9|11: The Winners

For some people, the terrorist attacks have been a gold mine

9|11: The Winners
Gary Alphonso

For the past 10 years, a former volunteer firefighter named Vincent Forras has turned 9/11 into a high-profile career that has taken him on overseas trips, gotten him photographed with mayors, governors, princes, and pro athletes, had him interviewed by national television personalities, has yielded a range of financial benefits, and an endorsement from none other than Don Imus for U.S. Senate.

Forras, now 54, of Ridgefield, Conn., certainly tells a compelling story. In an account he has told to dozens of reporters over the years, he claims that as a South Salem N.Y. volunteer firefighter, he rushed to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, and toiled there for weeks, leaving only once to celebrate his daughter's birthday. He claims he got trapped under the rubble for two hours and only a vision from God illuminated his escape, after he promised to devote his life to charity.

He goes on to say that he got sick from the air at the site almost immediately, and became desperately ill to the point where he could barely make it up the steps of his own house. He has many times been sought out by the media as a kind of spokesman for ailing responders.

The problem is that while Forras's general account remains somewhat consistent, the details seem to change from interview to interview, and among former associates, there's no small amount of skepticism about his claims.

"He was a phony," says Donald Hayde, a distinguished FDNY battalion chief with the elite Rescue battalion, "one of those guys who manipulate half-truths to put himself in a good light." In addition, several of his former colleagues at the South Salem firehouse tell the Voice that they simply don't believe his story of being trapped.

Forras, however, is just one of a range of people, companies, charities, and agencies who have found ways to benefit from one of the nation's worst disasters.

The September 11, 2001, attacks have been a symbol of many things and many causes, but like the lavish, flag-draped rebuilding of the site, it has also been a vehicle for enrichment. From corporations to politicians to government officials to nonprofits to the security industry to publishers to the health industry (not to mention the incidents of outright fraud over the years), many people have found ways to profit from one of the nation's biggest disasters. 9/11 has created an economy all its own.

"The intersection of 9/11 and money is a busy intersection," says retired New York City firefighter Kenny Specht.

Glenn Corbett, a professor of fire science at John Jay College, active in a range of 9/11 issues, puts it this way: "Lots of people have got their hand in the till. A lot of people and a lot of companies have made a lot of money off of 9/11."

Is it sacrilege to point this out?

Last August 16, irate commuters stepped to the microphone at a Port Authority hearing, and blasted a plan to jack up tolls on the bridges and nearly double the cost of a PATH train ride.

The Port Authority, a bistate agency that owns the World Trade Center site, initially claimed that the increase was necessary because of maintenance needs in its capital plan. But soon, the real reason emerged: $2.2 billion in more cost overruns at the World Trade Center site.

One World Trade Center is over budget by $186 million, the transit center is $200 million over budget, and other site work is $422 million over estimates from just two years ago. And those costs don't include $500 million the agency is trying to recoup from the September 11 Memorial, the MTA and the state DOT.

In other words, the already gold-plated construction plan for Ground Zero has blown its budget again and the people who are least responsible for the increase, the people who actually pay their taxes and suffer the daily commute into Manhattan, have to come up with the money to pay for it. And they have no choice in the matter. (Construction unions were all for the toll hike, and appeared at the hearing to cheer for it.)

There are several official explanations: too many cooks in the kitchen, union rules, the complexity of the project, and safer and better buildings cost more. But no one is admitting that politics, mismanagement, or profiteering could have anything to do with it.

Consider that in 2002, the respectable Real Estate Board of New York estimated that rebuilding the site would cost $10 billion. Now, the public and private price tag is $20 billion. At $3.3 billion in taxpayer money alone, or about $1,000 dollars per square foot, One World Trade Center will cost double the price of a typical skyscraper, rents will have to be astronomical to break even, and government will once again subsidize those costs, just like it did 30 years ago.

For some observers, it feels like all this spending is little more than a vehicle for dispersing cash into the economy, and enriching certain members of the construction industry—the Bovises, Tishmans, Skanskas and Turners of the world.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing the 9/11 victims being used as an excuse for the incompetence of the Port Authority and their cost overruns," says Sally Regenhard, who lost her son Christian on 9/11 and has remained one of the more outspoken of the relatives.

