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September 11th, 2008
01:03 PM ET

The story of the century, and the century had just begun...


Editor's Note: We are devoting many posts today to the anniversary of 9/11, with first-hand accounts, insight, and commentary dedicated to that day seven years ago that changed our world.
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Jamie McIntyre | BIO
Senior Pentagon Correspondent

I was just pulling into the Pentagon parking lot at 8:45 in the morning, when my producer Chris Plante called me on my cell phone. "Are you aware of what's happening?" he asked, as I was stepping out of my car. "A plane has just hit the World Trade Center." My step quickened, as I ascended the long driveway to the River entrance of the Pentagon.

Once inside, I rushed to the office of a well-connected military officer on the joint staff and found him watching the coverage on CNN. "Is there any evidence this was a military plane?" I asked.

Another reporter walked in. "Don't laugh," she said. "My desk is asking if this could be an act of terrorism."

Within minutes we got the answer when the second plane hit.

I hurried to my office, located on the outer 'E-ring' on the Pentagon, facing northwest Washington, and began making calls. I quickly learned that the building had been put on a higher state of alert, "Threatcon Alpha", as a precaution.

My 10-by-20 foot office was quickly filling with people, mostly military personnel who did not have televisions in their offices, who now stood transfixed by the ghastly image on CNN.
Suddenly I began to get cryptic messages in the CNN internal computer system, "Are you alright?" "Is everything okay?"

I was momentarily puzzled. Sure a momentous tragedy was unfolding before our eyes, but I was doing my job, and not under undue emotional stress. Then I understood the sudden concern. Chris, my producer, had arrived at the Pentagon the precise moment the airliner hit, and was now reporting on the smoky fire from his cell phone on other side of the building.

As a building alarm sounded, and a recorded announcement ordered immediate evacuation, I walked inward along corridor 7 from the outer E-ring to the inner A-Ring. I found the Pentagon¹s center courtyard full of people, and saw black smoke billowing from the opposite side over the entrance to corridors 3 and 4.

An Army two-star told me his story of feeling the explosion and seeing the "shrapnel" from the impact. I saw a medical team rush to the impact area, answering a call for someone trapped inside. I rushed back to deliver my first report from my office camera at 9:57 am.

While I waited for CNN to get to me, I began frantically dialing my home number to let my wife know I was unharmed. So many well-meaning friends were calling the line was constantly busy. Just before I had to go on the air, I saw my home number flash on the incoming caller ID.
"I'm okay," I blurted to my wife, just as I was being introduced on the air.

Aaron Brown, was anchoring our coverage from the top of our NY building with the smoking towers of the World Trade Center behind him,

"At the Pentagon a plane or a helicopter has crashed, apparently as part of whatever this operation has been. And Jamie McIntyre is there. Jamie, what are you hearing?"
"Well, Aaron, there is a lot of confusion here at the Pentagon. It appears that something hit the Pentagon on the outside of the fifth corridor, on the Army corridor. Several Army officers I talked to reporting hearing a big, explosion, seeing shards of metal coming past their window.
The Pentagon has been evacuated. Emergency services personnel were rushing to reports of several people trapped in the building. Most of the building's 24,000 people are outside of the building or in the center courtyard as emergency teams try to sort out what has happened here. There is of course thick black smoke billowing from the scene. There¹s a lot of confusion. The Defense Protective Service, the police force here in the pentagon has been urging people to get out of the building and move away from the scene so they can handle the emergency situation. Again it appears that an aircraft of some sort did hit the side of the Pentagon, the west front which faces sort of toward Arlington national cemetery. It's a corridor where lots of Army offices are located...

"Wow!" said Aaron suddenly interrupting me.

"Jamie, Jamie, I need you to stop for a second. There has just been a huge explosion, we can see a billowing smoke rising, and I'll tell you I can't see that second tower."
It was at the moment the first of the two towers collapsed.

