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 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 14, as anchor Peter Jennings speaks with Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University. Spiegel describes the response of the young to tragedy and offers suggestions for parents on communicating with their children about the attacks. Cynthia McFadden then narrates a segment on the clean-up work in downtown Manhattan and the droves of people gathered at the Armory to search for missing family members. Pierre Thomas reports that the FBI has arrested someone on a material-witness warrant who allegedly had links to a relative of Osama bin Laden. John Miller elaborates, explaining that the person being held is one of the passengers authorities apprehended at New York airports the previous night. Next, Tom Jarriel presents a prerecorded segment on bin Laden's network. After this report, Miller hypothesizes about ways in which bin Laden might be found and apprehended. John McWethy then talks about the United States' three-year search for bin Laden and the quality of U.S. intelligence. Next, retired General Chuck Horner describes possible means of apprehending bin Laden and the difficulty of getting at the root of the problem of Arab terrorism. Following this, Charles Gibson reports on the years of planning that led to the attacks. Deborah Roberts then narrates a segment that discusses phone calls some of the victims made to family members before perishing. A segment by Chris Cuomo highlights New York University's Downtown Hospital and the many patients who were treated there after the attacks. Next, Terry Moran discusses President George W. Bush's plans for the weekend; he also talks about the activities of Vice President Dick Cheney since September 11. A video montage of the response of New Yorkers and other Americans to the attacks is then shown. After this, Barbara Walters takes Jennings's place at the anchor desk. The tape ends with a prerecorded segment on the tireless efforts of rescue workers in New York.


  • DATE: September 14, 2001 Friday 6:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:02:02
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:66843
  • GENRE: News
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Disasters
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 2001


    • Peter Jennings … Anchor
    • Barbara Walters … Anchor
    • Chris Cuomo … Reporter
    • Charles Gibson … Reporter
    • Tom Jarriel … Reporter
    • Cynthia McFadden … Reporter
    • John McWethy … Reporter
    • John Miller … Reporter
    • Terry Moran … Reporter
    • Deborah Roberts … Reporter
    • Pierre Thomas … Reporter
    • bin Laden, Osama
    • George W. Bush
    • Dick Cheney
    • Charles Horner
    • David Spiegel