NOTE: I am doing a separate 9/11 link round-up. There are many great personal stories, tributes, etc. Very worth spending some time reading them.
A person never gets over some things. He learns to live with it.
Around the corners of the body, house, the town, the life, there are memories. The realness of the memories will shock at surprising and unwelcome times. And no matter how profoundly it’s desired, there will be no forgetting.
Hey, America! You over it yet?
New York city is the shining, favored daughter. She is beautiful and busy and idealistic and innocent and open and hopeful. In her, people, people less talented, less lovely, cast their hopes.
America is America the beautiful. She has her faults, to be sure, but one of them isn’t cynicism. Buoyed by a sunny disposition and the opportunity for renewal, America shines.
New York city is the best of all that. New York is the creative spirit. New York is renewal.
New York city is life.
Sound romantic? Absolutely. And it’s that romance and idealism, that essence of America, that Osama bin Laden saw and wanted to destroy.
I was taking my son to his first day of preschool and heard that the first Tower had been hit. What should I do? It seemed evident to me that this was no accident.
Immediately, my thoughts turned to Israel. They get these attacks all the time. They don’t stop. They keep going.
And then a string of New York acquired expletives flashed through my mind. My son would stay at school. %!@!. Them.
My baby daughter was at my mom’s house. As I walked through the door, I saw the second tower hit and I crumpled.
All those people.
I watched the horror unfold like the majority of my mesmerized compatriots. People jumped from the blast furnace of twisted metal rather than be consumed.
I watched, wondering what happened to Flight 93. Wondering if one of our F16 pilots had to pull that trigger. Horrified at the possibility. Knowing there was only one choice and being sick because of it.
I watched the Pentagon burn. Fearing for the President. Fearing for the White House.
As I watched, I pushed back the fear. I hated being afraid and became very angry. Very, very angry.
I wanted vengeance. I still do. I am disappointed that a bullet from my gun didn’t kill Osama bin Laden. It gives me some small satisfaction that one of our Navy Seals, badasses that they are, received this fine honor. I’m sorry Osama bin Laden can’t be killed again. And again.
This reaction isn’t politically correct, mind you. I recognize that.
It’s not politically correct that I want every single one of those people who laughed at our demise to feel the pain and violation we felt on that brilliant September morning ten years ago.
It’s not politically correct that I believe that people who excuse or justify this behavior are as bad as the perpetrators of the assault.
It’s not politically correct that I have contempt for the uncivilized, backward well of ideological despair that gave rise to these actions.
The rationale for terrorism is the rationale of the serial killer. There is a bleakness and blackness of soul so vast that the only thing that animates his nihilistic life is the death of those who love what he doesn’t–life, love, possibility.
The moral equivalence I see in the face of this depravity makes me sick. It is absolutely disgusting that people can justify or equivocate in the face of such evil.
America, her freedom, creativity, her love of life and liberty, her success, her innocence got attacked on 9/11. The smoldering holes at the Twin Towers are a testament to the greatness our enemies wish to destroy.
And there are some who believe she deserved it. She had it coming. She dressed provocatively. She is more beautiful. She swayed when she walked. She has a bigger house. She has been given everything on a silver platter. She’s greedy. She’s pushy. She’s a whore.
These are all the justifications of the killer, the thief, the rapist, the terrorist, the nihilist, the Nazi.
And there is no rationalization that doesn’t make a sympathizer to this corruption the equivalent of the getaway driver at a bank robbery.
And this was destroyed.
The scars from this attack will never go away. America will never be “over it.”
Every TSA feel-up is a reminder. Every bombing in London or Spain or India is a reminder. Every attack at Ft. Hood or on a recruiting center in Arkansas or in Time’s Square or on a flight to Detroit is a reminder.
America, because she is a shining city on a hill, because she reaches so high into the sky, is a target for hate. In a world full of darkness, many want light snuffed out.
So a decade post-9/11, I remember and I am scandalized all over again.
I am not “over it”.
