Recently, the government had decided that, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero, the real heroes of that infamous day will not be invited to the ceremony.
The real heroes, the first responders and those that risked their lives to save others, will have to sit at home.
For an entire week I could not wrap my head around the shock and disbelief regarding this. Try having a big ceremony “honoring” our troops but not inviting the troops. Celebrate the victories for the Civil Rights movement but make sure no black people get in. It just doesn’t make sense! It does not add up, no matter how you look at it. The bureaucrats’ excuse was horrible, as well: “we are trying to include all groups, but the event is pretty full” or something along those lines. You know what, if you’re not going to have the REAL HEROES there, then don’t even have a ceremony!
Honestly, and unfortunately, the exclusion is just the last in a very, very long line of offenses towards those heroes by our governments, on the city and state level of New York, and the Federal level. This latest trangression only confirms what I’ve felt for sometime: the government doesn’t care about you.
Let me break it down for you.
New Yorkers as Pawns
The first transgression was when President Bush stood on top of the debris, with his arm wrapped around a firefighter, announced we will seek revenge. This would mark the beginning of using all the people involved with 9/11 – from the first responders to the thousands who have died, to their family members, and to everybody in NYC really – being used as pawns for their political agendas. In the name of 9/11, within the fog of war, we have obliverated and occupied two countries and declared a new kind of war that will always rob us of our civil rights and liberties. Everybody directly and indirectly involved with 9-11 have been nothing more than pawns to politicans and their warmongering agendas. 9-11 has been used as evidence to pass such legislation as the Patriot Act as well as an official excuse to go to war with two countries that absolutely nothing to do with the infamous day.
In 2005, family members of those killed on 9/11 sued the city claiming it had not done enough to give victims a proper burial and subsequently used debris to… fill potholes in the roads. I understand a good counter-argument to giving a full proper burial for those who died might be it was impossible to identify everybody’s remains but using those remains to fill potholes in the road tears my guts out. How would you like if you knew your brother, son or daughter, father or mother, ultimately became nothing more than a part of the road for everyone to trample on? The rest of the remains were placed in a garbage dump. the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island according to the WTC Families for a Proper Burial.
A Memorial That Never Was
Ten years later, and a memorial is still not completely built. This is sad in itself and further advances the idea that the government really doesn’t care. Also, In June of this year, the CEO of the Memorial Foundation said visitors – minus first responders and others directly connected to 9/11- may be charged $20 admission. The excuse was that it will need money to keep the place open. Which is astonishing if you consider all the government waste spent on endless wars and useless programs (not even going to get into it here). Our government can’t lend even a million dollars – which is absolutely nothing to them- for a 9/11 memorial! No, it has to be a private foundation charging everybody who wants to pay their respect instead. I say there ought to be two memorials built- one in honor of of first responders and those who died that day- and another in honor of their exhausting fight to be recognized by the government after.
Health Defects Ignored
It appears many people who were there helping save lifes, such as the first responders, came away with several serious respiratory/circulatory diseases and cancer. State health officials have said 360 people who’ve worked on the site following the building collapses died since then. 80 of those battled cancer. Dr. Philip Landrigan of New York’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center confirmed there was benzene, dioxin and abestos in the atmosphere following the building collapses. The Medical Center’s studies also confirmed that an astonishing 70% of first responders and others exposed carried some kind of respiratory disease, cancer, whatever. It wasn’t until 2007 when the first death caused by toxic dust from 9/11 was confirmed by the City of New York. The City and Federal Governments deliberately refused to acknowledge deaths caused by WTC toxic dust for the longest time. it was only until after a 2006 class action lawsuit on behalf of the late 34-year old James Zadroga (a retired Police Detective) and increased pressure that the New York City and Federal Governments grudgingly and slowly acknowledged in the last few years that, “yes, the air breathed following the building collapses was toxic and caused death, cancer and other diseases.”
A long and tiring legislative push for a health package to assist those affected by the toxic 9/11 enviornment has finally as of this year brought forth the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act however… the ailment of cancer has been excluded. Upon doing further research on toxic dust and ailments revolving 9/11, I was completely blown away by the endless resources and information regarding this. Like lawer Dave Worby says, who represents 10,000 workers – 600 with cancer – this is only the tip of the iceberg. I could not possibly do the subject matter justice in just a few short paragraphs.
When September 11th, 2011 comes I would rather not see several Americans listen when our President and other politicans say let us pay tribute and respect to those that died and gave their lives to save others on 9/11. Because government representatives and their respective bureaucracies never paid proper tributes. If you ask me, throwing human remains in a garbage dump and saying you’re not invited to our ceremony that “honors” you is NOT paying the proper tributes and respect! If you ask me, it’s of my opinion that the ceremony and all the tributeful words that they say, and the ensuing red and blue banners waved by corporate media… is one big farce.
We were all shocked when most of us saw the images on TV. The fire fuming from the first tower, and then witnessing live the second plane crashing. And then the buildings falling. But let me say that the events following and deliberate ignorance by our elected “officials” should render an equivalent response of shock, disgust and anger. That should be our state of emotions now and during 9/11/11; not an overbearing sense of false patriotism that so many of us gone through. Real patriosim should require more than just waiving the red, white and blue but raising awareness that hey, those people are still suffering and are not getting the proper recognition they deserve. If their story isn’t heard, then respects and tributes paid on 9/11 is rather hollow.
Check out and contribute to the Feal Good Foundation here, http://www.fealgoodfoundation.com/, which advocates on behalf of 9/11 first repsonders and workers and fights for their rights to be recognized. As their slogan goes, let no first responder be left behind.
New Yorkers as Pawns
A Memorial That Never Was
Health Defects Ignored