It wasn't clear to me exactly what had just happened in New York. I was considering my own situation. I looked down the deserted hall outside my office, and saw a thin haze of smoke slowly beginning to move in my direction. I made some quick decisions. I would take my laptop with all my files, but I would leave my coat and tie. It was already a warm day, and it was going to be long day of reporting.

Before taking off, I attempted one more feat of newsgathering. I tried to move the live camera mounted in the corner of my office so I could point it down the hallway. That way if, in what I hoped was an unlikely prospect, the fire burned all the way to my office, at least CNN would have a live picture until the power went off. But it turned out there wasn't enough cable to get the camera to the doorway, so instead I set the lens on a wide shot of the office and left with the camera feeding back a picture of my desk.

I saw no one else as I walked out, passing the deserted office of the Joint Chiefs Chairman, and turning left to exit through the River Entrance. Outside the Lincoln Navigator used by the Secretary of Defense was idling, apparently ready to whisk him to safety, but Rumsfeld was not around.

I walked in the sunshine along the Pentagon's ceremonial parade ground, a wide expanse of well-manicured grass and flowers at least as long as a football field. When I reached the end, I looked back just as someone was sounding another warning from a bullhorn.

"Hurry, move quickly," he exhorted, "we have a report of another plane, two minutes out, heading for the Pentagon." I looked down the steps to my left and saw several hundred people scurrying from another Pentagon entrance. I tried to call CNN on my cellular phone,
but couldn't get through. I tried to call my wife again. Damn. All the cells were jammed. I stopped, listened, and scanned the horizon with one eye while holding my still camera to my other eye.

The sky was bright blue and absolutely cloudless. It was eerily quiet.
Then a U.S. Air Force National Guard F-16 roared overhead. Eight more minutes passed and there was no second plane. I snapped a picture of the smoke rising behind the sun-drenched east façade of the Pentagon, and moved on.

I began a long walk to circumnavigate the Pentagon to get to the fire. It took me about 15 to 20 minutes; the walk shortened somewhat by closure of the surrounding roads, which allowed me to ford highways normally impassible to pedestrians.

I made my way to through the south parking lot, where people were still going to their cars, and as I turned the corner I saw for the first time the devastation.

While my producer Chris Plante has been on CNN several times with on-scene reports, I had not been able to get a cell phone call out to CNN. By the time I arrived at the scene, the press had been pushed back far away from the building, and most of the surviving injured had already been evacuated.

I stood behind a line of rescue people waiting for anyone else who might be found in the debris.
Finally my cell phone call went through, and soon I was again talking to Aaron Brown in New York.

"I'm looking at the charred façade of the Pentagon, a huge gaping hole on the side where the Pentagon helipad is located, the side that faces Arlington Cemetery. In front of me is a long line of rescue personnel, with backboards. They are just waiting for victims to be brought out so they can rush them to nearby medical facilities...Firefighters continue to pour streams of water onto the side of the building and a huge black cloud of smoke continues to billow out. It is a scene of utter destruction here. I'm sure it pales in comparison to the World Trade Center, but I have never seen anything like this myself, and I'm certain that in the history of the Pentagon, there's been nothing like this." As I wandered closer to the firefighters, I noticed hundreds of tiny plane fragments scattered around the Pentagon heliport.

I spotted a three-foot piece of fuselage, and a smashed cockpit window, but most of the pieces were small enough to fit in your hand.

Mindful that an investigation might eventually try to piece the plane back together, I carefully avoided touching anything. A police officer approached me and asked who I was. When I explained, he told me I would have to move to a designated media area up a hill and across Route 27.

I set off in that direction, and when I reached the parking lot I turned for a last look. The image of the Pentagon burning, behind yellow police tape, seemed like a natural photograph. So I raised my camera and took a picture, for me really, since CNN already was showing a live picture on the air, much closer up.

That photograph led to my arrest. A panicked police officer of the Defense Protective Service saw me, and demanded my camera and tape recorder. When I protested, he overreacted and slapped me in handcuffs.

I tried to be as nonconfrontational as possible, knowing from experience that police are trained to meet any resistance with more force. I calmly repeated that I would cooperate, and explained that there was no reason for him to confiscate my equipment. But he wasn't in any mood for reason.

