Ground Zero Memorial is open and I have some thoughts



NEW YORK — At 8:32 a.m. Wednesday morning, on the first day that the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened to the public, 26 uniformed police officers and firefighters marched onto the lawn of the memorial and unfurled an American flag that had flown at 90 West Street, adjacent to Ground Zero, for weeks after the attacks. Civilians involved in the restoration of the flag and children from the 9/12 Generation Project filled in among the honor guard designated to see the National 9/11 Flag safely back to Ground Zero. Grasping the edges, they raised the 36-foot by 26-foot flag as the Fire Department of New York’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Band played. “Kids, kids, today is a very important day. We’re here to remember, pay tribute, and learn about what happened on 9/11. But we’re also here to remember, pay tribute, and to learn about what happened on 9/12,” said Jeff Parness, founder and chairman of New York Says Thank You Foundation. “People from all around the world came here to help us in our time of need.” Torn and damaged by smoke and debris, the flag was removed in October 2001, and for the next seven years it lay in storage in Pennsylvania.

The people who talk the most about 9/11 and how we came together as a nation and international community didn’t live here.  New York City is it’s own world, it’s an American City but an international metropolis. It is a city mired in extremes of duality and 9/11 is the perfect example. I was here on 9/11 taking the 2 train to downtown Brooklyn to go to my university. Trains stopped working an from on the hill on Eastern Parkways I could see like may other the smoke coming from the towers. That day I saw a lot of raw emotions and panic. The next day 9/13 there was an outpouring of emotion. 9/13 there were attacks on random Muslims. A friend of mine got her hijab ripped off and was spit on.

That’s the NYC I know. Living in NYC, for me is like battling Cervantes windmills. At any moment the City may swing it’s ponderous arms and bury you deep into the mire. Or that same arm can raise you to the heights of passion, fraternity, love etc. NYC is at one time a symbol and a real city. Actually NYC is the example of hyper-reality.

The the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges’ in his “On Exactitude in Science” has the example of a society whose cartographers create a map so detailed that it covers the very things it was designed to represent. When the empire declines, the map fades into the landscape and there is neither the representation nor the real remaining – just the hyper-real. Luckily I know this city really well  and can navigate through the many layers of reality.

I was scared the days after 9/11, you couldn’t voice anything critical of the government. If you discussed our policy in Afghanistan during the cold war  which in the long run helped create this situation, you would be slammed. Somehow it was un-American to sift through the debris of our failed foreign policy to see what events lead to this event. Basically, all this talk about freedom of speech and all these great benefits are privileges dependent on the predominating social and political climes.

How can we pay tribute to the people who died here, if we continue with our exploitative foreign policies, or our prison abuse scandals in Abu Ghraib, our drone army. Even if we don’t consider all these things, how about what we treat minorities. Many people selflessly gave their lives to helps those trapped or trying to escape from the towers.


Cops slam into Brooklyn man’s parked SUV, bust him for ‘driving’ with no license


A Brooklyn man is claiming cops falsely arrested him for driving without a license after they dented a parked car he was merely sitting in – and embellished details about the caught-on-tape accident. Robert Jackson, 31, said he was waiting in his girlfriend’s Ford SUV outside his Brownsville home on April 2013 when a patrol car drove against traffic on the one-way street. Trying to avoid an oncoming truck, the police vehicle backed up and damaged its bumper and nicked the SUV. Officer Christopher Oliver wrote in the criminal complaint that he “went to the driver’s side door of defendant’s vehicle and observed the door open and the keys in the ignition” before arresting Jackson for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, according to the document. But a surveillance video Jackson obtained from a neighbor clearly shows he immediately shut the door upon exiting the car and that the cop never went near the driver’s side as he claimed. “I thought it was a joke,” Jackson, who works as a porter, said Thursday about the questionable collar. “The cop said, ‘Dude, you ran into me.’” Jackson had to spend the night in jail and appear in court multiple times before the criminal case against him was dropped by prosecutors six months later, records show.

The Sad Part

Things like this is why the black community and the nypd will never have good relations. Above this I don’t know why this isn’t headline news? The gentlemen will sue the city and WIN and then guess who gets to pay ….? We the tax payers! this is coming out of your pockets. Fire these pigs immediately!

It comes down to money, it always comes down to money. Americans hate the idea of taxes or paying more taxes. When cops do dumb things the city gets sued and “we the tax payer have to shell out more money” I wonder if racist acts didn’t affect tax payer’s bottom line would any-one care?

Cops can trump up false claims and despite the NSA’s extensive global and domestic spying networks there is no way to address that. What’s worse for me personally is that the US military is handing over leftover equipment from the Iraq conflict to police under a military surplus program. Civil liberties groups have criticized the initiative as unnecessary and a move toward the militarization of American law enforcement. American law enforcement agencies have received 165 MRAPs — 18 ton, armored vehicles with gun turrets — this year.

Let’s see how that goes