September 11, 2001 Remembered as never before

Posted on September 12, 2012

September 11, 2001 Remembered as never before

on September 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM in Current Affairs, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Terrorism, US News

There is something different blowing in the wind on this anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States of America.  I can’t quite put my finger on it. The names of those killed scrolls across the bottom of the television.  The families come forward to read the names of their loves ones.  The military and politicians come out to give their speeches.  There is no comfort in any of it. 911EleventhAnniversary

After the attacks, I personally wanted the Twin Towers to be rebuilt and rebuilt quickly, exactly as they were prior to the attacks — maybe a little taller — but making the New York skyline look like it did before the attacks.  To give the terrorists a big F-U.  (image via the official tower website)

Here we are all these years later, the new buildings, nothing like the old buildings, still not completely finished.  The work on the museum was halted more than a year ago.  Click on the above image to see what the skyline looks like.  Drudge has provided a before and after for comparison:9_11 before and after

Is the discussion in the media about our enemy?  Are the news articles about those who were killed on that horrible day?  Some are, most are not.  Reporters have concentrated on how political this anniverwary will, or won’t, be.  They write articles on the cost, the price of rebuilding, the price of security, the dollars and cents of keeping these memorials of stone and steel going.  The cost of human life is lost somewhere in it all.

The Christian Science Monitor has an article about the cost of upkeep and security:

9-11 memorial: Priceless at any cost?

The September 11 memorial and museum will require a $60  million-a-year operating budget. Some argue the federal government can’t afford such a hefty price tag, while others say the meaning behind the  memorial is worth any cost.

The number comes on top of the $700 million construction cost of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. A report Sunday by The Associated Press noted that $12 million a year would be spent on security, more than the entire operating budgets of Gettysburg National Military Park and the monument that includes the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who leads the nonprofit foundation’s board, on Monday called the Sept.  11 memorial’s operating cost a necessity for security and other costs  unique to hosting millions of visitors a year on the reborn site of two  terror attacks, in 1993 and 2001.  (continue reading)

An agreement that paves the way for the completion of the Sept. 11  museum at ground zero was reached Monday, the eve of the 11th  anniversary of the terror attacks, writes the AP

The agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the foundation that controls the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was announced Monday.

The museum was supposed to open this month, but construction all but ceased a year ago because of a funding squabble between the foundation and the Port Authority, which owns the World Trade Center site.

Three powerful political figures became entangled in the dispute: The  governors of New York and New Jersey control the Port Authority, while New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the foundation’s chairman.

“By ensuring that no additional public funds are spent to complete the Memorial and Museum,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “today’s agreement puts in place a critical and long overdue  safeguard to finally protect toll payers and taxpayers from bearing  further costs, and, at the same time, put the project on a path for  completion.”

Bloomberg said the agreement “ensures that it will be restarted very soon and will not stop until the museum is completed.” (continue reading)

At ground zero, can there be a politics-free 9/11?, AP

The Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony at ground zero has been stripped of politicians this year. But can it ever be stripped of politics?

For the first time, elected  officials won’t speak Tuesday at an occasion that has allowed them a  solemn turn in the spotlight. The change was made in the name of  sidelining politics, but some have rapped it as a political move in  itself.

It’s a sign of the entrenched sensitivity of the politics of Sept. 11, even after a decade of commemorating the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. From the first anniversary in 2002, the date has been limned with questions about how — or even whether — to try to separate the Sept. 11 that is about personal loss from the 9/11 that reverberates through public life.

The answers are complicated for  Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of the hijacked  plane that crashed into the Pentagon. She feels politicians’ involvement can lend gravity to the remembrances, but she empathizes with the  reasons for silencing officeholders at the New York ceremony this year.

“It is the one day, out of 365  days a year, where, when we invoke the term ‘9/11,’ we mean the people  who died and the events that happened,” rather than the political and  cultural layers the phrase has accumulated, said Burlingame, who’s on  the board of the organization that announced the change in plans this  year.

“So I think the idea that it’s even controversial that politicians wouldn’t be speaking is really rather remarkable.”