After discussing my crime with his supervisor, he eventually realized he would have to let me go, and began walking me to toward the press area. I gently suggested it might not look so good for him to been captured on videotape marching the CNN correspondent in handcuffs. He quickly dismissed the notion, but then, as though he just thought of something more important he had to do, he uncuffed me and let me go, while maintaining custody of my digital camera and audio recorder.

When I requested he return my press pass, he angrily replied, "Mr. McIntyre, you won't need that, because you will NEVER set foot in the Pentagon again."

I knew better, of course, but saw little reason to correct him. It was a
bad day for a lot of people, I told myself, and he was just one of them. The rest of the day was marked by confusion in the logistics of television news coverage, punctuated by the growing realization of the enormity of the event.

In its haste to get a live picture on the air, CNN had set up its camera far
from the scene, and I had to hike more than a mile to get to it. When I
got there I found my colleague Bob Franken reporting from near the foot of the 14the street bridge, a location from which it was impossible to get any real information.

A CNN producer drove me south on the main highway and dropped me at a location where another CNN crew was supposedly setting up a second live camera, but when I arrived I found that was not the case.

So I hiked back to where most of the media had set up camp, at a CITCO gas station across the highway from where firefighters were still battling the blaze.

CNN was still having technical problems, and relying on local stations for their live pictures. I made a guest appearance on one CNN affiliate, WUSA-TV Channel 9, a station where I once worked.

When I finally did get back on the air, I interviewed an eyewitness, a TV reporter named Mike Walter, who had seen the whole thing from his car, but did not have a cell phone. "I think I'm the only reporter in Washington without a cell phone," he lamented.

With all the cells overloaded it was hard to get a call out, but at one point when I was hiking around, my teenage daughter was able to get through, so I could tell her I was okay. And I also eventually was able to contact my wife, who had been inundated by well-meaning friends and neighbors, worried about my safety.

CNN was so consumed by the much bigger disaster in New York, that perversely it was hard to get on the air. I never saw the images of the World Trade Center towers collapsing until much later in the day. In between my reports, I would just sit and think about how profoundly the world had changed. It seemed overwhelming at times. The story of the century, and the century had just begun.

I felt an enormous sadness, both for the loss of lives, and for the loss of freedoms I feared would have to follow such an event, but I didn't feel like crying.

I went home around midnight. . It wasn't until the next morning, as I went to hang the American flag on the porch outside our home that when tears came to my eyes.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Jamie,

    Your story and photos, just reinforce the theory of an inside job.
    Wouldnt an airplane of that size have left a larger hole?
    and no burn marks in the grass? How did a rookie pilot, who was not trained to land, navigate a jetliner with that much accuracy and NOT hit the lawn?
    The grass near that entrance hole should be scorched or disturbed. It appears that is not the case.

    I have many doubts about what really happened on this tragic day.
    However, I do not doubt the bravery and heroism so many Americans
    showed that day.

    I hope someday, all of our lingering doubts and questions are answered fully.

    Jeff

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    I can only say that I appreciate your story. I remember looking out the window when it happened and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I look out today and the day looks the same. Your story reminded me of all the emotions I experienced that day.

    September 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  3. LG from Kentucky

    In no way do I mean to diminish the memory or add to the controversy, and I am not a conspiracy theorist, but it just seems so incredible that a cockpit window would be anywhere else but smashed inside the building. These are just the observations of curiosity, nothing more.

    Jamie did you ever get the sense that things didn't add up? In your time as a reporter, I'm sure you covered other plane crashes. What was abnormal about this, besides the obvious boldness of the attacks?

    September 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  4. OK Snoey

    It's really a shame that Bush was president at this time. We could have benefited by having a leader who could think through the implications and respond appropriately beyond the initial period. To create a war in Afghanistan and never resource it sufficiently to bring it to conclusion was really moronic.

