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Lies of the 9/11 “Truth” Movement

by Cliff Kincaid on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This is article 757 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

With the official opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, media attention is being focused once again on the so-called 9/11 “truth” movement, the political agitators and publicity-seekers who insist that Muslim terrorists flying planes were not responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. A group called Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is distributing 9/11 “truth” propaganda at the museum this week, insisting the attacks were an “inside job” by various forces.

Emily Bazelon of Slate was on Jake Tapper’s CNN show referring to the “fringe right wing” and “anti-government” forces allegedly behind these kooky claims. Tapper did not dispute her characterization of the movement somehow being on the conservative side. He neglected to point out that Van Jones, the “former” communist who is now a co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” show, had signed a 9/11 “truth” petition suggesting that the Bush administration deliberately allowed the terrorist attacks to happen so the U.S. could go to war against Muslims in the Middle East. This, and stories about Jones’ communist background, forced him out of his White House job.

David Corn of Mother Jones magazine had noted the 9/11 conspiracy theories “emerging on the left,” and he had written several pieces decrying them. He added, “The 9/11 conspiracy theory was just too tempting for many Bush critics. Van Jones says he was not fully aware of what he was signing when he put his John Hancock on that 9/11 petition. This might be true. But I can see how Jones and others on the left—without thinking too much—might have easily said, sure, sign my name to any call for any investigation of Bush and Cheney. And that sloppiness—if that’s what it was—has cost him his job.”

Tapper said on his show that people have a “capacity for believing crazy things,” but that the 9/11 “truth” movement demonstrates “insensitivity” to the families of the 9/11 victims.

What the families want are answers. The 9/11 attacks were entirely foreseeable and preventable, and legitimate questions remain. The record shows that the Bush administration ignored warnings that an attack like 9/11 might occur. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had already declared war on America, and the Able Danger military intelligence unit had identified al-Qaeda terrorist cells in America before the attacks. But this information wasn’t investigated thoroughly enough by appropriate officials in our intelligence agencies. It is truly mind-boggling that President Bush gave George Tenet, CIA director at the time of 9/11, a presidential Medal of Freedom.

To make matters worse, this intelligence failure was followed by another, when the post 9/11 anthrax attacks were falsely blamed on various U.S. scientists and not on members of al Qaeda, the likely culprits. One of those falsely blamed, Steven Hatfill, collected millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government when the FBI tried to ruin his reputation and frame him.

This intelligence debacle is another reason why the 9/11 “truth” movement has completely lost sight of the truth.

As we said in a 2006 column, “If the Bush Administration carried out 9/11, a monumental undertaking of planning and coordination, why couldn’t it have blamed the post-9/11 anthrax attacks on Muslim Arabs as well, thus giving greater impetus to the alleged desire to go to war in the Middle East?

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Putin Poses as Defender of Christian Civilization

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

This is article 1112 of 1200 in the topic International

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi aren’t the only platform for Russian President Vladimir Putin to assert himself on the international stage. He is reportedly planning to preside over a major Moscow conference in September sponsored by the World Congress of Families, a pro-family coalition that includes several high-profile American conservative organizations.

Putin, who is recently divorced and is said to have a mistress, will present himself as a defender of the Christian faith and Christian values, in contrast to the decline and decadence of the West. He is counting on conservatives in attendance to ignore the fact that he was a Soviet KGB officer and ran its successor, the FSB. One of the main specialties of the Soviet/Russian intelligence services is propaganda and disinformation.

The event, to be partly financed by Putin crony Vladimir Yakunin, will be held in the Kremlin, the Duma (the Russian parliament), Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Christ The Savior Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church.

One of Putin’s allies, Alexey Komov, made an appearance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at a National Press Club news conference and blamed Wall Street bankers for funding the communist Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917.

Komov, who is the Russian representative of the World Congress of Families (WCF) and helps handle “international relations” for the Russian Orthodox Church, declared that “Wall Street bankers” were among the “international professional forces of evil,” that had “introduced communism” and “imposed” it on Russia.

To some in the audience, the comments echoed incendiary claims on anti-Semitic websites that Jewish bankers were behind Russian communism.

In addition to this controversy, Komov seemed to accept claims advanced by the so-called 9/11 “truth” movement that hidden or mysterious forces, possibly linked to the U.S. government, were behind the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on America.

Komov was pressed repeatedly on his backing of the Putin regime and its oppression of the Russian people. I personally presented him with a list of political prisoners being held in Russia and asked him to seek their release.

