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9/11: The Real Victim

It’s September 11 … a day when American politicians blanket the airwaves with doleful rhetoric and American citizens blanket their social media pages with the latest “We Remember” iconography. Why? Because twelve years ago nineteen terrorists affiliated with the al-Qaeda network hijacked four commercial airliners – flying two of them…

It’s September 11 … a day when American politicians blanket the airwaves with doleful rhetoric and American citizens blanket their social media pages with the latest “We Remember” iconography.

Why? Because twelve years ago nineteen terrorists affiliated with the al-Qaeda network hijacked four commercial airliners – flying two of them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, a third into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a fourth into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania (this fourth flight intended to strike the U.S. Capitol, but was disrupted by a passenger revolt).

The attacks killed 3,000 people – most of them in New York City – and injured another 6,000. They also launched a decade-long “War on Terror,” which has resulted in nearly 6,800 U.S. military fatalities and will wind up costing taxpayers at least $3.7 trillion (according to an assessment conducted by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies).

But the thousands who died on September 11 aren’t the real victims of these terrorist attacks. Nor are the thousands of soldiers who perished in the ensuing global conflicts. Nor are current and future generations of American taxpayers, who have been deprived of resources they could not afford to sacrifice.

The real victim of September 11? American liberty …

Post-9/11 American has become a truly frightening place – the very embodiment of the Big Brother spy state we were taught to loathe during the Cold War. Like it or not, in the span of a few short years America has become everything it supposedly stood against – an Evil Empire reserving the right to violate any liberty at any time in the name of “national security.”

Your Constitution? Bill of Rights? Those documents may still reside in the National Archives, but in reality they are about as intact as the charred confetti raining down on Lower Manhattan as the twin towers burned.

This year’s revelations of widespread domestic spying – and the use of the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Justice to suppress and intimidate those who might dissent – have exposed the extent to which each and every American is under the thumb of its government. Speaking of … that thumbprint identification on your new iPhone? It may prevent some unwanted intrusion, but it won’t stop Uncle Sam from monitoring everything you do on your device.

And saving and storing it for future use.

Oh, and flat out lying to you about it.

Anyway, in addition to an anniversary of the death of liberty 9/11 also marks the one-year anniversary of the ongoing failure of America’s interventionist foreign policy – notably the terrorist attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

So … how is America choosing to celebrate this most sacred of days?

Glad you asked. We’re providing arms to rebels in Syria who are affiliated with al-Qaeda (and who are chopping off the heads of Christians). Not only that, Obama and his warmonger allies – most notably U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham – have spent the last few weeks trying to convince the American people that we need to launch a direct military strike against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Which of course would invite precisely the sort of terrorist response we saw on September 11, 2001 …

Talk about things coming full circle.

In years past this website used to mark the occasion of the September 11 attacks by posting the words to Martin Luther’s famous hymn Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (“A mighty fortress is our God”) beneath images of the still-standing World Trade Center towers.

“Our goal was to promote the United States as a ‘bulwark never failing …’ to rewind the clock to a time when America still exuded strength and exceptionalism like Cowboy sweat dripping from muscles that made stuff,” we wrote last September 11.

Well our eyes are open now … and yours should be, too.

It was said often in the wake of the September 11 attacks that it wasn’t just our symbols or our people that came under attack – but something larger, more elemental.

“Our way of life, our very freedom came under attack,” former U.S. President George W. Bush said on the evening of the attacks from the Oval Office.

He was right. It just wasn’t the terrorists doing the attacking …

The real victim of 9/11? Your lost freedom. And the real villain? The government whose leaders vowed on that day to defend it. Oh, and each day our government ignores this unavoidable reality – by suppressing liberties at home and needlessly warmongering abroad – the more likely it is to face another attack.

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24 comments

OccupytheMicrophone September 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

Wait, what? Damn…agreement again.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

But the thousands who died on September 11 aren’t the real victims of these terrorist attacks. Nor are the thousands of soldiers who perished in the ensuing global conflicts. Nor are current and future generations of American taxpayers, who have been deprived of resources they could not afford to sacrifice.

While TBG wholeheartedly agrees with the gist of the last paragraph of your post; the folks listed above were and are “real” victims.

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RHood2 September 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

I think this is crass bullshit. Those who died are the real victims. I do not disagree that many of the other things have happened, but they are not “victims” of 9/11. Thank you for Giulianing this tragedy, which means using a national tragedy to score political points. Most of your readers will probably give you a hells yeah, but I am saying you are full of it.
If ou prior admiistration had devoted all our national outrage, military might and intelligence capability into finding bin Laden AND shutting down al Qaida, most of the abuses you cite, including thse tat continue in his administration, would not ave heen necessary.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

Giulianing

Well done! +1

TBG just can’t bring himself to click the “Up” arrow on account of your avatar. Sorry, dude.

