We have mentioned it quite a number of times already: if there is one event in recent history that is considered pivotal to the story of the American people, it will have to be the tragedy that we now know as 9/11 – September 11, 2001. The acts of terrorism that unfolded on that day serve as the root of why we have brave men and women on missions against terrorism all over the world. A number of them – Navy SEALs included – have made that ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty.
Every American as well as any citizen of other countries who are sympathetic to the United States has his or her own unique and personal way of remembering the significance of that day. We came across a feature on CNN.com, though, that in our opinion is not exactly the best way to keep 9/11 alive.
According to the feature, a “whistleblower site” called Wikileaks posted what they are saying are text messages from panicked citizens as the events of 9/11 unfolded. The messages ranged from anxious demands for a loved one’s whereabouts to private declarations of love and devotion, to expressions of relief over someone’s safety.
There were quite a number of reactions from readers regarding the messages. For our part, we think that the posting of these messages are hardly touching, a sentiment that seem to have been shared by other readers. We honestly saw no point in sharing these messages, some of which were rather intimate, to the rest of the world.
It also made us question how safe our communications networks are from third-party intercepts, which is what this looks like to us. The question on our mind is: where did these messages come from?
A quick trip to the site revealed that these were allegedly “US national text pager intercepts”. Text pagers, according to the site, were “carried by persons operating in an official capacity”. The messages reportedly came from the “Pentagon, FBI, FEMA, and New York Police Department exchanges,” and “computers reporting faults at investment banks inside the World Trade Center.”