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Officials Recall 'Horror-filled Morning' of 9/11

 ("The Cats Roundtable"/AM 970 The Answer)

By    |   Sunday, 11 Sep 2016 03:18 PM

New York City and state officials movingly recalled both the "horror-filled morning of pain and suffering" on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 – and the "international terrorism era" it ushered in.

In interviews aired Sunday with radio host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable," officials from former New York GOP Gov. George Pataki to former U.N. Ambassador and Director of Intelligence John Negroponte also hailed Americans' resolve in the aftermath of the attacks.

"I saw the second plane hit, and as soon as I saw that, I knew that we were being attacked," Pataki tells Catsimatidis. "I didn't know who it was, or what might happen next … At a crisis like that, you just go to work."

Pataki said that after calling then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President George W. Bush, "I went to my office… [and] did whatever was necessary and appropriate to get through the crisis."

"I decided I wanted to go to Lower Manhattan … [and] outside St. Vincent's [hospital] were all these gurneys waiting for victims," he recalled, adding: "It was incomprehensible, the magnitude of the loss … It was a horror-filled morning of pain and suffering … from river to river, it was like hell on earth."

Yet, Pataki said, "I’m just proud of how New Yorkers responded that day, and how 15 years later the vision of what we had hoped to accomplish in lower Manhattan, I think, has been accomplished.”

Negroponte called the day as "the watershed between the Cold War era and the international terrorism era."

"Ultimately, we all knew that this was an act of terrorism and that it had been sponsored by al-Qaida," he said. "I had no doubt that the United States was going to be able to meet the threat and step up to this situation."

"I also felt this was going change foreign policy for quite a while," he said, adding: "Dealing with international terrorism was really going to become the No. 1 item on the agenda."

Democratic Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, said his reaction on 9/11 was "not disbelief."

"We were at war with al-Qaida," he said. "Actually, they were at war with us. … There was never any question about who did it."

After the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, Kerrey said, "we just kept saying over and over and over, 'Well, it can't be. They can’t be that good.' Well, they were that good."

"There were so many mistakes that we made in this whole thing that I hope that we never make again," he said. "These guys are not incapable of carrying out attacks at great distances. They demonstrated that over and over and over. And I don’t know when they’re going to quit. It’s a religious cause for them."

Former Fire Department of New York Commissioner Tom Von Essen, whose department lost 343 members on 9/11, recalled the day as "just a blur."

"For me it just got worse as the days [after 9/11] went by because we started to deal with the grief and the families and the pain and suffering that all of them went through," he said. "The operational side of it … was fine, dealing with all the phony politicians that came in to get pictures taken."

"But when you had to look at a mother who lost a son … I could go on and on and on about the individuals that made a sacrifice that day, but for me it was the grief."

"We couldn’t give them what they wanted," he said. "They wanted their loved ones back."

"We had people who were safe out in the lobby [of the World Trade Center towers] who went back up to save people," he added. "When you knowingly put yourself in harm's way… that's a hero," calling it "sickening" when the honor is bestowed on sports, political or business figures.

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