It remains in our archives as story number 752. It was posted about five minutes after American Airlines Flight 11 had impacted the World Trade Center. It is a simple, short story, put up as we were frantically trying to dimensionalize the crisis.
Military sources were telling us that Continental US Forces were about to go on the highest possible alert. In San Antonio, a military town, fighters were patrolling the skies, afterburners blazing. And yet airports at that moment had no plans to close.
We sensed that this was a terrorist attack, because the day was clear and the chances of a passenger jet striking a building of the size of the World Trade Center were very small.