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  • #91
    August 17, 2005 -- The union representing New York's Bravest yesterday demanded that the controversial International Freedom Center be removed from Ground Zero. In another blow to the cultural plans for Ground Zero, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Stephen Cassidy said the Freedom Center would "diminish the sacrifices that the 343 members of the FDNY made on 9/11. That is unacceptable."
    Cassidy sent a letter announcing the UFA's position to Memorial Foundation director Gretchen Dykstra on July 27, but union officials made it public only yesterday. "We cannot help but feel that if the International Freedom Center is to be located alongside the memorial, our membership, along with our 9/11 families, will come out strongly in opposition to supporting your foundation," Cassidy wrote.
    Gov. Pataki and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. have been under intense pressure to drop plans to include the Freedom Center and the Drawing Center in a museum building next to the Ground Zero memorial. Family members of 9/11 victims have blasted the two cultural institutions, saying they could include anti-American exhibits. Instead, the family members have argued for a facility more clearly devoted to the attacks.
    Debra Burlingame, whose airline-pilot brother was killed during the 9/11 attacks and who now serves on the foundation board, said the firefighters' announcement is more proof that most Americans don't want a cultural center at Ground Zero. "This statement on the part of New York's Bravest shows that they share our deepest concerns that the story of what happened that day will be obscured by the International Freedom Center," said Burlingame.
    Cassidy said yesterday the union's leaders haven't yet decided what action they will take to block fund-raising by the Memorial Foundation if the IFC is to be a part of Ground Zero. Pressure from family groups has already put the squeeze on the Freedom Center project. The proposed building for the facility has been downsized 30 percent and LMDC Chairman John Whitehead has given the IFC until Sept. 23 to come up with specific programming plans. The Drawing Center is already seeking a new site. "We're deeply saddened that the Uniformed Firefighters Association would withdraw their support for the memorial to honor all those lost on 9/11, including the sacrifice of the firefighters," said foundation spokeswoman Lynn Rasic.

    * A dozen families of 9/11 victims will announce a federal lawsuit today against the city over what they claim is the burial of their loved ones' remains at Fresh Kills Landfill, where trade center material was sorted. The families believe fragments of remains too small to be caught in sifters used to search rubble are still at the landfill and should be buried in a cemetery.
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    • #92
      August 21, 2005 -- A global network of human rights museums is urging the International Freedom Center to downplay America in its exhibits and programs at Ground Zero, the Daily News has learned. The outrageous request is the latest controversy to torment the Freedom Center, whose leaders have tried to dispel the perception that it would be a home for America bashers.
      "Don't feature America first," the IFC has been advised by the consortium of 14 "museums of conscience" that quietly has been consulting with the Freedom Center for the past two years over plans for the hallowed site. "Think internationally, where America is one of the many nations of the world."
      Those words rang hollow with some 9/11 family members.
      "I can't think of a greater insult than to invite museums from other countries of the world to come and exploit what should be America's memorial," said Jack Lynch, who helped carry the body of his firefighter son Michael, of Engine 40, out of the rubble.
      "If you're going to explore slavery, the Holocaust or women's rights, you should do it at Chelsea Piers or on the East River waterfront - anywhere but Ground Zero," said Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles, 51, was the pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. "After all, it was not slavery that caused the terrorists to attack us," said Burlingame, who has led the fight to bar the IFC.
      Under fire from 9/11 family members and Gov. Pataki, the IFC on July 6 pronounced itself proudly patriotic, vowed never to "blame America" and said it would celebrate the nation's "leading role in the global fight for freedom."In April, however, the Freedom Center said on its Web site and newsletter that it had "drawn inspiration" and received "important practical advice" from the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience.
      "We have many, many advisers who have given us lots of advice," Richard Tofel, Freedom Center president, said last week. "Some of it we've taken and some of it we haven't - that's the nature of advice."He said the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington had most inspired the IFC's vision, and that the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Illinois was also offering extensive advice.
      The firefighters union already has demanded the Freedom Center be booted from Ground Zero, and state officials have given it until Sept. 23 to satisfy the objections of family members. Located in nine countries on five continents, the coalition museums chronicle apartheid in South Africa, slavery in Senegal, torture in Argentina, racism in the South and internment of Japanese-Americans in California, along with other historical horrors.
      "No one in the civilized world would ever defend what happened on 9/11," said Sarwar Ali, the coalition's chairman and a trustee of the Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh. "But what happened after 9/11 - with restrictions placed on human rights and the cycle of revenge and the allegations of human rights abuses in prisons - must also be explored," Ali said in a call from London.
      Coalition members gathered for their annual conference at a Holocaust site in the Czech Republic in July 2004 - and assailed the United States for "reasserting its power in an arrogant way," the conference report shows. Among its suggestions for the place where the United States was attacked and nearly 3,000 innocents massacred: "The Freedom Center must signal its openness to contrary ideas." Philip Kunhardt, the Freedom Center's editorial director, was in attendance at a session called Bringing Conscience to Ground Zero and was given this advice:
      n "Help distinguish between American people and the U.S. government in exhibits ..."

