“We had your favorite dinner tonight. I ate it all up, even though I don’t like carrots. I really, really miss you, Daddy. I try not to cry. I know you don’t like it when I cry. I sleep with the light on in case you come home to kiss me goodnight.”
The Blaze Welles’ mother Allison said she knew that her son was lost the moment she watched the South Tower collapsed, and with no signs of him at the end of September 2001, the family held a memorial service in Welles’ honor at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, N.Y. where over 1,000 people came to pay respects.
Welles’ remains were recovered on March 19, 2002 along with NYFD firefighters and emergency services personnel who had been operating a NYFD Command Center in the lobby of the South Tower. Welles wore the number 19 at Boston College.
“We were just ready to accept we would never hear anything” about what happened to Welles during his last hour, said Alison to Fox News at the family home in Upper Nyack for a September 2002 story. Fox News reports that in the months following 9/11, Allison meticulously combed over every news video or article on the attack, hoping to see a glimpse of her son for any further information of what happened to him.
Then, on May 26, The New York Times published witness accounts of the last 102 minutes before the Twin Towers fell, featuring Judy Wein and Ling Young’s story of the man in the red bandanna.
“A mysterious man appeared at one point, his mouth and nose covered with a red handkerchief. He was looking for a fire extinguisher. As Judy Wein recalls, he pointed to the stairs and made an announcement that saved lives: Anyone who can walk, get up and walk now. Anyone who can perhaps help others, find someone who needs help and then head down.
In groups of two and three, the survivors struggled to the stairs. A few flights down, they propped up debris blocking their way, leaving a small passageway to slip through.
A few minutes behind this group was Ling Young, who also survived the impact in the sky lobby. She, too, said she had been steered by the man in the red bandanna, hearing him call out: ‘This way to the stairs.’ He trailed her down the stairs. Ms. Young said she soon noticed that he was carrying a woman on his back. Once they reached clearer air, he put her down and went back up.”
Knowing that her son always carried a red bandanna in his back right pocket, Welles’ mother believed that the description in the New York Times of the mysterious man with the red handkerchief was her son. After receiving a letter from Allison with a photo of Welles, Judy and Ling confirmed that Allison had finally found out what her son did in the last hour of his life. Wearing the red bandanna, a childhood habit, Welles’ saved at least 18 lives acting as a firefighter, not an equities trader in the final hour of his life.
“If he hadn’t come back, I wouldn’t have made it,” said Wein to CNN. “People can live 100 years and not have the compassion, the wherewithal to do what he did.”
UK DAILY MAIL He has been linked to what officials have called a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaeda threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington.
The Wall Street Journal reported Mohammad is among three al-Qaeda leaders that investigators believe pose a particular threat because they have lived in the U.S.
Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can.
Mohammad, who was born in Florida, dropped out of North Carolina’s Fuquay-Varina High School in 2006 and left the U.S. two years later to visit Pakistan, his father’s homeland.
A federal grand jury in North Carolina indicted him and seven other men in 2009 on charges that they conspired to carry out terrorist activities around the world. Two of the men have pleaded guilty, and the trial of four others is set for September 19 in New Bern.
Federal authorities have never arrested Mohammad in the case, saying that they believe he has been in Pakistan since the indictment was issued.
Frank Perry, a former FBI agent in Charlotte, said: ‘They were far along in their planning and he’s not here, so perhaps he’s done more planning since then. ‘If he’s a so-called leader, it could be a leader for a particular operation. It could be a leader of a particular cell.’ Word that al-Qaida had dispatched would-be attackers reached U.S. officials this week.
A CIA informant who has proven reliable in the past approached intelligence officials overseas to say that the men had been ordered by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri to mark Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by doing harm on U.S. soil.
The informant says the would-be attackers are of Arab descent and may speak Arabic as well as English. Counterterrorism officials were looking for certain names associated with the threat, but it was unclear whether the names were real or fake.
However, a source told the New York Post: ‘It does feel more operational than most of the others we’ve had that have been more aspirational.’ The information, which came from chatter picked up overseas by the CIA, said the attack would occur on the 10th, 11th or 12th, another source told the paper.
Federal officials said yesterday that three individuals – one believed to be a U.S. citizen – entered the country last month by air with ‘intent’ to carry out a terrorist plot against Washington, D.C. or New York.
Police sources told reporters the individuals are believed to have come to the U.S. via Afghanistan or Pakistan with at lease one stop in another country, possibly Iran.
CBS Federal and local authorities have beefed up security after receiving intelligence about a credible threat. The alleged plot by al Qaeda involves detonating car bombs on bridges and in tunnels in New York and Washington D.C. to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11.
Security was equally tight at Penn Station, where armed guards were keeping watch over travelers as Transportation Security Administration agents performed random bag checks, swiping packs for gunpowder.
