. I don't trust our government and I don't believe that most of people in this country have a clue as to what is really happening to us. Our civil liberities are gone. I was so petrified during GWB reign I never left my house without my husband. I thought Obama would change some of the really nasty things Bush/Cheney did but I now know there is very little difference between the two parties. I absolutely dread the next republican presidency because I know we will be a living in a full fledged Franco style facist society and government.

Yeah it sorta did – not in a good way

It changed my life forever. I worked in aviation and my career was never the same. Job loss and even going into a different industry as a result. that one moment even now 8 years later still affects me. Less that those who were impacted personally due to loss of a loved one, but nonetheless a massive impact. The sad part is we are falling back into that false sense of security that nothing like that can happen. I am afraid of a worst attack or something more devastating. Osama's message lately causes me pause and we should all heed that heads up to remain strong, proactive, and operate smartly moving forward as we combat this menace.

The President is getting to be a good speaker, sparkling some of his remarks at the Pentagon on a solemn day.

The view of the two beams of light reaching up into the heavens from across the Hudson river is one of the most moving sights in my life.

Thank you for your rept on electromagnetic beaming of electricity, so important to report news of the future.

I guess you should show the people you love that you love them.

I dropped the hyphen from my ethnic description. I am an American. period.

Even 3,000 miles away my daughter called me as I was readying for work and her voice, scared. confused instructed me to hurry and turn on the news. She and her family had moved to California just weeks before from New York.

We gasped in disbelief as we saw that second plane hit th e tower and on into the total collapse of both towers. It was surreal and profound and very scary, When flt 93 was enroute to our nations' capitol I told her I was certain F16.s were to shoot down that plane, brave Americans assessed the situation and took a proactive role in an eminent death sentence to them and saving thousands. After several hours on the phone with my daughter watching everything unfold, I went to work and told everyone to go home to be with their families. As a sales and marketing manager for a global company, faxes and phone calls ensued from around the world. While showing such compassion and sorrow for this attack on our homelands, many wrote and added that this sort of thing has been happening in their countries a very, very long time. even England.

My daughter was a new mother and frankly, we both were very much affected by the attack. While not in NYC, our sorrow and surrealism greatly affected us.

American Red Cross – Wisconsin Region

September 11th, 2001 will be a day that many of us will remember for the rest of our lives. Where we were, who we were with, and how we were impacted. Barbara Behling, Regional Community Development Officer, for the American Red Cross Northeast WI Region shares her story of where she was, who she was with and how that day continues to make an impact in her life.

By: Barbara Behling

On September 11 th , I was driving to work like normal…until…The radio stations started announcing a plane-crash. I turned the station as my sister is a flight attendant and always dread such news knowing that families will receive a dreaded call.

I arrived at my small business employer at the time and the receptionist asked “what do we do?” “About what?” I inquired. She directed me into our training center with large screen TV where the staff was glued, riveted almost paralyzed by the images of the second tower plummeting to the ground. At the time, our CEO was at a conference in New York.

An hour or so later, I’ll never forget the foreshadowing as a plane was missing. When it went down in field in Pennsylvania, I said to the company founder, “someone on that plane was a hero” He went home to hug the kids. I was still riveted by the TV images. Profound, deep, anguish and helplessness ran through my veins. “What do I do now?” I asked myself.

Our restaurant chain participated in a Day of Caring sponsored by the National & Wisconsin Restaurant Association to raise funds. I felt good – but not enough.

A few months later, I was asked to participate in a photo-op at the American Red Cross – Badger Chapter in Madison, Wisconsin. While there, I stayed for what they call a Disaster Action Team meeting as it sounded interesting. It also tied into my professional role as crisis communicator for my company. What I heard, experienced, felt, was deep, passionate and powerful. Volunteers and staff from around the area were deployed to ground zero, the neighboring New York Chapters and several points in-between. The deep, profound, helplessness ran through my veins again. “I must do more” I said to myself.