      n "Use reports from human rights organizations to examine contemporary abuse of rights."

      n "Involve the United Nations, UNESCO and other international bodies."

      n "Use the museum as a venue for international meetings, where all views are welcomed and considered."

      At the conference, the coalition also leveled barbs at the IFC: "The Freedom Center is a caricature of the typical American response to everything [telling every story from an American viewpoint]."

      Members of the coalition also expressed these concerns:

      n "It seems that whatever Americans want, Americans get!" the conference report states. "Is the definition of the 'struggle for freedom' simply defined by the victors, or also by those engaged in ongoing struggles? Will Americans really create a balanced vision of freedom?"

      n "The WTC was attacked because it was a symbol of power and influence. In building the Freedom Tower, the U.S. reasserts its power in an arrogant way: Does this mean the U.S. will not only build the biggest building, but also define freedom for the world?"

      n "Many nonsecular Muslims may be very skeptical about the intent of this museum (e.g. the average Bangladeshi condemns the Sept. 11 attacks, yet at the same time feels his/her human rights have been violated by the U.S.)."

      Kunhardt, an ordained Episcopal minister and the writer of the PBS series "Freedom: A History of Us," mostly listened. He agreed with some things that were said, disagreeing with others, an observer said. He didn't return calls. Tofel said preliminary plans call for an exchange of exhibits with some coalition museums. "It is hoped and expected that temporary exhibits at the IFC will originate at, or travel to, some of the Historic Site Museums of Conscience - and perhaps vice versa," he said in an E-mail.
      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
      343
      CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

      Charleston 9
      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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      • #93
        If this was posted on the crusty site I could speak my mind, but my potty mouth would get me banned from FH so I'll try to tone it down.

        Located in nine countries on five continents, the coalition museums chronicle apartheid in South Africa, slavery in Senegal, torture in Argentina, racism in the South and internment of Japanese-Americans in California, along with other historical horrors.
        That's fine, JUST DO IT *insert F bomb here* SOMEWHERE ELSE!

        Instead, the family members have argued for a facility more clearly devoted to the attacks.
        That's the way it should be!!! When I go to the WTC Memorial it will be to honor those killed and reflect the attacks on SEPTEMBER 11th, not learn about apartheid in Africa! *insert F bomb here*

        I should never have started replying to your latest info, Ray ... I'm just getting more ****ed off. grrrrr ... *******s! They just DON'T HAVE A FREAKIN' CLUE! It is admirable of them to want to build a museum like they are describing, but it has NOTHING to do with the attacks on America! NADA ZIP ZILCH ZERO!
        September 11th - Never Forget

        I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

        Sheri
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        RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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        • #94
          Zero effort is shameful

          August 28, 2005 -- It has almost been four years since Sept. 11, and all we have in the place where 3,000 died is a hole in the ground. For shame. It is simply staggering, a failure of monumental proportions, that we have not put one brick on top of another at Ground Zero.