The crossroads of the world came to a grinding halt at various times Friday because for police Times Square has become the ground zero of the latest terror threat.
Some of the information on the latest threat could be coming from Younis al-Mauritani, the man hand-picked by Osama bin Laden to develop terror targets in the United States. He’s a “most wanted list” senior al Qaeda operative who was arrested in Pakistan last week with his computer, BlackBerry and other tools.
The intelligence includes information that al Qaeda wants to finish the job that started with Faisal Shahzad’s failed car bomb attempt in May 2010.
Intelligence sources said the terrorists could be trying to make a dirty bomb this time my mixing radiological isotopes with an explosive device. That’s why the NYPD is deploying all kinds of radiation detectors, panel trucks with sophisticated instruments.
Al Jazeera The angry also replaced the neighbouring country’s flag with their own after breaking in on Friday night. Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers backed by armoured cars were rushed to the embassy district and clashed with the protesters who torched police trucks and attacked regional police headquarters nearby.
Just past 3am local time, the Egyptian health ministry said there had officially been 520 injuries as a result of clashes around the embassy. An earlier report said one person had died of a heart attack.
The group that swarmed the embassy had left a mass rally at nearby Tahrir Square, where organised protesters called for reforms by the military, which now governs Egypt.”Thousands of documents were being thrown out of the windows, but it’s unclear which floor they were coming from,” our correspondent Sherine Tadros said.
“Indications are that it’s pretty much a chaotic situation. Protesters set on fire two police vehicles.” “The military is actually starting to fire live ammunition into the air. Once again, protesters are trying to storm the [Egyptian] security headquarters.
Israel’s ambassador, Yitzhak Levanon, his family and other embassy staff rushed to Cairo airport and left on a plane for Israel, Egyptian state television and airport officials said.
A White House statement said that “the President expressed his great concern about the situation at the embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there”.
Last month, Egyptians staged huge protests outside the embassy and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador over the border deaths of Egyptian policemen killed as Israel hunted a group of attackers.
ACLJ Jay Sekulow and ACLJ Films brings you a compelling story of the most deadly attack on American soil — told from the perspective of those who sacrificed the most — the heroes who survived 9/11 and the families who lost loved ones when the Word Trade Center became Ground Zero.
Be sure to check back on 9/11 (starting late in the day on 9/10 for the complete tribute to 9/11)
Obama’s Domestic Muslim Army On the tragic day of 9/11 our nation was shaken to its core. American Muslims too were a part of that effort to re-strengthen the fabric of our society after that tragic day and were on the front lines in saving lives at Ground Zero and contributing back to society to restore the collective strength and psyche of our nation. (Only ONE first responder was a muslim)
The Remembering Through Service campaign is an initiative launched by CAIR-MI to tell the stories of American Muslims. (But nobody wants to hear about muslims. We hear way too much about them as it is)
Ten years after 9/11 it still goes unnoticed that American Muslims were victims of 9/11 as well as first responder. (Oh yeah, pull out that ‘victim’ card again) The Remembering Through Service campaign is intended to encourage unity, decrease polarity, and to highlight the contributions of American Muslims as productive patriotic citizens who make enormous contributions to our society. American Muslims embrace diversity and have been a part of America for well over 200 years. (NO, they haven’t)
As united Americans we all should work to change the vitriolic narrative of hate and intolerance that has become prevalent in discourse regarding Islam and Muslims in America. (Your actions only cause Americans to hate you more) Working with people of all faiths, our coalition partners, and Muslim organizations, CAIR-MI aims to help dispel stereotypes (accurate portrayals) and misinformation (facts) in order to show the true face of American Muslims. It is our sincere hope that this initiative will encourage more peace and increased unity among all Americans. (Only after we turn this country into an islamic state)
1) To document that which the mainstream media does not: habitual, if not chronic, Muslim persecution of Christians.
2) To show that such persecution is not “random,” but systematic, interrelated, and ultimately rooted in a worldview inspired by Sharia Law.
HUDSON NY As will become evident, whatever the of persecution that took place, it typically fits under a specific theme, including hatred for churches and other Christian symbols; sexual abuse of Christian women; forced conversions to Islam; apostasy and blasphemy laws; theft and plunder in lieu of jizya, the additional tax that can be imposed on by Muslims on non-Muslims in a Muslin state; overall expectations for Christians to behave like cowed dhimmis, or second-class “protected” citizens; and simple violence. Oftentimes it is a combination of the aforementioned.
Because these accounts of persecution span different ethnicities, languages, and locales –even in the West, wherever there are Muslims—it is clear that one thing alone binds them: Islam—whether the strict application of Sharia, or the supremacist culture borne by it.
Categorized by theme, August’s batch of Muslim persecutions of Christians includes (but is not limited to) the following events, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity of the event:
Indonesia: Two churches were set aflame; officials downplayed these cases of arson by arguing that the buildings were “only made of board” and not real churches. A mayor also proclaimed that churches cannot be built on streets with Muslim names.
