They were some of 9/11’s biggest names. Where are they now?

Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_86891 FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 file photo, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, leads New York Gov. George Pataki, left, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., on a tour of the site of the World Trade Center disaster. While stumping for Donald Trump in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 12, 2016, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused Hillary Clinton of falsely claiming to have been in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. It isn't clear what Giuliani was talking about. On many occasions, Clinton has described being in Washington, where Congress was in session, on Sept. 11 when hijacked jets began striking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Flights were still grounded on Sept. 12, 2001, but Clinton traveled to New York City the next day aboard a federal plane. There, she circled the smoldering World Trade Center in a helicopter, then toured ground zero with Giuliani and Pataki.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_07006 FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. After suggesting that his expiring mayoral term be extended due to the 9/11 emergency -- an idea that was roundly dismissed -- Giuliani went into private life, but not all that private. He launched a profitable security firm and ran abortively for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. His adventures as a supporter of and agent for Trump are well documented, and resulted in the suspension of his law license in his home state.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_51920 FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, is flanked by New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, right, and the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management Director Richard Scheirer, before dedicating a public viewing platform overlooking the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_78206 FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik attends a forum on criminal justice reform in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. President George W. Bush appointed Kerik as Iraq’s interim minister of the interior in 2003 during the Iraq war, and nominated him to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004. He withdrew from consideration when it was revealed that he had employed an undocumented worker as a nanny and housekeeper; there followed a series of legal troubles, including convictions for ethics violations and tax fraud. He was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2020.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_76357 FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes into the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_84148 FILE - In this May 20, 2021 file photo, former President George W. Bush, right, throws out a ceremonial first pitch next to Cecil O'Brate, left, before an NCAA college baseball game between New Orleans and Oklahoma State in O'Brate Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The War on Terrorism begat the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s demand that the Taliban “hand over the terrorists, or ... share in their fate.” He had long retired to oil painting in Texas when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and when President Joe Biden pulled U.S. forces from Afghanistan. In August, he said he was watching developments there “with deep sadness.”
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_83311 FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 file photo, from left, Secretary of State Colin Powell, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry Shelton attend a meeting with the National Security Council in the Cabinet Room of the White House. While the Secret Service played “hide the president” with Bush on Sept. 11 — he was shuttled to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska, for fear of terrorist attacks — his vice president hunkered down in a “secure, undisclosed location,” a bunker inside the White House where he helped direct the government’s actions.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_89479 FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to the audience at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, warning that "American disengagement" in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_60658 FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, discussing the diplomatic aspects of the previous week's terrorist attacks.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_07428 FILE - In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 file photo, Specialist Peter Giacchi, right, talks with Bloom Energy board member Colin Powell, center, and company officials on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during their IPO. Powell has consistently defended his support of the Iraq War. But the lifelong Republican had little use for Trump, endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016 and speaking in support of Biden at the 2020 Democratic convention. He left the Republican party after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_01952 FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser, waits for President Bush to arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_82603 FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shakes hands with UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Rice succeeded Colin Powell as secretary of state and has since returned to Stanford University as provost, then as a faculty member. In 2012, she also became one of the first two women allowed to join the Augusta National Golf Club.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_76817 FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001 file photo, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft meets with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, where he released photographs of the 19 suspected hijackers. In the wake of 9/11, he was the administration's prime advocate of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gave the government broad powers to investigate and prosecute those suspected of terrorism.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_79102 FILE - In this Monday May 13, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Annual Candlelight Vigil, to commemorate new names added to the monument, during a ceremony at the National Mall in Washington. After leaving office in 2005, Ashcroft became a lobbyist and consultant. His appearances as a gospel singer (and songwriter — his tune “Let the Eagle Soar” was performed at the second Bush inauguration) have tailed off.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_02908 FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 file photo, protesters confront John Yoo, a constitutional law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as he makes his way to a classroom in Berkeley, Calif. About 75 demonstrators called for the university to fire Yoo, a former Bush administration attorney, who wrote legal memos used to support harsh interrogation techniques that critics say constituted torture. As deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo provided much of the legal underpinning for the War on Terrorism. He argued that “enemy combatants” captured in Afghanistan need not be given prisoner of war status; that the president could authorize warrantless wiretaps of U.S. citizens on American soil; that the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding was within the power of the president during wartime.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_90239 FILE - In this March 1, 2003 file photo obtained by The Associated Press, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. The leading propagandist of al-Qaida, labeled the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” by the 9/11 Commission, he was captured by the CIA and Pakistan’s secret police, then spirited to CIA prisons in Poland and Afghanistan and finally to Guantanamo.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_94016 FILE - This Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 courtroom drawing by artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. military, shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, center, and co-defendant Walid Bin Attash, left, attending a pre-trial session at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Mohammed is the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. His trial date has been postponed again and again. He remains at Guantanamo, indefinitely.