Goddamned Muslims bound and determined to plant a mosque at Ground Zero no matter what we think

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A NYC Tribeca condo board threatened to stop “Ground Zero Victory mosque” worshipers from renting space in its tony building, sparking charges of discrimination. Park51, the organization behind the controversial Islamic prayer space and community center proposed for Park Place, leased the condo’s 49-51 Warren St. storefront in August.

NY Post (h/t Maria J)  But by Sept. 18, before any prayer services were even conducted there, the condo — where apartments sell for $1 million and up and one features a bowling alley — posted a legal notice telling Park51 to get out by month’s end.

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Park51 needs the space because its planned mosque near Ground Zero is under construction. Christophe Cornaire, the owner of the Warren Street retail space and a former Cantor Fitzgerald managing director (Cantor Fitzgerald where all of its employees were killed on 9/11 in the Twin Towers), has hired a lawyer to make sure the condo board does not evict the mosque.

“The unit owner is rattling sabers at us,” said Richard Menaker, a lawyer for the condo board. “He’s been accusing the board of misbehaving here . . . [of being] discriminatory.”

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Menaker says bigotry has nothing to do with it (Yes, it does, nobody wants Muslims down there)— that the condo is simply holding Cornaire accountable for failing to fully disclose how the space would be used and how many people would use it.

“The key thing is, they’re talking about using the basement space which is not allowed to be used by people,” Menaker said. In the past, hundreds of Muslim worshipers crowded a makeshift prayer space on Park Place for Friday services, many spilling over into the basement of the building.

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Cornaire’s lawyer, Adam Leitman Bailey, refused to comment. Cornaire, who lives in France, worked for Cantor Fitzgerald from 2000 to 2010. The firm lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Bailey represented Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the “Ground Zero mosque,” in lawsuits against the controversial project. El-Gamal’s grand plan called for a multistory building with a fitness center, swimming pool, auditorium, a restaurant and prayer space.

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But the vision was put on hold for years. El-Gamal announced earlier this year he would scale back the scheme and construct a three-story museum with prayer space designed by noted French architect Jean Nouvel.

Next door to the museum, El-Gamal plans to erect a 39-story glass and steel condo tower. His company Soho Properties received $33 million in financing for the project last month.

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9/11: WE WILL NEVER FORGET. WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE.

BNI Readers: 9/11 conspiracy theory comments will not be posted.

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9/11 JUMPERS Banned by the U.S. media:

It is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that morning. The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood. It took just 10 seconds to fall but it wasn’t fast enough for the victims to lose consciousness before they hit the ground.

Last calls to 9/11 Operators:

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MELISSA DOI: “Oh my God, it’s so hot, I’m burning up.”

KEVIN COSGROVE: “I can barely breathe. I can’t see. I’m not ready to die. Please hurry, I have young kids.”

Tribute to the canine heroes of 9/11:

The Muslim Response to 9/11:

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Islamic Cleric says, “America deserved it.”

9/11 Unsung citizen boatlift rescuers: “A hero is a man who does what he can.”

Debunking the 9/11 conspiracy theories:

Researchers at Purdue University created a simulation that uses scientific principles to show what happened when a commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

Purdue University independent analysis of the plane being crashed into the Pentagon.

Credible eyewitnesses, including pilots, who saw the plane hit the Pentagon.

United flight 93 was forced down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

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United Flight 93 Eye Witnesses

Falling Man Story the media refused to tell: 

The Clydesdales’ 9/11 Tribute to the American Spirit, shown only one time:

Photos the Left would like you to forget:

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ATHIESTS LOSE: Federal Court says ‘The Ground Zero Cross Stays’

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It was a stupid battle that never should have been waged in the first place. A federal court ruled Monday that the existence of a cross at Ground Zero does not violate the Constitution, slamming the appeal filed by the secular activist group American Atheists.

Daily Caller  The famous cross, formed by two intersecting beams left standing after the 9/11 attacks, has been a powerful spiritual symbol for many since and even during the tragedy. Frank Silecchia discovered the cross while helping recover bodies from the site. “It was a sign,” he later said. ”a sign God hadn’t deserted us.”