After dozens of classes, hours of volunteer service and both local and national deployments, “I am doing more”. While my words can not convey what Red Cross volunteers experienced first hand, I now have small taste of the sorrow and bittersweet endings through my veins. As I remember 9/11, it pushed me to do more, be a better neighbor, give of my time, talent and compassion to this amazing country of ours.

Two months after the attacks, the Transportation Security Agency , or TSA, was born. Your friends and family could no longer meet you at the gate — only ticketed passengers could get that far. New scanning equipment was introduced. Plane cockpit doors were reinforced to "withstand a grenade blast," and usually remained locked throughout flights.

Coming back from a trip to Disney World the following spring, I was terrified in the airport because a baseball team was being loud and rowdy, which triggered my PTSD.

Later, a man on the plane kept telling passengers to "look out for" sitting in first class, but he didn't explain why. I was immediately suspicious, but after a crowd of people gathered around a man at baggage claim asking for autographs, I realized Yankees pitcher Ramiro Mendoza had been on our flight.

How 9/11 Completely Changed Surveillance in U.S.

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Mark Klein took this picture of the entrance to Room 641A in AT&T's building on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The room housed internet spying equipment Klein says was installed by the NSA.

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Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein handed a sheaf of papers in January 2006 to lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, providing smoking-gun evidence that the National Security Agency, with the cooperation of AT&T, was illegally sucking up American citizens' internet usage and funneling it into a database.

The documents became the heart of civil liberties lawsuits against the government and AT&T. But Congress, including then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois), voted in July 2008 to override the rights of American citizens to petition for a redress of grievances.

Congress passed a law that absolved AT&T of any legal liability for cooperating with the warrantless spying. The bill, signed quickly into law by President George W. Bush, also largely legalized the government's secret domestic-wiretapping program.

Obama pledged to revisit and roll back those increased powers if he became president. But, he did not.

Mark Klein faded into history without a single congressional committee asking him to testify. And with that, the government won the battle to turn the net into a permanent spying apparatus immune to oversight from the nation's courts.

'I didn't expect the terrorists would be so successful ultimately into getting us to abandon our core principles.'

Klein's story encapsulates the state of civil liberties 10 years after the shattering attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. After a decade, the country is left with a legacy of secret and unilateral executive-branch actions, a surveillance infrastructure whose scope and inner workings remain secret with little oversight, a compliant judiciary system that obsequiously bows to claims of secrecy by the executive branch, and a populace that has no idea how its government uses its power or who is watching out for abuses.

"As someone who was in the Financial District of Manhattan on 9/11, that was a horrifying morning for everyone," says Kevin Bankston, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who's still fighting to reinstate the lawsuits his organization filed against the government and the telecoms. "Yet I didn't expect the terrorists would be so successful ultimately into getting us to abandon our core principles, and I think the founders would, in many ways, be ashamed of our response to the attack."

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) in August put a hold on Obama's push to renew the surveillance powers until the administration investigates how many people in the U.S. have had their communications "reviewed" by the feds. The director of national intelligence responded that "it is not reasonably possible" to determine that number.

In the post-9/11 bureaucratic frenzy to never let a similar attack happen again, the Congress rushed to pass the Patriot Act, a domestic-surveillance wish list full of investigatory powers long sought by the FBI. And the government created the Department of Homeland Security, an unwieldy amalgamation of agencies united under a moniker straight out of a bad science-fiction novel.

Those who thought that the election of Obama would "re-change" everything were mistaken. Instead, the administration has carried on the Bush-era policy of using high-level classification and the "state secrets privilege" to block court challenges to the unsavory aspects of the "War on Terror."

So endemic is the secrecy, that Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, says he can't answer the question about what the state of surveillance and civil liberties is in the U.S. a decade after 9/11.

"The best answer is, I don't know," Harper said. "We have had a real breakdown in government and public oversight of government. We have a real secrecy problem in this country."

But Harper does think that the next decade we'll begin to see some questioning of the money being spent on Homeland Security programs and that the courts will start to stand up more to the executive branch.

There's no way to confirm if you are on the No-Fly or Secondary Screening list, and no way to challenge them.

