Thursday, February 11, 2010

World Trade Center Photos Released

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, these photos just got released. Taken from police helicopters flying over Manhattan, the last frozen images of the World Trade Towers before their collapse signaled the end of the era: the freedom to fly friendly skies.

Stunning. No special effects here. Even from the air it looks like the end of the world.

A terrifying national emergency similar to when JFK was assassinated, most people can recall where they were and what they were doing as these events unfolded.

As Roosevelt declared when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, "a date which will live in infamy," 9-11 erupts in our national collective memory. Americans had to recalibrate their worldview.

See 12 of the more than 2,000 photos in this NYT slide show.

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