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TODAY’S WEATHER Mostly sunny after morning fog. High, 76; low, 53.

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© 2001 • The Seattle Times Company

Bush: ‘Get ready’


30,000 grace Seattle memorial with flowers


The week that shook the nation

He warns military and nation of long fight BY RON HUTCHESON

Knight Ridder Newspapers

CAMP DAVID, Md. — “We’re at war,” President Bush said yesterday, and he told U.S. troops: “Get ready.” In his clearest statement to date that he intends to order military action, Bush warned Americans to prepare for the possibility of a long and difficult struggle against an elusive enemy. Although the president identified Saudi exile Osama bin Laden as “the prime suspect” behind Tuesday’s attacks, he said retaliation will go far beyond the ringleader. “We will find those who did it; we will smoke them out of their holes; we will get them running and we’ll bring them to justice,” Bush told reporters before meeting with his national-security team at the Camp David presidential retreat. “We will not only deal with those who dare attack America, we will deal with those who harbor them and feed them and house them.”

Images of the tragedy that changed us. A 15-18

Ties that bind Seattle, New York Northwest transplants witness devastation firsthand. A 10

Crisis transforms the presidency


Bush ON A 2

Security checks reveal serious lapses at Sea-Tac

How the week unfolded for President Bush and the White House. A 19

Copyright 2001, The Seattle Times Co. BY DAVID HEATH, SUSAN KELLEHER,

Markets dust off


Wall Street is eager to get back to work tomorrow. Whether it can is another matter. A 4

Seattle Times staff reporters

On June 14, 2000, a man with a hand grenade in a carry-on bag passed undetected through a security checkpoint at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s South Terminal. Four days later, he or one of his associates got a dynamite bomb in a bag past the X-ray screeners on Concourse C. About a month later, they managed to get another hand grenade into the secure area of Concourse C, only steps away from being carried onto a departing jet. Fortunately, these infiltrators were not terrorists. They were employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who routinely test the quality of security screeners at the Seattle area’s busy international airport. In the wake of the terrorist attacks that used commercial airliners, the nation is focused anew on airport security. Locally, then, air travelers and their families are asking: How safe is Sea-Tac?

Paying respects Funerals include one held for a family of three. A 5

Jets scrambled Fighter jets desperately raced to intercept second doomed airliner, National Guard director says. A 2

Where do we go? From last week’s tragedy a new travel order will appear, but what it will be is unknown. TRAVEL, I 1


Security ON A 14

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — When flagging down a large man on a Harley, you do so politely. You do it hoping he will not grind you into the paveDispatches from ment with his big black boot. I’d like to tell you a new nation how I did this the other day, and how within minutes, I reduced this big man to tears. For those of you just joining me, I’m driving from Seattle to New York City, in a rented Expedition, talking to people along the way to find out how they — how we — are dealing with Sept. 11. Driving is my way of dealing. This leg of the trip began in Ellensburg and ended in the Idaho Panhandle, as President Bush seemed to be leading the country to war. By the time you read this, perhaps it has started. The mood out here seems more hawkish than in Seattle. A morning stop at a roadside espresso stand offered this handwritten sentiment on a piece of cardboard: “Time to kick Terrorist Ass.”


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lowers form a memorial at Seattle Center’s International Fountain for victims of last week’s attacks. About 8,000 people attended yesterday morning’s service; 30,000 visitors were expected by day’s end. “It’s just so sad,” said Heleyna Holmes, above. Angie Colello, left, adds irises to the 500,000 flowers. Details, A 6-7




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Ties that bind Seattle, New York Crisis transforms the presidency Dispatches from a new nation Books J 8-10 Bridge F 2 Classified ads •Index...

Sept. 16, 2001  

Ties that bind Seattle, New York Crisis transforms the presidency Dispatches from a new nation Books J 8-10 Bridge F 2 Classified ads •Index...