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Slogans and terms derived from the September 11, 2001 attack

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Various terms and catchphrases

  • Threatcon Delta—the highest state of terrorist alert issued by the US Armed Forces

from the recovery workers:

  • Ground Zero—the area of the disaster recovery effort, covering Lower Manhattan around the site of the World Trade Center complex
  • the pile—the million-ton pile of rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center towers
  • The Bathtub—the excavated foundations of the World Trade Center

9/11 Dictionary

Media slogans

Various slogans and captions appeared on various media to brand coverage of the terrorist attack, its after-effects, and the response. The slogans for United States media appeared on the bottom of the television screen, in a patriotic red, white, and blue motif, sometimes with an explicit graphic of the American flag.

Examples:

  • "America Attacked", "A Nation United" (ABC)
  • "Attack on America", "A Nation Challenged", "Day of Terror", "Portraits of Grief" (The New York Times)
  • "America's New War", "War Against Terror" (CNN)
  • "War on Terror" (FOX News)
  • "America on Alert" (MSNBC)

The Onion parodied this phenomenon with their own slogan, "Holy Fucking Shit: Attack On America" and a fake TV schedule parodying the coverage.

US government

  • Enduring Freedom—name for US-led military response
  • Infinite Justice—original name for US-led military response, dropped after religious overtones were pointed out by a reporter at a press briefing

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