11 September, 2007

Remembering 9/11

Inside Story - 9 Sept - New Bin Laden tape - Part 1

Inside Story - 9 Sept - New Bin Laden tape - Part 2

One man changed the world six years ago.

The world's only superpower has declared him its most dangerous enemy. He has been wanted by the United States for a decade now, but the world's most wanted man escaped death four times in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.

New Yorkers are doing all they can to preserve the way September 11 is commemorated, and with it falling on a Tuesday for the first time since 2001, the day is another trigger of tragic memories.

And across the United States, September 11 will have much of the same emotional impact that has gripped the American psyche and dominated U.S. political discourse for six years, an impact that will not soon ease, analysts say.

New York City will mark the event as it has for the past five anniversaries with a solemn ceremony punctuated by the reading of names of the 2,750 innocent people who died at the World Trade Center.

"I think one of the challenges that we as a society have is, how do you keep the memory of 9/11 alive and the lessons of something like 9/11 alive going forward for decades?" Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters on Monday.

The term 9/11, using the American convention of enumerating the month before the date, summarizes the entire experience associated with the hijacked jetliner attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon and crashed a plane into a Pennsylvania field.

In all, 2,993 people died, including the 19 hijackers.

Meanwhile,a U.S. Air Force base in Germany received a bomb threat hours before the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, military officials said.

Military police have stepped up security and are taking a closer look at cars and trucks entering the Spangdahlem Air Base following a telephone call threatening to blow the facility up.

Someone speaking German -- with a non-German accent -- called the base Monday evening and issued the bomb warning, according to Iris Reiff, a spokeswoman with the public affairs office at the base.

As well as coming a day before the 9/11 anniversary the incident also occurred a week after the unraveling of a terror plot aimed at U.S. military installations in Germany.

"We've sort of diverted traffic around the main gate area so each of the security forces can get a complete look at the vehicles from the front and side," said Capt. Kevin Koffman, a base spokesman.

Otherwise, he said, it's "business as usual" on the base, which is in western Germany. German police were working to trace the phone call, but so far no arrests have been made.



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