Rudolph Giuliani was a hero before it was a joke. Lisa Beamer was a wife and mother before she became a symbol of September 11th—and though her celebrity has faded, her widow may not.
In the period after the planes fell, the United States and the world met many personalities. We knew some of them well, but we saw them in different ways. Others were thrown into the public consciousness because of tragic circumstances.
Some, such as Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar, are dead. But others have gone ahead and live the lives that epitomize the September 11, 2001. Here are some names that were in those turbulent times – what they were then and what has happened to them since then:
Then: Mayor of New York City, he was a hero of the time: empathetic, determined, the epicenter of the nation’s pain, and a constant presence at Ground Zero. On September 11, he said, “the casualties will be more than any of us can ultimately bear.” Oprah Winfrey named him “Mayor of the United States”; Time magazine declared him “Person of the Year”.
Since then: After suggestions (and later rejected) to extend his term, due to the emergency of 9/11, which was about to expire, Giuliani entered private life, but not so private. . He started a profitable security company and ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, which he revoked. His exploits as a supporter and agent of President Donald Trump have been well documented and have resulted in the suspension of his attorney’s license in his home state.
Then: New York Police Commissioner. Bald and stocky, he never left Giuliani in the days following 9/11—and he followed the mayor after stepping down and joining Giuliani’s security company.
Since: President George W. Bush appointed Kerrick as Iraq’s interim Interior Minister in 2003 during the Iraq War, and nominated him to head the US Department of Homeland Security in 2004. She was not considered for the latter position when it was revealed that she had employed an undocumented worker as a nanny and housekeeper; Several legal problems followed, including punishment for ethics violations and tax fraud. He was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2020.
George W Bush
Then: The 43rd President of the United States, Bush, was informed of the September 11 attacks when he read “The Pet Goat” to a second grader in Sarasota, Florida. He spoke to the nation that night and visited Ground Zero three days later, where he picked up a megaphone to announce, “I can hear you! The rest of the world listens to you! And the people – and the people who demolished these buildings – will soon hear from all of us.” Their support in the election reached 85 percent.
Since then: The war on terrorism has led to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush demands that the Taliban “hand over the terrorists, or … share their fate.” He had long retired from oil paint in Texas when bin Laden was killed by US Army Special Operations Forces (Navy SEALs), and when President Joe Biden withdrew US forces from Afghanistan. In August, he said he viewed the events there “with deep sadness”.
THEN: While the Secret Service played “hide the president” with Bush on September 11 — fears of terrorist attacks moved him to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska — his vice president settled in a “safe, undisclosed location.” , a bunker inside the White House where he helped direct government functions. Cheney became a fierce advocate for an unbridled response to the attacks using “any means at our disposal.” He lobbied for the 2003 war in Iraq. The interrogation technique known as ‘waterboarding’ (water torture that causes the sensation of drowning) was an accurate way to obtain information from terrorists, he said – not torture, as his critics had long insisted. Have given.
Since then: After five heart attacks and a heart transplant in 2012, Cheney has lived to see his daughter Liz win his old congressional seat in Wyoming and become a Republican personality non greta due to criticism of Donald Trump.
Then: The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell was unanimously confirmed as Secretary of State in 2001. He then presented a persuasive case to the United Nations for military action against Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. The war was fought, Saddam was overthrown and killed, Iraq was destabilized; No such weapon was found.
Since then: Powell has consistently defended his support for the Iraq War. But longtime Republicans did not believe Trump, endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and spoke out in support of Biden at the 2020 Democratic convention. He left the Republican Party after the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
Then: Bush’s national security adviser. In the summer of 2001, he met with CIA Director George Tenet, at his request, to discuss the threat of Al Qaeda attacks against American targets. The CIA reported that “there will be major terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months.” Rice would later say that the information was out of date.
SINCE: Rice replaced Powell as secretary of state and then returned to Stanford University as chancellor and then a faculty member. In 2012, she became one of the first two women to join the Augusta National Golf Club.
Then: Attorney General during Bush’s first term. After September 11, he was the chief advocate for the administration of the Patriot Act, which gave the government broad powers to investigate and prosecute people suspected of terrorism. But in 2004, while in an intensive care unit with gallstone pancreatitis, he rejected the administration’s pleas to overturn the Justice Department’s decision that Bush’s national intelligence program was illegal.
Since then: After stepping down in 2005, Ashcroft became a lobbyist and consultant. His presence as a gospel singer (and songwriter—featured in his tune “Let the Eagle Soar,” “Let the Eagle Soar,” Bush’s second opening—) has waned.
Then: As an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Yu provided the legal basis for the War on Terror. He argued that “enemy fighters” captured in Afghanistan do not need to have POW status; that the President may authorize the warrantless wiretapping of US citizens on US soil; That the use of “advanced interrogation techniques” such as water torture was within the power of the President in wartime.
Since then: Yu is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He is still a strong supporter of the presidency; In 2020, his book “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power” argued that Trump’s vision for the presidency was in line with Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Then: the prominent al Qaeda campaigner, described by the 9/11 Commission as “the main architect of the 9/11 attacks”. He was captured by the CIA and Pakistani secret police in 2003, and was later taken to CIA prisons in Poland, Afghanistan and finally Guantanamo. Under pressure – some called it torture – he confessed to being involved in nearly every major al Qaeda operation, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the assassination of journalist Daniel Pearl, the 2001 attacks, and others.
Since then: Your test date has been postponed repeatedly. He resides in Guantanamo indefinitely.
Then: Afghanistan’s interim leader and later president elected after 9/11, managed to strike a delicate balancing act and remain on friendly terms with the United States and the West while uniting several factions in his country – At least for a time. More than once he called the Taliban “brothers” and the last years of his presidency were marked by friction with the United States.
Since then: Karzai survived several assassination attempts, but when his second term ended in 2014, the transfer of power to his successor Ashraf Ghani was peaceful. Ghani would lead the country for nearly seven years, until he fled before the Taliban’s triumphant withdrawal.
Then: Cantor Fitzgerald, president of the stock company, may have been in the company’s offices above One World Trade Center, but brought his son Kyle to his first day of kindergarten. A total of 658 of the company’s employees died—two-thirds of its New York City employees, including Lutnick’s brother Gary. Within three days, Lutnick had established the Cantor-Fitzgerald Relief Fund for the victims of his company.
Since then: the fund has disbursed more than $250 million, including money for terrorism and other victims of disasters. Twenty years later, Lutnik remained as the company’s chairman.
THEN: After 9/11, Lisa Beamer became the face of the day’s mourners and serves as a reminder of the heroism of the day. Her husband, Todd, a former college baseball and basketball player, is believed to have led the other passengers in an attack on the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93, before the plane crashed in Washington. He was killed. His exhortation was “Let’s roll!” (“Come on!”) became a battle cry. His widow made 200 public appearances in the six months following the attacks.
Since then: Lisa Beamer sings “Let’s Roll!” Co-authored the book. Ordinary people, extraordinary courage ”, and established a foundation in memory of her husband. Donations dwindled and Beamer disappeared from public life. The couple had three children, all of whom attended Wheaton University, where their parents met. They are all athletes, just like their fathers: Dave, who was three at the time of his father’s death, was the quarterback for football; One-year-old Drew played football, as did Morgan who was born four months after the attacks. Morgan was his father’s middle name.