Daily Archives: September 11, 2011

Islamofascists Disrupt London 9/11 Ceremony

As the 10th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 draws to a close, it is distressing to see that radical Islamofascists in London took the opportunity of the day to disrupt a ceremony held outside the U.S. Embassy in honor of the British citizens murdered that day.

The radicals burned an American Flag, chanted anti-American slogans; spoke their messages of hate through megaphones all while brandishing signs condemning Christians and America, vowing “Islam will dominate the World.”

As seen towards the end of the video, London Police disbanded a group from the English Defence League who had gathered to counter the Islamofascists. Police moved them to “avoid an incident.”

It should also be noted that a smaller group of Muslims also was present to counter the radical Islamofascists. One moderate Muslim, Abdul Sallam is quoted saying,

“I’m a Muslim. What they’re doing is bringing shame on all Muslims. This is not part of the teachings of Islam. Islam teaches you that when you see anything bad or evil, you should speak out against it. If the moderate Muslims all came out and spoke out, that would defeat them. I am proud to be British. I love my country. All these people are doing is breaking Britain apart.”

I applaud the stand and the words, but I also wonder why even he calls on moderate Muslims to take a stand against Islamofascists, who we are told misuse the writings of the Qur’an and so few join him in taking a stand.

Radical Islamofascists are growing bolder in Europe, even as we see more calls for accommodation of Islam in America. Will we soon see radical Islamofascists protesting in America?

Words spoken at the ceremony by Britain’s Prince Charles instill no confidence in me. He stated,

“I find there are many of us who are not only tired of perpetual killing maiming and senseless terrorism that blights the human family but bewildered by it too, simply because our instinct tells us that seeking revenge actually does not achieve peace in the end.”

“It is surely only by avoiding vengefulness that we can rebuild what has been lost and save it from being lost again.”

“I recall that president Abraham Lincoln once spoke very powerfully of having wasted valuable hours imagining revenge or confusion. He spoke of the practical importance of a forgiving spirit, to dissipate anger and resentment. I cannot help feeling he was right.”

That “forgiving spirit,” first seen by former President Jimmy Carter in regards to the Iranian Hostage Crisis during his term has seen terrorist attacks growing in intensity since that time. From 63 killed in a car bomb attack in Beirut in 1983, 241 Marines killed in a truck bomb on the Marine Barracks in Beirut also in 1983, the PanAm 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland killing all on board, the first bombing attempt on the World Trade Center, the attacks on our embassies in Nairobi, the USS Cole attack and the 9/11 attacks are just a few examples of radical Islamofascists hatred of the west and their intent to subdue western culture are what that “forgiving spirit” has wrought us.

There is no forgiveness for those who teach their children that killing innocent people who practice a different religion by suicide gains Gods favor. Islam itself should not show any forgiveness for those hiding in their midst preaching such hatred of others.

We can fight wars, kill terrorists, and show Muslims that we do not dishonor their beliefs, but it has to be Muslims themselves who take a stand against these radical Islamofascists.

As Abdul Sallam said in London, “If the moderate Muslims all came out and spoke out, that would defeat them.”

Those words must be spoken loudly inside every Mosque if we are to accept Muslims do not agree with these radical Islamofascists. It is the silence from the Muslim community that leads others to believe they agree.

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9/11 Taft: Why the Oregon Air National Guard Are My Heroes

I was awakened with the story of the World Trade Center attacks in my ear on the radio station I was listening to. I immediately turned my TV on.

The morning wore on as if in slow motion. There were kids to get up for school. I called my oldest daughter’s school and said she wouldn’t be in because she went to school near a federal building. I took my youngest to school to keep her away from the coverage.

At school the adults just looked at each other and shook their heads.

Back home my 14 year old daughter and I sat on the couch and watched it all.

I lived under the flight path of PDX at the time. The skies went silent. It was caucaphonous.

When I heard the screams of the Oregon Air National Guard F-15’s scrambling some time later, I ran out of my house and waved my arms shouting, “Thank you! Thank you for protecting us!”

I know it was silly. They couldn’t even see me. But it was just a reflexive response.

And then we went to war. It took George Soros, John Podesta, the MoveOn.Commies and Code Pinkos about two minutes to start going after George Bush for “War Crimes,” “Lying Us Into War.” The Michael Moore movie, “Farenheit 9/11” was timed to throw the election in favor of John Kerry in 2004.

