9/11 Responders’ Health Problems Worsen as Legislation Languishes
Tuesday 28 September 2010
A new AFL-CIO report shows that more than 13,000 of the truly heroic firefighters, police, and other rescuers who were the first to rush to the scene of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, are still being treated for the serious injuries they received.
Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former Chief of Staff, on Bush Administration 9/11 responsibility
The Taliban Wants To Wish You A Happy 9/11
By Spencer Ackerman | September 11, 2010
Hacking the Taliban (or its allies) was bound to be temporary. Ever the tasteful sort, the Taliban used the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks to escalate its information war against the U.S.-led coalition. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s “Voice of Jihad” media company has a few messages for you, American infidel, about the war you’ve been fighting for nine years. What, no viral video?
Some of those messages are run-of-the-mill propaganda: the U.S. campaign is doomed; Taliban victory is inevitable; yawwwn. But other aspects of the Taliban statement reflect a shrewd understanding of domestic American anxieties about the war. For instance:
1. Hey, American taxpayer! How’s this war working out for you? For a band of murderers who “cower in caves,” as President Obama said at the Pentagon on Saturday, the Taliban is acutely aware of the weak U.S. economy. Think of what nine years of war in Afghanistan has given the U.S., the Taliban writes: “heavy financial losses amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars.” It hasn’t brought the U.S. any security, but rather “political and economic instability” — not just in Afghanistan and its neighbors, “but in America itself.” What, no “it’s the economy, stupid”?