    Then, to use the "war on terror" as a facade to create yet another war in Iraq for no purpose other than oil and a family vendetta has served to further damage this country in terms of blood and treasure. This has compromised Americas ability to respond to other areas of strategic interest. Also, it has accomplished less than nothing towards neutralizing global terrorism. We've just created in incubator for it. And, we've lost the goodwill of the international community. The latter is the most serious because, like it or not, we can't do this alone.

    September 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  5. Lt. Earp

    Very well said Cathleen. These nutjobs that keep claiming that our govt. was behind it keep dishonoring the people lost. They are also disrespecting the victim's families. These nutjobs that claim this also keep saying what an idiot Bush is. If he is such an idiot how do you think he could be involved or be behind it? He'd blow it if he actually knew anything. I'm not a fan of Bush either but I don't think he could have been a part of this without messing up somewhere along the line.
    My sympathies to the surviving familes.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  6. No name

    The only disappointing thing about this article are a few of the comments below it. Shame on some of you.

    Thank you for sharing this heart-touching story. I have passed the link on to my family and friends.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  7. James

    Thanks for sharing. It's too bad people have to shout their inside job theories every chance they get, yet offer no supporting evidence or any sign they have seriously thought it out. It's so easy for you to say it ws a fake attack, but what actual proof do you have? None, and you never will so give it up already.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  8. Heather

    Thank you for sharing your story from your perspective. We were pretty much watching the WTC and had no idea of what was going on inside at the Pentegan and what you were experiencing. I know how all of you are trained to be professional and compose yourself when reporting, but I think that 9/11 is one day when a reporter could allow a tear or two.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  9. Crystal

    Jinx, I agree with you. Jamie, thanks for sharing your story! I have found over the past 7 years to share is a way of healing.
    I WILL NOT FORGET.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  10. Ling

    Wow, thank you for sharing your story. Still so emotional, its still so compelling and the time that passes doesn't make it any easier.
    Allentown, PA

    September 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  11. Ann

    Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures. The crash at the Pentagon does not get much coverage, so it is always interesting to hear/read another's story. I worked across the highway in Pentagon City on that day, and it definitely changed my life. Seven years later, I can still hear the roar of the plane's engines, feel the shaking of our building upon the plane's impact and see the smoke billow up from below the roof line of the Pentagon. Like many, that day had a profound impact on my life. I realized just how short one's life can be, and how dreams should be pursued.
    Sent from Paris, France – with a dream fulfilled.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Gina Reeves

    9-11 was set up by the government to instill fear in the citzens. It gave the government the "ok" to go to war.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  13. Jason

    That's an incredible story. The horrific day of September 11th will never be forgotten for many of us. It's our generation's "Pearl Harbor". Immediately afterwards, we saw the best come out in Americans. My parents told me stories about how the Nation came together during WWII– I never thought I would experience it. To the conspiracy theorists who can't fathom why there weren't any large aircraft pieces or bodies carried from any of the sites you should educate yourselves on the dynamics of physics and JP-8 jet fuel. Having written that, the great thing about this country is that we are allowed to express our opinions which balances democracy.

    God Bless America!

    September 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  14. tricia

    Excellent reporter always....enlightening personal account of a day we should never forget, a day which made most of us more grateful for our feeedom.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  15. RonATL

    Jinx – keep your politics to yourself. This is a day of remembrance and should not be soiled by your petty politics.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Madison

    AJ, when you look for truth, you will find truth, or at least, an eye opener that may make one think a little, instead of being a robot. Unfortunately those who try to find it are instantly called whackjobs. I guess it is easier to remain ignorant. The conservatives laugh about the liberals "drinking the kool-aid", but seriously, who's drinking the koolaid? Those who choose to not seek truth.

    Jinx, it is people as ignorant as yourself that scares the bejeebees out of me. Islamic Terrorism? Nice label, really. What label can you manufacture for McVie's act of terrorism? The Una-bomber? I suggest you learn more about other religion and put the kool-aid down for a bit. Because you're obviously not seeing how your religion and faith is being used against you. Sheep gotta wake-up. You're being lied to. Again, and again, and again....

