September 12, 2001 08:53 AM

Speaking from the White House Wednesday morning, President Bushcondemned Tuesday’s sieges on New York and Washington. “The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.” He vowed to ask Congress for money for recovery and to protect the nation’s security. “This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil. But good will prevail,” he assured the nation. He also said that America is prepared to spend “whatever it takes” to find out who was behind that hijacking of four planes, two of which leveled the World Trade Center and another that damaged the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Only a few hours after the president’s speech, heavily armed FBI agents and tactical police descended upon the Westin Hotel at Copley Square in Boston where some possible suspects were believed to be located. The Boston Globe had earlier reported that investigators in Boston found a copy of the Koran, a videotape on how to fly commercial jets and a fuel consumption calculator in a pair of bags intended for American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center. The paper said that the suitcases belonged to a man with an Arabic name whom investigators believe was one of those who hijacked the doomed plane. The discovery, if verified, would be the latest bit of evidence pointing investigators toward Islamic extremists as the perpetrators of Tuesday’s deadly attacks in New York and Washington, the worst ever to occur on U.S. soil. Already, sources told CNN, law enforcement officials in Boston and Vero Beach, Florida, have taken several people into custody. NBC News reports that the number may be as many as seven people, all of whom are believed to have taken part in the hijackings.

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