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Tue. Sep 11, 2012

11 Years On

Today is for the families of the nearly 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. To this day, half of these families never received even a shred of remains of their loved one. Comparatively, the rest of us mean nothing today.

Ten years ago I wrote about just on of those lost, photographer Bill Biggart: ‘I’m OK, I’m with the firemen’: In Memory of Bill Biggart.

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Sun. Sep 11, 2011

Ten Years On

Ten years ago, I woke up without a care in the world, and nothing to fear.

Ten years ago, I rarely got hassled for taking photos of public places and government buildings.

Ten years ago, I would not hesitate to plan a trip by plane. I haven’t flown once in the past ten years. Not out of fear of hijacking, but due to fear of and distaste for the TSA.

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“Usually Republicans are forthright in defending the Constitution. And here we are, reinforcing al Qaeda’s message that we’re at war with Muslims.” Mark McKinnon

“An inclusive rhetoric toward Islam is sometimes dismissed as mere political correctness. Having spent some time crafting such rhetoric for a president, I can attest that it is actually a matter of national interest […] There are many reasons to criticize Obama’s late, vacillating response to the Manhattan mosque, and perhaps even to criticize this particular mosque. But those who want a president to assert that any mosque would defile the neighborhood near Ground Zero are asking him to undermine the war on terrorism. A war on Islam would make a war on terrorism impossible.” Michael Gerson

Fri. Sep 11, 2009

For Those Who Still Mourn

A couple of years ago on this day, I wrote:

There will sadly be many who try and use today as a platform to push their own agenda, pro-this, anti-that, red, blue, etc. Take special note of such people. Remember that on a day for the thousands who still mourn, they could not wait for Sept. 12 to try and sell their wares. They could not simply keep quiet in the face of such “opportunity.”

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Thu. Sep 11, 2008

For Those Who Still Mourn

Last year on this day, I wrote:

There will sadly be many who try and use today as a platform to push their own agenda, pro-this, anti-that, red, blue, etc. Take special note of such people. Remember that on a day for the thousands who still mourn, they could not wait for Sept. 12 to try and sell their wares. They could not simply keep quiet in the face of such “opportunity.”

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Wed. Sep 10, 2008

It's September 10th All Over Again

On September 10th, 2001, Al Qaeda had a home base. From there they could easily communicate with their peers around the world, make plans for future operations, train new recruits, and in general, operate freely without interference from the government of the country in which they were based.

It’s now seven years later. And Al Qaeda has a home base. From there they can easily communicate with their peers around the world, make plans for future operations, train new recruits, and in general, operate freely without interference from the government of the country in which they are based. In fact, the intelligence service of the country in which they are now based has been shown to conspire with them.

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Tue. Sep 11, 2007

Those Who Still Mourn

Thu. Apr 12, 2007

Bill Biggart Photographer (1947-2001)

One year after 9/11, I wrote what was a very difficult article for me, “‘I’m OK, I’m with the firemen’: In Memory of Bill Biggart.” I’ve never claimed to be any kind of masterful writer, but of all the things I’ve put up on this site over the past decade, it’s one of the works of which I’m proudest. I wrote it from the heart. About a man I never met. But the story of his death that day rocked me to my core in ways I still can’t explain.

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Mon. Sep 11, 2006

Five Years Ago

Five years ago, we weren’t thinking about the political implications of the day. Five years ago, we had not yet fully divided ourselves into red and blue. Five years ago, we had no conception such a day could be turned into a “docu-drama.”

Five years ago today, the only thing we felt was the pain of loss. For that day, even if only for a minute, millions of us felt that we might just have easily been one of the thousands of families suffering a loss … just because a loved one went to work. Just because a loved one got on the wrong plane. It was a most basic commonality, a shared empathy that far outweighed any of the usual petty divisions among us.

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Sun. Sep 11, 2005

Four Years On

One year on, I told you, “You shouldn’t be here today.” Two Years On I wrote A Day of Remembrance and Mad At The Messenger. Then there was Three Years On, and The Children of 9-11. Now it’s four years. And I don’t know what to tell you.

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Tue. Dec 07, 2004

A Day of Infamy and Reform

Sixty years ago today, the United States was shocked by a vicious surprise attack that killed thousands. About three years and three months ago, it happened again. So perhaps it is a proper fate that an agreement on the intelligence reform bill might have been reached on Dec. 7, 2004.

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Sun. Oct 31, 2004

Not Quite Dead Yet

I guess we got our October Surprise, neatly slow pitched right into the Friday news cycle on the final weekend before the election, arriving a little over an hour before the East Coast evening newscasts. And it didn’t take a high priced political PR team to make it happen, just a new bin Laden videotape hand delivered in an envelope.

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Sun. Sep 12, 2004

The Children of 9-11

How can a child ever understand things that totally befuddle the adults around them? They are the least prepared among us, yet the most affected.

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