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Frank Pytel September 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I call BS on the blame game. Bushy had 4 years? (little less?) Oshitforbrains is 5 years, going on 6?

I got not love for either, but I’ll not stick Bushy with it all. Neither should you. Don’t let them make you stupid, man.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

*coughs*

Despite Democratic propaganda to the contrary, Bush was elected in 2000 and took office in 2001. He had almost 7 and a half years…

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Frank Pytel September 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Fair enough, but you know danged well that Obutthead will be in the exact same spot. He’s ‘out’ of afganisturd and ready to move on to the next sand lot.

Edit: Barely Out, Barely

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The Colonel September 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

We’re hardly “barely” out of Afghanistan with more than 60,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and even a few Coast Guardsmen thrown in for good measure on the ground. That doesn’t even begin to address the almost 100,000 contractors we have doing everything from handing out towels at the gym to carrying rifles and walking a post. The drawdown won’t really begin until the first of next year and will take until very late into 2014 to complete.

Frank Pytel September 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

Barely meaning some rudimentary steps have been taken. I won’t consider it done until every boot and piece of equipment has left the ground.

Frank Pytel September 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

No No No. 9/11 was in 2001 so he only had 4?

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RHood2 September 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I’m gonna stick Bush with all of Iraq. We shouldn’t have gone there. If we deployed to Afghanistan the resources we deployed to Iraq, again, totally different outcome for the country and the world and Bush might have gotten to walk down the hallway to the East Room with his strut on.

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Lowcorider September 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Be better than Jeff Duncan.

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Cicero September 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

The real victims of 9/11 were the 2,977 innocent people who lost their lives because Islamist terrorists hijacked planes and rammed them into buildings and a field in Pennsylvania. To claim any of us are “victims” on par with them is blasphemy. I can still worship God, speak freely, own a gun, and make a living. My phone might be snooped; they’re dead.

Go to hell, you soulless, shameless bastard.

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Original Good Old Boy September 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I guess this story was simply for shock value? While I agree wholeheartedly that 911 has resulted in too much paranoia and hyperpatriotism and a loss of liberty through acts such as the Patriot Act, it is better to say that “in addition to those that died, there were other victims, such as . . . ” To say that the people who died “weren’t the true victims” strikes me as an immature and sophomoric statement.

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Cicero September 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Without the porn to drive traffic, it’s now a different kind of perversion.

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Karl September 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Porn never drove any traffic. I got dem stats yo!

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Cicero September 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Hey, Will!

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Karl September 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I’m actually a real person!
email: karl@fitsnews.com
https://www.facebook.com/karlsteinborn
skype: kfsteinborn

Progressive=Commie September 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Can’t we all just agree that all of us are victims?

Good.

You are now a progressive.

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Mike at the Beach September 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Holy shit, dude. Really? Sometimes you display a talent for being wrong even when much of what you’re saying is right. You’re dead-on about one thing, though. The soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who died in the subsequent wars were most decidedly NOT victims. They all volunteered to head toward the sound of the guns, as the phrase goes. We knowingly sign up for that risk. The bankers, accountants, stock brokers, janitors, and receptionists incinerated that morning while at their civilian jobs in NYC did not; victims, all.

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MashPotato September 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Some of these commenters are completely missing the point. 3,000 lives were lost in one day. 12 years later, 6,800 additional men and women are dead.

In case you can’t do math, that’s more than double. Then take into account hundreds of of thousands of wounded veterans and the countless innocent dead in the Middle East. Then add that our country is less free and has tripled its debt.

Then understand this: the War On Terror will never end. It is a forever war. We will be at war until this country collapses under its own weight.

The government’s reaction to 9/11 has done immeasurably more harm to this country than the events of that day. If those 3,000 could see America today, broke and bloodthirsty for more war, would they be proud?

FITS is right. We are the real victims of 9/11.

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9" September 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

‘I get all the news I need on the weather report.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlBZNsXdejk

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Manray September 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

We acquiesced to the usurpation of our liberties because the citizenry were either lulled to sleep or panicked and the politicians of both parties, as usual, took the easy way out. It’s simpler to posture and pass a blanket “Patriotic Act” and concede unconstrained powers to faceless government officials than to undertake the demanding policy-making, oversight and public stands necessary to wage a global campaign against our enemies. The defense of liberty is often difficult and dangerous. We don’t have the leadership in DC to cope with this — and the fault is ours. We keep electing and re-electing the same weak poseurs. It is time for a change and the voters need to wake up!

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Gregory Geddings September 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

When it comes to 911, I really prefer the truth as presented by Paul Craig Roberts:

http://www.prisonplanet.com/too-many-years-of-lies-from-mossadeq-to-911.html

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