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March 13, 2014
Family members and victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks joined three members of Congress on Wednesday in calling on the Obama administration to declassify portions of a congressional investigation that addresses allegations of possible Saudi Arabian government support of the hijackers.
The report, released by a joint panel of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in December 2002, contains 28 redacted pages that family members and victims say would shed new light on the hijackings. More.
March 11, 2014
The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
More than 40 million passports are listed as missing on a database created by Interpol in 2002, yet the international police agency says planes were boarded more than a billion times last year without the travel documents being screened against the register. More.
March 10, 2014
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal – Lockport resident and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart teacher Kirsten Kenny has been recognized by the 9/11 Tribute Center.
Kenny, a freshman religion teacher at Sacred Heart, was one of 10 educators from across the country to be honored last month during the seventh annual September 11th Teacher Awards located at the Center on Ground Zero at 120 Liberty St. in New York City. More.
March 9, 2014
Atheists are trying to oust the “Miracle Cross” from the 9/11 museum, arguing that its inclusion would violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state.
But Eric Baxster of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty told MyFoxNY that the cross is part of the story of 9/11 and that museums don’t censor history. More.
March 6, 2014
Newtown Permanent Memorial Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy and members of the commission met Thursday evening, February 27, with Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and 9/11 Memorial Project Manager Abigail Mullins for what Mr Lyddy called a continuation of the information gathering process.
The Newtown Permanent Memorial Commission is charged with determining where in the community a permanent memorial to 12/14 might be located, as well as how to fund and maintain any memorial. More.
March 5, 2014
Florida public schools may soon be required to teach about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as part of their curriculum.
A bill filed in the House and Senate would make Florida teachers instruct students on the attacks and their impacts. At a House committee meeting Wednesday, Hialeah Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah) said the bill would educate students about the actual event, but otherwise it’s up to the teachers. More.
February 27, 2014
You knew this was going to be bad when the reports of alleged disability fraud stemming from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center began coming out in January. With 28 new indictments now filed, it appears there is a widespread effort by NYC public safety providers to defraud the government, resulting in potentially hundreds of millions of ill-gained payouts. It’s tragic.
There were many acts of heroism that day, and many selfless acts of honor and duty in the weeks and months after the attacks. Both civilians and public safety providers played vital roles in saving lives and offering comfort and compassion to both victims and survivors. More.
February 26, 2014
New York’s 9/11 Memorial Museum has been delayed by funding rows, technical problems and even a flood but finally looks set to open this May.
The museum’s director, Alice Greenwald, spoke to delegates at Arts Council England’s No Boundaries conference in York and Bristol yesterday in a live feed from the US. More.
February 25, 2014
It’s been more than a dozen years since the attack on the World Trade Center, but some questions seem to still be nagging the fire commissioner on duty that morning.
Former New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen told an audience at the Ferguson Library on Tuesday night that officials believed it was the right decision at the time to send firefighters into the burning towers. He said they were dealing with jet planes, fuel and 102-story buildings with people trapped inside. More.
February 25, 2014
Another 28 NYPD and FDNY pension cheaters – including two sons of the alleged ringleaders of the massive Social Security disability scheme – will be swept up Tuesday in the ongoing probe, sources told The New York Post.
The scammers, many of whom pretended to have suffered emotional trauma from 9/11, will be rounded up in the morning by investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. More.
February 20, 2014
In February 2001, a bipartisan federal commission on which we served warned that terrorists would acquire weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption. “Attacks against American citizens on American soil, possibly causing heavy casualties, are likely over the next quarter-century,” the Hart-Rudman Commission said. “In the face of this threat, our nation has no coherent or integrated governmental structures.” We added: “Congress should rationalize its current committee structure so that it best serves U.S. national security objectives.”
We identified 50 ways to improve national security, none of which was implemented before 9/11. One recommendation – to create a single agency to deal with homeland security – was not acted on until a year and a half after those tragic attacks. More.
February 20, 2014
The brother-in-law of a Sept. 11, 2001, hijacker pleaded guilty Thursday to war-crimes charges during an arraignment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The military’s chief prosecutor said that Ahmed al-Darbi, 39, will be sentenced in about three and a half years.
