On the eleventh of September 2001 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger airplanes crashing into the North and South towers of the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and into a field after passengers tried to overcome the terrorists.
American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Centre, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon – and a fourth, despite initially being steered towards Washington D.C, crashed into the field.
The attacks claimed the lives of 2,996 people – including the 19 hijackers.
These messages — a real-time account of the 9/11 terror attacks and their effect around the nation — are “a completely objective record of the defining moment of our time,” said WikiLeaks, which did not disclose how it acquired the archive of texts during the entire 24 hours of that fateful day.
One possibility is that they were illegally compiled from the records of archived messages maintained by pager companies, and then eventually forwarded to WikiLeaks.
The second possibility is more likely: Over-the-air interception. Each digital pager is assigned a unique Channel Access Protocol code, or capcode, that tells it to pay attention to what immediately follows. In what amounts to a gentlemen’s agreement, no encryption is used, and properly-designed pagers politely ignore what’s not addressed to them.
It’s disturbing to realize that someone, possibly not even a government, was routinely intercepting most (all?) of the pager data in lower Manhattan as far back as 2001. Who was doing it? For that purpose? That, we don’t know.
WikiLeaks stated “We hope that its revelation will lead to a more nuanced understanding of the event and its tragic consequences.”
The 9-11 Texts
08:50:25 A plane crashed thru the twin towers. Real bad..BR
08:51:37 THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HAS JUST BLOWN UP, WE SEEN THE EXPLOSION OUTSIDE OUR WINDOWS. TERESA…
08:54:27 LARRY, CALL BRIAN. WANT TO KNOW IF OUR MEN ARE OKAY, SAW A PLANE HIT BLDG.
08:56:37 From: Gross, Kate (Exchange)- holy s—! a plane just hit the top of the world trade center!
09:00:39 HI IT’S NANCY CALL ME. I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU’RE OK BECAUSE OF THE PLANE THAT HIT THE TWI
09:01:20 ade center damaged; unconfirmed reports say a plane has crashed into tower. MARSH AND NYMEX IMPACTED
09:01:53 Plane crash into World Trade Center. All MTA PD midnight units being held over. MTAPD Comm Ctr (1/1)
09:03:46 PLEASE GIVE ARIEL A CALL RE: CASUALTIES AT THE WORLD TRADR CTR AIRPLANE CRASH.
09:04:37 PLEASE CALL YOUR FATHER, STAT, AT, PAGER #22
09:04:39 YOUR SISTER JOE SAW THE NEWS AND WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE OKAY. PLEASE CALL ME AT WORK AND LEAVE A MESSAGE IF I AM NOT AT MY DESK.
09:04:57 CAN YOU CALL MOM AT HOME.
09:05:33 PLANES JUST HIT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WITHIN 15 MINS! IT’S HORRIBLE…
09:05:38 I am on Wall Street. A plane just crashed into the Twin Towers. This is horrible. Gerry Genna WorldCom Conferencing 2001
09:05:46 PLEASE CALL ME ASAP. I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE OK. -ELLEN.
09:05:52 it’s a DELIBERATE attack – a second plane just flew into the second tower
09:05:55 CHECK THE NEWS. TWIN TOWERS BEING DESTROYED. -CAROLYN.
09:05:55 PLEASE CALL YOUR WIFE AT HOME RIGHT AWAY.
09:06:03 PLEASE CALL ME UPSTAIRS ASAP. LORI.
09:06:03 WE ARE OKAY, BUT PLS CALL. KAREN 2001
09:06:14 a second plane crashed into the other tower !!!! Something doesn’t seem right
09:06:31 airplane just crashed into the world trade center. F—- huge hole and huge-er fire.
09:08:16 From Kathy Bauman: Are you watching TV? World trade Center blowing up?
09:08:27 PLEASE CALL ME ASAP. LOVE, KERRI
09:08:35 ANOTHER PLANE HIT THE OTHER TOWER. CALL ME BACK.
09:08:57 2 AIRPLANES HAVE JUST CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. CALL ME WHEN YOU CAN– YOUR WIFE.
09:09:37 Please call me I need to know where you are!
09:09:46 YOU SHOULD HEAD UPTOWN TO GET AWAY FROM THE AREA. IF YOU WANT, GO TO YOUR AUNT’S. KAREN
09:15:10 Code YELLOW in effect. Situation Room is open. Only Duty Officers to report.
09:15:37 Ross, you are to report to the office ASAP Buddy two plane crashes in NY
09:15:38 Hey Honey! Can you bring some bagels when you get back? The pork chop is now crying about the World Trade Center plane crash. Geez! It is scary but no reason to cry. Talk to you later! I love you!
