This "ABC News Special Report" presents coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath, as aired on ABC affiliate KABC-TV (Los Angeles). This coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 12, as aviation expert Lisa Stark tells "Good Morning America" anchors Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer of a new report that the hijackers may have used mace in their attacks on the passengers and crew of the airplanes they commandeered. The anchors call on to Brian Rooney in Los Angeles, who reports that there is no movement or sign of re-opening at LAX Airport. Rooney then discusses some of the victims on the flights bound for Los Angeles, including "Frasier" producer David Angell and a group of scouts from the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. George Stephanopoulos tells Gibson and Sawyer that President Bush is currently meeting with the joint Congressional leadership and organizing a prayer vigil to take place in the evening. Claire Shipman, speaking via satellite from the White House, confirms Stephanopoulos's report and adds that Bush is also planning to appear before the press pool to answer questions in the afternoon. Next, the anchors speak with former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who admits that he was "surprised by the dimensions of the attack." Cuomo also states his belief that comparisons between the attacks on New York and Washington to Pearl Harbor are inaccurate. "We don't know our enemy here," he states. Gibson and Sawyer then welcome a pair of amateur videographers, Evan Fairbanks and Kevin Sutavee, who managed to capture a lot of the close-up footage of the attacks and their aftermath that ABC has been running throughout the last two days. After that interview, a video segment by John Qui–ones follows a New York mother and her children running all over the city on the day of the attacks looking for their husband and father. Next, the anchors speak with Timothy Johnson, a medical doctor and minister who offers advice on talking to children about the attacks. During the segment, Gibson discusses the way in which his own family is dealing with the crisis, and Stephanopoulos mentions that he has a sister who is a nun in the West Bank. The "Good Morning America" crew then turns the anchor desk over to Peter Jennings. Jennings immediately cuts to footage of Senate chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie reading a prayer to the Senate. He then introduces a similar scenario in the House Chamber, where House chaplain Daniel Coughlin is also reading a prayer. Next, Don Dahler interviews a surgical resident who was on vacation in New York when the attacks hit. The resident ran down to the World Trade Center site and has been volunteering ever since. Jennings then speaks to Martha Raddatz about the false report from the morning of attacks that the State Department had been bombed. Lisa Stark returns with another new report suggesting that authorities now believe that the terrorists may have "fooled with the airplanes' transponders." John Miller discusses the ongoing investigations into terrorist affiliations in Boston and Florida, and the tape closes with Jennings's interview of Marvin Jackson, a commodities trader who was in the World Trade Center when the attacks occurred.


  • DATE: September 12, 2001 Wednesdasy 6:30 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:01:59
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:66716
  • GENRE: News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Disasters
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 2001


    • Charles Gibson … Anchor
    • Peter Jennings … Anchor
    • Diane Sawyer … Anchor
    • Don Dahler … Reporter
    • John Miller … Reporter
    • John Quinones … Reporter
    • Martha Raddatz … Reporter
    • Brian Rooney … Reporter
    • Claire Shipman … Reporter
    • Lisa Stark … Reporter
    • George Stephanopoulos … Reporter
    • David Angell
    • George W. Bush
    • Daniel Coughlin
    • Mario Cuomo
    • Evan Fairbanks
    • Marvin Jackson
    • Tim Johnson
    • Lloyd Ogilvie
    • Kevin Sutavee