April 26, 2013
NYPD: Landing Gear From 9/11 Plane Found 'Wedged' Behind ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Site
Police Say Boeing ID Is Clearly Visible On Aircraft Part; Scene Being Secured.So ironic the part was found there.
Police said it was discovered wedged between the rear of 51 Park Place and the rear of the building behind it, 50 Murray Street, in lower Manhattan. That area is the site of a controversial mosque and community center development, which currently used as prayer space and some community events[...]
The NYPD was securing the location as it would a crime scene, documenting it photographically and restricting access until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completes its health and safety evaluation protocol.
After that, a decision will be made concerning sifting the soil for possible human remains.[More...]
Update: A close-up image can be seen here.
March 31, 2013
Judge Throws Out Case To Remove World Trade Center Cross
A U.S. District judge has thrown out a lawsuit, brought by an atheist group that hoped to prevent the display of a cross-shaped steel beam found in the rubble at the site of the World Trade Center.
The Associated Press reports that Judge Deborah Batts, in a ruling released on Friday, rejected the arguments of American Atheists, saying that the artifact could help tell the story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The atheists’ organization sued the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s operators in 2011 on constitutional grounds, arguing that the display of the 17-foot-tall cross constitutes an endorsement of Christianity and thus lessens the contributions of non-Christian rescuers.
October 23, 2012
"Al Qaeda on the Run" Headlines of the Day
3rd Debate: Did Obama Slam The Horse Soldiers of 9/11?
In Obama's attempt to paint Romney as old and out of touch he showed just how out of touch he is with military tech.
When Romneyaccused the president of cutting back on military spending by noting the U.S. Navy had fewer ships today than in World War I, Obama shot back: "Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed."The DNC in return shows how out of touch they are by being so proud of Obama's out of touchiness with this video:
He also said in an almost derisive tone, "We also have things called aircraft carriers that planes land on and
submarines[no ABC he said "ships"] that go under water."
A statue of a member of the U.S. Special Forces on horseback was just unveiled at Ground Zero in New York City. When our Special Forces invaded Afghanistan post-9/11, many did so on horseback. I personally remember sitting for a lecture in Austin, TX in 2005, given by a member of one of the first Special Forces teams to arrive in Afghanistan. He talked at length about their reliance upon horses.Our Marines still train with bayonets
While the Army discontinued traditional bayonet training in 2010, the USMC still trains Marines with bayonets and issues them as standard equipment. The Army has also begun training soldiers in a different style of bayonet use--not affixed to the end of a rifle but as a secondary melee weapon.Mr President, you FAILED at honoring our military with those comments.
Related: The Daily Caller won a prestigious Edward R Murrow award this year for their report on The Horse Soldiers in Afghanistan. The video above was part of their report.
September 30, 2012
Brandon Web Navy SEAL Chris Hagerman @SOFREP: September 11, 2001 - My Story
As the month of September comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001. So many things changed for America that day. Over a period of two hours, most of us watched as the World Trade Towers were turned into a pile of steel and burning debris, a major section of the Pentagon was reduced to rubble, and American Airlines Flight 93 plummeted to the earth. America was in a state of shock; most people were glued to their televisions or listened to their radios as the events unfolded. Every one of us remembers what we were doing during that horrific time, and I, like others, often reflect back on that day to remind myself who we are fighting and why.I remember the attack as clear today as when it happened 11years ago.
This day unified America, though sadly, only for a short period of time. Some were motivated to join the military to answer the call of duty, or were inspired by the bravery of our New York City firefighters, police officers, and emergency service personnel and join their ranks. There were many of us who had to answer all of the questions of our children – those innocent faces who asked, “Why?”. Our world changed forever.
Our country was rocked to the core that clear, sunny morning and I felt our loss deeply. That cowardly attack was an attack on my heart and soul. Those who died that day were my countrymen, my brothers and sisters – every one of them. Each of us experienced that day a different way, but what was amazing to me is that despite all of our differences, we stood strong and united as Americans. This is my story of that day.
