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good morning to you and your family. it is september 11th, 2016. you're watching a special edition of "fox & friends." today marks 15 years since the 9/11 attacks here in new york city, also in washington, d.c., and shanksville, pennsylvania. nearly 3,000 americans died on that day. this morning we honor those who lost their lives and those who sacrificed their own lives to save so many others.
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>> it's hard to believe it was 15 years ago. brian and i were in these chairs 15 years ago. >> yeah, they were chairs then, not a couch. to be exact, 2,997. it's so good, for one thing, to see something downtown. for the longest time we've been doing the show on 9/11 and there was nothing there. now they've got one world trade, which was also known as the freedom tower. >> which is what we were just looking at. for years, there was nothing there. there was a lot of red tape trying to figure out what to put down there. no one knows that story better than rick levinthal. >> let's go to rick, who was able to carry live coverage as it unfolded. i guess you have so many thoughts going through your mind at this point. >> well, this is the toughest day for anyone in new york who was here 15 years ago or lost loved ones in the attack. it's always a tough time to be in the city and to be certainly down at ground zero, but it's an
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important time as well. there will be thousands of people at the memorial plaza this morning to honor and remember those nearly 3,000 lives lost. of course, we'll have first responders there. we'll have a host of dignitaries, including current and former mayors and current and former governors, and even hillary rodham clinton will be there as well. but we also have those victims' family members. they'll be the ones reading that list of names. that will be interrupted, as it always is, by six moments of silence. those are the time when is that first plane hit the north tour, when the second plane hit the south tower. that was at 9:03. the first moment of silence at 8:36 a.m. then at 10:03 when flight 93 went down in shanksville, pennsylvania. then at 10:28, the last moment of silence, when the north tower fell to the ground. earlier in the week last week, i had a chance to speak with chief of department james o'neil with the nypd. he's been there for 33 years.
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he's about to become the next commissioner of the largest police department in america. i spoke to him about his thoughts that day and lessons learned. here's what he told me. >> we don't want this to happen again. everybody's got to take part in it. it can't just be the military. it can't just be the police. it can't just be the fbi. it's got to be everybody in the united states. we have to pay attention to what's going on. you have to pay attention our surroundings. >> the president of the united states, president obama, will be at the white house this morning and then go to the pentagon for the wreath laying ceremony there. former president george w. bush, who was in office on 9/11, will be in church this morning in texas. then he's going to the dallas cowboys home opener against the new york giants, where he'll handle the coin flip with a couple members of the nypd who were down here. the nfl is having ceremonies across the country today to mark this 15-year anniversary at every stadium today. >> that's right. >> i know, rick.
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we'll talk about it later, but you just wonder how many of these players are going to be insensitive enough to take a knee and not stand during the national anthem. hopefully none of them. rick, thanks so much. >> everyone will be watching for sure. >> absolutely. >> we have former nypd commissioner sitting with us on couch this morning. 15 years ago, where were you? what was your story? >> when the first plane hit tower one, i was in my office. >> you were police commissioner. >> i was police commissioner. my staff came in and said that a plane just hit tower one. i got on the phone. i called the mayor. i went down to 7 world trade, tried to get in, which was the mayor's emergency command post. we couldn't actually get on the street because people were coming down from tower one. >> some of them were jumping. >> there were many. the coverage focused on a few. when we first got down there, there were many.
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one, two, three at a time. we backed up west broadway. i was actually waiting for the mayor to arrive when the second plane slammed through tower two above us. so when you see that big orange fireball, i'm standing in front of the building with probably 20 members of my staff and the deputy mayor was with me. then the mayor got to us about three or four minutes after that plane hit. >> you went into an office building. it was a merrill lynch office. you were going to make a phone call to the vice president of the united states. what happened? >> we had just left west street, where we met with the deputy fire commissioner, the chief of operations. we left them. my staff got us an office at barclay. the mayor wanted to ask for air support and additional support. they said the vice president was coming to the phone. within a few minutes, he hung up the phone. he looked at me and said, this
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isn't good. i think they just said that the pentagon got hit, and they're evacuating the whouts. as he said it, the building we were in started to shake. >> like an earthquake. >> like an earthquake. like a freight train was coming through it. the door slammed open, and my chief of department at the time yelled and said it's coming down. i didn't know if he meant our building or something else. >> how far away were you? >> what time was this about? >> 10:02 i think. just after the pentagon got hit. >> so what did he mean? what was coming down? >> tower two was imploding. >> how close was your location to tower two? >> a block and a half away. the debris came down, smothered our building, blew out all the windows. we were actually stuck in there for like 25 minutes trying to get out. >> i remember one of your comments. i really felt the same way.
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you wanted air cover. you're thinking we're at war. you didn't know if our airports were taken over and we're going to get hit with plane after plane. >> when we were in the middle of the street, after the second plane hit and i realized we were under attack, i remember yelling at my staff, i said, close down the air space, we need air support. later on i remember these guys coming back to me and said we were looking at you going, you know, is there a 1-800 number. who do we call for this? >> yeah, who do you call for air cover if you're police commissioner. >> today that stuff is all rectified. if something like that happens, there'll be a response. >> is there one story that's etched in more mind? >> i think most important for me that day was going back into police headquarters about 5:00 that height, 6:00, to meet with the members of my department that were missing, their family members. we lost 23 in the nypd. that evening i had to go into the auditorium and meet with the families and explain to them what we were doing. i tried to be as optimistic as possible. >> there was still hope, right?
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>> well, there was hope, but if you saw the devastation and the damage and what was there, it was rough. >> well, almost 3,000 people died that day. that day we didn't know and we thought the projected death toll could be -- >> up to 16,000. you know, up to 20,000. if you remember those first numbers, we were getting insane numbers because people were missing. they couldn't get the people on the phones. they couldn't communicate. >> it was terrible. >> but the other thing is, if it was an hour later, everyone would have been at work. some people weren't at work yet. >> brian, this is one thing i want to stress to people. the men and women, the first responders of this city, affected the greatest rescue mission and evacuation of any city in this country in world history. god forbid it was another hour later. it would have been far, far worse. >> bernie, thank you very much.
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>> thank you. >> all right. now to some headlines with heather. >> good morning to all of you. a couple headlines to bring you right now. we start out with a fox news alert. an intense manhunt under way in north carolina for this man, after police say he shot a police officer who was trying to arrest him. shelby officer tim bracken is in critical condition at a local hospital. he was serving a warrant when he was shot. we'll bring you more as we get it. happening overnight, a college party takes a turn for the worse when a balcony gave way at trinity college in connecticut. it caused a sort of domino effect, smashing down on to two porches beneath it. this picture from the hectic scene shows students taking a selfie with a friend in a stretcher. oh, my. 27 people were taken to the hospital. everyone, though, is expected to
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be okay. hillary clinton doing some major damage control after her insulting comments, insulting millions of americans. listen. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic. you name it. >> well, clinton releasing this nonapology saying, quote, last night i was grossly generalistic, and that is never a good idea. i regret saying half. that was wrong. this morning the clinton campaign working to flip the story in the press. in a leaked memo, surrogates are being instructed how to deal with this fallout. quote, is the press going to cover this story in the right context or are they going to hold hillary to a different standard again. well, the nfl bracing for protests of the national anthem
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today after several players refused to stand in recent weeks. now the seattle seahawks are revealing their pregame plan. >> as a team, we have chosen to stand and interlock arms in unity. we honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish. and we stand to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. >> well, the nfl says it acknowledges any player's right to protest. now we're hearing what the seahawks are going to do after a little bit of confusion. those are your headlines. >> stand and link arms together. >> they're going to alternate black and white players, standing for unity, they said. not for protest. >> got it. thanks. >> thank you very much, heather. well, it's an image that's still seared in the maninds of many americans. george w. bush's chief of staff delivering the news in that classroom. we're talking to andy card next as we remember the events 15 years ago this morning.
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>> sends his love and compassion. >> god bless america! >> thank you for your hard work. thank you for making the nation proud, and may god bless america.
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it's an image that's still seared in many people's minds 15 years later. president george w. bush's chief of staff interrupting his trip to a florida elementary school as he was going to read to children to tell the president that our nation was under attack. he delivered that painful
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message. he joins us now 15 years later. >> wonderful to be with you. thank you for fox giving so much attention to this. we promise never to forget. >> indeed. i know you'll never forget. that particular day, 15 years ago today, about right now, the day started off in sarasota. the president said of all things, it should be an easy day. and it was. you look at the calendar, it was supposed to be an easy day. >> it was a beautiful day. he was going to talk about education and leaving no child behind. he was getting ready to go for a run on a golf course in sarasota, florida. he was all nervous because he invited a reporter to run and found out he was an all-american ncaa cross country runner. >> the last guy you want to run with that day. all right. let's go to the school. as you went into the school, you already knew that an airplane had crashed into the first world trade center. however, everybody thought it was a prop job, thought it was a
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terrible accident. fast forward to that moment when you received word that it was a jet, it was a second jet, and what did you tell the president? >> i was standing at the door. the president had entered the classroom with the principal of the school and had been told that it appears a small twin engine prop plane crashed spoo one of the towers of the world trade center. when the director of the white house situation room at the time, a navy captain, came up to me and said, sir, it was not a small twin engine prop plane, it was a commercial jetliner. then a nano second later, she said, oh, my gosh, another plane hit the other tower. i then thought of osama bin laden. i knew the president had to know. i made my decision to tell the president, to do it very sus tin -- succinctly, not to start a discussion.
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when it was appropriate, that's when i walked up to him and said a second plane hit the second tower. america was under attack. >> and of course the president continued, didn't want to freak everybody out right then. with that michael moore documentary, he took some heat for it. when you read the accounts of how the secret service received word that angel was next. angel is code name for air force one. i know when you pulled up to air force one to get out of town, the captain already had engine three and four running. that was unusual. and there was extra security because they wanted to make sure that somebody who is going to get on the plane, because there were extra people on the plane that day, didn't try to kill the president. >> believe it or not, the pilot was anxious to get out of there because he wasn't sure if there was danger to air force one around that airport. he didn't want a missile showing up. and yes, the engines were running on the plane before we get out of the limousine. that was a no-no. usually you didn't turn the engines on until the president
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was safely on the plane. i remember being struck by the sound of the engines. yes, there was heightened security as people were loading on to air force one. they were scrutinizing everyone's luggage and appropriately paranoid that day because we had a large contingent of people traveling, including some guests. >> sure. later on when they realized what was the going on, the president did give the order to, if need be, shoot down a commercial jetliner. and he told -- you were there when he made the call on the phone that for a moment was working right then, but he made an observation to you, given the fact he had a history as an air national guard pilot. >> when he hung up the phone after speaking with vice president cheney and authorizing our fighter jet pilots to shoot down commercial jet liners, he leaned forward at the desk, and i was sitting opposite of him. he says, i would have been one of those pilots. i was a pilot in the air
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national guard, and i would have received that order. i can't imagine receiving that order. >> no kidding. 15 years later, you're here to tell the story. thank you very much for getting up early on this sunday morning. >> thank you. and thank you for the tribute you show all of those that were sacrificed that day and the wonderful heroes that showed up and made a difference. >> absolutely. we will never forget. andy, thank you. all right. coming up on this sunday, after the deadly attacks, he became known as america's mayor for his incredible leadership in a time of crisis. still ahead, we'll be joined by former mayor of new york city, rudy giuliani. plus, as we honor the 15th anniversary of 9/11, brian got a special tour of the tribute center in downtown manhattan and discovered a powerful connection with his own guide. more on that story when we return.
