Talk:September 11, 2001 attacks

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I'm going to take a swing at this... bear with me. Myk 02:30, 24 March 2007 (EDT)

OK, I added a very terse timeline of events sourced from a combination of CNN's timeline and the FBI press release. I just included the key events of what happened... not the response during the day. Selective inclusion of the response could be perceived as partisan and total inclusion of everything... well... that'd be plagiarism. I also gave the most recent estimates for casualties I could find.
I did not touch the "conspiracy theories" or "events following 9/11" as those are both way too political for liberal old me. My personal opinion is that the "events following" section should be a little bit more fleshed and written in a more encyclopedic tone... the immediate result was the War on Terror which has its own article. I also think that the "conspiracy theories" section needs a lot less space but possibly a link to another article. Myk 04:17, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
Oh... and I have an idea for an additional section which I may tackle unless someone does it first.
  • "Planning and Execution"
  • "Emergency Response"
  • "Subsequent Health Issues"
Any others? Myk 04:32, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
I really wanted to go to bed... we seem to have lost the talk history in the BORF page move vandalism... I could only save the section I was editing and so still had in my browser cache. There wasn't much in here and I think the edits I made are pretty vanilla. Myk 04:41, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
OK... I added a section about the economic impact and the consequences on US policy. The economic impact can stand some significant increase from someone who understand the ins and outs better than I do. The consequences on US policy should remain brief as most will lead to their own articles. Myk 18:41, 24 March 2007 (EDT)
No one wanted to take a swing at it so I just cut the Conspiracy Theories section down to "Conspiracy Theories exist / are easily disproven" and the Popular Mechanics article. If people want to expound on the conspiracy theories, I would suggest creating a new article for it, and linkt to it from here. Myk 12:24, 25 March 2007 (EDT)

I have one suggestion on the conspiracy section: rather than say "easily disproven," maybe "comprehensively disproven" would be a better term. Easily sounds more like opinion, while comprehensively is not only more neutral, but also more powerful. Just a thought.--Dave3172 11:14, 10 April 2007 (EDT)
Done and done. Next time, feel free to edit away. Those conpiracy theorists give me the heebie jeebies. Myk 11:45, 10 April 2007 (EDT)

Added video link

The Internet Archive has news broadcasts from the major networks for Sept 11-13, and I added a link in the source section. Karajou 09:21, 17 April 2007 (EDT)

Smashing!!--~ Sysop-TK /MyTalk 09:50, 17 April 2007 (EDT)
I moved them from the source section to the new "Additional Information" section as those links weren't used to help source the article. Myk 12:29, 17 April 2007 (EDT)
It's rather interesting to watch the first clips from each of the networks; just another news day, then they're not sure what's going on with the first tower explosion, then the reactions as the second tower gets hit. Karajou 14:13, 17 April 2007 (EDT)

Rewrite, et al

I'm not going to do a re-write of Myk's re-write, but (this is constructive criticism, mind you) I feel it is rather weak. So, my suggestion is to arrange in new subheadings, and fill them with the detail required. The subheadings are in this order:

