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  • Easy to Remember
    deployed decoy
    Some days we never forget. At 11PM (local time) on 10 Sept, just getting off work in Kosovo, my mom called to tell me my dad had died. Kosovo is plus 6 hours from EDT. The next morning after spending the night getting the red cross paper work completed I was scheduled to fly out of Macedonia. When I got to the airport, I made the decision not to go home as dad would be buried before I could get home on scheduled flights. I dropped my co-worker off who was headed out that day on schedule. When I got back to the base camp in Kosovo that afternoon all eyes were on the TV in the operations room, NYC and America was under attack. I would have been stranded on a commercial aircraft that was scheduled to be in the air to Frankfurt GE as the air lanes were closed globally. Leap forward to 2010. I am still a federal employee that to some degree of insanity enjoys being in fun destination resorts like Kuwait supporting the locals rights and freedoms through military action when needed. Ramadan ended this morning. So after a full month, I can now swallow my own parched mouths spit at 4PM in public after having not drank anything in 120 heat all day because I am forced to observe the holy orders of this formal US State Dept documented Trafficking In Persons slave states religious beliefs. My thoughts on a WTC Muslim heritage center is pretty straight forward. When The Mormons are allowed to go door to door handing out the book of Mormon in Kuwait, when Jews are allowed to build a Synagogue in Mecca, and when Pope can hold mass in Iran, a Mosque can be built at ground zero. Pretty simple. Now lets hear from the number of Americans that even know about 40 percent of the oppressed people in occupied Israel territory are CHRISTIAN Palestinians.
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  • 9/11/01
    Norman's Mother
    Like you decoy, I was TDY to a country near you. Our business having concluded for the day, a group of us sat on the hotel beach with some beers. It was about 3pm local. One of the embassy guys got a cell phone call and he walked away to take it. When he returned he had a strange look on his face and said something's happened at home. It was then we noticed that the locals had gathered around some TV sets so we ran over, just in time to see the second plane hit the Trade Center. I remember feeling very afraid and anxious. I didn't want to go home yet I didn't want to stay in Europe either. I wanted to go to a remote island and disappear for a month. I was allowed to proceed to the next TDY point, but it didn't matter because all installations in Europe were on lockdown anyway. Couldn't get a flight back to the US...all flights between the US and Europe were grounded. Took me another four days to get a flight, which I can only describe as the most miserable I've ever had. After hearing the horror stories from my co-workers, as it turned out I was lucky to be abroad. First they told everyone to leave the building. Then they told them to stay. The base was on lockdown so those poor souls sat in their cars for hours until they decided to let them go home. I often wonder had I been there would I have stayed in the building or make for home?
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  • Religious Freedom
    Disclosure
    Decoy, you stated "When The Mormons are allowed to go door to door handing out the book of Mormon in Kuwait, when Jews are allowed to build a Synagogue in Mecca, and when Pope can hold mass in Iran, a Mosque can be built at ground zero." The difference between Kuwait, Mecca, and Iran is that our country was founded on religious freedom. We are not a Christian Nation that tolerates some of the other religions. We are a nation that welcomes all religions. The quickest way to destroy our countries values and the world is for us to declare War on a religion rather than a War on terrorism. Muslims didn't take down the WTC, terrorists did.
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  • 9/11/01: Where Were You?