The left had forgotten they were Americans too. All America is to them is power and politics.

Treachery.

Years later at a Tea Party in Vancouver. The Oregon Air National Guard did a fly over. I was so moved that I told that 9/11 story. I laughed and said, “I know they couldn’t see me.”

Later a woman approached me and said her husband was in the Air National Guard. She said, “He saw you.”

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9/11 Coverage on the Blog

This is beyond Where Were You When?

Today on the VictoriaTaft.com blog I’m rolling out contributions about 9/11 from my regular contributors Lew Waters on the divisions that remain in America and Rees Lloyd on this sneak attack similar to Pearl Harbor. Planner, Rich Carson, looks at Portland’s readiness to confront an attack considering its current priorities.

Time Magazine has done a wonderful job of getting the oral histories from some of the major players–including President Bush–which I’ve linked up here. They are MUST LISTENS.

In his book Mastermind, Richard Miniter describes what the plotters were doing while Americans were jumping out of World Trade Center towers, preferring that death over the one that waited for them inside a cloud of flaming jet fuel. (hear my interview with Miniter here at :45).

On this day ten years ago, Khalid Shaihk Mohammed and his band of madmen including bag man Ramzi bin al Shibh, money man and leader Osama bin Laden and others, crowded around a small television set at 3:48pm Kandahar time. This was unusual at the training camp. Television in the middle of the day? Unheard of.

By four, they were crowded around the television set, which was rep.aying reports that a plane had struck a World Trade Center tower. The brothers shouted, “Allahu akbar!” and were deliriously happy, according to bin al-Shibh. … 

We said to them: “Wait, wait,” bin al Shibh told his interrogators. “Suddenly our brother Marwan [the pilot] was violently ramming the plane into the Trade Center in an unbelievable manner! Were were watching live and praying: “God…aim…aim…aim…'”

Ten years later those men are either dead or in Gitmo. Two of them had been waterboarded. Because of those interrogrations US intelligence became aware of the name of bin Laden’s courier. The courier led our J-Soc forces to his home.

Amid his pigsty of a home where he held himself prisoner;  amid his porno tapes and wives, US Special Forces arranged for Osama bin Laden to meet his 72 virgins.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

9/11 Rees Lloyd: The Muslim Massacre: The End of Illusions

By REES LLOYD

            On September 11, 2001, realty broke through the complacent, generous, tolerant  American illusions about the nature of the world in which we and our children live, and the nature of those who would terrorize and kill us because we are free Americans.

            The remembered, and recurring, images of the horror of 9-11 on its 10thanniversary, provoke again the questions: 
 
            What kind of people would believe they have the right to murder  Americans because free  Americans will not surrender to their beliefs? And:  What kind of people would give their own lives to defend the freedom of  others? 
 
            America, “land of the free and  home of the brave,” was attacked on 9-11-2001 by Islamic jihadists from the lands of the unfree and  the home of the cowardly. They would murder over 3,000 innocent, unarmed civilians, and over 400 heroic American firefighters and police  trying to save those innocents. They would  commit these murders  by a sneak  suicide attack, using jet passenger planes as bombs. They  cried “Allahu Akbar” as they so cowardly murdered the innocent. 
 
            Also, pursuant to the instructions of their leader, Mohamad Atta, these dedicated Muslim mass murderers,  19 Islamic true-believers, most from Saudi Arabia, carefully washed themselves and dressed in freshly cleaned clothes on the day of their murderous mission.  They did so,  their leader reminded them, so that they would be properly attired, and not  offend by body odor, when, immediately after committing their suicidal slaughter of innocent civilians, they would meet the 72 virgins in Paradise which the Quran promised them for killing “infidels” in the name of Islam. 
 
            As thousands of innocent Americans and others in America died horrible deaths at the Twin Towers in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington  D.C., and in a field in Pennsylvania where the unarmed Americans of Flight 93 brought it down by overcoming their Muslim hi-jackers, thwarting  thereby the terrorists’ intent to fly Flight 93 into the American Capitol, thousands,  indeed millions of ordinary Muslims, living  under Sharia Law in Islamic theocracies, danced in the streets, smiling, laughing,  celebrating the cowardly slaughter of  unarmed innocents by sneak  attack in the name of Islam.
 