As part of a plea deal, Darbi is likely to testify against another high-profile detainee at the facility, U.S. officials said. More.
February 18, 2014
It’s possible there’s an overriding rule about the extent of the reaction New Yorkers had to 9/11. Unless they knew someone killed in the Twin Towers collapse, the depth of their devastation may be in direct proportion to how close they were to ground zero.
Thomas F. Flynn was very close. His devastation was unfathomably profound. An Emmy-winning CBS news producer working then with Dan Rather, he lived so near the World Trade Center that when he saw the first low-flying plane heading that way and then crash into the north building, he grabbed a pen, a notebook, his phone and his bike and immediately headed south. More.
February 18, 2014
Marc Agger and William Brown proudly present Bikeman: A 9/11 Play by Thomas F. Flynn based on his acclaimed book. Flynn is an Emmy Award-winning CBS reporter who nearly lost his life when the Twin Towers fell. He lived to write about his odyssey in an epic narrative poem that soon became a best seller.
Dan Rather called it “a journey into a modern underworld, and of the escape that made it possible to tell the tale.” Now, this critically acclaimed book has been adapted for the stage directed by Michael Bush. Bikeman features Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli, Irungu Mutu, Angela Pierce, Elizabeth Ramos, and Richard Topol. Opening night is tomorrow, February 18 at 7PM. More.
February 17, 2014
After I published my article “National Disgrace: 9/11 Museum to Charge $24 Admission” at Breibart last week, I sent a few follow-up questions to Museum officials. Anthony Guido, Communications Manager at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, sent me answers:
It has been reported that museum will feature large, and some have said borderline laudatory, profiles of Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers. Yet conspicuously absent is any discussion of their motivation. More.
February 17, 2014
It has been six years since Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other detainees at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were first charged with murder for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Why is it taking so long to bring them to trial?
Justice is moving slowly for the five men charged in connection with the murder of nearly 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks. More.
January 22, 2014
A disaster relief therapy dog that worked at the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was honored Monday for its work to comfort those who were impacted by the disaster.
Sandra Greenman, handler of the therapy dog Shiva, held a memorial service at the Riverstone Animal Hospital in Canton for her late dog that served the victims and family members of those who were affected during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. More.
January 20, 2014
The first bill signed by New York Gov. Cuomo in the new year was a dream come true for 13 young men whose shared life goal was to follow in their firefighter fathers’ footsteps.
With a swipe of his pen, Cuomo last week removed the last bureaucratic barrier of the “Legacy Law” that prevented the men from getting extra credit on the most current firefighter exam, owed to them because their dads died from 9/11-related illnesses. More.
January 20, 2014
Hundreds of memorial pavers that surround the Sept. 11 “teardrop” memorial on the Bayonne waterfront will be torn up as part of a $50 million makeover at the cruise port there, say a group of outraged residents who look after the memorial.
Frank Perrucci, chairman of the Sept. 11 Bayonne Remembers Committee, was stunned Friday when he found out about the construction plans. More.
January 15, 2014
Marc Agger and William Brown will present Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience, a new play by Thomas F. Flynn based on his book “Bikeman,” beginning Jan. 26, prior to an official opening Feb. 18, at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Directed by Michael Bush, Bikeman will feature Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) as Tom with Irungu Mutu, Angela Pierce, Elizabeth Ramos and Richard Topol. More.
January 15, 2014
The federal government should help support the World Trade Center’s Sept. 11 museum, which is set to open this spring after years of delays but could be facing budget shortfalls, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.
Officials at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum plan to appeal to de Blasio to help subsidize its $60 million annual budget. The memorial foundation previously was rebuffed by Congress and by de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. More.
January 13, 2014
Many of President Obama’s closest advisors have embraced a controversial assessment of one of the National Security Agency’s major data collection programs – the belief that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could have been prevented had government then possessed the sort of vast trove of Americans’ telephone records it holds now.
Critics of the NSA program, and some scholars of America’s deadliest terrorist attack, strenuously dispute the view that the collection of phone data would necessarily have made a difference or that the possibility justifies the program now. The presidential task force that reviewed surveillance operations concluded last month that the program “was not essential” to preventing terrorist attacks. More.
