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Peter Preston: Security is the modern snake oil

Bin Laden warning to America

Analysis: Bin Laden video intervention substitutes for a bombing

'God knows it did not cross our minds to attack the towers'

Bush exploits suffering of 9/11, says Carter

Gary Younge: America has used its victimhood to demand a monopoly

Jonathan Freedland: The start of history

9/11 widows join Kerry campaign

Press review: What they said about the 9/11 anniversary

Christians 'should show more respect'

'I felt like we went to war that day'

Take two: Arthur Schlesinger and Timothy Garton Ash

Craig Unger: 'War president' Bush has always been soft on terror

Mark Lawson on TV: The 9/11 Conspiracies | The Grid

One in four 9/11 relatives says Republicans exploiting tragedy


NY firefighters reached South Tower crash zone

David Batty and Julian Borger, Washington
Monday August 5, 2002
The Guardian


A tape recording found in the rubble of the World Trade Centre shows that two firefighters managed to reach the wounded on the 78th floor of the south tower, where the airliner struck, before it collapsed.

According to the New York Times a fire commander can be heard calling reinforcements to the south tower but those answering the call were held up by traffic jams and confusion about where to report. That almost certainly saved their lives.

The tape, which has come to light days before the official report on the fire department's response to the attacks is published, was not examined by the investigators.

The report by the management consultants McKinsey & Co finds that more firefighters died than should have done, because of poor communication and management and lapses in discipline.

Joseph Callan, the assistant fire chief, who radioed an evacuation order about an hour before the building collapsed, told the Guardian: "I got no acknowledgement... Some of those who escaped later told me they never heard it."

The department lost 343 members in the disaster, and Mr Callan admitted that its emergency planning had not been good enough.

"The largest fire we'd dealt with in a high rise building was only over two floors. And we only trained for operations that lasted a few days."

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