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November 18, 2013
Video: Friends of Erica Hill’s turned a personal tragedy into a loving tribute in honor of the son they lost. More.
November 17, 2013
Patricia DeConto has always been the picture of grace.
When she talks about her son, Gerald DeConto, the Navy captain killed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon, it is with love and pride for the son she calls “Jerry.”
But when the Sandwich mother traveled to Guantanamo Bay detention camp Oct. 21 to witness the pretrial hearings for five alleged terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks, the frustration and anger of 12 years without her son and 12 years without justice boiled over. More.
November 15, 2013
The re-opener of workers’ compensation and disability retirement registry for workers at 9/11 Site (A7803A -Abbate / S5759A -Golden) has been signed into law and is Chapter 489 of the Laws of 2013.
This bill reopens the registry for workers’ compensation and disability pension for those who were at or near the ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The new open period will extend through September 14, 2014. If eligible, workers who are on the registry will be presumed to have contracted certain illnesses that manifest themselves later in life as a result of their work at or near the site during that time period. The bill also addresses a shortfall in the law that prohibited vested members of a retirement system who worked at the site during the time in question but who subsequently left service, from being eligible for the registry. More.
November 6, 2013
Two British teenagers had an unconventional Halloween costume last week: the burning Twin Towers.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, dressed up as the Twin Towers for Halloween. The pair donned American flags on their heads and wore tower outfits that featured planes, explosions, smoke and people jumping to their deaths from the upper floors. More.
October 16, 2013
Hillary Clinton reconnected with relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks at the first of two events where she was honored in New York City on Wednesday night.
Clinton was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by Voices of Sept. 11th, a group launched by relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks, which took place while Clinton was a relatively new senator from New York. She’d worked closely with the group over the years, and paid tribute to its creators Mary and Frank Fetchet, who lost their son in the twin towers. More.
October 2, 2013
The number of people seeking help with medical expenses stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has ballooned in recent days as the deadline to apply for assistance from a 9/11 fund looms.
The “9/11 Victims Compensation Fund,” created as a result of the 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, had 17,000 applicants in June, but by last week that number had nearly doubled to 36,000, ABC News reports. More.
October 2, 2013
Legal proceedings against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack should go forward, a military judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting a bid to put the case on hold until the Pentagon resolves concerns about computer network security.
Army Col. James Pohl said the steps announced by Pentagon officials to address concerns raised by the defense are adequate to keep pretrial hearings moving for the five prisoners charged with orchestrating the terrorist attack. More.
October 1, 2013
First-responders, recovery workers and survivors who have illnesses that might be related to to toxins at Ground Zero have until Thursday to register for the Victim Compensation Fund.
Despite the government shutdown, the VCF remains open to answer questions from claimants and to review and process applications. More.
September 27, 2013
A new traveling exhibit containing artifacts and stories from 9/11 will be hitting the road in an effort to ensure the nation never forgets the terror and the heroism of that day.
“Ground zero is the burial place for my brother, yet I think that not everyone can go to New York and to ground zero and visit the memorial there. So we felt it was vitally important, once again, that we carry the message, that we never forget,” Frank Siller said. More.
September 26, 2013
Cancer rates among first responders and residents of lower Manhattan who were directly impacted by the 9/11 terror attacks are 15 percent higher than in the general public, according to a study of the World Trade Center Health Registry published earlier this year.
I am among that 15 percent. I was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. I am relatively young for such a diagnosis. I lead a compulsively healthy lifestyle and have no family history of early onset cancer. More.
September 23, 2013
Sick and injured 9/11 first responders, recovery workers and survivors who aren’t already registered with the Victim Compensation Fund are being urged to do so before Oct. 3 – the deadline to file for financial compensation.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference Monday at 7 WTC to ask those afflicted by the 9/11 tragedy to register immediately. More.
September 15, 2013
Sept. 11, 2001 was a day that carried tragedy, hardship, and patriotism into the hearts of every American. The country watched in horror as the towers burned, praying for the safety of the people left inside.
Lauren Manning was a managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment firm, which occupied several floors of offices in the north tower. She had only just arrived in the lobby for work, when a wave of burning jet fuel burst through an elevator shaft and engulfed her in flames. More.
September 12, 2013
A day after the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the progress the World Trade Center site – and all of Lower Manhattan – has made in 12 years, but warned of future terror threats.
Bloomberg said when he took office in January 2002 the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smouldering and that there was real worry that the city would not be able to recover from the crippling economic and emotional blows delivered by the disaster. More.
August 28, 2013
Borough President James P. Molinaro announced this year’s annual 9/11 Blood Donor Drive, which will begin Sunday and be held through Sept. 11 at various locations across the Island.