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American Atheists felt differently. In July 2011 they filed suit over the cross, which had been included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum, saying members of their group found its presence there “offensive and repugnant to their beliefs, culture, and traditions, and allege that the symbol marginalizes them as American citizens.”

“Many of American Atheists’ members have seen the cross, either in person or on television, and are being subjected to and injured in consequence of having a religious tradition not their own imposed upon them through the power of the state,” the suit read. (RELATED: The Ground Zero Cross Suffers For The Sins Of Atheists)

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In March 2013 a New York district court ruled against the group, noting that “since the decision to include the artifact in the Museum’s Historical Exhibit has a secular purpose, [the authorities responsible for the museum] have not advanced religion impermissibly, and the cross does not create excessive entanglement between the state and religion.” (RELATED: Atheists Attack World Trade Center Cross, Claim It Causes ‘Mental Pain’)

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Still not satisfied, they filed an appeal a few months later, again arguing that its presence “alienates non-Christians seeking to commemorate the dead, wounded and other affected persons,” and that “the overwhelmingly dominant display of the cross over any other religious symbolism is a violation of the Establishment Clause.” They softened their argument, however, no longer contending that any display of the cross was unconstitutional, but instead seeking to change the manner in which it was displayed.

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The federal appeals court denied the appeal Monday, reiterating that “the stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular” and that “an objective observer would not view the display as endorsing religion generally, or Christianity specifically, because it is part of an exhibit entitled ‘Finding Meaning at Ground Zero,’ [which] includes various nonreligious as well as religious artifacts.”

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‘Interfaith’ Christian prostitute for CAIR condemns 7-minute film about al-Qaeda terrorists to be shown at the Ground Zero 9/11 Museum because it puts Muslims in a bad light

Usama Dakdok, an Egyptian-born Christian from The StraightWay begs to differ.

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MUSLIMS denounce 9/11 Memorial Museum’s ‘accurate’ portrayal of Islam

Why were they even asked? Why would anyone care what Muslims think? They don’t  want people to think that Islam motivated the 9/11 Muslim hijackers even though most of the world acknowledges that it did.

Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, said he found the film about Al Qaeda at the museum deeply offensive.

Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, said he found the film about Al Qaeda at the museum deeply offensive. (And we find you Muslims deeply offensive. Get a clue, or even better, get out!)

NY Times  Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks.

The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed with his voice are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, rendered in foreign-accented English translations.

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The documentary is not even seven minutes long, the exhibit just a small part of the museum. But it has suddenly become over the last few weeks a flash point in what has long been one of the most highly charged issues at the museum: how it should talk about Islam and Muslims.

With the museum opening on May 21, it has shown the film to several groups, including an interfaith advisory group of clergy members. Those on the panel overwhelmingly took strong exception to the film and requested changes. But the museum has declined. In March, the sole imam in the group resigned to make clear that he could not endorse its contents.

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“The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum,” Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, wrote in a letter to the museum’s director. “Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between Al Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”

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Museum officials are standing by the film, which they say they vetted past several scholars.

“From the very beginning, we had a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group,” said Joseph C. Daniels, president and chief executive of the nonprofit foundation that oversees the memorial and museum.

At issue is whether it is appropriate or inflammatory for the museum to use religious terminology like “Islamist” and “jihad” in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attacks, without also making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful.

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The terms “Islamist” and “jihadist” are frequently used in public discourse to describe extremist Muslim ideologies. But the problem with using such language in a museum designed to instruct people for generations is that most visitors are “simply going to say Islamist means Muslims, jihadist means Muslims,” said Akbar Ahmed, the chairman of the Islamic studies department at American University.

The museum did remove the term “Islamic terrorism” from its website earlier this month, after another Judenrat activist, Todd Fine, collected about 100 signatures of academics and scholars supporting its deletion.

