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Controversy Rages Over Reports Of September 11 Warnings

Controversy is raging in the United States about reports that the White House had intelligence warnings of possible hijackings prior to September 11.

President George Bush indignantly asserted his lack of knowledge: [Read more…]

TIME Magazine Names Giuliani Person Of The Year

Rudolph Giuliani, the outgoing Mayor of New York City, has been named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001.

The two-term Republican wins the award for his administration of the city in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Rudy Giuliani, TIME Magazine Person of the Year

In its annual presentation edition, the magazine says that “Giuliani’s performance ensures that he will be remembered as the greatest mayor in the city’s history, eclipsing even his hero, Fiorello La Guardia, who guided Gotham through the Great Depression.

“Giuliani’s eloquence under fire has made him a global symbol of healing and defiance. World leaders from Vladimir Putin to Nelson Mandela to Tony Blair have come to New York to tour ground zero by his side. French President Jacques Chirac dubbed him ‘Rudy the Rock.’

As Jenkins, author of the biography that inspired Giuliani on the night of Sept. 11, told TIME, ‘What Giuliani succeeded in doing is what Churchill succeeded in doing in the dreadful summer of 1940: he managed to create an illusion that we were bound to win.'”


Tony Blair: Let Us Re-Order This World Around Us

In one of the great speeches of modern times, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has outlined a persuasive case in support of military action against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

BlairIn the powerful, and at times emotional, speech, delivered to the annual conference of the British Labour Party in Brighton, England, Blair said that international terrorism would be fought “at every level, national and international, in the UN, in G8, in the EU, in NATO, in every regional grouping in the world”.

As President Bush said in his address to the US Congress, Blair said “those that finance terror, those who launder their money, those that cover their tracks are every bit as guilty as the fanatic who commits the final act.” [Read more…]

Bush Says Terrorism Will Go The Way Of Fascism, Nazism And Totalitarianism: Into History’s Unmarked Grave Of Discarded Lies

Historic Speech

President George W. Bush has delivered a confident and powerful speech to the two houses of the United States Congress in which he has delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to hand over Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists.

In a 35 minute speech interrupted at least 30 times by standing ovations, Bush called on the nations of the world to support a war against terrorism. “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”, Bush said. [Read more…]

Howard Government Invokes ANZUS Treaty

The Federal Government has invoked the ANZUS Treaty for the first time in the 50-year history of the defence alliance with the United States.

Cabinet met today following the Prime Minister’s return from Washington and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Following the Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister, John Howard, issued the following statement: [Read more…]

U.S. Attacks: Government Invokes ANZUS Treaty

The Howard government has invoked the ANZUS Treaty for the first time in its history, in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States

The decision was announced in Canberra today by the Prime Minister, John Howard, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer.

Transcript of portions of a joint press conference held at Parliament House, Canberra, by John Howard and Alexander Downer.


Well ladies and gentlemen the federal cabinet had a special meeting today primarily to consider the consequences of the awful events that have occurred in the United States in recent days. We came very quickly to the view that the provisions of the ANZUS Treaty should be invoked in relation to the attack upon the United States. Quite clearly these are circumstances to which Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty applies. We have discussed this matter with the United States and I would expect that this is a view with which the Administration will concur. The consequence of that is that we will consult the Americans regarding responses which might be deemed appropriate to what does amount to an attack upon the metropolitan territory of the United States in accordance with the provisions of the ANZUS Treaty. [Read more…]

Peter Beattie’s Ministerial Statement On US Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of a Ministerial Statement on Terrorism by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

The statement was delivered to a meeting of the Queensland Legislative Assembly this morning.

Ministerial Statement to the Legislative Assembly by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

BeattieToday we woke to news of a terrible tragedy.

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington stunned the world and left us numb with disbelief.

There are indications that Australians may be among the victims of these criminal acts. This is a time for prayer and hope for those anxiously waiting news of loved ones.

On behalf of this Parliament and all Queenslanders I extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. [Read more…]


9.00am – In the past few hours the world has witnessed events in the United States that will have profound consequences for years to come.

A perilous military and diplomatic situation now exists. The hijackings and suicide attacks of four aircraft on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington are being described as a declaration of war and akin to Pearl Harbour. There is no question that these attacks on the world’s most powerful military and economic nation will usher in a period of tension unknown since the darkest moments of the Cold War. [Read more…]

Evil, Despicable Acts Of Terror: Bush

This is the text of a speech to the nation by President Bush on Tuesday following the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

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Transcript of President George W. Bush’s Address to the Nation on September 11, 2001.

BushToday, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices. Secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors.

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. [Read more…]


Hijacked Planes Demolish World Trade Centre; Plane Attacks Pentagon, Another Crashes In Pennsylvania; Thousands Feared Dead

September 12, 2001 – 1.30am AEST

9/11The two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York have collapsed after being hit by separate hijacked planes. In Washington, a plane has crashed into the Pentagon causing a major collapse. Another aircraft, apparently en route from New Jersey to California, has crashed outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

All Federal buildings in Washington, including the White House, have been evacuated. In the confusion that now reigns throughout the US, it was earlier reported that another plane was unaccounted for and was heading for Washington. The FAA has grounded all aircraft throughout America. International flights are being diverted to Canada. [Read more…]