September 11, 2001 Transcripts Fact Sheet
In compliance with a court order in a lawsuit filed by The New York Times, the Port Authority is releasing to the news media approximately 2,000 pages of documents related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
These documents include transcripts of recorded radio and telephone conversations between Port Authority Police and civilians, as well as conversations involving contract employees, World Trade Center tenants and the public. These documents also include written accounts of September 11 by Port Authority Police officers and commanders.
Because of the sheer volume of these materials, it is impossible to summarize their details. In general, they show people performing their duties very heroically and very professionally on a day of unimaginable horror.
Representatives of media organizations have assured us that they are interested in this material solely to evaluate emergency response on September 11, and to recount heroism. We take them at their word, and fully expect them to refrain from publishing gruesome, gratuitous or personal details that do nothing to further this discussion. We also hope and expect that the media will show appropriate respect for the families of the heroes of September 11, particularly as the second anniversary of that painful day approaches.