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Summary: Many people believe that the government is with concealing information about the 9/11 attack. They believe that was a cover up or excuse to be able to go to war in the middle east. Questions are raised about the CIA withholding information about the series of events leading up to 9/11. People think it’s strange that the CIA never alerted the FBI when two members of al qaeda started opening up bank accounts and taking flying lessons on the U.S.. Also, many former members of the CIA refused to answer questions about the lack of investigation in Saudi Arabia after 9/11. The film expresses the confusion of how 15 saudi arabians were able to move to the U.S. and learn how to fly planes without speaking English, or having any previous citizenship in the U.S.. There is a conspiracy that there might have been local connection from inside Florida.
Reflection: I always thought the conspiracies of 9/11 were a joke of some sort, I assumed it was nothing to be taken seriously. This film exhibited otherwise. I learned that there is actual evidence and court cases against the CIA and FBI for withholding information and not taking the proper precautions leading to the event. The movie declares that there were underlying reasons why the terrorist attack happened. It honestly makes me wonder if the government is hiding anything from us, but I don’t understand why they would. I can’t get myself to believe that the government would orchestrate the massacre of 3,000 american citizens.
London, Nick, director. 9/11: Truth, Lies, and Conspiracies . Netflix, www.netflix.com/watch/80212214? trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C0%2Cb5e4e201072ca50dd487e9ccf1f16270b0520c20%3A18c037130e111ab758c0b1ed7ad78e0af31e5a43%2C%2C.
Summary: The 9/11 memorial is in a central part of New York City, and it surrounds two open craters that were created from the fallen towers. Water flows through the memorial pond. The pools of water are lined with plaques engraved with the names of those who passed in the falling of the twin towers. Often there are flowers left on the plaque from the families or friends of the victims. The memorial is swarmed with people. And close by is a museum dedicated to 9/11.
Reflection: I visited the 9/11 memorial about 4 years ago. To be honest I couldn’t understand at first why people would want to go to a site where there was the largest terrorist attack in U.S. history. Once I got to the memorial I was awestruck, it was beautiful, and peaceful. The site really humbled me and seeing the roses under certain people’s name made me so grateful for my family. It surprising to think that at one point there were two very tall towers in the pace of these craters. I think it it was necessary to build the memorial to remember those who had fallen in and to make sure that 9/11 is not forgotten. The memorial serves a peaceful resting place and shows the families of the victims that we DO care.
“Home | National September 11 Memorial & Museum.” 9/11 Artifacts | National September 11 Memorial & Museum, www.911memorial.org/.
Summary: A women named Florence is interviewed and filmed as she goes to visit ground zero for the first time since the 9/11 attack. She goes into detail about how she thought it was so devastating to watch young people do the sign of the cross and choose to jump out of the levels above her, she mentioned how she though jumping rather than burning was an honorable way to die. She remembers the firemen’s faces as she was fleeing down the steps of the 77th floor, one floor below where the second plane crashed and how she was so grateful but guilty she made it out alive. Florence broke down into tears at the sight of the 9/11 memorial but mentions how profound she was at how brave everyone was that day.
Reflection: Florence is an example of a women being able to steer away from the negative details of 9/11 and focus in on the more positive aspects. It must be hard to disregard the fact you almost died and to be able to talk about the brave firemen or the fact how she thought the people jumping died in an honorable way. I find it so strong of her that she didn’t tend to talk negatively about the attack. I think we need people like that otherwise there would be no light shed on the situation. In my opinion Florence is one of the many people that is necessary to moving on from 9/11.
ABCNews. “9/11 Survivors, 10 Years Later.” YouTube, YouTube, 7 Sept. 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=IipKqoF4mOk.
summary: The photo shows a man falling out of one of the twin towers head first. His legs are in a funny position as if he’s walking in the air. As the man is seen falling out of the skyscraper, it is presumed that the rest of the building, that the viewer can not see, is burning. It is assumed that that jumping was his only way out without burning alive.
Reflection: In my opinion The photo is chilling, it really made my heart sank to my stomach. I've seen many documentaries and photos on 9/11 but when you see a picture of a man jumping to his death it really has a haunting effect on a person. I personally start to feel the panic for the man, It makes me wonder what he was thinking before he jumped and as he was falling. I feel scared for that man falling and It makes 9/11 all that much worse and painful than I originally thought of it to be. This photo exhibits the devastating results of this attack, it puts to rest the joy of all the survivors. It is a photo tributed to remembering the casualties and horrific effects of 9/11.
Drew, Richard.”The Falling Man.”Shutter Photo Magazine, North, Travis, 8 Sept. 2011, www.shutterphoto.net/article/10-years-after-911-the-importance-of-photojournalism/.
Summary: The idea that 9/11 will always be remembered is questionable. The renewal of health care and compensation programs for the responders who developed illnesses from ground level is not certain. For the people who are awarded compensation there might be a 50% payment cut. It explains how it it is controversy whether or not congress should have made the 5 year programs for patients open ended. There are open ended federally funded program to help miners suffering from black lung disease and nuclear plant workers. This article raises the question on why 9/11 responders or volunteers who suffer long term illnesses would be different, and that if the U.S. truly honors those who helped and fell to the terror attack of 9/11 why programs wouldn’t be provided.
Reflection: This opinion article really upsets me. People make it such an enormous deal to remember the victims and celebrate the survivors of 9/11, so it surprises me that when it comes to helping and renewing the health care benefits for people who were harmed from helping the catastrophe it’s easily blown over. It is very fake of people. It disappoints me too that congress would treat health care and compensation programs different for them too. These people laid their life down to help other American citizens and as a result developed long term diseases the least we could do is pay for some of their medical bills. This opinions article really conveyed to me how much congress doesn’t care otherwise these programs would not be up for discussion.
“Opinion | Will We Always Remember 9/11?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/opinion/will-we-always-remember-9-11.html
Summary: The news feature “Children who lost their parents in 9/11” touched base two women who are writing tributes to their fallen loved ones. One women, Delaney Colaio, expressed how she is still healing from the loss of her father and two uncles. She plans on writing about how one doesn’t need to let one event define who they are. Jillian Suarez is planning on following her father’s footsteps as a police officer, she wants to be there for people who need her just as her father. She explained how she lost the chance to make many memories with her father and how it’s hard to think back on.
Reflection: I always expected for there to be everlasting effects on people who had suffered the death of a loved one, especially in a tragic situation like 9/11.
But, I didn’t realize how much 9/11 would influence their actions or future. These children could possibly be taking career paths they would've never thought about if it wasn’t for their parent’s deaths. They have devoted their time and effort to pay tributes to the people who had fallen in this terrorist attack. This news tribute made me realize these grown adults still suffer from losing out on memories with their parents as children. These tributes fare essential to remembering the victims and 9/11.
Axelrod, Jim. “Children Who Lost Parents on 9/11 Now Telling Their Own
Stories.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 11 Sept.