August 10, 2011

New Chapter for Newseum’s FBI Exhibit

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The shoes in which terrorist Richard Reid attempted to detonate a bomb on American Airlines Flight 63 on Dec. 22, 2001. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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The shoes in which terrorist Richard Reid attempted to detonate a bomb on American Airlines Flight 63 on Dec. 22, 2001. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)

The shoes in which terrorist Richard Reid attempted to detonate a bomb on American Airlines Flight 63 on Dec. 22, 2001. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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The shoes in which terrorist Richard Reid attempted to detonate a bomb on American Airlines Flight 63 on Dec. 22, 2001. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)

Belts used by passengers on American Airlines Flight 63 to restrain shoe bomber Richard Reid. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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Belts used by passengers on American Airlines Flight 63 to restrain shoe bomber Richard Reid. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)

Cellphones, pagers and other items recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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Cellphones, pagers and other items recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)

Personal items of airline passengers recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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Personal items of airline passengers recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. (Sarah Mercier/Newseum/Courtesy Clifford Family)

An engine from United Airlines Flight 175. (Sarah Mercier/Courtesy FBI Tour)
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An engine from United Airlines Flight 175. (Sarah Mercier/Courtesy FBI Tour)

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s role in fighting terrorism before and after Sept. 11, 2001, is the subject of a new section of the Newseum’s “G-Men and Journalists" FBI exhibit.

“War on Terror: The FBI’s New Focus,” tells the story of the FBI’s changed mission after terrorists hijacked four airplanes and drilled them into the World Trade Center Towers in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Pa.

Sixty new artifacts, including engine parts and landing gear from the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center, will be added to the gallery to illustrate the FBI’s efforts to fight terrorism.

The exhibit also shows how terrorists have used the news media to provide exposure for their causes, with artifacts from former ABC News reporter John Miller, who was the last Western reporter to interview al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks.

Among the new artifacts:

  • Airplane parts from the World Trade Center
  • Cellphones and pagers recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center
  • Personal belongings of the airplane passengers
  • Shoe bomber Richard Reid’s shoe bombs, matches and clothing, and the belts passengers used to restrain him
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