Members of both the House and Senate struck down President Obama’s veto of a bill that would permit family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. The overwhelming bi-partisan support for still-grieving families served as a humiliating rebuke for both Obama and Saudi Arabia, America’s closest ally in the Middle East, which has recently come under increased scrutiny despite an entrenched alliance that deepened after 9/11.
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, America's War on Terror has expanded drastically, and with it, the interpretation of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), which gave the president the initial power to mobilize US Armed Forces against those responsible. Yet, America is no closer to ending that open-ended war than when it began, and its endless state is prompting serious questions about the legality of the recent initiatives waged against ISIS, and whether safeguards are in place to prevent a single person—President Obama or his successors—from committing America to perpetual warfare.
There was a palpable feeling Monday that the massacre—the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and biggest terror attack since 9/11—was deeply personal, that any of those grieving could have very well been a victim of a madman’s apparent homophobic assault on a gay nightclub, one of the few public venues where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community feel safe from persecution or physical attacks.
View image | gettyimages.com John Feal and a group of Sept. 11, 2001 victim advocates have made 21 trips to Washington D.C. this year, or...
They were among 60 young adults from around the world who lost loved ones to terrorism and participated in Project Common Bond, an retreat organized by Manhasset-based Tuesday's Children.
"We have to condition the American people: This is going to go on for a long time. It’s terrible to say but that’s the reality. They’re not going to go away easy.”
Whistleblower John Kiriakou is serving a 30-month prison sentence while those he exposed remain free.
Looking back, an exercise in post-traumatic stress memory recall, is also the need to remember what might have been.
“Grief is for here, anger is for home.”
“Those we lost live on in us."
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