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September 11 attacks caught Australia unprepared, too

By Clive Williams
Updated September 9 2021 - 4:29am, first published September 8 2021 - 7:25pm
Smoke rises over the New York skyline after the September 11, 2001 attack, as seen from a tugboat evacuating people to New Jersey. Picture: Hiro Oshima/WireImage

On Saturday, it will have been 20 years since I received a phone call from a Defence intelligence analyst shortly after the first plane flew into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8.46am New York time (it was 10.46 pm in Canberra). I watched the horrific events unfold in real time until the early hours of the next morning.

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