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Remembering September 11, 2001
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:14

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Hundreds gather to mark 9/11 anniversary; those sick with 9/11-related illnesses struggle to get care and recognition; David Cole and Jules Lobel on Bush's "preventive paradigm" for dealing with terrorism; "typical" day of violence in Iraq as General Petraeus reports to Congress; Eugene Robinson on Bush's "six months" without end; Michael Winship on lies, damned lies and statistics; French pollination specialist Bernard Vaissiere evaluates the state of research on colony collapse disorder; William Fisher reviews Marjorie Cohn's "Cowboy Republic"; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 09.11

Remembering September 11, 2001
Cara Buckley reports for The New York Times, "The families began trickling in at 7 am, some clutching bouquets of flowers, others holding heart-shaped balloons, eventually filling the park by the hundreds and taking refuge from sporadic drizzle under a sea of dark umbrellas."

Ignoring the Other Victims of 9/11
Marie Cocco reports for Truthdig.com, "Thousands of construction workers, janitors, communications specialists, food-cart vendors and others who worked amid the noxious fumes for weeks or months - removing debris not only from Ground Zero but from the office buildings that still stood, reviving communications, feeding and providing aid to those who toiled - are sick with lung disease and all manner of rare cancers, according to various health officials."

David Cole and Jules Lobel | Why We're Losing the War on Terror
David Cole and Jules Lobel write for The Nation: "The preventive paradigm has compromised our spirit, strengthened our enemies and left us less free and less safe. If we are ready to learn from our mistakes, however, there is a better way to defend ourselves - through, rather than despite, a recommitment to the rule of law."

The View From Baghdad: Mounting Death Toll Makes a Mockery of US Optimism
Kim Sengupta reports for The Independent UK: "By the time General Petraeus had finished speaking yesterday the slaughter in Iraq for the previous 24 hours could be tallied. It was not an exceptionally violent day by the standards of Iraq: seven US soldiers lay dead and 11 injured in the capital; other instances of sectarian violence included a suicide bomb which had killed 10 and wounded scores near Mosul while 10 bodies were found in Baghdad. Three policemen were killed in clashes in Mosul, and a car bomb outside a hospital in the capital had exploded, killing two and wounding six."

Eugene Robinson | "Six Months" Without End
Eugene Robinson writes for The Washington Post: "The next six months in Iraq are crucial - and always will be. That noise you heard yesterday on Capitol Hill was the can being kicked further down the road leading to January 2009, when George W. Bush gets to hand off his Iraq fiasco to somebody else."

Michael Winship | Iraq: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
Michael Winship writes for Truthout: "Throughout, the Bush administration has misinterpreted, cooked or hidden the numbers that tell the real story: the number of attacks, the number of suicide bombings, the numbers of civilian dead and wounded. For politicians and generals, statistics (as I have quoted an old British truism here before) are like a lamppost to a drunk - used more for support than illumination."

"Yes, the Bees Could Disappear"
Jean-Luc Goudet, writing for Futura-Sciences, interviews French pollination specialist Bernard Vaissiere on the state of research on colony collapse disorder.

William Fisher | Marjorie Cohn's Justice Gene
William Fisher, writing for Truthout, reviews Marjorie Cohn's recently published book, "Cowboy Republic."


Hundreds Gather in Rain to Mark Sixth Anniversary of Attacks
By Cara Buckley
The New York Times

Tuesday 11 September 2007

For the first time in six years, Sept. 11 fell on a Tuesday, the same day the planes flew into the buildings and changed everything.

Yet much was different at the increasingly familiar ceremony in Lower Manhattan, where families of the dead, public officials and visitors gathered to mourn and remember.

Unlike the awful, brilliant day of the attacks, this year's skies were moody and dark, alternately threatening and delivering rain. The ceremony took place not at ground zero, where construction cranes now rise like tentative fingers of hope, but near its southeastern corner, in Zuccotti Park. Ceremonies were also planned this morning at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., where the other two hijacked planes crashed that morning.

The families began trickling in at 7 a.m., some clutching bouquets of flowers, others holding heart-shaped balloons, eventually filling the park by the hundreds and taking refuge from sporadic drizzle under a sea of dark umbrellas.

And then, as it has for five years before, the remembrance ceremony assumed its recognizable form. At 8:40 a.m., the Brooklyn Youth Chorus took the stage, and sang the "Star Spangled Banner," their voices sounding like angels as mourners held aloft photos of people who, to them, are angels now, too. Afterward, the drummer for the New York Police Department marching band sounded a mournful heartbeat, and then the bagpipers began.

At 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the North Tower, a bell was sounded, as it has for six years now, and the gathered masses bowed their heads.

"On that day, we felt isolated, but not for long, and not from each other. New Yorkers rushed to the site, not knowing which place was safe or if there was more danger ahead," Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said. "They weren't sure of anything except that they had to be here. Six years have passed, and our place is still by your side."And then 236 emergency workers from an array of city agencies and religious entities, began reading, in alphabetical order, the names of that day's 2,750 victims in Lower Manhattan.

At 10 a.m. after a moment of silence to mark the collapse of the South Tower, Rudolph W. Giuliani made a brief statement. The presence of the former mayor, who is running for president, had stirred controversy, although he has attended every year.

"On this day six years ago and on the days that followed in the midst of our great grief and turmoil, we also witnessed uncompromising strength and resilience as a people," he said. "It was a day with no answers, but with an unending line of those who came forward to try to help one another.

Mr. Giuliani added: "Elie Wiesel wrote wrote this about the blackest night a human being can know: 'I have learned two lessons in my life. First, there are no significant literary, psychological or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope too can be given to one only by other human beings.'"

Construction at ground zero was stilled for the day, but the roar of an awakening Manhattan filled the air. Cars crept along West Street, sirens yelped, and workers in nearby office buildings peered down from windows at the proceedings, and then retreated back to work.

And huddled under their umbrellas, shifting awkward because there were no seats, the relatives held up the photos of their perished loved ones, visceral reminders of the day they may hate to remember but cannot bear to forget.

"All those amazing incredible people who became victims that day. Please know your loved ones along with your loved ones families and friends are remembered in our prayers," said one woman, after reading off the names of a dozen victims.

"Please know that we will never forget."



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