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9/11: Voices Looking Back

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It's been ten long years. 

As It Happens is marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by reconnecting with some of the people we spoke to at the time, listening back to their words and hearing their thoughts, now, on the events of the ensuing decade.

 

From September 11, 2011, 10:03am, Berlin, Pennsylvania - four kilometers from where United Flight 93 crashed to the earth - we hear Dave Berkebile as he captured the first known footage of the crash of Flight 93

 

We also revisit Muzzamil Saddiqi - the head of the Islamic Society of North America at the time of the attacks.

In the wake of 9/11, Dr. Saddiqi was invited to speak at the Memorial Service held in Washington, D.C. on the 14th of September, 2001.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for muslimprayer.jpgHe spoke to AIH that same day, saying that 9/11represented 'the loss of all humanity." But he also foresaw what the day would mean, in particular, for Muslims.

Now - ten years later - he  responds to Rudy Giuliani's statement that there is nothing offensive about labelling perpetrators of acts of terror as 'Islamic extremist terrorists', and to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's fear of 'Islamicism'.

He also shares with us his undiminished hope for the next ten years.

 

ricburns.jpgAnother then-and-now voice is that of filmmaker, Ric Burns.

He was in the midst of filming his extensive eight-part historical documentary New York: Center of the World on that fateful day.

The sections pertaining to 9/11 are here.

At the time, Mr. Burns told AIH of the sense of 'quickened humanity' that he noticed in NYC in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Today, he reflects on  how his city has changed, and his feelings about Ground Zero.

 

Thumbnail image for mcpeak.jpgGeneral Merrill McPeak (Ret) reflects on the warnings to those set on war in the days after 9/11. His government's response to those events led him to change his politics from card-carrying GOP to active supporter of Barack Obama. He is very critical of his country's foreign policy over the past ten years:

Our standing in the world is very important...it was frittered away in Iraq.

 

libeskind.jpgDaniel Libeskind - the man behind the vision behind the redevelopment of the World Trace Center - tells us of the challanges of working on a project that is far more than architectual.

David MacDonald of the Rideau Institute tells us what the cold, hard financial cost of all the additional security precautions has been to Canadians.

 

 

 

 

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