  • Introductory paragraph
  • Prelude
    • This subheading describes the events and situations which led to 9/11, up to the arrival at the airport of the terrorists.
  • The first plane
  • the second plane
  • the third plane
  • the fourth plane
I'm sure these subheadings will be changed in favor of, say "United Flight 73", etc, but you want where the flight originated from, number of passengers onboard, and which target it hit. Special attention should be paid to the flight that hit the wheatfield in Pennsylvania, as there was an attempted take-over by the passengers. The way I presented it here is that it infers to the first target hit, then the second, the third, etc.
  • The Targets
    • World Trade Center One
    • World Trade Center Two
    • The Pentagon
    • The White House?
This can go into detail on each one, as to when they were hit, number of people killed, in the case of WTC when each tower collapsed. I put a question mark by the White House, as it may have been a target, but the plane involved went down near Shankville, PA.
  • Immediate reaction
What the country was doing within hours of the attacks: the military on alert; all flights canceled, with those in the air ordered to land; the scrambling of fighters, the evacuation of the White House and Capitol, etc.
    • President Bush's reaction
Bush was in a school in Florida, engaged in a reading assignment for kids when he was told the news of WTC. Then he was on a flight not to Washington, but to a base in Louisiana.
  • Identity of the terrorists
Mohammed Atta should be the only one mentioned, plus a brief history of where he was in the Mid East in connection with his training; plus the indentity of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
  • Afghanistan
Bush ordered Mullah Omar to turn over bin Laden and dismantle his training camps or face armed attack, which of course happened.
  • Aftermath
This can be further divided in conquest of Afghanistan and the overthrow of the Taliban; alleged connections between Al Qaeda and Iraq; heath issues relative to WTC; the plans for rebuilding the WTC; repairs to the Pentagon; memorials, etc.

What do you think? It leaves no room for the heebie jeebies concerning conspiracy nuts! Karajou 21:52, 17 April 2007 (EDT)

Be my guest, Karajou. I never wanted to be the sole author of the piece, just wanted to set up the framework. But saying it's rather weak... not tactful. Or constructive for that matter. Myk 00:59, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
Yes it was meant to be constructive, as well as something that you could take advantage of. I wasn't about to take over the article. Karajou 08:05, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Yes, Karajou, please emulate Myk's endless and trademarked tact! --~ Sysop-TK /MyTalk 08:50, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
TK, i find that comment rather weak. Myk 12:55, 18 April 2007 (EDT)

TK, I am not interested in mindless or trademarked tacts; the only thing I have done was offer a suggestion. To me, this article belongs to Myk, and nobody else. Give him the chance, the means, and the opportunity to make it better. Karajou 13:18, 18 April 2007 (EDT)

It's a wiki, Karajou, it belongs to everyone. That's how wikis work. Myk 17:37, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Karajou, I was supporting what you said. It was sarcasm. Myk, you are 100% wrong. Not all Wiki's work the same way, nor are they intended to, according to the options the software gives site owners. Such all-encompassing statements are not only "weak" they are misleading. More precise would have been "That's how I prefer wiki's to work" or "That's how other wiki's work that I have used." --~ Sysop-TK /MyTalk 18:06, 18 April 2007 (EDT)
TK, please give me an example of a wiki where articles are all proprietary. Why must you argue every little point? Myk 21:47, 18 April 2007 (EDT)


After a wave of conspiratorial-oriented edits, I have protected this article. If anybody wants to add anything, just reach me on my talk page and I'll put it in. DanH 14:29, 18 July 2007 (EDT)

Clinton's policies

I don't see anything in this article about how Clinton's failed foreign policies contributed to the attacks. Clinton had SEVERAL chances to take out bin Laden and he didn't. Not responding to the Cole attack and the African embassy bombings just emboldened the terrorists. Can someone add this important information to the article?

I would recommend researching it and putting in referenced information with your findings. Be factual and don't personally attack Clinton, but let your information do your talking. Learn together 13:20, 21 April 2008 (EDT)

"I believe in God" graphic

I don't understand how this is relevant to 9/11. Please don't call me an athiest, I am a christian. It just seems off topic. Conservamike 18:33, 12 January 2009 (EST)

  • God is relevant to everything, and especially the United States, having been founded on Christian faith. Please don't be removing graphics without posting first. --₮K/Admin/Talk 20:03, 12 January 2009 (EST)
By irrelevant I certainly do not suggest that god is irrelevant, it's that god is not the topic at hand and it distracts from the point. Should we mention god and the value of prayer in every article with a prominently placed image? Conservamike 20:31, 12 January 2009 (EST)
I also feel the need to point out that writing on the American flag in the graphic is against the flag code. "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature." (, read section 8g). As a proud American conservative I follow the flag code to the letter. Conservamike 20:40, 12 January 2009 (EST)

Why did god allow 9/11 to happen?

