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NEW YORK CITY-”I felt the building shake and saw debris falling outside my window.” That’s how one survivor described the first few minutes of what would prove to be the worst terrorist attack mounted on US soil, a massive attack that would level three buildings of the World Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

He seemed at first to be a homeless person, covered in dirt-stained tatters. But on closer inspection, it became clear that it was a business suit he wore, covered not in dirt but plaster- thick dust, which also imbedded itself in his hair and mottled his shoes. He sat on a bench just a block away from Leonard Street in Downtown Manhattan, where FBI roped off traffic, curiosity seekers and all reporters, including this one. Only a constant stream of ambulances and police cars squeezed through.

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