September 11th

My Friend From Camp

Jul 25, 2019
Albert Melise and Mitch Hanley

Two men, one a British citizen of Pakistani heritage, and the other a former housing police officer in the Boston area, were unlikely to meet, until the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001. But after the Bush Administration launched the War on Terror, Moazzam Begg was detained and held at the U.S. Detention Camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Albert Melise was a guard. You can’t get much more Us & Them than that.

The Senate has voted 97-2 to approve a bill that will virtually ensure permanent funding for rescue workers whose work after the Sept. 11 attacks caused health problems.

The House passed the bill last month, and President Trump is expected to approve it, ending a years-long ordeal for the victims after concerns that the fund was on the verge of running out of money.

Auschwitz Birkenau Under a Gitmo Sky
C.Puisney

For a little more than a century, there’s been at least one concentration camp somewhere on earth. The fact that camps still exist and that humans can justify forcing other humans into such inhumane living conditions is the “us and them” dynamic taken to the most vile extreme.

Gov. Tomblin lays a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the West Virginia Capitol.
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and members of the State Police, National Guard, Air National Guard and others rang the ceremonial bell on the state Capitol’s north courtyard Friday after laying a wreath at the memorial for fallen firefighters.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov.  Tomblin has ordered all flags at state facilities lowered to half staff in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
 
     Nearly 3,000 people died 13 years ago when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
 
     Tomblin asked that residents observe a moment of silence at 8:46 this morning - the time the first plane struck the north tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
 

Gov. Tomblin
Dave Mistich

This morning Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin laid a wreath near the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial on the State Capitol grounds to mark the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

On this day 12 years ago, Governor Tomblin was serving as Senate President in the State Legislature. He said he first heard reports of the planes striking the World Trade Center as he was getting ready for the day while the legislature was in special session. Tomblin said he rushed to the Capitol and watched the rest of the day’s events unfold.