I will never forget - I will never forgive
Ironically, the next article after
Webb's *Hagerman's post is 55 Gitmo Prisoners Set For Release Before U.S. Elections
Update: *My apologies to SEAL Chris Hagerman, I misread the author of the post.
September 11, 2012
Arab Spring! The Brother of Al Qaeda Leader Joined In The Protest At The US Embassy In Cairo
Remember, in March of this year, a Egyptian military court found Muhammed Zawahiri not guilty of all charges relating to the murder of Anwar Sadat.
So now he is free to protest!! Yeah, Arab spring!
Via Betsy Hiel who is "Cairo-based correspondent for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covering the Middle East - Egypt"
Talk about a slap in the gut.
Gawd, how I hate these bast**ds.
MEMRI: Testing YouTube's 'Promotes Terrorism' Flagging Feature For Videos Of Osama Bin Laden, 9/11, Al-Qaeda – The Results: 58 Of 100 Remain Active
Certainly no surprise for the Jawa Report, we didn't make the category JihadTube for nothing. We are constantly frustrated that Google's YouTube doesn't do jack sh*t about terrorist propaganda videos. After constantly flagging videos just to see them remain because - "free speech" - cop-out bs. Also stuff like this:
In the past three years, as part of the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Project, we determined that YouTube has emerged as the leading U.S. website for online jihad. It has replaced – and surpassed – websites administered by jihadists themselves, which were previously their venue of choice.It is good to know MEMRI is reporting this to the powers that be, but...., a hell of a lot of good it has done - so far.
MEMRI has briefed members of the U.S. government and Congress on this issue, and has also directly offered its assistance to YouTube in identifying videos that incite violence and terrorist acts for possible removal.
Launched Just Today, September 11, 2012 – YouTube Channel Featuring Senior AQAP Cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Rubaish
On September 11, 2012, "zanoon elslfi," a member of the leading jihadi forum Al-Fida', posted on the forum an announcement of the launch of a YouTube channel, titled "IbrahimRbichy" and featuring speeches and lectures by Saudi Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Rubaish, a former Guantanamo prisoner and a senior Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) cleric.[...]
Thousands Of Videos Of Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, and 9/11 Can Easily Be Viewed On YouTube – Even After Addition Of New Flagging System
As MEMRI research previously highlighted, thousands of videos, including by the Al-Qaeda media company Al-Sahab – among them videos celebrating and planning the attacks of September 11, 2001 – are added to YouTube regularly[...]
For a Full List of Flagged Videos Click Here to View the PDF
[PLEASE BE PATIENT WHILE THE LIST DOWNLOADS]
Remember, JihadTube will terminate your account if you have videos about stonings, etc. I know, it happened to me.
@CAIRNational Remembers 9/11
Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11... fb.me/1DsK6NkW6— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) September 11, 2012
#NeverForget911 - Compare And Contrast: Obama & Romney's First Tweet Today
Obama's first and only tweet so far today:
The election is in 8 weeks. Sign up to volunteer: OFA.BO/s3tXFz— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2012
Romney's first and only tweet so far today:
On this most somber day, America is united under God in its quest for peace and freedom at home and across the world.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 11, 2012
Words fail me..
Update: [h/t colsmeag]: Axelrod's first and only tweet today:
Yowza!Adelson bets big on Romney, and under Mitt's tax scheme, the casino mogul would walk off with a $2 billion pot.huff.to/QCx3pl— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 11, 2012
colsmeag was right - "Axlerodgloyavich was even worse"
Just in case Obama's "staff" tweet disappears:
June 24, 2012
Brooklyn JHS 292 Teens Visit 9/11 Memorial, Throw Trash Into Reflection Pools
The New York Dept. of Education has launched an investigation over reports that a group of middle school students were caught throwing trash into the reflecting pools of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum during a recent school field trip[...]Besides trash:
Eyewitnesses told the Daily News that the kids threw empty soda bottles and baseballs into the pools — marking the original footprints of the World Trade Center towers.
