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US Marks 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attacks

Commemorations Held in Washington, New York, Pennsylvania on 9/11 Anniversaryi
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September 11, 2013 6:49 PM
Memorials are being held in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania to honor the victims of the September 11 terror attacks. VOA's Jeff Custer reports on the twelfth anniversary of the attacks on the Pentagon, New York's Twin Towers and United Airlines Flight 93.
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Americans have gathered to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.  Solemn ceremonies have taken place near the sites of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

With music and prayers, friends and loved ones remembered those who perished when hijacked planes hit the towers of New York's World Trade Center.  They gathered at the site for what has become an annual event, reading of the names of the victims.

For some readers, emotions were still raw, 12 years after the attacks.

"You were more than just my daddy.  You were by best friend and I love you more than anything.  You will be in my heart always," the daughter of a 9/11 victim said after reading the name of her father.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden bow their heads for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 11, 2013.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden bow their heads for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 11, 2013.
In Washington, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims.

After a bell tolled, the president, vice president and other dignitaries on the White House lawn bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

Later, the president took part in a ceremony at the Pentagon for family members of the more than 100 people killed when a jetliner struck the U.S. military headquarters.   He told the families of victims that he admired their courage.

"In the quiet moments we have spent together, and from the stories that you have shared, I am amazed at the will that you have summoned in your lives to lift yourselves up and to carry on and to live and love and laugh again," the president said.  "Even more than memorials of stone and water, your lives are the greatest tribute to those that we lost, for their legacy shines on in you."

  • Civil War re-enactor Cpl. Robert Fuller Houston with the 3rd Regiment Infantry, lowers his head during a prayer at a ceremony, Sept. 11, 2013, marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.
  • The sun reflects off the stainless steel wall of the "Empty Sky" memorial to New Jersey's victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2013, in Jersey City, N.J. 
  • Detroit Fire Department Lt. Gerod Funderburg rings a bell during a ceremony in Detroit, Sept. 11, 2013, marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Red roses are placed next to names of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. at a memorial site during a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of 9/11 outside Jerusalem, Sept. 11, 2013. 
  • A man walks through the Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sept. 11, 2013. 
  • FDNY Firefighter Mike Bellantoni prepares a memento at the Firefighter's Memorial adjacent to the One World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • Britain's Prince Harry and Prince William take part in a trade on the floor of BGC Partners as part of a 9/11 commemoration, London, Sept. 11, 2013. 
  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attend a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • A woman looks out at New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center from inside the Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • Grissel Valentin (L) and Eileen Esquilin, who both lost family members in the 9/11 attacks, embrace at the edge of the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden pause for a moment of silence on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • A woman wipes her eyes after reading the name of her brother, Bobby Hughes, as friends and relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gather at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • People observe a moment of silence honoring the victims of the September 11 attacks outside the World Trade Center site in New York, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • Navy Quartermaster Matthew Konchan of Johnstown, Pa., stands in a field of black-eyed susans as he waits to participate in a wreath laying ceremony with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell during a memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • A woman touches the stone with names of the 9/11 victims at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2013.
  • A couple walks through the "Healing Field" at Tempe Beach Park, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The display has nearly 3,000 flags with the names of those who died in the 2001 attacks.
  • Two people with shirts commemorating New York City Fire Department firefighter Frankie Esposito sit at the south reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of the attacks.
  • Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial participate in a sunset ceremony with a giant flag memorializing Flight 93, Sept. 10, 2013.


Another observance was held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, killing 33 passengers and seven crew.

Participants stood near a memorial honoring the victims as the names of those who perished on the flight were read.
 
The plane crashed as passengers attempted to regain control from hijackers, who were believed to be flying toward Washington.

Relatives of the victims joined the National Park Service Tuesday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a visitor center at the Flight 93 Memorial.

Wednesday also is the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

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by: Paxus Calta from: Washington DC
September 13, 2013 1:43 AM
A depressing look at the origins of 9/11 and the more important violation of international law which took place on the same date. http://funologist.org/2013/09/12/911-12-or-40-or-0/


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 12, 2013 1:34 AM
I mourn all victims of this ground zero disaster. I hate terrorists using weapons possibly leading to war. But I can not exactly tell criminal weapons from not criminal weapons. I also can not tell pitiful victims from hateful victims. I can not tell vicious war from righteous war. All weapons are the same as they are made to hurt and kill people. All victims are the same as they are not alive but have expired. All wars are the same as they kill each other. I hope the day would come all humanbeings through away all weapons except for on hunting. Thank you.


by: Connor from: UK
September 11, 2013 5:54 PM
The late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, worked with Saudi Arabia to coordinate the recruitment of North African jihadists who were then armed by CIA agents in southern Turkey before being sent into Syria.

Due to the great conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims, both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, dominated by Sunnis, are motivated to topple the Alawite Shia Syrian government in an overthrow that could also bring trillions of dollars in oil revenue to both Sunni countries.

Saudi Arabia has even offered to pay the U.S. as de facto mercenaries in Syria.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a recent hearing. “They have. That offer is on the table.”

Ambassador Stevens was murdered one year ago today in an attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya which was connected to an arms transfer between the CIA and al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria.