The drive’s goal is to reach 275 pints of blood — one for each Staten Island victim lost in the World Trade Center attacks of 1993 and 2001, “but obviously, year after year, we have exceeded that by many,” Molinaro said at the Postcards 9/11 Memorial in St. George on Wednesday. More.
August 27, 2013
9/11 FIREHOUSE documents the inspirational and heroic story of the FDNY firefighters from “Ten House” who were the first to enter the Twin Towers – and the last to leave – during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. This documentary tells the true story of the firefighters from Ladder 10 and Engine 10 whose bravery saved hundreds of civilians’ lives.
Watch as the surviving firefighters recall their pivotal role at Ground Zero and how “Ten House” became a symbol of refuge and safety during one of the darkest days in America history. Narrated by NBC’s Willie Geist, 911 FIREHOUSE premieres on Wednesday, September 11 at 8 PM ET/PT. More.
August 27, 2013
Young soldiers at Guantanamo Bay would have been in grade school when the 9/11 attacks occurred. But the government is making sure the terrorist attacks are fresh in their minds.
The FBI now holds briefings for military personnel stationed at Guantanamo about the attacks and their connection to the island prison. Five detainees are currently being tried for their role in plotting 9/11. There are 161 other prisoners there too, about half of whom have been cleared for transfer. More.
August 19, 2013
Lawyers for defendants in the 9/11 case claim they cannot accept a military judge’s order preventing their clients from speaking about their treatment in U.S. custody because it would violate their clients’ rights under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Addressing a motion filed with the military commissions last week but not yet publicly available, Navy Commander Walter Ruiz told military Judge James Pohl in a Guantanamo Bay courtroom on Monday that he cannot sign the judge’s January “protective order” — designed to prevent the unauthorized release of classified information — because his client, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al-Hawsawi, has a right to complain about his treatment in secret CIA custody under the international torture convention. Hawsawi and the other 9/11 defendants claim they were tortured. More.
August 19, 2013
A defense lawyer who gained rare access to an ultra-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison said Sunday that the camp does not meet international standards under the Geneva Conventions, an allegation denied by the chief prosecutor for the U.S. military’s war crimes tribunal.
James Connell, a lawyer for one of the five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 terror attack, plans to file a motion with the judge presiding over the tribunal challenging the conditions in the section known as Camp 7. More.
August 18, 2013
Prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal are pushing the judge to set a September 2014 trial date in the 9/11 case, a decision that could hinge on how deeply the defense is allowed to delve into the defendants’ treatment in secret CIA prisons.
A US military judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, will hear arguments on the issue in a weeklong pretrial hearing that begins on Monday at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba. More.
August 16, 2013
The demonstration originally called the “Million Muslim March” now has an explicitly secular name, the “Million American March Against Fear,” organizer Isa Hodge stressed in a Friday interview with U.S. News.
Media coverage of the event, scheduled for the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, exploded earlier this week. Hodge said he’s irritated that many reports used the original name, which he says was changed in February after the addition of groups that doubt the official account of the 2001 attacks. More.
August 15, 2013
Our trip to Ontario aborted, my husband suggested we remind ourselves why travel to Canada (and everywhere else) has become so complicated.
So we headed three hours southeast to the Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Service site near Shanksville, Penn., where a hijacked United Airlines jet crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, en route to the nation’s capital. More.
August 15, 2013
A mobile museum about the history of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will make its debut next month in Fayetteville as part of events leading up to a benefit concert with actor Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band.
The expandable, 53-foot trailer will be at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum on Sept. 11 and 12 and at Festival Park Sept. 13. More.
August 15, 2013
In the university magazine interview, Dr. Elshtain reflected on becoming best known for writing about war. “It has become my topic by default,” she said. “If we lived in less tumultuous times, I would write about it less.”
Jean Bethke was born on Jan. 6, 1941, in Timnath, Colo. (population 185), a farming town north of Denver. She was the oldest of five children of Paul and Helen Bethke, descendants of German immigrants from Russia, and grew up in nearby Fort Collins, Colo., where her father, a schoolteacher, principal and later school superintendent, had moved the family. More.
August 15, 2103
For Ellen Saracini, the wound September Eleventh left is still fresh twelve years later. “It’s sad beyond belief,” said Saracini.
“My daughters have grown up without a father.” Saracini’s husband Victor was the pilot of flight 175, which struck the south tower, after terrorists seized the cockpit. More.
August 13, 2013
The widow of a pilot hijacked during 9/11 wants Congress to pass a bill mandating secondary barriers to aircraft cockpits.
