9/11 Transcripts, Read and Remember

The Fire Department on Friday released thousands of pages of oral histories recorded by firefighters about Sept. 11 and hours of radio transmissions, a vast mine of records that evoked anew the chaos and horror of the attack.

“Somebody yelled something was falling,” firefighter Maureen McArdle-Schulman recalled. “We didn’t know if it was desks coming out. It turned out it was people coming out, and they started coming out one after the other.”

“I felt like I was intruding on a sacrament,” she said. “They were choosing to die and I was watching them and shouldn’t have been.”

I read this and think…the intelligence wall that was created by 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick really does need to be explored and answered for. She needed to be seated before the committee, not on it, and made to account for this policy that prevented so much from being done.

Perhaps nothing could have been done to actually stop 9/11. But justice and history demand that we get the whole, complete and truthful story of what exactly caused the terrible breakdown in US Intelligence gathering and sharing prior to 9/11.

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  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    Yes, that is absolutely right. Whatever goings on there might have been going at the 9/11 commission, they were bi partisan goings on.

    The object of the game is to get to the bottom of the matter. The 9/11 commission was also charged with making thongs better- not further obfuscating them.

    If we were being played- we need to know by whom- irrespective of party- and if that means investigating bi partisan efforts, such as the 9/11 commission, so be it.

    This isn’t about politics- it is about terror.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    I do not wish to be misunderstood by my prior comments on this matter. I simply did not want to have to endure one more time folks like Kristin Breitweiser and Richard Clarke and the won’t-stay-dead 9/11 Commission. As far as I’m concerned, in exploring and getting to the bottom of things and making an accounting, the evidence already presented conclusively showed that Gorelick, et al. bear a lot of responsibility for the intelligence failures, and her presence on the Commission was a near-criminal conflict of interest.
    —-It wasn’t that I don’t want to know about these things — its that we already know these things. Gorelick, and Sandy Burglar, and Janet Reno, and Richard Clarke, and Joseph Wilson, and too many Clintonistas in that administration and hangers-on, and their admirers in the Bush administration, were negligent, reckless, and appallingly clueless in this area of national security. As far as I’m concerned, we’ve already gotten to the bottom of the matter — the guilty verdict came in long ago.

  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    Bender- it isn’t about the verdict.

    None of these people acted on theor own. That they covered up something is evident by the realitry that no one left them out to dry- that is, there were people above them that were will to pursue and enable a coverup.

    Clearly, none of these people caused 9/11. No one can pin the blame of that horrible day on anyone or and group- even Able Danger.

    That said, there has been a conspiracy to cover up what happened- that is clear- by too many people who believe their status is sacrosanct.


    No one has stood up and said, ‘I failed’ No one has said, ‘I got it wrong.’ Instead there is a culture of ‘it’s never going to be my fault.’

    Therein lies our Achilles heel. Plenty will get up and take credit- no one it seems, wants to be responsible- and in the Intelligence community, that is a very dangerous characteristic.