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Newer Images of 9/11

Published on YouTube September 7, 2011 and shot by a volunteer firefighter.

Also, a tribute from Lex on Heather Lee Smith, a friend of one of our Lexicans

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Hard to read

By lex, on September 11th, 2007

Long, and heartrending. Difficult.

But necessary:

At fifteen seconds after 9:41 A.M., on September 11, 2001, a photographer named Richard Drew took a picture of a man falling through the sky — falling through time as well as through space. The picture went all around the world, and then disappeared, as if we willed it away. One of the most famous photographs in human history became an unmarked grave, and the man buried inside its frame — the Falling Man — became the Unknown Soldier in a war whose end we have not yet seen. Richard Drew’s photograph is all we know of him, and yet all we know of him becomes a measure of what we know of ourselves. The picture is his cenotaph, and like the monuments dedicated to the memory of unknown soliders everywhere, it asks that we look at it, and make one simple acknowledgment.

That we have known who the Falling Man is all along.

There are no pictures. But you should nevertheless bear witness, you owe it to yourself.

After all, the Falling Man is you.

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A Son of Privilege

By lex, on December 27th, 2009

New details are being revealed about terror’s latest gelding:

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Already?

By lex, on May 4th, 2011

We will very likely never learn the name of the hero that killed Osama bin Laden. We know that he endured a grueling 120 hours of Hell Week in training, smack in the middle of a six month, arduous Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training program that has an 80-85% washout rate. We know that he spent a further year in training with his team before being deemed combat ready. We suspect that he was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Group – DevGru – which is to a straight-stick SEAL team what the SEALs are to the Navy, the elite of the elite. Working the math on his recruitment, selection and training, we can assume he is in his late 20s or early 30s.

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Not Much to Say

By lex, on May 3rd, 2011

The Pakistani government, at least, is acknowledging the fact of Osama bin Laden’s residency in their state. The military and ISI have been strangely silent on the matter of US military operatives flying into their country and executing a direct action assault just down the street from a military academy:

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OGA

By lex, on September 23rd, 2010

The secret fight in Afghanistan is being waged not merely by stand-up forces in uniform, but also by three-letter agencies according to the WaPo:

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Stethem’s Revenge

 

By lex, on June 24th, 2010

In 1985, Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was tortured and killed by hijackers aboard TWA Flight 987 in Beirut. He was singled out because he was an American serviceman. Stethem was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, and had a destroyer named after him. There is also a sports complex that bears his name in Waldorf, CT MD.

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