The voices protecting Ground Zero

Jack Savage

Debra Burlingame’s statement on Obama’s support for the Ground Zero mosque

Barack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America’s heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see.

Since that dark day, Americans have been asked to bear the burden of defending those values, again and again and again. Now this president declares that the victims of 9/11 and their families must bear another burden. We must stand silent at the last place in America where 9/11 is still remembered with reverence or risk being called religious bigots.

Muslims have worshiped in New York without incident both before and after the attacks of 9/11. This controversy is not about religious freedom. 9/11 was more than a “deeply traumatic event,” it was an act of war.

Building a 15-story mosque at ground zero is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah. Those who continue to target and kill American civilians and U.S. troops will see it as a symbol of their historic progress at the site of their most bloody victory.

Demolishing a building that was damaged by wreckage from one of the hijacked planes in order to build a mosque and Islamic center will further energize those who regard it as a ratification of their violent and divinely ordered mission: the spread of Sharia law and its subjugation of all free people, including secular Muslims who come to this country fleeing that medieval ideology, which destroys lives and crushes the human spirit.

We are stunned by the president’s willingness to disregard what Americans should be proud of: our enduring generosity to others on 9/11 – a day when human decency triumphed over human depravity. On that day, when 3,000 of our fellow human beings were killed in barbaric act of raw religious intolerance unlike this country had ever seen, Americans did not turn outward with hatred or violence; we turned to each other, armed with nothing more than American flags and countless acts of kindness.

In a breathtakingly inappropriate setting, the president has chosen to declare our memories of 9/11 obsolete and the sanctity of ground zero finished. No one who has lived this history and felt the sting of our country’s loss that day can truly believe that putting our families through more wrenching heartache can be an act of peace.

We will honor the memory of our loved ones. We will protect our children, whose lives will never be the same. We will not stand silent.

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Tears and Prayers, for the 9-11 Families

Dave S.
Barracuda Brigade 2012

I ask all who read this, please give serious thought, to what you’re about to read.

Tuesday September 11th, 2001. What do you think of, hear, or visualize; when that date is spoken? We all have our own memories. Day or night matters not, my memories come disguised; wearing nightmares that never fade or end. In a strange way, I think all of us were on those planes and in those buildings; that dreadful day. The only difference, we lived through it.

I’ve imagined witnessing the attacks of that horrific Tuesday, but with my mother; working on the 87th floor of the “South Tower.” My wife 79 floors up, in the “North Tower.” My son or daughter, responding as a policeman or fireman. My brother or sister, on one of the doomed planes. My dad as, the American Airlines pilot; of flight 77. I ask all of you, to do the same. Impossible to comprehend isn’t it? Unless you’re a family member, or friend. For them, they had no choice.

The enemy tortured all, on those condemned planes; that morning. They forced some of their victims to call home, tell their loved ones; “Allah is great, goodbye and I love you.” For those who received these merciless calls, I’ve prayed and cried for you; near nine years and counting. I have no clue, how you’ve endured, that evil and sadistically inflicted; pain and grief.

I remember the initial hours after the Towers fell, the Pentagon burning, and the smoke rising above; an empty field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The panicked faces, voices, and tears; of those looking for their loved ones. The “Have You Seen My…” posters, everywhere a camera turned. I had no kin or friends, murdered or maimed; that day. Still, tears like a raging river; rushed from my eyes. I had no control over it, then or now; as I write this.

As day gave way to darkness, that Tuesday night. There was an interview; that will haunt me to my grave. A 14 year old girl, New York City resident; had come to Ground Zero. She stated in between the tears, “My Mom and Dad both work in the North Tower. Have you seen them?” The look in her eyes, it’s a look; I never want to see again. She went on,”I left my 5 year old brother, with a neighbor; so I could come here and find them.” …

…9. Obama’s White House states: 9-11 attacks, are a “Local Issue.” America, did you get the memo; stating 9-11 was no longer an attack on America? Were you even consulted about this change? Wonder how the folks at the Pentagon and Shanksville are gonna explain this? I guess America suffered 3 separate “Local Attacks,” all at the same time; on the same day. Wow, wonder when the last time; something like that has ever happened? Has it ever happened before?

10. Obama sends Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf, to the Middle East; as a State Department Representative on the taxpayers dime. The Mission, show America’s tolerance; to the Muslim world. Apparently, this Iman was the only person in America, out of 300 million Americans; qualified to make this trip. Hey Obama, what screening process was used to make that decision? Was anybody else allowed to apply? Is it just coincidence, this Iman supports Hamas, blames America for the 9-11 attacks; and oh yeah he’s working with you and Bloomberg to build an “Islamic Victory Mosque” at Ground Zero?…

…12.On 8/13/2010, the holy month of Ramadan was celebrated at the White House. No NASA officials were invited. On the guest list though, were 100 or so; close personal friends of Obama. Many of them, supporters of Hamas. Who also have stated, America was responsible for the 9-11 attacks. Wonder if they got the memo, that the three attacks on 9-11, were all “Local Attacks;” unrelated to each other? Obama at this religiously driven Muslim celebration, announces to his guests; “I endorse the Ground Zero Mosque.” Now is it just me, but do you think he should have told the families of the victims of the 9-11 attacks first? Then the rest of America second. I mean seriously, there is 300 million American’s; and he tells 100 or so Muslims first. America, any doubts left; who this man is and where his priorities lie?

Obama eviscerated America’s pledge, to the families; of the 9-11 attacks. His endorsement of a “Victory Mosque” at Ground Zero, is beyond unacceptable; it’s Treason. The innocent souls lost on that Tuesday, deserve so much better than this. Obama’s utter insensitivity to the 9-11 families, is arrogance, gall and terrorism.
Obama’s decision to endorse the “Victory Mosque” {which for the record, is to open on September 11th 2011, yep you read it right;} is treason and totally wrong Period!!! The manner, conduct and setting chosen to reveal his position, is a disgusting disgrace to every past, present and future American. Obama wants America to believe, the Ground Zero Mosque; is about legal rights and religious tolerance. He’s also told you, the attacks on 9-11; are a “Local Issue.” Was Pearl Harbor, also a “Local Issue?”

The last time I checked, America is a Republic; where the people are represented by elected officials. The People own the Government, not the other way around. Obama and Bloomberg: are you two even remotely listening, to the families of 9-11? How bout the citizens of America and New York City?…

…This is not a political, legal or religious tolerance issue. By 11am on that black Tuesday morning in 2001, there were no Republicans, Democrats or Independents. There was only American’s. Coast to coast, we were all attacked on 9-11. We all lived it virtual time as it happened. We could smell the oil burning above New York. We all heard the roar, felt the ground shake; when the Towers collapsed. We all gasped in disbelief, when the Pentagon got hit. Flight 93, would’ve hit DC; if not for the resistance of the passengers. They knew America was under attack, and said “Lets Roll.” Obama and Bloomberg, you ever break ground on this abomination; American’s from every corner of this nation, will roll you right under…

Read Dave’s entire heartfelt article “Tears and Prayer for 9-11 Families” at Barracuda Brigade 2010.

Updated with photograph of Debra Burlingame on 8/18/2010.

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