Victor Saracini was captain of United Airlines Flight 175, which was crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center’s South Tower, killing 60 passengers and crew. More.
August 6, 2013
There will be a number of volunteer opportunities available for the “9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.” Teams will paint, clean and perform odd jobs at the local Sheriff’s and fire stations. HandsOn volunteers will also deliver meals and care packages to fire and American Medical Response stations.
In the evening, there will be a commemorative ceremony at the Westfield Valencia mall in honor of those who fell on Sept. 11 and those first-responders who serve the local community every day. From 5 to 7 p.m., families can interact with fire trucks and military vehicles and enjoy food vendors. The ceremony will start at 7 p.m., featuring several speakers, including Mayor Bob Kellar. More.
August 6, 2013
The widow of a local pilot who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks thinks U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, by not supporting a proposed federal bill, is stalling her efforts to ensure all pilots are safe in the cockpit when in the air.
But the South Jersey congressman has submitted his own bill stating the issue should be handled by the Department of Homeland Security and not the Federal Aviation Administration, which his subcommittee oversees. More.
August 4, 2013
The threats that led to the U.S. closing almost two dozen embassies abroad this weekend is based on intelligence that is reminiscent of the “chatter” preceding the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a top senator on intelligence matters said Sunday.
“The one thing we can talk about is the fact that there’s been an awful lot of chatter out there,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said the chatter is “very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11.” More.
August 4, 2013
Standing in the shadows of the towering skyscrapers in the lower west side of modern day Manhattan, you would never know the heart of Arab America once beat from here.
Just two short blocks south of Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial on Washington Street stands the tiny island of what remains of the historic ‘Little Syria’ neighborhood. More.
August 2, 2013
Just two months remain for those directly impacted by 9/11 to file compensation claims. Oct. 3 is the deadline for survivors and first responders of the 2001 terrorist attacks to register a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
The fund was reopened under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which said survivors and first responders who had become ill, or family members of those who died due to injuries that were a direct result of 9/11, were able to apply for compensation. More.
August 1, 2013
Robert Mueller’s first day as director of the FBI was just one week before September 11, 2001.
As he closes his tenure, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Julian Zelizer of Princeton University join Ray Suarez to examine Mueller’s legacy and the evolution of the FBI’s mission in the last 12 years. More.
July 31, 2013
State Sens. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) and Greg Ball (R-Carmel) spearheaded an amendment to civil service law that would define “killed in the line of duty” to include firefighters and cops who perished as a result of illnesses contracted during the cleanup.
It passed the Legislature June 18, but for reasons that are unclear Gov. Cuomo has yet to sign the bill. “The bill is not on our desk at this time but it is under review,” said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi. More.
July 29, 2013
People who lived, worked or attended school in much of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks may be surprised to learn they have are eligible for a government program that will monitor their health and provide benefits should they become sick from the attack.
The World Trade Center Health Program is open to anyone who was present in the “New York Disaster Area” for at least four days during the time period between September 11, 2001 to January 10, 2002 and became ill as a result. More.
July 28, 2013
One of the most iconic and memorable photos after 9/11 almost wasn’t included in the Memorial Museum because it was too pro-American.
The museum staffers thought the picture of the firefighters raising the American flag from the rubble was too “rah – rah America” according to the new book “Battle for Ground Zero.” More.
July 27, 2013
Suzanne Sapega, a resident of Hillsborough and a middle school reading teacher in the North Plainfield school district, and four colleagues will receive $4,000 to develop programs to help their school community explore the roots of terrorism.
The group has been selected by the “For Action Initiative,” begun after the Twin Tower and other attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Its mission is to raise awareness about the effects of public trauma and terrorism, and to educate teachers and youth about the history of terrorism, international relations, global security and domestic and international policies. More.
July 19, 2013
Janet Mainiero has been honored as the Town of Corltandt’s nominee for the second Annual Women of Distinction Hall of Fame for her work in honoring victims lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mainiero spearheaded the effort to obtain salvaged steel from the fallen World Trade Center and create a memorial, in honor of those who lost their lives that day. More.
July 17, 2013
A U.S. expert who worked on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks is helping Canadian authorities sift through wreckage left more than a week after a runaway train barreled into a lakeside town in Quebec killing 50 people, police said on Wednesday.
Frank DePaolo, an emergency specialist from New York’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, visited the ruins of Lac-Megantic earlier in the week. More.
July 16, 2013
As the sun went down, the flag was passed from hand to hand, then carefully unfolded until it was at last fully revealed.
It wasn’t just any flag. It was the National 9/11 Flag, which was rescued from the ruins of the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And at the Boaz Fairgrounds, the flag made its final public appearance before it becomes part of the collection at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. More.
