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Issue: "Mourning has broken," Sept. 29, 2001

You feel like you should be asking them for their autographs. They are the heroes.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, after visiting New York firefighters and rescue workers at the site of the fallen towers of the World Trade Center. Emergency workers asked the Yankees superstar for his autograph.

We Americans ... sometimes have to get hit with a two-by-four to get with it. I have no doubt that we will get with it.

Former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.), co-chairman of the U.S Commission on National Security/21st Century, commenting on the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The commission's report, released in January, had predicted a catastrophic attack would take place on U.S. soil in the next 25 years. It recommended formation of a new agency to defend the nation's people and infrastructure-and to respond to attack.

The people of Afghanistan are not only victims of terrorism but are in fact hostage to it.

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Former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, in a letter to the UN Security Council.

I went from flag burner to flag waver in a matter of minutes.

Russell Morse, writing on Salon.com, on his reaction to seeing the attacks on the World Trade Center.

You want a diversion? Go to church.

New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards, answering a reporter's question about whether he thought the canceled NFL games would have provided a "diversion" for grief-stricken Americans.

This isn't low-tech. You'd have to really call it no-tech.

Wayne Madsen, a former communications specialist for the National Security Agency, on Osama bin Laden's use of human messengers, safe houses, and close-knit groups such as family members to send out his directives. That "no-tech" approach helps him hide from high-tech detection.


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