Every year on the 9/11 anniversary, I've made it a habit to republish my remembrance posting, where I wrote about my experiences on that horrific day.
Since we're now 22 years removed from the tragedy, I decided to take a different approach for a new generation of young adults who were either too young to remember 9/11 or who were not born in 2001.
In the decades after the terrorist attack, the YouTube group, EnhancedWTCVideos, has taken the lead in restoring and digitally enhancing video footage from people who recorded the tragedy from ground zero.
In 2001, HD and/or digital cameras were nonexistent in the United States as most people recorded video on 8mm analog or digital videotape. The EnhanceWTC Video group was able to upscale and enhance the video to near 1080p quality, providing people with a view of the tragedy with video quality higher than what could be achieved at the time.
One of the memorable 9/11 footage is from videographer Cynthia Weil, who captured the events from her window view with a digital 8MM camera on a tripod from 8:50AM till the fall of the second tower.
Weil's footage is considered one of the most vivid and detailed videos from that day, and the enhancement of her video and audio footage is very difficult to watch. It will give a new generation of Americans an accurate view of the magnitude of the terror on that difficult day.
(WARNING: EXTREMELY graphic footage...VERY VERY difficult to watch. It is best viewed with noise-canceling headphones to truly hear the event as it happened).
TIMESTAMPS (via EnhancedWTCVideos YouTube page):
0:00:00 - 1st short take starting at 8:50:22am. WTC 1 (North Tower) already burning.
0:00:04 - 2nd short take starting at 8:50:31am.
0:00:28 - 1st long continuous take starting at 8:53:10am. Camera is mostly stable.
0:05:15 - Good view on the impact floors of WTC 1. Some people can be seen falling along the east face of the building. (Edna Cintron aka "waving woman" is captured).
0:10:17 - 2nd plane hits WTC 2 (South Tower) off-camera at 9:02:59am. Some smoke and flame expulsions can be observed on WTC 1.
0:59:17 - WTC 2 starts to collapse at 9:58:59am.
1:19:06 - Large pressure pulse pushes smoke out of lower impact floors of WTC 1, epsecially from floor 92 at north face.
1:28:41 - Destruction of WTC 1 begins at 10:28:22am.
Videographer: Cynthia "Cindy" Weil
View on WTC from: North Camera Location: 166 Duane Street, Manhattan.
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The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.