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September 6th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

The footnotes of September 11

For Tim Duffy, the day started with a postcard-perfect sky over Cape Cod. Within hours, everything changed.

From his jet fighter, Duffy had a ghastly bird's-eye view of lower Manhattan, watching the second tower of the World Trade Center collapse beneath him.

"Anytime I see it's a beautiful day to fly, I kind of think of that morning," recalls Duffy, who was a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Air National Guard at the time.

Duffy not only witnessed the most horrific day in modern U.S. history - his story is one of the numerous footnotes in The 9/11 Commission Report.

Aided by more than 200,000 FBI interviews, the report is the official accounting of September 11, 2001. It's an exhaustive examination of what happened leading up to and during that day when Muslim extremist hijackers commandeered four planes and flew them into New York's World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon in Washington, and a field in western Pennsylvania.

CNN spoke to eight of the men listed in the commission report's footnotes - the ticket agents, the pilot on alert to shoot down a passenger jet, the maintenance worker who took a phone call from a flight attendant on one of the ill-fated jets.

Meet the everyday citizens who went to work on September 11, 2001, and unwittingly became a part of history. Watch CNN Presents "Footnotes of 9/11" on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:00 p.m. ET, and again on Sunday, September 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

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Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin
September 2nd, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Footnotes of 9/11

During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions.

In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day.

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:00pm), CNN will debut "Footnotes of 9/11”, featuring interviews with people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001 – and unexpectedly became part of history. Each of the eight people profiled by Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days.


Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin
August 17th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

Feds join probe of alleged hate killing

A hit-and-run killing that took place after a group of white teens allegedly set out to kill a black man simply because of his color is now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department, federal and Mississippi officials tell CNN.

The killing, which a Jackson, Mississippi, district attorney says is a racially motivated hate crime, sparked national attention after CNN’s Drew Griffin reported the story with exclusive surveillance video that shows the attack as it took place.

James Craig Anderson, 49, was first beaten by the group of teens as he stood in a hotel parking lot early on the morning of June 26, according to some of the teens who were interviewed by police.

After the beating, a group of the teens drove a large Ford pickup truck over Anderson, according to witnesses and officials.  Anderson died from his injuries later the same day.

Federal investigators are in Jackson at the request of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, who says he will be seeking indictments against some or all of the white teens in coming weeks.

Under federal law, authorities can pursue further charges and punishment if it is determined that a crime was racially motivated.  Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed to CNN that "the department has an ongoing investigation."

The group of teens that night was led by 18-year-old Deryl Dedmon Jr., of Brandon, Mississippi, according to police and officials in the DA's office.

Dedmon, who was arrested and charged with murder, is being held in Jackson.  He could face two life sentences in connection with the killing.

Another teen, John Aaron Rice, was also charged with murder at first, until a judge reduced his charges to “simple assault” because Rice was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson.

Smith and officials in the Hinds County District Attorney's office say they plan to indict both Dedmon and Rice for murder and a hate crime.

Attorneys for Dedmon and Rice did not return CNN's calls.

During a bond hearing, Dedmon's attorney told the court he saw nothing to back up the "racial allegations."

Neither teen has pleaded yet, and none of the other teens has been charged.

But Hinds and officials from the DA's office say they hope to bring indictments against not only Dedmon and Rice, but also other teens who were in their cars and part of the attack that early morning.

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August 16th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

CNN to debut four original documentaries marking 9/11

During the week leading up to the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, CNN will premiere four one-hour productions. 

In investigations led by chief medical correspondent Dr.Sanjay Gupta, investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, and anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien, CNN is reporting new insights into the health consequences experienced by the first responders working at New York’s Ground Zero, examining the events of that day through the eyes of people who were on the front lines of one of America’s most tragic days, and profiling several unsung heroines who saved lives on that day.    

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 11:00pm (replay on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:00pm), CNN will debut "Footnotes of 9/11”, featuring interviews with people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001 – and unexpectedly became part of history.  Each of the eight people profiled by Drew Griffin for this documentary is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report – their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day – are literal and figurative footnotes to one of America’s darkest days.   


Filed under: 9/11 • Drew Griffin
Footnotes of 9/11
CNN Photographer Bob Crowley shoots Drew Griffin's interview with Michael Tuohey in Portland, Maine
August 12th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

Footnotes of 9/11

CNN’s Drew Griffin conducted several interviews this week for CNN Presents: “Footnotes of 9/11,” an upcoming documentary which focuses on everyday citizens who went to work on September 11, 2001, unwittingly becoming part of history.

Eight of the people profiled by Griffin are mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.  Their experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of the report, offering critical detail to the events of that day.

Griffin interviewed Michael Tuohey, a former U.S. Airways ticket agent who issued boarding passes to 9/11 terrorist Mohammad Atta, and Tim Duffy, a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts Air National Guard who scrambled to provide air defense to New York and faced the possibility of having to shoot down a passenger plane.

CNN Presents: “Footnotes of 9/11” will premiere on Tuesday September 6 at 11:00 pm ET, replaying on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 pm ET.

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