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Painmask
Painmask

you people calling him a fraud hows he a fraud when his foundation is legel really guys come on now what about that scam artis that joey angel that illegallies wire taps peoples phones and hacks into peoples facebooks maybe you should look into that vinny isnt a fraud if he was the fbi would of had him already

Uglygeorge
Uglygeorge

In these days of the Internet & SatelliteTV going everywhere, how o how can your Port Authority expropriate a perfectly-functioning Teleport on Staten Island, ignore the most-watched P.A. show EVER on cableTv ("The Ugly George Hour Of Truth,Sex & Violence"), add many layers of incompetent bureaucrats @ Big Bucks Salaries, and proceed to LOSE millions of taxpayer $$, eventually closing the Teleport? Maybe we will never know the full extent of these losses becuz the P.A. employs 100s of C.P.A.'s whose job description is "hiding losses & claiming new construction cannot proceed without big toll hikes"...!And very little has been said about your P.A.'s takeover of a winning Teleport & turning it into a money-losing PIT. We wonder why...?

Ancient mariner
Ancient mariner

You fail to mention the US Coast Guard. There funding exploded along with the twin towers. Somehow they managed to convince the legislators that they weren't aircraft but ships that hit the twin towers, and the terrorists were foreign seman

Maani
Maani

The biggest winner in 9/11? The U.S. government for getting away with perpetrating the greatest false flag operation of all time - and then reaping all the benefits it wanted: a Department of Homeland Security, the Patriot Acts, the war in Afghanistan, the unprovoked, pre-emptive regime change in Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, torture (including waterboarding), extraordinary rendition, illegal wiretrapping of U.S. citizens, the evisceration of habeas corpus and posse comitatus, the growth of the surveillance/police states, and the shredding of any number of freedoms, civil rights and civil liberties in the name of "security."

And, of course, the multinationals that made out like bandits on no-bid contracts for reconstruction, access to oil, surveillance equipment, etc. - and, of course, the military-industrial complex that got more contracts for weapons, and an increase in the "defense" budget.

Victorherbert
Victorherbert

You pretty much covered all of it.

Maani
Maani

Thanks. I've been at this a long time...maybe TOO long! LOL. I only wish more people could see through the smoke and mirrors... Peace.

Charles Dalton
Charles Dalton

Nancy Carbone September 7, 2011Executive DirectorFriends of Firefighters

Dear Nancy,

As the 10th anniversary of 9-11 approaches I sincerely hope that these words can find their way onto the web site of Friends of Firefighters.

This past decade has been like no other, and I truly believe that there are so many of us who will always define these last 10 years based upon the tragic events of that one morning, September 11, 2001. Along with the sorrow filled nights, days, weeks, months, and years that have followed.

Without the support of so many, some names we may never know, we are still here, working and living in the greatest city in the world, although many of those that helped us through a time in history, that we will pray never happens again, have long since been taken up, and many of us will be forever grateful.

What I would like to share is that the Friends of Firefighters are still here. Their doors are open. There is coffee in the kitchen. There is comfort in the words discussed in the Firehouse. Your story will be heard or you can listen to others tell theirs. Perhaps you can find the hand you are reaching out for. Or perhaps you can bring your thoughts and care to share with many of the others you will find. You will know who they are; active members of F.D.N.Y. and retired as well, families and friends of firefighter's. These doors welcome Police Officer's of our N.Y.P.D and the members of the E.M.S. and proudly welcome our Military troops and our wounded worriers as they return home to us along with their families. Friends of Firefighter have been there since 2001 and will continue to provide care for years to come. I would to say that I was very lucky that the Friends of Firefighters found me in my time of need and provide all that they could during my post 9-11 surgery. Should you have taken the time to read these words, please know that as a retired Firefighter I can truly say we are very fortunate to have the staff at Friends of Firefighters on watch for us all. I trust you will find the support needed now and after the 10 year anniversary.

