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The Falling Man
Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.
6 days ago by jeffhammond
The West’s war on itself - Synaps, 2018
Absent demonstrable results, PVE has nonetheless served a straightforward purpose: projecting the necessary aura of “doing something,” in a manner supposedly distinct from that of the previous administration. The NGO director referenced above suggested that this factor was in play from the start of Obama’s tenure: “CVE was about Obama really wanting to draw down the military dimension of the war on terror; something just had to be done instead.” Another consultant working on PVE echoed this premise: “Every time a new administration comes in, they want innovative solutions. So you put a new coat of paint on what’s already being done.” The Islamic State’s rise only increased this imperative dramatically.

PVE, then, is first and foremost a narrative device: a tool used, largely unconsciously, to inject fresh legitimacy into a war on terror that by 2008 had fallen into disrepute. More specifically, PVE appears to dampen the queasiness felt at pursuing a course of action that quite obviously conflicts with Western liberal values, wrapping hard-edged counterterrorism in gentle language. In that sense, it renovates a long-held tradition.

A second set of concerns relates to how PVE unfolds at the micro level, in the distribution of humanitarian and development assistance by local and international NGOs. In Nigeria, a senior regional donor noted that “policy focus and funds have been redirected to fighting terror in the North, allowing the many other conflicts around the country to worsen and metastasise.” As Western attention increasingly prioritises security, grassroots organisations have found themselves effectively forced to adapt their work to the trend—including by diverting resources from other thematic focal points in which they have proven experience.

This dynamic manifests starkly among both grant-makers and their partner NGOs, whose financial health often depends on alignment with international funding priorities. An NGO worker in Jordan thus noted that his organisation—whose original mission focused on civic engagement and public policy—had largely repurposed itself:

“Our leadership seems to have convinced itself about PVE, but I can guarantee you that if we didn’t have the funding constraint we wouldn’t be doing this stuff. Honestly, almost all our work has shifted in this direction, and deep down we’re frustrated with this diversion from our core mission.”
terrorism  Radical_Islam  civil_society  9/11  war 
7 days ago by elizrael
Cables Detail C.I.A. Waterboarding at Secret Prison Run by Gina Haspel (The New York Times)
“Though heavily redacted, the documents suggest that … the waterboarding and other brutal treatment of Mr. Nashiri produced little or no new intelligence about existing plots or imminent attacks.”

Torture for nothing, kicks for free.
clippings  torture  black+sites  CIA  Thailand  United+States  9/11  human+rights  Haspel 
8 days ago by mjb
The 9/11 Country Music theory
"MY HOT TAKE: with very few exceptions, including goodbye earl, before he cheats, and daddy Iessons (side note - all women!) 9/11 ruined country music." Sounds about right to me. Country's never been my primary genre, but what I do like is universally pre- (usually _very_ pre-) 9/11.
music  country  culture  pop  9/11  propaganda  usa  america 
24 days ago by djwudi
4 Heroic Dogs Who Saved Their Owners | Reader's Digest
When a woman became hysterical, yelling that they wouldn’t make it, Roselle nudged the woman until she finally petted the dog, calmed herself, and kept walking down the stairs.

Around the 30th floor, firefighters started passing Michael on their way up. Each one stopped to offer him assistance. He declined but let Roselle be petted, providing many of the firefighters with what would be their last experience of unconditional love.
animals  sad  9/11 
26 days ago by cmananian
Ed Curtin: Why I Don't Speak of 9/11 Anymore, Sep 2016
in September 2000 in The Project for the New American Century’s report, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”[5] (p.51). Its neo-con authors argued that the U.S. wouldn’t be able to attack Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. “absent some catastrophic event – like a new Pearl Harbor.” Coincidentally or not, the film Pearl Harbor, made with Pentagon assistance and a massive budget, was released on May 25, 2001 and was a box office hit. It was in the theatres throughout the summer.
9/11  conspiracy 
27 days ago by foliovision
(9595) Welcome to Fascism: A Look at the Terrifying Gestapo Tactics Used by ICE - YouTube
ICE is under homeland security, thus all people deemed terrorists. ICE is post 9/11 org. No great under Obama, Trump escalated it.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  ICE  fascism  alt-right  right-wing  far-right  immigration  gwbush  Terrorism  9/11  BarackObama 
7 weeks ago by asterisk2a
US Judge Orders Iran To Pay Billions To Families Of 9/11 Victims
A US federal judge in New York ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars in damages to families affected by 9/11, ABC news reported on Tuesday.
absurdity  iran  9/11  us  judge  quote 
7 weeks ago by elev8

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