            On that day that changed the world,  I was up before six in Banning, CA, preparing my argument for a court appearance in Riverside later that morning.  My wife was dressing to leave for work, an almost 100 mile drive each way. Our daughters, 4 and 16, were asleep.  A typical day. Then came the news on the radio – a plane had hit one of the Twin  Towers.  A freak, terrible, accident., I thought. Then the following news – another plane had hit the second tower, which was in flames. This was not an accident—it was a sneak attack, worse then Pearl Harbor.
 
            We clicked on the television and there were the unimaginable images:  Fire;  billowing smoke; firefighters and police rushing into the Towers as others rushed out; people trapped in the highest floors leaping to their certain deaths rather than die in flames; the first Tower collapsing, sending   up a cloud of  gray dust caused by the pulverized  debris; thousands of people running away from the collapse, looking like terrified zombies as their faces and bodies were covered with that strange dust. In short: Horror.
 
            The scene of the planes flying into the towers played over and over. Our first thought was  of  our daughters—what of them in this new world of unexpected war? How protect them? We didn’t want  our four-year-old to see what we were seeing.  We shielded her from it.  Our 16-year-old could not be shielded. There was fear, and wonder, on her face, too. Two years later she would postpone college to enlist in the Coast Guard to help defend American freedom in war.
 
            The word which arose over and over on 9-11 was “surreal.”  What we were seeing and hearing couldn’t really be. But it was. And still is. 
 
            Other scenes were broadcast: The Pentagon was hit by a plane.  Flight 93 disappeared, and then was brought down in a field in Pennsylvania. All passengers dead.  The plane was apparently brought down when the unarmed passengers rushed and overwhelmed the armed Muslim hi-jackers.  It was reported, at some point, that the passengers, knowing they were about to die,  had used their cel phones to call loved ones to say goodbye.  It was reported that one of them, Todd Beamer, after expressing to his wife his love for her, could be heard to say to the other passengers as they initiated their fightback against the Muslim terrorists: “Let’s Roll!”
            Amidst all this death, there came other surreal scenes:  Literally millions of people, everyday Muslims,  not  just an extremist fringe, in country after  country,  including Muslim immigrants in England and elsewhere, dancing in the streets. Joyfully. Ecstatically. Celebrating as a military victory a slaughter of civilians, unarmed innocents, not combatants.
 
             After court, I went to American Legion Riverside Post 79, to be with Legion comrades. One of them was D-Day Purple Heart survivor, Robert J. “Uncle Bobby” Castillo, perhaps the most beloved Legionnaire in California  at the time.  Among other things, Uncle Bobby led more than 2,000 military funerals at Riverside National Cemetery as Captain of the Memorial Honor Detail named in his honor. After his death in 2008,  his comrades established a plaque honoring him at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
 
            “I never thought Pearl Harbor could happen a second time, but it did,” he told me on 9-11-2001.  His attitude was solemn, serious, with an edge of sadness.  He added with quiet determination: “We have to fight back again, or there won’t be an America anymore.”
 
            President Bush, standing amid the rubble at Ground Zero in New York with a bullhorn in one hand and his other arm around the shoulder of the NYFD Chief who saw over 200 of his firefighters give their lives trying to save others, told Americans and the world that America would not surrender to terrorism.  “We will not weaken. We will not  falter. We will not fail,” he would later say addressing Congress.  But  President Bush also said the enemy was not Islam or Muslims, and that Islam was “a religion of peace and love.” 
 
            That “peace and love” description of Islam was oft repeated.  So, like many Americans,  I wanted to learn more about Islam,  and  bought  a recommended English translation of the Quran . I read the Quran from cover to cover, from the first word  to the last, looking for  “peace and love.”  Instead, I found command after command to make war not peace; to kill, murder, slaughter, not love; to chop off the heads of  non-Muslims, ‘infidels,”  because they  have a different faith;  to murder those who leave Islam for another faith, or no faith. I learned in my studies that Islam offers  but three choices to non-Muslims:  (1)  Convert to Islam.  (2)  Submit to a degraded status and pay a special tribute tax. (3) Or die.  
 
            That is not a future that I want or to which I will  surrender,  for myself, my children, or my country.  
 
            Indeed, my daughters are still free Americans,  and  my great “hope” is that that will never “change,” and that America will never be “transformed” but will be restored  to the underlying principles and values of the Founding Fathers generation of American men and women. That Founding Generation knew what  is in truth politically, morally, and ethically correct is to stand and fight against tyranny. That remains true today whether tyranny advances  openly as a totalitarian ideology, like the Nazi’s of  Adolf Hitler or the  communists of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao; or disguised dishonestly as a religion of peace and love  to masque a totalitarian ideology at its core,  like Islam.
 
