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Obama Admin. Opposes 9/11 Health Funding

Obama Admin. Opposes 9/11 Health Funding

By Michael McAuliff

The Obama administration stunned New York’s delegation yesterday, dropping the bombshell news that it does not support funding the 9/11 health bill.

The state’s two senators and 14 House members met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just hours before President Obama implored in his speech to the nation for Congress to come together and deliver a government that delivers on its promises to the American people.

So the legislators were floored to learn the Democratic administration does not want to deliver for the tens of thousands of people who sacrificed after 9/11, and the untold numbers now getting sick.

“I was stunned — and very disappointed,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who like most of the other legislators had expected more of a discussion on how to more forward.

“To say the least, I was flabbergasted,” said Staten Island Rep. Mike McMahon.

Spanish lawmaker's photo used for bin Laden poster

Spanish lawmaker's photo used for bin Laden poster

By Harold Heckle, Associated Press Writer – Sat Jan 16, 1:47 pm ET

MADRID – A Spanish lawmaker was horrified to find out the FBI used his photograph as part of a digitally enhanced image showing what Osama bin Laden might look like today, he said Saturday, calling into question the crime-fighting agency's credibility in battling terrorism.

Gaspar Llamazares of the United Left party said he would no longer feel safe traveling to the United States after his hair and facial wrinkles were taken from the Internet and appeared on a wanted poster updating the U.S. government's 1998 photo of the al-Qaida leader.

"I was surprised and angered because it's the most shameless use of a real person to make up the image of a terrorist," Llamazares said at a news conference Saturday. "It's almost like out of a comedy if it didn't deal with matters as serious as bin Laden and citizens' security."

Congressman calls on Obama to formally restore 9/11 Commissioners

Congressman calls on Obama to formally restore 9/11 Commissioners
By Jordan Fabian - 01/12/10 02:41 PM ET

A Republican congressman on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to formally restore the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission to review the implementation

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) penned a letter to the president requesting that he bring aboard 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean (R) and vice chairman Lee Hamilton (D) to conduct a six-month review of the U.S. intelligence system and its congressional oversight.

"I urge you to encourage this effort by bringing back these two co-chairs for a six-month period to conduct a formal review and 9/11 Commission follow-up," he wrote. "They would be charged with evaluating which of the Commission’s original recommendation have been implemented and to what end, and which have failed to be implemented and at what cost."

AE911Truth: From The Golden Gate To Ground Zero For The 8th Anniversary of 9/11

Oct 3, 2009
AE911Truth: From the Golden Gate to Ground Zero for the 8th Anniversary of 9/11
— Laurel Burik

From Commonwealth Club, a New Jersey Mosque, Real Change Conference, to We Demand Change Conference

Richard Gage, AIA, founder and CEO of the non-profit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), presented a 40-minute version of the two-hour presentation 9/11: Blueprint for Truth to a sold-out crowd at the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Tuesday, September 8th, which was also live-streamed on AE911Truth's website. This event kicked off a very full week of engagements for the 8th anniversary of 9/11.

John Sutter, a member of the Commonwealth Club and an AE911Truth petition signatory, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to negotiate this strategic and opportune breakthrough. After the event was initially canceled due to its controversy, he worked diligently to restore this event, and after an internal battle at the club, he fortunately prevailed. The standing ovation received after Gage's presentation confirmed his instincts that the event would be well-received.

Thousands of 9/11 workers can now sue over illnesses

Thousands of sickened 9/11 recovery workers whose legal claims have been barred because of missed deadlines can now join a massive group suing New York City under a law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson, officials said.

The law immediately allows more than 3,000 Ground Zero workers to revive lawsuits that were thrown out by a federal judge in July on the technical ground that they were not filed within 90 days of the workers' conditions being diagnosed.

It will also allow new lawsuits from an untold number of workers who never even filed claims.

One of them is Chris Klein, 38, a carpenter from Broad Channel, Queens, who worked for three months at Ground Zero in 2002 and is now on disability with a lung condition. Attorneys told him he waited too long after his diagnosis in 2004 and couldn't file a lawsuit.

"I put my life on the line to help the city and the state, and we were lied to that the air was good to breathe," said Klein, who said he also has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and chronic sinusitis.