Section 3.2 - 9/11 Chronologies
On a similar note to Wikis, I should mention the extensive 9/11 Terror
Timeline created by Paul Thompson and others
It provides relatively easily accessible summaries of information from various media reports (and a few other sources) on individuals and events
leading up to the terrorist attacks and America's response.
Some of this material was compiled into a book by Paul Thompson, “The Terror Timeline”, which is discussed in
this Wikipedia entry
Not all the comments Terror Timeline have been entirely complimentary. For example, one of the (largely skeptical) members of the JREF forum
commented in one thread on that forum
“[Paul Thompson] is frankly an idiot and a charlatan. His Timeline is worse than useless, he does not even the most basic research, and seems
incapable of applying simple logic to determine which news article is true and which is false. Instead he puts two conflicting ones together, plays
some spooky music, and goes ‘oooh, something doesn't add up’.”
Personally, I think that website is a useful tool when looking for summaries of media coverage of certain issues. However, the content of the
Timeline should be regarded simply as one tool, or one starting point, rather than taken as gospel.
Regardless of its flaws, the Terror Timeline
is certainly more useful
and less biased than many of the other 9/11 timelines which can be found online. For example, see the rather biased
911timeline by Mark R. Elsis
, which Mark Elsis modestly entitles “The Most Comprehensive Minute By Minute
Timeline On 911”.
By the way, several agencies of the US government have made available online more general timelines relating to terrorism. Some of them are quite
lengthy, but they vary considerably in their quality. One of the better examples of such terror timelines is
the one produced by the US State Department
, although the inclusion of numerous smaller
incidents can make it a bit difficult to see the wood for the trees.
The State Department’s timeline puts to shame a terror timeline by the US Army
, which omits
various significant events while including many, many less significant terrorism event. For example, the US Army’s terror timeline includes some
minor incidents in which no one was hurt at all, but neglects to include the Sarin nerve gas attack on a crowded subway station in the center of
Tokyo, Japan on 20 March 1995 by the Aum Shinri-kyo cult in which a nerve gas was used, twelve persons were killed and 5,700 were injured.