Sincerely,Charles Dalton, Ret. L 77

Mrs. Bubble
Mrs. Bubble

As a non paid volunteer at the WTC I purposely avoided 99 percent of the organizations you mentioned as I did not wish to hinder my spiritual ability to do the job at hand, though indeed many of those organizations are questionable at best I dont think you can lump in all those you mentioned in your article with the likes of Rudy Guliani (who I only witnessed at photo ops) and the Red Cross who's salaried staff larger than most non profit paychecks pre dated 9/11. The reality like Jim Richies so rightly pointed out is there have been those who used 9/11 to mine for blood money, & political expedience (the press being no exception by the way). Not to mention the disaster crazies whom crawled out of the woodwork passing themselves off as firefighters, survivors or in one case as a relative of a one of the dead. BUTthere are also many whom served and continue to serve at the cost of their own health & financial security simply because it is the right thing to do, not to mention the uniformed services active and retired who came day after day unpaid to look for remains in hope of bringing a bit of comfort to the many grief stricken who had nothing to bury. Or their families who selflessly supported them though it meant their absence, an accepted the fact thatthe horrors of that hellish pit can never be discussed, not even with each other. You'll never hear about this amazing community that formed 'at the site' cause it's not sexy enough. Nor will you report the ever growing list of health issues suffered among us, or those who died from these issues way to long before their time, or those too sick to work, and those who despite our political differences are and always will be there to comfort one another because we went through something. That site chugged on 24/7 for 9 months. I lost count of the number of times i heard ' your still going down there? Yes even while the fires in that pit were still burning, we were old news. Like we will be again on September 12th. Im sorry the majorityof New Yorkers didnt get to share what we shared 'down there', though I wish To God it never happened. Please do not negate the majority of good because of the actions of a minority of opportunist.

Kevin Cowart
Kevin Cowart

to much reading make a damn bar graph or map geez

giaguara
giaguara

The idea of the article was good. But how come all the biggest profiters, such as Halliburton, Blackwater, and some oil families were left out?

That's the same as talking about who profits from crime and nailing those who stole a piece of bread because they were hungry instead of those who pocketed millions of dollars of corporate money.

HollyBurton
HollyBurton

While I like the idea of an investigative column like this, you have missed the mark entirely (or perhaps purposefully?).

You spend pages focusing on a petty attenion whore and gift shops that make ooo wait for it... yes that's right hundreds of dollars off of 9/11 and yet not once in the entire article do you mention Haliburton, its billions of dollar profit and the industries 9/11 has spawned.

Nice work. You suck.

Jimson
Jimson

USA!! USA!! USA!!

Howelldogs
Howelldogs

I take offense at your comments regarding Friends of Firefighters. I personally have been at FOF many times and have seen many people volunterring their time to work on the building. Nancy Carbone has been to many meetings/conferences I have attended and works tirelessly.I have personally seen many make use of the counseling services offered there. My questions to you would be--where did you get your information? Have you visited FOF? Have you looked at her financials which are easily available on line? I would guess you haven'tDo you have any claims to substantiate your claims of her salary? . Although I have no personal knowledge of any of the other organizations you trashed, I would have to presume you did not investigate them either which does not say much for your article. I am only familiar with FOF and feel you are way off base and owe them an apology.

bxgrl
bxgrl

As someone who responded to 9/11 and worked in the recovery for almost 9 months I know most of the people mentioned in the article. Some f them you were spot on. But wit the tribute Center and Friends of Firefighters- you are way off base.Nancy Carbone of friends of Firefighters has not only worked extremely hard to build an organization that helps others, but she and her family made countless sacrifices to do so. She doesn't ask for anything for herself, and she shuns the spotlight because she has never wanted it to be about her. She has never sought publicity for herself and frankly, the salary she makes is hardly huge.

YOu seem to have forgotten that FOFF and Tribute, and several of the other organizations were begun by dedicated people with passionate motivation. They worked hard to build theri organizations and to think that they could accomplish1/2 of what they have without staff, space or supplies is very unrealistic. Yes, Joe Daniels is making way too much money- he's not the rule. Its an unfortunate fact that many non-profits are given funds by groups who have unrealistic expectations of how nonprofits operate. It is difficult for them to get operating funds, while grants are usually given with a dedicated purpose in mind. I think it's easy to draw the wrong conclusion simply by looking at a tax return. It doesn't tell you the why and how an organization really operates.

That said, I want to reiterate- your article was way off base with Friends of Firefighters, and the Tribute Center.

Jaci
Jaci

Friends of Firefighters is an AMAZING organization and to slander their name is absolutely disgusting. DO YOUR RESEARCH and contact the organization before you destroy their reputation and all the hard work they've been doing for years...

I'm absolutely appalled that the Village Voice would printing this!

Howelldogs
Howelldogs

Well said....what do you expect from the Village Voice?

Janewilson3
Janewilson3

Wow! It is sick to see people take advantage of the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks. I've noticed a lot of the news sites have been doing a lot more 9/11 coverage for the anniversary. Democracy Now!'s website now has an archive of their coverage and it is really amazing. They looked at a lot of stories that didn't get coverage til much later on from other news sites. You guys should check it out: http://www.democracynow.org/ta...

sheik124
sheik124

Dr. Yehuda Shapiro: Ignoring your rabble, and convenient lumping of all anti-Semitism with Islam [guess what, I'm Muslim, and I've probably got 100 times as much of Shem's blood running through my veins than you do. Problem?] - why are you so willing to ignore ALL of the Islamic institutions that were desecrated or vandalized in the wake of 9/11? The plot to blow up hundreds of Masjids and Islamic institutions in Florida? The Qu'ran book burning and all of the media attention it garnered?

