Remembering September 11, 2001 … Do You Remember? Have You Forgotten? … DON’T EVER FORGET!

 

Remembering September 11, 2001 …

On the 6th anniversary of 9–11, the worst terrorist attack that the United States has ever seen, please say a prayer for the families of those who lost loved ones on that fateful day. Say a prayer and a thank you for all the first responders, the police, the fireman and the rescue workers who gave their lives to help others. Remember the heroic and selfless acts of so many that showed the best of what we have to offer in the face of adversity.

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We ask that you please never forget what happened that day. In the days before the sixth anniversary we are reminded by the release of the most recent Bin Laden tapes that we are not out of the woods. We must always remain vigilant. The worst thing that the Unites States and its citizens could ever do is become complacent. That does not mean one has to be paranoid, it means that one remembers 9–11’s true accounts and history.

DO NOT EVER FORGET

9-11 Never Forget

Have you forgotten how it felt that day? If you forget history, you are destined to repeat it. Do not let any one ever tell you its time to move on. When you think that its an option, think of the many men, women and children, husbands, wives, sons and daughters who are without their loved ones.

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Take a good look at what happened that day as we remember those who have fallen and do not ever forget.
 

 
Today, remember those in NYC, in the Pentagon and the courageous aboard Flight 93 in a field in Pennsylvania.


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  • Comments

    52 Responses to “Remembering September 11, 2001 … Do You Remember? Have You Forgotten? … DON’T EVER FORGET!”

    1. Jerry from Ohio on September 11th, 2007 9:25 am

      First off this is just one mans opinion ( mine )
      But just how many people still think everyday about this mass attack ?
      If those that want us out of the war instantly and to bring our troops just because of political reasons
      Just think that if we do not take a stand over there we WILL sooner or later be experiencing this same type of attacks on OUR OWN soil with many many more of our OWN CITIZENS KILLED RIGHT HERE ON our own SOIL RIGHT BEFOR OUR EYES .
      IMAGINE BEING AFRAID TO G TO A LARGE MALL TO SHOP FOR CHRISTMAS OR HAUNKIA.
      Imagine being afraid to venture out to any Large gatherings Football or Baseball games where these terrorists may and are planning on striking
      Just remember that we still feel somewhat safe even after 9/11 BUT “LET US NEVER FORGET !!!! “.
      if we do we are condemned to see a lot more of these Horrific scenes of death and carnage but it certainly will not be the politicians that will be in the forefront it will be you and I the Average citizen that will suffer most .
      NEVER NEVER FORGET

    2. Miss-Underestimated on September 11th, 2007 9:51 am

      How could anybody ever forget this brutal attack on our country?
      My checks are imprinted with the firemen raising the raising the American flag over the ruble left by the attack, everytime someone gets my money they also see that I have not forgotten and they are forced to remember.

      Today, I pray for those who have lost love ones, especially the children who lost parents.

    3. SL-Gloria on September 11th, 2007 10:02 am

      Unfortunately, many have forgotten…all those that fail to support our government’s effort against terrorism worldwide have forgotten…the political structure that undermines the government plans and actions in Irak has forgotten… all those that support candidates that will fail to protect American sovereignty and integrity in the name of liberalism have forgotten…the New York Times has forgotten…I will never forget the suffering, despair and pain of over 4,000 families…I will never forget that many Muslim children didn’t go to school on September 11, 2001, because their parents kept them home and many Muslims didn’t go to work in New York City, because they were alerted by their relatives back home. We shouldn’t forget, because the day we do, to put our personal and political interests above the nations’, history will begin writing the collapse of the United States of America as the great nation it is today.

    4. Stephen Colben on September 11th, 2007 11:03 am

      YES! Don’t ever forget 9/11 !!!

      -Don’t forget how the US government tricked its population into thinking Iraq had ANYTHING to do with terrorism.

      -Don’t forget about the brave men and woman dying in Iraq for a war that will do NOTHING to end terrorism, and will more than likely increase the terrorism threat to the United States.

      -Don’t forget about the billions of dollars made everyday by companies tied so close to GW Bush and Dick Cheney they are considered criminal.

      -Don’t forget that the easiest way to get people to do what you want them to do is through fear and terrorizing….courtesy of the Bush administration/Fox News.

      -Don’t Forget that the country that attacked us on 9/11 was SAUDI ARABIA.
      -Don’t Forget that the country that is supplying insurgents, weapons, and funding to the insurgents is SAUDI ARABIA
      -Don’t forget that the Nations largest defense contractor, headed by G. Bush Sr. is the Carlyle group…which is co-owned by the BinLaden Group…

      Don’t forget that ignoring these facts is disrespectful and dishonorable to the unfortunate souls that lost their lives on 9/11
      _________
      SM Steven .. go back to MoveOn.org with the rest of the fools
      R

    5. Freebrid on September 11th, 2007 12:24 pm

      Mr Colben you really hate G.W. Bush. Mr Clinton had the chance to capture BinLaden but he would not give the order! 9/11 may have never happened if he would have had the balls to do so, but he didn’t.
      What do you want our miltary to do sit and wait for the terror to come to us!!! I think YOU have forgotten!!!!!!!!!!! They came here! And attacked us!!!! There were no tricks, sir this happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I guess if you were in charge we would all been blowed to pieces by now!!!!! I have family serving in Iraq now and they all say the same thing we are needed there!!!!!!!! And #1 & #3 well put! God Bless All the Families who lost their loved ones and God Bless America!!!!!!!!! (This is only my opinion).