Well-known examples of secrecy are the No-Fly and Secondary Screening lists. The government initially refused to admit the lists existed, and struggled for years to deal with a system that has never caught a terrorist, but has inadvertently caught soldiers, politicians, children and even a prominent nun.

Most recently, the Obama administration was caught using the No-Fly list as a way to keep American citizens from flying back to the States, in order to interrogate them overseas.

There's no way to confirm if you are on either of these lists, and no way to challenge them or see the evidence against you.

Harper says that's plainly unconstitutional.

"It's pretty black-and-white," Harper said. "It's just entirely unconstitutional to have a direct executive branch punishment without the intermediary of a judge."

As for the Patriot Act, government watchers point to National Security Letters as the prime example of abuse of the government's expanded powers under the "War on Terror." So-called NSLs are self-issued subpoenas that FBI agents can use to get phone and other transaction records. The FBI began using tens of thousands of such letters every year after the NSLs' reach was expanded by the Patriot Act.

The Justice Department's inspector general has issued a series of scathing reports, including one that found that FBI agents used fake emergency requests to gather data on Washington Post and New York Times reporters, and that AT&T and Verizon were paid to open offices inside the FBI, where employees for the telecoms let FBI agents search phone records without doing any paperwork – in blatant violation of federal law. The violations were then effectively legalized retroactively by a ruling from the Obama administration's Office of Legal Counsel.

Now, the Administration is telling the American people that al-Qaida is on the ropes. But it seems unlikely that Americans will witness, or even demand, the withering away of the Homeland Security industrial complex.

While there are many reasons for that, perhaps the most important one is the imperative that started just post 9/11, when President Bush turned to Attorney General John Ashcroft and said, "Don't let this happen again."

It's those words, and that sentiment, that have kept electronic surveillance powers in effect – even though they've largely proved to be a source of dead ends for those battling al-Qaida.

'We begin to assume that the more our liberties are invaded, the more secure we are.'

"There is no evidence that the ability to conduct broad electronic surveillance with less judicial supervision has been key to the intelligence successes we have seen since 9/11, and the absence of those powers were not an important factor before 9/11," says Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the Cato Institute.

And Sanchez notes that the number of U.S. persons who had records siphoned up by the FBI in 2010 reached over 14,000 – a new record. "We have become so accustomed to talking about the balance between civil liberties and security that we begin to assume that the more our liberties are invaded, the more secure we are, when there is very little evidence that is the case," Sanchez said.

Both Harper and Bankston see reasons for hope that the court system may have lost its post-9/11 habit of deferring to the federal government anytime it invoked the words secrecy and national security.

Bankston cited a recent court win for the ACLU, where the government is being forced to reveal information about the number of people who have been tracked through their cellphones without investigators getting a warrant.

“There are always signs of hope that keep us going where we can occasionally get a window in the what the government is doing, and we will keep looking for those windows,” Bankston said.

New Yorkers Affected by 9/11

The September 11 attacks traumatized many Americans, creating or worsening mental health problems in people across the United States. They dealt with higher levels of stress and anxiety in the day’s aftermath. In some cases, people began using drugs or alcohol to escape their distress. New Yorkers, in particular, seem to have been affected the most.

People like Marcy Borders experienced lifelong effects caused directly by the event. Known as the “Dust Lady” in the media, Borders was working on the 81st floor of the north tower when a jetliner struck the building. In the years after 9/11, she grappled with severe bouts of anxiety and depression that stemmed from the event. To numb her mental health issues, she began using alcohol and cocaine. The mental impact of the tragedy and subsequent substance use affected her until she died of stomach cancer in 2015.

Borders is just one of many New Yorkers who were affected by the attacks. A study of 36,897 members of the World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) showed that many experienced long-lasting effects from the event. Specifically, 14.2% suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 15.3% suffered from depression when studied in 2015–2016, 14 years after the event.

A variety of factors influenced the development of disorders such as depression and PTSD. A 2008 report on 71,437 WTCHR members showed:

  • 51% were in the dust clouds caused by tower collapses
  • 70% witnessed traumatic events
  • 13% sustained an injury

These kinds of events can directly lead to mental health disorders like PTSD and depression. WTCHR members also had new or worsened respiratory issues such as asthma. Physical health issues, such as injuries or the development of respiratory problems, can lead to depression and substance use disorders.

