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September 11th

An American Hero

Monica Nordhaus | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Monica Nordhaus

It was a perfect Patriot's Day in Boston, warm and sunny. The Red Sox had just won; jubilant fans poured out of Fenway and packed us in like sardines. And then there was a boom.

The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 04.17.2014 | New York
Todd Fine

It is crucial that the terminology the museum uses in this section not generalize and blame the world's Muslims as a whole. We do not provoke Christians by calling the Kansas shooter a product of "Christian terrorism" and implicitly blaming the religion, so why do we continue to tolerate the term "Islamic terrorism?"

Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Convicted In NYC Terror Trial

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYS | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday ...

9/11 Museum To Finally Open In May

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center s...

Bin Laden Relative Could Be Held Responsible for Deaths of Thousands

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.21.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

There are lots of reasons one might be concerned about the severity of U.S. terrorism law. But I wouldn't expect criticism of this aspect of the American criminal justice system from those law-and-order lawmakers clamoring for the United States to be tougher on terrorism.

The Trial of Bin Laden's Son-in-Law and Why Not to Torture a Terrorist

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

To an American observer, that may sound astonishing. Why would he just confess? In fact, that happens all the time in these cases. The key, it seems, is in according the captive respect -- conveying an acknowledgement of his humanity and his right to humane treatment.

Should President Obama Use Drones to Kill American Terrorists?

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's nice to say the government should never be in the business of targeting American citizens, but it's a new world, and a much more dangerous world. The level of threats we face both here and abroad is unprecedented, which means we have to take new steps to ensure public safety.

In the Darkness of Dick Cheney

Mark Danner | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Mark Danner

For all his experience and sophistication, that grimly blank expression -- calmly unflinching gaze, slightly lopsided frown -- embodied a philosophy of power unapologetically, brutally simple: attack, crush enemies; cause others to fear, submit. Power from time to time must be embodied in vivid violence, like Voltaire's executions, pour encourager les autres.

Manhattan Residents Sue Over 'Fortresslike' Security At World Trade Center

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers living around the rebuilt World Trade Center are fighting what they call the "fortresslike" security planned for their n...

9/11 Case Stalls for Mental Competency Hearing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After Ramzi Bin al Shibh four times objected in court this week to the noisiness of his prison cell at night, the judge presiding over the September 11 military commission case on Thursday ordered he undergo a mental competency examination and stalled the case.

Can the U.S. Stop Itself from Widespread Surveillance?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional. The gist of his ruling is that collecting data on the telephone calls of every American violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. It should be pretty obvious to most Americans that collecting data in this way is not compatible with the values and laws governing our democracy, but it is still good to have that confirmed by a federal judge. The ruling itself is interesting, but the question of how any administration, Democratic or Republican believed that surveillance of that kind was, or should be legal, is more significant.

Guantanamo Prison Commander Previously Ran U.S. Detention in Somalia

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

When Col. John Bogdan took the witness stand at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he'd been called to testify about the strict limits he's imposed on defense attorneys' visits with their death penalty clients. The attorneys representing the defendants accused of masterminding the 9/11 terrorist attacks claim his rules make their jobs unreasonably onerous.

Here's The Video To Share With Anybody Who Still Buys Into 9/11 Truther Stuff

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

MIT linguist and peace activist Noam Chomsky has delivered what ought to be the coup de grace to what's left of the 9/11 conspiracy theories. Durin...

Actions Speak Louder: Reflections on Sept.12

Daniel Scott | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel Scott

It was the 12th of September 2001, and insomnia had only just begun to run rampant worldwide. Thousands of miles away from where my terrified heart wa...

Qaeda Suspect Should Be Transferred to the U.S. for Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The capture of alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi by American forces last weekend in Tripoli raises a range of troubling questions. But the answer to one of them -- what to do with him now -- is clear.

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet Play the Music of September at the Firehouse 12

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Mr. Hollenbeck's vision of September is one of hope and creativity. He has a unique mind that can envision sounds from various real life situations and compose them into accurate statements of the human condition.

Gitmo Logistics & DoD Computer Mess Likely to Delay 9/11 Case

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Witnesses provided more details of the Defense Department's computer mess-ups and confidentiality breaches in the 9/11 hearings on Friday, and defense lawyers renewed their request to delay the hearings until those problems could be resolved.

Testimony Reveals Shocking Level of Pentagon Computer Errors Affecting 9/11 Legal Defense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Air Force Col. Karen Mayberry, testifying in full uniform, at times looked almost embarrassed responding to questions from defense lawyers that verified the problems they'd been complaining to the military commissions about for months.

9/11 Tribute in Light Attracts Many Eyes... and Birds

Kelly Rypkema | Posted 11.17.2013 | New York
Kelly Rypkema

In New York, NYC Audubon has started the Lights Out NY program and has fostered agreements with corporations behind major buildings, like the Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building, to turn their lights off at night during migration season.

9/11 Remains Identified As 49-Year-Old Man's

AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Another person who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City has been identified. The city medical examiner's office...

12 Years Later, 9/11 Accused's Protests Not So Surprising

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The ability of the defendants to meet with their defense counsel is extremely limited. It's not so surprising that, when warned that "failure to meet with and cooperate with your defense counsel may negatively affect the presentation of your case," the accused men might object.

The Paradox of Muslim Americans

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, Muslims in America were focused on the daily activities of settling down, raising children and earning a decent living. September 11th changed that routine dramatically.

An Alternative 9/11 Vigil

Davide Mastracci | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Davide Mastracci

If we only think of 9/11's victims as the ones in the planes and on the streets of America, we miss the chance to think of what caused 9/11, and the ways 9/11 has led to terror for the world at large.

From Black Cloud, White Ash

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

...Not here where I live /where just 20 minutes/before the first air-/craft hit, my-first/born waited/beneath at Station Stop World/Trade Center

9/11 Forward Together Street Art Beautifully Honors Victims

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.11.2013 | Arts

International students from Miami Ad School in Brooklyn took to the streets of New York Wednesday to send the message that we stand together in memory...