Posts tagged 9/11
Posts tagged 9/11
The Onion’s first post-9/11 issue was on point. And it’s chilling how prescient and undated it feels now, even 13 years later.
My friends’ children have never known a world where you didn’t take your shoes off at the airport. That small fact alone seems so odd.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) suggested the Muslim Brotherhood was behind the 9/11 attacks during a press conference in Egypt on Saturday. “We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world,” Bachmann said. “We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”
Well, apparently Bachmann’s forgotten who committed 9/11 — the majority of the hijackers were Saudis, from Saudi Arabia, acting under the direction of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Also, the Muslim Brotherhood is not BFFs with al-Qaeda. Their leadership has criticized and publicly feuded with the leadership of al-Qaeda, accusing the organization of damaging the cause of Islam. While the Muslim Brotherhood has condoned acts of political violence, they did condemn 9/11 and are not responsible for it. Further, they aren’t affiliated with al-Qaeda — though some factions of the Syrian rebel groups were considering backing with Tomahawks from afar and weapons on the ground, courtesy of Uncle Sam. In the shadow of 9/11, we’re considering siding with al-Qaeda affiliated forces. Bachmann should think about that for a few moments before shooting her mouth off.
Bachmann is in Egypt with Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Steve King (R-Iowa). Essentially, the Three Stooges of Islamophobia are giving press statements in a region they don’t even attempt to understand, on events they know nothing about, and denouncing billions of people based on the actions of radicals. So business as usual…
From the “Shit you can’t make up” files:
In a bizarre twist befitting a Hollywood conspiracy theory movie. the AP reports today that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was influenced by conspiracy theories, including Alex Jones’ website Infowars, which has been pushing a narrative that the Tsarnaev brothers were patsies set up by a government cabal to take the fall for the bombing
There’s no doubt that Jones will take this report as confirmation of everything he’s been preaching. The report, he will claim, was planted in the AP — the government controls the media, after all — and is a naked attempt to discredit him and definitive proof that the globalist cabal views him as a serious threat. He was getting too close to the truth in Boston, so they decided to try to take him out. It’ll be a big shot in the arm to Jones’ grand theory of the bombings, which has suffered from an embarrassing lack of evidence and logical consistently. He said the government first planned to blame the Tea Party, but then was found out and had to switch Plan B — blame Muslim extremists — so with the AP report, Jones will say, the government is trying to return to Plan A.
Other reports state that the suspects’ mother was a believer in 9/11 truther theories — specifically ones spouted by Jones and others -- that claim 9/11 was a government conspiracy to make Americans hate Muslims because terrorism, but was concocted to take away civil rights and gain power, blah blah blah.
For people who think the government is largely incompetent, Jones and his followers sure have a lot of faith in it. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out as the investigation continues, considering anything said regarding Tsarnaev being a fan of Alex Jones can, of course, just be another part of the “conspiracy.”
As soon as The Daily Show’s first post-9/11 show loses an ounce of resonance, I’ll stop posting it on the anniversary. Until then, click the image to watch Jon Stewart’s unforgettable opening monologue, and click here, here, here and here to watch the rest of the episode.
Ryan Adams, “New York, New York”
The disclaimer at the video gets me every time: “This video was shot on Friday September 7, 2001”
On 9/11, I had finished Battle Stations in boot camp. That was my first official day as a U.S. Navy sailor. I’d be lying if I said the horror I felt then has dimmed in 10 years. I cannot imagine having lost a loved one that day, whether in New York City, Washington D.C., or Shanksville, Penn.
I worked for AFN (Armed Forces Network) and this was one of my most requested songs then. It was requested this Friday on my radio show. There’s something perfect about it.
It’s official, folks. Herman Cain is done. There’s no coming back from this awful, terrible attempt to co-opt 9/11 for his presidential campaign. That’s how awful an idea this is. He will have a hard time selling himself to anyone but the die-hards after this. (Note to potential video-watchers: This is offensive; it shows video of the plane crashes and sets it to music. Be forewarned.)
And yes, this is Herman Cain singing. Thought experiment (h/t to Mediaite): I’ve seen conservatives defending this. What if Barack Obama did the same video? The response would be much, much different.
U.S. authorities are scrambling to sort through information that the CIA developed in the past 24 hours indicating that at least three individuals entered the U.S. in August by air with the intent to launch a vehicle-borne attack against Washington, D.C. or New York around the anniversary of 9/11, according to intelligence officials.
Officials say the alleged terror plot was initiated by new al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor, who had pledged to avenge bin Laden’s death earlier this year in a U.S. raid.
Intelligence and law enforcement officials told ABC News that at least one of the individuals is a U.S. citizen and one official said that two of the individuals may have had U.S. documentation — whether green cards or passports was unclear.
I believe it’s important to be aware, but it’s also important to remember the most powerful weapon terrorists possess is terror. Fear and panic are the desired outcomes of terrorism - besides the attacks themselves. Remember, the threat is specific, but it is also unconfirmed.
