Whitley Strieber wrote this story 5 years ago today: "The most massive terrorist attack in history unfolded in the United States today. The World Trade Center was destroyed, and the city's Emergency Management Center, Police Headquarters and City Hall were closed. The Emergency Management Center was in the World Trade Center. Yasir Arafat and the Taliban Ambassador to Pakistan have both condemned terrorist attacks on the United States. From Kabul a Taliban spokesman said that Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Dissident, 'could not have been responsible for the attacks on the United States.' He said that 'this could have been the act of internal enemies of the United States or its foreign rivals.'
"However, Palestinian youths were celebrating in the streets in Israel, and there are strong suspicions that the conflict in the middle east is the reason for the attack. It was the most sophisticated and damaging terrorist attack in history, and must have involved the support of many skilled professionals, including pilots capable of taking over and guiding the planes to their destruction.
"The President made a brief statement from Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, saying that the US government and military were still in operation. Air Force One then took off for an undisclosed location.
"All air departures have been stopped throughout the US by order of the FAA, and any planes now in flight have been ordered to land at the nearest airport and not continue flying until further notice.
"Telephone networks across the country are in chaos, and it isn't clear whether this represents additional terrorism or overload."
Anne Strieber wrote a diary about the attack on September 12. To read it, click here. To read one of Whitley's major concerns about 911, click here.
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