September 11th Alternative News Links

Tribute In Light - NYC September 11, 2007
Tribute In Light - NYC September 11, 2007

“War watch of George W. Bush after the terrorism of September 11, 2001” … those were the words I wrote describing the page you find below (I’m now making this page live again, on April 2, 2010). I was right about the war(s). Too bad, I guess.

Strange reactions to horrible events

Reflecting on that day in Amherst, Massachusetts, where I was a graduate student in communication, it was strange. I taught a class that began at 9:30 that morning. It was the beginning of the semester and I was just getting to know my students. The class was Media and Culture, which broadly means we covered the politics and history of our media system.

Other than the 2 or 3 students that came in late, the class ran until 10:45 without incident. As I was gathering my materials and wheeling a TV/VCR out of the room, students from the next class filed in and asked me to put the news on.

“Why? There’s no cable in this room.”

“There’s a big explosion in New York City. Planes flew into the World Trade Center. It’s all over the news.”

And so it was. [9/11 timeline from Wikipedia]

My next class, on Thursday, September 13th, we talked about the terrorism events in the context of how the media was responding, and how we were experiencing the media. One of the first questions I asked my students was how they learned about the events in NYC (given that most of it took place during class).

Because I had office hours an hour before class began, I was out of the news loop from 8 until class ended at 10:45, but some of my students might have seen the beginning of the events before coming to class for 9:30. And sure enough, my late students had all been watching the news before coming to class. They knew what was happening, but never said a word anybody in the class.

In my personal experience, that was one of the strangest things to happen that day.

There may be some broken links below; the additional commentary may be helpful in understanding why I included the links.

Photo (CC) by sizeofguam and republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Alternative News Sites

Okay, so we are going to give $15 billion to the airline industry; what did they give to grease the wheels?

SPECIAL: The airline industry, along with getting corporate welfare, has protected themselves from lawsuits. Here is an excerpt from the new Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, liability for all claims, whether for compensatory or punitive damages, arising from the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001, against any air carrier shall not be in an amount greater than the limits of the liability coverage maintained by the air carrier.”

The Events and Aftermath By Edward Said

ZNet’s September 11 Talking Points By Michael Albert and Stephen R. Shalom

Interview transcript with Noam Chomsky on Radio B92, Belgrade and another Chomsky interview on the Z Mag site

Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan

Behind the Bushes

Robert Fisk: Bush is walking into a trap: “Retaliation is a trap. In a world that was supposed to have learnt that the rule of law comes above revenge, President Bush appears to be heading for the very disaster that Osama bin Laden has laid down for him. “

They can’t see why they are hated: Americans cannot ignore what their government does abroad”

Unclassified Intelligence Documents about terrorism

INFOGRAPHICS: Visual insights into the brutal terrorist acts against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

Good coverage at the World New York site

Imagining the Next War: Infrastructural Warfare and the Conditions of Democracy” by Philip E. Agre Department of Information StudiesUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Flashback articles about terrorism from The Atlantic Monthly, including a good article published 2 months ago called, “The Counterterrorist Myth

Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk have written pieces for the Z Magazine Web site

From the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research: “Long before George Bush became president America has been turning in on itself, self-destructively. It needs a new way of looking at the world. To meet the attack eye for eye and tooth for tooth, as Gandhi once said, is to make everybody blind.” Read it here

Don’t laugh, there is some good information on the Drudge Report

Bush gave Taliban $43 mil. last May ***UPDATE!!I looked-up the transcript of Colin Powell’s press briefing about the $43 million: read it here. is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism.

Images of the WTC from space

From El Pais (a newspaper in Spain): a top notch multimedia display of exactly what happened.

The Journalist’s Toolbox is a meta site of resources that journalists are using. It has many links for more background information

Hot Topics is from Evergreen State College. It is a meta link site of US government resources about the tragedy.

“Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after Tuesday’s deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.” Story @ Wired Magazine

News from the BBC

“When the unexpected met the unimaginable in Tuesday morning’s terrorist attacks on the East Coast, newspaper Web sites were no match for the numbing live and taped pictures of the catastrophe broadcast on TV.” From Editor and Publisher
What Makes Alternative Media Alternative? By Michael Albert

Is CBS Wearing ‘Agency’ Blinders?