In addition, one of the students reportedly tried to bring firearm ammunition into the site. Police said they found three .33-caliber rounds in a plastic bin in the security area.Respect is taught and these "teens" parents have failed miserably in their parenting skills.
“It really is so sad that anyone would disrespect the souls that were lost in the terrorist attacks back on 9/11,” said Al Hagan, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.So much for "learning from mistakes".
“One can only hope that these children do not become lost and that they learn from their mistakes.”
“No one was disrespecting. It wasn’t nothing like that,” said one student. “No one was being serious. Everyone was kind of bored and it was just something to do.”
BTW, where were the school staff? Looking the other way?
May 06, 2012
Blog Sabbath Caption Contest Dhimmi Lawyer Edition
Janet Hamllin/Miami Herald/Court Sketch Artist- Pentagon-paid civilian defense lawyer Cheryl Borman, who is defending accused 9/11 co-conspirator Walid bin Attash, appears in this courtroom sketch, wearing a headscarf and abaya at the arraignment of the five accused 9/11 co-conspirators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saturday, May 5, 2012. At one point, she asked the judge to order all female attorneys on the case to wear similar garb so her client would not sin by seeing them in Western clothes. The five defendants are in the background.Fatwas will be issued
Click here to see her without her Islamist mandated dress code
May 05, 2012
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, co-defendents appear in court for arraignment
Apparently KSM is not very talkative in which the military judge stated: "KSM’s silence meant an automatic plea of not guilty".
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVEL BASE, Cuba — World Trade Center terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed kept his mouth shut Saturday at his first public appearance in three years."Fairness of the court"? What happened to "guilty"? Maybe the brave mujahid is having second thoughts about being offed.
Mohammed and four co-defendants were in court for their arraignment, the first step in a case that could end with their executions for killing 2,976 people on 9/11.
The hearing before a military tribunal at the U.S. Naval Base in Cuba began with Mohammed’s lawyer indicating the confessed chief plotter in the attack that toppled the twin towers would not speak.
“I believe Mr. Mohammed will decline to address the court,” said his lawyer, Davi Nevin. “I believe he’s deeply concerned about the fairness of this court.”
Presiding military judge James Pohl, an Army colonel, said KSM’s silence meant an automatic plea of not guilty.
The sooner this trial gets over with the sooner these bast**ds die...
Update Jonn Lilyea is live blogging at This ain't Hell[Hit F5 to refresh his page]. He noted one of the unbiased reporters has a Obama 2012 sticker on their SUV.
11:39am: Ok, burka woman is back and she’s asking that all women in the courtroom be forced by the court to “dress appropriately” so the defendants won’t commit sins. She even got chuckles from the media-types here at Fort Meade and exclamations from the women in this room of “Oh, my God”.Be sure and follow Jonn on this, he tells it like it is.
Charge sheet here[PDF]
Civilian attorney Gorman tells #Guantanamo Judge the problem is "what has happened to these men this morning and over the past eight years."— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) May 5, 2012
#Guantanamo "camp justice" is a really bad propaganda name for a process that seems to be anything but a just one.— Johnny J(@Lazyjj76) May 5, 2012
October 27, 2011
Congressional Investigators Want 9/11 Suspects Questioned About Awlaki
Three letters sent Tuesday and obtained by Fox News show the committee's investigation into the cleric, who was killed in a CIA-led operation in Yemen on Sept. 30, has broadened since his death.
In the first letter, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wrote to Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is responsible for directing interrogations of detainees in military custody at Guantanamo, including the self-described architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
King asked the agency to question detainees involved in plotting 9/11 about the possible roles of Eyad al-Rababah of Jordan, Daoud Chehazeh of Syria and Awlaki in the terror attack.