    6. Susan on September 11th, 2007 1:23 pm

      Yes, I remember that horrific day as the whole world watched the tragic events unfold helplessly right before our eyes :-( I WILL NEVER FORGET!!

      This morning I attended a “September 11th (Patriot Day Tribute)” memorial service, just like I do ever year…

      God Bless our troops, their families, our citizens, and our country :-)

      Burn in hell Osama Bin Laden and all who seek our great nation’s destruction!!!!!!!

    7. JusticeforNatalee on September 11th, 2007 1:32 pm

      I love my country.

    8. sparrow on September 11th, 2007 2:06 pm

      I’m proud to be an American. God Bless The USA

    9. Stephen Colben on September 11th, 2007 2:13 pm

      REPLY TO FREEBIRD:

      “They” attacked us… “They” are Saudi Arabians not Iraqis (YOU need a lesson in Geography).

      “What do you want our military (sp) to do sit and wait for the terror to come to us”
      Terror is an emotion not a country, not a group of people. The war in Iraq is doing NOTHING to stop terrorists from attacking the United States. Especially since Al Qaeda recruits primarily from Saudi Arabia.

      If I was in charge I would be attacking the Al Qaeda terrorists training camps in Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan(where Bin Laden is rumored to be)…but even that wouldn’t do much…remember the terrorists on 9/11 did their training in FLORIDA (flight Simulators and box cutters)

      Yes, we are needed in Iraq…The United States destroyed the infrastructure (Roads, bridges, buildings, schools, power plants, sewage plants, etc., the US removed the policing force (Sunni), and installed a minority government (Shiite).

      George Bush had admitted he knows very little about the differences between the Sunni and Shiite sects…and unfortunately their differences are at the heart of the civil war that has engulfed Iraq….

      The best part about all of this is that IRAQ NEVER had any ties to terrorism…

      Can you imagine how many future terrorists the US has created as a result of killing hundreds of thousands innocent Iraqis???????

      I really don’t think God would bless America…How many innocent people have died or have been tortured at the hands of Americans???? FAR more than 9/11/07

      I don’t think God thinks highly of Americans that make up lies to start a war, and then make billions of dollars of the dead soldiers and civilians.

      Iraq has been having a 9/11 of their own every month for the past 6 years of the United States invasion.

      Maybe that’s why God allowed 9/11 to happen…The US government is full of sin and greed. Maybe God felt it was time that the US got a taste of their own medicine.
      ________
      SM: Actually Steven you need the history lesson of the pathetic Clinton Admin’s dealing with terrorism that lead to the fact that 9-11 could evev occur.

    10. Pam on September 11th, 2007 2:27 pm

      What’s frightening to me is to think that #4 and people that agree with him would have us continue to “stick our heads in the sand” and do nothing. Maybe if the government had done something prior to that horrible day it would never had happened. But you want us to continue to play it safe and do nothing and continue to take our hits from anyone out in the world that thinks we are too cowardly to do anything about it. What’s funny to me about people like that is that if the President had done what all previous administration’s had done…nothing….and something else had happened, those are the people that would be screaming the loudest that the President had done nothing to protect them. My President may have made some mistakes along the way but I challenge anyone holding that office to endure what my President has had to endure since he entered that office and be completely flawless. At least my President was not too busy in the Oval Office with an intern (on my tax dollar) when our country was falling apart right before our eyes.

    11. Michelle on September 11th, 2007 3:07 pm

      Mr. Colben, war is a tragedy and a very ugly thing; no one disputes those facts. But, in case you forget, you are not God and should not venture to imagine what He is thinking.
      Just because it isn’t in the news doesn’t mean that our military isn’t in Saudi Arabia (or any other country for that matter) hunting down the man behind he heinous attacks. What you fail to realize Mr. Colben is that there are things that can not and should not be announced on a daily basis.
      Yes, the government is full of sin, but that’s because it’s made up of human beings that often make errors. As it was stated before, the previous President had plenty opportunities to put an end to this but chose not to. If I’m not mistaken, he was too busy being greedy and sinful to bother with things such as this. But President Bush was left to clean up his mess, and the American people were the ones who were hurt by Clinton’s failure to complete his job. Those who were left without their loved ones remember President Bush’s promise to bring justice and appreciate is commitment to that vow. Our President may not be perfect and he may not always say the right thing or make the decisions that please everyone, but he stepped up to the plate and demanded retribution for the fallen and their families. He is not backing down from the promise he made to his country!
      Terror is an emotion, you are correct. But terrorists are a group of people and they practice terrorism. Not solely on American people, but throughout the world. In our time of despair our leader vowed fight to make the world a better, safer and terror free place.
      How dare you insinuate that we deserved these tragic events! Maybe you should move if you are so unhappy with this country and its leader. I for one and proud to be an American, proud to be a part of a Military family that sacrifices every day on this country’s behalf, and proud that in face of such horror our great country has rebounded with strength, patriotism and honor. I will never forget the TERROR I felt that day. I will never forget those innocent lives that were lost. I will never forget those who have laid down their lives to prevent it from happening again.
      You could do well to remember Mr. Colben that our soldiers (my father, my husband and their fellow soldiers) have scarified their time, their lives and their friends and loved ones so that you may sit there on your soap box and disgrace all that they fight for.

