attempted today to keep informed those still at work, and serve as a forum for
people to help each other or communicate their feelings and concerns to others
in the leasing industry.
most of you are probably aware, terrorist attacks on the US Pentagon,
David, and both Towers of the World Trade Center occurred this morning.
As I understand American Express is located in the World Trade Center. This
is a terrible tragedy, which we still do not understand the full impact.
At this time, Internet communications seem to be more reliable than
services, at least for communicating with persons in the affected
do not require access to dial up services for their connectivity.
I expect that network traffic usage patterns will cause rather
due to bandwidth consumption by users everywhere trying
to access the various
news sites on the net.
Some of you may also have family living in the
areas affected today, as
my family does. Please realize that the phone
service is designed to
block most calls inbound to disaster areas, thereby
allowing those living
in the affected areas more outbound lines for calling
their families and
friends in these situations. If and when you hear
from your loved ones,
please take the time to ask them who else you may inform
of their safety,
thereby freeing more resources for others trying to call
pass this information along to others who might not realize
system of passing information in such a disaster.
will be no Leasing News today in respect to today's events.
I hope we can
all pull together. As Tom Brokaw said on television this
morning, this is
a terrorist war declared on the United States.
My prayers, those of my
family and staff are with those who have
lost someone in this dastardly sneak
attack on innocent American lives.
Kit Menkin, Leasing News
Basically in chronological order:
Amex (my former employer) is located
at 3 World Financial Center, directly
across the street (the West Side Highway)
from 2 World Trade Center.
As far as I can tell from TV, the World
Financial Center buildings were not
affected. However, no word from
anyone who may have been attempting to
evacuate the area.
WITHHOLD MY NAME]
Kit, Our offices are located in North
Jersey. I could see the smoke on the
NY skyline when I was driving this afternoon
and the eerie absence of the
towers in the NY skyline.
FYI, my understanding
is that the amex corporate offices are not located in
either of the towers,
but rather are located in the world financial center
which is across the street
in a cone shaped building very close by.
Nevertheless, this is way too
close for comfort and our prayers should go
out to any and all people who
were in the vicinity of this horrifying
Crown Credit Corporation
Phone (201) 825-7500
Fax (201) 825-8968
( A reader
told me Amex had offices in the World Trade Center.
There also may
be people in the leasing industry who were located
in the area and
may have been killed. )
to give blood ASAP. At the blood center near our office, the
wait is 2-4 hours,
but you can sign up and come back later. I only had a 10
minute wait when
I went back and it makes you feel great that you may have
helped a little.
Charlie Lester <email@example.com>
You should remind your readership to donate blood.
Mr. Menkin -
Perhaps suggest to your subscribers that they could
Send out an email that asks that members donate blood as soon
especially if they are in the tri-state area or in the DC and
area...and pray for the families and victims.
please have people call their red cross and donate blood.........
one thing we all can do is donate blood, goods or money to
the Red Cross.
If there as as many casualties as expected, the Red Cross
will need all the
help they can get.
There is something we can do. We can pray... for the
victims and their
families, for our country and our leaders. And yes, even
perpetrator's and their accomplices and supporters. A number of us
church are participating in a phone tree to get people to our church
to pray and to discuss what we can do to help. They are going to need
of blood for transfusions. They are going to need medical supplies (and
funds to replace what they use). I am sure a call to your local Red Cross
chapter will provide a litany of opportunities to support and help our
God bless America !
all say a prayer for those in need and take off our Republican hat and
Democratic hat and put on our I'm An American Hat....
I'll add your son to the list of service men and women I will
prayers for tonight as well as the victims of this heinous attack.
( Thank you very much. Kit Menkin )
Coastal Leasing and Finance, Inc.
Thank you Kit for taking
time on this earth shattering day in the lives of
so many Americans to keep
As with you, my prayers go out to all of the families of
the victims of
today's terrorist attack.
Well done. Great message.
"Anderson, Frederick G"
The plane that crashed, in Sommerset County, PA. was about 50-60
of our offices here in Warrendale, PA. That was the plane
from Newark to
SF. The flight number was United Airlines flight 93.
There were some local
reports that the plane contained explosives. A
courageous passenger on that
plane went to the bathroom and reportedly called
911 from a cell phone.
That was how the hi-jacking was allegedly reported.