"I understand that these detainees have not been interrogated in several years, and certainly not since Awlaki's role within Al Qaeda became widely acknowledged in 2009," King wrote.
Al-Rababah and Chehazeh were first profiled by the Fox News Specials Unit in "Secrets of 9/11," which aired in May. The investigation outlined the domestic support network that allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers to move around the U.S. with ease.
It also presented new and compelling evidence that Awlaki was an overlooked player in the Sept. 11 plot who slipped through the FBI's grasp after the attack.
September 27, 2011
FAIL: AQAP Celebrates 9/11 .... 16 Days Late!
A special issue of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's English language Inspire (#7) magazine celebrating the 9/11 attacks has been released ... 16 days after the 10 year anniversary of the event.
The magazine's editors, American Samir Khan and "Yayha Ibrahim", dedicated:
this special supplement to the great events of the Expeditions of Washington DC and New York, as Shaykh Usama would call it, or simply 9/11. As America mourns and we celebrate this glorious event, we look into what 9/11 means ten years on.But the pair of traitors couldn't get the magazine to the internet forums until two weeks after the rest of the world marked the anniversary.
Since the two are obvious failures in the propaganda department, we recommend that their leader Anwar al-Awlaki transfer them to the suicide bomber division. We're sure they'll go places with the rest of the low-IQ class.
This edition of the magazine appears to have been thrown together rather halfheartedly. Unlike other issues, it only has two original articles and a few minor editorial comments.
One of the articles, written by the former Charlotte, N.C. resident Samir Khan, explains how al Qaeda is winning the propaganda war. Ironic given that his own AQAP brand couldn't get out it's 9/11 magazine on time!
In further humiliation to the branch of al Qaeda now considered the most dangerous, the forum the group should have posted the magazine on -- the one most closely associated with al Qaeda -- was either very slow or offline over the past few days due to a large scale DOS attack. A second site considered "legitimate" by the group, was offline for several hours today after the online hacktivist th3j35t3r targeted it.
The only other article of note is a short editorial by "Abu Suhail" refuting 9/11 conspiracy theories, especially those out of Iran. It accuses Iran of duplicity with the US: sometimes opposing the US, sometimes supporting the US. But:
Iran and the Shi`a in general do not want to give al Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan.We at The Jawa Report wholeheartedly agree and recommend immediate action be taken by al Qaeda against Iran.
Red on red, baby.
One last thing of note, the magazine promises an exclusive interview with al Qaeda central's own English language propaganda czar Adam Gadahn. The Orange County, CA native is the only American to have been indicted for treason since the 9/11 attacks. So, I guess this answers the question of whether or not Gadahn is alive or dead. But it leaves unanswered the question of: why haven't Samir Khan & Anwar al-Awlaki been indicted for treason?
In sum: Inspire #7 is a big cup of fail.
Personal note to Samir Khan: You guys are winning the online media war, eh? If that's the case, then why have none of your friends over at AMEF yet posted a link to the new issue? Oh, that's right -- they're all in jail!
Keep looking up Sammy, there's a drone with your name written on it.
September 13, 2011
Bosch Fawstin Interview
September 12, 2011
Oh, About that 9/11 Anniversary Terror Plot
Lesson: Never try.
Painful Truths From Thomas Hegghammer
h/t Aaron, who commented: "Really, this hits home"
Indeed it does.
Paul Krugman, Asshole
Proving, once again, that any schmuck can write for the New York Times.
The U.S. Governments Failed History Of Muslim Outreach Since 9/11
When President Obama hosted his annual iftar dinner in August to commemorate Ramadan, the list of invitees published by the White House was curiously missing the names of several attendees — all of whom are top leaders of organizations known to be purveyors of jihadist ideology. But it was not like they had crashed the party. One of the unlisted, Mohamed Magid, head of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamic Society of North America, was photographed by Reuters sitting at the front table only a few feet from the president as he spoke.Read it all..