Trying to turn the tables on the questioners, he brought up such topics as:

  • Racism in America
  • Treatment of the American Indians
  • Giving California to Mexico and Alaska back to Russia
  • The alleged murders of witnesses to the JFK assassination
  • The U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • “Political prisoners” in the U.S., such as the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay
  • “Who did 9/11?”

In regard to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Komov said “I don’t know” who did it, adding, “I didn’t do the investigation.”

Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, is being held in U.S. military custody at Guantánamo Bay. But Komov claimed that these are “political prisoners,” comparable to the human rights activists being imprisoned in Russia today.

He declined to explain why there have been no government prosecutions of those behind the murders of journalists in Russia.

WCF executive director Larry Jacobs was also a speaker at the press conference, and disclosed that he is trying to finalize confirmations from members of the U.S. Congress who will be attending the Moscow summit.

But the involvement of conservatives may be in jeopardy when they learn, as Jacobs confirmed at the event, that Vladimir Yakunin, a close associate of Russian President Putin, is behind the Moscow conference.

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Allahu Akbar and Ho Ho Ho

by Daniel Greenfield on Thursday, December 26th, 2013

This is article 670 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

“A flag bearing a crescent and star flies from a flagpole in front of the World Trade Center, next to a Christmas tree and a menorah.”

New York Times, 1997

In 1997, Mohammed T. Mehdi, the head of the Arab-American Committee and the National Council on Islamic Affairs, lobbied to have a crescent and star put up at the World Trade Center during the holiday season. His wish was granted, despite the fact that he had been an adviser to Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman also known as the Blind Sheikh.

In the name of diversity and political correctness, an adviser to the religious leader behind the World Trade Center bombing, was allowed to plant an Islamic symbol of conquest in the very place that had been bombed.

Long before the Ground Zero Mosque was even a twinkle in the eye of a violent ex-waiter and a slumlord Imam, the World Trade Center allowed Mohammed T. Mehdi to bully it into flying the symbol of Islam.

By 1997, Mohammed T. Mehdi had become an unambiguously ugly public figure. He had been fired by Mayor Dinkins in 1992 for anti-Semitic remarks. The year before he had proclaimed that, “Millions of Arabs believe Saddam stands tall having defied Western colonialism“.

In 1995, the US Attorney’s Office in New York had listed Mehdi as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Sheikh Rahman. Mehdi had already published a book titled “Kennedy and Sirhan: Why?”, which contended that Robert Kennedy’s assassin had been acting in self-defense.

Because of Mehdi’s role in actively working on behalf of the Sheikh behind the wave of terrorism that included the original attack on the World Trade Center, turning down his request should have been a no-brainer. Instead in the winter of 1997 there was an Islamic star and crescent at the World Trade Center. And another one at the park in front of the White House.

Four years before the September 11 attacks; both targets had already been marked.

The previous year had marked the first annual Ramadan dinner at the State Department, integrating the Islamic celebration into the Clinton Administration’s schedule of events. Bill Clinton had not visited the World Trade Center after the bombing, but he did make time for Ramadan.A month after 9/11, Bush went Clinton one better when he became the first president to host a Ramadan dinner at the White House. Many of the Muslim ambassadors at the event were representing countries that helped finance Al Qaeda. Little more than a month after September 11, the President of the United States sat down to break bread with the money men behind the attacks.

The Star and Crescent flying at the World Trade Center did not prevent it from being targeted in a second greater attack four years later. Nor did the Ramadan dinners keep the plane headed for the White House at bay. It took the self-sacrifice of its American passengers to do that. Instead every gesture of appeasement only seemed to make it worse.Before the star and crescent flew at the World Trade Center, the site suffered only a few dead. After it, thousands dead. The more Ramadan dinners Bush hosted, the more Americans died, because the Star and Crescent and the Ramadan dinners both expressed a deliberate blindness to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

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Saudi Ties To 9/11 Redacted From Official Inquiry

by Bob Livingston on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

This is article 663 of 773 in the topic Terrorism
Saudi Ties To 9/11 Redacted From Official Inquiry

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Saudi Arabia is our friend. During their visits, President George W. Bush held hands with and kissed Saudi King Abdullah. Barack Obama still bows to Abdullah during his visits, though Obama’s spokespuppet tried to deny it.

Saudi travelers were given “trusted traveler” status in March, allowing them to be fast-tracked through customs. At the time, then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano said there was a “special bond between the United States and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Apparently so.

We buy oil from them. Lots of it. It’s where 18 percent of imported oil comes from.