    12. Michelle on September 11th, 2007 3:12 pm

      Thank you Pam! You hit the nail on the head! OUR President is a strong and courageous man that has fought hard to recover from mess that was left to him! He can’t please everyone, and never will when they are blinded by political bias.

    13. Miss-Underestimated on September 11th, 2007 3:32 pm

      Pam

      I’d like to add, that our President was truthful enuff to tell us this was going to be a long war, which certain groups of people seem to forget.

      President Bush was left to clean up a mess that Clinton refused to deal with. We knew in 93, the first Trade Center bombing that terrorism was alive and well in our country. What was Clintons reaction? Nothing.
      What about the USS Cole? Does anyone remember when our VP Gore asked who Osama Bin Laden was, spoken from a man who invented the internet?

      Brave men face their enemies and deal with them Cowards hide behind a skirt, maybe even a blue one.

      God Bless the US and President Bush.

    14. Stephen Colben on September 11th, 2007 4:41 pm

      -I like how no one addresses the fact that IRAQ had nothing to do with terrorism.

      -So, in your pathetic, uneducated, public high school level educated minds, it is better to invade a country that had nothing to do with terrorism (IRAQ) than it was to go after the country that the 9/11 Hijackers and Bin Laden was from (SAUDI ARABIA).

      We are not invading Saudi Arabia, we are protecting them! Please look up the Bin Laden Group and the Carlyle Group and their connection to the Bush’s…

      PAM…he said “Mission Accomplished” over 4 years ago.

      If you think that the United States can win the war on terror by terrorizing counties you are sadly mistaken.

      And 5, 10, 20 or even 30 years down the road when the US is attacked by an Iraqi terrorist because the US killed his/her family, you will look back and realize the flaw in your logic…Iraq has turned into a terrorist creating machine. The unlawful invasion of Iraq has done nothing but fortify and increase Al Qaeda’s ability to recruit people from all over the globe…The latest Al Qaeda operatives were just apprehended in GERMANY!!!! We going to invade them to????

      I have voted straight Republican since the early 80’s…Now I have to live with the fact that I voted a man into office whose hands are stained with the blood of brave American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens.

      And if you are trying to attack me through insults of Clinton, I could care less…as I said I WAS a proud Republican during Clinton’s era which has passed and gone…we have MUCH, MUCH, more criminal actions occurring in the White House these days than a meaningless BJ.

    15. sunnyintx on September 11th, 2007 4:48 pm

      I am now and will always be a PROUD AMERICAN…I support the leaders of our country….

      God Bless America, her leaders and all who proudly stand to defend our rights.

    16. Freebrid on September 11th, 2007 5:07 pm

      I love you people tell it like it is and thank you Pam & Michelle I was begining to think I was the person here who still wants to stand up for our country & our President no matter what! I will say it again “They” came and attacked us, and our miltary soldiers are in Saudi, I pray everyday for the safe return of Ben Bently who has been their for 2 years and will be returning home at the end of this month. I know our miltary is doing the right thing and they don’t tell the media everthing and don’t need to, the Army has to keep some secrets or they will know your game plan. So Mr Colben I do know a little about what is going on my husband has served our country now for 24 years so it is not good to always tell everything thats the Army way!!!!!!!

    17. Pam on September 11th, 2007 5:08 pm

      #11 and anyone else out there with families in the military…I want to say from the bottom of my heart…thank you! Please know that your sacrifices do not go unnoticed and unappreciated. We have the finest and bravest men and women protecting us from harm.

      Thank you again.

    18. Pam on September 11th, 2007 5:17 pm

      Stephen….really now…..why is it that when someone disagrees they are “pathetic, uneducated, and have public high school level educated minds?” It’s a shame that you have decided to resort to “name calling.” I don’t recall my public education ever teaching me that. You’re very naive if you think that Iraq has never been involved in terror.

    19. Jerry from Ohio on September 11th, 2007 5:20 pm

      YEE HAW !!!! Well said Sunnyin Tx
      Short sweet and right from the Heart
      Jerry from Ohio, still and Will always be country

    20. Stephen Colben on September 11th, 2007 5:21 pm

      Look, I can see why you wouldn’t want to admit that the people making our foreign policy decision are failing miserably, especially since they have the lives of our loved ones (soldiers) in their hands. But, they have proven time and time again that they may SAY they support the troops but what the actually do is far from support.

