- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001

Signs in cyberspace?

The registry of .com, .org, and .net Internet domain names may have foretold the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Dr. Neil Livingstone, CEO of Global Options LLC, a Washington-based counterterrorism and investigations company, believes terrorists, or their co-conspirators who orchestrated the attacks, may have registered as many as 17 Internet domain names that could have tipped off authorities as early as last summer, it is being reported by CNSNews.com.

Here are some the eerie registered domain names, which just expired:

• worldtradetowerattack.com

• tradetowerstrike.com

• worldtradetowerstrike.com

• horrorinamerica.com

• horrorinnewyork.com

• nycterroriststrike.com

• pearlharborinmanhattan.com

• terrorattack2001.com

• towerofhorror.com

• terroristattack2001.com

Four Web addresses re-registered after the attacks:

• attackamerica.com

• attackonamerica.com

• attackontwintowers.com

• worldtradecenterbombs.com

"It is unbelievable that somebody [in the law enforcement or Internet field] didn't say 'Hello?' and pick up on this," one official who deals with the federal government on Internet-related issues tells Inside the Beltway.


Willig's wishes

The World Trade Center should be rebuilt as an international memorial, with two towers and a commercial center, says George Willig, the man who made headlines 24 years ago by climbing the 110-story south tower.

"Right now, I would say just about everyone in the country and in the world has ownership of this building," says Mr. Willig, who was vacationing in China with his wife, Caren, on Sept. 11 and saw the towers collapse on television.

"Unbelievable horror," he tells this newspaper's Cheryl Wetzstein, from his home in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Mr. Willig has long had a personal connection to the building. As dawn was breaking May 26, 1977, the young toy maker and inventor used tools he designed to scale the outside of the south tower.

"At one point when I was halfway up, I realized that this was a unique time and I wanted to savor the moment," he recalls. "I just stopped and put my cheek up against the panel where I was climbing and put my hands flat up against the building and absorbed it as a superrealistic moment."

The city was shocked and amazed by Mr. Willig's almost four-hour climb, which was captured by TV cameras. Mrs. Wetzstein, then a reporter for a New York newspaper, was one of the reporters waiting for him when he was arrested.

Today, the 52-year-old Mr. Willig oversees construction projects and occasionally climbs mountains. Now he's thinking about returning to New York to somehow help rebuild the buildings.

"It could be like what happened with the remodeling of the Statue of Liberty, with funds coming in from all over," he says. "Remember, this was the World Trade Center. If you think a lot of tourists were there before, everyone will want to come to the new one."


Fly glory high

A U.S. Navy officer this week issued the following memo: "I am seeing some flags being displayed wrong both on and off base. I would hope sailors and civilians would know how to properly display the National Ensign.

" The field of blue should always be to the left, even when displayed vertically.

" Our flag should be taken down at sunset unless a light is shown directly upon it during darkness.

" When viewed, our flag shall always be flown on the left from another flag that is in its company.

" Should there be multiple flags flown, the National Ensign shall be in the middle.

" No flag shall be flown higher than the ensign.

" Should our flag get tattered, it shall not be left out on display, but replaced by a new one.

"I thank you for your time and I thank the American People for their support," concludes the officer.

"It is one of the many reasons that make me want to come to work each day."


Show your spirit

All profits from the sale of patriotic T-shirts and three bumper stickers "God Bless America," "Proud to be American," and "United We Stand" produced by Brian Harlin, owner of GOPShoppe.com (301/931-3150), go directly to the American Red Cross.

"We've raised $10,000 so far," says Mr. Harlin. "I think we can do a lot more than that."

The biggest seller?

"A T-shirt with the American flag and President Bush's quote, 'Freedom Will Be Defended.'"


Congressman who?

Early last week, the most sought-after Halloween costumes throughout America were masks of embattled Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat. Now, costume sellers predict Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and other patriotic characters will collect tons more candy than Mr. Condit.

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