Thursday, September 09, 2010

History Channel: "9/11: State of Emergency" and "The Man Who Predicted 9/11"

The History Channel aired a two-hour documentary “9/11: State of Emergency”, which replayed the events of the first two hours of the 9/11 tragedy, with particular emphasis on the communications between the president (starting with Andrew Card’s notification at a school) and the rest of the defense staff. Flight 93 is relived, and the order to shoot it down issued by Cheney is recounted. A young flight attendant on American Flight 11 was the first to notify ATC of the hijacking of the fist plane.

The President did not realize it was an attack until the second plane hit. The CBS footage from “What We Saw” was used.

Some firemen and one civilian were trapped on the 4th floor of the North Tower when it collapsed but were rescued.

The film was preceded by a one hour documentary, “The Man Who Predicted 9/11”, about Rick Rescoria, head of security for Morgan Stanley. This goes back to the 1993 WTC incident. This does not seem to be the same film as one by the same named aired a few years ago on PBS Frontline.

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