      Bush was told in 2003 that a major fighting force would be necessary (Over 300,000 troops), they were aware of the extremely deficient armor, they were aware that the National Guard was heavily under trained and their supplies outdated (Much of it from WWII and Vietnam), But they went ahead and sent them to a country that had no terrorists. They sent them into a country were they would be sitting ducks. They sent them into a country that viewed the US as the invaders…The Iraqi freedom fighters are patriots. They are defending their country tooth and nail the same way we would do here. If someone with higher technology, weapons, and soldiers invaded the United States, WE would fight the same way…and if that invading army killed my loved ones and family members I would vow to do all I could to bring that pain down onto their people. It creates a never-ending cycle of war…EXCATLY what the Bush Administration, his investors, and the war corporations not only want, but need. Because if there isn’t a war Bush’s Daddy (Carlyle Group) (Bin Laden Group) and Cheney’s company (Halliburton) cannot make their billions…

    21. brie on September 11th, 2007 5:29 pm

      …Freebird…God Bless Your Family and I will pray for their safe return from Iraq…it is those that allow us to sleep in our beds at night and fight for the safety of our country…!!! And God Bless You!

    22. brie on September 11th, 2007 5:34 pm

      Hey Coal..ben…go dig a fox hole!!!

    23. Angiex911dsptchr on September 11th, 2007 6:06 pm

      Red,
      Thank you for the 911 tribute.
      May God Bless the men, women and children who lost thier lives,All those who sacrificed their lives…and the emergency personal who responded.

      NEVER FORGET

      I know I won’t. :( :(

    24. Dugga on September 11th, 2007 6:33 pm

      How absolutely moronic to turn the tragedy of the terrorist attacks into a political partisan argument. The attacks on the USA were completely unprovoked, and here you’ve got some Bush-haters trying to leverage it into somehow making our Commander in Chief look bad.

      Today’s rememberance isn’t about politics. It’s about remembering the 3000+ people who lost their lives innocently, and more importantly honoring their memory by making sure that it never EVER happens again.

      Thank goodness the “truthers” haven’t made their way into the discussion here yet. I’ve got a little something for their butts, and it’s got “SIZE 9″ stamped on the bottom!!!

    25. Angiex911dsptchr on September 11th, 2007 7:04 pm

      Dugga

      WELL SAID !!!!!!!

    26. Susan on September 11th, 2007 7:32 pm

      I’ve never seen the footage of the first plane going into the tower. Does anyone know if it was the “norm” (so to speak) for a camera to record the WTCs on any given day prior to the attacks?

      Stephen Colben – There’s a old song by Merle Haggard, “Fighting Side of Me” or something to that affect. Basically Merle is telling the narrow minded idiots, such as yourself, that “if you don’t love it, leave it…let this song that I’m singing be warning…when you cutting down our country hoss…you’re walking on the fighting side of me”. Get it hoss? Take a hint! If you are dislike our country, the leadership, etc., get the hell out :-) We don’t want you here anyway! Cuba, Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezula, etc, will welcome you with open arms…

    27. Richard on September 11th, 2007 7:34 pm

      About a week ago I was in New York City, and went to visit the site of the World Trade Centers. In 1999 I was supposed to have begun a job with a company that was on the 47th floor of one of the towers, but it didn’t turn out that way.

      Anyway, the site now has a lot of construction going on. But there are still many people, from the U.S. and abroad, who visit and remember.

      Also significant are the exhibits hosted by nearby churches, some of which offered focal points for volunteers, relief workers, grievers of all kinds, etc.

      Our outrage must never fade, nor can the “bash America first” gang be given respect.

      Who was it who said, “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”?

    28. CM on September 11th, 2007 8:14 pm

      Thanks to the government for not forgetting, and retaliating by killing thousands of American troops, and even more Iraqi’s, in a war on terrorism in a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. All while the people actually responsible for the attack, go free.

    29. Flmom47 on September 11th, 2007 8:59 pm

      Today I don’t care about politics. Today I remember and mourn those who lost their lives and those families who were left with only memories and grief. Today I say another prayer to keep the brave solders, men and women, fighting to help keep our Country, the home of the brave and the free. Today and every day I’m proud to be an American. We can not forget, we must never forget. God Bless America.

    30. Scared Monkeys on September 11th, 2007 9:23 pm

      I find it rather telling that on a day to remember those that fell and those that that with such bravery put their lives on the line to help others … that some (STEVEN) are filled with such hate that you cannot even STFU for one day and be respectful.

      You are a low life and you do hate your country.

      Go back to MoveOn.org and just crawl under a rock. The fact that for one day you cannot put aside your hate is disgusting.

      9-11 was not the birth of terrorism for the US. It was a wake up call as people like you who put their head in the sand and blame America for everything.

      GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS AND THOSE THAT WE LOST ON 9-11.
      R

    31. olliegizmo on September 11th, 2007 10:10 pm

      God Bless America, the greatest place on earth. From deep within my heart, I thank the many solders, past and present, for my freedom.

      I Will Never Forget!

