9/11/2006: Bear Witness
I deliberately waited until after work hours to post this recently released video from YouTube, taken by a tourist couple from Seattle staying in a hotel 100 yards away from the World Trade Center on 9/11 … because it shows many people jumping from the buildings, much more graphically than anything ever seen on mainstream media in this country.
Parents, this is your warning.
Here’s a story about it, from May 2002, at NBC’s Seattle affiliate: Exclusive: Couple Captures WTC Attack On Tape. Their tape was apparently used by the prosecution in the Zacarias Moussaoui circus. I have no idea how it ended up on YouTube.
The media has made a unilateral decision to be our collective nanny, and they’ve hidden all of their most disturbing footage away in archives. (Although they don’t seem to have any problem with photos of dead children from Lebanon.)
But as I wrote near the first anniversary of the attacks, if it were me standing 100 stories up, after breaking a window that was never meant to be broken, on a ledge that was never meant to be stood upon, making the nightmarish decision to die in a fiery inferno or leap into space, I’d want the world to bear witness to my choice.
The world needs to bear witness to their choice.
UPDATE at 9/11/06 7:45:06 pm:
Here’s the second part of this video: