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This comes from a family member.
What really hurt me is this part: Quote:
"...If I question anything about the official Sept. 11 story, I am called a conspiracy theorist."
what is your opinion?
Security after 9/11!!!!!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Supposedly secure ePassports easily cloned
Cynics, who may say that "chipped" passports are more about control than security, may point to articles like this one to support their position:
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes - Times Online
New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.
Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws also undermine claims that 3,000 blank passports stolen last week were worthless because they could not be forged.
In the tests, a computer researcher cloned the chips on two British passports and implanted digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. The altered chips were then passed as genuine by passport reader software used by the UN agency that sets standards for e-passports.
Sunshine State offers solace to 9/11 families
BY ROBERTO SANTIAGO
Dominic Puopolo Jr. of Miami Beach lost his mother on Sept. 11, 2001, when her plane, American Airlines Flight 11, was hijacked and flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Joshua Rosenblum, whose mother, Sue Rosenblum, lives in Coral Springs, was killed after the same plane crashed a few stories below where he was working.
And David McCourt, of Palm Beach, lost his entire family -- his wife, Ruth, and his little daughter, Julianna, when their plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was hijacked and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
In the aftermath of one of America's worst tragedies, the families of 9/11 victims have all sought to heal the scars of a horrific day.
Many remained in the New York area, but a significant number have left, choosing one particular part of the country to rebuild and resume their lives -- Florida.
'The Owl and the Hawk': A Plan to Avoid Another 9/11
By Babs Chandrasoma, July 4, 2008
In a wonderful new suspense/thriller, The Owl and the Hawk (Free Enterprise Press), an astonishing plan is revealed that, if in effect on Sept. 11, 2001, would most likely have avoided that terrible disaster. The author calls the plan the Privilege of Passage plan, or POP plan.
On the occasion of a visit to Israel in 1973, the author, John Errett, was invited to an Israeli Air Force base and learned of the importance placed on the Phantom jet by the Israelis. There was nothing any of the hostile Islamic nations had that could, in any way, match the versatility of this splendid aircraft. He was further lectured on its deployment, capabilities, and the increasing need for more of them. A visit to the Lebanese border, with an overnight stay in a northern kibbutz, fenced in and guarded 24 hours a day by ordinary farmers carrying automatic weapons, was chilling. On another side trip to the Golan Heights, he stood atop an abandoned Syrian tank and viewed the vulnerability of the Israeli farmlands below.
It is sad when this kind of things happen- Willie
Vandalized Bronx mural to firefighter who died on 9/11 is restored
9/11 hero before it was defaced by a vandal will have a new and more patriotic look by the end of the holiday weekend.
"It's just a good feeling to look at it and see it restored again," said Victor DiPierro, community affairs officer of the 49th Precinct, who was instrumental in the restoration of the mural in memory of Firefighter Peter Bielfeld.
"It's been a good way to end this," DiPierro said.
Bielfeld died running into the World Trade Center on 9/11, a day he was supposed to have off.
Artist Eddie Gonzalez painted two murals in his memory in 2001, one near Bielfeld's house at Olinville Ave. and Thwaites Place and the other near his firehouse, Ladder 42 in the South Bronx.
This spring, the mural near Bielfeld's home was ruined by graffiti - the tag "SIPS" obliterating a rendering of the firefighter's face.
WTC OR BUST: WHY CAN'T WE BUILD?
July 5, 2008 --
THE ISSUE: The ongoing challenges and delays facing reconstruction at Ground Zero.
The news about the World Trade Center's latest delays and cost overruns is neither surprising nor unexpected ("Big Fat Zero," July 1).
Sadly, the powers that be have produced nothing but embarrassment and failure for New Yorkers and the American people.
We thought that we would get fortitude and resolve in the aftermath of 9/11. Instead, we started off with a money grab that has degenerated into an orgy of bungling whiners looking to blame someone else for their lack of guts.