Iran: Officials launched a Bible burning campaign, confiscating and destroying some 7,000 Bibles; many were publicly burned. Likening their tiny Christian minority to the “Taliban and parasites,” the regime also “cracked down” on Christians (who make up less than 1% of the entire population), arresting many; their whereabouts remain unknown.
Eritrea: At least eight Christians have died in prisons, most under severe conditions and torture, simply for refusing to recant Christianity.
India: A female who was formerly stripped and beaten by a Muslim mob for converting to Christianity, continues to receive severe threats to return to Islam or die; likewise, Muslims held three Christian women “threatening to beat and burn them alive if they continued worshipping Christ.”
Iran: A Christian pastor in Iran remains behind bars, where he is being tortured; he is awaiting execution for refusing to recant Christianity.
Malaysia: religious police raided a church when it “found evidence of proselytisation towards Muslims” and “receiving information that there were Muslims who attended a breaking-of-fast event at the church”; a Facebook campaign created to support the raid and to “prevent apostasy” has already drawn support from 23,000 people.
Norway: A Muslim convert to Christianity was tortured with boiling water and told by fellow Muslim inmates “If you do not return to Islam, we will kill you”; if deported to Afghanistan, he risks death by stoning for leaving Islam.
Pakistan: Muslims openly abducted a 14-year-old Christian girl at gunpoint saying she had to convert to Islam. Another Christian woman who was abducted, drugged, and tortured for two years—all while being informed that she had converted to Islam—happily made her escape. In both cases, the police, as is usual, are siding with the Muslim abductors. Most recently, two Christians returning from church were attacked by Muslims and beaten with iron rods for refusing to convert to Islam or pay “protection” (jizya) money.
Sudan: A 16 year old Christian girl finally escaped from her Muslim kidnappers, who “beat, raped and tried to force her to convert from Christianity to Islam.” Whenever she tried to pray, she was beaten again and called an “infidel”; when her mother went to the police, they told her to convert to Islam before they returned her child.
Uganda: In accordance with Islam’s Hanafi School of law, a Muslim father locked his 14-year-old daughter in a room for several months without food or water simply because she embraced Christianity; when rescued, she weighed 44 pounds.
Bangladesh: Church leaders, including an elderly pastor, were severely beaten in a police station for protesting that Muslims had illegally seized and occupied a Christian home. A previously tortured Christian activist is in hiding in Honk Kong, even as his wife and children face death threats from Muslims in the neighborhood.
Egypt: Soon after breaking their Ramadan fast, thousands of Muslims rampaged throughout a predominantly Christian village, firing automatic weapons, looting and throwing Molotov Cocktails at several homes. They beat a priest, then plundered and torched his home. Another Copt was murdered in his home, which was then ransacked. Separately, a Copt was savagely attacked by seven Muslims in front of a police station; he lost one eye and required 20 stitches to his head. Girls leaving church were sexually harassed by Muslims, who hurled stones at the church; they shattered five windows.
Nigeria: In what is being called a “silent killing,” ten Christians were slain by Muslims seeking to expunge Christianity from northern Nigeria; eyewitnesses insist that the army is assisting and enabling the slayings.
Pakistan: A Christian family consisting of 26 people, including women and children, lived in slavery for over 30 years, forced to labor on a farm belonging to a wealthy Muslim landowner; they only recently managed to regain their freedom, through the aid of the Catholic Church. A Muslim mob attacked a group of Christians watching a movie about Jesus, and destroyed the projector. A Christian man was beaten unconscious for celebrating Independence Day. He was told by Muslims, “How can you celebrate when you are Christian? Convert to Islam if you want to join the celebration.”
Somalia: Al-Shabab (“The Youth”) is intentionally preventing food aid from reaching the nation’s miniscule Christian minority: “Any Somali that the Islamists suspect to be a Christian, or even a friend of Christians, does not receive any food aid.”
Sudan: A “humanitarian crisis is unfolding” in Sudan’s border region where Christians and their churches are being targeted in a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing by North Sudan’s Islamist regime.
United Kingdom: A Muslim family was terrorized and threatened with death because their daughter married a Christian — an act considered a crime according to Sharia. Note: a man marrying a non-Muslim woman is permitted.
Uzbekistan: Authorities continue to pressure churches and Christians, fabricating evidence to punish or limit Christians’ ability to practice their faith, and subjecting them to excessive fines, false accusations, as well as confiscating their Christian literature.
These are just some of the assaults to which Christians have been subjected under Islam that made it to the non-mainstream media last month. Then there are the countless atrocities that never make it to any media—the stories of persistent, quiet misery that only the victims and local Christians know—such as the recent revelation that a 2-year-old girl was savagely raped in Pakistan because her Christian father refused to convert to Islam: it took five years for this story to surface. How many never surface?
