Where were you?

Thirteen years and one hell of a shitty presidency have gone by. The presidency I reference is that of George W. Bush.

Anyhow that political dig aside – where were you when the events of 9/11/2001 went down?

Me, I was the Information Technology Director at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. Our first inkling that something was up was when we noticed out net connection was experiencing heavy delays. So I went upstairs to the Director of Administrations office and she was there along with a bunch of people all watching the small tv in her office. I got there just in time to see the second aircraft slam into the other tower.

Needless to say not much got done that day. We were all clustered around offices with televisions because the net service was as I mentioned, belly up.

But here’s the interesting part. Within a day or two we had a listing of every single Arab or Persian national in Rhode Island. Plus  after the attacks we were getting emails of weaponry that could be used on another aircraft hijacking.

Then a few months later we’re all headed down to DC for the SEARCH conference. When we get to the airport we had our official ID’s When the woman at the desk saw those her first question was “Are you armed?”. She got a big old no to that one.

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