This was just the most recent episode in the federal government’s disastrous attempts at outreach to the Muslim community since the 9/11 attacks. With the release of President Obama’s new strategic plan to combat “violent extremism” by expanding outreach to these same terror-tied groups, the present administration seems intent on compounding the problems wrought by its predecessors.
Misguided outreach activities began long before 9/11, with the best example being the case of Abdurahman Alamoudi.
Alamoudi was the conduit through which much of the U.S. government’s outreach was pursued following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Not only was he asked by the Clinton administration to help train and certify all Muslim military chaplains, his organization being the first to do so, but he also was appointed by the State Department in 1997 as a goodwill ambassador to the Middle East, making six taxpayer-funded trips. It is fair to say that during this period, Alamoudi was the most prominent and politically connected Muslim leader in America.
As we now know, Alamoudi was indicted in October 2003 for moving money on behalf of Libyan intelligence in an assassination plot targeting Saudi Prince (now King) Abdullah. The U.S. government has admitted that at the time he was being courted by Democrats and Republicans alike, he was a major fundraiser for al-Qaeda.
However, it is not as if the U.S. government was unaware of Alamoudi’s attachments. As far back as 1993, an informant told the FBI that Alamoudi was funneling regular payments from Osama bin Laden to Omar Abdel Rahman, the “blind sheikh” who was convicted of authorizing terror attacks against New York landmarks. In March 1996, Alamoudi’s association with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook was exposed in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Two years later, the State Department came under fire by the New York Post for inviting Alamoudi to official events despite his known remarks in support of terrorism and terrorist leaders.
When President Bush took office, Alamoudi was quickly courted by the new administration. In June 2001, the Jerusalem Post reported that Alamoudi was going to be part of a White House meeting with Vice President Cheney despite the fact that Alamoudi was known to have attended a terror confab in Beirut earlier that year featuring representatives from virtually every major Islamic terrorist organization in the world, including al-Qaeda.
Yet just days after the 9/11 attacks, Alamoudi was one of the Muslim leaders asked to appear with President Bush at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. That same week, one of Alamoudi’s close associates, Muzammil Siddiqi, was asked to deliver an Islamic prayer and to represent the entire Muslim-American community at the national prayer service mourning the fallen.[Continue reading]
Berkeley: 9/11 March For, Get This... Palestine?
A little play on words in the 1st video's title.
One of many videos of Palestinians celebrating 9/11
September 11, 2011
Standing Side by Side at Ground Zero, Bush and Obama Mark Crucial Moment
The above photo is worth a thousand words
Mr. Obama read from Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength,” which an aide said he chose because it spoke of perseverance. Mr. Bush, the wartime leader, read a letter from Abraham Lincoln to a widow who was believed to have lost sons in the Civil War.Is it any wonder as to why GW drew the applause?
Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Bush drew a cheer from those who remembered him shouting through a bullhorn atop the smoldering rubble. For Mr. Obama, Sept. 11 is perhaps a less wrenching experience, though it underpins what has become one of the great paradoxes of his presidency.[More...]
Our Canadian Friends In NYC Today
My favorite image evah regarding Westboro, especially the caption:
More at Blazing Cat Fur
Muslims Against Crusades Remembers 9/11, Burns American Flag, EDL Members Stabbed
Update on this post.
h/t WeAreTheBrits twitpic
On a day which saw commemoratons of 9/11, members of the EDL clashed with supporters of Muslims Against Crusades (MAC). Later in the evening two EDL members were stabbed by Muslim youths according to initial reports outside the JD Wetherspoon pub.
MAC burning the American flag during moment of silence:
Moderator at Ummah forum : "HAPPY Sept 11th Everyone!!!"
h/t ST who has screenshots
Another day, same ole Islamofacist assmaggotry..
That Day Today
Today is not a day of service.
Today is a day to remember the innocent who were murdered 10 years ago by Islamic terrorists, and to remember the 17,720 who have been murdered since that day.
