Discuss memories of the September 11 attacks
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Anyone old enough to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks remembers where they were when they learned the world had changed forever.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijackers flew planes into the towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Passengers on a fourth plane battled terrorists on board and crashed the plane in a Pennsylvania field.
Now, 20 years later, FOX4’s John Holt and Kansas City Stars Dave Helling is joined by retired FBI Special Agent Jeff Lanza to discuss what they remember about that fateful day.
“I remember that morning I went up to the master bedroom to do a quick workout, turned on the old tube TV and saw what was going on as millions of people walked through the hall. countries and the world were doing this time in the morning, and my day quickly was to get out of training, put on a suit and head to work, ”said Holt.
Helling recalled a similar memory, heading to the KCTV5 studio to anchor local CBS coverage of what was going on.
“And after the first plane hit the first tower, I remember looking and thinking it’s not a small plane that’s creating that kind of damage. Something else is happening, ”Helling recalls. “About 17 or 18 minutes later the second plane hit the tower and by then we knew we were really involved in our life story.”
“I also remember seeing the contrails of planes flipping in the air to land, which was one of the first visual evidence we had of the nationwide tragedy that day,” Helling added.
Retired Special Agent Jeff Lanza said he recalled giving a speech to a group of businesses in the Plaza when the planes struck the towers. Then he headed straight for the FBI Field Office in Kansas City.
“My beep went off like a firecracker. I was getting beep after beep after beep. Then my cell phone also started to receive calls and I also received voicemail messages. And I knew something was going on in Kansas City, ”Lanza said.
Lanza was the spokesperson for the FBI in Kansas City at the time of the attacks and the media started calling him as soon as something happened.
“I knew something had happened, and I wasn’t sure what it was. I turned on the radio in my car just before I even picked up these messages to see what the news was and I couldn’t get the local news, got the national news and Peter Jennings, I remember very well , saying the tower had just collapsed, ”Lanza said.
Holt and Helling spent the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks covering what was happening nationally and locally for their respective TV stations. But, the hours and days after the attacks were very different for Lanza.
“Right from the conference room window, I was talking to FBI executives, trying to figure out what was going on. We had the TV on in the background watching the second tower fall and she was sitting there on live TV, as a lot of people saw too, ”Lanza said. “We watch a plane come in, a few planes actually come in, like right outside the FBI windows. We’re like we’re looking at these planes like you wouldn’t think about them any other day, but now we think, is the FBI a target? “
Following the attacks, a series of security measures took effect in an attempt to prevent an attack like 9/11 from happening again. Lanza said he “definitely” believes America is safer now than it was 20 years ago.
But he also warns that there is a new kind of threat that we should all be aware of.
“We are woefully under-protected when it comes to cybersecurity, not only at the corporate level but at the government level and this has been identified in reports that have been made public,” Lanza said.
To learn more about the cybersecurity threat America faces, as well as the steps taken after the 9/11 attacks to make America a safer place, click the video in the player below. -above.
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