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September 11 attacks, World Trade Center New documentary chronicles FBI response to 9/11 20 years after attack

. It IS JACK. On 911, 20 YEARS AGO, POLICE HAD TO EVACUATE THEIR HEADQUARTERS AFTER THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS WERE ATTACKED.. They LAUNCH ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX INVESTIGATIONS IN U.S. HISTORY. After THIS. TOM SELLECK NARRATES, THE DOCUMENTARY CALLED THE 26 STREET GARAGE.. It IS THE FBI UNTOLD STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED ON 911.. The 26 STREET GARAGE IS THE GREATEST UNTOLD STORY OF 911.. Debris WAS FALLING FROM THE SKY.. You HAVE TO HAVE A NERVE CENTER AND WE NEEDED ONE VERY QUICKLY.. I WAS GIVEN THE ASSIGNMENT OF FINDING A COMMAND POST.. We NEEDED TO GO SOMEPLAC THAT WAS NOT IDENTIFIABLE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT OR THE FBI., AND THEY SAID IT WOULD HAVE TO BE LARGE ENOUGH TO HOUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE.. I WANTED IT SECURE AND I WANTED IT TO BE CLOSE TO GROUND ZERO. AGENTS. Reluctantly SAID WE COULD GO TO THE 26th STREET GARAGE. AT FIRST. I THOUGHT: HOW WILL THIS WORK WHEN WE GOT THERE? S.W.A.T. WAS SETTING UP THE AREA AND SECURING IT. FBI LOGISTICS TEAMS TOWED AWAY 500 CARS TO MAKE ROOM.. Nobody WAS LOOKING FOR THE WALDORF ASTORIA IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS.. They RAN THE LINES.. There WERE SMILES OF WIRE AND TELEPHONES. WITHIN A FEW HOURS. The GARAGE BEGINS TO FUNCTION AS AN FBI COMMAND POST.. The PURCHASE OF PURPOSE OF THE GARAGE IS NOT JUST FOR COMMUNICATIONS BUT TO DIGEST ALL OF THE INFORMATION.. The MANIFESTS FOR THE AIRPLANES WERE OBTAINED FAIRLY QUICKLY. AND WE WERE GETTING MULTIPLE HITS ON THE SUBJECTS.

. The MARTHA STEWART STUDIO AND TEST KITCHENS ARE ON THE NINTH FLOOR.. Martha STEWART CAME UP AND SAID: DO YOU NEED SOMETHING WE WOULD TAKE DOWN FOOD AND TALK WITH THEM.? I WAS INVOLVED., I WAS AT THE LEAD DESK AND THEY WOULD PASS ON A POCKET LIKE MISSION. Impossible., A PASSPORT OF ONE OF THE HIJACKERS WAS FOUND A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE TOWERS. SO FAIRLY EARLY ON. We WERE IDENTIFYING WHO THE HIJACKERS WERE. OUR GOVERNMENT KNEW THAT THEY WERE IN SAN DIEGO.. Lines ARE BEING DRAWN AND CONNECTED. THERE COULD BE A SLEEPER CELL SOMEWHERE WAITING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO ATTACK.. What WAS ACCOMPLISHED OUT OF THAT GARAGE IS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. THAT IS SO FASCINATING.. We HAVE FBI AGENTS WITH US.. Thank YOU FOR BEING HERE.. Thank YOU FOR HAVING ME.. So WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NEW YORK OFFICE WHEN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS CAME DOWN, THE OFFICE ACTUALLY PULLED TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY.. The OFFICE STARTED RALLYING TO ORGANIZE THE INVESTIGATION RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST PLANE HIT THE TOWER.. The INVESTIGATION ACTUALLY STARTED AT THAT POINT. LEADERSHIP WAS GETTING THE SQUAD TOGETHER AND ASSIGNING PEOPLE TO GO DOWN TO THIS SITE.. They WERE SENDING DIFFERENT TEAMS TO GO INTO DIFFERENT SECTIONS AND TO LOOK AT EVIDENCE. TO ASSESS AND SECURER.. We WERE ALREADY WORKING ON THAT FROM THE TIME THE FIRST PLANE HIT. YOUR INITIAL REACTION. Moving THE COMMAND CENTER TO AN GARAGE WAS SKEPTICAL.. What LED TO THAT DECISION AND WHAT CONCERNS DID YOU HAVE FOR ME? I LIVED IN MANHATTAN.