    September 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Timmy, Brian, Nancy, Steven- you're all morons.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Jacquelyn

    Nancy –

    AA Flight 77 took off from Reagan National Airport. If you know the geography of the area you would know they are very close together (maybe 2-3 miles on the highway). Planes going in & out of DC go right through the heart of the city daily.

    It was not that odd for a plane to be flying over the Pentagon when almost every plane out of Reagan flies over the Pentagon!

    September 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  19. nikki

    what a day at work that must have been...

    September 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  20. Leslie

    Nancy – obviously you have never flow out of Regan Airport in DC. You fly close enough to the Pentagon to see it. As for the "bodies", give it a rest. Of course there would be not bodies – they were incinerated by jet fuel that ingnited upon impact. What, you think all those families of those "bodies" are making up that fact that their loved ones died? You are an indiot.

    To all those that think this was an inside job: you are all a bunch of idiots looking for a reaction. Losers!

    September 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  21. Evan

    Jamie, I was living in Rosslyn at the time and had the day off (I was between temp jobs). Once I realized what was going on, I, like dozens of other people, started walking towards the Pentagon. I can tell you the first time I saw the green smoke was right above the trees behind the Iwo Jima Memorial. I kept walking along with a 60ish year old man with a portable radio towards the Pentagon, not knowing why, maybe to see if I could help, maybe curiousity. Who knows? But I was drawn to it. I can tell you the strangest part of the day was walking right down the middle of 395, which had absolutely no traffic. It was like being in an apocalyptic epic. When we got close helping out really kicked in and we started to walk down the the exit off of 395 for the Pentagon before being stopped by a woman with a badge with in a red camaro that came streaking to a halt in front of us.

    Just a bizarre, bizarre day.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Ryan

    This brings back the horrible memories as I sat in my high school auditorium and watched the second plane collide into the second tower. It was like the world had stopped and nothing else was moving but the images on the T.V. What people don't understand is, we are not at war with Muslim's or a certain religion. We are at war with all terrorists, but in turn, we have terrorized the people of other coutries. It is an endless circle of death and destruction that will never end.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  23. Chris

    Thanks Mr. McIntyre for your very personal story. It remided me of my own day seven years ago. I was only a few miles down the road teaching at Oakton High School in Vienna. I still remember the chill of fear when reports started coming in of an attack at the Pentagon and possibly the State Department. What had been a thing going on far away in New York got a lot closer. It didn't help that my wife was working at the VA hospital in DC and I couldn't get in touch with her. I still remember how proud I was of my journalism students who drove to the Pentagon in the days to come and took pictues of the damage for the school paper. And to the inevitable conspiricay theorists, if you can't stop spreading your air-headed blather on this of all days, please take a moment to go out and really examine the evidence with an open mind. It's pretty clear that it was a plane.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  24. Chris

    I am glad to see that the American People are beginning to wake up. The atrocities committed against the American People and the families of those lost in New York, PA, and Virginia BY THE US GOVERNMENT must be exposed. No bodies. No large sections of the plane or the wings. No Luggage. A large 16 ft blast hole on the exit side. This was a crime committed by those in the highest levels of government. INVESTIGATE 9-11.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  25. Duane

    anyone who thinks the goverment did 9/11 is beyond stupid. Anyone who thinks the "Jews" did it is beyond stupid.

    The amount of evidence is unbelievable. You dummy’s would be better off looking for bigfoot….lol.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  26. Rick Young Iv

    I will never forget that day! We must never forget that day! Thank you for revitalizing my own personal resolve and I am sure the resolve of many others.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  27. john

    Brian, you are an imbecile

    September 11, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  28. Michelle G. from Alabama

    I am stunned as I read some of these blog entries! What kind of idiot believes that 9/11 was perpetuated by our own government. We were attacked by people who hate the American way of life. I am far from a neo-con and I believe that our war should have been Afghanistan, not Iraq. I did not vote for Bush in either of the two elections. But common sense and claims of responsibility from Al Qaeda testify to the fact that the U.S. was a victim of a global hate crime. America has made policy mistakes and sometimes our leaders make wrong choices, but our citizens did not deserve the attempted genocide of 9/11 that was perpetuated by Muslim extremists.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  29. James da Liberal