Today is a day to honour those who so selflessly risk their lives to save others, those who rushed up the stairs when everyone else so desperately tried to flee down the stairs.
Today is a day to be thankful for our strong military and the men and women who stand on the front lines. Without them, the ugly face terrorism would have visited us on our own soil many more times since that day.
Today is a day to renew our resolve to fight evil wherever it thrives, a day for justified anger. It is a day to declare you are either with us or against us, a day when you are willing to stand firm against evil or look the other way hoping it will ignore you.
Today is that day, 10 years later. Today, the cowards celebrate, the appeasers service, the compassionate mourn, the brave fight, and all patriots remember that day.
Osama is still dead
As we remember that morning... I will focus on this thought:
Al Qaeda can rail and make threats.....but we reached inside the belly of the beast and killed their leader in his jammies.....hiding behind his woman.
The last thing he saw on this earth was the muzzle of an American gun.
And the war goes on...
September 10, 2011
Sandcrawler PSA: Terror Expert Releases 'Land of the Free' Song
John Guandolo, former Marine Recon and former FBI agent, has put out a song commemorating 9/11. Below is an interview he did a couple hours ago with Erick Stakelbeck about the song:
Official music video of the song:
Guandolo song as background to the Allen West press conference with the 9/11 families the other day:
Song: America (Land of the Free)
Performed by: Boats Against the Current
Written by: John D. Guandolo
Produced by: Kelly Pidgeon
Recorded at: Poverty Ranch Records
To download the song, please go to:
A portion of the proceeds from this song will go to Operation Restored Warrior ( www.operationrestoredwarrior.org) dedicated to healing the spiritual wounds of our military combat veterans.
Thank you for your service sir, what a wonderful way to support our finest and bravest!
Download the song already people! ;-)
American Jude Kenan Muhammad Linked to 9/11 Anniv. Plot
This is believed to be one of the men counter terrorism chiefs say are plotting a terrorist attack in America on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11.From NTA, who links to Daily Mail as well as WCTI12:
An image of American-born 22-year-old Jude Kenan Mohammad has been posted on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
He has been linked to what officials have called a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaeda threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington.
The Wall Street Journal reported Mohammad is among three al-Qaeda leaders that investigators believe pose a particular threat because they have lived in the U.S.
Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can.
Mohammad, who was born in Florida, dropped out of North Carolina's Fuquay-Varina High School in 2006 and left the U.S. two years later to visit Pakistan, his father's homeland.
A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted him and seven other men in 2009 on charges that they conspired to carry out terrorist activities around the world. Two of the men have pleaded guilty, and the trial of four others is set for September 19 in New Bern.
Federal authorities have never arrested Mohammad in the case, saying that they believe he has been in Pakistan since the indictment was issued. [More..
UPDATE: I am still searching for the WSJ article, if anyone sees it please email me. Thanks.
Also, Rusty posted about him in 7/2009: Confirmed: Eighth Traitor on the Lam in Pakistan (UPDATED: Traitor ID'd)
UPDATE II: ABC news has more on this. I am trying to confirm this from a domestic source.
Officials may have the name of one of the suspected bomb plotters after a 24-hour intelligence manhunt, U.S. officials tell ABC News.Stay tuned
UPDATE by Rusty: Jude Kenan Mohammad was part of a larger ring of would be jihadis in North Carolina led by Daniel Boyd (aka, Saifullah). Of the eight indicted in the terror ring, only Mohammad was missing.
Mohammad had turned up in Pakistan where he was arrested. But our allies in Pakistan let him go.
Some allies, eh?
Dedication Of Flight 93 National Memorial In Shanksville, PA
Very touching dedication...sniff. These songs Sara McLachlan sang during the dedication ceremony really got to me.
RIP heroes, you will never be forgotten.