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good morning and welcome back. it is now 24 minutes after the hour. a couple quick headlines to bring you right now. samsung grappling with the fallout of this exploding smartphone. the company now telling galaxy note 7 owners to immediately unplug those phones and turn them in. right now users can get a refund or a different model. those who would rather wait for an alternative could be waiting a while. the feds need to approve the new note 7 phones before they can be released. and shocking video shows a car plowing into a convenience store and knocking over that
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worker inside. it's a large suv that comes flying through the plate glass, destroying the counter, burying the connecticut gas station clerk under the rubble. he was seriously hurt but is expected to be okay. the driver reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake and was not hurt. that person ended up getting a ticket for reckless driving. those are your headlines. >> heather, thank you very much. 2,977 people died 15 years ago today. behind each one of them is a story. the 9/11 tribute center here in new york city is a project designed to bring each of those stories back to life. >> brian got a chance to tour that center with a very special guide. right, brian? >> yeah, joe connor. to be a guide down there, you have to have some connection to the terror attack. joe's dad was killed in 1975 by a terrorist. his cousin, who he commuted every day to wall street with, he had a chance -- he said, i want to the volunteer. i want to the go to the 9/11 tribute center. i want to tour people around and tell people what happened that
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day. so i asked joe, would you tour me around as if i was a tourist coming through that wanted to get a sense of what happened with the twin towers were attacked. here is my tour and what you'd see if you did the same thing at the tribute center. >> when i saw the planes hit out my window, i never dreamed that they might fall. even though it's been 15 years since 9/11, 2001, there's a group of people making sure we'd never forget. joe connor is one of those people. can you orient me into how it was before the attacks? >> you can see the north tower. you know because it had the antenna on top. the north tower now is outlined over here. the south tower is next to it, which is right over here. here's the marriott hotel, which would have been in this area. a week after 9/11 when we came back down to work, this is what you saw. the amazing 110-story towers
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were a few stories of rubble. >> now to attribute that, the footprints are outlined and ringed with the names of those who lost their lives. >> and they're put in meaningfuled a jay sen si. the mean who knew each other, their names are next to each other. >> there's also something else. 344 firefighters lost their lives. there's something very special for them. joe, this is the firefighter memorial. >> yep. >> 343 lost their lives that day. this depicts -- >> this depicts the time line of events when the planes first hit the trade center over here to the firemen coming, getting the hoses. their faces are without detail because it could be anybody. their helmets don't have their fire company on it because it could be anybody. it's a tribute to all firemen, not just the ones who lost their lives that day. >> but the names of every firefighter are at the bottom. so joe, where are we now? >> we're in the 9/11 tribute center. what i love about volunteering
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at the tribute center is we can talk about the individuals, their lives. everyone had a story. everyone had a family. everyone had a loss. i think it's much more impactful for people who visit here. >> seems like there's not an inch here that doesn't mean anything, even from the floor we're standing on with the layout of the streets. >> it's a grid of the city. we think about it as thousands of people died. everyone had something that was important to them. it was incredibly important to the families. this is special here, i think. >> this was his brain child, this tribute center. >> this tribute center was founded by lee in 2006. this was his son's uniform and his helmet, which meant everything to the firemen. and to think his son was found and his equipment like this, you could see how it literally was torn off his back. that is, to me, about the most touching thing that i've seen in
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this museum. >> so here's the main room on the first floor. what are we seeing? >> we're seeing about 1800 pictures of loved ones. we do happen to have my cousin steve's picture. rating here. he was 41 at the time, three kids. like i said, everyone has a story. a friend of ours is over here. >> let's see tim. >> he married my wife's cousin. >> is that right? >> really? >> i knew tim well. >> what a great guy. that was the thing, right. >> wow, brian. you just discovered it at that moment that you knew the same person. >> you saw those 1800-plus pictures. he said, i'm going to point to my cousin and a friend of mine that i commuted with. i said, all right, let's go. and there's tim in the corner. an unbelievable guy.
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went to university of scranton, married teresa, who's my wife's cousin, who grew up just a few blocks away from where we live now. underneath it is a shirt signed by the team he coached. he coached a youth basketball team. when you're not a parent and you coach youth basketball, that's what kind of guy he is. that was ironic. i just want to say, too, you brought up a good point. what else do they have? they have accounts. journalists' accounts and other people's accounts of what they saw that day as well as final phone calls. they did not want me to air that. you'll have a chance to go downstairs and see that. >> you can also hear phone calls from people on the planes. i didn't know about it. someone said to me, make sure you listen to these phone calls. it's really sad to hear, but i think it's something you should hear if you come to new york. you can hear the gentlemen leaving messages for their families. >> they knew they weren't getting out. sad. a special thanks to joe connor
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for doing that. >> and a special thanks to you for highlighting something i'd never heard about. we all know about the museum and the memorial. >> it was new to me as well. meanwhile, 30 minutes before the top of the hour, hillary clinton taking serious heat for this comment. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, islam phobic, you name it. >> she said that friday and she said other things like that in other interviews. how will hillary's gaffe impact her at the polls? we have a political panel next. plus, it's been 15 years since terror struck the heart of our nation. are we any safer today than we were then? we're going to talk to two men who fought in the war on terror, so don't miss that. i've been taking fish oil
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two blue beams of light, lighting up the manhattan skyline last night. they'll do that again tonight. 15th anniversary of september 11th, 2001. >> these images were taken last night at the base of the tribute. look at that. isn't it beautiful. forming the shape of the twin towers. >> this is the skyline this morning. downtown manhattan rebuilt finally. it's not all the way done yet. but with one world trade center. it looks bigger and stronger and certainly more picturesque than ever. >> wow. we will never forget. we are resilient as a country. sometime when is you watch movies from the '80s, you can still see the twin towers and just get a ping of pain. >> but there are still more towers to be built. there's still a lot more to do down there. >> do you know how many more they have to built? >> i'm not sure of the exact architecture, but i was struck by the amount of fencing still there. >> the good thing, after years of bickering and trying to figure out what to put down there, they're putting things down there and rising out of the
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ashes. it is a better day down there. all right. it is 24 minutes now before the top of the hour. heather is joining us with the news on this september 11th. >> good morning. a couple headlines to bring you right now. a grandfather who was savagely stabbed by a terrorist while he walked through a park, it was his daily routine. his 22 attacker is charged with committing an act of terror. this happened near sydney, australia. police say the attacker was inspired by isis and screamed "today is a good day to die" while he stabbed the man. he also attempted to stab a police officer. that man escaped and ran into a nearby business. the victim, that is. but is now in critical condition. we'll watch that story for details. a teenager already accused of posing as a doctor and treating patients is arrested again and charged with fraud and identity theft. police say that the teenager
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tried to buy a jaguar in virginia using an elderly woman as a co-signer without her permission. back in march, he pretended to be a doctor and sold a woman some pills. a junior college football player under arrest this morning after punching a referee right in the middle of a game. >> meanwhile -- oh, my god. the ref just got punched in the face by a player. what? >> wow. >> the ref holding back. the college lineman, bernard shurmur, when he takes a fist to the face, the ref collapsing, the player arrested on suspicion of battery. his team would go on to lose the game against ventura college. zblrng and the woman in the iconic sailor kiss photo has died. the picture was taken in times square at the end of world war ii. we all know this incredible photo. that photographer capturing the
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moment as the sailor leaned her over for a kiss. friedman was 92 years old and will be buried at arlington national cemetery. those are your headlines. >> thank you, heather. hillary clinton sparking outrage after she insulted millions of trump supporters. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. right? racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, islamophobic, you name it. >> this morning the democratic nominee now walking back those comments, saying, quote, last night i was grossly generalistic and that's never a good idea. i regret saying half. that was wrong. but will her spiteful words cause condemnation for voters on both sides? let's ask our political panel. we have author of "crossing the finish line" and ceo of all in together. we have kathy lynn taylor in the
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middle. and scott rasmussen. kathy, was that an apology? she said i regret saying half of his supporters were racist and homophobic and the whole list. >> it was a hillary clinton apology, which means it was not an apology. i've always said hillary clinton's actions speak loutder than her words. s high and dry in ng our best benghazi, actions like flagrantly disregarding rules and protocols to set up her e-mail server. but at least she's consistent. >> lauren, she describes trump supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenofoeb you can. mike pence said, our supporters are not a basket of anything. we're farmers, coal miners, veterans, teachers. is it completely offensive to the folks that are voting for donald trump? >> i think there's a very serious question about what it takes to support somebody who
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from the very beginning of their campaign has used every possible opportunity to spew endless streams of offensive statements about virtually every minority group, someone who has hired on their campaign someone who supported a white supremacist group, the alt-right group. he has insulted families of fallen soldiers. he has insulted the disabled. so the question is, what values do you have to suspend in order to support somebody who has consistently over and over and over again doubled down and by the way also chosen a running mate who pushed one of the most anti-gay pieces of legislation in the country. so if you actually support minority rights, rights for gays and lesbians, it's hard to support donald trump. >> i understand a lot of people are supporting hillary because they feel the way she does.
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donald trump tweeted, i still respect them. are they switching places? [ overlapping speaking ] >> i think the real issue is not about donald trump supporters. it's how hillary clinton's inner circle views them. they had a real blind spot. they think they see a woman who they believe is the most qualified candidate ever, and they can't imagine any reason to vote against her unless you're in that deplorable basket. this blind spot is a bigger danger than anything she said. >> could this be the unforced error? >> no, this will not shake things up. it will be an undercurrent in the campaign. we may hear about it in the debates, but the question of who is saying what about the other supporters is going to be brought up in lots of forums. >> thank you so much for joining us, everybody. it's 9/11. we definitely want to remember those. >> everything else is petty. >> absolutely. >> all right. we're moments away from a very
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we're taking you live right now to the pentagon. the west side of the pentagon where every year since september 11th they have unfurled that american flag. it was at 9:40 in the morning when american airlines flight 77 crashed into the west side of the pentagon. this morning at 9:30 right here on fox news channel, you'll see the president and the secretary of defense and the joint chiefs of staff chairman participate in
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a ceremony right there at the pentagon. all right. wanted to bring you that on this september the 11th. brian? >> appropriate segue. today is a time to reflect. it's also a time to remember that we have to stay vigilant because the war on terrorists is not over. in fact, we're in the middle of it. although, 15 years have passed since the attacks on 9/11, the ongoing threat of radical islamic terror is still very real. the question is, is the world safer now than in 2001? here to reflect and answer that is kevin lays, former navy s.e.a.l. and author of this book "the last punisher" and retired cia officer gary burnsen. he's the senior national security adviser for concerned veterans of america. he was the first unit on the ground in afghanistan to try and hunt down bin laden. first off, i'll start with you, gary. we safer today? >> clearly not safer today. we have the ideology, al qaeda has sort of morphed into isis.
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it's grown, it's on many continents, dozens of countries. the greater problem we face is if we have a significant financial hit in the united states or collapse because our position financially is terribly vulnerable, our ability to continue this fight will be limited and will be constrained in a terribly difficult -- in a financial environment. i would say to you 15 years after, we are in a much worse position than we were on 11th september, 2001. >> kevin, we'll put in this full screen of a poll. people were asked, are we safer now than before 9/11? 54% of the country now feel we are less safe than we were. in 2001, it was 53. in 2013, 38% said less safe. it seems we're going in the wrong direction. >> absolutely, brian. the fact is, we aren't safer than we were in 2001. we've allowed evil to persist. we've been in multiple country
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and don't have any results. isis has grown. they're in 90 countries throughout the world. afghanistan and iraq are worse. we're seeing terrorist attacks happen in this country. we're seeing that ideology proliferate and persist. what we don't have is a clear, cohesive plan, and we don't have leadership. >> and we're still getting taunts from zawahiri. he's still alive and threatening us. >> clearly the government of pakistan has not cooperated fully in this effort. he's operated from pakistani territory, as did bin laden, for a very, very long period of time. you know, pakistan has played the extremist card against the united states for its policies in southwest asia. >> and kevin, guess what else we don't do. we don't capture anyone anymore. we captured three people in
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7 1/2 years. we kill them from the sky and we never get any intelligence. we actually don't know what we don't know. am i right? >> right. and we pay ransoms to state-sponsored terrorism. the fact of the matter is, we are playing a defensive war against terrorism and they're on the offense. we have reflective measures that show we're not winning. we have to take the fight to the enemy. we did that in the past. it won for us. we need to go back to the drawing board, get a bigger coalition, and take the fight to the enemy unrelentlessly. >> kevin, thanks for what you do, so much for us and our country. you, too, gary on a regular basis. america will be willing to back any plan. just show us the plan. kevin and gary, thanks so much. >> thank you. coming up straight ahead, after the deadly attacks, he became known as america's mayor for his incredible leadership in the time of crisis. >> you really want top know what new yorkers are all about, just watch the way in which they react. they moved deliberately and swiftly but didn't hurt each other. the most wonderful people in the
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the terror attacks on september 11th, 2001, it changed our country forever. >> and for millions of americans, the immediate response was to drop to their knees in prayer, but is the spiritual impact still felt 15 years later? >> here to weigh in, father jonathan morris joins us on sunday. father, i remember, you know, we were stuck here in new york. we couldn't get back to our home towns for a couple of days.
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when i got back to my town, the first thing we did was go to church and the church was full. >> people who were speakieeking answers to unbearable grief. i can't give you any theological or philosophical answer that matters in any ways. it would only matter if it would make it go away or stop the next one from happening. let me start off by saying that. what i can do, this is what people are looking for from church, is pointing towards hope that there is something better on the horizon.
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i think the ultimate is that there is heaven, that there is possibility for eye term life. >> you know what would be appreciated, i think. a lot of people, people wondered why everyone died. other people wonder why they lived. they're feeling ability that they survived and their office mate didn't, firefighter buddy didn't. >> yeah. i think it's very real. whatever we're suffering, whether it's that guilt or whether it's because we've lost somebody, we have a choice to either get better or -- to lose hope. they want us to give up on life but there is meaning and there is hope. >> you're right. we shouldn't give that evil that power. we should all be in church today praying for this country. >> thank you so much, father. good to be here. >> all right.