Dr. Yehuda Shapiro
Dr. Yehuda Shapiro

Graham Rayman complains that "OHS also gave out hundreds of $75,000 security grants to synagogues, and other Jewish institutions, but hardly any to churches or mosques for their security." Is Mr. Rayman really ignorant of the fact that synagogues and Jewish institutions -- but not churches and certainly not mosques -- have been the particular targets of virulently anti-Semitic Islamist terrorists? There are unfortunately many such examples of anti-Jewish Islamist terrorism. Mr. Rayman's foolish objection to providing badly needed protection to very vulnerable synagogues and Jewish institutions is yet another example of ultra-liberal ideology run amok.

Nycountrycouple
Nycountrycouple

Great article Mr Rayman as a first responder (FDNY) it sickens me to see the level of fraud that has been perpatrated.

Tilman Susato
Tilman Susato

What, no 'additional reporting' from Harry Siegel?! Wouldn't want to offend daddy, I know...

That said, props to Graham-- and Ortega for running it. (Now if only he's crack the whip on inane bloggers who don't know anything the internet didn't tell 'em first.)

I wish the media climate was such the Voice didn't have these kinds of exclusives but alas.

Ramona Fuller
Ramona Fuller

i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. Go here, htp://bit.ly/nRehTZ

KGeoD
KGeoD

After reading this lengthly article I'm greatly dismayed. I am the president of the Long Island 9/11 Memorial, an IRS registered 501 (c) 3 organization and I'm proud to say that in our nearly 9 year existence, NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE on our board of officers has ever taken one penny in compensation for work done on behalf of the organization. That being said, I'm sorry to say that all our efforts to erect a memorial to honor all those who perished on September 11, 2001 from Nassau and Suffolk Counties, in all likelihood, will not come to fruition. We have a perfect design of a "time line" of the events of 9/11 and the vision to establish a "family and resource center" for the families of both the victims and the workers of all organizations who toiled nonstop in the weeks and months after the attack,but we have not generated adequate funds to move forward. We have our piece of steel from the WTC from the time before it was all impounded by the government. If there is anyone with a germ of interest in our project and wishes to support or donate to our endeavor, please visit us at: www.li911memorial.org. Ken Dolan, President Long Island 9/11 Memorial

Olan Montgomery
Olan Montgomery

It took me days to read this article, not because I am a slow reader; simply because it was a lot to choke down. Gary Alphonso I applaud your story and the truth. I am not sure if you were even living here back then but if you were I am sure you remember the posters for the missing. I think the press and people forget the individuals all to easily - maybe because there were so many victims. They were mothers, fathers, children who lived and loved and did not expect to become victims that day. I took pictures of the missing posters at St. Vincents back then in December because already their images were fading. I found those today as I still choke on the horror of your story. If you want them please feel free to ask - I took a good look of my 111 images and ironically their faces and their loss humbled me yet again as they became people with faces and not a press statistic to be referred to in a piece about profiteering from 911. Musto knows me if you want the pictures - it might be a little more personal for you then.

OLAN

JohnnyB
JohnnyB

It is clear after reading this article that you know nothing about the fire department or 9/11. It just so happens that you write this terrible article right before 9/11. I think you are the one who is using 9/11 in order to make a name for yourself. I think people have now turned against the Village Voice for printing something like this. Congratulations!

Amy Alkon
Amy Alkon

Michael Chertoff, whose security consulting company pimps the body scanners, is yet another who's scoring big from 9/11.

ralphieboy
ralphieboy

Graham, You have an obligation to your profession and your audience to maintain the integrity to not print unfounded information. I cannot speak to the veracity of every claim that you've made in this article but I can speak from first hand knowledge about Friends of Firefighters; to whom you've shamelessly and erroneously accused of profiteering at the expense of NYC Firefighters, and to which you've rendered your entire article to be not credible. I am a NYC Firefighter and have had the honor in the past to volunteer with Friends of Firefighters. In my participation I was also made aware of their financial struggles early on in keeping their services open to FF's and their families. Many organizations have come out of the tragedy of 9/11, all claiming to be supportive of the 9/11 victims and first responders community and I'm not surprised if quite a number of them profited substantially before their targeted benefactors. However, not many of those groups have garnered the enthusiastic support of NYC's Firefighters as the Friends of Firefighters have. They've earned the trust and support of some of the FDNY's most respected members. Their active participation with Friends is a testament this organizations credibility amongst our members. I do know for a fact the for many years Mrs. Carbone did not receive compensation for her work let alone the salary that you claim that she skimmed. Had she put forth the same efforts in any other enterprise she could have easily made a small fortune, but instead she (and her fantastic group!) serves selflessly to the benefit of NYC's first responders, and to her own benefit of a 4 figure salary.Graham, could you be so noble???