            On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11-2001 attack on America by Muslims, we Americans were warned of credible threats of  another terrorist  attack by Muslim jihadists. Special precautions were  instituted.  Our American freedom  was and continues to be limited by those who boast they despise  our freedom,  who believe they have a right and duty to kill us in the  name of their ideological religion, and that they will defeat us because  “you Americans love life, and we love death.”
 
            Thus, the two questions raised above can be easily and truthfully answered,  based  not on prejudice, i.e., pre-judgment, but on empirical evidence,  on experience over ten years, and on common sense:
 
            “What kind of people would believe they have the right to murder  Americans because free  Americans will not surrender to their beliefs? “ Truthfully stated without politically-correct excuses: Muslims. 
 
            “What kind of people would give their own lives to defend the freedom of others?” Truthfully stated , without apology to anyone: Americans. 
 
            In sum, Americans face the same Muslim terrorists in 2011 that Americans faced on 9-11-2001. But no matter what Muslim terrorists did on 9-11-2001, or do on  9-11-2011  or on any other day, we are Americans., and: “We will not weaken. We will not falter;  We will not fail,”  as pledged by former President George W. Bush in 2001.
            Therefore, in 2011,  the watchword should be, in the words of the ordinary American Todd Beamer who exhibited such extraordinary courage on Flight 93 along with his fellow passengers on 9-11-2001: “Let’s Roll!”
 
[Rees Lloyd, a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.]

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

9/11 Taft: Why the Oregon Air National Guard Are My Heroes

I was awakened with the story of the World Trade Center attacks in my ear on the radio station I was listening to. I immediately turned my TV on.

The morning wore on as if in slow motion. There were kids to get up for school. I called my oldest daughter’s school and said she wouldn’t be in because she went to school near a federal building. I took my youngest to school to keep her away from the coverage.

At school the adults just looked at each other and shook their heads.

Back home my 14 year old daughter and I sat on the couch and watched it all.

I lived under the flight path of PDX at the time. The skies went silent. It was caucaphonous.

When I heard the screams of the Oregon Air National Guard F-15’s scrambling some time later, I ran out of my house and waved my arms shouting, “Thank you! Thank you for protecting us!”

I know it was silly. They couldn’t even see me. But it was just a reflexive response.

And then we went to war. It took George Soros, John Podesta, the MoveOn.Commies and Code Pinkos about two minutes to start going after George Bush for “War Crimes,” “Lying Us Into War.” The Michael Moore movie, “Farenheit 9/11” was timed to throw the election in favor of John Kerry in 2004.

The left had forgotten they were Americans too. All America is to them is power and politics.

Treachery.

Years later at a Tea Party in Vancouver. The Oregon Air National Guard did a fly over. I was so moved that I told that 9/11 story. I laughed and said, “I know they couldn’t see me.”

Later a woman approached me and said her husband was in the Air National Guard. She said, “He saw you.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

9/11 Rees Lloyd: The Muslim Massacre: The End of Illusions

By REES LLOYD

            On September 11, 2001, realty broke through the complacent, generous, tolerant  American illusions about the nature of the world in which we and our children live, and the nature of those who would terrorize and kill us because we are free Americans.

            The remembered, and recurring, images of the horror of 9-11 on its 10thanniversary, provoke again the questions: 
 
            What kind of people would believe they have the right to murder  Americans because free  Americans will not surrender to their beliefs? And:  What kind of people would give their own lives to defend the freedom of  others? 
 
            America, “land of the free and  home of the brave,” was attacked on 9-11-2001 by Islamic jihadists from the lands of the unfree and  the home of the cowardly. They would murder over 3,000 innocent, unarmed civilians, and over 400 heroic American firefighters and police  trying to save those innocents. They would  commit these murders  by a sneak  suicide attack, using jet passenger planes as bombs. They  cried “Allahu Akbar” as they so cowardly murdered the innocent. 
 
            Also, pursuant to the instructions of their leader, Mohamad Atta, these dedicated Muslim mass murderers,  19 Islamic true-believers, most from Saudi Arabia, carefully washed themselves and dressed in freshly cleaned clothes on the day of their murderous mission.  They did so,  their leader reminded them, so that they would be properly attired, and not  offend by body odor, when, immediately after committing their suicidal slaughter of innocent civilians, they would meet the 72 virgins in Paradise which the Quran promised them for killing “infidels” in the name of Islam. 
 