    32. crazybabyborg on September 11th, 2007 10:26 pm

      Just for the record, I did make it past high school, and undergraduate status.
      Let me make the case that the government of Iraq has been involved in state-sponsored terrorism, as it is defined by the U.S. government, for over a decade. The Secretary of State, under Clinton, Albright, had good reason for including Iraq among the seven countries designated as state sponsors of international terrorism in 2000.

      Iraq, through its intelligence service, has attempted to sponsor or facilitate a number of covert attacks against U.S. interests. There were, for example, Iraq’s sponsorship of a car-bombing attempt in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush in Kuwait City, Iraq’s sponsorship in 1998 of the attempted recruitment of car bombers to destroy the headquarters building of Radio Free Europe in Wenceslas Square in the historic center of Prague, and Iraq’s provision of fake identity papers and safe haven to two of the key figures in the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.
      Since one purpose of covert sponsorship of terrorism is to remain hidden, there may have been other Iraq operations that better succeeded in concealing their sponsorship. Let’s consider Iraq’s relationship with al-Qaida. Even IF Saddam and Bin Laden were ideological enemies, didn’t U.S. (and U.N.) intelligence indicate that Saddam’s scientists provided the technology for the VX chemical weapons facility for which Osama supplied the funds in the Sudan? Why wouldn’t Saddam similarly use Osama’s al-Qaida as cover to conceal his own covert actions? Or Osama use Saddam’s embassy bases to facilitate his own operations? I submit expediency, not affinity, often governs such temporary alliances.
      It is in this context that the Czech intelligence report of a meeting between an Iraq embassy official and an al-Qaida trained hijacker must be viewed. This report asserts that Mohamed Atta, who had previously visited Prague in June 2000, met with Iraq consul Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani at an undisclosed location in Prague in April 2001. Subsequently, on April 22, Hynek Kmonicek, who was then deputy foreign minister of the Czech Republic, ordered al-Ani expelled from Prague. According to Kmonicek, who is now the ambassador to the United Nations in New York, “the Czech government collected detailed evidence of the al-Ani/Atta meeting.” The other Czech officials directly involved in this unprecedented expulsion, namely Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman, Foreign Minister Jan Kavan, Interior Minister Stanislav Gross, and intelligence chief Jiri Ruzek, have all confirmed receiving the report of this meeting.
      So, Mr. Colben, before pre-emptively dismissing the possibility of an al-Qaida/Iraq liaison, wouldn’t you want to hear from al-Ani, who was found in Baghdad?
      Least we forget: American troops and the American Government have enabled ALL Iraqis to be free from a murderous regime that terrorized their homes, families, and were trained to inflict unspeakable atrocities on their own countrymen. WITH our help, Iraqi citizens have held elections. Women cast ballots. A constitution was written and adopted by those elected leaders. A Democracy was established, and freedoms were realized that were not in the memories of Iraqis. Immediately, those philosophically new liberties were given legs, and in a legal court, with due representation, their former sadistic leader was found guilty of genocide. A women, an ordinary citizen and victim of the cruelties took the stand, was recognized as worthy to be there and told her story. And Iraqi legal Justice took it’s first tentative steps. Non-Iraqis were strictly prohibited from participation as Justice was carried out, and Saddam and his terroristic reign was put to death.
      Today we mourn the victims of a particular brand of evil. Saddam, Bin Laden, radical Islam literally define that evil. We and all freedom lovers, all who respect the dignity of human life, all who morally oppose tyranny will stand against that evil. We have chosen to stand on foreign soil while defending those of like minds and hearts until they are strong enough to stand alone.
      Today, we kneel by choice, in honor of the innocent victims of that evil. But when confronted in our back yard, we will not kneel to that evil. We will stand. We have chosen to stand in Iraq, in hopes our back yard will remain safe.

    33. Joanie on September 11th, 2007 11:37 pm

      I think of what happened on 9/11/01 everyday and for reasons far different from any of you. It is something I, even today, wished had never happened, but it did and I can’t change that.
      About 3 weeks before 9/11, I was working my job at Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, selling tickets for the tours. There were 5 of us working that day and it was very hot(118 degrees) in the Canyon. About 2:30 in the afternoon, I called over a customer and his friend who had been waiting in line. My first thought of them is that they must be crazy – they both were wearing heavy jackets on this hot day. One was about 5and 1/2 ft tall and the other man was a short(5’2″) dark skinned man and he wore a black leather jacket.
      I greeted them with a smile and asked how I may help them. Leather jacket told me he wanted to go on a tour. He was curt, arrogant and had black empty eyes. I began to explain – with a smile – what tours I had and he suddenly said he’d take the $10 tour and THREW me his credit card. I typed in to my computer the requested tour and the printer began to print out tickets. I began explaining briefly what the tour consisted of. Leather jacket NEVER looked me in the eye – hios eyes were darting all over the visitors center. His partner wearing a red and black woolrich type coat and a knit skull cap, looked me straight in the eye and smiled at every word I said. Tickets printed out and as I was handing them out, Leather jacket snatched them outta my hand and immediately walked away. Under my breath I muttered,”have a nice time at Hoover Dam; don’t come back’. Of course they never would.
      1 week after the attacks, I was home-laid off as Dam tours were shut down until further notice. I saw a story about the 19 men and began downloading the pictures. I still had plain old dial up and the picture was slow to load.
      To my shock & horror, the one picture that downloaded was a man I had served at Hoover Dam just several weeks before. It was Mohammed Atta.
      My phone rang; it was my co worker and very dear friend. She told me that she had seen the 19 pictures and she, too, had sold Atta a tour ticket. His red & black jacketed buddy was with him also. She sold them tickets about noon & I sold them tickets about 2:30. They went on the same tour twice in 1 day.
      As I write this, my hands are shaking with the memory of what happened that day(9/11) and then, 1 week later. Several days after me & my co worker discovered what we did, it was on our local news that 5 of the 19 hijackers had been in Las Vegas. We now have security here in this town that would knock your sox off.
      It took me 3 years to come to grips with this – I had nightmares all the time. My husband – a Desert Storm vet(20 yrs Army) told me I had that post traumatic thing. I believe it! Me & my friend even had to go to the local F B I office. I don’t want to talk about that.
      I think about September 11th EVERYDAY. I will remember it the rest of my life.