Hypocrisy and talking heads: What the national media is not telling you about these terrorist attacks

Coverage from

A huge collection of photos of newspapers from around the world that covered the incidents on their front pages.

The Media and Terrorism” from the Terrorism Resarch Center

The Earth Times: Terrorism and the media: Some advice from Katharine Graham

Muslims caught in the crossfire” By JOE GRIMM of the Detroit Free Press

America Under Attack”: Guilty Or Not, Here We Come” By Danny Schechter at Z Magazine
Update: Transcript of Pat Robertson’s Interview with Jerry Falwell From the 9-13-01 edition of The 700 Club at the People for the American Way Web site.September 13, 2001: Here is what Jerry Falwell said on the 700 Club: “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way – all of them who have tried to secularize America – I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.'” Pat Robertson concurred: “Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted their agenda at the highest levels of our government.”

Bush’s Historic Opportunity: The president’s chance to launch a massive attack on terrorism.

Full war coverage on the National Review site

This Is War: We should invade their countries.” by Ann Coulter

The Defense Contractors

Special Feature: Defense Contractors: fun and profits during wartime
I have moved all of the Web logs (they’re called “blogs”) to a separate page. I hope that you take a look at some of these. Blogs are first person narrative accounts from people (these people live either in NYC or Washington, DC. I have also included some photos from non-professional photographers.

Life During War Time

UMass Related

ZNet’s Original Essays and Selected Links Regarding the Sept. 11, 2001 Calamity and preparations for war

Special: remember November 4, 1999

From A TERRORISM READER, A List of Links

I hope these come to Blockbuster: Historical Nuclear Weapons Test Films. The Department of Energy has been kind enough to post on the Web streaming video of nuclear weapons tests. Who said nuclear weapons were a waste of money?!

Ever wonder how the military comes up with those nifty nicknames for “operations”? Then read The Art of Naming Operations: “Applying the four guidelines will result in an effectively nicknamed operation, an outcome that can help win the war of images. In that war, the operation name is the first–and quite possibly the decisive–bullet to be fired. Mold and aim it with care.

Don’t be fooled by the US Army and their Gulf War Camel photographs, if we go to war it will be much worse.

The Gulf War: Not so clean.” By George Lopez

Unclassified document from the CIA detailing the “The Costs of Soviet Involvement in Afghanistan

World War III“: By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (NY Times–you’ll need to log in)

Lyrics to “Life During War Time” by Talking Heads

Definitions of “war” from Merriam-Webster Dictionary 

  • war (noun)
  • war (intransitive verb)
  • war (adverb or adjective)
  • war (transitive verb)
  • war hawk
  • war party
  • limited war
  • holy war
  • war of nerves
  • price war
  • war crime
  • world war
  • state of war

Gulf War timeline at

Korean War timeline

Civil War timeline

Drug War Clock *** Look at this!
“Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Spreading Across The Net” and other media watch articles can be found at

The text of an email by Communication Professor Nessim Watson.

“”I’m proud to be American and I hate Arabs and I always have,” said 19-year-old Colin Zaremba who marched with the group from Oak Lawn.” from the article “Crowd protests at Illinois mosque” on

“Muslim school bus attacked in Australia” from The Independent (London)

“Brian Viner: Sometimes your prejudices can frighten you’Alongside me, in seat 13F, was a man of Middle Eastern appearance looking, it seemed, nervous'” from The Independent (London)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Muslims in St. Louis area confront isolated instances of backlash”

Statement from the Arab American Institute
Chancellor’s office has a news and update site about September 11

The UMass community reaction on The Daily Collegian site

Osama bin Laden

Greetings, America. My Name is Osama bin Laden.

Interview with osama bin laden (in may 1998)

Osama bin Laden documents at The Smoking Gun

Intelligence Documents about Osama bin Laden

WHO IS OUSMANE BIN LADEN?” by Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa

Osama Bin Laden: How the U.S. Helped Midwife a Terrorist