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_00961 FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right, meets with Hamid Karzai, the new interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Karzai managed the delicate balancing act of remaining on friendly terms with the United States and the West while unifying his country’s many factions — at least for a time. More than once, he called the Taliban “brothers,” and the later years of his presidency were marked by friction with the U.S.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_70506 FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 photo released by the Taliban, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, meets with senior Haqqani group leader Anas Haqqani, and others in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the Taliban seized the capital. Karzai has survived numerous assassination attempts, but when his second term expired in 2014, the passage of power to his successor, Ashraf Ghani, was peaceful. Ghani would lead the country for almost seven years, until he fled in the face of the Taliban's triumphant return.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_77838 FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002 file photo, Howard Lutnick, standing, chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, watches trading conducted on the trading floor of the company's New York office. The company lost about two thirds of its nearly 1,000 employees headquartered in the World Trade Center when the towers collapsed after attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_05687 FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick attends the grand opening of the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards in New York. Lutnick's Cantor-Fitzgerald Relief Fund for his company’s victims from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has disbursed more than a quarter of a billion dollars, including money for other victims of terrorism and disasters.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_99892 FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2001 file photo, David Beamer, his brother, Andrew, and his mother, Lisa, pose for a photo in their Cranbury, N.J. home. Lisa's husband Todd Beamer, in picture at right, was the passenger aboard the United Airlines Flight 93, who led other passengers to take action against hijackers, according to an operator who talked to Beamer just before the plane crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_94573 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002 file photo, a woman looks a copy of "Let's Roll!" by Lisa Beamer at Sam's Club in West Windsor, N.J., after it went on sale. Beamer's husband, Todd, died when hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 plunged into the Pennsylvania countryside on Sept. 11. Before the crash, a cell phone operator heard Todd Beamer say "let's roll" as he and other passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_52411 FILE - This 1990 file photo shows the New York City skyline with World Trade Center's twin towers in the center.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_08139 FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo, One World Trade Center towers above the lower Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, in New York.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_84148 FILE - In this May 20, 2021 file photo, former President George W. Bush, right, throws out a ceremonial first pitch next to Cecil O'Brate, left, before an NCAA college baseball game between New Orleans and Oklahoma State in O'Brate Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The War on Terrorism begat the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s demand that the Taliban “hand over the terrorists, or ... share in their fate.” He had long retired to oil painting in Texas when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and when President Joe Biden pulled U.S. forces from Afghanistan. In August, he said he was watching developments there “with deep sadness.”
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_02908 FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 file photo, protesters confront John Yoo, a constitutional law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as he makes his way to a classroom in Berkeley, Calif. About 75 demonstrators called for the university to fire Yoo, a former Bush administration attorney, who wrote legal memos used to support harsh interrogation techniques that critics say constituted torture. As deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo provided much of the legal underpinning for the War on Terrorism. He argued that “enemy combatants” captured in Afghanistan need not be given prisoner of war status; that the president could authorize warrantless wiretaps of U.S. citizens on American soil; that the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding was within the power of the president during wartime.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_86891 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 file photo, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, center, leads New York Gov. George Pataki, left, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., on a tour of the site of the World Trade Center disaster. While stumping for Donald Trump in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 12, 2016, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused Hillary Clinton of falsely claiming to have been in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. It isn't clear what Giuliani was talking about. On many occasions, Clinton has described being in Washington, where Congress was in session, on Sept. 11 when hijacked jets began striking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Flights were still grounded on Sept. 12, 2001, but Clinton traveled to New York City the next day aboard a federal plane. There, she circled the smoldering World Trade Center in a helicopter, then toured ground zero with Giuliani and Pataki.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_07006 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020 file photo, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington. After suggesting that his expiring mayoral term be extended due to the 9/11 emergency -- an idea that was roundly dismissed -- Giuliani went into private life, but not all that private. He launched a profitable security firm and ran abortively for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. His adventures as a supporter of and agent for Trump are well documented, and resulted in the suspension of his law license in his home state.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_51920 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2001 file photo, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, is flanked by New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, right, and the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management Director Richard Scheirer, before dedicating a public viewing platform overlooking the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_78206 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik attends a forum on criminal justice reform in the Old Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. President George W. Bush appointed Kerik as Iraq’s interim minister of the interior in 2003 during the Iraq war, and nominated him to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004. He withdrew from consideration when it was revealed that he had employed an undocumented worker as a nanny and housekeeper; there followed a series of legal troubles, including convictions for ethics violations and tax fraud. He was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2020.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_76357 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes into the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_82053 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Monday, May 31, 2021 file photo, former President George W. Bush marches with members of the American Legion Post 159 during a Memorial Day service in Kennebunkport, Maine. The War on Terrorism begat the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s demand that the Taliban “hand over the terrorists, or ... share in their fate.” He had long retired to oil painting in Texas when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and when President Joe Biden pulled U.S. forces from Afghanistan. In August, he said he was watching developments there “with deep sadness.”