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and we remember them all. >> that's right. you're looking at the tribute area of the world trade center memorial right there. what is astounding to us and brian and i were here working 15 years ago today is that a quarter of americans who are alive right now are too young to remember what happened. >> right. and it's amazing, too, 20% of americans are connected somehow directly or indirectly to someone who lost their lives on that day. and now you're looking at the pentagon where tradition has it for the last 15 years, we have a flag draped over the pentagon. that is where 189 people lost their lives. 64 on board that plane. 125 inside that pentagon building. they don't talk a lot about it but the heroism shown that day was also extraordinary. they quickly got those five marines back together and rebuilt that place. >> brian, i was working in local news and there was an elementary school in columbia, south carolina, who raised money to
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buy a new fire truck. rudy giuliani invited them to take part in the parade. all of those kids got on the float with rudy giuliani. >> i'm looking at rudy giuliani who is going to be with us. >> we'll have to ask him if he remembers that. that was special for the elementary school kids. thank you, rudy. >> before we talk to him we'll hand it over to heather. >> couple other things going on i want to tell you about today. we start with a fox news alert. there is an intense manhunt underway in north carolina this morning for this man after police say that he shot an officer who was trying to arrest him. this happened in shelby, virginia. the officer, tim braken, is in critical condition at a local hospital. he was serving an arrest warrant when he was shot. responding officers found him wounded on the floor. we'll bring you more on that story as we get it. a college party takes a turn
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for worse when a balcony collapses injuring dozens of students. it was a third floor balcony which gave way at an off campus housing unit at trinity college in connecticut. 27 people were taken to the hospital. luckily everyone is expected to be okay. hillary clinton trying to do some major damage control this morning after her insults to millions of americans. >> you could put half of trump's supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. >> the races, sexes, homophone bik, zenophobic, islam mow phobic, you name it. >> clinton now releasing this apology/non-apology in which she wrote this. quote, last night i was grossly general lis stick and that's never a good idea. i regret saying half. that was wrong. this morning the clinton campaign working to flip the story on the press. in a leaked memo, dem kratsd are
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being instructed on how to deal with the fallout. the memo reading, so is the press going to cover the story in the right context or are they going to hold hillary to a different standard again? the memo goes ton say, if pushed surrogates should raise concerns about media fairness. whole new different standard. and hallowed be thiy name. it's complete except for the south spire. it will forever remain dusty to preserve the names of nypd firefighters who once inspected the church and etched their names on the dirty windows. the names include paul brown, michael brennan, michael lynch and we remember them today. those are your headlines. >> that's not going to ever be cleaned up? >> no, they won't clean it up. >> dates back to 1922. there are names there back to 1922. >> because the dust was so thick.
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>> thank you very much, heather. rudy giuliani, you said you went to one of the men's funerals and the wakes of the other three. >> i remember. i consider them my -- i always refer to the new york city fire department as my fire department, my -- my firefighters. i love them. my uncle was a captain in the fire department. then i had five others who were cops. my uncle was a firefighter used to say, i can take all five of ya. >> you know, when i was reading you -- >> you have to know these guys to really love them. it's probably the reason why i get emotional when they get attacked. i grew up with them. i grew up with them as a young prosecutor. all my cases were with law enforcement and the bravery they display. there's something in the 9/11 report that doesn't get enough attention. it means a lot to me because when i arrived at the scene i went to chief gancy who was
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directing the rescue. it was a horrific scene. i saw people managed by the debris. the police didn't want me to go down because they thought it was too dangerous to go down. >> they were right. >> but i had to get an assessment because i had -- people think about the attack, they forget the fact that i had to protect the rest of the city. at that time i was told that there was seven more planes that were somewhere. >> yeah. >> we knew there were large segment of islamic terrorists in union city, new jersey. they had bombed us in 1993, so i had to separate my police and my fair so i had enough policemen to guard the rest of the city. so i went to see chief gancy and chief gancy told me you've got to point north. you have to get everybody going up north. chief gancy lost his life that day, but he said to me, my guys will get everybody out below the fire, meaning they couldn't go
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above the fire. and i was watching people on the building, top of the building that were going to die. >> they had a choice, be burned alive. >> i watch this man come down, a jumper. i think kind of know him. i keep thinking about the indecision he had. am i going to burn. >> that guy fell close to where you were standing? you saw him? >> he fell maybe four football fields away. five football fields away? >> did you ever find out who snfs. >> no, he was buried in the rubble that day. but the reality -- but the reality is they didn't succeed in breaking our spirit because the country came right back. new york city recovered much faster than anyone thought. twice as many people live there as september 11th. >> while still making it a tribute center. >> beautiful. >> you don't have to forget. >> you don't have to forget, you can remember and you can say to the terrorists, am i going to
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find a nice way to say it on september 11th, you can't affect us. resiliency is part of defense against terrorism, but so is putting them on defense. at the time 9/11 happened we were on defense against terrorism. we hadn't struck back against the coal. we had minimal attacks and we were showing weakness which in my study of islamic terrorism which i don't think anybody knows goes back to 1974, i am absolutely convinced, and no one will convince me of the opposite, when we show weakness they take advantage of it. when we show strength they back off. also, it's a lot harder to plan an attack from a cave when somebody's shooting at you than it is when everybody's leaving you alone and you can sit there with your computer. >> rudy, we all remember how united new york city and the world was on september 11th 15 years ago.
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fast forward now. seems like we're polarized. seems like we're split. >> it's a shame. we shouldn't be. radical islamic terrorism is a threat to all of us. democrats, republicans, americans, english, french. >> deplorables. >> russians. all those deplorable people, it's a threat to them and whoever the non-deplorable people are, it's a threat to them. they don't distinguish. we're all infidels. we fit into a nice category called infidels. they want us to submit or die. there is a middle ground, we could pay tribute. that's the teaching of their interpretation of their religion. and unfortunately, it's become much more proliferated, much more complex and much more intelligent. al qaeda was the remnants of the people who fought off the soviets in afghanistan. they were great warriors. now i don't mean they were great
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men. this is similar to what donald trump -- >> they were evil warriors. >> he was saying about putin, he was a great leader. didn't mean he was a goodman. hannibal was a great leader, caesar was a dictator, but the afghan warriors were not modern. they didn't understand the internet. they didn't understand us. now we have these groups, isis being the main one, but there are 29 or 30 other groups, they come from us. they come from france, they come from england, they come from 2k3wer germany, they come from the u.s. they understand us. they understand the smaller attacks, like san bernardino and orlando and boston marathon and florida can shake us up almost as much as september 11th. >> go ahead. >> we have a sound bite of you around 9/11, it might have been on the day after the attacks had
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happened talking about what our country needs to do next. let's hear that sound bite and then we'll discuss it. >> this can happen anywhere in the united states and the world. >> right. >> therefore our goal has to be to end terrorism. the next goal we have, this is why i'm so happy that you came back to work and you're back tonight, people have to go back to normal. they have to not be afraid. >> right. >> all right. so you said don't be afraid. go back to normal. here you are with your red striped socks on, your red laces. you have your american flag. >> if i could find anymore symbols of america, i would do it. i'm so proud of my country. i'm so proud of how our country reacted to september 11th. in the first hours after september 11th i'm sure i was -- i was, along with governor pataki in charge, i was just like over other new yorker, we felt alone. then all of a sudden the whole country rallied around us. florida sent us people, chicago sent us people, president bush had fema up here with joe alba
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who is one of the unsung heroes of september 11th. all of a sudden by the end of the day we felt embraced by the end of the country. you can't believe how important that was to giving me personal confidence and my people. we could get through it. >> right. >> we honestly had more help than we needed and the country rallied around us. that's the way we should rally around radical islamic terrorism. we shouldn't have these debates about are they a threat, aren't they a threat. >> right. >> should we put troops on the ground, shouldn't we? of course we should put troops on the ground if we have to. >> explain. >> if you say to a radical islamic terrorist, no troops on the ground, you just sent them a signal. >> sure. >> gigantic. you know the signal you sent them? >> we're safe. >> i can push you, push you, push you. >> we're not going to do anything. >> what have they been doing? pushing, pushing, pushing, pushing. san bernardino is less than a year ago. just count the number of attacks. >> orlando.
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>> just count the number of attacks since san bernardino. >> general jack king when he was in the army. >> one of my heroes. >> he got hit in the pentagon. he came to new york a couple of days later. this is what he said, i was impressed with what i saw. it was as organized as any military operation that i was a part of. that's a credit to you and people supporting you. that was calm leadership that's written in your book. number two is when you talk about a threat zawahiri said a couple of days ago, as long as your crimes continue we'll be delivering events like september 11th a thousand times. >> they're not going away. we didn't take bin laden seriously in '97 or '98 when he declared war against us. if we don't take this seriously, and we're not taking it seriously enough right now. >> we're not. >> we're going to be in for a terrible, terrible time. got to change it. >> we know you've got a busy day today. thank you very much for stopping by today. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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he has other players joining him. >> today is september 11th. big football day. >> the players association are offering guidance to union members on which protests are not allowed. like they say players can't write on their helmets, they can't interrupt the game. they are allowed to do what he did and take a knee. >> right. the seattle seahawks we had heard earlier in the week and brian's been talking about it all last week, we got wind that they were going to do something and didn't know what it was. now we do know what it is they're going to do. what they're going to do is during the national anthem they're going to lock arms and everybody is going to stand. >> black white, black white. >> stand in unity. a wide receiver by the name of doug baldwin put together a facebook video and he says we're going to stand together, i think three or four times. here's a bit of it. >> we are a team comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, and as a team we have chosen to stand and
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interlock arms in unity. we honor those who have fought for the freedom we cherish and we stant to ensure the riches of freedom and the security of justice for all people. progress can and will be made only if we stand together. >> i thought that was beautiful. >> exactly. >> doug, if that was your idea, i want to thank you for that. i thought that was a great way to unify the team and to get colin kaepernick to stand up. he's saying, listen, we're more alike than we are for different. we're going to stand for unity and not protest. >> ray lewis said this, let's take a look at what he said or i can just read it, it's up to you guys. >> go ahead. >> listen, i understand what you're trying to do, colin kaepernick, but take the flag out of it. i have uncles, brothers going into the military that said i will never see them again. to understand that i will always
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respect that part of what our patriotism should be and that's the side that i think if collin steps back to effect change. if you don't have a real solution, if you ain't seen any true activists to go into the hoods and do things on a daily basis and not jump up with his protest off this one thing because you're sick of it. we've been sick of racism for 400 plus years. he's trying to say you're not an activist, you haven't done anything, you're standing up and stepping on the wrong thing and it's the flag. >> we know what the seattle seahawks are going to do, but the other teams don't know and that's why the nfl is bracing for possible widespread player demonstrations. what do you think about it happening on september 11th? >> tell you what -- >> let us know or tweet it or facebook us. >> i think we can all forgive colin kaepernick if he stands up. there is a big group that agrees with him. there is a group that agrees with him, there is a group that
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does. i think on 9/11 we should all come together as a country. >> but he doesn't want your forgiveness. he wants recognition of what's wrong. meanwhile, here's straight ahead. our next guest, i should say, lost his father and he was last seen holding the door on the 99th floor, so his co-workers could make it out alive. now he's following in his dad's footsteps and he's turning that tragedy into hope for others. just like the people
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on the anniversary of 9/11 all-americans are reminded of the horrific events of that very day, but perhaps none have a harsher reminder of the children of the victims and one of those next of kin is robert fabio. his late father, ronald, was seen holding the door for his co-workers so that they could escape on the 99th floor of the south tower on that fateful morning 15 years ago. here now is his son, robert
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fazzi oe, the founder of the hold the door for others foun be days. good morning. thank you for being here with us. >> good morning. >> hard day for you. >> it's a hard week. always hard leading up. there's a lot of things you're thinking about, remembering your loved ones. it can tend to be a tough time. >> tell us about your dad and what he did 15 years ago. >> yeah. my dad was a person who really cared about others and on that day on september 11th he was in tower two and he saw the first tower get hit by the plane and immediately was in charge of getting people out. people were calling our house asking if he was okay. they were saying he was holding the door to help people and that's what inspired us to start a nonprofit. >> such a beautiful name of a nonprofit. what's the nonprofit? what do you do? >> so we focus on helping people healing in healthy ways. so when grief happens or trauma happens, you can go in different directions. we try to guide people to learn
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how to heal through helping others and how to become resilient and how to deal with adversity from the inside out. >> robert, you were 28 years old on 9/11 fifteen years ago when your dad died. what have you all done? what has been the tradition? >> we have a lot of traditions. i always go down to ground zero, to the memorial. i love seeing the other family members. it's amazing how many children now are learning about the stories so what's what we do. then we always have different symbols to remember my dad. we talk about him and have some laughs. >> what are some of the symbols. you put roses and what else? >> roses and also a reese's peanut buttercup and multiple people leave there. he had a heart condition and he wasn't allowed to eat candy. he loved his reese's peanut buttercups. >> you have honored your dad and you had a little girl. how did you honor him? >> we named our daughter reese.
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it's such a name of strength and inspiration. >> she's so adorable. >> she's adorable. last night she made sure we were thinking of my dad because she woke us up four times. >> she looks a lot like your dad. i can see your dad in her face. >> yeah. yeah, she does. there's a lot of my dad in her spirit as well. >> well, he leaves behind three kids. you're the middle child. you have an older brother and younger sister lauren. now that you're a father you have to know how excruciatingly how hard that was for him to know that he could lose his life and leave y'all behind. he sacrificed his life being there to hold the door for other people. >> absolutely. it doesn't surprise us in the least. he was the type of person that was always there to be there for people he cared about. >> yeah. well, we honor him this morning and we thank him for his sacrifice, but i know he'd be so proud of you. >> thank you for the opportunity to talk about him. >> he lives on in your daughter. >> yes, he does. >> thank you. god bless you.
