Did you remember? It has been 15 years since the first World Trade Center bombing. So many were snoozing then. So many are still snoozing now.
Honor the victims:
9/11 must be viewed in the context of many other dates in addition to February 26, 1993. These dates include June 25, 1998; March 11, 2004; and July 7, 2005, when other Al-Qaeda perpetrated or linked attacks took place. The innocent people who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, rode the train in Madrid or boarded a bus in London were, like the victims of 1993 and 2001, simply leading everyday lives.
Bearing witness to the attacks of 1993 and 2001 and their connection to events around the world is to choose knowledge over ignorance and fear. Isolating or disregarding these indefensible crimes minimizes our understanding of the world and heightens our risk within it.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will imbue our visitors with the essential truth that the victims of the attacks could have been any one of us. In doing so we hope to reinforce the universal human connections that make it harder for attacks like these to happen again.
By remembering the victims, perhaps particularly when we didn’t personally know them, we eclipse the terrorists who sought to dehumanize the innocent and use murder as a weapon for a destructive ideology. In contrast to the fear and division which the terrorists sought to achieve, we show our deep respect for individual life that is at the core of our free society.
Today as we go about our everyday lives — riding the subway, taking the bus, or having lunch with a co-worker, please take a moment to remember those who were simply going about their everyday lives when they were taken from us in 1993 – — John DiGiovanni, Robert Kirkpatrick, Stephen A. Knapp, William Macko, Wilfredo Mercado, and Monica Rodriguez Smith. By doing so, “we protest,” as memorial scholar Ed Linenthal has said, “against the anonymity of mass death in our time.” Let’s ensure their memory is preserved with purpose.
One of the convicted bombers is still pursuing his court case:
Fifteen years after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a Palestinian sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in the attack claims that a vengeful U.S. government has blocked him from appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ahmad Mohammed Ajaj, who remains in extreme isolation in the nation’s most secure prison, filed a lawsuit last year in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against more than a dozen judges, federal court employees, Bureau of Prisons officials and his former defense lawyer Maranda Fritz.
He said they failed to notify him of appeals court rulings and blocked his access to what he would need for a Supreme Court appeal of his conviction on conspiracy charges in the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing, which killed six people and injured more than 1,000 others.
In court documents filed last week, government lawyers said Ajaj has no right to bring the claims against court personnel.
I ran this video on last year’s anniversary: Remember what it was like on “Top of the World?”
Hat tip – Kafir at Jawa Report
Andy McCarthy’s coming out with an important memoir:
Fifteen years ago this coming Tuesday, February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed. The story of how we got to that point is central to my book, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, which will be published by Encounter Books in a few weeks.
An article derived from the book, “When Jihad Came to America,” is being featured by our good (and unbelievably gracious) friends at Commentary Magazine this week.
Read it here.
Debbie Schlussel remembers.
Are Americans as safe today as they were before Congress allowed the Protect America Act to expire on Feb. 16?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say we are. They go so far as to say that the Protect America Act — put in place last year to overcome obstacles in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that make it harder to intercept terrorist communications — was not even necessary. In the Washington Post yesterday, Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Patrick Leahy, and Reps. Silvestre Reyes and John Conyers, wrote that our intelligence agencies can collect all the intelligence they need under FISA.
That is simply false. We are less safe today and will remain so until Congress clears up the legal uncertainty for companies that assist in collecting intelligence for the government — and until it gives explicit permission to our intelligence agencies to intercept, without a warrant, foreign communications that pass through the U.S…
…Further extending the Protect America Act is no way to fight a war against a determined enemy that uses our infrastructure against us. We need a long-term fix for FISA; and that is what a bipartisan majority in the Senate tried to accomplish earlier this month when it passed its FISA modernization bill by a 68-29 margin.
The problem is in the House, where Democratic leaders prefer to play an obstructionist role instead of constructing the architecture we need to fight an intelligence-driven war. Instead of voting on the Senate bill, even though a majority of House members stand ready to pass it, Mrs. Pelosi is still sitting on it. She is now pushing for a “compromise” that would gut many of the provisions that secure the cooperation of telecommunications companies.
Our troops collect intelligence in Iraq and Afghanistan on a daily basis. We must exploit quickly the leads they turn up. Court orders should not be necessary to engage foreign targets in foreign countries. The Senate bill must be allowed to come to a vote in the House of Representatives without further delay.