Cognitive Dissonance

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Michele Bachmann Suggests Muslim Brotherhood To Blame For 9/11, Thanks Egyptian Military For Coup

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.”

The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the attacks shortly after they occurred, with several leaders saying they were “horrified by the events” of September 11.

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…

Filed under Michele Bachmann Islamophobia politics news Egypt Muslim Brotherhood 9/11 September 11th wtf? Islam

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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. 

Filed under 9/11 Ryan Adams New York New York music in memory September 11th New York washington d.c. Shanksville

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Feds: Zawahiri Launched Al Qaeda Terror Plot for 9/11 Anniversary

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.

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