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>> is dead. >> united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. you can say for those families that have lost loved ones, al qaeda terror, justice has been done. >> the man who fired the shots that killed osama bin laden joins us here live. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> let's start at the beginning. where were you september 11th? >> i was on deployment with s.e.a.l. team 2 in germany. what we were doing was a lot of reconnaissance in does so he voe. there was a peacekeeping mission going on there. we would go out in the woods and watch people and make sure nothing bad was going. we thought that was big stuff. we went back to germany. i was in the operations office when i saw the second plane hit the tower. >> sure. >> it was a matter of seconds before somebody said, osama bin laden, we knew it was al qaeda.
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>> then attention turned from does so kosovo to finding him. >> everything changed. we didn't know what we were going to do. we were already overseas. we didn't know if we were going to go right to afghanistan. we knew taliban was housing them. we knew about sudan, places in africa. it spun up pretty quickly. there was a moment of calm. they didn't send us inevitably. i didn't get to go to afghanistan before i went to s.e.a.l. team 6. >> they had a pretty good feeling, although not in the compound. >> there were people that were positive. they made movies about it. there were some people that knew he was there. no kidding, this building, this floor, 100%. not everyone wanted to believe it. the president was pretty cool. he told us after the fact 100% sure. i was 100% your team could go in. >> i saw that movie, cia analyst
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said third floor. >> 100%. i switched from being on the team for the snipers outside to going on the rooftop. we were supposed to. it didn't work out that way because stuff happened. we had helicopters crash, pilots made different decisions. i put myself up on that team because i wanted to be one of the guys to get from the rooftop to the third floor immediately. we ended up getting there from the ground up. we also knew we weren't coming home. the president said i knew you could come back. >> you were positive you were going to die? >> oh, yeah, that we were going to get shot down, blown up. >> it struck you. you made it alive -- out alive and you had shot him twice. while you were watching giraldo in the video we just showed you -- >> yes, we were actually still in our gear. we had all of our stuff on. we took the body armor off. we had most of our stuff on. osama bin laden's stuff is laying right there and we're watching fox news. >> breakfast sandwiches.
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>> yeah. when they talked about it, wow, this is a really big deal. we didn't realize it would be as big as the people in manhattan having a few cocktails and jumping up on light poles. it was incredible. it was awesome. it was unity. >> we wanted that guy dead. >> of course. >> you're the guy who pulled the trigger. for the longest time we knew it was somebody from s.e.a.l. team 6. >> yes. >> we didn't know it was you but then you decided to tell your story because why? >> i wanted to tell the story. it wasn't me, it was the team. the team totally got me to that position. i was lucky enough -- i'm the one -- i'm the last guy to see him alive. >> famously, didn't the president of the united states say who shot bin laden. >> you said? >> we all did. >> i had a s.e.a.l. later say it was you. >> i said, it wasn't me, the pilot got us there, but the reason i wanted -- i went to donate a shirt to the 9/11 memorial here in new york and as
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luck would have it, they had family members there, surviving members there and i started telling the story for the first time and i admitted that i shot him and killed him. just the responses from these family members. they told me that -- some said there would never be closure but you help with the healing process. there's never been a same story. just for a little bit of the healing process. that's why they deserve to know it. you'll see now there's conspiracy series that he died in 2001 of kidney failure. he's dead, he was evil, i hear stories every single day from different family members who are affected by it whether it was a father holding a door for people. >> sure. >> to help them get out, a husband on the phone saying we're in the south tower, we're fine, all of a sudden it turns off. to tell the surviving family members the person was brought
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to justice. it is a risk for me. if i can help these families, it's worth everything. >> thank you very much. >> appreciate it. great to be here. >> ainsley? >> thanks, steve. well, he covered the events live as they unfolded 15 years ago and now rick leventhal is back where it all happened. moments ago he spoke to police chief bill brought continue and john miller on what this anniversary means to them and where our national security stands today. >> we're joined this morning by police commissioner bill brought continue and john miller the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter terrorism. good morning, gentlemen. commissioner, you weren't commissioner on 9/11. you were before and you've been since. your thoughts on this day and how it affected your life. >> living in new york on that morning, just voted, it was primary election day. the events of that day were what propelled me back into the public sector. i really felt i needed to get
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back into it. fortunately a position in los angeles opened up and i became chief of los angeles. john and i got a chance for seven years to work there and develop their counter intelligence capability. in 2014 this pogts became available. for the last two years we work together again strengthening new york's counter terrorism intelligen intelligence. today is a day of celebration, poig nancy. >> we certainly have. like so many others, your heart must have sank on that morning when you saw what was happening down here. >> i think like so many others, you couldn't comprehend on what was happening. they were such a pillar of strength. ironically 1 minute before that happened i got a fax from a port authority employee.
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my heart sank. it was incomprehensible. >> obviously terrorism is still a grave concern for so many americans. on this day we're hearing no credible threats, but obviously you guys don't stop looking for any potential threats. >> one of the great challenges in the counter terrorism world today is that one of the successes of 9/11 is that al k5id da's ability to conduct an operation on the scale of 9/11 has been broken. on the other hand, the threat that it's a mile high becomes miles wide. now you have terrorism driven by social media. you see attacks like san bernardino and orlando. orlando is 9 largest loss of life in a terrorism attack in the united states since 9/11 and you realize a lot of these conspiracies are just happening between the propaganda on the computer screen by a given terrorist group and the mind of the person who carries it out. from an intelligence standpoint,
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that's challenging. in new york it's obviously been very successful in that there are 20 or more plots since 9/11, none of which succeeded. >> but the kind of job you can't ever rest, you can't ever stop because the threat always exists. >> it's going to be here for our lifetimes and probably the lifetime of our children unfortunately, but the good news is the capability to prevent attacks has increased dramatically. the potential for attacks has increased. here we are in 15 years we have not had a successful attack with almost 2 dozen plots we're aware of that have been thwarted. it's constant vigilance. it's constant collaboration. something that wasn't there before 9/11 between the federal agencies. we want to celebrate, john and i, from los angeles and here,
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we've been able to have seamless collaboration. the issues are too big. the end results if we were not to collaborate would be too catastrophic. we have learned. >> john miller is one of the people that interviewed bin laden in 1997. no one had to explain to him the threat and evil. his book is a handbook on what al qaeda was capable of. >> how did he get the interview? >> relentless. >> a good interview there by rick leventhal. today marks the fourth year of the attacks on benghazi. up next john keeg was one of the security contractors that night and he joins us with his message coming up next. >> today is also the first day of the nfl season and 15 years
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ago one player took the field with his three firefighter brothers in a memorable moment that no fan will ever forget. former patriots player. >> joe andruzzi. >> will join us with that call. ♪ ♪
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today marks the attacks of the four americans there. our ambassador chris stevens lost his life. a security contractor and
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co-author of the best selling book "13 hours" featured here john keegan. thanks for joining us. we're talking about the attacks thanksville, world trade, and we're talking about the pentagon. you're thinking about libya, aren't ya? >> i mean, mostly. i was there that night so, you know, it affected me a little bit more i guess personally being there but, you know, you think about it all really because, you know, affected the whole nation back in, you know, 2001. >> it did. it was four years ago when you absorbed that attack. was there a sense over seas that our enemy looked at 9/11 as a go sign for them to do another attack? was there a sense that we've got to start -- keep our head on a swivel because they're coming for us on this day? >> you know, they knew who we worked for and who we were.
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not really. we didn't treat any day any differently. we didn't ramp it up, ramp it down. they had such a big success. i mean, that's what they considered 9/11. you knew they were going to try to do it again eventually. just so happened i was there the second time. >> what should we know about the men that lost their lives that day? >> you know, they were over there doing what they believed in, doing what they believed the country should be doing at the time and, you know, ultimately gave their all for what they believed in. >> what do you think america should know about our enemy being that you stared them in the eye and you saw what they can do? >> yeah, you're not going to win their hearts and minds for sure. we've been fighting them now since 2001. they're not going to change so the biggest thing is we need to change in how we're fighting them. you know, just doing humanitarian aid and trying to,
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you know, soften their thoughts, that's not going to work because they believe what they believe and you're not going to change it unless you get really aggressive with them. >> you're saying that drone attacks, not getting -- making any arrests, not debriefing or using any type of interrogation doesn't work? >> well, i mean, i think they need to be interrogating them. i mean, you know, you've got to fight evil with evil technically. us being this kinder, gentler america is destroying us, making us weaker, not stronger. we have to get stronger. >> we've gotten one guy from benghazi, one guy. a lot of people even wonder what he did. those other guys are running wild and evidently we could have picked them up. we never got the go sign to do it. "13 hours" tells the story, the book and the movie. thanks for what you do and thanks so much for joining us today. >> yes, sir. thank you. coming up straight ahead, when a state was under attack,
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our next guest needed help and the city of new york went through this tragedy. governor george pataki will join us next. and on september 11th his three firefighter brothers working in the twin towers, they made it out alive. 12 days later they joined him at foxborough in the memorable moment no fan will ever forget. former patriot joe andruzzi talks next. remember here at ally, nothing stops us from doing right by our customers. who's with me? i'm in. i'm in. i'm in. i'm in. ♪ ♪ one, two, - wait, wait. wait - where's tina? doing the hand thing? yep! we are all in for our customers.
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joe andruzzi's three brothers were new york city firefighters and in a show of support, he, mr. andruzzi ran on the field with american flags in his hand. they were named honorary captains for that game. >> it was beautiful. joining us now to remember that game and 9/11 is three-time super bowl champ joe andruzzi. thanks for being with us, joe. >> my pleasure. >> why was it important for you to do it on that day with your brothers? >> i knew they were out there and they stood for much more than a name on their jackets and they weren't out there for the patriots, the jets, they stood out there for all their colleagues and all who cherished on that treacherous day of 9/11 and stand out there and watching
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them and they held their helmets up in the air and the whole crowd really knowing what it stood for and how we came together and got stronger as a union. >> i can't imagine. i know you were at the dentist trying to figure out whether or not your brothers were alive. your brother jimmy was actually in one of the towers when the other tower first fell. this was not your idea per se. wasn't it your dad's idea who said, hey, why don't you call mr. kraft and see if he thinks this is a good idea? >> yeah. it was tough to get back to work, but my father spoke to me the night before mr. kraft came up to me, actually, so he said, you know, wouldn't that be a good idea? then actually mr. kraft came up to me at practice the next day and asked me to ask my brothers to >> you know, they all agreed, and for them to be there on the 50 yard line and the emotions going through their minds, you can never fathom what they went
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through. i knew they were out there and, you know, when they called my name to come running out, there was two flags taped to the wall and i grabbed them and held them high in the air. >> you know, it was probably the first and last time new yorkers got that type of applause at foxboro, am i correct? >> they're all holding hands but will be the first and last time. >> how are you doing now, joe? >> i'm doing good. we're getting stronger. our family is together, but through great tragedy and, you know, we lean on each other, and as did my family did the same in 2007 when i had to battle cancer, and then once again in '13 when i was standing at the boston marathon when the bombings went off and, you know, it's how we come together and we get stronger. >> no one needs to explain to the andruzzis about the war on terror.
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congratulations on a great career and thanks for reflecting with us. >> thank you very much. >> coming up on this september 11th, former new york state governor george pataki, who was still in office when the towers fell, he joins us live coming up next. poor mouth breather. allergies? stuffy nose? can't sleep? take that. a breathe right nasal strip instantly opens your nose up to 38% more than allergy medicine alone. shut your mouth and say goodnight, mouthbreathers. breathe right.