Our friendship is so deep that when they attacked the U.S. on 9/11, we responded by attacking Afghanistan and Iraq.

What’s that you say? It was al-Qaida — a bunch of cave dwellers living in Afghanistan and funded by Osama bin Laden — that attacked the World Trade Center Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

That’s what the White House said. That’s what the mainstream media said. That’s what the “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001” said. Or did it?

Not according to two Congressmen who have read the redacted portions of the official 9/11 report. They said they were “absolutely shocked” to learn the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks. They can’t say which foreign state, though, without violating Federal law.

Representatives Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) have proposed Congress pass a resolution asking Obama to declassify the entire report. The only one available to the public is highly redacted. There are at least 7,200 words missing; they are replaced by lines. Aside from a benign word sprinkled here and there, pages 396-422 are essentially missing.

The censorship was ordered by Bush, no doubt to cover Saudi and Israeli involvement.

In alternative media there have been dozens of reports of Saudi ties and Israeli involvement. Those are written off as “conspiracy theory.” But even the mainstream media has done a little reporting of Saudi ties that include payments, shelter and meetings between Saudi businessmen and Saudi government officials and those identified as the 9/11 hijackers. When no planes were flying in the days after the attack, Saudis were whisked out of the country on special flights.

FOX News reported the Israeli ties, but that report has been shoved down the memory hole.

Is there a cover-up? Former Senator Bob Graham, who chaired the committee that wrote the report, says there is. He has asked for case files but can’t even get a redacted page. Bill Doyle, who lost his son in the World Trade Center attacks and heads the Coalition of 9/11 Families, said it’s a “cover-up beyond belief.”

It took Jones and Lynch months of letter writing to get their copy. It seems the House intelligence panel is holding tightly to the information. Other lawmakers seem uninterested in seeing it.

As I have told you many times, the official 9/11 story is a lie. That so many people continue to accept it is the true conspiracy.

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But of course: Access to open air Flight 93 Memorial in rural Pennsylvania blocked off

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

This is article 46 of 55 in the topic Government Shutdown
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The pathetic examples of this administration laying out more money to keep people away from national memorials than would have otherwise been spent keeping them open just to make the public “feel the pain” keep coming:

Americans who want to honor and reflect upon the memory of the crew and passengers who perished aboard United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 will find that the federal government has blocked the road four miles down from the open-air memorial near Shanksville, Pa. CNSNews.com photographed the spot of the road closure this past weekend. The steel barrier blocking vehicles from passing says: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”

The rest of that story here. Somebody left a message on this particular Barry-cade: First line: “They gave their lives to SAVE the White House.” Um, yeah. People have attempted to go around the road barriers and walk up to the memorial, but they’re being stopped and sent back. No doubt this manufactured effort requires more staff than is usually necessary to work the entire area when the government is fully up and running:

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Obama’s YouTube Wars

by Daniel Greenfield on Monday, September 16th, 2013

This is article 612 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

Last September, Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly to denounce a YouTube video, calling it “crude and disgusting” and assuring Muslims everywhere that this particular YouTube video did not represent America.

Finally Obama delivered what is surely one of the most famous YouTube negative video comments ever, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

The future is still up for grabs, but the man behind the YouTube video was taken in by a crowd of armed police and locked up earning him the privilege of being one of the few movie producers imprisoned for their movies; alongside Robert Goldstein of  “The Spirit of ’76″.

As YouTube thumbs downs go, a year in jail is pretty harsh. The thumbs of American presidents historically lacked the thumbpotence of Roman emperors sitting in their Coliseum boxes and deciding if a gladiator should live or die. But when a YouTube video is passed off as the biggest national security threat since a Twitter hashtag about Biden’s hairplugs, why shouldn’t Obama take on imperial airs and drop the prison banhammer?

The trailer for a movie about the Muslim persecution of Christians did not actually lead to multiple coordinated attacks by Salafists against American embassies and diplomatic missions.

Unfortunately in an election where the incumbent was running on his claim that he had single-handedly killed Osama bin Laden in an arm wrestling match, it would have been embarrassing to admit that Al Qaeda had pulled off its second worst attack on America since September 11… on September 11.

It was easier to blame it on YouTube.

Last September, a YouTube video was blamed for several acts of war. This September, a war may be fought over a bunch of YouTube videos.

Obama addressed the nation to rally support for his Syrian strikes. As evidence that “chemical weapons were used in Syria” he mentioned the “videos, cell phone pictures, and social media accounts from the attack”.