    I read this and felt all the emotions from that day. I grew up and still live here in N Va. I find it very disturbing that so many people feel so compelled to turn even this day of remeberance into a political attack. Are we so weak that we can't even deal with this national tradegy in a rational and respectful way. How dare any one claim we've forgotten, "the picture is too small"? – how petty we are. Who do you think you are?! More selfishly imposed opinions. Enough!
    Devisive politics will be the legacy of this time, and history will clearly define the source.
    It all starts with the leadership or lack there of – and with weakness and fear.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  30. Roger

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and story. Always interesting to read an acutal participates account of the events as they unfolded.
    Roger – Birmingham

    September 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  31. Jay

    Mr. Steven Scott...your bold assertion requires proof, which I doubt you have.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  32. Karin

    This was a good story. I think living outside of NY and Washington we forget how much that day altered the worldview of Americans. This story made me remember that day.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  33. Tom 2

    Tom, you seem like you're naive and closed minded and in 10 to 15 years you still won't open your eyes.

    September 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  34. Cathleen

    to those who are claiming 9/11 was an inside job – why do you still live here? if you have so little faith in your country, in your administration, why are you still here? you're free to go live someplace else... until then all you are is a disgrace to the men and women who fight every day for your freedom to display your idiocy!

    September 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  35. Lauren Isaacs

    Yes we will remember – and we will never forget.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  36. Nancy

    so where are the bodies from the "plane" which crashed into the pentagon. How did that plane even get that close to the vicnity of the pentagon without being shot down?

    I'm surprised they mention now plane debri when none was even seen nor mentioned of when it happened

    September 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  37. Mark

    Thanks for sharing your facinating story. It is great to hear a real story, not so polished and bland as most reporting. A real story from that day.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  38. Jinx

    Thank God George W. Bush was our president at the time and lets pray to God that John S. McCain is elected after Bush. We must win the war against Islamic Terrorism.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  39. AJ

    I can't believe that people still think that this was an inside job. Timmy, do you know what an idiot you look like when you say such things. The whole conspiracy thing makes no sense. I just don't get people that hold on to such insane thoughts.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  40. James

    Wow, that is epic. But apparently you got your equipment back right? Imagine if that's how the officer was on September 11, 2001, how they would treat a reporter nowadays.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  41. Steven Scott

    911 was an inside job.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  42. Brandon

    It's very disgraceful that this country has already forgotten about the thousands lost this day 7 years ago. We place more attention this day on Kanye West's arrest than on remembering what is really important... What is CNN thinking??? I can only shake my head in disgust!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  43. BRIAN

    a whole plane hit and all we have is that one dumb picture of a little piece of plane that not even burnt! give me a break. look at everything!
    why would build 7 fall from a bunch of small fires and some debris??
    its the first skyscraper in history to fall because of fires! small fires don't even level homes!

    September 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  44. Lindsay Ainsworth

    I find it very offensive that the Kanye West story is above the 9/11 rememberance stories. It just shows you where are loyalties lie in this country, with Hollywood!!!! Shame on you CNN!!!!

    September 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  45. David

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  46. Tom

    Timmy, it appears that you are still 8 years old (mentally and intellectually). Maybe you will open your eyes in 10 or 15 years...

    September 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  47. Lynn Cerullo

    We remember. We will never forget.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  48. BRIAN

    It was a military plane! hahaha – Get it? we planned 9/11 to create a sense of fear in the public so the neo-cons could do whatever they want- in the "homeland" and overseas! Thanks PNAC!!!

    September 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  49. timmy

    i thank or know the goverment did it and when this happened i was 8 and it was devistating the gov. is a bunch of hipacrits

    September 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  50. Cindy

    Thanks Jamie for sharing your story of that day. Too bad you almost got arrested in the mayhem! LOL The pics are great too BTW!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
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