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In interviews, several leading scholars of Islam said that the term “Islamic terrorist” was broadly rejected as unfairly conflating Islam and terrorism, but the terms Islamist and jihadist can be used, in the proper context, to refer to Al Qaeda, preferably with additional qualifiers, like “radical,” or “militant.”

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But for Mr. Elazabawy, and many other practicing Muslims, the words “Islamic” and “Islamist” are equally inappropriate to apply to Al Qaeda, and the word “jihad” refers to a positive struggle against evil, the opposite of how they view the terror attacks. Too damn bad!

For his part, Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, defended the film, whose script he vetted. “The critics who are going to say, ‘Let’s not talk about it as an Islamic or Islamist movement,’ could end up not telling the story at all, or diluting it so much that you wonder where Al Qaeda comes from,” Dr. Haykel said.

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9/11 Families ask: “Is Barack Hussein Obama intentionally sabotaging the trials of 9/11 Muslim terrorists?”

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Families of the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks expressed shock that the FBI may be meddling in the hearings, and some speculated that it is part of an effort by the Obama Regime to completely derail the hearings and force them into federal court stateside.

WFB  Families of those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks traveled here with the intent of watching their family members’ accused killers face justice. However, many say they were horrified earlier this week when pre-trial hearings came to a halt over revelations that the FBI had launched an investigation into the accused terrorist’s defense lawyers.

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“These things don’t just happen,” said Donald Arias, whose brother Adam was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. “I’m very suspicious of my government.” “It wasn’t just some rogue FBI agent,” he told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “This had to be approved at the highest levels within the FBI to do this.”

“They had to know this would have some effect on the proceedings here,” Arias said. “Were I a very suspicious person, some could even say that was done purposely to derail these hearing and force it back into federal court.” “It looks like a well orchestrated snafu,” added Lorraine Arias-Beliveau, Don’s sister.

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9/11 Families are understandably incensed at the delays

Other families expressed outrage and frustration that the death penalty trials for the accused have been delayed without an end in sight nearly 13 years after the attacks were carried out. “They’re guilty. Let’s try them fairly and then kill them,” said Charlie Clyne, whose wife Susan was killed in Tower One.

“Take them out to the Bronx Zoo,” Clyne proposed, referring to the detainees as “parasites.” “No, I’m serious. Feed them to the lions, and this way we’ll turn them back into the streaming piles of steaming shit that they have always been.”

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McGinly also said he was frustrated by the long delay in justice. “I would like you to give me these people and just walk them down my driveway,” he said. “I’ll take care of them. Okay? Deep in my heart that’s how I feel.”

Judge James Pohl halted military proceedings on Tuesday so that defense lawyers could prepare a motion seeking further information into the FBI’s purported efforts to turn one of their members into an informant. The FBI is believed to be investigating whether the defense team improperly enabled the public release of writings by accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

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“Those suspicions” that the FBI investigation could be part of a bid to derail the hearings “are well founded, just look back at the IRS [targeting of conservative groups], Benghazi, and everything else,” said Bill McGinly, whose son Mark died on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center.

Other victims agreed with this assessment and lashed out at reporters in the room for protecting the Obama administration. “I get a little bit disappointed in the press. I guess every time I read in the media, the real truth and the real things aren’t covered,” said Gloria Snekszer, whose sister Vicky perished when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

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“There’s always this political agenda that slants things which makes me a little hesitant to speak here today,” said Snekszer, who had never before been to Gitmo. “I’m asking all of you in the press for the truth.” “I agree with Don’s suspicions,” she said. “The media, I have always felt, supports the things that I distrust about the government the most and I’m a little bit concerned with the media itself.”

“We suffered a terrible loss, the country suffered a terrible loss,” Snekszer said. “For those of you who are Americans: Whose side are you on. Please print the truth.” “For the FBI to launch an investigation knowing what the risks are and knowing the impact it would have on these hearings hear, it’s not pretty,” added Arias.

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Asked by reporters if they believed the Obama administration was intentionally meddling in the trials, McGinly said that his years-long ordeal has left him with little faith in the U.S. government. “I have a suspicion that there was a motivation well beyond,” he said, pointing to Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. “How can you not have a suspicion with all that we’ve gone through in just the last two years, with everything that’s been happening?”

