Saturday, December 14, 2019



Report: We Missed Our Chance

Just three months after the terror attacks of September 1, 2001, Osama bin Laden was so sure he was cornered and about to be captured by American forces that he actually wrote his will. But decisions by the Bush Administration allowed him to escape, prolonging the search for him for...

That Date. Again

Three years ago, on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack against America, I posted a tribute piece as part of The 2,996 Project, which was designed to memorialize the Americans who died that day. I asked to be able to specifically select the person I was to write about,...
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Just Plane Stupid

I wish I could take credit for the headline.  It’s actually from Newsday in Long Island; the headline on the New York Post was my second favorite. President Obama was said to be furious after learning that a fly-over of the plane that is retitled Air Force One when he...
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Evil Under The Sun

The weather this morning when I left for work reminded me of an old Agatha Christie movie.  The title, in case you hadn’t guessed, was Evil Under the Sun. It was set in a posh resort off the coast of Spain and featured the typical “all-star” cast, including Peter Ustinov...
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Seven Years

It’s hard to believe that it has already been seven years since that terrible morning in 2001. I’ve blogged about how I spent that day in an edit bay, editing footage from the scene that was feeding in from Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.  I’ve talked about watching interview after...
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Another 9/11

A recent editorial in the Post & Courier asked if Americans are tired of revisiting the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In the article, a Massachusetts woman says this: “I may sound callous, but doesn’t grieving have a shelf-life? We’re very sorry and mournful that people...
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Since 9/11

The last Patrick's Place Poll asked how you felt about your safety in the five years since the 9/11 terror attacks. Most people fell right in the middle, feeling about the same about their safety now as then, or a little better. But on the extremes, slightly more people said...

Remembering Josh: ‘I Need To Tell You…’

It was a sunny, virtually cloudless morning in Manhattan. All indications on the ride to work likely indicated that a beautiful, perhaps even uneventful day was ahead. Twenty-four-year-old Joshua Birnbaum had arrived for work at his job as an assistant bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of...
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The 2,996 Project: Why I Got Involved

Let me briefly take you back to January, 2002, several months after the terror attacks. I'm sitting in an edit bay scanning through the footage recorded by a news crew we had sent to New York to do interviews with some of the families of the victims of that dark...
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