September 11 Attacks
John Ashcroft On The Achievements Of The Patriot Act

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The US Patriot Act was signed into law by George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The Act was a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Amongst the Patriot Act’s most important and most controversial parts are that it authorizes indefinite detention of immigrants, gives permission to law … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Widow of 9/11 Victim Reflects on the Tragedy

Widow of 9/11 Victim Reflects

Rory Murray’s husband John worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, he was running late for work and almost missed the ferry from Hoboken, New Jersey to Manhattan. Later that morning, the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Questlove on 9/11 & His Feelings in Its Aftermath


Grammy-award winning artist and New York city resident Questlove, born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, speaks about hearing the news on the morning of September 11, 2001, and its impact on him. During the first couple of weeks following 9/11, he says he “never felt like a third class citizen.” Weeks later, … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Amer Ahmed on Being Muslim After 9/11

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Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks began, Amer Ahmed remembers thinking, “I hope this wasn’t a Muslim.” As the spokesman for the Muslim Student Union at Indiana University, Amer recounts the harrowing experience of being a voice for a community that instantly made him a target of suspicion. Since 9/11, … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Reflections on World Trade Center Attacks During 9/11

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In this compilation video, Witnify interviewed witnesses and other victims of the September 11 attacks in New York City. In 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two planes into each of the two towers of the World Trade Center complex–an act of terrorism that killed 2,753 people. Check out our featured page … Continue reading

Iraq War
U.S. Soldier on Operation Iraqi Freedom & 9/11


In this interview, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, John Teetz, discusses the impact that his military service had on his relationships and his personality. Teetz describes that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred while he was still in training yet this event made him more driven in his … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Experiencing 9/11: ‘You Could See the Smoke Coming Out’

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In this audio account of Arielle Krasner’s experience during and after the September 11 attacks in 2001, Krasner recounts how she was in high school at the time of the tragic incident. She describes how that day impacted her parents (“My mom still has nightmares…”) and how it influenced her … Continue reading

Neil deGrasse Tyson
[Text] Neil deGrasse Tyson Remembers ‘the Horror’ of 9/11

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“I will never be the same after yesterday, in ways that I cannot foresee…” THE HORROR, THE HORROR From: Neil deGrasse Tyson VIA E-MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2001, 10:00 AM Firsthand account of the WTC attacks and subsequent evacuation from Lower Manhattan residence. A heavily forwarded e-mail that became the subject … Continue reading