US embassy cable - 01STATE157144

SITREP NUMBER ONE: TERRORIST ATTACKS IN CONUS

Identifier: 01STATE157144
Wikileaks: View 01STATE157144 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Secretary of State
Created: 2001-09-11 15:49:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: ASEC PTER
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
Z 111549Z SEP 01
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS FLASH
SPECIAL EMBASSY PROGRAM FLASH
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN FLASH 
USOFFICE PRISTINA FLASH 
AMEMBASSY BELGRADE FLASH 
AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE FLASH 
AMEMBASSY NDJAMENA FLASH 
UNCLAS STATE 157144 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ASEC, PTER 
SUBJECT: SITREP NUMBER ONE: TERRORIST ATTACKS IN CONUS 
 
1. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TO PROVIDE POSTS WITH THE 
LATEST INFORMATION ON A RASH OF TERRORIST ATTACKS THAT 
OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 IN NEW YORK CITY AND 
WASHINGTON, D.C. BE ADVISED THAT THIS INFORMATION IS 
DRAWN FROM OPEN SOURCES AS THE SITUATION IS DEVELOPING. 
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME. 
CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT AWARE OF A CREDIBLE CLAIM OF 
RESPONSIBITY FOR THESE ATTACKS. 
 
2. AT APPROXIMATELY 0900 TWO SEPARATE AIRCRAFT 
DELIBERATELY CRASHED INTO THE TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE 
CENTER (WTC) CAUSING BOTH TOWERS TO COLLAPSE. THERE IS AN 
UNKNOWN NUMBER OF CASUALTIES. WITHIN ONE HOUR OF THE WTC 
BOMBINGS AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED AT THE PENTAGON ALSO 
CAUSING AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF CASUALTIES. 
 
3. ELEMENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF STATE PERSONNEL ARE 
CURRENTLY EVACUATING DEPARTMENT OFFICES, HOWEVER, 
EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WILL REMAIN. THE DEPARTMENT HAS 
ESTABLISHED AN ALTERNATE OPERATIONS CENTER AT NFATC IN 
ARLINGTON. CONTACT NUMBERS ARE THE SAME; 202-647-1512. 
AT THIS TIME A TASK FORCE IS BEING ESTABLISHED. 
 
4. POSTS SHOULD CONVENE EAC MEETINGS IMMEDIATELY TO 
REVIEW ALL SECURITY MEASURES AND ENLIST LOCAL GOVERNMENT 
AND POLICE SECURITY SUPPORT. WHILE THERE IS NO 
INTELLIGENCE AVAILABLE INDICATING THAT U.S. FACILITIES 
OVERSEAS WILL BE TARGETED, POSTS SHOULD REMAIN AT THE 
HIGHEST STATE OF ALERT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 
 
5. POSTS WILL APPRISED OF DEVELOPING INFORMATION AS IT 
OCCURS. 
 
6. BELGRADE, DUSHANBE, FREETOWN, PRISTINA, AND NDJAMENA MINIMIZE 
CONSIDERED. 
 
 
POWELL 

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