            As thousands of innocent Americans and others in America died horrible deaths at the Twin Towers in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington  D.C., and in a field in Pennsylvania where the unarmed Americans of Flight 93 brought it down by overcoming their Muslim hi-jackers, thwarting  thereby the terrorists’ intent to fly Flight 93 into the American Capitol, thousands,  indeed millions of ordinary Muslims, living  under Sharia Law in Islamic theocracies, danced in the streets, smiling, laughing,  celebrating the cowardly slaughter of  unarmed innocents by sneak  attack in the name of Islam.
 
            On that day that changed the world,  I was up before six in Banning, CA, preparing my argument for a court appearance in Riverside later that morning.  My wife was dressing to leave for work, an almost 100 mile drive each way. Our daughters, 4 and 16, were asleep.  A typical day. Then came the news on the radio – a plane had hit one of the Twin  Towers.  A freak, terrible, accident., I thought. Then the following news – another plane had hit the second tower, which was in flames. This was not an accident—it was a sneak attack, worse then Pearl Harbor.
 
            We clicked on the television and there were the unimaginable images:  Fire;  billowing smoke; firefighters and police rushing into the Towers as others rushed out; people trapped in the highest floors leaping to their certain deaths rather than die in flames; the first Tower collapsing, sending   up a cloud of  gray dust caused by the pulverized  debris; thousands of people running away from the collapse, looking like terrified zombies as their faces and bodies were covered with that strange dust. In short: Horror.
 
            The scene of the planes flying into the towers played over and over. Our first thought was  of  our daughters—what of them in this new world of unexpected war? How protect them? We didn’t want  our four-year-old to see what we were seeing.  We shielded her from it.  Our 16-year-old could not be shielded. There was fear, and wonder, on her face, too. Two years later she would postpone college to enlist in the Coast Guard to help defend American freedom in war.
 
            The word which arose over and over on 9-11 was “surreal.”  What we were seeing and hearing couldn’t really be. But it was. And still is. 
 
            Other scenes were broadcast: The Pentagon was hit by a plane.  Flight 93 disappeared, and then was brought down in a field in Pennsylvania. All passengers dead.  The plane was apparently brought down when the unarmed passengers rushed and overwhelmed the armed Muslim hi-jackers.  It was reported, at some point, that the passengers, knowing they were about to die,  had used their cel phones to call loved ones to say goodbye.  It was reported that one of them, Todd Beamer, after expressing to his wife his love for her, could be heard to say to the other passengers as they initiated their fightback against the Muslim terrorists: “Let’s Roll!”
            Amidst all this death, there came other surreal scenes:  Literally millions of people, everyday Muslims,  not  just an extremist fringe, in country after  country,  including Muslim immigrants in England and elsewhere, dancing in the streets. Joyfully. Ecstatically. Celebrating as a military victory a slaughter of civilians, unarmed innocents, not combatants.
 
             After court, I went to American Legion Riverside Post 79, to be with Legion comrades. One of them was D-Day Purple Heart survivor, Robert J. “Uncle Bobby” Castillo, perhaps the most beloved Legionnaire in California  at the time.  Among other things, Uncle Bobby led more than 2,000 military funerals at Riverside National Cemetery as Captain of the Memorial Honor Detail named in his honor. After his death in 2008,  his comrades established a plaque honoring him at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in San Diego.
 
            “I never thought Pearl Harbor could happen a second time, but it did,” he told me on 9-11-2001.  His attitude was solemn, serious, with an edge of sadness.  He added with quiet determination: “We have to fight back again, or there won’t be an America anymore.”
 
            President Bush, standing amid the rubble at Ground Zero in New York with a bullhorn in one hand and his other arm around the shoulder of the NYFD Chief who saw over 200 of his firefighters give their lives trying to save others, told Americans and the world that America would not surrender to terrorism.  “We will not weaken. We will not  falter. We will not fail,” he would later say addressing Congress.  But  President Bush also said the enemy was not Islam or Muslims, and that Islam was “a religion of peace and love.” 
 