Two American Traitors Suspected in 9/11 Terror Plot
Each and every minute these two traitors remain breathing is an insult to the memory of the victims of 9/11:
Al Qaeda may have sent American terrorists or men carrying U.S. travel documents to launch an attack on Washington or New York to coincide with memorials marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, government officials say.I personally volunteer for hangman duty should these two be found.
One U.S. official says al Qaeda dispatched three men, at least two of whom could be U.S. citizens, to detonate a car bomb in one of the cities. Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can.
As a precautionary measure, I'd stay away from large gatherings of people tomorrow.
As for all the pontifications that I keep hearing on TV from blowhards who say that if we change our routines then the terrorists have already won, that's total and utter bullshit.
The goal of terrorists isn't to terrorize as is so often stated. Okay, it is to terrorize. But terrorizing the American public is only an instrumental goal.
That is, terrorizing a population is the means to an ends. And that ends is not to change our daily routines.
Do you really think al Qaeda gives one iota of a damn whether or not you go to WalMart tomorrow or not? No, they don't.
Their medium term goal -- and the reason they wish to terrorize us -- is the ending of US alliances and the removal of US troops from Muslim countries.
To misquote Von Klauswitz: Terrorism is politics by other means.
So, change your routines. Be on the lookout for vans and trucks parked in places they shouldn't be. Avoid crowded gatherings. Do this and the terrorists haven't won. Doing this is part and parcel to fighting terrorism
But ditching our allies in Afghanistan or Iraq? Do that and the terrorists have really won.
Scenes From September 11, 2001
A montage of pictures and video from that dreadful day.
Hero Portraits Engine 54 911 NYC Memorial
Above video is from 10/27/2010 so isn't recent.
Website: Hero Protraits Org
Unfortunately, this organization is new to me. They gathered yesterday to unveil a memorial dedicated to The First Responders on 9/11:
"First Responders Memorial" in Central Park: Monumental Portrait Memorial of 9/11 First Responders to be Unveiled.God Bless them for honoring our heroes.
On this 10th Anniversary, and more than one year in the making, families and friends of the 9/11 First Responders will gather on September 8, 2011 for an unforgettable event. The First Responders on 9/11 will be commemorated in a monumental memorial, to be unveiled to the world, and displayed in Central Park through September 11, 2011, before departing on a national six city museum tour.
Launched in early 2009 in response to a call from the mother of a fallen soldier, Tennessee-based Hero Portraits has donated thousands of hand-painted portraits to families across America. During this event in Central Park, Hero Portraits will be unveiling a 1-ton Memorial, one year in the making, which includes the First Responder portrait images, and the Twin Towers. Darrell Lynn, Founder and Chairman, says, "this is the most moving and powerful image-based Memorial we have ever seen. We chose to showcase the portraits in a way never before accomplished and never before seen. The images of the First Responders assembled on this, first-of-its kind Memorial, is a tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice and will assure they will 'Never Be Forgotten'."
The families of the First Responders, city officials, Hero Portrait Board members, as well as some Honorary Board members will be attending this special event on September 8, 2011 at 8:30am. The unveiling and presentation will be at Central Park's 6th Avenue Plaza where 6th Avenue meets Central Park at Central Park South (59th Street). For additional information about Hero Portraits or this event please visit www.HeroPortraits.org or contact Darrell Lynn at 678-296-8624.
Mission: To donate to every family a hand-painted portrait of their hero that has sacrificed to protect, preserve, and to serve the citizens of the United States of America.
If you are in the area, please let me know if you have seen it. Take pictures if you are able and I will post, my email is in the contact link in header.
September 09, 2011
Anwar Al-Awlaki's Links to the September 11 Hijackers
J.M. Berger tweets:
Reupping: My new piece at The Atlantic: Awlaki and 9/11, An Opening ArgumentGood read..
