“All of a sudden, this man gets up and says: ‘So how long are you people going to blame the previous administration?’ And I said: ‘Forever.‘” — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a campaign rally for Pres. Obama
inothernews: The Daily Show’s SAMANTHA BEE remarking on a 9/11 Memorial edition Merlot and Chardonnay: “This is real. You can drink this. If you’re a fucking asshole.”
NY Daily News: Retailers will pocket $6 from each bottle sold – at the tasteless price of $19.11.
— excellent quote by luraoff
Along those lines, more from the Teaparty Republican debate last night:
tinfoilandtea: Remember though; they “aren’t racist”
9:45: Audience begins to boo Ron Paul when he tries to explain to Rick Santorum why we can’t blame all Muslims for terrorism caused by extremists. Audience again boos when Paul complains of “unfair treatment” of Palestinians.
Note 1: the GOP first blocked the 9-11 health bill for the First Responders, but it did eventually (thankfully!) pass — right before the current Teaparty Congress was sworn in.
Note 2: Little Lord Cantor was one of the Republicans who opposed the health bill for 9-11 First Responders. Now Cantor is pushing for further cuts to first responders in exchange for current disaster relief suffered this summer by numerous states (the hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes).
Former First Lady Laura Bush, former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama observe one of the pools at the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City on Sunday. (Pool photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP-Getty via the New York Times)
con-tem-plate: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visit the 9/11 memorial with George and Laura Bush
A Father Mourns His Lost Son
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son’s name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011, in New York.
(photo: Justin Lane/AFP/Getty Images)
shortformblog: A lot of people probably feel in the same emotional place as this man right now.
Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to destroy the World Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon. What has been the cost to the United States? In a survey of estimates by The New York Times, the answer is $3.3 trillion, or about $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks. While not all of the costs have been borne by the government — and some are still to come — this total equals one-fifth of the current national debt. All figures are shown in today’s dollars.
To understand this link between today’s financial crisis and Bush’s wider national security decisions, we need to go back to 9/11 itself. From the very outset, the president described the “war on terror” as a vast undertaking of paramount importance. But he simultaneously urged Americans to carry on as if there were no war. “Get down to Disney World in Florida,” he urged just over two weeks after 9/11. “Take your families and enjoy life, the way we want it to be enjoyed.” Bush certainly wanted citizens to support his war — he just wasn’t going to require them actually to do anything. The support he sought was not active but passive. It entailed not popular engagement but popular deference. Bush simply wanted citizens (and Congress) to go along without asking too many questions.
So his administration’s policies reflected an oddly business-as-usual approach. Senior officials routinely described the war as global in scope and likely to last decades, but the administration made no effort to expand the armed forces. It sought no additional revenue to cover the costs of waging a protracted conflict. It left the nation’s economic priorities unchanged. Instead of sacrifices, it offered tax cuts. So as the American soldier fought, the American consumer binged, encouraged by American banks offering easy credit.
From September 2001 until September 2008, this approach allowed Bush to enjoy nearly unfettered freedom of action…
New York to Commemorate 9/11: New York City will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony at the World Trade Center site on Sunday, when the nation pauses to grieve for the dead and reflect on the decade since terrorists toppled the Twin Towers, damaged the Pentagon and crashed a jetliner in rural Pennsylvania.
Flight 93 National Memorial service set for today: SHANKSVILLE – Thousands are expected to descend upon the Flight 93 National Memorial today, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.
President Obama to Attend All Three 9/11 Memorials Sunday: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend memorials Sunday at all three sites of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Obamas will travel to New York Sunday to attend the 10th anniversary ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, located at the World Trade Center site. The Obamas will then head to Shanksville, Pennsylvania for an anniversary observance of the crash of Flight 93 during the attacks 10 years ago. Later, the president and first lady will travel to the Pentagon for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the victims of the attack on the massive Defense Department building.
AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va.
AP PHOTO 1 DAY AGO | First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a unidentified visitor graveside in Arlington National Cemetery as President Barack Obama shakes hands in the background during a visit to the national cemetery Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Tribute in Light: Following the attacks of September 11th, the skyline of New York has been lit up on every anniversary since with 88 searchlights to mark where the Twin Towers used to stand.
To[night], on the 10th anniversary, the lights will be turned on for the last time. (via)
Click for Live Coverage – America Remembers – September 11th – ABC News Radio
New York police will mount a major counterterrorism operation during Friday’s evening rush hour as U.S. officials rush to check credible, but unconfirmed intelligence about a 9/11 anniversary plot, a senior law enforcement official told Reuters.
The operation will involve a “big show of force” which will include officers armed with heavy weapons patrolling subways and stepped up security and bag checks at major subway and commuter train stations, including Grand Central and Pennsylvania station terminals, the official said. Law enforcement agencies in neighboring states were also involved.
