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Obama, Bush to Attend 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony

Friday, July 29, 2011

President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the World Trade Center site on May 5, 2011. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

President Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to be in New York City this fall for the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, the mayor announced Friday.

Other current and former political leaders planning to attend commemorative ceremonies include are current and former New York governors Andrew Cuomo, George Pataki and Rudi Giuliani along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly WOR radio show, said the names of those killed in the attacks in Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania will be read at Ground Zero for the first time this year.

Only families of 9/11 victims will be able to walk onto the memorial plaza and see the victim's names in bronze at the twin memorial pools. The memorial will be open to the public on September 12.

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Comments [1]

Mike

Mayer Bloomberg's words aside, this will be political. Both parties will once again exploit the tragedy for political gain. They are really good at it.

Both administrations have refused to be honest with the public about 9/11 while the media continues to give them a pass. Recent books by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day), Keys to the Kingdom (Sen. Graham) and The Next Wave (Catherine Herridge) describe a Saudi support network for the hijackers. The obvious question--how did that network affect the conduct of US intelligence? The public record indicates that al Qaeda investigations were obstructed before 9/11. Government officials won't talk about it. The media won't press for answers. Details of the Saudi network and interviews with intelligence agents involved in pre-9/11 investigations of al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar are still classified.

Evidently the public is supposed to play along and pretend that this conduct is somehow acceptable. It isn't.

Jul. 29 2011 11:33 PM

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