16 Gruesome Facts About 9/11

1Saddam Hussein

Leaders that vehemently denounced the attacks included the Presidents of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Syria, Iran, and Pakistan. The sole exception was Saddam Hussein, who said that “the American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity.”


2North Tower

On 9/11, after the first plane hit the North Tower, people in the South Tower wanted to leave but were advised by an announcement to stay at their desks. Some of those who tried to leave anyway were turned back by security in the building before the exits. About 1,120 of them died.


3Ahmad Shah Massoud

Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, who fought against the Soviets in the 1980s, was also against a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. He was assassinated two days before 9/11, after warning of a major terrorist attack set to happen in the United States.


4World Trade Center

The company that owned the World Trade Center had scheduled a meeting for 9/11 on the 88th floor of tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack but rescheduled the night before because one participant could not attend.


5Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville

On 9/11, two jet fighters (Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville) took to the air without live ammunition, knowing that to prevent the hijackers from striking their intended targets, the pilots might have to intercept and crash their fighters into the hijacked planes, ejecting at the last moment.


6Search and rescue dogs

During the aftermath of 9/11, search and rescue dogs found so few living people, that it caused them great stress because they believed they had failed. Handlers and rescue workers had to regularly hide in the rubble in order to give the rescue dogs a successful find and keep their spirits up.


7Tania Head

Tania Head, a well-known 9/11 survivor, faked being in the South Tower during the attacks and served as President of The WTC Survivors Network before people found out she was lying. She was not even in the United States during the attacks.


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8Whales

Scientists were monitoring whale stress levels by analyzing their poop and found that their stress plummeted immediately following the 9/11 attacks. It turns out this was due to all the ship traffic being halted which quieted the oceans of low-frequency noise which whales use to communicate.


9John Perry

On September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry was at police headquarters filing his retirement papers when he was notified about the first airplane striking the first tower. He rushed to the scene to assist with rescue operations and was killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11.


10Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda initially planned to target nuclear installations rather than the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but decided against it, fearing things could “get out of control.”

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