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Crisis Mood Spreading In America; Vice-President Taken Out Of Washington

September 14, 2001

The mood of crisis and talk of war is escalating in the United States. As FBI investigations continue into the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on Tuesday, there are reports that Vice-President Dick Cheney has been taken to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, outside Washington, as part of security precautions to keep the president and vice-president apart in the event of further terrorist attacks.

Shortly after airports were allowed to re-open, New York terminals were shut down again and a number of arrests made. The Capitol building in Washington, home of the US Congress, was evacuated. The Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, opened earlier in the day, were also shut.

President George W. Bush has made an emotional and aggressive statement in the past few hours, claiming "there is a quiet anger in America" following the attacks.

The White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer, said: "The U.S. will use all our resources to conquer the enemy. Anybody who chooses to be America's enemy will have to think about what that means."

Congress is expected to authorise expenditure of $20 billion for recovery and anti-terrorism measures. The Capitol was evacuated during a Senate vote on the appropriation.

Investigations into the attacks continue to throw up more information about what happened on Tuesday. Officials now say there were 18 hijackers in total on the four hijacked planes. The black box flight recorder from the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania has been recovered and should throw more light on what happened in the plane that was possibly headed for the White House or the president's plane, Air Force One.

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