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The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon (2002)

"The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon" discusses the planning, construction, collapse, recovery, and cleanup of the buildings in the aftermath of their destruction by an act of Islamic terrorism.

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"The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon" discusses the planning, construction, collapse, recovery, and cleanup of the buildings in the aftermath of their destruction by an act of Islamic terrorism.

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Col. John O'Dowd (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers): In Oklahoma City you could see pieces of desks and chairs and there was something that told you this was an office building. At the World Trade Center site it seems that everything was pulverized.
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mostly good, but inaccurate on counter-terrorism
10 May 2006 | by (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

"The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon" is pretty good: it discusses the planning, construction, collapse, recovery, and cleanup of the buildings. Curiously, it never mentions that many people found the buildings ugly, or that the WTC had low occupancy during its early years due to a glut of office space downtown.

I was shocked at one highly inaccurate statement made in the video: that after the 1993 bombing of the WTC "no one dreamed that some 8 1/2 years later, (al Qaeda) would bring death, not from a bomb in the basement, but from the sky".

Wrong.

In 1995, people within the White House knew of al Qaeda plans to hijack jetliners in Manila and blow them up over the pacific (see Richard Clarke's book "Against All Enemies", or "9/11 Commission Report" page 147). And in the summer of 2001, an FBI agent in Minneapolis communicated to headquarters that they were worried that Moussaoui might be part of an al Qaeda plot to crash an airplane into the World Trade Center (9/11 Report, page 275).

Writers of this documentary: you should have done your homework!


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