Remarkable, perhaps, but a glimpse through the political prism that splits so much surrounding Sept. 11 into different lights.  (continue reading at AP)

I saw US President Barack Hussein Obama standing directly behind General Martin E.  Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon this morning.  Later he was standing in the same spot behind Leon Panatta, Secretary of Defense.  Obama looked board, impatient, like he would rather be anywhere else. Well, maybe not at the daily intelligence briefings, because he skips most of those. He looked small, he looked like a prop for the other speakers, rather than the President of the United States.

President Obama is touting his foreign policy experience on the campaign trail, but startling new statistics suggest that national security has  not necessarily been the personal priority the president makes it out to be. It turns out that more than half the time, the commander in chief  does not attend his daily intelligence meeting. (Washington Post)

Unfortunately for too many September 11 is just another day.The importance of our loss, of who the enemy is, has faded in spite of the fact that we continue to take our al-Qaeda members and leaders.  Another “number 2” has been taken out, only to have another terrorist step into his “number 2” position.

How many “number twos” have we taken out since September 11, 2001?

Al Qaeda Number Two Killed In Yemen Airstrike, Sky NewsSaeed-al-Sherhri

Saeed al Shehri was second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – regarded as  the network’s deadliest branch.

Saeed al Shehri reportedly died in an airstrike in the Hadramawt area of southern Yemen.

Al Qaeda confirms death of bin Laden confidant Abu Yahya Libi, Chicago TribuneAlLibi

– Al Qaeda confirmed on Tuesday that one of the group’s most senior  figures, veteran militant Abu Yahya al-Libi, had died in a U.S. drone  strike earlier this year. The U.S. government said in June it had killed Libi in Pakistan, dealing


Here is the official September 11 blogburst, via Error Theory

9/11: New Park Service images prove the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 is unchanged.

