Territory Stories

The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-09-10

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/235158

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/650225

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, September 10, 2011. NT NEWS. 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:10-SGE:21 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l SATURDAY EXTRA trust and faith forever The World Trade Centre towers soon after impact All Americaswar systems and intelligence networkswere undermined by a cheap, cruel and ingenious plan The war may be unrecognisable from its original objectives but it began in lower Manhattan, where the planes brought not just destruction to the towers but deadly clouds of dust, which continue to chase survivors to early graves. Terror had struck the American mainland before 9/11, but the architects of these attacks tended to be home-grown Americans exercising their frustrations, such as the 1995 Oklahoma City truck bomb attack by a right-wing extremist on a federal building, which killed 168 people. The 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Centre was an exception. A bombladen truck was driven into the basement of the north tower of the World Trade Centre and detonated. The idea was to bring down the north tower which would, in turn, topple over the south tower. Seven people died in an otherwise failed attack. But the man accused of financing the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Kuwait-born mili tant and al-Qaida principal, was not arrested over the attacks. To him, the World Trade Centre remained the ultimate target. He wanted to hurt the American people in a way that would not only cause maximum carnage, but would wound the psyche of a confident and proud people. Known as KSM, he is now in Guantanamo Bay, and was named in the 9/11 Commission Report as the mastermind of the World Trade Centre plane attacks. He had conducted the 1993 truck bombing as part of a small jihadist organisation which, at that time, had no formal links to Osama bin Laden. But by the mid-1990s, KSM was in close contact with bin Laden and by 1998 had joined al-Qaida. According to his own testimony, he was the one who took the plane concept to bin Laden. The entire process of getting the hijackers into America, training them on flight simulators, and getting them on to four transcontinental flights, would cost less than $US500,000 and involve just 19 foot soldiers. And this was where it cut America deepest. All Americas war systems and intelligence networks were undermined by a cheap, cruel and ingenious plan. The notion of an anniversary lends itself to the idea of a party. But September 11, 2011, is no celebration. It is a commemoration, a day of mourning not just for those who died but for a deeper death. No longer would people look at others and believe that though we are different, we are all, deep down, one and the same.