Ten years ago after 9/11, Americans chanted, “We will never forget.”
Ten years later after 9/11, the White House is chanting, it is not “just about us.”
Terrorism has been tempered and transformed ever since 2009 when President Obama took office and turned the global war on terror into an “overseas contingency operation” and coddled the global Muslim community from Cairo by confessing “part of my responsibility as president of the United States is to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear” and create a “partnership between America and Islam.” Since those actions, a slew of terrorists has slipped through the cracks of U.S. international and homeland security.
Alex Jones’ InfoWars.com recently documented several examples of how the feds have “dispensed with all pretense of the war on terror being focused on al-Qaida Muslims.”
In April 2009, the Washington Times reported that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stood by a DHS intelligence assessment report “which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.” And in the same month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was running a probe targeting returning veterans as extremists and a major domestic threat.
At the end of 2010, an Atlanta television news station, WSB-TV, reported that “the State Department is sending hundreds of millions of dollars to save mosques overseas.” The anchor noted that the State Department’s Agency for International Development granted enormous funds for mosques in Cairo, Cyprus, Tajikistan and Mali.
In March 2011, Judicial Watch obtained new documents via a freedom of information act request that revealed U.S. officials apprehended 663 illegal immigrants last year with suspected ties to terrorist groups. And yet our borders and ports remain as porous for illegals as a screen through which gnats slip.
In the same month of March, ABC News reported that the “U.S. government formally requested the early release of a convicted terrorist [Mohammed Babar] from federal prison, even though the terrorist admitted that he continued to support the killing of U.S. soldiers serving in Muslim countries.”
Just a few weeks ago, as a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something Say Something” stoolie campaign, the department recently released two new videos, in which nearly every segment shows a shift in federal strategy from catching foreign terrorists to targeting white middle-class Americans who are against big government as terrorists, including tea partiers, anti-Fed activists and even veterans. (These videos echo Vice President Biden’s recent remarks that tea partiers are like “terrorists.”)
And just this last week, Fox News reported that the U.S. State Department is protecting the privacy of terrorists by refusing to release documents about Anwar Al-Awlaki, the Muslim cleric who became the first American on the CIA’s kill or capture terrorist list. In response to a Fox News freedom of information request for Al-Awlaki’s passport records, the State Department replied, “The release of this information to you would be an invasion of personal privacy of another person, without written authorization from that person.”
It’s official: The feds have lost their minds, and this time at the cost of forgetting the heart of 9/11 and all the sacrifices made to fight militant Islam since. Ten years after 9/11, the federal government has become an acute enabler of terrorism. They are suffering from a self-inflicted terrorist amnesia, despite that even in the past two years there have been 126 terror-related arrests and all have been Muslims.
With the killing of Osama bin Laden and President Obama’s recent order to withdraw more troops from Afghanistan, it appears that the feds will soon be raising the banner that the “Overseas contingency operation is mission complete.” But what they really need is a wake-up call to jar them out of their terrorist amnesia!
We should plant the feds in the heart of Afghanistan and have them seriously reconsider al-Qaida’s assault on America and exactly how and why our courageous troops and their families continue to sacrifice for us – something well-documented again by film producer Mike Slee in his most recent film tribute to our servicemen and women and their families as a part of Operation Patriot Care Package, highlighted on the Sean Hannity show on Fox and on Slee’s own website, ZaragozaPictures.com.
Unfortunately, Washington’s terrorism amnesia has spread outside the U.S. Capitol and infected such officials as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has decided that a Ground Zero commemoration for the families and other victims on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will be held without prayer. Both clergy and first responders have not been invited to the event, because Bloomberg apparently thinks politicians will be sufficient to comfort the still-grieving families and nation. Please sign the Family Resource Council’s petition to Mayor Bloomberg to reverse his decision and recognize that at times like this prayer is needed more than politics.
Mayor Bloomberg needs to take a lesson from people like Rosellen Dowdell, the widow of Lt. Kevin Dowdell, who was a New York firefighter that gave up his life on 9/11. She told the Catholic News Service, “I’ve never blamed God. I’ve always looked to God for an answer. … There was solace in going to church and being in the presence of God.”
Similarly, Monsignor Michael J. Curran, pastor of Blessed Trinity, told CNS 10 years after the disaster, “So many of these families, who have every reason to be angry at God, have not given up. They are still faithful. I’m more aware of the spiritual strength of people. Folks are not fair-weather friends of God. The question of ‘why?’ is still out there, but they are willing to trust God and keep him at the center of their lives. Nobody has just slammed down their bat and ball and gone home.”
Ten years ago, in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history, Americans turned to one another and God for help and comfort. The wise still seek Him. They know as even most of America’s founders believed in Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, God bless and help all the victims of 9/11, from Flight 93 to the Pentagon and New York and beyond, and may the real memory of 9/11 live on in our hearts and minds so that even our posterity will say, “We will never forget.”