.Crescent and star The original Crescent of Embrace design for the Flight 93 memorial (left) was laid out in the configuration of an Islamic crescent and star flag (right). The crash site sits between the tips of the giant crescent, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag.
When this apparent symbol of Islamic triumph caused a national uproar seven years ago the Memorial Project (a public-private entity overseen by the Park Service) promised to change the design, but as demonstrated by the images below, they never did make any significant changes:
Photobucket Above: original Crescent of Embrace design. Below: a frame from the Park Service’s new virtual fly-by of the Circle of Embrace “re-design” as it is being built. (Comparison image thanks to MaxK.)
The most significant change is the few extra trees that are being planted outside the mouth of the original crescent (starting at the crescent tip on the right, where the flight path symbolically “breaks the circle,” and continuing down behind the Sacred Ground Plaza that marks the crash site). These few trees supposedly turn the crescent into a circle, but as you can see, they do no such thing, but only apply the most minor window dressing to what is still a bare naked Islamic-shaped crescent.
The circle-breaking, crescent-creating theme of the design also remains completely intact
The Park Service web site explicitly describes the Circle of Embrace as a broken circle, proving that the terrorist-memorializing theme of the design is also unchanged. Way back in 2005 architect Paul Murdoch described his original Crescent of Embrace as a broken circle. The 9/11 attacks broke our circle of peace and the unbroken part of the circle, what symbolically remains standing in the wake of 9/11, is a giant Islamic-shaped crescent. The terrorist memorializing intent is obvious, or in the words of Tom Burnett Senior (father of flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Junior), “blatantly obvious.”
The actions depicted in the memorial design are those of the terrorists. They break the circle of peace and the result is their flag planted atop the graves of our murdered heroes. Calling the design a broken circle instead of a crescent does not change this symbolism one whit. The unbroken part of the circle is still a giant Islamic-shaped crescent, still pointing to Mecca. Instead of pointing 2° north of Mecca, the half-mile wide crescent now points 3° south of Mecca
A crescent that points the direction to Mecca is a very familiar construct in the Islamic world. Because Muslims face Mecca for prayer, every mosque is built around a Mecca direction indicator called a mihrab, and the classic mihrab is crescent shaped. Here are the two most famous mihrabs in the world:
Crescent mihrabs Left: the Mihrab of the Prophet, at the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. Right: the mihrab of the Great Mosque in Cordoba Spain. Face into these crescents to face Mecca, just as with the Flight 93 memorial.
As the Crescent of Embrace was originally designed, a person standing between the tips of the giant Crescent and facing into the center of the Crescent would be facing a little less than 2° north of Mecca (proof here). This almost-exact Mecca orientation was confirmed to the Park Service in 2006 by Daniel Griffith, a professor of “geospatial information” at the University of Texas who was brought in as a consultant by the Park Service.
Griffith’s report examined the analysis of Politicalities blogger jonathan Haas, who had calculated that the crescent pointed.62° off of Mecca. Allowing some margin of error for the exact coordinates used for the crash site and for Mecca, Griffith confirmed Haas’ calculation of the direction to Mecca (“the arctangent value is correct”), and he accepted Haas’ calculation that the bisector of the giant crescent pointed a mere .62° off of this Mecca-line. The actual divergence is slightly larger—a bit less than 2°—but this is what the Park Service was told by Griffith: that the crescent pointed less than 1° from Mecca.
Even the Park Service realized this was bad but their response was pathetic, as Murdoch was only forced to make a slight change in the orientation of his giant mihrab. The conversation is easy to imagine: “How about if I change the orientation by five degrees?” Murdoch presumably asked. “Would that be enough?” So now instead of pointing 2° north of Mecca, it now points 3° south of Mecca, both of which are highly accurate by Islamic standards.
For most of Islam’s 1400 year history far-flung Muslims had no accurate way to determine the direction to Mecca. (Many of the most famous mihrabs point 10, 20, 30 or more degrees off Mecca.) Thus it developed as a matter of religious doctrine that what matters is intent to face Mecca, which architect Paul Murdoch proves by elaborately repeating his Mecca orientations throughout the design. They misled the public into thinking that the crescent was being removed
Images of the Circle of Embrace “redesign” that the Park Service released in late November 2005 were calculated to fool the public into thinking that real changes were being made. Here is a comparison between the original Crescent of Embrace (top) and the phony redesign (bottom). At first glance the Circle of Embrace actually does look more like a circle than a crescent, but if you examine closely you’ll see that this is almost entirely due to re-coloring of the image. The only actual change is the addition of the extra arc of trees that extends from the circle-breaking crescent tip down the hill towards the crash site:
Because this extra arc of trees explicitly represents a broken off part of the circle it in no way alters the circle-breaking, crescent-creating theme of the design. Neither does it affect the Mecca-orientation of the giant crescent (the unbroken part of the circle) that is left standing in the wake of 9/11. It only looks like a real change, but the Memorial Project apparently decided that even this purely cosmetic alteration conceded too much to critics.
Look again at that screen-grab from the Park Service’s new animated fly-by of the design as it is actually being built. The bold extra arc of trees that was the only actual change in the Circle of Embrace redesign has been taken out and replaced with a wispy wave trees:
These few trees, planted to the rear of a person facing into the giant crescent, do not diminish in any way the crescent’s functionality as a mihrab/Mecca-direction indicator. You can plant as many trees behind a mosque as you want. It is still a mosque, or in this case, a terrorist-memorial mosque.
Feel like complaining? Give Flight 93 Memorial Superintendent Keith Newlin a piece of your mind (and please pass along any response that you receive). There is also a petition you can sign, if you haven’t done so already.
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Faultline USA

The entire project appears to be a memorial to gutless political correctness and perhaps even worse!

Posted by: Faultline USA | September 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM


There is something different and that difference is the Turd who “occupies’ 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Just the fact that he is the President puts a damper on the entire day.

Him and his policies have done nothing but weaken this country and sets us up for another attack maybe worse than that dreadful day 11 years ago. And the media is pre-occupied with getting him re-elected so i expect it from those a-holes. The public has also grown complacent , and the proof is in the what ya see on TV. The media and  People would rather know whats up with the Kardashian Slut than take the time to Remember about that fateful day.

Read that piece in the NY Times about Bush and 911…still blamin Bush !  Well they outta do some research , seems the CIA had Bin Laden dead to rights in 1993 in Khartoum, and put forth a plan to X him out. When Bubba (Clinton) was briefed he put keebosh on it immediately. Typical Liberal Media B.S. It’s like the pot callin the kettle Black !

Posted by: PALADIN | September 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM

R.J. Godlewski

Meanwhile, today, thousands of Egyptians and Libyans have attacked our embassies and, in Egypt, tore down our flag and raised an Islamic flag in its place protesting that same pastor down in Florida.

The official U.S. response? The U.S. supports freedom of speech unless it offends (their) people’s religious beliefs.

Gutless DoS bastards…

Posted by: R.J. Godlewski | September 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM



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