. The 26th STREET GARAGE WAS THE MOTOR POOL FOR THE FBI.. That WAS A PLACE. I WENT TO GET MY TIRES ROTATED., SO TO HEAR THAT THE INVESTIGATION WAS GOING TO BE RUN FROM THE MOTOR POOL IM LIKE HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK? I KNOW THERE WAS AN FBI FLEET OF CARS AND OUR INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES WERE IN THEIR., BUT THE SUPPORT STAFF AND THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF GETTING THE GARAGE READY TO BE THE NERVE CENTER FOR THE INVESTIGATION DID AN EXEMPLARY PATRIOTIC JOB. Getting CARS OUT RUNNING WIRES AND SETTING IT UP SO THAT IT WAS A HOSPITABLE, PLACE TO RUN AN INVESTIGATION. STILL GARAGE THOUGH. THATS RIGHT.. But WHY DID THEY PICK THAT SPECIFIC LOCATION? What WAS IT ABOUT IT THAT LOCATION? Because IT WAS A LARGE AREA, IT HAD THE ABILITY TO GET TO VERY QUICKLY. It WAS RIGHT OFF THE WEST SIDE HIGHWAY.. It WAS NOT FAR FROM GROUND ZERO. AND IT WAS CLOSE TO THE FBI OFFICE ON BROADWAY AND NORTHWAY STREET.. It ACTUALLY SERVED ALL PURPOSES.. It WAS EASY TO GET TO FROM THE FBI OFFICE AND BROWN ZERO., AND IT WAS EASY TO GET TO FROM THE INTREPID WHERE AGENTS WERE ASSIGNED OUT OF FOUR HOUSING. LOGISTIC WISE. It WAS AN EASY WAY TO GO ALL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS WITHOUT MUCH STRESS.. If YOU KNOW THE WEST SIDE HIGHWAY, THAT IS A STRAIGHT ARTERY, THEIR. ABSOLUTELY.. So WHAT COULD YOU ACCOMPLISH FROM THAT GARAGE THAT MAYBE YOU COULD NOT HAVE DONE ELSEWHERE? We HAD EASE OF MOVEMENT.

ACTUALLY EASIER THAN IF WE WERE IN THE FBI HEADQUARTERS OFFICE.. There WAS A LARGE RAMP THAT YOU COULD GO UP.. It HAD EVERYTHING THAT WE NEEDED RIGHT. There.: THE CIA, THE STATE POLICE, THE NEW YORK CITY, POLICE, DEPARTMENT.. We HAD ACCESS TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT.. Everybody WAS RIGHT THERE WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE SO THAT WE COULD TALK TO AND GET ANSWERS EXTRAORDINARILY QUICK.. If WE WERE AT OUR OFFICE, WE WOULD HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT MORE PROCESS.. That PROCESS WAS ALLEVIATED BY STREAMLINING AND HAVING EVERYBODY AT THE GARAGE.. How DID YOUR EXPERIENCE CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF THE FBI AND FELLOW AGENTS? I WENT INTO THE FBI BECAUSE IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY INVESTIGATIVE AGENCY., BUT THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER.. Everybody KNEW THERE MISSION.. I FELT DEEP LOVE FOR THEM AND I FELT A FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.. I FELT COMFORTED BY THEIR PRESENCE. BEING IN THE GARAGE FELT LIKE HOME BECAUSE I WAS FAMILIAR WITH IT., BUT SEEING ALL OF YOUR COWORKERS TOGETHER IN THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Catastrophic EVENT MADE: YOU FEEL THIS IN EIGHT CLOSENESS. THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU WANTED AND NEEDED.. You DID NOT HAVE TO EXPLAIN HOW YOU FELT., YOU COULD SEE IT., THAT WAS FROM SUPPORT STAFF TO AGENT STAFF.. There WAS A CAMARADERIE THAT WAS TO ME SURREAL AND INTANGIBLE.. It HAS STAYED WITH ME THROUGH THE REST OF MY CAREER.. Thank YOU FOR SHARING.. I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN 20 YEARS ALREADY.

. It IS SHOCKING. IT REALLY IS. AND TO SEE THAT FOOTAGE. It LOOKS SO OLD.. I CANT BELIEVE HOW MUCH TIME HAS PASSED.. Thank YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND EVERYTHING YOU DID THERE KRIS KOTTIS.. Thank YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.. I APPRECIATE IT..

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