            That “peace and love” description of Islam was oft repeated.  So, like many Americans,  I wanted to learn more about Islam,  and  bought  a recommended English translation of the Quran . I read the Quran from cover to cover, from the first word  to the last, looking for  “peace and love.”  Instead, I found command after command to make war not peace; to kill, murder, slaughter, not love; to chop off the heads of  non-Muslims, ‘infidels,”  because they  have a different faith;  to murder those who leave Islam for another faith, or no faith. I learned in my studies that Islam offers  but three choices to non-Muslims:  (1)  Convert to Islam.  (2)  Submit to a degraded status and pay a special tribute tax. (3) Or die.  
 
            That is not a future that I want or to which I will  surrender,  for myself, my children, or my country.  
 
            Indeed, my daughters are still free Americans,  and  my great “hope” is that that will never “change,” and that America will never be “transformed” but will be restored  to the underlying principles and values of the Founding Fathers generation of American men and women. That Founding Generation knew what  is in truth politically, morally, and ethically correct is to stand and fight against tyranny. That remains true today whether tyranny advances  openly as a totalitarian ideology, like the Nazi’s of  Adolf Hitler or the  communists of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao; or disguised dishonestly as a religion of peace and love  to masque a totalitarian ideology at its core,  like Islam.
 
            On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11-2001 attack on America by Muslims, we Americans were warned of credible threats of  another terrorist  attack by Muslim jihadists. Special precautions were  instituted.  Our American freedom  was and continues to be limited by those who boast they despise  our freedom,  who believe they have a right and duty to kill us in the  name of their ideological religion, and that they will defeat us because  “you Americans love life, and we love death.”
 
            Thus, the two questions raised above can be easily and truthfully answered,  based  not on prejudice, i.e., pre-judgment, but on empirical evidence,  on experience over ten years, and on common sense:
 
            “What kind of people would believe they have the right to murder  Americans because free  Americans will not surrender to their beliefs? “ Truthfully stated without politically-correct excuses: Muslims. 
 
            “What kind of people would give their own lives to defend the freedom of others?” Truthfully stated , without apology to anyone: Americans. 
 
            In sum, Americans face the same Muslim terrorists in 2011 that Americans faced on 9-11-2001. But no matter what Muslim terrorists did on 9-11-2001, or do on  9-11-2011  or on any other day, we are Americans., and: “We will not weaken. We will not falter;  We will not fail,”  as pledged by former President George W. Bush in 2001.
            Therefore, in 2011,  the watchword should be, in the words of the ordinary American Todd Beamer who exhibited such extraordinary courage on Flight 93 along with his fellow passengers on 9-11-2001: “Let’s Roll!”
 
[Rees Lloyd, a longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist, is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.]

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

9/11 Coverage on the Blog

This is beyond Where Were You When?

Today on the VictoriaTaft.com blog I’m rolling out contributions about 9/11 from my regular contributors Lew Waters on the divisions that remain in America and Rees Lloyd on this sneak attack similar to Pearl Harbor. Planner, Rich Carson, looks at Portland’s readiness to confront an attack considering its current priorities.

Time Magazine has done a wonderful job of getting the oral histories from some of the major players–including President Bush–which I’ve linked up here. They are MUST LISTENS.

In his book Mastermind, Richard Miniter describes what the plotters were doing while Americans were jumping out of World Trade Center towers, preferring that death over the one that waited for them inside a cloud of flaming jet fuel. (hear my interview with Miniter here at :45).

On this day ten years ago, Khalid Shaihk Mohammed and his band of madmen including bag man Ramzi bin al Shibh, money man and leader Osama bin Laden and others, crowded around a small television set at 3:48pm Kandahar time. This was unusual at the training camp. Television in the middle of the day? Unheard of.

By four, they were crowded around the television set, which was rep.aying reports that a plane had struck a World Trade Center tower. The brothers shouted, “Allahu akbar!” and were deliriously happy, according to bin al-Shibh. … 

We said to them: “Wait, wait,” bin al Shibh told his interrogators. “Suddenly our brother Marwan [the pilot] was violently ramming the plane into the Trade Center in an unbelievable manner! Were were watching live and praying: “God…aim…aim…aim…'”

Ten years later those men are either dead or in Gitmo. Two of them had been waterboarded. Because of those interrogrations US intelligence became aware of the name of bin Laden’s courier. The courier led our J-Soc forces to his home.

Amid his pigsty of a home where he held himself prisoner;  amid his porno tapes and wives, US Special Forces arranged for Osama bin Laden to meet his 72 virgins.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com