WTC bombing

Ten years ago today....

I was scheduled to fly back from Dallas to Amsterdam. I remember getting up early at my Aunt her house and packing the last of my stuff when the phone rang. My mum was on the phone, she was in a state of panic and almost yelling about the WTC being struck down by planes and that it was all over the news in The Netherlands. Because it was still early, my uncle hadn’t turned on the TV yet. So when my mom told him through the phone to do that he did.

First thing I saw was a Plane crashing into the WTC. It was so surreal that for a moment I though he had switched on the movie channel.

My mum kept panicking because all flights were being cancelled, I was stuck in the USA. My plane would not leave. We were all shocked and puzzled as to how and what exactly happened.

I ended up spending almost an extra week at my aunt and uncle before they let commercial jets fly again. There were a lot of long delays and I was quite scared to get on the plane at first, thinking that the same thing could happen again you know. But it didn’t thankfully.

Needless to say, I was very happy once i set foot at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. My family was waiting for me, I was so happy to see them yet sad too, for all the people that lost their lives on that horrivble day.

I’ll never forget 9/11, may the victims and hero’s of that day rest in peace.

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Apr. 10, 2013

Stewart was convicted in 2005 of helping terrorist Rahman – the bloodstained Blind Sheik – smuggle coded messages of Islamic violence to outside followers in violation of an explicit pledge to abide by her client’s court-ordered isolation.

Rahman, Stewart’s “political client,” had called on Muslims to “destroy” the West, “burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air or land.” He issued bloody fatwas against U.S. “infidels” that inspired the 1993 WTC bombing, the 1997 massacre of Western tourists in Luxor, Egypt, and the 9/11 attacks.

Defying a judge’s communications ban, Stewart ferreted messages to the Blind Sheik from fellow jihadist Rifa'l Ahman Tara urging him to support a new wave of Islamic violence in Egypt – and then smuggled out a coded order to his followers lifting a ceasefire between his terrorist group and the Egyptian government. Stewart personally delivered one of the messages to a Reuters reporter.

The Middle East Quarterly also described how Stewart created “covering noises” for the Blind Sheik’s translator to evade the communications ban: “On some surveillance videos, Stewart could be seen shaking a water jar or tapping on the table while (the translator) and the sheikh exchanged communications that were then later disseminated to the sheikh’s followers…”

After receiving a paltry initial sentence of 28 months for abetting terrorism, the disbarred civil rights attorney was re-sentenced to 10 years in the slammer. A federal panel of judges excoriated her for her sickening arrogance. “From the moment she committed the first act for which she was convicted, through her trial, sentencing and appeals,” Judge Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals wrote, “Stewart has persisted in exhibiting what seems to be a stark inability to understand the seriousness of her crimes.”

Prototype WTC stairwell sign.  Interesting I would stumble on this a few hours before 9/11.  When the World Trade Center was bombed on Feb 26, 1993 and we realized the hard way how unbelievably dark the stairwells become with no power, battery-powered lights were added (to supplement the main & generator-powered lights) as well as phosphorescent (glow in the dark) paint on the stairs and handrails and these phosphorescent signs on the inside of each door.  Two prototype signs were made, this one and another for the non-re-entry floors (the stairwells could be exited only on every 4th floor with the doors locked on the other 3 floors).  The other prototype listed the 2 re-entry floors above & below the current floor.

Judith Miller has been on a national book tour for her latest publication, The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, claiming that reporting incorrect information is far different than intentionally lying us into a war, which many people believed she did. Her defensiveness was obvious on Morning Joe:

There’s this narrative that’s so comfortable that the Left will not give up. They lied. People died. As if that’s how we got into the war in Iraq. No, it’s much more complicated. There’s been a lot of books, but what there haven’t been is a book about “journalism” what we got right what we got wrong, and what I’ve done is I’ve gone back and I’ve tried to take apart that narrative.

Miller explains that she got some things right, like categorizing Osama Bin Laden as a threat after the WTC bombing in 1993, almost ten years before he acted upon this country. She was right about a lot of things, as were they (the intelligence community) got WMD in Iraq wrong. She claims there weren’t any lies that forced us into Iraq, it was misinformation. Somehow, she wasn’t culpable as she was given that information and looking back, she did absolutely NOTHING wrong.

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