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Nothing Has Been Forgotten: New Evidence Emerges 17 Years After the 9/11 Attacks
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Nothing Has Been Forgotten: New Evidence Emerges 17 Years After the 9/11 Attacks

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NEW YORK – September 7

"[9/11s]... the explicit purpose was to cut the United States down to size, to demoralize the Americans, and encourage the Islamists by revealing how a lightly armed David can inflict a grave wound on the heavily armed Goliath."

These are famous lines from the book "The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror" by Stephen Holmes.

The morning of September 11, 2001, started like any other: people had gone to work and were already in their offices.

Not long after, the world had changed, although only a few thousand people in New York realized it immediately.

That was when the first plane flew into the north tower of The World Trade Center.

Today, the first thought would be 'terrorism', but for a few minutes, there was still some speculation that this may have just been a terrible accident on a catastrophic scale.

18 minutes later, the second plane flew into the other tower. With film crews already on the ground, the whole world saw the aircraft fly straight into a modern-day monument, filled with people both in the building and on the plane. This was no accident, people say. This was an act of terror so callous and on such a such a large scale that it had never been seen before.

The World Trade Center, the epitome of the American dream, the hub for successful commerce, had been destroyed. A total of 2,977 innocent people lost their lives that day, as well as 19 hijackers. Though, to that 19, the act of martyrdom was a pivotal sacrifice that would change the dynamics of war.

Since then, many years have passed, and still, there are new versions of the events of September 11. The main version is that the terrorist act was committed by a group run by Osama bin Laden and the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. Most Americans believe this to be true. For example, a plane also came down on the Pentagon, while Flight 93 crashed mysteriously in Pennsylvania, leading to speculation that the people on the flight fought back against the terrorists, thwarting whatever plan they may have had.

As the 17th anniversary of the horrendous attack approaches, we present you with new footage from the events which has appeared on the Internet recently, along with new additional information from eyewitnesses.

Mark LaGanga, aformer CBS reporter, published the footage which is just under half an hour long, showing emergency service personnel attempting to work while surrounded by dust and debris following the collapse of the Twin Towers. The video has been viewed almost 600,000 times. It is known that the video publishing was agreed with the Secret Service.

You can see how some survivors were led from the area and into waiting ambulances, while in other scenes people can be seen being wheeled away on beds.

During the footage, one rescuer from the Secret Service warns LaGanga to get out of the wreckage, warning him: "I think you should leave. Everybody else is gone. I hear the top of the building fell down."

Despite happening almost two decades ago, authorities in the US are still working to identify people who lost their lives in the incident.

Just last month, a 26-year-old man was identified as Scott Michael Johnson, using a piece of his jawbone. Johnson was working as a securities analyst for investment bank Keefe Bruyette and Woods when tragedy struck.

According to experts, Johnson is the 1,642nd person to be formally identified as having been killed in the attack. There are around 1,100 people still believed to be unaccounted for. The team at the New York medical examiner’s office are now using high-spec DNA testing to help give closures to the families of those who are thought to have been killed.

Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Simpson said: "In 2001, we made a commitment to the families of victims that we would do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to identify their loved ones.

"This identification is the result of the tireless dedication of our staff to this ongoing mission."

Johnson's mother said that being told her son had died in the attack offered some 'finality'.

She said: "You get pulled right back into it and it also means there's a finality. Somehow, I always thought he would just walk up and say, 'Here I am. I had amnesia.'"

At least fifteen FBI agents have died of 9/11 related illnesses, as a result of dangerous toxins kicked up by the terror attacks, officials said.

In 2015 seven FBI 9/11 responders were put on the agency’s wall of honor designated to those who died 'during the performance of their duty.'

In May, Special Agent David LeValley, the head of the FBI’s Atlanta office, died from complications linked to his weeks working on the toxic World Trade Center site after 9/11. Two months later, in June, Supervisory Special Agent Brian Crews died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site, officials said.

On Thursday, the FDNY added 18 names to the World Trade Center Memorial Wall — bringing the number of department personnel who died of 9/11 related illnesses to 177. The NYPD reported 24 Trade Center-linked deaths among its ranks last year alone.

Yet very few federal agents have sought help for their illnesses -- be it through the World Trade Center Health program or the federal 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund ('VCF' or 'Fund'), according to VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya.

"The federal numbers seem low, considering how many people we know must have been there," Bhattacharyya said during a sit-down with the Daily News editorial board on Thursday. "(Ground Zero) was an FBI site, the Secret Service was there, FEMA was there and yet we have less than 1,000 (VCF) claims from federal employees."

To make sure that sickened federal employees are getting the help they need, Bhattacharyya and FBI Director Christopher Wray will be holding a special forum on Friday at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum for federal law enforcement officers who responded on 9/11 to the attacks, be it in New York City, the Pentagon or Shanksville Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.

Author: USA Really