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The Man Who Predicted 9/11 (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography  -  5 September 2005 (UK)
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After the planes hit on 9/11, Morgan Stanley security chief Rick Rescorla put into effect plans that he had developed years before. Rick had seen the potential for an airborne suicide ... See full summary »


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After the planes hit on 9/11, Morgan Stanley security chief Rick Rescorla put into effect plans that he had developed years before. Rick had seen the potential for an airborne suicide attack on the twin towers as part of evaluating the risk posed to his wards within their building. After the attack in 1993 Rick took it personally to prepare and avoid the chaotic scenes that came with the 93 attack. This documentary tells the story of the man who predicted the 9/11 attacks and saved thousands of lives and died in the process. Written by bob the moo

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A moving portrait
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Rick Rescorla worked security for Morgan Stanley and recognized that the World Trade Center was a potential target. In fact, he tried to get more security for the parking garage and the areas underneath the center, but was unsuccessful - until the 1993 attack. Rescorla, with a team of people, put evacuation guidelines in place for the 2700 employees of Morgan Stanley and held frequent evacuation drills. In 2001, Morgan Stanley employees were successfully evacuated thanks to his efforts.

This documentary gives us Rescorla's background - British born, a volunteer in Vietnam, where he was an effective commander, his longing to be a citizen, and all of that led him to 9/11. It's a very effective portrait of a smart man who took his job very seriously.

Certainly it wasn't a stretch that the World Trade Center, the White House, the Empire State Building, Sears Tower, etc., could all be potential terrorist targets. Unfortunately, everyone was taken by surprise when the attacks took place, similar to Pearl Harbor (which had also been pointed out as vulnerable). Hindsight is easy.

There were lots of heroes in 9/11. Rick Rescorla was one of them, and this documentary honors him.

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