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9-11 in retrospect…the seventh anniversary…

Good morning Netizens...

Once again I have been forced by circumstances beyond my control to begin a message the night before, this time about my perceptions of the seventh anniversary of 9/11, only to end the message today.

Someone, somewhere will inevitably ask the question, 'Where were you when you heard the news that the Twin Towers had been attacked and fallen?'. My answer is I was sitting at my desk, doing what I have done for over 12 years, working with a new client, ESpeed, of New York on a new contract for services I had acquired only the previous week. Mr. Lee Adler was a systems programmer at ESpeed, a division of Cantor Fitzgerald, and had hired me from a “head hunter” in Seattle. I was honored beyond words to be able to work with Mr. Adler, for he had vast amounts of knowledge, which he always was willing to share.

I was working with him on a web page server when suddenly communications went dead, and my internet connection was unable to reconnect to their offices in New York. This was approximately 9:09 AM local time, and no matter how smartly I hit redial, all I ever got was either a busy signal or the phone rang unanswered.

A few minutes later, I heard the news that the first plane had crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower.

Like most people I sat horrified in front of the television set for hours, which became days watching the sad tidings unfold, made even more sad because of the talented, incredibly brave people who gave their all trying to save human lives that terrible day. I once lived down the street from the World Trade Center, and have never been back to New York since that day.

In the days and years since that day, 7 years ago, the President George Bush and the federal government made two great promises, both of which turned out to be utter lies. First, Bush assured us that the authorities would bring those who brought those attacks about to justice. They have not done that. They have violated liberties and stepped up efforts in Iraq, but Osama bin Laden and his co-conspirators remain at large, and I wonder if the conspiracy theorists suggestion that the government wants it that way to better control our lives might be correct. Why did Bush attack Iraq when the CIA and NSA knew bin Laden was in Afghanistan?

The second great broken promise the government made was that it would protect us and American prosperity from further attacks. Given the shape our economy currently exists, with the financial industry failing at a frightening pace, and the outright fraud that has taken place at the highest levels of the federal government, Bush lied through his teeth. He assumed control of our country relatively debt-free and has taken us to unfound new lows of indebtedness and our national economy is failing.

I remember where I was September 11, 2001, and I have a clear memory of the events of that day in history, tainted only by the utter contempt I have for President George W. Bush for all that he has done to destroy our way of life since that day.

Where were you on September 11, 2001 when the planes hit? Will you remember that day all the days of your lives?

The Cartoon of Osama Bin Laden's celebration courtesy of David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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