10 September 2020 22:41
NEW YORK — As the ruins of New York's World Trade Center smouldered following the September 11 attacks of 2001, skeptics doubted it could ever rise again. But the rebuilt World Trade Center complex is under threat anew – this time, from a microscopic virus. Try refreshing your browser, or Rebuilt after 9/11, World Trade Center threatened anew by COVID-19 Back to video "People are much more worried about someone coughing on them than someone blowing up a building," said Vishal Garg, chief executive of mortgage refinance startup Better.com, headquartered at 3 World Trade Center on the site known as Ground Zero. After the Twin Towers and surrounding buildings were destroyed by al Qaeda hijackers, killing 2,753 of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day, the economy of lower Manhattan was devastated. But a plan was born, and a lengthy metamorphosis turned the disaster zone into a giant pit, then a walled-off construction site, and finally, some $25 billion later, a tourist attraction and business center with three skyscrapers, a transportation hub, a museum and a memorial.
Last week, in an interview with the New York Post, Noor bin Laden, the 33-year-old niece of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, endorsed President Trump and warned that another 9/11-style terrorist attack was possible if former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidency. Noor bin Laden, the self-described "American at heart" who raised eyebrows last week by making an impassioned endorsement of Donald Trump, has published "My Letter to America," a new appeal in which she has lists ways she believes Trump has "made the world a much safer place." The letter, posted on Noor's website, makes no mention of her family's native Saudi Arabia (she was born in Switzerland in 1987), but praises Trump's Middle East policy, saying that he "has solidified ties with Israel, overturned the disastrous Iran deal, obliterated ISIS*, took down other key terrorists, and facilitated a historic peace deal between Israel and the UAE." Bin Laden also praises Trump's policy of 'standing up to China', keeping the US out of new wars, and making "Europe comply with their NATO requirements." Complimenting "American exceptionalism" and the US's supposed status as a "beacon of democracy and hope for all subjugated peoples over the past two centuries," Noor says she has been "heartbroken" by the recent Black Lives Matter anti-racism and police violence protests, suggesting that an "entire generation of Americans" had been "successfully brainwashed into hating the very nation that has yielded the most freedom, justice and equality anywhere in the world." Saying that an effort to see the "undoing of America has been decades in the making," Noor warns that "the globalists, Deep State, swamp, whichever name you call them, have been hard at work to weaken America's sovereignty and standing as world leader," and suggests that these institutions seek to replace 'a government for the people by the people' with "a world order of international institutions ultimately puppeteered by a caste of technocrats, oligarchs and international bankers." Arguing that "these nefarious forces have done everything in their power" to try to stop Trump from "reversing past administrations' destructive policies," bin Laden says that so far, they've failed. "With President Trump at her helm, America stands a chance at restoring her principles, pride, independence and true place in the world as beacon of liberty and hope for all," Noor writes. Noor bin Laden, daughter of Yeslam bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's wealthy older half-brother, first made headlines last week after giving an interview to the New York Post in which she gave a ringing endorsement of Trump and suggested that only he could prevent another 9/11. Osama bin Laden's niece says only Trump can prevent another 9/11 pic.twitter.com/YPW3KIzznf — New York Post (@nypost) September 5, 2020 Yeslam and Osama are the children of Mohammed bin Laden, a Saudi royalty-connected businessman who fathered over 50 children in his lifetime.
By the end of the day it became apparent that the nation had been the target of a terror attack of unprecedented scale. Air traffic controllers are informed that American Airlines Flight 11, a flight bound for Los Angeles had been hijacked. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Just after 9pm a second hijacked flight, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center. The Pentagon in Washington DC is targeted by a third attack from the third hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77.
The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses, killing and trapping those inside, including emergency workers. A fourth flight, United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into a field outside of Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. The north tower of the World Trade Center collapses. Nineteen hijackers took over the four planes involved in the attacks. They were all members of Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda, led by Saudi Arabian Osama Bin Laden, who founded the organisation in the late 1980s. Bin Laden initially denied involvement in the attacks stating "I stress that I have not carried out this act" five days after the attacks. In a video released in December that year, he praised the attacks. "Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people. We say that the end of the United States is imminent, whether Bin Laden or his followers are alive or dead, for the awakening of the Muslim umma (nation) has occurred." Shortly before the 2004 US election he admitted responsibility for the attacks in a video statement. Osama Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in 2011. Native troops, supported by the United States, drove out most of the Taliban by the turn of the year, but conflict continues to plague the country with the Taliban carrying out attacks on a regular basis. Both US and UK governments argued that Iraq was a threat to other countries and sympathetic to terror groups, including Al-Qaeda. In New York family members of attack victims will read out the names of loved ones in a pre-recorded video which will be streamed online. Vice President Mike Pence will attend a ceremony at the September 11 memorial plaza. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will attend the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. FOUR planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda and 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001. Here is more on the most devastating terror attacks on US soil. 6 The 19 hijackers behind the September 11 terror attacks Credit: Reuters Nineteen Islamic terrorists hijacked four planes on September 11, 2001. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. 6 The World Trade Center after the planes hit on September 11 Credit: AP:Associated Press The first plane crashed into the World Trade Center at 8:45 am, and the second plane hit 18 minutes later. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:45 am, and the fourth plane crashed in western Pennsylvania about 25 minutes later. 6 New York City firefighters salute in front of a memorial on the side of a firehouse adjacent to One World Trade Center in 2018 Credit: AP:Associated Press 6 Firemen work near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center Credit: Reuters What happened on United Airlines Flight 93? Heroic passengers and crew members stormed the cockpit and most likely saved lives by preventing four hijackers from crashing the plane into the White House or another target in Washington, DC. All 44 people aboard the plane were killed when it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania was recently vandalized with "gallons of dish detergent" days before the anniversary of the attacks. 6 An American flag is displayed in the rubble of the World Trade Center two days after the terror attacks Credit: EPA 6 How newspapers reported Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011 Credit: Getty Images - Getty Osama bin Laden was a founder of Al-Qaeda who orchestrated the September 11 terror attacks. Bin Laden was finally hunted down and killed by US forces in May of 2011, nearly 10 years following 9/11. It was recently revealed that Bin Laden may have communicated with terrorists by encoding messages into porn videos. The claim is part of a fascinating new National Geographic special, titled Bin Laden's Hard Drive, which analyzes and reveals the digital materials recovered in his compound.