At the time, the motives were as clear as the cloud of smoke and debris spreading over Manhattan.

‘Here’s What We Know So Far . . . .’ – September 11, 2001

At the time, the motives were as clear as the cloud of smoke and debris spreading over Manhattan.

At the time, the motives were as clear as the cloud of smoke and debris engulfing  Manhattan.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR News – KPCC Los Angeles News – September 11, 2001 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Thirteen years ago today, the event which changed and altered the way we live in the U.S. – On September 11, 2001 America joined the rest of the world as no longer immune to the threat of international terror.

Although we had a glimpse of coming attractions by way of the Oklahoma City Bombing – that was understood to be domestic terrorism. We could somehow understand and handle that. America had always been an uneasy home to the homegrown lunatic fringe – it was part of our national fabric. But for terrorism to come from another country, particularly the Middle East, that was jarring and incredulous.

Even as events were unfolding, there was an air of disbelief, stupefying shock that something this horrific could happen here; happen in New York – happen at The World Trade Center. Even as the day went on, it was difficult for reporters to call this anything but an “apparent terrorist attack”.

But the events of this day in 2001 will be fodder for discussion, speculation and questions for years, if not decades to come.

As a reminder of how events were unfolding, and confusion surrounding those events permeated the airwaves and conversations, here is a one hour snapshot of that day, as presented by combined coverage from National Public Radio and Public Radio station KPCC in Pasadena, California. Contrasting national and local coverage in the Los Angeles area – and how the confusion was uniform on this baffling and horrific day 13 years ago.

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