Anxiety disorders like PTSD were common among New York City residents after 9/11. Estimates show that between 34,600–70,200 adults experienced PTSD after the events. Some New Yorkers would panic at the sight of an airplane or whenever they heard sirens. Counseling for symptoms of PTSD increased in New York in the months after the attacks.

Why Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752

Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of course.

Now, your average Brit had as much knowledge of Parliament then as we do of day-to-day life in the 1750s, so this might need a little unpacking. You see, it’s all to do with calendars—the way we tabulate time—and how Britain fell out of sync with the world, and felt the need to catch back up. And what’s more, it goes back 170 years prior to 1752.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII was 10 years into his reign as leader of the Catholic church. He had a problem with Easter. The Julian calendar that the church (and large swaths of the world) used at the time measured a year as 365 days and 6 hours long.

That’s close, but not quite right. The average length of a year is 365 days, 5 hours and 49 minutes. The 11 minutes difference might not seem like all that much, but compounded over 1300 years, it begins to add up. So on February 24, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII released a papal bull—a declaration from the leader of the Catholic church—decreeing that those under the dominionship of his church would have to skip some days. Spain, large parts of Italy (which was not yet unified), the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Luxembourg, and Poland and Lithuania (who were at the time tied under a commonwealth) all adopted Gregory’s bull that year.

Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, and Prussia all followed in the next 50 years, so that large parts of Europe were now ticking off days on their shiny new Gregorian calendars.

Land of Hope and Glory

Britain (England until 1707) was a holdout. It had a large empire, and enough power to feel like it didn’t immediately need to cop to the Catholic calendar (bear in mind, too, that when Gregory made his switch, England’s church was only 50 years out from a nasty split with the Catholic church). But it all got rather confusing: People often headed up letters they wrote with two dates—one using the new Gregorian calendar in fashion in mainland Europe, and the other using the old-fashioned Julian calendar.

Eventually, Britain capitulated and instigated its Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750. Within the legislation, the government admitted that the old-style calendar had caused “divers inconveniences, not only as it differs from the usage of neighbouring nations, but also from the legal method of computation in Scotland, and from the common usage throughout the whole kingdom, and thereby frequent mistakes are occasioned in the dates of deeds and other writings, and disputes arise therefrom.

“In and throughout all his Majesty’s dominions and countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, belonging or subject to the crown of Great Britain,” the act continued, “the second day of September in the said year one thousand seven hundred and fifty-two inclusive and that the natural day next immediately following the said second day of September shall be called, reckoned, and accounted to be the fourteenth day of September, omitting for that time only the eleven intermediate nominal days of the common calendar.”

The Final Holdouts

And so, with that act of Parliament, Britain (and its colonies) joined most of the rest of Europe in using the Gregorian calendar. September 3 through September 13 were skipped altogether for 1752, and life went on. Despite what some people say, there was little backlash from the public.

Britain wasn’t the last holdout for the new form of calendar, either—not by a long shot. Russia didn’t change over until 1918. Greece refused to switch until 1923. By then the synchronisation had become so bad that the two countries needed to skip 13 days, rather than 11. It’s one of the only ways that people can skip forward in time until we invent the time machine.

4 - Turning local police officers into immigration agents

One of the reasons for the spike in deportations during the Obama administration is a relatively new immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities. First launched in 2008, the program is now in effect in states across the country, and will be national by 2013.

Secure Communities requires local law enforcement to share the fingerprints of arrestees with Homeland Security. The prints are run through a database, and if the search turns up an immigration hold, the arrestee can be detained until federal immigration authorities arrive.

The program empowers local police officers to serve as de facto immigration agents, whether they want that responsibility or not. If a police officer arrests someone for running a stop sign, the officer might be effectively threatening the arrestee with deportation. Likewise, an undocumented crime victim fearful of being accidentally arrested, fingerprinted, and deported may be less likely to come forward with tips for authorities.