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good sunday morning to you and your family. it is september 11th, 2016. you're watching a special edition of "fox & friends." today marks 15 years since the september 11th attacks at the world trade center, the pentagon, and in shanksville, pennsylvania. nearly 3,000 americans died on that day, and today we remember every single one of them. >> we do. in the distance you can see one world trade rising 1776 feet
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above the pavement here in new york city. back then 15 years ago there was a prediction that because those airplanes were able to cause those skyscrapers to fall, it could be the end of skyscrapers and some said ground zero was hallowed ground and should not be rebuilt to the same kind of height, but it was, and today things are being built down there, and they are stronger. >> yeah. and now you're looking at the pentagon which was also hit that day, and there was one just shuddering image of the plane hitting the building, but inside that plane would kill 189 people. 64 were aboard that plane. 125 pentagon personnel. many more were wounded and many more were saved because of the quick action of those on the inside, and this was the first building that was rebuilt rapidly. they put it back together and they didn't know when the attacks were going to stop. they knew flight 93 was out there. they didn't know if flight 93 would head to them and be a second hit. >> keep in mind, the original
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world trade center buildings took three years to be built. these buildings have taken close to 15 years because of a variety of reasons. we're going to talk to the former governor of the great state of new york, george pataki, about the progress down there in about two minutes. >> steve, one of the things we were doing is tossing out the people like rick leventhal on 9/11, 15 years ago. he was sitting there with his sleeves rolled up and trying to make sense of what was happening with the buildings when they were burning and after they fell. a lot goes through your mind reflecting back on this day. >> reporter: the hardest and most horrible day that any of us could have imagined. in fact, i don't think any of us did imagine what could have happened on that day. but, you know, you were talking about one world trade behind me, and it is a symbol of the strength and resilience of this city and nation. i know you have been down to the memorial plaza there. it is stunning, and it's a beautiful change for so many new yorkers and a beautiful place to go and reflect and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives 15 years ago
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today and, of course, there will be thousand of family members at ground zero this morning for that ceremony we see every single year on this date when victims' family members read all the names lost. there will be dignitaries there including former mayors and governors of new york and new jersey and connecticut. we understand both presidential candidates, hillary clinton and donald trump will likely be at ground zero for the ceremony at this point this morning and there will be amongst the readings six moments of silence to mark the times the first plane hit the north tower at 8:26. second plane at 9:03. at 9:37 when flight 77 hit the pentagon. at 9:59 when that south tower fell. at 10:03 when flight 93 went down in shanksville and 10:28 when the north tower fell. as thousands of people were fleeing the scene, many thousands of first responders were racing towards the flames and smoke. one of them was a man named
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billy quick, who i met in the street three hours after the towers were hit. he was covered in the dust and debris from that scene, and i spoke with him about what he was doing out there that morning. >> i ran up to the building, and a police officer said i got people trapped down in the subway. so i went to the subway, went downstairs, got people up. people are bleeding, screaming, crying. i said come upstairs, go to your left. find the ambulance. go to your left, go to your left. within two to three minutes after that the first collapse happened of the building. >> we were operating in what we now know was a toxic environment for quite some time, not only on the day of the attack but until we left the site almost a year later. we were there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we're paying the price. >> reporter: billy quick was one of those who paid the price. he did five years ago because of 9/11 related illnesses. one of 343 who died that day.
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one of 127 members of the department who have died since and there are thousands more suffering from the health effects of working that pile every single day for the weeks and months after 9/11 trying to recover those who were lost in that horrible tragedy, so we pay respects to those people who are still suffering the effects today. >> that's what the bill was all about. rick, thanks so much. >> that's right. also, we should fount. point out former new jersey governor christine tide whitman i think in the last 24 hours apolg jazzed for saying that the air was safe at that time because she was told by government scientists that it was. joining us is former new york governor george pataki. governor, as we look at the freedom tower down there, one world trade, it's inspiring, but i remember, you know, 10, 12 years ago the big debate was, well, we can't rebuild the tall buildings down there because they're going to be a target.
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>> i was told that directly. you have to scrap the plan. you can't build the freedom tower. it's too much of a target. it's going to be an economic white elephant. i just said, no, we're going to keep the footprints as hallowed ground, we'll have a sacred memorial, a museum there, bum we're going to rebuild and we're going to soar higher. we're going to go 1,776 feet tall and i'll tell you, for all the horror and for all the sadness we all feel today, it's inspiring to know that we weren't cowed and we have soared to new heights and i'm proud of that. >> governor, where were you on this day 15 years ago? how did you get the news? >> i was in the city actually. my daughter, who was working early for a news station, called me and said did you see this? and i had not. so i turned on the television, and i was on the phone with her and as soon as i saw the second plane, i knew it was a terrorist attack, and i called mayor
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giuliani. we're activating the emergency response. we're going to shut down the bridges and tunnels calling up the national guard and i called president bush and i got him in florida at the education summit. we had a talk about smuttihutti down the air space and the rest of the day we went into emergency mode i had experience doing before. >> the calmness and coolness under pressure i think is notable when military people bring that up. the other thing also is the selflessness of you not saying i'm the governor, i have to be in charge. what's best? this is the city. that's the mayor of the city. i'm going to supervise. let him be the face if he wants to, and he was, and that was okay with you. >> that was fine. thank you, brian. i knew that we couldn't have politicians competing to be in front of a camera in the face of a national disaster. we had to have a unified response. i'll tell you one of the most important decisions i ever made as governor was that afternoon finally may jor julianna got out from under the rubble and called me and said he's setting up a
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temporary emergency command center, and i thought for a minute, and i said i'll be down right away. and i brought my whole team, and for the next month in one room we had the city, the state, and the feds all working together. so you look at other disasters like katrina where the city is blaming the state and the state is blaming the feds. we had none of that. >> and we were unified as a country. what's etched in where you are mind, one of the stories you can share with us. >> one of them is when president bush came three days later. i talked to him and said you got to come. people have been work sog ha ha. the morale is starting wear out. his security people did not want him to come. i remember when his helicopter landed, we went across lower manhattan and you saw people from every race, every ethnicity, every religion, all of them out there with american
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flags waving those flags and cheering the president. there was a sense of unity, the sense that we weren't republicans or democrats, black or white, young or old. we were americans, and it was america that had been attacked, and we were going to stand together and get through this together, and sadly 15 years later one of the things that most strikes me is that we're in the opposite position. instead of seeing ourselves as americans with common futures and common values, we're at each other's throats and that's got to stop. >> what happened? >> you know, i think part -- i think a lot of it has been political divisiveness from the top. i think that sense that the american people still have, you know, it doesn't matter if you're a republican or democrat. yes, we may have different solutions, but we have a common future. we have to reclaim that, and this is the day when people should think about that and say, well, maybe i'm not going to vote for this one or that one, bup but in the end we all have to live together and we're going to succeed or fail together and this is america, we'll succeed.
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>> i want to go back to what you said earlier about what is exactly downtown now. i just cannot believe the way the respectfulness and the cutting-edge way in which that museum was put together. >> yeah. >> in a which that shows total respect to the people and actually become a tourist attraction as big as the statue of liberty but yet it is a thriving business sector. we talk about that early vision. >> that was exactly the vision. you know, i got hammered in the months thereafter because we weren't just going ahead and replacing what was there or building something temporary, and i said this isn't about tomorrow. this is about the next generation, and we want to do three things. we want to tell the story of the magnitude of the loss and the horror of those attacks, and the memorial does that with the reflecting pools and the names on the fla zaplaza. then we want to tell the individual stories. these are not nameless people. these are individuals who led
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wonderful lives and showed great courage and the museum does it. it tells the story of every hero individually. and then we wanted to show them we would soar to new heights. we were going to have the spiraling spire of office buildings that would show that this is still the greatest commercial city in the world, and we were able to accomplish all three. i'm proud of that. >> it's such an emotional experience. my sister and i went through it and spent a few hours down there and listened to the phone calls of people on the planes leaving their families. but it's so sad to go through it, but it's something i encourage everyone to do just so you have a piece of history and to honor the people that did sacrifice. >> ainsley, it's 15 years later i find it very hard to do that because it's so emotional. >> i know. >> but i knew we had to do it and there were those who were saying nobody is going to go, and i said, no, this will be the most visited spot in north america, and it is. and future generations who weren't born on september 11th are going to appreciate what
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happened that day. >> you know, i'm glad you mentioned that. the three of us covered september 11th on september 11th and beyond, but 20% of americans today don't remember it. they're so young. >> yeah. and that's what we were looking to do is to tell the story. they don't remember it, but if they come to new york and experience it, they're going to understand, and we cannot forget what happened that day and the lesson that we have to protect ourselves -- >> we promised never forget. >> we did. and by the way, my daughter's field trip as a ninth grader was to the museum. >> great. >> thanks so much, governor. >> thank you. >> thank you. all right. coming up on the september 11th, a look back at the events as they unfolded on this fateful day 15 years ago exactly when ordinary people became extraordinary heroes. >> we cannot hallow this ground. the brave men living and led two struggled here have consecrated
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my window, i never dreamed that they might fall. even though it's been 15 years since 9/11, 2001, there's a group of people making sure we never forget. joe conner is one of these people. joe, thanks so much. can you orientate me as to how it was. >> you can see the north tower because you know it had the antenna on top. the north tower is now outlined over here. the south tower is next to it which is right over here, and here is the marriott hotel which would have been right in this area. a week after 9/11 when we came back down to work, this is what you saw, and the amazing 110-story towers were a few stories of rubble. now to attribute that, the foot prints are outlined and they're ringed with the names of those who lost their lives, and they're put in meaningful adjacency, meaning that the people who knew each other, their names are next to each other. so there's also something else,
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343 firefighters lost their lives, and there's something very special for them. >> so, joe, this is the firefighter memorial. >> yeah. >> 343 lost their lives that day. this depicts -- >> this depicts the time line of events when the planes first hit the trade center over here to the firemen coming, getting their hoses, and trying to put out the fire. their faces are really without detail because they could be anybody. their helmets don't have their fire company on it because it could be anybody. it's a tribute to all firemen, not just the ones who lost theirs lives that day. >> but the names of every firefighters, 343, are at the bottom. so, joe, where are we now? >> we're in the 9/11 tribute center. whey love about volunteering at the tribute center is we can talk about the individuals, their lives. everyone had a story and everyone had a family and everyone had a loss. and i think it's much more impactful for people who visit here. >> it seems like there's not an inch here who doesn't mean anything, even the floor we're standing on has the layout of the street.
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>> it's a grid of the city. we think about it as thousands of people died. everyone had something that was important to them. you think it's a holster or a coat, but it was incredibly important to the family. this is special here i think. >> lee, this was his brainchild. >> this tribute center was founded by lee in 2006, and this was his son's uniform and his helmet which meant everything to the firemen and to think his son was found and his equipment like this. you can see how it was literally torn off his back. that is to me about the most touching thing that i have seen in this museum. >> so here is the main room on the first floor, right? >> yeah. >> what are we seeing? >> about 1,800 pictures of loved ones. we happen to have my counsel sin ste -- cousin steve's picture. he was 41 at the time, 3 kids.
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like i said, everyone has a story. tim, a friend of ours, is over here on number ten. >> let's see tim. >> and he married my wife's cousin. >> is that right? >> that's true. i knew tim well. what a great guy. that was the thing, right? >> thanks to joe for doing that. >> you know, not being from new york, you guys lived here and sat here on the set and covered this. you don't realize the impact. obviously it affected the whole country but everywhere you go in new york and all the people that have been here and worked here, everyone has a connection to 9/11 and knew one who actually was killed. >> percentage of americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks, 20%, of the entire country. >> in just mere moments we will take you step by step through what has become one of the darkest days in american history. >> that's right. 9/11 as it happened. we pay tribute to those who made
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this is donald trump arriving there on the ground at ground zero at the footprint of the fallen twin towers to attend the memorial services today. >> i see hillary clinton right in the middle of that image right there. coming up in about 20 minutes they're going to start the annual reading of the names at st. paul's chapel, and you will see that live right here, and then on screen right you have donald trump who 15 years ago was, as he is now, a business
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developer, a real estate guy here in new york city. >> both of those candidates have decided to suspend their tv ads today to observe the day and to observe those thousands of lives that were lost. >> good day for no politics. >> both these people, both the candidates, very connected to new york. one is a new york senator and the other has built the majority of his empire through new york and were both very visible on the day of the attacks and afterwards. there's hillary clinton wearing the dark sunglasses. >> that's right. and it will be interesting to see if they do because they're in the same crowd, whether or not they're going to be close enough to shake hands. we will keep an eye on that. i bet they are not, but we'll -- you just never know. meanwhile, 15 years ago today we were here -- brian and i had were sitting here in these chairs. ainsley was down in the carolinas covering local news. we wound up all covering the biggest story of our lives. it was september 11th. we have been playing this for 14
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years now a compilation of what happened 15 years ago. it is graphic. it also is very powerful because this is the one time we show the images on this channel of the towers falling as it happened. >> holy -- >> oh, god. >> i can't believe this is happening. >> we have a very tragic alert for you right now.
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an incredible plane crash into the world trade center here at the lower tip of manhattan. >> it's believed the 737 has crashed into this. speculation at this point but at least three floors taken out. one of the producers owen is on the scene. what do you know? >> ryan, i'm on the roof of my building which is about five blocks to the south of the world trade center. i'm looking right now at the world trade center. there's a massive gaping hole on the second tower. it's about 15 stories from the roof. it's just unbelievable to look at. you can just see it right now. you can see emergency vehicles on the west side highway heading towards the scene. there are tons of people in the streets. there are papers, things fluttering out. i can't see any evidence of what it was that could have crashed. we're all confused. a massive gaping hole with tons
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of black smoke coming out of the building. >> all we can do is stare aghast at these pictures at this point. you are looking at the north building of the twin towers of the world center in manhattan. these are coming to you live now. debris raining down from 110 floors up. as you can see this is a clear blue sky day in manhattan. if this was an accident, it would be a needle in a haystack kind of accident. >> oh, my god! >> there was another one. we just saw another one. we just saw another one apparently go -- another plane just flew into the second tower. this raises -- this has to be deliberate, folks.