I remember. I remember who did this.
I remember those who died as innocents. I remember those who tried to save the lives of those trapped and lost their own. I remember those on Flight 93 who forfeited their own lives for their fellow Americans. I remember those who died at the Pentagon.
I remember those who planned for a long, hard war against a pitiless enemy. I remember the National Guard pilots faced with a suicidal choice. I remember our military and our police and our firefighters and our first responders and those quiet DHS, NSA, CIA and FBI nerds combing through mountains of data for that needle of information to prevent another attack.
I remember our Marines and our Navy and our Army and our National Guard troops who have been asked to serve again and again–who put themselves in grave danger every day hunting the vermin who rejoice at using a dull knife to decapitate an innocent.
I remember as many details as I can. It is the least I can do.
I will never forget. And neither should you.
For the best analysis, listen to this Brass Balls Radio podcast. The lawyers Clyde Middleton and Bill Dupray, Jimmie Bise of Sundries Shack and Steve Schippert of Threatswatch discuss the trial and what is up with Obama. I encourage you to listen.
James Joyner says this about the civilian trial:
First, these men are not citizens of the United States. Second, they’re accused war criminals. They simply should not be tried in U.S. civilian courts. Rather, they should either be held accountable in a Nuremberg-style international forum or treated as war criminals by a U.S. military tribunal under the mechanisms provided by Congress and approved by the Supreme Court.
Aside from the virtual certainty that the trial will devolve into a media circus, there’s an incredibly good chance that Mohammed and his comrades will go free. The fact that KSM was repeatedly waterboarded would seem to taint any subsequent evidence, including his own confession.
It’s only a head-scratcher if you don’t consider that this is an indirect way for the Obama administration to put the Bush administration on trial without putting Bush directly on trial. Although, I can see the defense wanting to depose President Bush about his decision to okay water boarding. This is a bone thrown to the hard left.
Trying the evil Sheikh in New York City under the American legal system is the dumbest idea ever in the history of dumb presidential legal ideas and that’s when compared to the biggest poop pile of dumb Obama ideas generally which are the worst in any American presidency ever.*
If you disagree, please share an example of a dumber Obama idea.
*I keep wondering if perhaps that I might be being hyperbolic here. Maybe I should rewrite that obnoxious run-on sentence and couch a little. Maybe I should say,”It seems most unwise to bring a mastermind terrorist to New York City, home of the injustice, try to seek a fair trial, give him the right to explore all evidence against him, fund his defense by the taxpayers, etc. Most, problematic, that.” But no. It’s just plain dumb. Or insane.
Starting in the spring of 2008, key officials from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences held a series of meetings and conversations, in part about Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others last week during a shooting spree at Fort Hood. One of the questions they pondered: Was Hasan psychotic?
“Put it this way,” says one official familiar with the conversations that took place. “Everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole.”
Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials’ radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.
Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan’s behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that “Islam can save your soul.”
Participants in the spring meeting and in subsequent conversations about Hasan reportedly included John Bradley, chief of psychiatry at Walter Reed; Robert Ursano, chairman of the Psychiatry Department at USUHS; Charles Engel, assistant chair of the Psychiatry Department and director of Hasan’s psychiatry fellowship; Dr. David Benedek, another assistant chairman of psychiatry at USUHS; psychiatrist Carroll J. Diebold; and Scott Moran, director of the psychiatric residency program at Walter Reed, according to colleagues and other sources who monitor the meetings.
Yep, his brand of crazy was the worst-kept secret in the history of treasonous crazy. And yet, the shame that cannot be named, kept everyone from acting on the obvious: The Army had a psychopathic, Islamofascist nutjob in their midst.
Eight years have passed since Al Qaeda terrorists used airplanes as weapons of mass destruction. Nearly 3,000 people died at the Twin Towers in New York City. Angela Susan Perez was one of those people.
Mom, I miss you so much. My graduation is just around the corner, and it’s going to be tough to walk down that aisle without you in the crowd, but I know you’ll be watching me. You will always be in my heart. Love u an’ miss u.