09:15:39 nyc air space apparently closed; dunno about phil 2001
09:15:59 lburse pls call lauree asap – want to make sure everyone there is okay!!!
09:16:03 CALL YOUR HUSBAND AT HOME. IT’S AN EMERGENCY.
09:16:39 ws is saying that it was a 737 that was reported hijacked. Don’t know about the other one.
09:16:40 Victor, What’s the status on the WTC guys? Did all make it out? Please call & let us know! –Diana
09:16:55 two planes have crashed into the qorld trade center where are you are you okay 45535 Marie
09:16:57 ARE YOU OK? PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL. WHAT FLOOR IS JOSH ON?
09:17:01 HAVE U HEARD ABOUT THE ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER? EDWARDS 2001
09:17:07 WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE ALRIGHT. I HEARD ABOUT THE PLANE HITTING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER…. 2001
09:17:37 Frm: Neil & Sally Braid Sub: World Trade Center Txt: Can you believe it! isn’t it horrible.
09:17:38 The World Trade Center has been severely severly damaged by 2 airplanes that flew into it from opposite sides! Both towers are on fire!!
09:17:44 What the hell is happening up there???? Planes gone bezerk???
09:19:29 TURN ON YOUR RAIDIO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HAS BEEN BOMED TANYA.
09:19:42 I CAN NOT GET THROUGH ON THIER CELLPHONE TO CONTACT ANY OF THEM PLEASE CALL OFF.
09:20:36 PLEASE CALL AUNT MARY, I’M WORRIED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED DOWNTOWN.
09:20:44 US military has go to a high level DEFCON alert. Fighter aircraft have been scrambled.
09:21:01 CALL ME. I LOVE YOU JACKIE
09:21:03 The Pentagon is saying it is a terrorist attack. This s— isn’t funny at ALL!!!! I don’t like that you were on American Airlines & have to fly back on it. They will beef up security at A/A now!! jen
09:24:05 Frm: IPN Sub: New York City Txt: 2 Large Aircraft have struck the World Trade Centers. Very Heavy Fire Cond ATT. Poss HiJacked Airecraft
09:24:14 ARE YOU OK? I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE. WHEN YOU GET THIS MESSAGE PLEASE CALL ME – OKHEE, 516…
09:24:40 Joe Conti is safe, only one confirmed thus far. He had not arrived to work. He is trying to contact others, we will keep trying. Perry
09:24:42 Bush just found out about attack! Cutting vacation short! Markets will not open for now.
09:24:44 “Katya Petrova” Are you watching the news???? World Trade Center???? It’ horrible!
09:30:20 I am OK, I heard the plane and then I heard it hit. I called you at home; wait till you hear my message…thank you for calling me!
09:30:26 Bush now talking! I hope your are able to watch!.
09:31:05 JUST HEARD THE NEWS ON THE RADIO. CALLING TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE OK. WASN’T SURE HOW FAR YOU
09:31:18 PLS CALL HOME AS SOON AS YOU GET IN. LOVE, NANCY.
09:31:33 Bush is talking now. He confirms the terrorist attack. Moment of silence now.
09:31:35 GLAD YOU’RE OK!!
09:31:35 Basically, I had a deep, deep pain in my stomach today and I get the premonition that something was going to fall out of the sky or a brick would fall from a bldg.
09:31:55 MERRILL LYNCH PEOPLE IN FRONT-GU
09:32:33 they just said an AA jet was hi-jacked from Boston
09:32:37 PLEASE CALL ME AND LET ME KNOW YOUR OK, I AM AT HOME. I LOVE YOU. SUNSHINE
09:32:38 2 planes crashed into the wtc in nyc. unreal. i was watching the first one when the second one crashed. i am on a plane to atlanta now. see ya later Anisha157
09:32:48 (1/1) COMMUNICATION CENTER STARTING TO EXPERIENCE SOME PHONE PROBLEMS. // CC
09:32:57 Howdy, Just to let you know… 2 planes have apparently, crashed into both towers of the World Trade center on purpose. Dont know anything else, the web is overloaded with people trying to find out. CDE
09:33:39 URGENT !! IT’S TIM, I’M OKAY. CALL ME AT HOME, , I WAS OUTSIDE THE BUILDING WHEN IT E
09:33:40 Legacy Hot: The S. Tower is evacuating due to the plane crash. Bus. Impact: Some toll free traffic is being rerouted. Calls to the S. Tower is getting fast busy. The GCSC is still investigating
09:33:46 All NYCTOS personnel meet at the baseball field near the Embassy Suites
09:33:50 Someone heard on the radio that they shut down the Holland & Lincoln Tunnels. He thinks they may have shut down the city. Good luck getting
09:33:55 Jack, It’s Naomi…please tell me you’re okay!!!!