    34. MuffyBee on September 11th, 2007 11:53 pm

      “Let’s Roll” -Todd Beamer

    35. crazybabyborg on September 12th, 2007 12:02 am

      Thank you, Joanie, for sharing your story with us. It is chilling, and I’m glad you are alright.

      I believe that James Woods, the actor, also encountered at least one 9-1-1 terrorist prior to the attack. He, too, is haunted by the experience and spoke with the FBI after the attack. God Bless You!

    36. Joanie on September 12th, 2007 12:33 am

      Crazybabyborg – what a cool handle.
      I have to tell you; it took alot of courage for me to put that down in writing. I am shocked at how it still affects me, even after 5 years. I am handling it much better than I did that day I downloaded those pictures. This is a bit of a ‘healing’ for me to write this down and share it. It will be a painful memory. Thank you for your thoughts and concerns.

    37. crazybabyborg on September 12th, 2007 12:52 am

      Joanie, good for you that you managed the post! It would shake up anyone! From what I’ve read, an attack on the Dam would have cost more lives than what actually happened. Your contributions and information have helped prevent that from ever happening. You’ve served an incredibly important purpose, and have every reason to feel both relieved and proud that you could help untold numbers of people. You are courageous, Joanie, and I just have faith that it wasn’t to be. You’ve done your part. Thank you for all of us.

    38. Joanie on September 12th, 2007 1:23 am

      Well, Crazy….. This is the first time I have told anyone outside of my family. Yes; my hands were shaking and I had a lump in my throat – but I posted my experience.
      We ALL need to be very vigilint and aware of our surroundings. The first responders are OURSELVES!
      Tours at Hoover Dam have been scaled back. One special tour is no longer given as it had gone through very important parts of the Dam. There are cameras and other security my husband won’t even tell me about! Las Vegas is the same way.
      I reached out tonight; THANKS for reaching back!

    39. crazybabyborg on September 12th, 2007 4:53 pm

      Joanie,
      Thank YOU for helping us all feel a bit more secure about a vulnerable area! I re-read James Wood’s account of his experience last night, and like you, he was guarded in what details he wished to discussed. It’s hard now, in light of 9-1-1, to remember the mindset before that day, but he was concerned over the possibility that the plane he was on could be hijacked and told the captain of the plane his fears. He didn’t reveal what actions or conservations caused his concern, but the men were in first class with him and they turned out to be 911 terrorists doing a practice run. On 9-12-01, the FBI was at his door at 7:00am and spent the day discussing the matter with him. I thought I would relay the story to you in hopes it might help you to know that there are others who share your experience and that they, too, will always be effected by it. The information you were able to relay helps all of us be safer. That sort of information, unfortunately, takes on new meaning in the light of 911, and is used, I’m sure, to make us all safer by indicating areas of interest so that preventive measures can be taken. I’m glad you took the time to share your story and give us all the opportunity to say thank you.

    40. Joanie on September 12th, 2007 8:33 pm

      Crazybabyborg;
      Thank you for the information. Its been hard every September to get reminded of what happened as I think about it once or more EVERYDAY! I have not gone to see the 93 movie nor have I watched replays of that days events. No disrespect on my part – I think about 9/11/01 all the time. It will never get easier for me. I will go out and be STRONG and be AMERICAN just to show them all that they will never beat me!
      Good evening to you!!!!

    41. Stephen Colben on September 13th, 2007 10:45 am

      Living in fear means the terrorists have won. Their goal is NOT to invade or take over the United States. Their goal is to manipulate you minds. Their goal is to make you into “Scared Monkeys” …judging from the comments posted on this website, it is clear that there is a large portion of weak-minded individuals that have already succumbed to fear and terror.

      -They will never get me. I am well aware that I am a million times more likely to die from a car accident, poor medical treatment, hunting accident, LIGHTNING STRIKE, cancer, heart disease, etc.