Perhaps the plans for Ground Zero should be scaled back to include a couple of nondescript, two-story office buildings.
That would certainly be a fitting tribute to our public ineptitude.
How is it that in Dubai they are building man-made islands, but we can't put up some buildings?
Happy Fourth of July to all of our friends, supporters and 9/11 family members.
From the Rodriguez family
White House, Candidates Plan Smooth Transfer of Power
This one come from Homeland Security themselves!- WR
by Wall Street Journal
Thursday, 03 July 2008
The Bush administration and the two major presidential campaigns are beginning an unprecedented attempt to prevent the transfer of power in January from disrupting defense and counterterrorism efforts.
The Obama and McCain campaigns are working to compile lists of potential nominees for dozens of national-security and counterterrorism positions so would-be policy makers can be vetted and confirmed as quickly as possible.
Given the inevitable gaps, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked senior Pentagon officials to be prepared to stay in their jobs for the first few months of 2009. The Obama campaign has endorsed the idea. Obama aides say the Illinois senator is considering asking Mr. Gates to stay as defense chief if he is elected.
July 4, 2008
Two Subplots in Guantánamo’s Long Legal Story
By WILLIAM GLABERSON
The long legal story of the Bush administration’s effort to prosecute detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, now has two fast-moving subplots. Either one could soon write something of a final chapter.
One plot will proceed in a federal courthouse in Washington, where lawyers for a detainee filed papers on Thursday seeking an injunction that, if granted, could be the death knell for the Bush administration’s military commissions at Guantánamo.
The other will play out in a makeshift courtroom overlooking Guantánamo Bay itself, where military prosecutors are pressing ahead with plans for what, later this month, would be the first of the trials the administration has been seeking for nearly seven years.
Either one could be decisive.
“This is a critical moment for the proceedings,” said Joanne Mariner, a lawyer at Human Rights Watch.
SAMARITAN THIEF ALERTS COPS TO 'TERROR' VAN
By LARRY CELONA
Last updated: 7:41 am
July 4, 2008
Posted: 3:42 am
July 4, 2008
He's a criminal, but he "did the right thing" when it mattered - alerting cops to what he feared was a terror plot the day before the Fourth of July.
At about 5 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified thief with a police record broke into a red van that had been parked at 53rd Street and Second Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park for about a month, a source told The Post.
He was stunned when he looked inside - it was filled with gas cans and Styrofoam cups containing a mysterious white substance with protruding wires and switches.
The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school. So he drove the van 15 blocks to 37th Street and parked it at a desolate waterfront location behind the Costco store and next to some little-used piers.
Then he got out and called a cop he knows from his run-ins with the law.
9/11 Workers Refute City's Allegation of Discovery Abuse and Malingering
NEW YORK, July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys representing more than ten
thousand ground zero workers including Police, Firefighters and other
rescue, recovery and debris clean-up personnel who became ill after working
in the "toxic soup" at the World Trade Center site following the collapse
of the World Trade Center Towers One and Two on 9/11 have informed the
federal judge responsible for the litigation of those cases that the great
majority of their clients are getting sicker as time goes by.
According to an in-depth analysis of the medical records reviewed thus
far by the Plaintiffs' attorneys, the ground zero workers suffer from
numerous ailments. A typical rescue and recovery worker, on average,
suffers from three different diseases. The analysis demonstrates that 38.8%
of the workers suffer from asthma; 67% and 57.21% have upper and/or lower
respiratory ailments, respectively; 19.88% suffer from sleep apnea; 45.89%
WTC hit job
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday took a break from head-scratching over the salmonella that has felled people from coast to coast, walloped U.S. agriculture and made Americans worry their next salad might be their last.
Dr. Julie Gerberding had something more important to take care of - to wit, a bureacratic revenge killing.
Perhaps thinking no one would notice on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend, Gerberding fired Dr. John Howard http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Howard as head of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Institute+for+Occupational+Safety+and+Health . This was payback, and the orders had to have come from the top, straight from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Leavitt .