Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited the World Trade Center site on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and stated that the possibility of another al-Qaida strike is “very real.”
Panetta detailed that despite three of al-Qaida’s top four leaders having been killed, branches of the group remains and their militant ideologies continue. He noted that al-Qaida factions are known to be in areas such as Somalia and Yemen.
“They continue to plan attacks and I don’t think we can take anything for granted,” Panetta told reporters. “The potential for that kind of attack remains very real.” more >>
As America nears the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a new survey details how the public feels about Muslims, freedoms and pluralism.
"Ten years after 9/11, Americans continue to grapple with issues of security, tolerance, and pluralism – matters that lie at the heart of what it means to be American," said Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, in a statement.
"Americans strongly affirm broad First Amendment principles and respect for difference, but they don't always apply these principles evenly or consistently, particularly with regard to American Muslims and immigrants." more >>
As Americans prepare to reflect on the physical and emotional scars left behind by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Awakening America Alliance and Cry Out America are leading a national effort to pray for God to usher in a spiritual awakening in the United States.
In addition to asking churches to pray during Sunday morning services on Sept. 11, the date of the 10th anniversary of the attacks, there are also prayer gatherings scheduled to take place in thousands of different counties across the United States later that same day.
Billy Wilson, executive director of the International Center for Spiritual Renewal and the chair of the Awakening America Alliance (AAA), describes 9/11 as "one of the greatest wake-up call days of our generation." Cry Out America was formed with the hope that God would lead the country into an even greater spiritual awakening. more >>
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) pledged to heed the 9/11 Commission's report and improve communications among the nation’s first responders as the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center nears.
King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is seeking House support for a bill allocating a 10 MHz radio channel on the communications spectrum for public safety.
"I urge the House to take up my legislation, H.R. 607, as soon as possible so that we can provide our nation's first responders with the tools they require to fulfill their mission," King said in statement. more >>
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has found out last month that during a chance encounter on Sept. 11, 2001, she inadvertently saved a woman’s life.
Nearly 10 years following the attacks on that fateful day, Lara Lundstrom Clarke reached out to Paltrow in a letter detailing how their momentary meeting, while Clarke was jaywalking, prevented her from being on the 77th floor of Tower Two of the World Trade Center.
Both women note that their morning exercise routines had set the ball rolling for them to meet each other. While Clarke was crossing in the middle of a West Village street in New York, Paltrow was driving in her silver Mercedes SUV. more >>
As Congress returns from its monthlong recess Tuesday, one of the first orders of business for a New York lawmaker will be to submit legislation seeking to establish the cross recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center (WTC) as a national monument.
With the legislation titled the "9/11 Memorial Cross National Monument Establishment Act of 2011," Rep. Michael G. Grimm hopes to convince his fellow legislators to approve the bill.
“This cross was a symbol of hope and freedom at a time when New Yorkers were coping with loss and destruction in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil,” Grimm said. more >>