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_83311 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 file photo, from left, Secretary of State Colin Powell, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry Shelton attend a meeting with the National Security Council in the Cabinet Room of the White House. While the Secret Service played “hide the president” with Bush on Sept. 11 — he was shuttled to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska, for fear of terrorist attacks — his vice president hunkered down in a “secure, undisclosed location,” a bunker inside the White House where he helped direct the government’s actions.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_89479 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to the audience at the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, warning that "American disengagement" in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_60658 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 file photo, Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, discussing the diplomatic aspects of the previous week's terrorist attacks.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_07428 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018 file photo, Specialist Peter Giacchi, right, talks with Bloom Energy board member Colin Powell, center, and company officials on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during their IPO. Powell has consistently defended his support of the Iraq War. But the lifelong Republican had little use for Trump, endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016 and speaking in support of Biden at the 2020 Democratic convention. He left the Republican party after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_01952 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser, waits for President Bush to arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_82603 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shakes hands with UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Rice succeeded Colin Powell as secretary of state and has since returned to Stanford University as provost, then as a faculty member. In 2012, she also became one of the first two women allowed to join the Augusta National Golf Club.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_76817 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001 file photo, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft meets with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, where he released photographs of the 19 suspected hijackers. In the wake of 9/11, he was the administration's prime advocate of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gave the government broad powers to investigate and prosecute those suspected of terrorism.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_79102 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Monday May 13, 2019 file photo, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Annual Candlelight Vigil, to commemorate new names added to the monument, during a ceremony at the National Mall in Washington. After leaving office in 2005, Ashcroft became a lobbyist and consultant. His appearances as a gospel singer (and songwriter — his tune “Let the Eagle Soar” was performed at the second Bush inauguration) have tailed off.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_90239 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this March 1, 2003 file photo obtained by The Associated Press, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. The leading propagandist of al-Qaida, labeled the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” by the 9/11 Commission, he was captured by the CIA and Pakistan’s secret police, then spirited to CIA prisons in Poland and Afghanistan and finally to Guantanamo.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_94016 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - This Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 courtroom drawing by artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. military, shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, center, and co-defendant Walid Bin Attash, left, attending a pre-trial session at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Mohammed is the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. His trial date has been postponed again and again. He remains at Guantanamo, indefinitely.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_00961 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right, meets with Hamid Karzai, the new interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Karzai managed the delicate balancing act of remaining on friendly terms with the United States and the West while unifying his country’s many factions — at least for a time. More than once, he called the Taliban “brothers,” and the later years of his presidency were marked by friction with the U.S.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_70506 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 photo released by the Taliban, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, meets with senior Haqqani group leader Anas Haqqani, and others in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the Taliban seized the capital. Karzai has survived numerous assassination attempts, but when his second term expired in 2014, the passage of power to his successor, Ashraf Ghani, was peaceful. Ghani would lead the country for almost seven years, until he fled in the face of the Taliban's triumphant return.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_77838 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002 file photo, Howard Lutnick, standing, chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, watches trading conducted on the trading floor of the company's New York office. The company lost about two thirds of its nearly 1,000 employees headquartered in the World Trade Center when the towers collapsed after attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_05687 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Thursday, March 14, 2019 file photo, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick attends the grand opening of the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards in New York. Lutnick's Cantor-Fitzgerald Relief Fund for his company’s victims from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has disbursed more than a quarter of a billion dollars, including money for other victims of terrorism and disasters.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_99892 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2001 file photo, David Beamer, his brother, Andrew, and his mother, Lisa, pose for a photo in their Cranbury, N.J. home. Lisa's husband Todd Beamer, in picture at right, was the passenger aboard the United Airlines Flight 93, who led other passengers to take action against hijackers, according to an operator who talked to Beamer just before the plane crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_94573 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002 file photo, a woman looks a copy of "Let's Roll!" by Lisa Beamer at Sam's Club in West Windsor, N.J., after it went on sale. Beamer's husband, Todd, died when hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 plunged into the Pennsylvania countryside on Sept. 11. Before the crash, a cell phone operator heard Todd Beamer say "let's roll" as he and other passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_52411 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - This 1990 file photo shows the New York City skyline with World Trade Center's twin towers in the center.
Sept_11_Where_Are_They_Now_08139 ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo, One World Trade Center towers above the lower Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, in New York.
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Rudolph Giuliani was a hero before he was a punchline. Lisa Beamer was a wife and mother before she became a symbol of Sept. 11 — and though her celebrity passed, her widowhood cannot.