*** Posted by your little boy all grown up on 2008-02-28 ***
Angela was a best friend:
6 years later … the tears still flow … missing you never gets easier … cherished friend forever … few friends leave such an impression … you are truly one of the best friends I ever had! You will never be one of many victims to me … that day was one of the worst days for our country, a tragedy for New York, but it was the day that my best friend’s passing left a pain in my heart that will never go away…. Susan, I will always miss you and love you…. Keep laughing, my friend…. It’s smiles like yours that make the world go around…. May god walk beside you for eternity….
Love ya lots, girl,
She was 35. She was living her life, doing her job, raising her children, being a friend. Her life mattered. She deserves to be remembered and honored.
Cantor Fitzgerald’s New York City office, on the 101st-105th floors of One World Trade Center (2-6 floors above the impact zone of a hijacked airliner), was destroyed during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees (all of the employees in the office that day), or about two-thirds of its workforce, considerably more than any other of the World Trade Center tenants or the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department. The company was able to bring its trading markets back online within a week, and CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, whose brother was among those killed, vowed to keep the company alive.
On September 19, Cantor Fitzgerald made a pledge to distribute 25 percent of the firm’s profits for the next five years, and committed to paying for ten years of health care, for the benefit of the families of its 658 former Cantor Fitzgerald, eSpeed, and TradeSpark employees (profits which would otherwise have been distributed to the Cantor Fitzgerald partners). In 2006 the company completed its promise, having paid a total of $180 million (and an additional $17 million from a relief fund run by Lutnick’s sister, Edie).
Time goes by, memories, especially bad memories, get shelved and put away. But for some people, they cannot forget their loss. Nor do they want to. For families and friends of those lost on 9/11, forgetting is more awful than remembering. And so they look at the picture, they see the holes where the buildings were and they remember. They get married and their mother cannot see the day of joy. They have children who have no grandma. They need a shoulder to cry on, but mom is gone.
Angela Susan Perez, like the hundreds with her in the top of that Tower, were innocent. They were walking, not fully realized, potential. They had a future that was taken away through no fault of their own.
On this day, it’s a privilege to honor Angela Perez. Her life mattered. It still matters. She leaves a legacy of family and friends who love and miss her. Thank you for honoring the lost by remembering. It’s the least we can do.
Ah, the psychology of evil and the press…. explained by Dudley Dooright:
According to ABC News, Stratfor, and Doug Ross, yes. From Doug Ross:
A disturbing aspect of the attack is that Muhammad had been brought to the FBI’s attention months ago, according to ABC News.
But U.S. counterterror teams may have been intentionally prevented from investigating radicalized converts to Islam:
Several weeks ago, STRATFOR heard from sources that the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to “back off” of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts. At this point, it is unclear to us if that guidance was given by the White House or the Department of Justice, or if it was promulgated by the agencies themselves, anticipating the wishes of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
Stratfor implies, however, that the investigations were canceled for purely political reasons.
…politics have proved obstructive to all facets of counterterrorism policy. And politics may have been at play in the Muhammad case as well as in other cases involving Black Muslim converts…
Is it possible that the White House or Eric Holder’s Justice Department “turned off” counterterror investigations that could have saved the targeted soldiers?
This paragraph would appear to make clear that such an order was given:
Many FBI supervisors are reluctant to authorize investigations that they believe may have negative blow-back on their career advancement. In light of this institutional culture, and the order to be careful in investigations relating to Black Muslim converts, it would not be at all surprising to us if a supervisor refused to authorize a full-field investigation of Muhammad that would have included surveillance of his activities… Had the FBI opened a full-field investigation on Muhammad, and had it conducted surveillance on him, it would have been able to watch him participate in preoperational activities such as conducting surveillance of potential targets and obtaining weapons.
Congress must demand the release of this order and a complete explanation of its issuance.
There is much more at the links, please go read it all.
