Public gets view of WTC site
New York City has opened the first public viewing platform at the former World Trade Center site. The structure at Church and Fulton streets in lower Manhattan is the first of four planned for the area to give people a secure vantage point that won't get in the way of recovery efforts.
People who wanted to see the wreckage at the World Trade Center site previously were kept blocks away by fences, gates and National Guard and police patrols. On Sunday morning, a new observation platform was opened to give them a clearer view of the recovery effort. "It will allow people to reflect on the importance of human life," New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said. (Full story)
Giuliani reflected on his eight-year term and his response to the September 11 attacks at a Saturday news conference. Giuliani will swear in his successor, fellow Republican Michael Bloomberg, on Tuesday. (Full story)
Security agents at several airports failed to detect a loaded semiautomatic pistol or six rounds of ammunition carried aboard flights in separate holiday incidents. (Full story)
Tests detected trace amounts of anthrax in a mail-sorting machine at a Manhattan postal facility, but health officials insisted Saturday that the bacteria poses no public health threat. (Full story)
The Federal Aviation Administration says 1,111 flights were delayed between October 30 and December 16, mostly for minor security breaches. Security concerns also prompted airport officials to ask passengers on 353 flights to deplane and go through security checkpoints a second time because of improper initial screening. (Full story)
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The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks:
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 2,939 -- 2,367 people missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- and 574 bodies have been identified. The toll has been steadily shrinking for a variety of reasons, including duplicate reports and confusion in the hours and days immediately following the attack.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country. Others argue that it is those very freedoms which the terrorists seek to curtail, and that to limit individual rights provides them with a victory.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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