Raymond Ibrahim, a widely published Islam-specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
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FOX NEWS “As we know from the intelligence gathered from the [bin Laden] raid, Al Qaeda has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries, such as 9/11,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler said in a written statement. “In this instance, it’s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information.”
According to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the threat, “People are aggressively pursuing leads,” and it is “specific enough to elicit worry.” Another senior U.S. official stressed the threat is still “unconfirmed” so it is being chased down and investigated. It was identified in intelligence received from overseas.
U.S. officials have been saying for days that there is no known credible threat related to the anniversary. But when asked Thursday by reporters whether that’s still the case, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano seemed to at first hesitate.
Then she said: “It is still the case that we don’t have something that would reach that standard, but we still have lots of chatter out there. And we take every bit of that seriously and track it down. … The date is important because it’s 9/11. But as I said, in the intel world there’s lots of chatter and we’re taking it all seriously. Should there be something that rises to the level where I have to issue a threat advisory, we will issue a threat advisory.”
One U.S. official said that the intelligence came from tribal areas of Pakistan. The source of the reporting is known to the US intelligence community and “has a track record,” as one source put it.
(BURN IT DOWN! I am sick of these ragheads destroying our neighborhoods with their temples of terror)
Washington Post The Justice Department claimed the county’s actions violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), which prohibits religious discrimination in land use and zoning decisions. The settlement requires the county to allow the mosque to be built without improper interference or delay.
The case arose in late 2008 when local Muslims were denied the ability to build the first mosque in the county, just north of Richmond. The Muslims filed suit, charging that the denial of the request was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.” (No it wasn’t, they just hate muslims)
The Justice Department joined the case in March 2010 and found evidence that the request to build had been denied on the basis of hostility toward Muslims. The county had never turned down a rezoning application submitted by one of its 209 Christian churches, government attorneys said. (Well if you think they were hostile to Muslims then, wait’ll you see what happens now)
The settlement requires Henrico County to publicize its nondiscrimination policies and to provide training on RLUIPA to all county officials involved in land use matters.
Freedom Current (H/T Maria) -A police spokesman said the suspects, who were from Lebanon and Gaza, had been under investigation for the past few months, adding that police seized several coolants and acid normally used in farming. Authorities started their investigation after chemical companies who had received the men’s orders called police.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, the probe against the men was launched amid fears that they were possibly preparing a major criminal act against the state. The mosque in the Wedding neighborhood was searched because the two men occasionally spent their nights there.
LA TIMES Prosecutors and defense attorneys both argued free-speech rights Wednesday during opening statements in the criminal trial against Muslim college students accused of plotting to disrupt a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Prosecutors said the so-called Irvine 11 “shut down” Ambassador Michael Oren, preventing him from freely exchanging ideas with those who went to hear him speak at UC Irvine on Feb. 8, 2010. Defense attorneys argued that the students expressed political views in a legal protest and that prosecuting them infringes on their rights.
Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Wagner said the defendants orchestrated a protest that interrupted Oren’s speech every few seconds by shouting scripted lines and calling him a war criminal.
“They didn’t want to have an exchange of ideas to see who was telling the truth and who was not,” Wagner said. “What their intention was, make no mistake, was to shut him down.”
Wagner presented jurors with what he called a “batting order” of what prosecutors contend was the planned conspiracy for the protesters to end Oren’s speech.”Usually people in society know what is and isn’t expected,” Wagner said, “… and it happens in this case there were pretty explicit rules given before the talk.”
He said UC Irvine students had been told, ” ‘Yes, we expect civil debate on campus and we relish that…. But we will expect nothing less than civility and courtesy that is becoming this situation.’
The defendants are charged with misdemeanor conspiracy to commit a crime and misdemeanor disruption of a meeting. Seven of them are UC Irvine students and three are enrolled atUC Riverside.
The first of the six defense attorneys, Daniel Mayfield, addressed jurors with a word written in
green: “time.” He told jurors about the time Oren took to visit the university and the time the defendants had to plan their protest within the limits of the law.
Defense attorney Reem Salahi then recited to the jury what the students had shouted, including, “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not free speech.”
“The question before you is whether these students committed crimes when they discussed logistics and how to protest Ambassador Oren,” she told the jurors, adding that the students did it “peacefully, albeit rudely, before walking out.”
Before Wednesday’s proceedings, a UC Irvine professor, a defendant’s father and members of the Southern California interfaith community addressed the media and accused Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas of prosecuting the students for political reasons — singling them out because they are Muslim.
Moutaz Herzallah, whose son Taher is among the defendants, is originally from Gaza and said he immigrated to the United States “to have peace, dignity and honor.” But Rackauckas, he said, “threw the Constitution in the trash” when he pressed charges against the students.