President Obama, who believes he is the President of the “world’s oldest constitutional democracy” (the U.S. was founded as a republic), also mentioned in his speech that Americans have asked him “Why should we get involved at all in a place that’s so complicated, and where those who come after Assad may be enemies of human rights?”

Someone should ask Obama why we have been arming and sending these militants to Syria in the first place.


by: Lame from: USA
September 11, 2013 5:53 PM
President Barack Obama suggested yesterday that the Syrian opposition, dominated by al-Qaeda militants including those who killed American troops in Iraq, “just want to live in peace with dignity and freedom.”

During his Sept. 10 speech from the White House on Syria, President Obama pressed his case for the U.S. to enter the Syrian civil war on the side of the rebels, who are being led by Jabhat al-Nusra, the direct offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Iraq now described as the “most effective fighting force in Syria.”

“The majority of the Syrian people — and the Syrian opposition we work with — just want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom,” he said.

In the past year, the al-Nusra Front has emerged as the best equipped, motivated and financed opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s government, pushing out the more secular factions of the Free Syrian Army.

Al-Qaeda fighters from all over the Middle East are flooding into Syria to fill the void left by the secular opposition who lack the weapons and supplies to continue fighting.

In fact, at least since May the FSA has lost fighters and resources to the al-Nusra Front, turning the civil war into a battle between Islamic extremists and Assad’s forces.

Even the noncombatant anti-Assad activists are fleeing Syria to avoid being killed by al-Qaeda fighters as the al-Nusra Front conquers city after city in the country.


by: Mildred Burp from: UK
September 11, 2013 5:42 PM
In last night’s speech, Obama confessed to the nation the opposition forces he so badly wanted to support in Syria were increasingly al-Qaeda extremists.

“It’s true that some of Assad’s opponents are extremists,” Obama admitted. “But al Qaeda will only draw strength in a more chaotic Syria if people there see the world doing nothing to prevent innocent civilians from being gassed to death.”

George Orwell’s 1984 perfectly depicted the problem of a nation surrendering control of its media to government. In his startlingly accurate vision, whole nations were convinced they had never been at war, or were always at war, simply through media manipulation.

Of course, Orwell never anticipated the immense technological advances that would one day emerge to aid those who currently find themselves in Winston Smith’s shoes; in other words, those who have realized the absurdity of embracing the very terror groups we were supposed to be fighting.

Even former US National Security Adviser and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski has recently had to admit that “instant mass communications such as radio, television and the Internet” was derailing efforts to create a new world order, and that a “global political awakening” was responsible for unhinging plans for a Syrian intervention.

It’s important to realize that it’s the media’s job to feed us war propaganda. Through war, the globalists believe, they can derive order from chaos.

However, with the Defense Department’s recent admissions they would have to beef up their public affairs efforts due to the American people no longer placing faith in their credibility, and with Obama backing off of a potential Syria strike (for the time being), it’s evident humanity is at a turning point where alternative and independent media is beginning to have an impact being felt at the highest levels of government.

Last year, Former Congressman Ron Paul predicted a false flag attack would be used to have the public go along with a Syrian war. He also warned that much of what the media pushes is war propaganda.


by: Markt
September 11, 2013 4:45 PM
Could we, for a day at least, silently remember and honor those who died in those attacks and the heroic actions of the first responders who died doing what they were trained to do...? Without all the finger pointing and drum beating and political nonsense of who's really at fault and this and that. This country lost nearly 3,000 people, in ONE DAY, could we at least honor their memories without all the cynicism and criticism...?

Is that too much to ask?


by: Karl Johann from: Canada
September 11, 2013 1:37 PM
Call me an skeptic but...

Have we ever found out who was behind the 9/11 attack, or are we all to believe what we have officially been told???

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by: rh from: nyc
September 11, 2013 6:03 PM
It was bin Laden, but the reason was not religion or jihad, it was money and business.

However, many more people died than need be because the buildings were not constructed to engineering specifications. If you want to find out the murderers of most of the victims, search the news archives within two weeks after the attacks, noting that contractors cut corners and used incorrect cheaper materials that did not meet the design criteria.

Therefore, more people who died on 9/11 were killed by the 1%.

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by: Whistleblower from: Washington D.C.
September 11, 2013 5:34 PM
The CIA was behind it 100% and it is all ON RECORD. Their cover is blown wide open. Prepare for another FALSE FLAG attack by The CIA, and then blamed on Al Qaeda.

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by: Digger from: USA
September 11, 2013 5:32 PM
And yet we still can't decide what to build to replace the twin towers. Nazi Germany rebuilt their entire country in less time than it takes the US to make a single decision.

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by: Whistleblower from: Washington D.C.
September 11, 2013 2:55 PM
The CIA was 100% behind it. ALL ON RECORD. YOU ARE NO SKEPTIC.


by: Mrs. Condon from: New York
September 11, 2013 9:39 AM
12 years after 9/11, a Bipartisan Policy Center report warns that Al-Qaeda’s presence in Syria is enabling the terror group to undergo a process of “revival and resuscitation” which could lead to chemical weapons attacks against the west.

The report is produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project and is entitled Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment.

Despite one of the report’s authors Peter Bergen telling a press conference that “Al Qaeda central is basically on life support,” the report notes that the civil war in Syria is providing the terror organization with a new “foothold” and a “chance to regroup, train, and plan operations,” enabling their “revival and resuscitation.”

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