In the aftermath of the planes falling from the sky, America and the world were introduced to an array of personalities. Some we had known well, but came to see in different ways. Others were thrown into public consciousness by unhappy happenstance.

Some, like Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammad Omar, are dead. But others have gone on to lead lives that are postscripts to Sept. 11, 2001. Here are a few of the boldface names of that tumultuous time — what they were then, and what has happened to them since.

RUDOLPH GIULIANI

THEN: Mayor of New York City, he was a hero of the moment — empathetic, determined, a focus of the nation’s grief and a constant presence at ground zero. “The number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear ultimately,” he said on Sept. 11. Oprah Winfrey pronounced him “America’s Mayor”; Time magazine declared him “Person of the Year.”

SINCE: After suggesting that his expiring term be extended due to the 9/11 emergency — an idea that was roundly dismissed — Giuliani went into private life, but not all that private. He launched a profitable security firm and ran abortively for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. His adventures as a supporter of and agent for President Donald Trump are well documented, and resulted in the suspension of his law license in his home state.

BERNARD KERIK

THEN: New York City’s police commissioner. Bald and stocky, he never left Giuliani’s side in the days after Sept. 11 — and followed the mayor after he left office, joining the Giuliani security firm.

SINCE: President George W. Bush appointed Kerik as Iraq’s interim minister of the interior in 2003 during the Iraq war, and nominated him to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004. He withdrew from consideration when it was revealed that he had employed an undocumented worker as a nanny and housekeeper; there followed a series of legal troubles, including convictions for ethics violations and tax fraud. He was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2020.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THEN: The 43rd president of the United States, Bush was informed of the 9/11 attacks while reading “The Pet Goat” to second graders in Sarasota, Florida. He spoke to the nation that night and visited ground zero three days later, grabbing a bullhorn to declare: “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people – and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” His support in the polls reached 85 percent.

SINCE: The War on Terrorism begat the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bush’s demand that the Taliban “hand over the terrorists, or … share in their fate.” He had long retired to oil painting in Texas when Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, and when President Joe Biden pulled U.S. forces from Afghanistan. In August, he said he was watching developments there “with deep sadness.”

RICHARD CHENEY

THEN: While the Secret Service played “hide the president” with Bush on Sept. 11 — he was shuttled to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska, for fear of terrorist attacks — his vice president hunkered down in a “secure, undisclosed location,” a bunker inside the White House where he helped direct the government’s actions. Cheney became a fierce advocate of an unbridled response to the attacks, using “any means at our disposal.” He pushed for the 2003 war in Iraq. The interrogation technique known as waterboarding was a proper way to get information from terrorists, he said — not torture, as its critics have long insisted.

SINCE: After five heart attacks and a 2012 heart transplant, Cheney has lived to see his daughter, Liz, win his old congressional seat in Wyoming and become GOP persona non grata because of her criticism of Donald Trump.

COLIN POWELL

THEN: A former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell was confirmed unanimously as secretary of state in 2001. He would go on to make a persuasive case before the United Nations for military action against Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein was building weapons of mass destruction. The war was waged, Saddam was toppled and killed, Iraq was destabilized; no such weapons were found.

