January 7, 2022

Harris Criticized for 9/11 Analogy

Vice President Kamala Harris likened the January 6 Capitol riot to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks.

Harris’ remark came during a speech delivered Thursday, addressing the event on its one-year anniversary.

“Certain dates echo throughout history,” Harris said. “Including dates that instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault. Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendar but a place in our collective memory. December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001, and January 6, 2021.”

The vice president said the participants sought to attack “the institutions, the values, the ideals that generations of Americans have marched, picketed, and shed blood to establish and defend.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the comparison, calling the analogy “an insult to the people that were going into [the Twin Towers].”

“It’s interesting how everything in our society becomes very politicized, and so today – honestly, I’m not going to watch any of it – you’re going to see the D.C./New York media, this is their Christmas, Jan. 6,” DeSantis said. 

“They are going to take this and milk this for anything they could to smear anyone who ever supported Donald Trump,” he continued.

“Look, if you obstruct a proceeding, all about holding people accountable. If you’re rioting, hold them accountable,” DeSantis said.

“But let’s just be clear here: When they try to act like this is something akin to the September 11 attacks, that is an insult to the people that were going into those buildings.”

The White House defended Harris’ comparison, saying detractors should focus on “solving the threat to democracy” instead of the VP’s words.

“Instead of focusing on or analyzing comparisons of moments in history, I would suggest that they be a part of solving the threat to democracy that occurs today, that is happening today,” Psaki told reporters on Thursday. “And they’re using this as an excuse not to be a part of that.”


Florida’s DeSantis: Comparisons of Jan. 6 to 9/11 ‘insult to the people that were going into those buildings’

September 15, 2021

Trump responds to Bush’s comments on domestic extremism: ‘he shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!’

Former President George W. Bush spoke on Sept. 11, seemingly comparing the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit. And it is our continuing duty to confront them.”

Former President Trump responded in a statement distributed by the Save America PAC.

“So interesting to watch former President Bush, who is responsible for getting us into the quicksand of the Middle East (and then not winning!), as he lectures us that terrorists on the ‘right’ are a bigger problem than those from foreign countries that hate America, and that are pouring into our Country right now,” the statement read.

“If that is so, why was he willing to spend trillions of dollars and be responsible for the death of perhaps millions of people? He shouldn’t be lecturing us about anything,” Trump added. “He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!”


Trump knocks Bush over 9/11 comments on domestic extremism: ‘He shouldn’t be lecturing anybody!’

September 14, 2021

Student caught throwing away thousands of American flags commemorating 9/11

A student from Washington University was caught on camera throwing away thousands of American flags meant to commemorate those lost in the 9/11 attacks.

Nathaniel Hope, a member of the university’s College Republicans, filmed Fadel Alkilani carrying trash bags filled with American flags he had removed from the ground as he continued to steal more. Hope said the student had “no remorse.”

“He said that it was in violation of school rules,” Hope said. “He was also saying profanity.”

Alkilani, vice president of finance of the university’s Student Union, defended his actions.

“Any memorial of 9/11 that does not contend with these facts is not only incomplete, but it also amplifies pro-imperialist sentiment and actively disrespects those who have died because of American Invasion,” he said in a statement.


Student Senator Caught Throwing Away Flags from 9/11 Memorial at WashU

September 11, 2021

Remembering September 11, 2001: 20 years later

As we remember the events of 9/11 on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, the nation is still collectively grieving.

At 8:46 a.m. ET, American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) hit the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:37 a.m. ET, American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) hit the Pentagon Building in Washington. And at 10:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Around the country, Americans vowed to “never forget” the attacks or the individuals who lost their lives.

We have not forgotten, but today we pause and reflect on that day. Here are some quotes in remembrance of 9/11.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002

“I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”

President George W. Bush, at Ground Zero, in 2001

“There are times when I talk about 9/11 and I’m right back there. I start to get choked up and I realize, ‘Ah, this is still a big part of me.'”

Steve Buscemi, actor and volunteer firefighter who worked alongside first responders in the wake of the attacks, in a podcast with WTF With Marc Maron, in 2021

“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”

Then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”

David Levithan, author

“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”

Jeff Parness, founder of New York Says Thank You


The Most Powerful Quotes Remembering 9/11 on the Upcoming 20th Anniversary 

September 4, 2021

Biden signs executive order to unseal select 9/11 documents

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to release certain documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The order directs the Justice Department and other federal agencies to review documents, and the attorney general must release declassified information over the next six months.

Last month, families and survivors of the attacks issued a statement telling Biden he was unwelcome at memorial events unless the administration released documents regarding Saudi Arabia’s potential connection to the attacks.

“We are thrilled to see the President forcing the release of more evidence about Saudi connections to the 9/11 Attacks,” Terry Strada, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center, said in a statement on behalf of the 9/11 Families United. “There is much more work to be done to secure justice for our murdered loved ones and to rectify the immense damage the 20-year shroud of secrecy has caused, but we now are optimistic that President Biden will be helping us achieve those goals.”


Biden signs executive order directing release of some 9/11 documents

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