Times Square Billboard Calls for "Independent Investigation" of 9-11--and the People Speak

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It's always nice to be included.
The 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks came and went pretty quietly, with the usual somber memorials at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon. It was probably quieter than Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) might have liked; it's a group dedicated to spreading the idea that the attacks were an inside job and the towers were felled in a controlled demolition. Perhaps you've heard of them.

A crucial piece of the group's theory revolves around the collapse of "Building 7," or 7 World Trade Center. On September 3, in part of a campaign they've dubbed ReThink911, AE911 and a related group, Remember Building 7, bought space on an enormous billboard near Times Square and took out an ad, one which reads, "Did you know a third tower fell on September 11?"

The groups bought similar billboards in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney, and London. But the Times Square ad was meant to be the centerpiece, the small flame that would, in their words, "spark a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001." When that didn't happen, they launched an email campaign.

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Watch One World Trade Center Go Up In An Incredible Time-Lapse Video

Categories: 9/11, Video

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To commemorate the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, Earth Cam, a Hacksensack, New Jersey-based webcam company, released a time-lapse video of the construction of the new World Trade Center. The nine years it's taken to put up the new building gets collapsed into a video less than two minutes long. Check out the full video after the jump.

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Hero Dogs of 9/11 Premieres Tonight on Animal Planet

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If you find yourself tiring of watching poll results trickle in, here's a worthy distraction: Animal Planet will premiere a one-hour documentary on 9/11 K-9 Disaster Relief units. Hero Dogs of 9/11 goes on tonight at 8 p.m. The special will tell the story of handler Frank Shane, a man with 30 years' experience handling working dogs, and his canine partner Nikie, the only dog permitted on the 16-acre Ground Zero site after the towers came down.


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The Funniest 9/11 Movie Ever: An Interview With The Makers Of Unclear Holocaust

Categories: 9/11, Film and TV

Last year, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was approaching and the rest of America seemed to be preparing for a memorialization in keeping with the previous decade of jingoism and revenge, three young filmmakers were hard at work on a different sort of commemoration.

Calling themselves the Anti-Banality Union, they cut together scenes from 50 different Hollywood disaster movies, using them to retell a version of of the events of 9/11 and lay bare with encyclopedic thoroughness the bloody fantasy of the destruction of New York that Hollywood has nursed since long before the planes hit the towers.

The result, which you can watch in its entirety above, was Unclear Holocaust, a feature-length orgy of annihilation that is both strangely askew and deeply familiar. It is disturbing, hilarious, and, depending on your sensibilities, quite possibly profoundly offensive.

It's also smart. More than just a supercut of CGI explosions, Unclear Holocaust uses deft Situationist slight-of-hand to interrogate the stories we tell ourselves about our place in the world.

We spoke with the members of the Anti-Banality Union recently about Unclear Holocaust and their next project, Police Mortality. Here's that conversation, condensed and edited for clarity:

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Are Kurt Eichenwald's Findings On The Bush Administration's Alleged Mishandling of Intelligence Before 9/11 Irrelevant?

Categories: 9/11
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Cover of Kurt Eichenwald's new book 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.
Reporter Kurt Eichenwald has created quite a buzz with his op-ed piece in yesterday's New York Times alleging failure by George W. Bush's administration to adequately respond to numerous warnings from the CIA of an impending Al Qaeda terrorist plot prior to the 9/11 attacks.

In the article, Eichenwald argues that the Bush administration was warned about potential attacks from Al Qaeda well before the now-infamous Aug. 6, 2001 presidential brief was delivered to the president and his administration.

The memo, entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US, provided an overview of Al Qaeda's movement toward a potential attack on American soil.

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NBC Ignores 9/11 To Chat About Boob Jobs With Kim Kardashian's Mom

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Forget the moment of silence, Kris Jenner wants to talk about her boobs!
Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner, is sooo busy right now! And her busy schedule -- which includes boob jobs and getting her kids pregnant -- apparently is more important than shutting up for a few seconds to remember the very moment when an airplane first crashed into the World Trade Center 11 years ago today.

Jenner appeared this morning on NBC's Today. At 8:46 a.m., as many Americans -- including the president and hosts of other morning shows -- observed a moment of silence to honor those killed when the first plane hit the WTC, Jenner and new Today host Savannah Guthrie gabbed about Jenner's boob job, her daughter Khloe's infertility, and the all-important relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

So much for "Never Forget."

Watch the interview below -- and "never forget" that the only reason this woman is famous is because her daughter made sex tape with Ray J. Fact.



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World Trade Center, 11 Years Later: Here's What's Popping Up

It's been eleven years since a group of murderous monsters destroyed a good chunk of lower Manhattan during the September 11, terrorist attacks, but a lot's been going on to remind their buddies that "we're still here, dickweeds!"

While the enormous Freedom Tower is perhaps the most visible reminder that New Yorkers are basically as badass as it gets, it's just part of the downtown reconstruction that will eventually redefine the city's skyline.

So, today, as we remember what came crashing down 11 years ago, let's also take a look at what's popping up.

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Obama, Romney Promise No Political Scumbaggery On 9/11

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It's somewhat discouraging that it takes the anniversary of the most somber day in American history for the two men running for president to act somewhat civil towards each other -- but we'll take what we can get.

Today, on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama and his opponent, Mitt Romney, have pledged to keep the political rhetoric, dishonest attacks and crude jabs to a minimum.

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9/11 Healthcare Worker Fund Will Now Start Covering Cancer Link

Categories: 9/11, John Surico
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Thankfully, this bit of news is a little more resounding for the World Trade Center anniversary on Tuesday than our report of the political dispute between Bloomberg and Cuomo over the Museum funds from earlier today.

According to the New York Post, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - an organization that had the hefty responsibility of deciding whether cancer would be covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act - will announce in the coming days that 50 types of cancer will be covered by the $4.3 billion fund. 

Before this, the cancer coverage was pending due to a lack of scientific evidence that supported the claim that the dust from the debris was the main culprit. Unfortunately, that delay had its own victims: since 9/11, it has been estimated that over 400 respondents have died of cancer. As of now, 40,000 responders receive medical screening for the disease under a different section of the law while another 20,000 are under treatment. However, this announcement targets the Victim Compensation Fund - a component that makes up $2.77 billion of the total.

It goes without saying that this announcement could not come any sooner.

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Political Dysfunction Over the 9/11 Museum Continues!

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As we all know, Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks - more than a decade has passed since the day that will forever live in New York and America's memories. Over time, the City has undergone a long and arduous process of moving on from the terrible events that occurred that day. Unfortunately, this recovery has been tainted with one of mankind's worst illnesses: politics.

In a report released yesterday by the New York Times, just in time for the anniversary, our attention returns to the dispute over the seven-floors-below-ground 9/11 Museum that hit headlines a few years back. The problem here is pretty basic: who in the world is going to pay the nearly $1 billion tab? But this controversy has all the necessary ingredients for a classic political meltdown.

Here's what's wrong:

Mayor Bloomberg sits as Chairman of 9/11 Museum Committee; he is in charge of directing funds for the site and has already raised millions (he donated $15 million himself; the rest is from private donations, totaling around $450 million so far). And his term ends after 2013, which means the Mayor has set himself up with a deadline to get one of his administration's largest projects done on time.

However, the Committee does not own the World Trade Center site - that responsibility lies in the hands of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. And who runs that? Governor Andrew Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie... the feuding trifecta has been assembled.
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