SINCE: Powell has consistently defended his support of the Iraq War. But the lifelong Republican had little use for Trump, endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016 and speaking in support of Biden at the 2020 Democratic convention. He left the Republican party after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE

THEN: National security adviser to Bush. In the summer of 2001, she met with CIA Director George Tenet at his request to discuss the threat of al-Qaida attacks on American targets. The CIA reported that “There will be significant terrorist attacks against the United States in the coming weeks or months.” Rice would later say that the information was old.

SINCE: Rice succeeded Powell as secretary of state and has since returned to Stanford University as provost, then as a faculty member. In 2012, she also became one of the first two women allowed to join the Augusta National Golf Club.

JOHN ASHCROFT

THEN: Attorney general during Bush’s first term. In the wake of 9/11, he was the administration’s prime advocate of the USA PATRIOT Act, which gave the government broad powers to investigate and prosecute those suspected of terrorism. But in 2004, while lying in an intensive care unit with gallstone pancreatitis, he refused the administration’s entreaties to overrule a Justice Department finding that the Bush domestic intelligence program was illegal.

SINCE: After leaving office in 2005, Ashcroft became a lobbyist and consultant. His appearances as a gospel singer (and songwriter — his tune “Let the Eagle Soar” was performed at the second Bush inauguration) have tailed off.

JOHN YOO

THEN: As deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo provided much of the legal underpinning for the War on Terrorism. He argued that “enemy combatants” captured in Afghanistan need not be given prisoner of war status; that the president could authorize warrantless wiretaps of U.S. citizens on American soil; that the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” like waterboarding was within the power of the president during wartime.

SINCE: Yoo is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He remains a strong supporter of presidential prerogatives; in 2020, his book “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power” argued that Trump’s vision of the presidency was in line with that of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton.

KHALID SHEIKH MOHAMMED

THEN: Leading propagandist of al-Qaida, labeled the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks” by the 9/11 Commission. He was captured in 2003 by the CIA and Pakistan’s secret police, then spirited to CIA prisons in Poland and Afghanistan and finally to Guantanamo. Under duress — some called it torture — he confessed to involvement in nearly every major al-Qaida operation, including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the killing of journalist Daniel Pearl, the 2001 attacks and others.

SINCE: His trial date has been postponed again and again. He remains at Guantanamo, indefinitely.

HAMID KARZAI

THEN: Interim leader and then elected president of Afghanistan in the wake of Sept. 11, he managed the delicate balancing act of remaining on friendly terms with the United States and the West while unifying his country’s many factions — at least for a time. More than once, he called the Taliban “brothers,” and the later years of his presidency were marked by friction with the United States.

SINCE: Karzai has survived numerous assassination attempts, but when his second term expired in 2014, the passage of power to his successor, Ashraf Ghani, was peaceful. Ghani would lead the country for almost seven years, until he fled in the face of the Taliban’s triumphant return.

HOWARD LUTNICK

THEN: The chairman of the stock trading company Cantor Fitzgerald would have been in the company’s offices at the top of One World Trade Center, but he took his son Kyle to the first day of kindergarten. A total of 658 of the company’s employees — two thirds of its New York City workforce, including Lutnick’s brother Gary — perished. Within three days, Lutnick had established the Cantor-Fitzgerald Relief Fund for his company’s victims.

SINCE: The fund has disbursed more than a quarter of a billion dollars, including money for other victims of terrorism and disasters. Twenty years later, Lutnick remains the company’s chairman.

LISA BEAMER

THEN: After 9/11, Lisa Beamer became the face of the day’s mourners, and a reminder of the day’s heroism. Her husband, Todd, a former college baseball and basketball player, is believed to have led other passengers in an attack on the hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 that brought the plane down before it could crash in Washington. His exhortation of “Let’s roll!” became a rallying cry. His widow made 200 public appearances in the six months after the attacks.

SINCE: Lisa Beamer co-wrote a book, “Let’s Roll! Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage,” and established a foundation in her husband’s memory. Donations dwindled, and Beamer receded from public view. The couple had three children, and all attended Wheaton College, where their parents met. All are athletes, like their dad: Dave, 3 years old when his father died, was a football quarterback; Drew, who was 1, played soccer, as has Morgan, born four months after the attacks. Morgan was her father’s middle name.

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Jerry Schwartz, editor at large for The Associated Press, wrote the AP’s main story on Sept. 11, 2001. He has written extensively about the aftermath of that day, and also served as an editor on the Iraqi War desk.

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For an in-depth look at AP’s coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed, read “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath & Legacy,” available now.

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