July 15, 2013
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others accused of masterminding the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will be excluded from pretrial hearings when classified information is disclosed, a judge said.
The ruling by U.S. Army Colonel James Pohl, who is presiding over a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, means the five men won’t be present for hearings about their treatment in U.S. custody, said James Connell, a lawyer for one of the accused. The defendants say they were tortured while held at secret Central Intelligence Agency sites around the world. More.
July 14, 2013
A Connecticut man, whose wife and daughter died aboard one of the planes that crashed into New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has died.
David McCourt, who lost his wife, Ruth, and daughter Juliana, 4, died Thursday in Branford of metastatic melanoma, theday.com of New London reported. More.
July 5, 2013
President Barack Obama’s hardest sell in his renewed push to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may be members of his own party – moderate Senate Democrats facing tough re-election bids next year in the strongly Republican South.
Obama has stepped up the pressure to shutter the prison, driven in part by his revised counterterrorism strategy and the 4-month-old stain of the government force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strikes to prevent them from starving to death. Civil liberties groups and liberals have slammed Obama for failing to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to close the installation and find another home for the 166 terror suspects being held there indefinitely. More.
June 28, 2013
A tour inside the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, as it unveils some of the exhibits that will go on display when it opens to the public at the World Trade Center next year. More.
June 26, 2013
It was one of those fall mornings that made all the aggravation that comes with living in New York City completely worth it. Even by the time I rolled out of bed, right around 9:00 AM, the sun was high in the cloudless sky, and a cool breeze promised to stick around through the evening. My girlfriend and I were making breakfast, and making plans for the days and weeks ahead, and then everything changed forever.
The day was September 11, 2001, and what happened that day was the single largest terrorist attack on American soil. I lived through it, and I still remember the raw emotions, the way people on the street looked at each other, the way a smell of burned wreckage lingered in the city for weeks after the attack. More.
June 25, 2013
If you lived or worked in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002, you’ve got just 100 days left to register for the federal Victims Compensation Fund.
Lawmakers, unions and public health groups are mounting an outreach campaign and are also promoting the World Trade Center Health Program, which has no registration deadline. More.
June 24, 2013
New York officials on Monday urged people who may have been affected by the 9/11 attacks to apply for economic benefits before an October deadline.
U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler joined community leaders, labor officials and emergency workers for the start of a campaign to publicize the available compensation. More.
June 21, 2013
Authorities retesting human remains recovered from the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks have identified those of a 43-year-old woman. A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office says the woman’s name won’t be released at her family’s request.
Some 2,750 people died at the World Trade Center in the 2001 terrorist attacks. Friday’s announcement brings the number of identified victims up to 1,636. More.
June 16, 2013
Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs today, saying that had they been in effect over a decade ago, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks might have been prevented.
“Now, as everybody has been associated with the program said if we had this before 9/11, when there were two terrorists in San Diego, two hijackers able to use that program, that capability against the target, we might have been able to prevent 9/11,” Cheney said on “FOX News Sunday.” “If we had been able to read their mail and intercept those communications and pick up from the calls overseas the numbers here that they were using in the United States, we would then probably have been able to thwart that attack.” More.
June 16, 2013
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report as the “principal architect of the 9/11 attacks,” is slated to appear in court with four suspected co-conspirators on Monday.
The hearing is scheduled to start June 17 and could last throughout the week. It is on a series of pretrial motions, including motions to dismiss the charges because of problems with the Military Commission Act of 2009. More.
June 13, 2013
Amid ongoing debate about the propriety of U.S. government programs tracking private citizens’ phone and internet use, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday that the government might have prevented the 9/11 terrorist attacks had similar surveillance programs been in place in 2001.
Mueller, addressing the House Judiciary Committee just months before the end of his 12-year tenure, outlined a sequence of intelligence data that was collected leading up to the attacks, and argued that the controversial programs, which collect telephone numbers and metadata, could have helped national security experts connect the dots relating to the plan — and even “derailed” it entirely. More.
June 6, 2013
The Steering Committee of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism endorses the efforts of investigative reporters Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers and calls on the FBI to come clean regarding an investigation involving a Saudi family, former residents of Sarasota, Fla., who may have provided aid to the 9/11 hijackers. Broward Bulldog, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation, and its founder Dan Christensen filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to obtain documents they were denied and are suing the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
On June 5, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham (D-FL), who also co-chaired the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry, filed a declaration in support of the FOIA request, writing, “I am troubled by what appears to me to be a persistent effort by the FBI to conceal from the American people information concerning possible Saudi support of the September 11 attacks.” More.
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