January 8, 2014
Jerry Sanford works for the North Naples Fire Department, but he spent 30 years as a New York City firefighter, and went back to New York following the September 11 attack.
Authorities announced today 106 people were indicted for lying to get social security disability benefits, many of those people retired first responders who claimed psychological issues from the September 11th attack. Sanford was disgusted. More.
January 07, 2014
Over 100 former New York City police officers, firefighters, and other first responders are accused of faking illnesses related to the terrorist attacks that killed thousands on Sept. 11, 2001. The elaborate scheme allegedly included bogus diagnoses of psychiatric disorders from licensed doctors. Those retired workers who participated in the scam collected between $30,000 and $50,000 in benefits annually. Many of the accused are being arrested Tuesday, according to ABC News New York. More.
January 07, 2014
If you happened to be braving the bitter cold near the federal courthouse in Manhattan Tuesday morning, you probably didn’t notice anything unusual. Although Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and alleged al Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Ghayth, was scheduled to appear at a hearing inside, there was no obvious sign of it, except maybe the Homeland Security van parked outside. Inside the fortified courthouse, a couple of extra guards manned a metal detector set up outside Judge Lewis Kaplan’s courtroom, but they mostly looked bored since there was hardly anyone lining up to get in and not very much to do.
That’s how it should be. Accused terrorists are tried all the time in U.S. federal courts with little extra burden on security officers and without incident. Only in the case of the five alleged perpetrators of the September 11 attacks did the plan cause such an uproar that their case was moved to another country. More.
December 14, 2013
Cantor Fitzgerald and American Airlines have settled a massive lawsuit over the 9/11 attacks. The deal was announced Thursday to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein, although the dollar amount was not revealed and is not official.
Cantor Fitzgerald occupied the top of the World Trade Center’s north tower with 658 employees when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the building. The firm had accused the airline of negligence for allowing the terrorists to board and hijack its plane. More.
December 14, 2013
It’s now No. 1 on every visitor’s list.
A visit to Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial requires some planning, and it’s best to go on a warmer day (the neighborhood is frigid in winter), but well worth a visit to see the new tower at 1 World Trade Center with its light-catching angles and to be inspired by a tour of the 9/11 Memorial, visitor’s center and nearby sites. More.
December 14, 2013
Teaching tragedy is no easy thing. It’s a careful balancing act between emotion and analysis, and it’s always a difficult compromise. Since September 2011, New Jersey has officially included 9/11 as part of the state curriculum. The New Jersey plan is a conventional one; it stresses human loss, using a wide array of resources to present the emotional aspects of 9/11.
The teacher guidelines include tips on how to help students who have been directly affected by 9/11 or have some other personal trauma that resonates particularly with the attack on New York. It presupposes an emotional connection, and seeks to foster such a connection if one is found to be lacking. In short, the New Jersey curriculum is exactly the kind of 9/11 education we need to be moving away from. More.
December 13, 2013
Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which saw 658 of its 1,000 employees killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, has nearly completed a settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers, according to documents filed in federal court.
A final signed agreement may be ready by Tuesday, Cantor Fitzgerald attorney John Stoviak told Judge Alvin Hellerstein in a Thursday proceeding. More.
December 10, 2013
A nationally renowned speaker, author and survivor of the 9-11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center will give the keynote address at the University of North Alabama’s commencement ceremonies Saturday.
The university announced today that Lauren Manning will speak during both commencement ceremonies planned for Saturday at UNA’s Flowers Hall. More.
December 9, 2013
Relatives of 9/11 victims have stepped up their political activity since the attack more than other New Yorkers have and have become a bit more Republican, a Yale university researcher has found.
His study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that when compared to a control group, families of victims – and even victims’ neighbors, to a lesser degree – have voted more often in general elections and primaries. More.
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 22, 2013
Voices is an organization that helps families and communities heal after tragedy. The organization was founded by Mary and Frank Fetchet soon after the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. Mary and Frank lost their 24-year-old son Brad in tower 2 that day.
My beautiful wing girl for the event was Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan. I was a great night of cocktails, dinner, and remembrance emceed by Joan Lunden. 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.
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