There is speculation locally that Flight 93, a 757 was a second plane
for the Pentagon. (Camp David could have been a likely target
Sommerset, PA is right on the PA Turnpike and is probably no more
air miles from Washington DC. Camp David in Maryland would
closer. Based on the reports, the location where the plane
went down, and
its likely targets there is speculation locally that it did
not crash but
was downed by the military. There were reports that Navy
jets and Apache
helicopters were scrambled as the FBI had received a "credible"
a second plane was headed for the Pentagon.
flight from this area that United Airlines was worried about was
It is now reported, however, that all civilian aircraft are
although United Flight 175 was not specifically mentioned.
are up and we are at the office however we will probably leave
usual. Service is spotty, the Internet is a little slow but
Keep in touch
1-800-321-LEAS (5327)x 101
Do not say it was an Arab attack;
you are using a brush that is too broad -
it includes all Arabs. You
mean, perhaps, an Arab terrorist attack, or an
Arab extremist attack.
The Saudi's are Arabs - were they part of the
last "Arab" attack - McVeigh and Nichols?
( Sorry, you are correct. We don't know who did it. We only
the Palestines are celebrating in the streets. The rest is heresay.
So if I don't say Arab, may I say the Palestines as they certainly
are joyous, even reports of dancing in the streets, giving out
candy to kids to celebrate. Kit Menkin )
I'm normally a silent
observer of this newsletter but I can't let Jerry's
speculation that this
is an Arab attack go by without comment. Whether the
attack was indeed carried
out by an Arab remains to be seen but the
implication that "Arabs"
not some fanatical political group, were
responsible for this attack is racist
and irresponsible. Let's not forget
that some of those "Arabs"
are actually our allies. I recall vividly the
persecution some of my
schoolmates suffered during the Iranian hostage
crisis in the 70s simply because
they were in the unfortunate position of
being Iranians living in the U.S.
at the time of the incident. I'm sure many
of you have employees and friends
at your companies who are of Arab decent.
I'm sure Jerry's not grouping these
people with the maniacs who carried out
my name since I don't want to imply that my company is in
any way associated
with my commentary.
( (I apologize. It was
a knee-jerk reaction. Your company
should be very proud
of you to speak your mind, and remind
us to be true human
beings and not over-react. Kit Menkin )
all the updates. I hope that report out of Haifa is not true.
understand that death is not a joy.
David A. E. Wall
Chairman & Chief Software Architect
724 17th Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033 USA
"In June, a U.S. judge had set this Wednesday as the sentencing
date for a
bin Laden associate for his role in the 1998 bombing of a U.S.
Tanzania that killed 213 people. The sentencing had been set for
courthouse near the World Trade Center. No one from the U.S. attorney's
office could be reached Tuesday to comment on whether the sentencing was
Afghanistan (news - web sites)'s hard-line Taliban rulers condemned the
attacks and rejected suggestions that bin Laden was behind them, saying he
does not have the means to carry out such well-orchestrated attacks. Bin
has been given asylum in Afghanistan.
Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of the Al-Quds
al-Arabi newspaper, said he received
a warning from Islamic fundamentalists
close to bin Laden, but did not take
the threat seriously. "They said
it would be a huge and unprecedented
attack but they did not specify,"
Atwan said in a telephone interview in
wanted to touch in with you. I'm okay... The CSS (Coastal Sea
where I'm stationed (part of dive School) has been evacuated...
was working off base today and couldn't get back on for three hours.
are on a Threat Con Delta (D)
armed guards 100% ID check, everyone wearing bulletproof
very spooky. This place is a major strategical target...
house a major portion of littoral warfare devices, i.e., weapons of
destruction. All armory's are lock-down as now is my base.
house was closed down. The whole base has been evacuated,
except the people who live here allowed to come back. We are
on emergency watch... every two hours. Two aircraft carriers have
is a day to remember. 01-9-11
a prayer for America.
Please pass this around, that blood is needed.
Pearl Harbor Attack
Marine Corps 109
Marine Corps 69
Sunk or beached 12
Civilians 10,000 + ?
Amex is not located in WTC, but right
across the street. Hearing
unconfirmed reports of some damage and possible
fire. Building evacuated.
Amex Business Finance
AMEX Equipment Finance
( I thanked him for this information, as we had a report that
there were Amex offices in the building. He then sent
this e-mail back: )
But for the grace of god, I was scheduled to be in
a meeting in the amex
tower this am and last night due to several weather
delays , I walked out on
a flight last night to nyc, just didn't feel right.
I have never had that
sort of feeling in 20 years. Returned the boarding pass
and went home ,
considered going there early am and bailed on that as ell
, something did
Pays to trust your gut reactions.
Mike Sheehan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AMEX Equipment Finance
The law firm of Thacher Profitt
and Wood had its office in the towers. The
firm has an active leasing
practice with which we have been pleased to have
worked in years past.
