The 20th year
Today, September 11, marks the 20th year since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During the attacks, 2977 people died, including a large number of first responders in New York. The impact of the attacks has been tremendous, from the intense ramp up of security to other more indirect events.
FBI 9/11 Documents
The FBI released the first document of what is expected to be a series of documents. The declassified document from 2016 details the FBI’s efforts in the investigation of a Saudi consular official and a suspected Saudi intelligence agent. The intelligence was provided to at least two of the hijackers for the attacks. The document connects a collected testimony and additional evidence prompting FBI suspicion of Omar al-Bayoumi, involved in providing travel assistance, lodging, and financing to the two hijackers.
The executive order passed by Biden was prompted by 1600 people that were affected by the attacks accumulating a letter to ask him to refrain from going to Ground Zero for the 20th anniversary until the information was released. The Department of Justice announced after receiving the letter that it would review withheld information and documents related to the 9/11 attacks.
Tribute in Light
The Tribute in Light is an installation of two lights located at the spots of the twin towers. They were first put in place six months following the attacks, then have been used as a tribute continuously since 2003. Each light is an array of 44 beams of light arranged into squares, each featuring 7000 watt Xenon bulbs. Every single detail of the placement is adjusted yearly, from the angle of the light to the conservation of the image regardless of perspective. The beautiful lights serve as a symbol for the incident to all, from families of victims who come for remembrance to the first responders in uniform looking to the future after accepting the past.