Anyone else feel like this?
ThinkProgress brings us the latest 9/11 consumerism, topped off with a dollop of bigotry:
Believing that the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is best memorialized in crayon, Really Big Coloring Books, Inc. is publishing a new coloring book entitled “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom." In offering kids the option of coloring the Twin Towers burning, mourning survivors, or the Navy SEALs shooting Osama Bin Laden, publisher Wayne Bell insists that "the doodles represent patriotism," a "simplistic, honest tool" to "help educate children on events on 9/11." But many Muslims describe it as, in a word, "disgusting."
Pointing out that Muslims are already dealing with an environment of increasing Islamophobia, Michigan Council on American Islamic Relations representative Dawud Walid noted that “nearly all of the mentions of Muslims in the book are accompanied by the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist.’” Indeed, the page depicting a Navy SEAL aiming at bin Laden cowering behind is veiled wife reads “Children, the truth is, these terrorist acts were done by freedom-hating Islamic Muslim extremists. These crazy people hate the American way of life because we are FREE and our society is FREE.” Bell’s response? “The truth is the truth”
The truth is the truth, only when it isn’t… Let’s not even go into the depravity of a coloring book depicting the military operation which killed Bin Laden, complete with a bullet flying towards him.
This is the same company that began selling The Tea Party Coloring Book For Kids! roughly one year ago:
The controversy isn’t hurting the sales - the coloring book has apparently sold out its first run of 10,000 copies.
Now working as a private investigator, the ex-officer claimed reporters wanted the victim’s phone numbers and details of the calls they had made and received in the days leading up to the atrocity.
A source said: “This investigator is used by a lot of journalists in America and he recently told me that he was asked to hack into the 9/11 victims’ private phone data. He said that the journalists asked him to access records showing the calls that had been made to and from the mobile phones belonging to the victims and their relatives.
And to think that Murdoch is the owner of the Wall Street Journal.
Just closing down News of The World doesn’t solve the problem! Thanks for posting this.
Every time you think the Fox “News” crowd can’t sleaze any lower, they manage to ooze down to a lower level of sleaze.
So, I asked awhile ago if there was any low they wouldn’t sink to… here’s my answer. What dismays me is the lack of surprise I feel at this absolutely disgusting news.
I have been wasted out of mind, but NEVER have I done anything like this. Bra in the refrigerator, yeah. Torching a memorial, no.
Shep Smith is really one of my journalistic heroes. Smith works for the most biased “news” organization on the planet and still deviates from the script. He calls out the tax cuts and for those blocking the 9/11 First Responder’s bill to account for themselves.
"Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges, they were covered in ash, they were running for their lives, they were crying, their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself."
Smith calls out senators who either refused to appear on his show to discuss this or simply did not respond to him. Sens. Enzi and Barrasso from Wyoming were among the “no” responses. The list begins at 6:15.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
The ninth anniversary of 9/11 was commemorated in Lower Manhattan with a solemn ceremony of reflection and remembrance, but the focus and tone shifted as demonstrations for and against a planned Islamic cultural center and mosque got underway nearby.
The Rev. Terry Jones said he had “totally canceled” his plans to burn copies of the Quran in Gainesville, Fla., but the rancorous anti-Islam mood he espoused was evident near ground zero. Shortly after the memorial service for victims killed there, a man from North Carolina burned pages of the Quran, and another protester from Pennsylvania tore out pages of the Islamic holy book and coaxed the anti-mosque protesters to buy it as “toilet paper.”
"It is tough, it is durable, it doesn’t tear," he said to the onlookers, some of whom laughed while others looked shocked.
"The protest could have been done tomorrow," said Michele Belloli, 58, who said she had already helped block construction of a mosque in her neighborhood in Staten Island. "It isn’t nice for the families of the victims to see us arguing on the day of their sadness," she said. "it hurts just to be down here."
Other protesters, however, asserted that 9/11 was an ideal day to marshal public sentiment against the controversial project, known as Park51.
"I think it is completely appropriate to have this rally today, because 9/11 is what it’s all about," said Mary Jane Plaza, who came from Connecticut with her husband and headed to the anti-mosque rally after attending the memorial service.
"Muslims will never be American citizens, they don’t fit, they don’t assimilate," said one elderly protester from Illinois, who declined to give her name. "Let’s call a spade a spade: I want them out, not in."
Protesters held up placards like “Islam is intolerant,” and “No Bloomosque no Obamosque mosque, no victory mosque,” mocking the support President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have shown for the Park51 project…
Belloli said that two months ago she would not have been able to articulate her reasons for opposing the mosque, but now she knows why. “This mosque has made me really read, and Muslims build mosques in areas they think they have conquered,” she said.
I am having a tough time recognizing my country. Look at the faces of those people and tell me, this is what America is supposed to be about. You can’t.