Phil Pulaski – WTC Attack

Phil Pulaski has 41 years of law enforcement experience and was the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. During his more than 33 years serving with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism and other public safety operations.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also supervised jointly with his FBI counterpart numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. Phil Pulaski also was responsible for NYPD’s intelligence collection and analysis operations as well as the critical infrastructure risk assessment and security programs. Due to the outstanding efforts of JTTF and Intelligence Division personnel, several serious terrorist attacks on NYC were prevented.

It has been 20 years since September 11, 2001, when four commercial airliners traveling from the northeastern United States to California were hijacked shortly after take-off by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. The al-Qaeda terrorists were organized into three groups of five hijackers and one group of four hijackers. Each group had one hijacker who had received flight training and took over control of the aircraft from the murdered airline pilots. Their explicit goal was to crash each plane into a prominent American building, causing mass casualties and the destruction of the targeted buildings. Two of the planes hit the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and a third hit the west side of the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia. There is strong evidence that the fourth plane was intended to crash into either the US Capitol building or the White House in Washington DC. However, due to the incredible bravery and tenacity of the passengers, the hijackers were overcome and the plane was intentionally crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.