09:34:20 FAA ATC Advised That all IFR AIR Traffic in the United States has been stopped
09:34:42 URGENT! I NEED A LIST OF ANY MERRILL LYNCH EMPLOYEES IN THE WORLD TRADE CTR FROM THE EMPLOYEE ACCTING SYSTEM, IMMEDIATELY! THE LIST MUST GO TO TOM MILLIGAN TRISHA ZELLNER,. PLEASE CALL ME TO CONFIRM!
09:34:53 STEP SON IS IN THE BULIDING. -MARY,.
09:35:37 TERRORIST ATTACK ON WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NY. 2 PLANES FLOWN INTO BUILDING. A HIGHJACKED PLANE LOADED WITH PEOPLE IS 1 OF THE PLANES. AWLFUL LOVE MOM
09:35:42 Complete Ground Stop. . .No aircraft are to leave the ground. . .thanks. . .janis
09:40:01 WE EVACUATED OUR BLDG, I AM GOING TO SUSAN’S APT,. LOVE YOU. BRIDGES AND TUNNELS ARE CLOSED AND ALL AIRPORTS ARE ALSO NOT OPEN, AND I AM NOT FLYING.
09:40:14 All house staff must keep pagers on all day today and tonight and be prepared to come in to the hospital if needed.
09:40:35 Lower Manhattan Subway service suspended. Downtown and municipal workers being evacuated. MTA PD Command Center established
09:55:06 PLEASE CALL YOUR DAUGHTER, IMMEDIATELY.
10:50:03 Call me if u can.Im scared!!
10:50:16 FYI; CITY HALL IS LOCKED DOWN… PROPER ‘ID’ IS REQUIRED TO COME/GO FROM CITY HALL… GBL
10:50:29 JIM ELLIS AUNT MARCELLA YCANNOT REACH YOUR SISTER IN NEW YORK. HAVE YOU TALKED TO HER? P/C ME ASAP
10:50:54 FWD from S.Diederich: stay home due to terrorist attacks around our country – Do not go to downtown
10:50:55 everywhere shut down. crazy! hope you all made it okay. Just try to let us know all is well with you. mom
10:50:57 Let’s do our best to stay focused on our mission, notwithstanding this morning’s tragic events. The objective of terrorists is to both destroy and disrupt. Massive destruction is a fact.
10:51:01 my boss sent me home to cover the firehouse. I’m here now, but only the Seagrave is in service.
11:00:00 the only thoughts i have of are of nicholas, ian and you. i am terrified. i needed to tell you that i truly love you
11:00:03 If you haven’t already heard, don’t bother coming into work they are sending us home. Scott
11:00:13 United Air flight just crashed at Camp David. So now, we have 2 hijacked planes that took down the Trade Center, plane down at the Pentagon, fire near the West Wing, and car bomb in front of state dept in DC. It’s scary!
11:32:56 If I do not hear from you by High Noon, I am going to pick Laura up at school and tell her her Father is dead.
11:34:07 Cathy is fine, if U didn’t get chance to call her yet. Ted called heron train and she turned right around and left back to NJ. END
11:51:52 HEY JIMMY ITS ME I JUST WNATED TO LET YOU KNOW IM OK I WAS AWAY FROM MY WORK I THINK THE EVACUATED THE BUILDING
12:30:24 sweichmary, i hope you are ok and that your family and friends are safe. we’re thinking of you. let me know if i can do anything for you. shannon
13:30:09 Jerry, in light of all that has happened, we need to know if you are OK, and if your surgury was done or postponed. Thanks. Rodger
14:02:41 I’m have been trying to call and cant get through. Call me if you can. I just want to make sure you are ok. I love you di
14:03:50 Thank you darlin’, Man what a mess. I was just trying to make sure you’re ok…worried, because of the business you’re in.
14:03:54 Tom, I have some instructions for you about flying the flag at half staff. Susan
17:05:54 :-() I’m so happy you are fine and same time I’m verry shocked Dear Haven’t thought something like this happens that easy and fast But know Dear I’m here ok ? and i miss you everytime :-() Sei vorsichtig Dear :-() love you Dear :-() :-()
17:20:30 Honey wanted to tell you how much i love you. I was alittle worried.I Don’t want to lose you now that I got you back. You mean everything to me. You have my whole heart and life. Ilove you so much.