11 Sep 2012 5 Comments
We shall never forget
We shall keep this day,
We shall keep the events and the tears
In our minds, our memory and our hearts
and take them with us as we carry on.
by Sherry Whitstine
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Sep 11, 2012 @ 13:45:11
What is it exactly you will never forget? The most humiliating assault on a nation ever? The worst president of our worst government ever, ignoring all the warnings? The idiotic religious prancing that passes for patriotism? The endless vitriol directed at people whose only misfortune is to share the cultural and religious background of 20 idiots? The most pointless, expensive military action [there never was a war declared] in our national history? The national mental illness displayed in the constant “memorials” to stupidity?
I wish there were a way to forget.
Sep 11, 2012 @ 15:06:53
To forget is to enable.
The Deafness Before the Storm
By KURT EICHENWALD
Published: September 10, 2012
“The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.
But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.
In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.
“The U.S. is not the target of a disinformation campaign by Usama Bin Laden,” the daily brief of June 29 read, using the government’s transliteration of Bin Laden’s first name. Going on for more than a page, the document recited much of the evidence, including an interview that month with a Middle Eastern journalist in which Bin Laden aides warned of a coming attack, as well as competitive pressures that the terrorist leader was feeling, given the number of Islamists being recruited for the separatist Russian region of Chechnya.
And the C.I.A. repeated the warnings in the briefs that followed. Operatives connected to Bin Laden, one reported on June 29, expected the planned near-term attacks to have “dramatic consequences,” including major casualties.”
Public Misled on Air Quality After 9/11 Attack, Judge Says
By JULIA PRESTON
Published: February 3, 2006
Christie Whitman, when she led the Environmental Protection Agency, made “misleading statements of safety” about the air quality near the World Trade Center in the days after the Sept. 11 attack and may have put the public in danger, a federal judge found yesterday…
…As a legal matter, the ruling established that the suit’s charges were well-documented and troubling enough to meet a legal standard to go forward. But Judge Batts also criticized Mrs. Whitman’s performance in the days after the collapse of the towers unleashed, by the E.P.A.’s estimates, one million tons of dust on lower Manhattan and beyond.
“The allegations in this case of Whitman’s reassuring and misleading statements of safety after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are without question conscience-shocking,” Judge Batts said. …
…Mrs. Whitman knew that the towers’ destruction had released huge amounts of hazardous emissions, Judge Batts found. But as early as Sept. 13, Mrs. Whitman and the agency put out press releases saying that the air near ground zero was relatively safe and that there were “no significant levels” of asbestos dust in the air. They gave a green light for residents to return to their homes near the trade center site.
“By these actions,” Judge Batts wrote, Mrs. Whitman “increased, and may have in fact created, the danger” to people living and working near the trade center. Judge Batts said that Mrs. Whitman was not entitled to immunity because she was a public official. Judge Batts allowed the suit to proceed on some counts against the E.P.A. She dismissed claims against Marianne L. Horinko, an assistant administrator of the E.P.A. at the time.
On Eve of 9/11 Anniversary, Paul Ryan’s Opposition to First-Responders Bill Revisited
On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and as the federal government formally recognized the link between harmful toxins at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center and the risk of cancer for first responders, one legislator’s opposition to a bill to provide medical care for people exposed that day is adding to the narrative of the 2012 election…
…Ryan explained in a floor statement that he would have opposed the final passage vote, too, calling the bill “deeply flawed.” He also complained that it “would create a new health care entitlement, the World Trade Center Health Program, while also extending eligibility for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.”
Sep 11, 2012 @ 19:09:50
I second that Omomma. Furthermore, it has become a day of hatred and bigotry on the part of our country toward Muslims. Jesus weeps.
Sep 12, 2012 @ 15:10:03
Well, I will never forget that moment and what I felt. If you don’t remember the past, you’re destine to repeat in the future..
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