No wonder there hasn’t been a word from the Obama Administration about the murder of these soldiers. Their actions could have interfered with the prevention of this sort of thing.
What other attacks will have to happen because this administration adheres to politically correct ideology that refuses to acknowledge real threats.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has a watch list for those ca-razy Christians and returning soldiers. Yeah, because those people are scary.
Best 1 minute you’ll spend today. Pass it along:
What if there’s a better interrogation method that the Army wouldn’t authorize to keep an old purveyor of outdated technology happy resulting in the use of questionable interrogation methods like waterboarding? To be clear: What if the Army still officially authorizes polygraph testing to use during interrogations when it is less effective, more invasive and puts soldiers in harms way, when the more up-to-date and remarkably effective voice stress recognition system detects liars better and saves lives? And better yet, what if the new technology negates the need for a method like waterboarding–which users say it does just that?
Investigative blogger Bob McCartey asserts exactly that in his must-read article titled, “If Not for Memo, Torture Might Not Be An Issue“:
The question of whether members of the U.S. military and intelligence communities should be allowed to use waterboarding and other forms of torture during interrogations might be largely irrelevant today if not for a memo signed by Under Secretary of Defense James R. Clapper Jr. Oct. 29, 2007.
On that day, Clapper issued a memo granting “Operational Approval of the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS)” and designating the polygraph and its cousin, the PCASS, as the “only approved credibility assessment technologies” in the Department of Defense.
This outdated tech, not admissible in courts because of unreliability was the “official” tech by the DOD, when soldiers on the ground use and rely upon this:
One of the technologies that has proven itself more worthy, according to Jim Kane, executive director of the National Institute for Truth Verification in West Palm Beach, Fla., is the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer® developed by his company more than two decades ago and refined several times since.
It was the success of CVSA® technology in Iraq and Afghanistan that Kane says led DoD to create the PCASS system.
“They needed something to issue to troops in the field who used the CVSA and whose commanders — including some general officers — supported the CVSA,” the veteran with more than 30 years of diverse intelligence experience explained before adding that PCASS was never tested for countermeasures before it was deployed to troops in the field.
“The demand for our system was so great that the DoD polygraphers had to take some action or they would have been put out of business by the CVSA,” he continued. “Their resistance to CVSA is doing great damage to our national security by keeping it from the war fighters who need it the most.”
Please go read the whole thing. Turf protection shouldn’t be the reason solid methods are discarded thus forcing methods that work but are questionable.
CORRECTION: Turns out that there are now two FBI most wanted lists one for regular baddies and one for terrorists. The lists got split. So technically, this is the first domestic terrorist. Strangely, Osama Bin Laden makes both lists. Why?
The point about this leftist crazy on the list is a diversion, stands.
Facts are such a distraction to this administration. And pesky. Just to set the record straight, folks. The doofus who bombed buildings in San Francisco for doing scientific testing on animals is NOT the first domestic guy to ever make the FBI terrorist watch list. He’s at least the third.
Confederate Yankee says:
I have to ask—by what standard is San Diego the first domestic terrorist added to the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list?
Ted Kaczynski was a high-profile left-wing domestic terrorist that went on a 17-year bombing spree that put him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list as the Unabomber.
Eric Robert Rudolph was on the “Most Wanted” list as a right wing domestic terrorist when he was captured in 2003.
Those are just the first two domestic terrorists that were on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list that immediately come to my mind; I strongly suspect there were others.
If I didn’t know better, I might suspect that the addition of an obscure left-wing terrorist who planted two bombs that caused no injuries and only minor property damage to “Most Wanted” list was a political calculation, perhaps made specifically to help take the heat off a DHS Secretary under fire for supporting the release of a controversial report that labeled mainstream conservative values as those belonging to extremists, and who more or less stated military veterans were too stupid to keep from being duped into joining extremist groups.
No way! I was thinking the same silly thought! Imagine–the government trying to deflect attention from their bias’ and real focus. They would never, ever, ever do that. Not. Ever.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News