9/11 texts: ‘Got my zebra thongs on!!!’

Wikileaks has released a half-million pager messages from the hour before, during, and after the September 11th terrorist attacks, which were intercepted over the air by whomever was monitoring pager frequencies for unencrypted messages:

Text pagers are usualy [sic] carried by persons operating in an official capacity. Messages in the archive range from Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and New York Police Department exchanges, to computers reporting faults at investment banks inside the World Trade Center

The archive is a completely objective record of the defining moment of our time. We hope that its entrance into the historical record will lead to a nuanced understanding of how this event led to death, opportunism and war.

The morning of September 11th 2009 started like any other day.

2001-09-11 06:31:26 “Good morning sexy man!! Got my zebra thongs on!!! Feeling a little animalistic!!!”

2001-09-11 08:26:46 “We’re having cake at 9:00 in Mel’s office for Rich, Craig and Hoss’s Birthday.”

2001-09-11 08:40:37 “What did you do to my chair? I can’t figure out how to fix it. I feel like I’m sitting on the floor!”

It doesn’t last for very long…

2001-09-11 09:14:55 “Code YELLOW in effect. Situation Room is open. Only Duty Officers to report.”

2001-09-11 10:42:18 “ALL EMERGENCY SWAT RECALL MEMBERS REPORT Back to office”

2001-09-11 10:42:57 “58-THIS IS THE L.A. CITY HALL, CHIEF OPERATOR MAKING A NOTIFICATION OF A LEVEL 3 EOC ACTIVATION PER L.A. FIRE DEPT CHIEF OLSON AT 7 AM. PLEASE CALL BACK AT 213-485-5500.”

2001-09-11 10:43:30 “Pete is ok, he can’t find his brother who works in the world financial center next to the trade center. Your mom wants you to go home..Call me 26093”

2001-09-11 10:43:44 “/:DDC/: UPDATE: DUE TO HEIGHTENED ALERT FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN THE UNITED STATES, TSS87 DEARBORN, TSS153 TAYLOR AND TSS45 JEFFERSON WILL BE MANNED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, KAS (17”

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