McGinly expressed particular disgust with Mohammed, who was most recently spotted in the courtroom sporting a green military jacket and reading a copy of the Washington Post.

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“We have detainees sitting in that courtroom who beheaded a reporter [Daniel Pearl] and if you saw the tape it was ugly, it was hacking away,” he said. “And if you put a machete in his hands in the courtroom, I wonder what he would want to do with it or would do with it. And now how do you defend that? It makes no sense to me.”

Several victims expressed outrage that the media focuses its attention on conditions at Gitmo for the detainees. Reporters had been gearing up to hear testimony this week from a guard at Gitmo’s highly secret Camp 7, where detainees such as Mohammed are held.

“If you go up there on that hill, you see what kind of conditions they have, and you see what the guards are living in,” said McGinly.” I mean, my God they don’t have it as good as the detainees and these are our people sacrificing. It makes no sense. Cover the real stuff.” “Why are we so obsessed with the comfort of self-confessed murderers?” added Arias.

The NON-MUSLIM female attorney of one of the defendants, herself dressed in sharia-compliant Muslim attire, called for all women in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom to wear “appropriate” clothing during trial proceedings out of respect for her client’s religious beliefs.

The NON-MUSLIM female attorney of one of the defendants, herself dressed in sharia-compliant Muslim attire, called for all women in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom to wear “appropriate” clothing during trial proceedings out of respect for her client’s religious beliefs.

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Remember Todd Fine, the leftist Jewish writer who was outraged that the 9/11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero makes mention of “Islamic terrorism?”

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Apparently Todd, who back in WWII, would have found his calling as one of the useful (Judenrat) idiots for Hitler, is upset at the justified criticism he got from BNI as well as other sites that picked up the story.

ORIGINAL BNI STORY: leftist-writer-todd-fine-is-outraged-that-the-911-memorial-museum-at-ground-zero-will-make-references-to-islamic-terrorism

Here are some excerpts from Todd’s latest piece on this subject. If you want to read more about this self-hating Jew’s pandering to Islamic terrorists, click HERE

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Sunday’s shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas reminds us of the violent anti-Semitism that stubbornly persists. For people of Jewish ancestry, the news activated deeply-seated anxieties and fears – traces of the pogroms, genocide and everyday discriminations of the past. Even more troublesome for me, this disturbing event in the public eye coincided with threats and anti-Semitic insults that I received last week after writing about the September 11 Museum at the World Trade Center. As a person of Jewish ancestry (Hey Todd, I am Jewish, too), I received these threats, not from the Ku Klux Klan, but from popular anti-Islam websites such as “Bare Naked Islam.”

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Indeed, these individuals went to great lengths to intimidate and to defend their warped perspective. Aggressive and tasteless websites such as “Bare Naked Islam,” “Weasel Zippers,” iOwnTheWorld,” and “Patriot Update” attacked my article, as well as myself with my “Jewish-sounding name,” in an echo chamber of hatred and hostility. Several comments made subtle, and not so subtle, violent threats.

A comment on Bare Naked Islam stated: “People like Todd need to be removed from the public eye. I’m sure there must be some way of doing this.”

One on Patriot Update warned: “[i]f you keep this crap up you might be visiting those who were killed!”

And another on Weasel Zippers exclaimed: “You can only dispatch a politician with your vote, you can dispatch these cockroach journalists with relevant ease. DO IT…”

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In addition to the problem with the term “Islamic terrorism,” the museum’s advance materials also reference the term “jihadi.” This word, like the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” is not accepted by most ‘scholars’ of Islam. (Gee, is Todd also a paid shill for CAIR?) It is not even a valid noun in Arabic and it often functions as a slur, dehumanizing its recipients much like the words “gook” or “Judenschwein.” Its repeated appearance in the museum’s advance materials is yet another sign of the need for further scholarly review of their exhibition before it opens in five short weeks. (Hey Todd, have you ever read the quran where the word “jihad” is used countless times?)

