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Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11/06

I remember quite clearly where I was five years ago this hour: waiting in the hotel lobby to go to the courthouse in San Francisco, when I was clerking.  Amazingly enough, the court continued to hear its cases that day, and even the following day, though some lawyers had to literally phone in their arguments since they could not travel on account of the subsequent ban on flights. 

I thought members of the Prawfs community might like to see a thread where they could post links to interesting articles and coverage about 9/11, or just share memories and reflections.  Let me start with one oddity: today's NYT has an op-ed page devoted to reflections by authors about cities affected by terrorism (understood at least in part as the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians).  There are contributions by authors in Madrid, London, Mumbai, Istanbul and Nairobi. A nice choice.  Strangely, there's nothing on cities like Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, which have been at least as affected by terrorism as any of the others. It's not as if the NYT doesn't often serve as a forum for ventilating issues related to terrorism in Israel, but I found this omission striking (given that it's the NYT).  Perhaps my filters are particularly sensitive: I lost my childhood best friend, a seventeen year old Canadian tourist, to a pipe bomb placed on a Tel-Aviv beach in 1990.  Still, I found it odd.

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I had worked out at the gym early, and because Indiana was at the time on the equivalent of Central Time, I was walking into the office building as somebody told me two planes had hit the towers (about 8:30 am in Indianapolis). I got upstairs just in time to see the first tower go down (I still get the willies thinking about it). We were doing business with Aon, Marsh, and Mercer at the time (in the WTC) and Merrill Lynch (next door in the World Financial Center), so I was wondering and worrying about people I knew. We had a board meeting scheduled to start the next day, and I remember being aghast when our CEO thought there was a possibility that we might actually still bring our board members into Indianapolis. (We ended up bringing them in over the weekend, and as I recall there was a bizarre circumstance where all commercial air traffic was shut down, as was private general aviation (so our plane couldn't get them), but charter services could fly.)

We regrouped and spent the afternoon locking down plants (chemical plants) and tracking down whereabouts of our employees who were traveling. And I think we immediately put in place a matching gift plan for anybody contributing to American Red Cross or other relief organizations. I recall several of our people, particularly our V.P. of Health, Safety and Environment, working around the clock to insure the security of the facilities.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Sep 11, 2006 2:11:18 PM

Northern Ireland isn't represented either, so maybe the idea is that pre- 9.11 loci of terrorism don't get the nod. Sorry about your friend, I had a similarly mindless tragedy occur to someone close when I was 18. I think the unavoidable effect is to blunt your optimism and positive outlook on life. Or is it?

Posted by: Bart Motes | Sep 11, 2006 9:52:58 AM

Some interesting stuff on 9/11 are up, I just saw, on the law librarian blog: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2006/09/911.html

Posted by: Dan Markel | Sep 11, 2006 9:40:47 AM

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