September 11, 2001 changed things for the FBI. While agents continue to focus on counterterrorism, the ranks are also dealing with poignant reminders of the attacks.  "Too often, we're notified of FBI employees who are dying of 9/11-related illnesses from the carcinogens at the (Ground Zero) site," said Gary Loeffert, special agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo Field Office. 

There were somber ceremonies in New York City, in Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon on Tuesday as President Trump, along with survivors and families of those killed on this date, remembered Sept. 11, 17 years after the terrorist attack.

Trump, speaking at the Flight 93 National Memorial, said, "A piece of America's heart is buried in these grounds, but in its place has grown a new resolve to live our lives with the same grace and courage as the heroes of Flight 93."

On Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was visiting Sarasota, Fla. At 8 a.m. sharp, the CIA's Michael Morell delivered the daily intelligence briefing — something he did six mornings a week — regardless of whether the president was at the White House or on the road.

"Contrary to press reporting and myth, there was absolutely nothing in my briefing that had to do with terrorism that day," Morell recalled. "Most of it had to do with the Israeli-Palestinian issue."

'They Thought I Was Dead': A 9/11 Survivor Recalls His Escape

Sep 11, 2018
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Joe Dittmar was on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. He recounts what happened that morning in a StoryCorps interview last year in Chapel Hill, N.C.

New York State has moved its fall 2018 primary election date back two days so it does not interfere with the anniversary of 9/11 or the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

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Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Buffalo remembers 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sep 11, 2017
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Ceremonies were hosted throughout the United States Monday morning, 16 years after the 9/11 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Remembrances held in Buffalo included one held within the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.


Across the country, everyone has a different memory of the September 11th attacks. But for counter-terrorism and human rights lawyer Julia Hall, one of the most poignant experiences of the day was that of another human being. Julia told her 9/11 story to her husband Patrick Mahoney during a visit to the StoryCorps mobile tour booth in Buffalo last September.

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After learning about the long-term health effects that touched numerous firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks in New York City, lawmakers including Senator Charles Schumer are pushing for passage of a registry that they say will help identify and prevent cancer risks for other firefighters nationwide.

This weekend, the nation will mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The disaster has taken on different meanings for different people, but the events of that day in 2001 are particularly etched into the memories of New Yorkers.

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The tragic terrorist attacks that occurred 14 years ago today had a profound impact on many people throughout the world. For a Grand Island girl, it triggered her first encounters with blatant prejudice. Sara Ali is the daughter Muslim Arab-American parents. She is a former WBFO intern who is now editor of Karibu News, a multilingual, multicultural newspaper. Ali sat down with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.

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To mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ceremonies were held across Western New York on Thursday.

9/11 remembrances: Flags outside American Red Cross

Sep 11, 2013
WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

September 11, 2013 marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. Here in Western New York -- several ceremonies and events were held. Outside the American Red Cross building on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo flags have been placed across the lawn. 

Volunteers give back for 9/11 National Day of Service

Sep 11, 2013
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Thousands of volunteers across the country are remembering September 11, 2001 with acts of service. More than 240 people in Buffalo are doing work at Delaware Park, the Little Portion Friary, and the Peter Young Housing Altamont Program for the 9/11 National Day of Service.

9/11 stainless steel memorial visits downtown Buffalo

Sep 4, 2013
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Wednesday, September 11 will mark the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks, but on Tuesday a remembrance was held in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. 

Photo from Harrington's lawfirm Website

Each month, local criminal defense lawyer James Harrington travels on a long flight to Guantanamo Bay too meet with his client. Harrington meets at a military prison housing the tribunals handling alleged terrorism cases. WBFO's Mike Desmond sat down with the Buffalo attorney for an interview about his work.