The message was that if you want Obama’s case for war, go watch it on YouTube. And hope it isn’t as staged as Jimmy Kimmel’s Twerking fail video..

William Randolph Hearst was supposed to have told a reporter, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war”. Now YouTube and social media furnishes the videos and pictures and Barack Hussein Obama will furnish the war.

Obama didn’t even bother assembling a playlist of the top 10 WMD YouTube videos that will make a case for war; a strange omission for an administration that prides itself as the most tech-savvy organization in the room when it comes to emailing voters and reading their email.

Instead officials boasted about their high-end YouTube watching skills and their “Classified intelligence tools… used to ensure that bodies were not counted twice.” Hopefully at least one of those classified tools involved basic arithmetic.

Traditionally a case for war would be based on some kind of physical evidence, but in this new digital world where no one ever has to do anything in person, except get treated for carpal tunnel syndrome, we can blame wars on YouTube videos and fight wars over YouTube videos.

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Obama’s pending attack in light of 9/11

by Lloyd Marcus on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This is article 607 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

September 11, 2001, I was annoyed at my wife, Mary. I was about to take a shower, yelling from the bathroom, “Honey, there is no water!” She had forgotten to pay the bill. In the small Florida town where we live, I would have to get dressed and drive two miles to the water company. Then, wait for the leisurely paced workers to get around to turning my water back on. How annoying. What a pain. That was the biggest issue of my day that morning.

As the nightmare of 9/11 unfolded, several of my fellow Americans who simply showed up for work were faced with a horrific decision; whether to be consumed in the inferno or jump to their deaths from the towers. Many became “the jumpers.” Who was responsible for putting my fellow Americans in such an unimaginable horrific position? Al Qaeda.

That same day, American Todd Beamer on board flight UA93 thought to call his wife Lisa, but did not want to worry her. He called GTE supervisor Lisa Jefferson to say that their plane had been hijacked. Beamer lead passengers in voting to storm the cockpit and take over the plane. Beamer instructed Jefferson, “If I don’t make it, please call my family and let them know how much I love them.” Jefferson heard Beamer’s voice, “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll!” Flight UA93 crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Who were the hijackers? Al Qaeda.

September 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and embassy security personnel, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed during an attack on our consulate in Benghazi while expecting help that never arrived. Who were the attackers. Al Qaeda.

Ironically, as we approach another anniversary of the 9/11 attack, Obama and Secretary Kerry are arguing that the U.S is morally obligated to bomb the Assad regime for allegedly gassing Al Qaeda which is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans.

To put this crazy scenario into perspective, imagine the KKK and the Aryan Nation fighting each other. The KKK gases the Aryan Nation. The NAACP joins the Aryan Nation in attacking the KKK for using an immoral weapon.

Obama and Kerry claim their desire to bomb Syria is about Assad gassing a few hundred children and national security. America must not be perceived as a paper tiger.

Well, why were both these guys vehemently opposed to President Bush attacking Saddam Hussein who on a single day gassed 5,000 of his own people? Over a few decades, Saddam used various gasses to kill 50,000 of his own people. Saddam used poison gas against his own people 50 times more than Assad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTnpRrHDkOA

As for Kerry and Obama claiming that we can not risk America being perceived as a paper tiger, I say, “too late.” The 2001 September 11th attack was the result of past wimpy responses to terrorism by a Democrat president. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1490017/posts Obama has merely continued the Democrat’s weak blame-America-first tradition. Before unpacking his bags upon his arrival in the White House, Obama went on his world apologize-for-America-tour.

What has been our paper tiger president’s forceful response to terrorism? Pretend it does not exist.

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9/11: America’s unfinished business

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This is article 605 of 773 in the topic Terrorism

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9/11: America’s unfinished business
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2013

Before we head to Syria to avenge the mass murder of their kids, how about we finish avenging ours?

When I say “finish,” of course I really mean “start.” A dozen years after the 9/11 attacks, the trials against the jihadist plotters who incinerated pregnant women, firefighters, grandparents, newlyweds, toddlers and schoolkids on their first-ever plane rides have yet to begin.

Justice not only has been delayed and denied. Justice has been demoted, disowned and deserted. Justice for the 9/11 victims and families isn’t blindfolded. She’s gagged and hogtied.

The terror-coddling Obama White House squandered precious years trying to shut down Gitmo to appease the peaceniks, transnationalists and Muslim grievance-mongers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder arrogantly attempted to shove civilian trials of terrorists — which would have been held a stone’s throw from Ground Zero — down New Yorkers’ throats. Ever since, Team Obama has dragged its feet on military tribunals for the al-Qaida crew.