      If you really wanted to help Americans and the United States, you would realize that the biggest problems facing our lives originate from OUR country.

    42. Michelle on September 13th, 2007 12:54 pm

      Stephen, the only weak-minded individual on this website is you. All you have proven to us is how rude, disrespectful and unthankful you really are. I hope you are proud that you tarnished a day of remembrance so that you can babble your personal beliefs to those who had no desire to hear them. No one cares what you think about our President or his family or the jobs that they have. WE were here to remember and respect the fallen who lost their lives because of a senseless act of hate. If YOU had any interest in helping Americans, you would give respect for its leader, thanks for the rights that your Military fights to protect and remembrance to those that have lost their lives in this tragedy! You would do something to change the status of this country, such as the homeless or the people displaced and broke because of natural disasters. You would donate money to the military families that are working hard and getting nothing for it! You would do something besides sitting at your computer and verbally harassing people that have beliefs that are not the same as yours. Please know that nothing you have said will ever sway our minds and you are wasting your breath.

    43. Stephen Colben on September 13th, 2007 2:00 pm

      Let me be absolutely clear:

      The brave and honorable men and woman fighting in Iraq are doing nothing to save ANYONES freedom/rights.

      Iraq is not in our legislative branch of government…there is no WAY they can alter the constitution and take away our freedom…The only person that has the power to do that is OUR GOVERNMENT.

      It is a fact that George Bush and his “Patriot Act” have taken away our freedom and rights (habeas corpus, free speech, Geneva conventions, etc.).

      So please, if you really did care about freedom and rights you would be horrified at the actions of GW Bush, because NO ONE in the history of our great country has taken away more of our rights than him.

      I challenge you to find any other president that has taken away as many constitutional rights!

      And for the record, I would rather have a terrorist attack us than to be associated with a government that has killed so many innocent people for NO REASON…NO WMD’s, NO Connection to OSAMA BIN LADEN

      And the fact that you don’t care that our president, and his family are business partners with the OSAMA BIN LADEN’S FAMILY shows which side you are on…

      IF JOHN KERRY or AL GORE was business partners with the BIN LADEN family, I wonder how the media would spin that…mmmm…I wonder

    44. Michelle on September 13th, 2007 2:50 pm

      Stephen, you continue to miss the point. You may or may not have valid points but this was not the place nor the time to voice them. Please go to a site that is actually trying to have a debate over the war, the government and the terrorists. You are not making a difference in the world, in this country, or even in this forum when you argue your opinions to those who did not wish to hear them. This article was asking for respect and a moment of relfection for those innocent indivuduals that were lost on 9/11. We did not need or want to hear your thoughts as to why it happened or who is to blame. You are entitled to your opinion, and by the grace of this great country, you are free to voice it when and where you choose. It was simply bad taste and very disrespectful to do so on this day and on this article. While you feel very strongly in your hate and disgust with America and its leaders, I can assure you that you will talk until you are blue in the face if you wish to sway my from my opinions. I respect that you have differing views than my own, and I ask that you respect that not everyone (or possibly anyone in this forum) will see your side of the matter.

    45. Richard on September 14th, 2007 8:26 am

      The last I knew, the remnants of some of the 19 animals that carried out the 9/11 atrocity were still being held. I wonder what ever happened to them?

      On one point I am adamant: no repatriation, Islamic burial, or anything else for them.

      They merit absolutely no respect or treatment that would suggest they are entitled to compassion.

    46. Stephen Colben on September 14th, 2007 9:49 am

      Americans dishonor the victims of 9/11 everyday by supporting the war in Iraq and ignoring the presidents’ connections to the man/terrorist group that attacked us.

      Americans dishonor the innocent victims of 9/11 everyday by supporting a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

      Imagine ONE HUNDRED 9/11 in the span of four years and you might begin to grasp the death and destruction the United States has caused.

      That is my opinion.

      This is a FACT:

      The Bush family and the BinLaden family are business partners (Carlyle Group Inc. and BinLaden Group Inc.)

      How would the median spin the story if it was Al Gore or Barack Obama that were business partners with the world’s most notorious terrorist family????

    47. patti b. on September 14th, 2007 12:19 pm

      I cannot believe that you are trying to turn this into a political forum for your short-sided opinions. I have 2 sons that have served in Afghanistan and Iraq and they have and still are proudly serving this country. I’ll bet when the vietnam war was going on, you were one of the cowards that ran and hid out in Canada!If all Americans were like you, there would be no Land of the Free. This blog was started to remember and honor Americans that died on 9-11- not to listen to your BS. Do you honestly think that you are going to change how people feel? Go back to campaining for Obama-yep, you’re probably one of those guys that want a muslim to run this country!

    48. crazybabyborg on September 14th, 2007 10:23 pm

      Mr. Colben, if you would simply research your allegations, I believe you would discover some conflicting facts to your accusations. Sprinkling your posts with “the Carlyle Group” and the “Bin Laden” name, makes no particular point, so I’ll try to explain what you seem incapable of grasping.