Ground Zero after attack is seen from space in newly-released image
Via GSFC photostream:
Aftermath of World Trade Center AttackView more sizes here
This true-color image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001, at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Image courtesy USGS Landsat 7 team, at the EROS Data Center.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
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9/11 Amateur Footage Collection
In one respect, the terrorists won a major victory on 9/11. Not only did they kill over 3000 innocent people on that day, they continue to inflict pain upon all decent humans even 10 years later.
This is very difficult to watch. Try if you can, Don't if you can't. But always remember.
F-16 pilot was ready to give her life on Sept. 11
(video moved below the fold)
Wow, just wow
Late in the morning of the Tuesday that changed everything, Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney was on a runway at Andrews Air Force Base and ready to fly. She had her hand on the throttle of an F-16 and she had her orders: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it[...]Amazing story, this is the first time Penney has agreed to an interview. She emphasizes the heroes that day were the passengers on Flight 93. Indeed they are but Penney and Sasseville are also heroes in my book...
As remarkable as it seems now, there were no armed aircraft standing by and no system in place to scramble them over Washington. Before that morning, all eyes were looking outward, still scanning the old Cold War threat paths for planes and missiles coming over the polar ice cap.
“There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” says Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react.”
Things are different today, Degnon says. At least two “hot-cocked” planes are ready at all times, their pilots never more than yards from the cockpit[...]
A third plane hit the Pentagon, and almost at once came word that a fourth plane could be on the way, maybe more. The jets would be armed within an hour, but somebody had to fly now, weapons or no weapons.
“Lucky, you’re coming with me,” barked Col. Marc Sasseville.
They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye.
“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.
She replied without hesitating.
“I’ll take the tail.”
It was a plan. And a pact.
Penney had never scrambled a jet before. Normally the pre-flight is a half-hour or so of methodical checks. She automatically started going down the list.
“Lucky, what are you doing? Get your butt up there and let’s go!” Sasseville shouted.
She climbed in, rushed to power up the engines, screamed for her ground crew to pull the chocks. The crew chief still had his headphones plugged into the fuselage as she nudged the throttle forward. He ran along pulling safety pins from the jet as it moved forward.
She muttered a fighter pilot’s prayer — “God, don’t let me [expletive] up” — and followed Sasseville into the sky
September 08, 2011
Remember the Palis on 9/11
Via My Right Word:
Palestinians celebrate 9/11 by US_Marine_Hoorah
Chilling 9/11 Audio Tapes Released (Updated)
I hate to link The New York Times, but it appears they (so, far) have the best coverage - audio and transcripts. I may change the link later if I find better.
UPDATE by SH: You can listen here: news.rutgers.edu/medrel/rutgers-newark-law/rutgers-law-review-p-20110908[Including interactive time line]
Or here: rutgerslawreview.com[server may be busy]
Thanks to Mean Kitteh
Israel Remembering 9/11 - A Living Memorial
The memorial, set against the magnificent backdrop of the foothills of Jerusalem in the Arazim Valley, was dedicated in November 2009, and is one of the first major international memorials to 9/11 and the only site outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack.Once again, thank you Israel.
Commissioned and built by Jewish National Fund, the memorial depicts the World Trade Center and Pentagon through sculpture and landscape architecture. The 30-foot high bronze sculpture, designed by award-winning Israeli artist E. Weishoff and donated by New York resident and JNF major donor Edward Blank, is composed of a waving American flag that transforms into a memorial flame. The sculpture is surrounded by a circular, crater-like plaza and reflection area tiled in stone, funded by the Bronka Stavsky Weintraub Trust, which lists the names of those fallen.
September 07, 2011
Graphic: 40 Terrorist Plots Thwarted in US since 9/11
The Heritage Foundation has a nifty graphic showing the 40 domestic terror plots that have been foiled since 9/11. Check it out.
September 05, 2011
Muslims Against Crusades: You Lost the War "9/11 Demonstration"...
These assmaggots plan on disrupting the moment of silence by protesting outside the US Embassy in London.
Attention whores is all they are and most likely a no show. I can't see any permits being allowed for this, but, this is London.