On the iOwnTheWorld website, one comment on the post about my article asked: “Isn’t Mr. Todd Fine Jewish? Why is he colluding with the enemies of our country?”

The question is absurd and disgusting. It is precisely my Jewish ancestry that makes me extraordinarily concerned about the narrative content of the September 11 Memorial Museum, and about the rhetorical violence directed constantly toward Arabs and Muslims. I will always condemn Islamophobia with the same ferocity that mainstream society condemns anti-Jewish discrimination.

Mr. Fine is obviously of the same anti-American traitorous mindset as the leftist loons at the Daily Kos:

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Leftist writer, Todd Fine, is outraged that the 9/11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero will make references to “Islamic terrorism”

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The Rhetoric of “Islamic Terrorism” and the September 11th Memorial Museum. Despite his Jewish-sounding name, Todd Fine seems to have more than a casual association with several Arab Muslim projects.

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Todd Fine did a piece for Huffpo entitled Congress Should Pass Resolution Celebrating Arab-American Literature. Todd Fine is a co-founder of the Save Washington Street effort and is founder and director of Project Khalid, a campaign to celebrate the centennial of the first Arab-American novel and to advance author Ameen Rihani’s reputation as an important Arab-American figure.

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Rhetoric of Islamic Terrorism  Scheduled to open on May 21, thirteen years after the attacks, the September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site promises to become one of the most visited and influential cultural institutions in the United States. Although built with around 1 billion dollars in federal grants and other government support, the memorial operates as a private foundation, immune from public input on its exhibition content.

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The curatorial team made numerous politically-charged decisions in the design of the museum’s permanent exhibition, and one of the most sensitive, and likely subject to substantial international scrutiny, will be the characterization of Islam in relation to the ideology of al-Qaeda.

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Islam is the religion of nearly one-fourth of the world’s population, and tying the beliefs of 1.6 billion people to the actions of a small group would be highly reckless in such a prominent setting.

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Therefore, I was alarmed to discover that the museum has indeed chosen to conflate terrorism and religion, with their advance materials using the highly problematic term “Islamic terrorism.”

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In a section that addresses terrorist attacks before September 11, their website states that the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 “had a significant impact on America’s view of the threat of Islamic terrorism.”

Leading scholars like Mark Juergensmeyer and Richard Jackson, who study the religious motivation of groups such as al-Qaeda, condemn the use of the phrase “Islamic terrorism” as sloppy and simplistic. Even if self-proclaimed Muslims are responsible for a particular violent act defined as terrorism, this does not make the action “Islamic” in any logical sense.

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(Muslim convert) John Brennan, President Obama’s former counterterrorism advisor and the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, argued in 2010 that “Islamic terrorism” should be banned from White House communications completely.

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He suggested that “describing our enemy in religious terms would lend credence to the lie propagated by al-Qaeda and its affiliates to justify terrorism, that the United States is somehow at war against Islam…. After all, Islam, like so many faiths, is part of America.”

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Defining terrorism in religious terms repeats in other places in the museum’sadvance materials, as al-Qaeda is described as an “Islamist extremist” group. Although used by some scholars, “Islamist” is an extremely vague term that is deployed almost exclusively in Western and non-Islamic countries.

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It purports to define a modern ideology that finds political guidance in religion. For classifying groups in practice, however, the term is often meaningless and misleading because Islam has had extensive political content since its origination, and almost all religions have deep political implications.

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Even if “Islamist” is defined to match the specific ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, the term is not especially useful for al-Qaeda since its political objectives are quite challenging to define in a conventional sense, especially in relationship to government and the state.

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The museum’s materials also define an “Islamist extremist” as an individual who “believe[s] violence is acceptable to achieve these [Islamist] ends,” yet almost any political ideology can justify violence without needing necessarily to be considered “extreme.”

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Describing the American revolutionaries, who themselves deployed violence, as “democratic extremists” would not be considered a particularly useful classification. The term “extremist” is largely a pejorative; it has no direct connection with the types of violence defined as “terrorism.”