As a christian, I've always wondered this. Should this be discussed in the article? Conservamike 20:32, 12 January 2009 (EST)

  • As a Christian, Conservamike, you shouldn't have to ask. As an atheist, one would. --₮K/Admin/Talk 20:35, 12 January 2009 (EST)
Why? I really don't understand how that would lead you to imply I'm an athiest. I've been a Christian my whole life. God works in mysterious ways, but this is beyond mysterious. Conservamike 20:42, 12 January 2009 (EST)
I didn't imply any such thing. I said an atheist would have to ask. Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" --₮K/Admin/Talk 20:45, 12 January 2009 (EST)
An athiest wouldn't ask, since they reject god entirely. The quote is nice though, maybe there could be a section outlining explanations from prominent Christians? I'd be happy to add it. Conservamike 21:05, 12 January 2009 (EST)
Mike, there is a strong belief among Christians that there was a divine reason for 9/11. Something like that can either strengthen or shake someone's faith. It is extremely likely that someone reading this would want an answer to why God would allow a bunch of Third World nutjobs to hit America were it hurts. The information should stay. Geoff PlourdeComplain! 20:51, 12 January 2009 (EST)
Yes. So why did God let this happen? If he didn’t, the freedom he has passed to us as human beings would not exist. Before placing the blame of something evil and tragic on God, think about it. Why would a loving God ever want to harm anyone? And never forget, the most asked question in the universe is “Why?” The most unanswered question, unfortunately, is also “Why?” In this case, the answer may be our misuse of free will. --₮K/Admin/Talk 20:52, 12 January 2009 (EST)
As a self-professed agnostic, this is one of the ... well, I'm trying my hardest not to be offensive, but I've never understood how a Christian could ask this question. I would imagine that faith in an all-knowing God would comfort one in knowing that there is a reason for everything, including this terrible tragedy. God did not "let" this happen, this was the free will of man—very evil men—forced upon innocent civilians. Jeffrey W. LauttamusDiscussion 20:57, 12 January 2009 (EST)

The greatest evil ever, the greatest evil of all time....was when the creatures (mankind) killed the Creator (Jesus). This was the greatest evil ever. Yet, the greatest good that ever took place, mankind freed from the shackles of the devil, could now enter Heaven. Why did God allow his Son to be murdered? To bring about a greater good. Why did God let 9/11 happen? To bring about a greater good. 9/11 was a divine warning- straighten your path America or you will suffer unspeakably. Did we heed the warning? Not only did we not heed the warning, evil has grown substantially since. Only time will show the error of our ways.--Jpatt 21:57, 12 January 2009 (EST)

Conspiracy theory section

This garbage needs to be deleted. The article already outlines (logically and efficiently I might add) the well-known truth that 9/11 was the action of Islamic terrorists. Why provide a forum for what are mostly, quite literally, blame-America-first libs? Including links and refs to their insanity doesn't help America, it only creates more people with doubts. MICasey 16:22, 12 September 2009 (EDT)

  • I think the article here, briefly describing the existence of conspiracy theories and putting the theories in their place, while putting the conspiracy theories in their own article, is just fine. I added a "main article: ..." to the top of the section, to make sure visitors know they are only theories.
  • I don't think we shouldn't include 9/11 theories on Conservapedia - we do include the Kennedy assassination, UFOs, secret societies, chemtrails, and many others, and some of these are more "garbage" while others are more likely to be true. (some conspiracy theories have been proven true, most notably ECHELON). -danq 17:21, 19 September 2009 (EDT)
Fixed the theory section as the reference used here, was not accurate and did not have any information about the matter at hand. I also included two citations needed as there was no basis behind these facts.--CR 22:13, 4 June 2010 (EDT)

"Occupied by Coalition forces"

Let's not leave out the thousands of Canadians, Brits, and other soldiers of other nations that participated in the war/the occupation. MattyD 22:08, 9 September 2012 (EDT)