On the American calendar, there is a very special day: September 11.
On September 11, 2001, the most serious terrorist attack took place in the United States. According to statistics, the total number of victims is 2996. The September 11 incident not only caused hundreds of billions of dollars in losses to the American economy, but also had a profound impact on the American peoples psychology. The American peoples sense of economic and political security was severely weakened.
When it comes to the 9/11 attacks, the first reaction is that the plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. In fact, the Pentagon of the United States Department of Defense near Washington was also attacked. On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, CCTV correspondent Liu Qianqian visited the Pentagon Memorial Park and shared his American observations.
Located on the southwestern side of the Pentagon, the memorial is the only area allowed to be photographed near the Pentagon. The 184 cantilever stainless steel benches in the memorial garden symbolize 184 lives killed in the terrorist attack that day. Under each bench there is a small pool with the names of the victims engraved on it.
On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 took off from Washington Dulles International Airport, originally destined for Los Angeles International Airport. Shortly after taking off, five terrorists hijacked the plane and eventually crashed into the Pentagon. In addition to all the people on board, more than 120 people were killed in the attack inside the Pentagon.
The benches are arranged according to the year of birth of the victims, the smallest of whom was born in 1998, when they were only three years old. There was also a Chinese couple on the hijacked plane. They went to the United States to visit their daughter. They were preparing to return home when the attack took place.
Ms. Reichek, who came to mourn her stepson, said that her stepson was a very good man with two children. His death was a great blow to the children. Ms. Reichecks husband, a former colonel of the U.S. Department of Defense, was hijacked when a plane crashed into his office. However, he was not in the Ministry of Defense that day, so he escaped. But all along, he has been worried about his sons death. Id rather die for him. He often talks to others.
On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, many local visitors came to the memorial to lay flowers. Someone asked the guide of the Memorial Park why the trial had not begun for so long. The tour guide explained that this was related to the torture suffered by the suspect, and it was difficult to prove whether the testimony submitted by the suspect was the result of torture. We thought it was over, but we didnt think it was just beginning, sighed the visitor.
The dialogue that took place at the Pentagon Memorial Park of the September 11 terrorist attacks was actually very pertinent. Recently, the U.S. Military Commission announced that the trial of the suspect in charge of the 9/11 terrorist attack will be held at Guantanamo Military Base in January, 21. This is the first time that the judges responsible for the terrorist attack have announced the trial date. This also makes many people wonder why this century trial needs to be delayed for 18 years.
It can be explained in three stages:
During George W. Bushs administration, he created a new judicial system on the grounds of anti-terrorism, including military courts against terrorists, while giving the CIA a great deal of authority to investigate and interrogate. Later, the abuse of torture by the CIA came to light, which led the relevant departments to doubt the authenticity of the testimony.
By the time Barack Obama took office, for various reasons, he planned to close the notorious Guantanamo prison and bring the suspects to a civil court for trial, but in the end they were all gone.
Now the Trump government has activated the military courts, but it seems that every judge has not stayed long. This has also led to many doubts about whether the trial can go ahead as scheduled.
Source: CCTV News Client Responsible Editor: Li Wan_B11284