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In practice, for the streams of millions of tourists visiting the museum, any possible subtlely to the definitions of “Islamic terrorism” and “Islamist terrorism” may not be effectively communicated, and the use of the terminology will serve only to further darken perceptions of Islam and create greater division and distrust.

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The extent to which the permanent exhibition itself will reflect the problematic terminology of the museum’s existing materials is unknown because, even as it opens in six weeks, the 9/11 Memorial has not invited the leading Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations to receive advance tours, despite repeated prompting.

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For constituencies with serious anxieties and concerns about the museum’s content and essential message, the exhibition will be a complete surprise, a risky proposition given that a single inaccuracy or controversial statement could generate deep offense and possible global protest. With tens of millions likely to visit as the museum inevitably becomes a core American institution, inaccuracies might distort the broader culture for decades to come.

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Rather than seek to generalize about so-called “Islamic terrorism,” the 9/11 Memorial would be better suited to describe the events as they occurred and to create a calm, peaceful place for the families of the victims to visit and to mourn.

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While the individuals responsible for the attacks should certainly be identified and condemned, as a culture, it would be healthier for us to use this museum to try to find a basis for international understanding and peace that could overcome the hatreds that produce such antagonism, even if this requires deep and careful exploration of decades of history and the avoidance of hasty generalization.

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We might even argue that, since widely-expressed stereotypes and hatreds have led to crimes like the massacre at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the museum has an affirmative obligation to humanize Arabs, South Asians, and Muslims.

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CAIR is spitting nails over leading counterjihadist Tom Trento’s speech at a 9/11 ceremony, accusing him of turning it into an “anti-Islam hate fest”

Tom WNN 1470amFrom a CAIR Press Release: “Anti-Muslim extremists took over a public event in Venice, Florida, marking the anniversary of the 9/11 Muslim terror attacks and spewed ‘Islamophobic’ rhetoric in the presence of law enforcement authorities, public officials and schoolchildren. One speaker, Tom Trento of the ‘hate’ group The United West, told the audience: I’m not talking about radical Islam or moderate Islam. I’m talking about Islam. Their goal is to get all of us to convert to Islam. And they won’t stop until we do.'”

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READ FULL STORY What was billed as a 9/11 memorial service took on elements of an anti-Islamic rally Wednesday, including a lengthy speech by the leader of what has been labeled (by the Southern Poverty Law Center – an American Communist group) an “anti-Muslim hate group.” A 9/11 memorial service held at Patriots Park today included several speakers who used the podium to denounce Islam and criticize the Obama administration for failing to recognize the threat posed by Islam.

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An audience of about 500 people, including schoolchildren, gathered at Patriots Park at 10 a.m. to hear remarks by city officials, law enforcement and family members of those who died on 9/11 and the ongoing fight against terrorism. But three other speakers used the podium to criticize Islam and the policies of President Obama, taking city officials by surprise, including Venice Mayor John Holic, who called the message “extreme.”

One speaker was Tom Trento, who heads an organization called The United West, which says its mission is to defend “Western Civilization against Shariah Islam.” The United West is based in Lake Mary and is classified as an “anti-Muslim hate group” by the (Far Left Communist ) Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Trento, whose speech (video below) lasted for nearly 30 minutes, told the audience: “I’m not talking about radical Islam or moderate Islam. I’m talking about all Islam. Their goal is to get every single one of us to convert to Islam. And they won’t stop until we do.”

Mayor Holic stressed that the event was not city-planned and that an organization called Salt of the Earth had rented out the park and organized the event. “He had some pretty extreme points of view,” Holic said of Trento. “I guess pretty extreme is underplaying it a little bit.” (To leftists, the truth about Islam is considered “extreme”)

Holic said neither he nor any other city officials left during the political and anti-Islam remarks. “Out of respect for the day and the meaning for the day, I don’t think it would have been proper for any of our people to leave and walk away,” Holic said. Holic added that in the future he will scrutinize the backgrounds and views of speakers before he attends such an event. (dhimmi)

Tom is a good friend of Col Allen West 

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Some in the crowd cheered when anti-Islam remarks were made, which troubled Maj. Michael Dubrule of the U.S. Marine Corps, who was overseeing a group of Venice Middle School young Marines at the event. (How did they manage to find an Obama Marine for this event?)