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we just saw on live television as a second plane flew into the second tower of the world trade center. now, given what has been going on around the world, some of the key suspects come to mind, osama bin laden. who knows what. eric shawn is with us. i know you have a lot of sources at the fbi and other agencies like that. what can you tell us? >> first, i apologize for being out of breath because i was walking down 5th avenue, which is close to our studios, and i heard a jet, perhaps a 737 or a small airbus, flying low,unusua making a right. i'm not going to say -- i don't know -- i don't have any reports on what type of plane hit the world trade center, but people looked up and it made a right toward the building.
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>> it is a tragedy. it is abhorrent. it is disgusting. i'm wondering are these pilots terrorists themselves? are they -- are there terrorists in the cockpit who are holding guns to a pilot's head -- >> i can't imagine -- >> you can speculate completely about how this happens because obviously it takes a lot of training and expertise to fly a complicated, sophisticated aircraft, whether it's a boeing 737 or a smaller airbus. these are not little cessnas and little pipers. so there is -- you have to wonder and raise what possibility there is with the type of scenario that was going on in the cockpit. >> wendell is at the white house -- make that sarasota. he is traveling with the president. what's the reaction from the
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president? >> john, the president is here promoting a reading initiative on the second day of a two-day trip to florida. he just finished reading to some children at an elementary school and was asked about the incident. he said he was aware of it and that he would have something to say about it later. >> let's bring in david lee miller, our correspondent. he has an eyewitness with him. david lee, what can you tell us? >> good morning. a few blocks from the world trade center right now. all the roadways are pretty much cut off. the only way to get near the buildings is on foot right now. the scene is absolutely a horrific one. you have people streaming out of the area. you have people literally in tears, in shock, people that just work in the nearby buildings that cannot believe who has happened. still many of them remember the terrorist attack years ago on
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the world trade center and many of them this is just an ugly reminder of that, although the details of what happened here are not certain. as i was walking downtown in lower manhattan making my way to the world trade centers, i stopped to speak to sylvia fuentes. we're a few blocks away from the building. she works in lower manhattan. i'm going to hand her the telephone and she will describe for us what she saw this morning as she was arriving at work. >> i heard a loud rumbling, and when i walked out of the deli, i looked up in the air and there was an airplane actually going into the world trade center and flames were coming out and smoke was just billowing in the air, and tons of people were running down fulton street, just running each other over and i made my way back to my uoffice on water street and when i got upstairs i looked out my window to see what was going on and the second world trade center just went into flames. from one minute to the next. >> sylvia, thanks for that
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eyewitness report. when we saw that second plane slam into the second tower intentionally quite clearly, you got to believe this is a terrorist attack. harvey kushner is on the line with us. a frequent guest and a terrorism expert. is it too early to speculate about suspects? >> one thinks only that this could be the most horrifically planned incident in the annals of terrorism against the united states. think about it. i mean, you look outside the fox studios. look how clear it is. how could you miss the trade towers, not just one, but two planes? >> and it brings to mind, you know, everybody hates those metal detectors at airports and everybody makes passing through them almost a joke these days, but clearly it seems that something is going to change if you can make this kind of statement and kill as many
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people as are likely to be dead in this kind of scenario. >> you know, john, you know, we're talking about terrorism. no matter how this turns out, this is going to be a day that's going to live in infamy, and, you know, it's going to cause changes in terms of security like this country has never seen before. >> president bush is about to speak. he's in florida at what was supposed to be a joyous event at an elementary school. let's listen in. >> today we've had a national tragedy. two airplanes have crashed into the world trade center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. i have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of new york, to the director of the fbi, and i have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families and to conduct a full-scale
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investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act. terrorism against our nation will not stand, and now if you join me in a moment of silence. may god bless the victims, their families, and america. thank you very much. >> we are going to be looking at an enormous death toll. 50,000 people work in those two buildings. john from "the wall street journal" is on the phone with us. john, were you in the area when the planes hit? >> i was across the street in my office building. >> what did you see? what did you hear? >> i heard an incredible sonic boom and looked up, and there was already much smoke and flames pouring out of the
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building, and about 15 minutes later, of course, the second sonic boom, which, of course, would have been the second tower and the second plane. >> what about injuries? >> the most terrible and heartrending thing about this is about 15 minutes ago bodies started dropping from the top floors of the tower closest to the highway. about at least five or six and it was absolutely terrible. obviously they had two choices. to be burned in flames or to leap and end it all. it was quite tragic. >> let me bring into the conversation david asman, my colleague. what can you tell us? >> i just want to give you some late-breaking information. perhaps one of the things that is of greatest fear is there is yet another terrorist attack since those two plane crashes happened within 20 minutes of each other. well, all of manhattan has been sealed off. this is probably unprecedented, of course. all of this is unprecedented in this dastardly, dastardly
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occasion, but manhattan has been sealed off. the hudson river bridges and the tunnels have been sealed. clearly there is an attempt right now to thwart any further act of terrorism, act of violence against the people of manhattan. so manhattan is in a lockdown. >> we are hearing right now another explosion has taken place at the pentagon. we have the heart of the financial district of america being attacked. now we understand that there is an explosion, there has been an explosion in the pentagon. the heart of the military command center of the united states of america, john.
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it can't get much worse than this let's hope. >> you got to believe that it has happened again. another large airliner, perhaps hijacked, perhaps part of some widespread plan, apparently slamming into at least the area around the pentagon. they have not struck at america. they have struck at some individual places in america, but this country will go on. want to go to our washington managing editor brit hume ho has the o the outlook from the nation's capital. it raises questions about america's response and i guess that response is not going to be immediate, is it? >> the one thing we are seeing, john, is this series of evacuations from various buildings around washington, and i think it's important to say that we don't know and have no reason to believe that the white house, for example, was facing
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any immediate or imminent threat. the same is true on capitol hill where it appears they will be evacuating the building up here soon. nothing has happened at either of those places. this, of course, though, john, this is one of those days where we can say things will not again be the same in the united states of america. this is the kind of terrorist attack that is the nightmare that experts and others have warned about, but some of us may have thought really could not happen on such a scale. this is quite remarkable. >> as we watch these pictures, the world trade center, 110 stories, literally starting to fall. >> it's gone. the whole tower! it's gone! holy crap! they knocked the whole freaking thing down.
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>> i hope i live. i hope i live. it's coming down on me. here it comes. i'm getting behind a car. >> i had to go find people who need help. are you okay, sir? okay. >> i was inside the building. europe inside. >> inside. >> doing what? >> getting ready to search. the whole building collapsed on us. >> how did you get out? >> struggled our way through. >> walk towards the light. >> walk towards the light. >> hello? >> yeah, david lee, what can you tell us? >> john, the scene is horrific. one of the two towers literally collapsed. i was making my way to the foot of the world trade center. suddenly while talking to an officer questioning me about my press credentials, we heard a loud explosion. we looked up and the building literally began to collapse
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before us. there was debris falling i'd say at least three-quarters the height of the building. people in the entire perimeter began literally, including myself, that's why i'm out of breath, to run for our lives. >> those steel girders, strong as they are, had a lot of weight to support, and apparently i'm just -- i'm not a structural engineer but i'm just guessing now that they gave way. the loss of life here is going to be enormous. >> may god help those who are there and the victims and their families and all the souls that are lost today. >> can you tell me what you saw? what you heard? are you all right? >> yeah. >> all right. >> look at this guy. unbelievable. unbelievable. this poor woman. wow.
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>> united 93. united 93, do you still hear cleveland? united 93, united niner three. do you still here cleveland. >> this flight 93 crashed. >> from the size of the impact crater, it would appear the angle of descent had to be nearly straight in. >> i think the pilot downed the plane in a remote area. there wasn't many houses over there where it went down. i don't know. it's really -- the whole thing is just unbelievable. >> this is clearly a national catastrophe. there will be some response from the white house. let's go to wendell who was traveling with the president in sarasota, florida, and find out what the latest is there. wendell? >> john, the president left sarasota, florida. air force one took off a short
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while ago. convened a meeting of his national security advisers, including the vice president, the heads of the cia, the national security agency, and the fbi and also new york governor pataki after the two attacks on the twin towers in new york. he was briefed by his national security adviser, condoleezza rice, who phoned him after the first attack. mr. brush was actually reading to some children when the second attack occurred. chief of staff andy card interrupted him, told him about the attack. it was clear at that point we were zealing with terrorists. >> i want to bring into the conversation general al hague, the former secretary of state. general hague, at a time like this, how does america respond prudently, with the proper amount of caution, and yet with whatever force needs to be applied? >> well, first, we have to know the limits of this tragedy, and it's unprecedented, of course.
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but we have to stay, above all, united and calm and ready to take resolute action which sometimes we have failed to do in the recent past. when the perpetrators are uncovered, and we have many, many indicators of precisely who they are, this was too broadly based a terrorist act to be just a few crazies. this is a terrorist movement, and we know where they're located today, and obviously as a nation, we're going to have to take action against them. >> there it goes, there it goes, there it goes. we do need to put it down now. i think we need to put it down now. >> here we go.
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>> america, offer a prayer. >> as it happened 15 years ago exactly right now. >> we're about 45 minutes away from when that happened at 8:46 in the morning. >> in the end there will be 2,997 who lose their lives that day, others sadly would lose that are lives because of the toxins they took in that day. 1,402 in the first hour, 614 in the second. >> so we need to explain what you're about to see over the next hour and 15 minutes. it was, as ainsley said, 8:46 in the morning that american airlines flight 11 crashed into
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the north tower. within about 15 seconds we're going to take a moment of silence. they're observing it at the white house. the president of the united states and the first lady. we do not have live images with you we do have live images from ground zero. >> let's listen in and remember the lives that were lost on that day. ♪ [ bell rings ♪
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. good morning. my name is jerry d' amadao. my father vin sicent worked in north tower. remembering back to the horrible day 15 yearsing a that changed my life. i was 10. my brothers were 8, 7, and 5. today i'm proud to be here to memorialize my father. this is the place that gives me a chance to think about beautiful memories like christmas eve when dad took my brothers and i to work to give my mom a break. on 9/11 the nation came together. people really tried to help us.
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i spent endless summers at a camp for kids who lost family members on 9/11. the counselors helped us to laugh and have fun, to let us know we were not alone. this summer i had the privilege of working with kids who had their own horrific loss, kids from sandy hook, and this time i got to be the one who cared for them when they needed it. these kids lifted me up and made me know that i wanted to give back as much as i can. sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us on the path to where we should be going, to help others as many have helped me. ps, i love you, dad. [ applause ] and now as we remember all those we loved and lost, their families and friends will once again read each person's name. [ applause ]
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gordon m. aamoth jr. edelmiro abad marie rose abad. andrew anthony abate vincent paul abate. laurence christopher abel alona abraham. william fmpl abrahamson. richard anthony aceto heinrich bernard ackermann paul acquaviva christian adams. donald laroy adams patrick adams shannon lewis adams stephen george adams ignatius udo adanga christy a. addamo terence e. adderley jr. sophia b. addo lee adler
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daniel thomas afflitto emmanuel akwasi afuakwah alok agarwal mukul kumar agarwala joseph agnello david scott agnes joao alberto da fonseca aguiar jr. brian g. ahearn jeremiah joseph ahern joanne marie ahladiotis shabbir ahmed terrance andre aiken godwin ajala trudy m.alagero. andrew alameno margaret ann alario gary m. albero
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jon leslie albert peter craig alderman >> and my father walter a. matuzza, jr. we miss you, dad, we love you. jesse is graduating college. woo-hoo. niko is doing good. jesse is doing good in baseball. we wish you were here to watch him every day. you know, we know you're up there watching him. wish you were here still to take us fishing all the time. love you, miss you. keep it good. mommy is doing great as well. >> and my father james m. garnberg. go blue. jacquelyn delaine aldridge
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grace alegre-cua david d. alger ernest alikakos edward l. allegretto eric allen joseph ryan allen richard dennis allen richard l. allen christopher e. allingham anna allison janet marie alonso. anthony alvarado antonio javier alvarez victoria alvarez-brito telmo e. alvear cesar amoranto alviar tariq amanullah angelo amaranto james m. amato joseph amatuccio paul w. ambrose. christopher charles amoroso kazuhiro anai
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calixto anaya jr. joseph anchundia kermit charles anderson yvette constance anderson john andreacchio michael rourke andrews jean ann andrucki siew-nya ang joseph angelini sr. joseph john angelini jr. david lawrence angell mary lynn edwards angell laura angilletta doreen j. angrisani lorraine antigua seima david aoyama >> and my father james r. astraski. >> and fi father whose grandchildren, he'll never get a chance to meet. we love you, dad.
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>> peter paul apollo. faustino apostol jr. frank thomas aquilino patrick michael aranyos david gregory arce michael george arczynski louis arena barbara jean arestegui adam p. arias michael armstrong jack charles aron joshua todd aron. richard avery aronow myra joy aronson. japhet jesse aryee carl francis asaro michael asciak michael edward asher janice marie ashley thomas j. ashton manuel o. asitimbay gregg a. atlas.
