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posted by janrinok on Saturday September 11, @07:03AM   Printer-friendly

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These were "a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks [...] against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001."

Of the 2,977 people who died, 2,605 were U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens (excluding the 19 perpetrators). More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including the United Kingdom (67 deaths), the Dominican Republic (47 deaths), India (41 deaths), Greece (39 deaths), South Korea (28 deaths), Canada (24 deaths), Japan (24 deaths), Colombia (18 deaths), Jamaica (16 deaths), Philippines (16 deaths), Mexico (15 deaths), Trinidad and Tobago (14 deaths), Ecuador (13 deaths), Australia (11 deaths), Germany (11 deaths), Italy (10 deaths), Bangladesh (6 deaths), Ireland (6 deaths), Pakistan (6 deaths), and Poland (6 deaths).

It was a tragedy not only for America, but for the world.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @07:44AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @07:44AM (#1176905)

    Rehash is based on Slash, the code that powered Slashdot at one time. Slashdot's motto for many years was "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters." On 9/11, Slashdot mattered more than normal. Pretty much every news website went unresponsive from the traffic of everything trying to make sense of the news and the reporting. Some tweaks were made to Slashdot's configuration that day to keep the site running smoothly, but the hardware and the Slash software were able to handle the load of many more visitors than normal looking for information. Were it not for Slashdot providing updates throughout the day and managing to stay online as other news sites went down, I probably wouldn't have had access to the news until I got home that evening.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @07:53AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @07:53AM (#1176908)

    Here it is. [slashdot.org]

    What was more important, unless you had family or friends directly involved, was the erosion of civil liberties in the following years as covered by sites like Slashdot.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @04:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @04:06PM (#1177014)

      Wrong. Both were important to everyone in the West. You are going to handwave away a coordinated attack that showed how completely vulnerable the "open" West was?

  • (Score: 1) by Acabatag on Saturday September 11, @01:02PM (1 child)

    by Acabatag (2885) on Saturday September 11, @01:02PM (#1176978)

    I found out about the airplane attack on the first tower that morning by reading one of the first off-topic comments about it on an unrelated thread on Slashdot.

    • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Saturday September 11, @07:37PM

      by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 11, @07:37PM (#1177066) Journal

      I found out about it in a more old fashioned way, when a friend called my parent's landline and told me to turn on the TV. There, I saw live coverage of smoke coming from the north tower, and heard one of the talking heads speculate that maybe it was an accident. A few seconds reflection and I decided "No way! That was no accident!"

      Then I saw the second plane hit the south tower. At first, I thought that because they hadn't collapsed immediately, the towers would stand. That would show the terrorists! But as the fires kept burning, I became more doubtful. I was still watching when I saw the south tower kink at the impact point, the section above beginning to lean over, and I thought it was going to topple, but then the whole thing just pancaked straight down.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by isostatic on Saturday September 11, @06:50PM

    by isostatic (365) on Saturday September 11, @06:50PM (#1177050) Journal

    Then came Jon Katz [slashdot.org]

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @08:39PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 11, @08:39PM (#1177084)

    Waaah waaah a couple buildings were destroyed by a bunch of Saudis.

    Now imagine what it feels like to have "terrorist"-colored skin and live in a country subjected to drone warfare. Every day is a 9/11 as the most powerful military in the world, funded to the tune of 3/4 of a TRILLION dollars PER YEAR, wages warfare from beyond the horizon against you and your loved ones.