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Clearing up a couple of things

Ros Atkins Ros Atkins | 19:31 UK time, Monday, 11 September 2006

I've just come out of the studio with a feeling that a couple of matters weren't cleared up on air as I'd have liked.

The first was the claim by John, a caller from New York, that half of those accused of carrying out the 9/11 attacks have since been found alive and well. He said he'd even seen a BBC programme making such a claim. I replied I wasn't sure about that.

We soon got an email from Summer Spikerman with a link to a BBC News Online article published two days after the attacks. It confirms that 'Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well. The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.' Though obviously not exactly what John was claiming, it’s possible it may be have what he was refering to.

The other issue was raised by another caller from New York called Pam. She told us how she was in Manhattan on the day of the attacks and has experienced extensive health problems since. About thirty minutes into the programme, her sister Tracey also called in. Both wanted to raise awareness of the centre where Pam has been treated and urged people to visit the website.

At that point, Mike, who was joining us using VOIP from Amsterdam, claimed that the centre was funded by Scientology and should be avoided. (Tracey had mentioned that the film star and known Scientologist Tom Cruise had donated a great deal of money to the centre). I was keen for our conversation to stay with 9/11 so intervened and cut Mike off more sharply than I meant to. In hindsight, it was a conversation that I would like to have heard. Here's the website that Mike was keen for you to visit.

Last but not least, we were very grateful to David from New York for joining us. His brother died in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I promised a link to the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows organisation he works for and here it is.

Speak to you tomorrow.


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