          A mostly forgotten episode in the history of WWII, a feat of engineering second only to the building of the Panama Canal in the 20th century. It's called Alcan, later renamed the Alaskan Highway.
          Right after the Pearl Harbor bombing on Dec. 7, 1941, the nation was in a panic - much as we were after 9/11 - about where our enemies would attack next.
          Many people believed that the next and most vulnerable flank in North America was Alaska. Japanese spies were known to have been in the Bering Sea since 1939, photographing and sizing up the Aleutian Islands, which pointed like a curved dagger down at Japan. If the Japanese could get a foothold in Alaska, they could invade us from our weak northern border.
          We had 20,000 troops in Alaska in early 1942, and of the laughable 12 bombers and 20 fighter planes, only half were operational.
          In the weeks after Pearl Harbor, Japanese subs torpedoed our cargo ships delivering crucial supplies to Alaska. The air staging route through Canada's unforgiving wilderness was pathetic. Tiny and mostly inoperable airstrips were often snow- and fogbound.
          We dispatched two emergency squadrons to Alaska. Most of the planes crashed or ran out of fuel. Only half made it because of the treacherous weather and lack of navigational guideposts.
          On Feb. 2, FDR called an emergency cabinet session. The prospect was grim. The Japanese were advancing through the Pacific and heading for the Aleutians, and if they were not stopped, would be the first time since the War of 1812 that foreign enemies stomped boots on American soil.
          We had all of nine months - before the next winter - to do something dramatic to protect Alaska. Someone remembered that in 1929 Congress had approved a 1522-mile Highway to Alaska through the Canadian Rocky wilderness and the Alaskan Klondike, but the costly idea was abandoned.
          Now, with sea lanes closed and air routes unnavigable, FDR told his cabinet to do whatever the hell it had to do to build the highway so that planes could follow a staging route, refuel at refurbished airports along the highway, and eventually open a trucking route through our vulnerable north.
          The Army Corps of Engineers said they'd need 11,000 men attacking the highway from four intersecting points to pull this mission-impossible off in less than nine months. Problem was they had only 7,000 men.
          FDR suggested the Negro Engineer Regiments. The military brass scoffed, saying that just as Negroes were unsuited for combat, they were useless in cold climates. One officer cited an Army War College report that concluded, "The Negro is careless, shiftless, irresponsible and secretive."
          FDR activated the black troops. Most were Southerners, field hands and cane cutters who could not read or write. Most had never seen snow. Almost none had experience with heavy machinery or building roads. But in March, the Army Corps of Engineers started work on this highway - from Dawson Creek Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska - through uncharted, unmapped wilderness where few whites and fewer blacks had ever gone before.
          They worked in 12-hour shifts in temperatures that plunged to 79 degrees below zero, plowing and blasting, with grading averaging 8 miles a day. Men froze to death in their bulldozers. A dozen perished trying to ferry a bulldozer across Charlie Lake. In June, when the men learned that the Japanese had invaded Dutch Harbor and seized two of the Aleutian Islands, killing 100 Americans, they worked 18-hour shifts, surging with black and white American patriotism to protect the homeland.
          The blacks excelled. Astonishingly, one black regiment built a 360-foot bridge across the treacherous Sikanni Chief River in three short days.
          Spring rains brought muskeg, or swampy ground, forcing them to move at a pace of 1 mile a day. Summer brought 90-degree-plus heat, dust storms and mosquitoes. They dealt with landslides, forest fires and Arctic blizzards, and they survived on pancakes, frozen WWI rations and Spam.
          But on Nov. 20, 1942, eight months and 12 days after starting, two lowly soldiers - one black grunt plowing south, one white guy bulldozing north - met at a place called Contact Creek.
          The Alaskan Highway was finished.
          A black hand clasped the white hand in a hugely successful propaganda photo symbolizing this gargantuan engineering feat of the United States.

          Eleven months after Pearl Harbor, we built a 1,522-mile Highway to Alaska. Four years after 9/11/01, Ground Zero is still a hole in the ground. For shame.
          Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 08-28-2005, 06:00 AM.
          ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
          NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
          343
          CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
          LT. John Ginley Engine 40
          FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
          FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
          FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
          FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
          FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
          FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

          Charleston 9
          "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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          • #95
            September 30, 2006 -- The Freedom Tower is a big step closer to construction today, as dozens of steel columns are unloaded in Baltimore. The last shipment of more than 800 tons of columns as tall as a five-story building arrived yesterday by ship. They next go to Lynchburg, Va., where they'll be turned into the first 27 "built-up supersize" columns of the tower's below-grade structure. The finished columns are due at Ground Zero by the end of the year, ending a 4,700-mile journey from a steel mill in Differdange, Luxembourg.
            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
            343
            CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

            Charleston 9
            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
            *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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