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May 8, 2014

The deadly, lingering toll of illnesses caused by Ground Zero

  • 60 the number of police officers who died at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of September 11, 2001—a scene filled with toxic chemicals, debris, and many heroic efforts by said officers.
  • 71 the number of police officers who since have died of diseases directly brought on by the health hazards of their heroic efforts that day; like the officers that died that day, their names have been added to the New York State Police Officers’ Memorial in nearby Albany. source
19:28 // 3 months ago
September 22, 2013

In a beautiful tribute to September 11th, NYC Ballet released a short film of their piece NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12th of this year. It was taped at “sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan,” NYC Ballet shares. “It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home,” they say. 

The company states the piece is of Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘After the Rain.’ They also share their story of their September 11th experience, which you can read in their video bio. Really though, just stop everything and watch this. 

11:00 // 11 months ago
September 11, 2013
Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been — the parents who would have known the joy of being grandparents, the fathers and mothers who would have known the pride of a child’s graduation, the sons and daughters who would have grown, maybe married and been blessed with children of their own. Those beautiful boys and girls just beginning to find their way who today would have been teenagers and young men and women looking ahead, imagining the mark they’d make on the world.
President Obama • Speaking at today’s 9/11 memorial event at the Pentagon, the site of 125 of the nearly 3,000 deaths by terrorist attack twelve years ago today. Obama also memorialized the four Americans slain during the September 11th attack in Benghazi, Libya last year — the same city in which a Libyan Foreign Ministry was stricken by bombing today. source
18:52 // 11 months ago
September 10, 2013
19:53 // 11 months ago
September 9, 2013
This ad ran in today’s Wisconsin State Journal. Pretty sure this is a low point in the history of newspaper advertising.

This ad ran in today’s Wisconsin State Journal. Pretty sure this is a low point in the history of newspaper advertising.

23:09 // 11 months ago
May 23, 2013
President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

15:35 // 1 year ago
April 16, 2013

U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11. Doctors Helped. Red Cross Kept Quiet. 

[The nonpartisan report] describes in detail the ethical compromise of government lawyers who offered “acrobatic” advice to justify brutal interrogations and medical professionals who helped direct and monitor them. And it reveals an internal debate at the International Committee of the Red Cross over whether the organization should speak publicly about American abuses; advocates of going public lost the fight, delaying public exposure for months, the report finds.

The report, a whopping 577 pages authored by the Constitution Project, a non-partisan 11 member panel, states that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.” The independent review was launched in 2009 after President Obama, in the nascent days of his presidency, opted not to support creating a national commission on post-9/11 counterterrorism methods, which had been proposed by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.

19:28 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2013
22:51 // 1 year ago
January 31, 2013

Guantanamo judge: Dismantle secret censorship system

  • cause On Monday, a video feed from a military courtroom hearing a case involving 9/11 suspects stationed at Guantanamo was interrupted by an outside censor. While a person on the premises next to the judge censors sensitive information, the feed (which is already on a 40-second delay) was cut by a third party outside of the courtroom.
  • reaction On Thursday, the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, ordered the censorship system dismantled. ”It is the judge that controls the courtroom,” he said. “This is the last time … any other third party will be permitted to unilaterally decide that the broadcast should be suspended.” Don’t mess with James Pohl. source
12:28 // 1 year ago
September 18, 2012
Last week, Republicans and Democrats talked about remembering 9/11 and unity all across the nation, and all that patriotic stuff, and now we’re getting this thrown on our lap.
John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation advocacy group • Responding to the news that more than $38 million in previously approved spending, from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, could be cut as a result of budget sequester legislation passed last summer. John Feal, a construction worker who lost half his foot in the Ground Zero cleanup efforts, is particularly incensed because the funds were already paid for by leveling a new 2 percent tax on certain foreign companies that receive federal contracts. “This is unacceptable,” said Feal, adding, “[It’s] just another slap in the face from Washington, D.C.” source
14:34 // 1 year ago