“I talked to (the students) about the fact that it’s a free country,” Dubrule said. “And when people are asked to speak, they sometimes have personal agendas that don’t always reflect what we’re here to do.” (What you’re there to do, Marine, is teach those kids that Muslim terrorists did this to America…and they’d like to do it again)

Gene Sweeney, who is head of the group Salt of the Earth, organized Wednesday’s event. He defended the statements made by Trento and other speakers. “People are overly politically correct,” Sweeney said. “If people want to remain in self-imposed ignorance, they can all hold hands and sing ‘Kum Ba Yah’ together.” Sweeney added that Venice residents have a special obligation to seek understanding of 9/11 since several hijackers and plotters lived and trained in Venice.

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Much of the program was a standard memorial ceremony, in which speakers, including Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty, who was a detective in New York on 9/11, shared reflections of the terrorist attacks. “Their mission failed,” McNulty said of the terrorists. “We stood together, we faced the fight, and we said never again.”

But as some city officials and family members of those killed on 9/11 and in the ongoing war against terrorism finished speaking, the event became charged with anti-Islam messages, as well as harsh criticism of President Obama. Members of The United West handed out books warning of the threat to America and DVDs titled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War against the West.” One woman held a large “Impeach Obama” sign on a totem.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow (and radical leftist) with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that while thousands of groups in the United States are critical of Islam, few are as vicious in their criticisms as the United West. (BNI is also on the SPLC list of leading anti-Muslim ‘hate’ groups) “They are a vicious, conspiracy-minded, Muslim-bashing group,” Potok said.

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Trento told the audience that the Obama administration failed to realize the threat posed by Islam, and the administration was too worried about being “politically correct” to target America’s enemies in the Muslim world.

When asked about why he made political statements at the memorial ceremony, Trento said he felt it was an obligation.”Being apolitical is an artificial way of looking at life,” Trento said. He added that if he had a conversation with a Muslim, “I would ask  them, is your allegiance to the United States of America or to Islam? If they’re being honest, they’ll say Islam.”

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9/11 JUMPERS

Banned by the U.S. media, this should be required viewing for every adult and child over 12.

It is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that morning. The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood. It took just 10 seconds to fall but it wasn’t fast enough for the victims to lose consciousness before they hit the ground.

Below is the LiveLeak version in case the Youtube version gets taken down:

 

FDNY first responders on hearing people jumping to their deaths from the top of the towers.

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9/11: CANINE FIRST RESPONDERS

A tribute to the unsung canine heroes of 9/11.

NY POST  She was a 3-year-old golden-haired beauty when she got the call to respond to her first disaster. Now, stiffer, slower and a bit gray, 13-year-old Bretagne is one of just a handful of World Trade Center rescue dogs still alive.

“We arrived on 9/12 and started working right away,” said Bretagne’s handler, Denise Corliss, a search-and-rescue volunteer with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bretagne had spent more than a year learning how to find survivors in concrete rubble, but her Cypress, Texas, training site was nothing like Ground Zero.

She clambered up ladders to get on top of the huge debris piles, padded across broken glass and twisted steel beams, wiggled into small spaces and crawled into dark holes, all the while sniffing through mounds of pulverized concrete searching for clues that would lead her to survivors. Like all the rescue dogs, she worked without a leash or a collar.

The dogs also didn’t wear protective booties, despite the crushed glass everywhere — they needed their claws for traction. Every night, she was given a decontamination bath. Her eyes, ears and mouth were rinsed out, and her abraded paw pads gently cleaned.

“It was her first mission, but she worked it like a pro. She didn’t get cut up or fall or get hurt,” said Corliss. But Bretagne had a couple of near misses. One day, sniffing along an elevated steel beam, she lost her footing.