“We have to be concerned. Terrorism is theater and this is a stage, right now probably the world’s biggest stage,” said New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
“There are specifics — in that sense it was credible, but there’s no certitude. There’s no smoking gun but we do have talk about using a car bomb.” — VP Biden
There is a “specific, credible but unconfirmed report that Al Qaeda again is seeking to harm Americans and in particular to target New York and Washington.” — Sec. Clinton
Bloomberg’s news conference on the terror threat:
THANK GOD CHENEY’S ORDERS WERE IGNORED by military command. From Raw Story:
Most striking of all is the revelation that an order by Vice President Dick Cheney was ignored by the military, which saw his order to shoot down aircraft as outside the chain of command. Instead of acknowledging the order to shoot down civilian aircraft and carrying it out, NORAD ordered fighters to confirm aircraft tail numbers first and report back for further instructions.
Cheney’s order was given at “about 10:15″ a.m., according to the former VP’s memoirs, but the 9/11 Commission Report shows United flight 93 going down at 10:06 a.m. Had the military followed Cheney’s order, civilian aircraft scrambling to get out of the sky could have been shot down, exponentially amplifying the day’s tragedy.
Far from sending fighters to chase after the hijacked aircraft, as Bush administration officials have repeatedly said they did, the new audio tapes paint a picture of bedlam and unpreparedness.
The situation was so chaotic, military officials received the exact location of one of the aircraft that hit the World Trade Center towers just nine minutes before impact. It even took a military official calling the FAA some 30 minutes after American Airlines Flight 77 went off course before the nation’s defense apparatus began scrambling. Moments later the jet is said to have slammed into the Pentagon.
Despite these latest disclosures, the vast majority of materials gathered during the investigation of 9/11 remains a secret, even over the wishes of the 9/11 commissioners. Among that information is a 30-page summary of the commission’s interview with President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney; black box data; minutes from a secret, high-level “continuity of government” meeting; and information on America’s overseas intelligence-gathering on al Qaeda.
Withheld from the audio released by Rutgers was a high-level meeting held by top administration officials, where they discussed continuity of government measures to be implemented if the president were to be killed or a mass casualty event were to occur. In Cheney’s memoir, he claims to have ordered a staffer to hang up on that meeting when a technical glitch caused a degradation in audio quality. Instead of going directly there to participate in discussions about how to sustain the government, Cheney decided to watch television news.
HERE’S ONE SEGMENT FROM THE TAPES: NY Times: The 9/11 Tapes: The Story in the Air
10:32 AM0 minute, 41 seconds
Mission Crew Commander (M.C.C.) gives the fighter pilots permission to shoot down civilian planes, an order relayed from Vice President Dick Cheney.
You need to read this, Region Commander has declared that we can shoot down tracks if they are not responding to our, uh, directions.
O.K, I’ll pass that to weapons.
The Region Com, the Region Commander has declared that we can shoot down aircraft that do not respond to our direction. Copy that?
Copy that sir.
So if you’re trying to divert somebody and he won’t divert
D.O. is saying no.
No? It came over the chat. Foxy, you got a conflict on that? You got a conflict on that direction?
Right now, no, but keep checking.
You read that from the vice president, right? The vice president has cleared —
Vice president has cleared us to intercept tracks.
…And shoot them down if they do not respond, per CONR CC (Norad Continental U.S. Command Center).
IN CASE YOU WEREN’T AWARE, Dick Cheney is on record as lying to the 9-11 Commission:
In its 2004 report, the commission praised front-line aviation officials. But it then thoroughly dismantled the accounts of senior government officials, who in the weeks after Sept. 11, and for more than a year afterward, assured the public that fighter pilots had been in hot pursuit of the suicidal hijackers. During these chases, according to accounts from Vice President Dick Cheney, the F.A.A. and the Defense Department, the pilots were described as ready to carry out a wrenching order from President George W. Bush to shoot down airliners.
The commission discovered that little of that was true: of the four flights, military commanders had nine minutes’ notice on one before it flew into the World Trade Center, and did not learn the other three had been hijacked until after they had crashed. Military commanders, given an order outside the chain of command to shoot down hijacked airliners, did not pass it along to the fighter pilots, but instructed them instead to identify the tail numbers of any suspected rogue planes. That turned out to be a prudent call because by then, there were no longer hijackers in the air for them to shoot.
The newly published multimedia document spells out precisely how the recordings contradicted the accounts of the senior officials.
[...] The other still-secret recording is of a high-level conference call that began at 9:28 and grew, over the course of the morning, to include senior figures like Mr. Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers.
AND WHERE WAS BUSH, the President of the United States, during all of this?
You have to wonder where was Bush, what with Cheney taking control and issuing shoot down orders on civilian aircraft (that the military determined was outside the chain of command) — was Bush STILL sitting in a Florida school room, reading My Pet Goat throughout all of this? If he’d left the school by this time, why no involvement from the POTUS — at all?