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gerald thomas atwood james audiffred frank louis aversano jr. ezra aviles sandy ayala arlene t. babakitis use eustace bacchus john j. badagliacca jane ellen baeszler robert j. baierwalter andrew j. bailey brett t. bailey garnet edward bailey tatyana bakalinskaya michael s. baksh sharon m. balkcom michael andrew bane katherine bantis >> and my uncle and godfather police officer glen pettit. 15 years ago i was too young to walk or talk, however today i stand proud now able to read the name of my hero. every day i try my very best to make you proud.
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i know you are always watching over me until we meet again. >> i can't believe it's been 15 years. sometimes it feels like yesterday. others an eternity. you know, i'm really at a loss for words and people who know that mean that. since you died 15 years ago there's been a void left in our family no amount of time has healed. until we meet again one day. [ applause ] gerard baptiste walter baran gerard a. barbara paul vincent barbaro james william barbella victor daniel barbosa christine barbuto colleen ann barkow david michael barkway matthew barnes
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melissa rose barns sheila patricia barnes evan j. baron renee barrett-arjune arthur thaddeus barry diane g. barry maurice vincent barry scott d. bart carlton w. bartels guy barzvi inna b. basina alysia basmajian kenneth william basnicki steven joseph bates paul james battaglia w. david bauer ivan bautista marlyn capito bautista mark lawrence bavis jasper baxter
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lorraine g.b ey. michele beale paul frederick beatini jane s. beatty allen anthony steven lawrence ira beck manette marie beckles carl john bedigan michael earnest beekman and my husband, ian schneider. there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about you, talk about you, or laugh about you. you always had the us laughing. rachel, jake, and sophie have grown to be amazing young adults. i know how proud you would be. we love you, miss you, and you will forever be in our hearts as well as the thousands of other hearts that you have touched. yo, dude. >> and my father who i know is always with me, glen wall.
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[ applause ] maria a. behr mx max j. bilke yelena belilovsky nina patrice bell debbie s. bellows stephen elliot belson paul m. benedetti denise lenore benedetto bryan craig bennett eric l. bennett oliver bennett margaret l. benson dominick j. berardi james patrick berger steven howard berger john p. bergin alvin bergsohn daniel bergstein graham andrew berkeley
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michael j. berkeley donna m. bernaerts dave w. bernard william bernstein david m. berray david shelby berry joseph john berry william reed bethke nene bechu timothy betterly carolyn beug edward frank beyea paul michael beyer anil tahilram bharvaney bella j. bhukhan shimmy d. biegeleisen peter alexander bielfeld william g. biggart brian eugene bilcher
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mark bingham carl vincent bini >> and my loving husband howard g. gelling, jr. who i know i speak for my entire family who hasn't been down here, but we love you and we miss you every day. >> and my brother, james brian riley. jim, we love you, we miss you, we thank you for all of the great times we shared. you truly were a shining star in our family. we just miss you every day. we are so proud of all that you accomplished and you're such an inspiration to all of us and always will be. we love you. [ applause ] gary eugene bird joshua david birnbaum george john bishop chris romeo buchendez
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jeffrey donald bittner balewa albert blackman jr. christopher joseph blackwell carrie blackburn susan leigh blair harry blanding jr. janice lee blaney craig michael blass rita blau richard middleton blood jr. michael andrew boccardi john p. bocchi michael leopoldo bocchino susan m. bochino frances botany bruce d. boehm mary catherine boffa nicholas andrew bogdan darren christopher bohan lawrence francis boisseau vincent m. boland jr. touran hamzavi bolourchi
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alan bondarenko andre bonheur jr. colin arthur bonnett frank bonomo yvonne lucia bonomo seaon booker [ bell rings ]
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canfield d. boom mary jane booth sherry ann bordeaux krystine bordenabe jerry j. borg martin boryczewski richard edward bosco >> and my uncle francisco alivamuno. we miss you so much. i know you're watching over us. to our first responders and all the departed, you will never be forgotten. >> and my father, francisco bordier. i love you papi and we miss you and i know you're watching over us.
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[ applause ] >> my husband howard kestenbaum worked on the 103rd floor of the world trade center. 15 years is a long time and a short time ago. those of us who have lost our loved ones to violence form a kind of group.
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we know the shock and grief and anger that follows. the heartache that won't heal. i have learned too that that connection can also bring us comfort. my daughter and i are jewish, and a few years ago we went to speak to a muslim family in ahm jordan who lost their oldest son in a terrorist attack. as we all tightly held each others' hands, we knew we understood each others' loss. the things we think separate us really don't.
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we're all part of this one earth in this vast universe. we're all ordinary, and we're all special. we're all connected. we waste precious time by thinking otherwise. my husband -- sorry. my husband was an astrophysicist, and i used to call him my star polisher. this poem always makes me think of him. somebody has to go polish the stars. they're looking a little bit dull. somebody has to go polish the stars for the eagles and starlings and gulls have all been complaining they're tarnished and worn. they say they want new ones we
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cannot afford. so please get your rags and your polishing jars. somebody has to go polish the stars. [ applause ] klaus bothe carol marie bouchard j. howard boulton francisco eligio bourdier thomas harold bowden jr.
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donna m. bowen kimberly s. bowers veronique nicole bowers larry bowman shawn edward bowman jr. ganardi boarski kevin l. bowser gary r. box gennady boyarsky pamela boyce michael boyle alfred braca kevin hugh bracken sandra conaty brace david brian brady sandy bradshaw nicholas w. brandemarti alexander braginsky david reed gamboa brandhorst
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daniel raymond brandhorst patrice braut ronald michael breitweiser lydia e. bravo francis henry brennan edward a. brennan iii peter brennan thomas m. brennan jonathan briley gary lee bright paul gary bristow >> and my husband joseph john berry. i will always love you and miss you. as do your children, spouses, your eight beautiful grandchildren, your family and mine and all your friends. we carry your heart in our hearts, joe.
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>> today my daughter, brooke alexandra jackman, today we remember and honor all those lost and salute all those who keep us safe. my brooke, rookie cookies, the brookster, we have missed you so much over these past 15 years. you were only 23 years old. you never got to meet your nieces and cousins, but we tell them about how kind, compassionate, and beautiful young woman that you were. i hope you know that you are always in our hearts. we will always love you. and don't forget to take care of daddy. [ applause ] mark francis broderick herman charles broghammer keith a. broomfield
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bernard brownsticken janice juloise brown lloyd stanford brown captain john brown bettina browne mark bruce richard george bruehert firefighter andrew brunn vincent edward brunton fire marshall ronald booker brandon j. buchanan firefighter greg j. buck dennis buckley nancy clare bueche patrick joseph buhse edward john bulaga jr. stephen bunin christopher burfer matthew j. burke thomas daniel burke william francis burke jr. charles f. burlinggame
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donald j. burns kathleen anne burns keith james burns john patrick burnside irina buslo milton g. bustillo firefighter thomas m. butler patrick dennis byrne timothy g. byrne daniel m. cabs ero jesus neptali cabezas lillian caceres brian joseph cachia steven dennis cafiero jr. >> and my brother firefighter joseph patrick henry, ladder 21. joey, we love you. just knowing you're up there protecting and watching over us gives our family strength every day. this past week we lost a friend
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and fdny brother jimmy dunn and it's comforting knowing that when jimmy went home, joey was there to greet him and jimmy coyle and all the fdny brothers were there to greet him. we miss you so much. you'll never be forgotten. >> and my brother. he loved the lord, he loved the church. he deeply loved his family. his beautiful spirit always enriches us. [ applause ] richard m. caggiano cecile marella caguicla john brett cahill michael john cahill scott walter cahill thomas joseph cahill george cain salvatore b. calabro
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joseph m. calandrillo philip v. calcagno edward calderon jose o. calderon kenneth marcus caldwell dominick enrico calia felix calixte francis joseph callahan liam callahan suzanne m.calli luigi calvi roko camaj michael f. cammarata david otey campbell geoffrey thomas campbell robert arthur campbell sandra patricia campbell sean thomas canavan john a. candela vincent cangelosi stephen j. cangialosi lisa bella cannava brian cannizzaro michael canty
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louis anthony caporicci jonathan neff cappello james christopher cappers james christopher -- sorry. richard michael caproni jose manuel cardona dennis m. carey edward carlino michael scott carlo >> and my father alfred cunhosa. the whole family misses you. this year i'm applying to college and i know i'll make you proud. >> and my uncle firefighter michael boyle. i'll let you know how the mets do this year. we miss you every day. [ applause ] david g. carlone rosemarie c. carlson mark stephen carney joyce ann carpeneto jeremy carrington
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michael carroll peter carroll james joseph carson jr. christoffer mikael carstanjen angeline c. carter james marcel cartier vivian casalduc john francis casazza paul r. cascio neilie anne heffernan casey william joseph cashman thomas anthony casoria william otto caspar alejandro castano arcelia castillo leonard m. castrianno jose ramon castro william casswell richard g. catarelli christopher sean caton robert john caufield mary teresa caulfield judson cavalier michael joseph cawley jason david cayne
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juan armando ceballos marsha g. cecil carter jason michael cefalu thomas joseph celic ana mercedes centeno joni cesta john j. chada jeffrey marc chairnoff swarna chalasini >> and my uncle who we miss dearly, john d. deblase. >> and my father, steven louis roach. i love you, dad. miss you. [ applause ] >> william chalcoff. eli chalouh charles lawrence chan mandy chang mark lawrence charette david charlebo gregorio manuel chavez pedro francisco checo douglas macmillan cherry
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stephen patrick cherry vernon paul cherry nestor chevalier swede chevalier alexander h. chiang dorothy j. chiarchiaro luis alfonso chimbo robert chin wing wai ching nicholas paul chiofalo john gerard chipura peter a. chirchirillo catherine chirls kyung hee cho abdul k. chowdhury mohammad salahuddin chowdhury kirsten l. christophe pamela chu steven paul chucknick wai chung christopher ciafardini alex f. ciccone
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frances ann cilente elaine cillo edna cintron nestor andre cintron iii robert dominick cirri juan pablo cisneros benjamin keefe clark eugene clark >> and my uncle robert d. madison. >> and my uncle steven frank macy. [ applause ] gregory alan clark mannie leroy clark sarah m. clark thomas r. clark christopher robert clarke donna marie clarke michael j. clarke suria rachel emma clarke kevin francis cleary james d. cleere
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geoffrey w. cloud susan marie clyne steven coakley jeffrey alan coale patricia a. cody daniel michael coffey jason m. coffey florence g. cohen kevin sanford cohen anthony joseph coladonato mark joseph colaio stephen colaio christopher m. colasanti kevin nathaniel colbert michel p. colbert keith e. coleman scott thomas coleman tarel coleman liam joseph colhoun robert d. colin robert j. coll
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jean marie collin john michael collins michael l. collins thomas joseph collins joseph k. collison jeffrey dwayne collman patricia malia colodner linda m. colon sol e. colon >> and my brother joseph francis sasadoti. many who know my brother called him joe sass. my mother called him joe heart because he was her heart and he became the heart of the family, and even though it's been 15 years, the pain and the loss have not diminished, and he has given us so much. he was a loving brother, father, husband, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend, and we're just so happy we had so many good times
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with him, and we'll never forget his smile, his trademark smile that will light up the night sky. >> and my brother, joseph francis holland, whom we miss today as much as we did 15 years ago. life will never be the same without you. until we meet again, i'll carry you in my heart. [ applause ] ronald edward comer jaime concepcion albert conde denease conley susan p. conlon margaret mary conner cynthia marie lise connolly john e. connolly jr. james lee connor jonathan m. connors kevin patrick connors
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kevin f. conroy brenda e. conway dennis michael cook helen d. cook jeffery w. coombs john a. cooper julian t. cooper joseph john coppo jr. gerard j. coppola joseph albert corbett john j. corcoran iii alejandro cordero robert joseph cordice ruben d. correa danny a. correa-gutierrez jor jean rose corrigan james j. corrigan carlos cortes rodriguez
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kevin cosgrove dolores marie costa digna alexandra costanza charles gregory costello jr. michael s. costello asia cotton conrod k. cottoy martin john coughlan john gerard coughlin timothy j. coughlin james e. cove and my uncle michael. we love and miss you every day and i'm sure danielle wishes that you'd be there to walk her down the aisle next september. >> and my husband jeff levine, not a day goes by that we don't miss you and love you. your legacy lives on through our grandchildren, one of whom was born on your birthday.