“It was real wet because the fires were still smoldering and the water spray was everywhere,” Corliss recalled. “She just kind of slipped, but she used her paws to pull herself back up and kept on going. That was the only time I was a little unsettled.”

Bretagne was also a magnet for distraught firefighters searching the site for fallen comrades.

“A lot of times, firefighters would come by and pet her, talk to her and tell her stories,” said Corliss. One firefighter bonded so closely with Bretagne that he recognized her years later at a 9/11 memorial.

The gregarious golden retriever has seen several national disasters since 9/11 — she responded to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, going into flooded areas to find those unable to evacuate. She’s retired now, but has a hard time accepting it, said Corliss.

When Corliss heads out with her new search dog, Aid’n, Bretagne always wants to go along. “I bring her to the training site sometimes and let her run a few drills — she’s still got it,” said the proud handler.

Like Bretagne, the majority of 100 or so FEMA dogs sent to Ground Zero stayed only about 10 days.

Thirty-three NYPD K-9 dogs took over recovery operations — sniffing the rubble for remains — for eight months. All of those dogs have since died. The last one, Charlie, a longtime K-9 unit member, passed in January, just a few months shy of his 13th birthday.

All told, about 300 dogs contributed to the rescue and long-term recovery effort at Ground Zero, said Roy Gross, a Suffolk County SPCA agent who ran the mobile hospital that cared for the animals.

“Besides the FEMA and NYPD dogs, you had therapy dogs, brought in to help the rescue searchers, and dozens of volunteers who showed up at the site with their dogs, too,” said Gross.

A decade later, the vast majority of all the 9/11 dogs are gone, according to the book “Dog Heroes of 9/11,” which tracks the canines who worked at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. Only about 14 of the original FEMA dogs are still alive — including Kaiser, 12, a German shepherd from Indianapolis, and Tuff, 12, from Ashland, Mo.

Kaiser was bused to Ground Zero with his handler, Tony Zintsmaster, and arrived late at night on 9/11. He was immediately assigned to the 12-hour night shift.

As he climbed down from the pile on the morning of his second day, he badly sliced his right front carpal pad, probably on a sharp piece of steel, said Zintsmaster.

“There was no vet there yet, this was early on the 13th, so we found a medical-team doctor who stitched him up. Later, some vets arrived, and we got him bandaged and wrapped, and he was back to work that night.”

The smoky, smoldering pile was especially difficult to navigate after dark, but Kaiser relished the challenge. In the daytime, the dog would de-stress with a visit to the free massage and acupuncture table set up for first responders by the School of Oriental Medicine. Kaiser particularly liked getting acupuncture, said Zintsmaster.

Off the pile, his ebullient personality was a soothing balm to grieving responders. Early one morning, a firefighter walked up to Kaiser, knelt down and hugged him for a long time, in silence. Then he stood up and walked away, said Zintsmaster. Another time, a group of four firefighters decided the hot and thirsty German shepherd needed a drink.

“So one firefighter cups his hands together and two others are trying to pour water into his hands so Kaiser can lap it up, and meanwhile, the other one’s saying that Kaiser’s dirty, so that firefighter starts cleaning and rubbing his back and his muzzle. Kaiser’s real social, so he loved the attention and it was OK — it was what [the firefighters] needed,” said Zintsmaster.

Kaiser, a “live-find” dog, never gave the alert to indicate he had located a survivor during his 10 days at Ground Zero. But several times, he expressed interest in a scent he’d picked up.

“His training was good. He didn’t alert, which meant whatever he smelled wasn’t alive, but he reacted enough so that I’d know to bring over a cadaver dog,” his trainer said. “It’s always hard when you don’t find survivors.”

The hardworking German shepherd, who will be 13 in October, just retired last year. He’s in good shape, but no longer has the endurance for fieldwork, Zintsmaster said.

Some of the 9/11 rescue dogs have been incredibly long-lived. Tara, from Ipswich, Mass., got to Ground Zero the night of the disaster and stayed eight days. She was one of the oldest survivors, until she died last year at age 16.

 

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