If we’re lucky — that’s a big if — the death penalty war crimes trials for KSM and his co-conspirators may begin in the fall of 2014. Maybe. Thanks to cunning delays, made-for-media theatrics and stomach-turning whining by the Gitmo detainees, the journey to hold the 9/11 plotters accountable has become a vulgar joke.

The last time pretrial hearings were held, defendants used their international platform to complain about bathroom breaks and Navy food, which one accused terrorist equated to “torture.” Despite being supplied with fresh halal meals that comport with their Muslim dietary requirements, one member of KSM’s posse complained that his lunches did not include extra condiments such as olives and honey.

Back at Club Gitmo, other jihadi suspects continue to enjoy taxpayer-subsidized movie nights, art and English classes, and Nintendos and PlayStations. And if the clogged wheels of justice for 9/11 victims weren’t bad enough, don’t forget: In 2009, the Obama administration dropped the charges against 2000 U.S.S. Cole bombing suspect, Gitmo detainee and former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al-Qaida Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri — and has made no progress on bringing him to justice since reinstating the charges (only under public pressure) in 2011.

How is it that America is poised to use our military — the American people’s, not Obama’s — for a humanitarian intervention that may very well aid and abet the same barbaric forces that brought unprecedented death and destruction to New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and Washington, D.C., just 12 short unavenged years ago?

How is it that we prosecuted 2009 Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan quicker than his bloodthirsty Islamist brethren who orchestrated the 2001 terror plot that killed more than 2,700 innocent men, women and children?

Remember: The Bush administration first brought military charges of conspiracy, murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft and terrorism against KSM and his Koran-inspired killing crew in 2008. Obama recklessly aborted those military tribunals in his bleeding-heart social justice bid to provide full U.S. constitutional protections for the foreign soldiers of Allah.

It took the united stand of 9/11 families, veterans, anti-jihad watchdogs and first responders in Manhattan in late 2009 to force Obama and Holder to retreat.

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A September Evening

by Daniel Greenfield on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

For a while, the eyes still seemed to see them there, perfect straight lines rising into the sky, an empty space on the horizon that your mind filled in without even thinking. You walked past, and thought, “Of course they’re there. They’re always there” and you saw them as they were, grey ghosts of steel rising above the rubble. You saw the city as it was and then you remembered that city is gone.

New York, the old grimy bustling city, has made way for two cities. The Bloombergian city of the yuppie toting a bag of organic groceries to her Citibike and the miniature Detroits of housing projects and endless grievances.

The old imaginary city still exists in the countless movies being filmed on every block where space aliens, monsters and superheroes regularly rampage past stereotypical cabbies with Brooklyn accents, but that city is fading away.

The tourists flock to see the shadow of that city which lingers on like the shadow of the towers.

On September 11, Ground Zero was New York. Today you can see Mexican and African vendors peddling commemorative patriotic knickknacks made in China and on a bad day the Truthers show up howling their contempt for the site. Tourists stop by and pose for snapshots with their families. Office workers walk by without thinking. The site, like the towers, is just something that’s there.

Tonight and the night before as the towers of light cast blue beams across the sky, we remember but memory is a destructive medium. Each year the memories grow fainter. People ask each other where they were that day but the stories grow fainter each year and the memories of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, stumbling through the ash or handing out sandwiches to rescue workers have dimmed.

To walk through the darkness toward the towers of light is to pass through a city of shadows. In a stray glimmer of light reflecting from a storefront or a puddle you can still see the old MISSING posters covering every face and dark trucks filled with grim men tearing apart the street asphalt. You can catch glimpses of a city reeling from the incomprehensible.

New York City is used to tragedy. Terrible things happen here all the time. The oldest photos of the city show the same stunned faces, legs lying in a puddle of blood, gawking children and stern cops frowning at something we cannot see. And relentlessly the blood is washed away, the tears are dried and the city moves on. September 11 left behind more blood, more legs and more frowning police… but the ashes have still been dumped in a landfill, the tears dried and the city moved on.

September 11 has become a tragedy and tragedy is an experience, not an explanation. It is a bonding experience that gives way to catharsis. The dead are mourned, the grief is expelled and the horror of it takes on the faint tinge of memory. It is no longer what is, but what was. It is not how we live now, but how we lived then. There is no longer a need for answers and that for many is also a relief.

“It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City.

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Never Forget September 11, 2001

by American Grams on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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