That morning I was on my way to Travis County for a job interview with the Sheriff’s Office. I was just north of Decatur when Operation: Mindcrime wound down. I popped out the CD, and hit ‘Scan’ to find a radio station.
The first radio station I found was rolling live feed about an aeroplane that had hit the World Trade Centre, and I remember hoping that it was a Cessna or other small, private ‘plane, and then finding out it was a airliner.
Terrorism never crossed my mind, even though I was familiar with the terror attack of 26FEB1993 — that it was a deliberate act never crossed my mind.
Then the description of the second plane hitting the tower came across the radio, and I stopped right there on the shoulder of US287 and stared in disbelief at the radio. I was hoping that I had misheard, or that between the on-scene reporters and the station news-anchors someone had gotten confused.
Because two planes hitting in a row was too far-fetched to be an accident or a coincidence. Two planes hitting the World Trade Centre back-to-back would have to be a deliberate act.
It would have to be …
It was. It was terrorism.
And things have never been the same since.
I pulled across the median and headed back home. I hope I called and cancelled my interview, but I honestly don’t remember.
I was considerably more involved at The Firing Line at that time — moderating the Legal/Political forum — and I became somewhat distressed at the on-line attitudes I was seeing, so I wrote a post the next day.
Six years later, as I scroll through the comments, I wonder if those folks who were yelling so loudly for Muslim blood in retaliation for the attacks at the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre then — still feel that way after several years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq now?
Further along in that thread, I postulated that one of the results of 9/11 would be loss of some of our civil liberties. I wonder if those folks who didn’t seem to mind at that time, still feel that way now after years of the PATRIOT Act, Department of Homeland Security and the TSA?
I probably already know the answer to those questions.