We anxiously await news of their well being as many
others do as well.
ICON Capital Corp.
Thanks for the insight from your son. Cathie was in tears this
I returned from my early morning bike ride and we watched in
horror as this
thing unfolded. I still can't believe it.
I said a prayer for your son. My nephew, just out of the
navy after four
years was just recalled, he wasn't out the 60 days yet. He
is already back
on board. I believe the military knows something we don't.
Pray for the best and prepare for the worst
No matter what higher power you believe in, please say
a prayer for our
country and fellow Americans. This is a horrible day
that will go down in
history. Maybe with all our prayers it will help
through some of this. It
is a time to come together as a nation and
stick together against these
Prayer is the only way some of
us may be able to help. No matter what, it
Attached is a prayer
someone sent me, use what ever is in your heart.
God Bless us all!!
First, let me say that I commend you for providing a
all of us that are concerned for the many
victims and their family that are
directly affected by
As a lease broker in South
Florida, I'd like to
express my concern for the welfare of the many funders
(their families and friends) that I use from the New
entire Nation and the world has been affected by
this terrible act.
Wishing all well,
David H. Sheir
Well wishes to your son Kit - - as a former Navy man, I understand
going through. Please pass on to him, "fair winds, following
I was touched by your sons note. My son just got out of the Navy
in July and
he has many friends still on the USS Cowpens
in Japan. I still fear that
the tragic today could still call him back on
active duty. My prayers are
with our military, people do not realize and
appreciate what they do so we
may have our freedom.
We must pray
for our nations safety in these sad hours.
I live in central NJ (Milltown, NJ which is about 45 mins
from NYC). I
could smell the smoke from the city from my house. A terrible
and tragic day
for the United States, This day will go down in the annals
of history as one
of most catastrophic events in US history. My God have
mercy on all of those
people that died across the us today. They announced
a state of emergency in
NJ and just about everything was shut down here from
airports to schools to
all government agencies, the whole thing was terrible.
I appreciate the news you report and timely
comments. The suggestion to
donate blood is excellent and I will do so this
evening. I concur with our
colleagues outraged at these incidents and angry
at the perpetraters. I'm
also angry at Mr. John Bergwell's comments in your
newsletter that we should
pray "And yes, even for the perpetrators and
their accomplices and
supporters." This is rubbish! I pray we hunt down
and exterminate the
perpetrators and their accomplices and their supporters.
We need to take
fast and severe action against these animals! I simply cannot
sympathy for anyone capable of such heinous actions. I'm sorry
but that kind of thinking may be why we have never taken strong
against terrorists in the past which has only invited the events of
This is no time for the meek. We must defend our freedom!
thank you for your compassion...as i turned to the scripture
on my desk this morning - i was struck by the profound relevance:
"That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and
anguish, a day of
trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of
I have prayed against political tyranny and unfairness and injustice. I have
prayed for a miracle, for proof of God's existence. But as I read the
descriptions of the day when God finally will take off the wraps,
overwhelms all others: "God, I hope I'm not around then." God
admits He is holding back his power, but He restrains Himself for our
- He wants all to have the opportunity to come to Him. For all
call for direct action from the heavens, the prophets have
Mark B. Fonseca"
Also here is a crisis board:
The Association of Chamber
of Commerce Executives
has established a crisis bulletin board on its Web
site to allow chamber
leaders from around the country to communicate with
each other about
circumstances related to their communities and economies
Tuesday's attacks on the United States.
crises impact a major Silicon Valley or Bay Area facility (God
medium for communication and exchange may be helpful in this
very, very difficult
period for our nation. To access this special message
board - whether
to view or post messages, go to:
( My son just sent me a picture of the flags
at half-mast at his
base. It reminded me I had not done
this to our flag outside
our office. I lowered it half
mast right away and said a
prayer for those that died and
our armed forces now on
full alert. Other readers have
sent me pictures that they
have taken, or from other sources,
and Leasing News does not
sent attachments. My son
said the aircraft carriers were put
to sea, and other readers
told me their sons were activated,
or called back, and
then dispatched. Perhaps this is the
plan when we
are "under attack" or we are gathering to be
in position to not only protect ourselves better, but take
some action. I don't know how we can protect ourselves better.
I don't know how five airplanes are hijacked at the same
time. I don't know how to stop a low flying plane under radar
with a bomb or a bomb placed by a terrorist who is willing
to die. We have been warned things like this could happen,
but who could imagine anything like this, not even in a
Steven Seigal movie.