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A Moment Of Silence Before I Start This Poem: Emmanuel Ortiz


by Emmanuel Ortiz

Before I start this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me
In a moment of silence
In honour of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon last September 11th. I would also like to ask you To offer up a moment of silence For all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned, disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes, For the victims in both Afghanistan and the US

And if I could just add one more thing… [Read more…]

President Bush’s September 11 Anniversary Address

On the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush has addressed the nation from Ellis Island, New York City.

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Text of President Bush’s Address to the Nation.

BushGood evening.

A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We have seen the images so many times they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror, reliving the anguish, reimagining the terror, is hard – and painful. [Read more…]

As 9/11 Investigations Mount, Bush Creates Homeland Security Department

President George W BushAs Congressional investigations of the September 11 terrorist attacks continue, raising doubts about the operations of the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, President George W. Bush has made a televised address to the nation, announcing a shake-up of the structure of the US federal government, including the creation of a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.

Following the September 11 attacks, Bush appointed the former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge, to take charge of Homeland Security.

Bush said the new department would “unite essential agencies that must work more closely together — among them, the Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, the Customs Service, immigration officials, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. [Read more…]

Bush Establishes Department Of Homeland Security

President George W. Bush has proposed the establishment of a new Department of Homeland Security.

The new department follows the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. [Read more…]

2002 Dawns In New York City; Bloomberg Assumes Mayoralty; Recovery Work Continues At World Trade Centre; What Now For Giuliani?

As the body of another New York City firefighter was recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Centre, outgoing Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has sworn in his successor, Michael Bloomberg, as the city greeted New Year 2002 to the strains of God Bless America and New York, New York.

New York Mayor Michael BloombergWhat the New York Times has described as a “lamentable year”, 2001 and the horror it wrought on the citizens of the United States’ largest city, was finally over.

Bloomberg, the beneficiary of a personally financed $65 million campaign and an electorate that really wanted Giuliani to stay, will be Mayor for the next four years, a third term dominance of the Republican Party in one of the nation’s most Democratic regions. [Read more…]

John Howard’s 2001 Election Policy Speech

Prime Minister John Howard delivered his policy speech for the 2001 federal election on October 28.

First elected in 1996, and re-elected in 1998, Howard was seeking a third term.

The speech is most remembered for Howard’s declaration: “But we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.” This is around the 14.30 point on the video.

This is the video and audio of the official Liberal Party television broadcast of the speech. The full text appears below. [Read more…]

Bush Says Terrorism Will Go The Way Of Fascism, Nazism And Totalitarianism: Into History’s Unmarked Grave Of Discarded Lies

Historic Speech

President George W. Bush has delivered a confident and powerful speech to the two houses of the United States Congress in which he has delivered an ultimatum to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to hand over Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists.

In a 35 minute speech interrupted at least 30 times by standing ovations, Bush called on the nations of the world to support a war against terrorism. “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”, Bush said. [Read more…]

U.S. Congress Authorises Use Of Force Against Terrorists

This is the text of the joint resolution authorizing the use of force against terrorists, adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Text of U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States armed forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.

Whereas, on Sept. 11, 2001, acts of despicable violence were committed against the United States and its citizens; and [Read more…]

Howard Government Invokes ANZUS Treaty

The Federal Government has invoked the ANZUS Treaty for the first time in the 50-year history of the defence alliance with the United States.

Cabinet met today following the Prime Minister’s return from Washington and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Following the Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister, John Howard, issued the following statement: [Read more…]

Peter Beattie’s Ministerial Statement On US Terrorist Attacks

This is the text of a Ministerial Statement on Terrorism by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

The statement was delivered to a meeting of the Queensland Legislative Assembly this morning.

Ministerial Statement to the Legislative Assembly by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie.

BeattieToday we woke to news of a terrible tragedy.

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington stunned the world and left us numb with disbelief.

There are indications that Australians may be among the victims of these criminal acts. This is a time for prayer and hope for those anxiously waiting news of loved ones.

On behalf of this Parliament and all Queenslanders I extend our condolences to the families of all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. [Read more…]