    Celtic Wolf
    I was away from the city of my birth. I was in another city, working as a federal employee, as family members, friends and college school mates died at the Trade Center. Recently I resaw a film clip of that day, I saw a family member (a fire officer) look up at the camera filming him, his eyes showed me that he knew death was his next visitor. The Mosque at Ground Zero has been given too much media time. We have yet to heal, due to many reasons, the media one of them. If any religious structure is to be built at or near Ground Zero it should be multi-denominational (a place where all God's creatures can worship, and can reflect). Where was I? I was doing my federal job and sadly not close enough to help those who died. Sometimes I feel like I wasted my almost 40 year career by caring too much - why? because too few care about the core values anymore - those of love, respect, honesty and caring for others - the terrorists have changed us, the economy has changed us, we (Americans) have changed us.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • 9-11
    Kr0snest
    I was 10 months pregnant with my 2nd child and working in Reston. I couldn't reach my brother on his cell phone all day - later I'd find out he had just crossed the river into VA when the plane hit the Pentagon. When we were finally released from work I picked up my other child from her babysitter and went home. After watching Peter Jennings (loved him) all day, I had to get away from it all. Apparently so did many of my neighbors. My husband and I took our toddler to the park so she could have a normal afternoon, afterall she was only 16 months old and had no idea what was going on. The kids played as if there wasn't a care in the world while the parents walked around like zombies shaking our heads and about our other neighbors who worked in the Pentagon. We live about a mile south of Dulles - suddenly one of the parents said "Stop. Listen." There was nothing. The planes that regularly flew overhead had all be grounded. Then suddenly there was the low whizzing sound of a fighter jet zooming past. I thank God every day when I hear those planes from IAD fly overhead and hope never to experience that erie silence of 9/11 again. God Bless our Troops and God Bless America!
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    Evacuating
    Woodbridge
    I was grabbing personal possesions from my desk in the Cannon HOB before we were evacuated to the garden behind Longworth. I remember watching the smoke rise from the pentagon and scrambling over the back wall when security guards directed us to run because they had been notified of another inbound plane. I hit the ground on the other side of the wall next to the Chairman of the House Budget committee who looked at me and said "I think we're about to start spending the Social Security surplus". Several of us, including the chairman, walked over to the nearby studio apartment of a junior staffer where we watched the towers fall on TV. About 12;30 we recieved word that security would reopen the garages to allow people to get thier cars, after which they would be locked down. I retrieved my car and was able to drive most of the way home. It was actually very chilling to drive across an almost empty 14th street bridge. As I drove up Glebe Rd toward Columbia Pike, there was a steady stream of people walking south who were obviously hot and tired. I picked up three of them and turned my car south since the radio said the nearest available public transportation was the Amtrak station in Alexandria. One of my passangers was desperately trying to get information on his children and family. It took over two hours to reach Alexandria, after which I slowly made my way home. Later my mother called to tell me that one of my distant cousins had died in the WTC and another, a fire fighter, had been seriously injured. The next day, I learned that a friend from church had died in the Pentagon. As I write this, I realize how little I care whether some nut job preacher in Florida decides to burn some Korans tomorrow. If he were an imam, he would probably be stoning someone. If the adherents of "the religion of peace" are offended, too da-- bad. Our fringe groups burn books, their's burn people. Tomorrow is a good time to remember the difference.
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  • Spot On
    deployed decoy
    Yep the difference is the point. In American everyone has just about any right they chose to invent and apply. I do feel the good preacher man should refrain from buring the Korans. But only because the in-bred fools have no respect for any human rights and will use it as an excuse to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge next. But I can also understand to a little sick degree why the Muslims are the way they are. I mean in American we put men in jail FOREVER for sleeping with their 14YO niece as the 3rd wife. How they get the women here to go for all this I have no idea. But partly think that in most of these countries in the ME a woman is not allowed to have a passport until she is 26 and married. Gotcha by then.
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  • 9/11/01
    nectareena
    I was in tenth grade when 9/11 happened. I lived on Long Island in New York and my dad was on a plane that morning. I'll never forget my history teacher running into the classroom, announcing a plane hit the towers in NYC. Then the principal made an annoucment on the PA about it. My heart sank. The school became saturated with parents who came to pick up their kids early. My mom got me and told me my dad's plane had been grounded and he was fine. My uncle worked in the Trade Center as well. My mom told me he decided to take the day off to go to the doctors a day earlier than he originally planned. I will never forget 9/11/01. I can't read about it without tearing up. My heart still goes out to all the families that lost their loved ones. The sacrifices made that day and that have been continued for the last 9 years by our troops. 9/11/01 was a defining moment for me, and I believe schools should be teaching about it. About the heros who responded and gave their lives. About the soliders who have gone to Afganistan, Iraq, etc.
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