      The “Bush” president you keep waving around is not the current President of the United States, but his Father. President Bush Sr. served as an advisor to the Carlyle Group.

      What is the Carlyle Group? The Carlyle Group is a Washington, D.C. based global private equity investment firm with more than $75.6 billion of equity capital under management.[1] The firm operates four fund families, focusing on leveraged buyouts, venture & growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance investments. The firm employs more than 515 investment professionals in 21 countries with several offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia; its portfolio companies employ more than 286,000 people worldwide. Carlyle has over 1100 investors in 61 countries. The Carlyle Group is often used by wealthy members when they have need for a blind trust, similar to where the Clintons invested while they occupied the White House. The investment return record of the Carlyle group is touted as being almost as successful as the firm the Clinton’s used.

      I would imagine that the “scandal” you allude to, Mr. Colben, is probably around defense contracts awarded to a contractor that Carlyle Group held interests in. Nearly 85% of the $1.4 billion, or about $1.18 billion, refers to Saudi Arabian government contracts awarded to defense contractor BDM in the early to mid 1990s. Carlyle, however, sold its interest in BDM before former President George H. W. Bush joined as an advisor.

      What’s the Osama Bin Laden connection you, Mr. Colben, have asserted as a sinister plot? The Saudi Arabian relatives of Osama bin Laden were also investors in Carlyle until October 2001 when the family sold its $2.02 million investment back to the firm in light of the public controversy surrounding bin Laden’s family after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The bin Laden family has publicly disowned the al-Qaeda leader.[5] Osama bin Laden has not publicly known or acknowledged economic interest in Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), whose investments were in part managed by the Carlyle Group until the arrangement was terminated by mutual consent.

      Now that I’ve clarified what you haven’t articulated, perhaps I can take a moment to say that the world has become a much smaller place than you seem to realize. There is no such thing as huddling up within our own borders, building a moat to keep the Boogie man out, and playing nice within our own sandbox. This thread began on the anniversary of 9-1-1. The families of the 3,000 Americans killed on that day could explain to you that they are keenly aware of how small this world is.

      Al-Queida, in IRAQ, Mr. Colben, has been routed from a province they firmly held, and Iraqi soldiers guard its’ borders to insure their exile from it. That drastic change from protecting this deadly terrorist group to exposing their whereabouts and erradicating them, is a fundamental turn and holds real promise to the world’s safety. It is a change that is slowly spreading to other, neighboring provinces within Iraq.

      The victory of overtaking Iraq would be quite a coup for Al-Queida, Mr. Colben, and a huge boost to empowerment. Do you sincerely think that if they were just allowed to take Iraq that they would then be content to play in that sandbox? Are you aware of their Matra? They have voiced, written, and pledged to eliminate all peoples from this earth that do not succumb to their brand of Radical Islam, and they attack the US as the foremost obstacle to that fervent objective.

      I don’t anticipate, nor frankly care, whether your views are ever altered, Mr. Colben. I do care that thoughtful, informed, and sincere expressions of honor for the victims of the 9-1-1 attack are insulted by your posts.

      There are countless mindless sites on the net that would accept your vague “bumper sticker” views without challenge and will join with your voice in a trance filled chant. I suggest you find one of them. You’ve opened the wrong door here.

    49. Stephen Colben on September 17th, 2007 10:11 am

      I beg to differ, I have an acquaintance that was tragically effected by the 9/11 attacks and he feels exactly the same way I do. Is he being disrespectful to his father??? If you don’t know the individuals that have died, or their personal/religious/political beliefs, how do you know what is disrespectful to them? Do you think they would like to hear that the Republican Party used their deaths to promote a phony war? Do you think they would like to hear the Giuliani is using them to fatten his political pocketbook? Or how their deaths were used to take away rights granted to us in the constitution…That’s disrespectful.

      The war in Iraq is a farce, even one of Bush’s lapdogs Alan Greenspan acknowledges that the war in Iraq is largely about oil. Exploiting the unfortunate souls who died on 9/11 to invade and kill hundreds of thousands of more unfortunate souls in Iraq is no way to honor 9/11.

      If we feel so strongly about OUR dead innocents from 9/11, how do you think Iraq’s population feels about the hundreds of thousands of innocent people the United States has killed?

      The bottom line is that Muslin extremes its think of the United States as the “Great Satan”…The longer we are in Iraq, the easier it is for Muslim extremes its around the world to recruit. And since it is impossible to eliminate ever terrorist, the United States is destined for defeat in Iraq.

      The biggest problem with the war on terror is that it is an impossible goal. And, the more terrorists and innocent civilians the United States kills only validates their beliefs. If my father was killed by an enemy, I would have no problem avenging their deaths. Both sides feel that way; it is a perpetual cycle of violence with no resolution.

      After 9/11 we had the world on our side, we wasted that sentiment on a meaningless war for profit, now we are alone.

      I want to see proof that NONE of the billions of dollars made by Bin Laden Group went to Osama Bin Laden.

      If the Clintons or any other Democratic Party member had financial ties to the most notorious terrorist family on the planet, you better believe it would be spun in a completely different light.

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