- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

The toll of dead and missing in Tuesday's terrorist attacks soared beyond 6,000 yesterday as volunteers struggled in New York and Washington to clean up the wreckage.
President Bush declared today a national day of prayer in memory of the victims.
Yesterday, Mr. Bush visited hospitalized burn patients in Washington. After memorial services today at Washington National Cathedral, he will go to the World Trade Center in New York.
"I weep and mourn with America," the president said.
Mr. Bush declared that he would stake his presidency on leading a global campaign against terrorism. He spent much of the day rallying support from other nations.
"We have just seen the first war of the 21st century," Mr. Bush said. "This is now the focus of my administration. Now that war has been declared on us, we will lead the world to victory — to victory."
In other developments:
Searchers found the black box of one hijacked airliner in Pennsylvania and received a signal from the recorder box of the plane that crashed at the Pentagon.
Vice President Richard B. Cheney was taken to Camp David in Maryland as a precaution, administration officials disclosed.
The Secret Service widened the protective buffer around the White House and Air Force jets patrolled the skies over major U.S. cities. The Capitol was temporarily evacuated yesterday following a bomb scare, which later turned out to be false.
The government permitted commercial planes to fly again under new tough restrictions. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport remains closed because of its proximity to federal buildings. Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport were slowly getting back to normal.
The death toll at the Pentagon where American Airlines Flight 77 struck was put at 190, including 64 persons aboard the Boeing 757 that took off from Dulles.
The House was deadlocked late last night over a resolution that would grant Mr. Bush the authority to use military force against the terrorists and the nations that harbor them. It would not be a declaration of war.
Emotions ran high on Capitol Hill yesterday. Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, called for retaliation against Afghanistan, which has harbored dissident Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, who has been identified by the Bush administration as the main suspect in the terrorist attacks.
"I say, bomb the hell out of them. If there's collateral damage, so be it," said Mr. Miller, a former Marine. "They certainly found our civilians to be expendable."
Events yesterday were being driven by fresh intelligence suggesting a continuing threat from terrorist attacks, U.S. officials told the Associated Press.
The data "suggests we haven't seen the end of this current threat," one U.S. official said. He cited concerns terrorists may strike in a different manner now that airport security has been bolstered.
Meanwhile, one man was arrested in New York with a fake pilot's identification. Nine others were detained. New York's airports were shut down following the arrest.
The administration vowed to conduct a sweeping campaign against global terrorism. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said that the administration's retaliation would be "sustained and broad and effective" and that the United States "will use all our resources."
"It's not just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems, ending states who sponsor terrorism," Mr. Wolfowitz said.
Other defense officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AP that Mr. Bush was considering numerous military options — including the use of air, sea and land forces over a long period. They said it was clear the administration would go well beyond the limited strikes of recent years against Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan.
"This is not going to be a short program," said Navy Secretary Gordon England.
As the administration beat the drums of war, former President Clinton said yesterday that Mr. Bush should have wider support than his predecessors ever had for massive retaliation against terrorist groups responsible for Tuesday's attacks.
Touring the wreckage of the World Trade Center with his daughter, Chelsea, Mr. Clinton said support for retaliation had never been stronger.
"I believe that the magnitude of this has generated support for the United States and for taking action against these people that did not exist before," he said on CBS.
As Congress called on Americans to display U.S. flags for 30 days in a show of support against the terrorist attacks, government workers were circulating e-mail proposing red, white and blue garments as today's uniform.
The growing patriotic fervor across the United States was replicated in other nations. This was most visibly seen in London by an extraordinary gesture during the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, when the Coldstream Guards Band played the U.S. National Anthem and respected two minutes of silence by order of Queen Elizabeth.
For three minutes today, beginning at 10 a.m. local time, all of Europe will pause to remember the victims — including the many Europeans who had been based at the World Trade Center.
Normal air traffic was not expected for days, and some airports including Boston's Logan International Airport, were not yet reopened.
It was from Logan that hijackers captured the two Boeing 767s that crashed into the World Trade Center towers
From Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and elsewhere across the nation more than 100 threats and attacks — including firebomb attacks and gunfire — were aimed at Islamic groups, mosques and schools.
The backlash brought a plea by the president to respect Arabs and Muslims in America.
Justice Department officials estimate that up to 50 people were involved in the attack, including at least four hijackers trained at U.S. flight schools.
"We've had some threats through e-mails and phones. Some of them are very explicit," said Ismael Ahmed, deputy director for Detroit's Arab Community Center.
Attorney General John Ashcroft announced yesterday that the president approved a speedup in the process to give $150,000 grants for the family of each lost police officer and firefighter, people whom New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday called "our bravest and our best people."
Two other survivors who escaped from an elevator in the World Trade Center north tower raised hopes that others may be alive in service tunnels under the wreckage site.
"There is a possibility that people are still alive," said Hursley Lever, a mechanic at the World Trade Center being treated at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital.
Mr. Giuliani announced that 4,763 persons had been reported missing in the devastation. He also said the city had 30,000 body bags available for parts picked from the rubble. A search dog led by sheriff's Sgt. Mike Goldberg of Hampden County, Mass., found a foot and leg and a cockpit seat, believed to belong to one of the hijackers who was piloting the plane.
"There was a steady stream of body bags coming out all night," said Dr. Todd Wider, a surgeon working at a triage center. "That and lots and lots of body parts."
City officials said 94 persons are confirmed dead, of whom fewer than 30 are identified.
"It could turn out we recover fewer than [the 4,763]; it could be more," the mayor said.
Five square miles of lower Manhattan remained sealed off to all but relief workers, cleanup crews, authorities and media members who had escorts.
Rescue workers moved through a gray haze of dust using tiny cameras and listening devices on long poles to probe in the rubble. Dogs trained to sniff for human bodies worked at their sides.
Posters and flyers seeking missing persons plastered the walls around New York's hospitals.
The president's father, former President George Bush, used a Boston speaking appearance yesterday to criticize restrictions that he said force intelligence workers who could ferret out information on terrorists to work "with one hand tied behind them" while relying instead on satellites and listening devices.
"I think they ought to take a hard look now if we've gone too far in denying the president human intelligence," said the former president.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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