Flight schools to eye restrictions after Florida crash
The Tampa, Florida, airplane crash involving a student pilot who rammed a Cessna into an office tower has flight schools re-examining new restrictions at their facilities.
Some flight schools reacted immediately to the new threat of dangerous student pilots who, at some point, must fly alone to pass tests. But most school officials said there was little they could do to prevent a similar situation to the Florida incident.
Warren Morningstar, vice president of communications for the Airline Owners and Pilots Association, told The Associate Press that "there really was not a security breach. There was an abuse of trust here."
A note written by Charles J. Bishop, 15, the student pilot in the Tampa crash, indicated he supported accused terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and that the act was deliberate, authorities said. The teen-ager died at the scene of Saturday's crash into the 42-story Bank of America Plaza building. (Full story)
Thousands of people are putting in long hours to reach the new viewing platform overlooking the former World Trade Center site. The line has snaked for blocks through lower Manhattan as people wait their turn to witness the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. (Full story)
Congress has approved more than $60 billion since September to combat terrorism at home and abroad and to rebuild from attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That figure is approximately five times what the nation spent to fight terrorism the previous year. Some costs are one-time expenses or will decrease (such as reconstruction costs), but other antiterrorism programs are likely to grow.
The body of Nathan Chapman, the first U.S. soldier to die by enemy fire in Afghanistan, will return to his home in Fort Lewis, Washington, this week. Chapman's father called his son a devoted husband and father of two children who was equally dedicated to serving his country. (Full story)
A day after President Bush threw down the gauntlet in defense of his tax cut program, his economic team fanned out to the Sunday talk shows to make it clear the White House would not agree to delay or defer the $1.35 billion in tax cuts approved last year. Democrats, led by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, have criticized the cuts, saying they worsened the current recession. (Full story)
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George W. Bush: U.S. president Click here for more.
Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe. Click here for more
Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position Click here for more
Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security Click here for more
Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser Click here for more
Joe Allbaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Click here for more
Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Click here for more
Rudy Giuliani: Former mayor of New York
Michael Bloomberg: Mayor of New York
Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington
Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia
Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary
Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary
Jane Garvey: FAA administrator
The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks:
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York officials, the estimated number of dead -- including the 157 on the two hijacked planes -- is 2,895: 607 confirmed dead, 314 missing with no death certificates issued, and 1,974 death certificates issued for victims whose remains have not yet been identified. The initial death estimate was as high as 6,500 people, but the number has fallen for several reasons, including elimination of duplicate reports.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country. Others argue that it is those very freedoms which the terrorists seek to curtail, and that to limit individual rights provides them with a victory.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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