To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.
They run in a generally chronological order.
If you have other videos that you think should make the list, post them in the comments box and we?ll add them.
(Warning: Many of these videos are extremely graphic and disturbing. And although some may find this presentation unnecessarily morbid, we present it because we had forgotten how viscerally powerful these images are. This is due to the fact that not long after the attacks, most television networks and stations decided en masse not to continue airing the images, as viewers apparently found them too disturbing. Well, five years later, we feel it’s appropriate and, yes, necessary to remind our people of the barbarity of those who attacked us on Sept. 11. )
CNN footage (culled from the work of an amateur photographer) of American Airlines Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. Also includes professional footage of United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the South Tower at 9:02 a.m.
Defense Department footage of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. (The camera filmed a new frame only about once a second, so there exists only one frame of AA 77 in flight before it crashes.)
The trailer for the soon-to-be-released movie ?9/11: Press for the Truth? ?- about the efforts of the ?Jersey Girls,? women who lost husbands in the World Trade Center attacks, and who almost single-handedly goaded Republican lawmakers into holding hearings into the attacks.