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[ applause ] andre collin cox frederick john cox kenneth john cubis michelle coyle-eulau james raymond coyle eric a. cranford christopher seton cramer james leslie crawford jr. denise elizabeth crant tara kathleen creamer james leslie crawford jr. lucy crifasi john a. crisci kevin raymond crotty dennis cross john crowe thomas g. crotty
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robert l. cruikshank welles remy crowther grace yu cua john robert cruz francisco cruz cubero thelma cuccinello richard j. cudina neil james cudmore thomas patrick cullen iii joan cullonin joyce cummings brian thomas cummins michael joseph cunningham robert curatolo laurence damian curia paul dario curioli patrick joseph currivan beverly l. curry andrew peter charles curry green michael sean curtin
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patricia cushing. >> and my brother gerard patrick shrang rescue 3 who sacrificed his life along with all the other first responders who lost their lives in service of others. your families love and miss you. today we honor your memory and your life and the lives of all who lost that day. >> and my sister, maria lavag. it's been 15 years since i have seen that beautiful face and that funny smile. i know you're my guardian angel. please take care of mommy and daddy now, and i wrote you this little poem. death leaves a heartache no one could heal. love leaves a memory no one could steal. rest in peace, maria. [ applause ]
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gavin cushny caleb arron dack carlos s. dacosta jason m. dahl brian paul dale john d'allara vincent gerard d'amadeo thomas a. damaskinos jack d'ambrosi jeannine marie damiani-jones manuel damoto patrick w. danahy mary d'antonio vincent danz dwight donald darcy elizabeth ann darling annette andrea dataram edward a. d'atri michael d. d'auria lawrence davidson michael allen davidson
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scott matthew davidson titus davidson niurka davila adam. davis clinton davis wayne terrial davis anthony richard dawson calvin dawson edward james day william thomas dean robert j. deangelis jr. thomas patrick deangelis dorothy alma de araujo anna gloria debarra tara e.debest. anna debens. james deblasi jr.
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>> and my amazing brother, john matitas. [ speaking foreign language ] johnny boy, we miss you, baby. >> and my uncle, clement a.somando. uncle clem i believe the most heartbreaking good-byes are when a person hasn't finished their stories and your certainly wasn't finished. we miss you and keep an eye on your sister. [ applause ] paul decola simon marash dedvukaj jason christopher defazio david a. defeo jennifer dejesus
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donald arthur delapenha marina dellatorre vito joseph deleo danielle anne delie andrea dellabella joseph a. della pietra colleen ann deloughery joseph deluca francis demartini anthony demas francis deming carol k. demitz kevin dennis thomas f. dennis jean depalma jose nicholas depena
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robert john deraney michael derienzo david paul derubbio jamal desantos christian louis simone edward desimone iii andrew desperito michael jude d'esposito cindy ann deuel melanie louise deverare jerry devito robert p. devitt jr. >> and my sister's husband, carl eugene malinaro ladder companies 2. carl, i have tried to live my life just the way that you wanted me to. our lives have never been the same without you, especially our annual christmas day football game. carl and sabrina, your children, alongside with jody, my daughter, have definitely helped fill some of that void.
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i miss having you as a big brother and playing whiffle ball games against you even though you beat me our last game. there's not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. >> and my mother francis harros. to my mother and to all our family members who have perished this day 15 years ago, we deeply miss you still, but we can also rejoice and loudly sing hello from the other side. and to our heavenly creator, we pray, dear god, that you inspire our world's spiritual and political leaders towards peace and ask that you guide america's next commander in chief and help make america safe once again. we ask this in the name of jesus the christ, amen. [ applause ]
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dennis lawrence devlin gerard dewan sulemanali kassamali dhanani michaeling lewis d'agostino matthew diaz nancy diaz michael diaz-piedra iii judith belguese diaz-sierra patricia florence dicaro rodney dickens jerry d. dickerson joseph dermot dickey jr. lawrence patrick dickinson michael d. diehl john difato vincent difazio carl anthony difranco donald difranco
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john digiovani eddie diller debra ann demartino david dimeglio stephen patrick dimino william john dimmling marisa dinardo schorpp christopher m. dincuff jeffrey mark dingle renna sam denu anthony dionisio george dipasquale joseph dipilato douglas frank distefano donald americo ditullio ramzi a. doany johnny doctor jr. john joseph doherty melissa c. doi brendan dolan
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robert e. dolan jr. >> and my grandfather, edward mazello jr. we love and miss you every day. >> and my brother alfred russell mailer. mom, dad, and all the family miss you, al, but your memory lives on. not only in your sons alfred and jack but with all those you touched. you really, truly were larger than life. miss you lots, brother. [ applause ] [ bell rings ]
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♪ may god bless and keep you
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always ♪ ♪ may your wishes all come true ♪ ♪ may you always do for others and let others do for you ♪ ♪ may you build a ladder to the stars ♪ ♪ climb on every rung ♪ may you stay forever young ♪ may you grow up to be righteous ♪ ♪ may you grow up to be true ♪ may you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you ♪ ♪ may you always be courageous ♪ stand upright and be strong ♪ and may you stay forever
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young ♪ ♪ forever young ♪ forever young ♪ may you stay forever young ♪ may your hands always be busy ♪ ♪ may your feet always be swift ♪ ♪ may you have a strong foundation when the winds of change shifts ♪ ♪ may your heart always be joyful ♪ ♪ may your song always be sung ♪ and may you stay forever
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young ♪ ♪ forever young ♪ forever young ♪ for ever young ♪ may you stay forever young ♪ may you stay forever young [ applause ]
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neil matthew dollard james joseph domanico benilda pascua domingo alberto dominguez carlos dominguez jerome mark patrick dominguez kevin w. donnelly jacqueline donovan william h. donovan stephen scott dorf thomas dowd kevin christopher dowdell mary yolanda dowling
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raymond mathew downey frank joseph doyle joseph michael doyle >> we remember and we will never forget the nearly 3,000 beautiful lives taken from us so cruelly, including 148 men, women, and children here. the youngest just 3 years old. we hon he were the courage of those who put themselves in harm's way to save people they never knew. we come together in prayer and in gratitude for the strength that has fortified us across these 15 years. and we renew the love and the faith that binds us together as one american family. 15 years may seem like a long time, but for the families who lost a piece of their heart that day, i imagine it can seem like
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just yesterday. perhaps it's the memory of a last kiss given to a spouse or the last good-bye to a mother or father, a sister or brother. we wonder how their lives might have unfolded, how their dreams might have taken shape, and i am mindful that no words we offer or deeds we do can ever truly erase the pain of their absence, and yet you, the survivors and families of 9/11, your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and to our entire country. even as you've mourned, you've summoned the strength to carry on. in the names of those you've lost, you've started scholarships and volunteered in your communities and done your best to be a good neighbor and a
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good friend and a good citizen, and in your grief and grace you have reminded us that together there's nothing we americans cannot overcome. the question before us, as always, is how do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? how do we live up to their example and how do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts? well, we have seen the answer in a generation of americans, our men and women in uniform, diplomats, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement professionals all who have stepped forward to serve and who have risked and given their lives to keep us safe. thanks to their extraordinary service, we've dealt devastating
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blows to al qaeda. we've delivered justice to osama bin laden. we've strengthened our homeland security. we've prevented attacks. we've saved lives. we resolve to continue doing everything in our power to protect this country that we love, and today we once again pay tribute to these patriots, both military and civilian, who serve in our name, including those far away from home in afghanistan and iraq. perhaps most of all we stay true to the spirit of this day by defending not only our country but also our ideals. 15 years into this fight the threat has evolved. with our stronger defenses, terrorists often attempt attacks on a smaller but still deadly scale. hateful ideologies urge people in their own country to commit
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unspeakable violence. we've mourned the loss of innocents from boston to san bernardino to orlando. groups like al qaeda, like isil know that we will never -- they will never be able to defeat a nation as great and as strong as america, so instead they try to terrorize in the hopes that they can stoke enough fear that we turn on each other and that we change who we are or how we live. and that's why it is so important today that we reaffirm our character as a nation, of people drawn from every corner of the world, every color, every religion, every background bound by a creed as old as our founder.
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e pluribus unum. out of many we are one. for we know that our diversity, our patchwork heritage, is not a weakness. it is still and always will be one of our greatest strengths. this is the america that was attacked that september morning. this is the america that we must remain true to. across our country today americans are coming together in service and remembrance. we run our fingers over the names and memorial benches here at the pentagon. we walk the hallowed grounds of a pennsylvania field. we look up at a gleaming tower that pierces the new york city skyline, but in the end the most enduring memorial to those we
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lost is ensuring the america that we continue to be, that we stay true to ourselves, that we stay true to what's best in us, that we do not let others divide us. as i mark this solemn day with you for the last time as president, i think of americans whose stories i have been humbled to know these past eight years. americans who i believe embody the true spirit of 9/11. it's the courage of wells krouter just 24 years old in the south tower, the man in the red bandana who spent his final moments helping strangers to safety before the towers fell. it's the resilience of the firehouse on 8th avenue, patriots who lost more than a
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dozen men but who still suit up every day as the pride of midtown. it's the love of a daughter payton wall of new jersey whose father in his last moments on the phone from the foep from th her i will always be watching over you. it's a resolve of those navy s.e.a.l.s who made sure justice was finally done, who served as we must live as a nation, getting each other's backs, looking out for each other united, one mission, one team. it's the ultimate sacrifice of men and women who rest for eternity not far from here in gentle green hills in perfect formation, americans who gave their lives in faraway places so that we can be here today strong and free and proud. it's all of us, every american who gets up each day, lives our
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lives, carries on. because, as americans, we do not give in to fear. we will preserve our freedoms and the way of life that makes us a beacon to the world. let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you. write them on the tablet of your heart. how we conduct ourselves as individuals and as a nation, we have the opportunity each and every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heros that we lost. may god bless the memory of the loved ones here and across the country. they remain in our hearts today. may he watch over these faithful
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families and all who protect us and may god forever bless the united states of america. [ applause ] >> as long as i live, someone will be here to support your memory. god bless the whole world. >> and for our brother, brother-in-law, husband, father, and joe, now grandfather of four, joseph, john koppo jr., joe, we miss you and love you. we're looking out for them. you keep looking out for us. >> andre g. fletcher. >> carl m flecken jer. >> matthew m flacco. >> john joseph florio.
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>> joseph flowers. >> david fodor. >> michael n.fodor. >> steven mark fogle. >> is thomas j. foley. >> jane c.folger. >> david fontana. >> godwin ford. >> donald a. foreman. >> christopher hugh foresight. >> claudia alicia foster. >> noel john foster. >> saun dra n. foster. >> robert joseph foddi. >> jeffrey fox. >> virginia elizabeth fox. >> pauline francis. >> virgin lucy francis. >> gary j. frank. >> morton h. franks. >> peter christopher frank. >> colleen l. frazier.
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>> richard k. frazier. >> kevin j. frauly. >> clyde frazier jr. >> lillian fredricks. >> andre fredricks. >> tamitha freeman. >> brett owen freeman. >> arlene eva freed. >> allen w. freelander. >> and my late wife, laura lee fazio. we miss you. we think of you every day. we love you. mom, dad, jeff, craig and me. imagine one day we can live at peace. maybe one day we can all live as one again. >> and my father, port authority police officer nathaniel west, you're missed and loved more than you'll ever know. you've always been my hero, daddy, and now i get to share you with everyone. [ applause ]
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>> andrew keith freedman. >> paul j. freedman. >> greg j. foreigner. >> lisa ann frost. >> peter christian frost. >> clement fromonda. >> steven elliott fuhrman. >> carlton douglas fieth. >> frederick gabeler. >> richard peter gabriel. >> richard s. gabriel. >> pamela lee gast. >> deanna lynn galonte and her unborn child. >> grace katherine galonte. >> daniel james gallagher. >> richard patrick gallagher.
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>> kono gallo. >> thomas e galvin. >> ronald l.gamboa. >> peter james jr. >> michael gann. >> caesar r. garcia. >> andrew sunny garcia. >> jorge luis garcia. >> david garcia. >> marilyn garcia. >> juan garcia. >> douglas benjamin gardener. >> christopher samuel gardener. >> and my uncle, michael r. wittenstein. i love you and my grandmother and grandpa miss you dearly. michael, you would be proud to know that you have two nephews both named after you. i love you. >> harvey joseph gardener.
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christopher samuel gardener. my cousin, police officer mark joseph ellis, our family hero, we love and miss you dearly. >> jeffrey brian gardener. >> thomas a. gardener. >> william arthur gardener. >> frank garfy. >> james m. gartenburg. >> matthew david garvey. >> luis gary. >> boyd allen. >> richard gaffigan jr. >> peter allen gaye. >> terran govanni. >> gary paul guy dell. >> paul hamilton guyer. >> julie m. guise. >> peter galinas.
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>> steven paul gellar. >> howard g. gellar jr. >> peter victor janko jr. >> steven gregory genevieve. >> elaine gentle. >> linda m. george. >> edward f. gare aty. >> suzanne gare aty. >> ralph gerhart. >> robert gurlick. >> dennis p. jermaine. >> marina gursberg. >> susan gettendanner. >> lawrence g. getfried. >> james g. guyer. >> cortez guy. >> joseph m.giaconni.
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>> debra lee gibbon. >> james andrew gaverson. >> brenda c. gibson. >> craig neil gibson. >> ronny e. geese. >> andrew clyde gilbert. >> and my big brother, joseph michael giaconni. he was only 43 years old. 15 years are like 15 seconds. the hurt is still there. the hole is still there. you live on through your family. we miss you every day. and everyone, tell someone you love them today. >> and on behalf of our entire family, i'm honored to stand here and say my brother, thomas francis swift, thomas, we love
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you and we miss you with all our hearts. [ applause ] [ bell ringing ]


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