If sensationalized fallacies are your idea of journalistic integrity might I suggest leaving The Village Voice. I'm sure your conjectural talents would be better suited for articles of UFO's, celebrity scandals, and the human child/animal hybrid forums. Otherwise, you'd do well to print a full retraction and apology of the misinformation you've printed regarding Friends of Firefighters and perhaps visit them at 199 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, and actually see the excellent and honest not-for-profit work that goes on there.

Ski131
Ski131

Mr. Rayman, I am a NYC firefighter that has been associated with Friends of Firefighters since its inception.My family and I have received services from Friends of Firefighters in the past and I have volunteered my services to this organization whenever they asked. Over the years, I can say that Nancy Carbone has become a dear friend. When firefighters need help, she is there. Therefore, my experience with Friends of Firefighters leads me to question why you would refer to Friends of Firefighters in an article about 9/11 shysters. Perhaps you should get your facts straight (since your article has already been published) and write an article about the good work Nancy Carbone and Friends of Firefighters have been involved in since 9/11. In the meantime, congratulations. You and your birdcage liner of a newspaper continue to uphold a standing tradition of irresponsible newspaper journalism in New York City. Luckily, your poorly researched article won't get much attention. Your paper's readers seem more interested in ads for Asian rub-and-tugs. Next time, try the Pennysaver. I'm sure we'll be seeing you reporting on 60 Minutes real soon.

Susandoor
Susandoor

This article is a bunch of garbage....Get your facts straight....Those involved in these important charities know the truth.... I wonder how much time you spent at each foundation??

arnie
arnie

Thought this 9/11 News & Information service would be of interest.

Since September 2001 I have maintained a free and confidential "9/11 list-serv". The "9/11 list-serv" distributes daily e-mails containing newspaper articles and other relevant information re: 9/11 issues of interest to 9/11 families, 9/11 organizations and interested individuals. The 9/11 List-serv archives can be accessed at http://groups.google.com/group... If you would like to 'subscribe' to this free news service - please respond to this invitation. Arnie

Sabba
Sabba

And I repeat it again. No empathy.

Ramona Fuller
Ramona Fuller

i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you.go here, www.tinyurl.com/3qa436v

Sweenbean78
Sweenbean78

I find the information in this article disgusting. How do these people sleep at night. I lost my brother on 911 and am grateful for the financial help my sister in law received, however the bulk of her finances came from insurance that my brother had paid for himself. I think all these charities should be disbanded and should lose their tax exempt status. Only those first responders and the people doing the clean up should continue to be compensated. Let Ecuador pay for their own fire trucks. Stop the phony fundraisers and eleminate the jobs and exorbitant salaries for people who do nothing. Enough is enough!

Maxime Berkowitz Laboy
Maxime Berkowitz Laboy

Please do not believe this what this article says about The Tribute Center. The paid staff there works very hard to make sure all the victims are remembered. I am a volunteer there and I am VERY proud to do so. Their inclusion in this article upsets me greatly.

Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown

Excellent report. But the link to page 3 appears to be broken.

klaus
klaus

I think it's fairly reasonable that a synagogue would be at a higher risk of a terrorist attack than any other sort of religious institution.

Mbarbnee
Mbarbnee

Good work. I suspected as much. My brother died in the North Tower and I smelled this profiteering almost from the start.

McDonaghBlack
McDonaghBlack

I don't always agree with you, MM. But this is a brave column and I'm glad that someone had the courage to write it.

Snsmth72
Snsmth72

This article is a perfect example of why "one of the staff people there that when we have gone to do an emotional interview about the events, have kicked us out from the Tribute Center." Graham Rayman has rolled over a group of perfectly credible organizations for the purpose of getting a 9/11 story, something every press outlet has to do this time of the year. If that's not the epitome of exploitation, I'm not sure what is. To put things in perspective, "low pay" for a CEO at a non-profit is considered to be about $60,000, with executive salaries at some non-profits topping out over $400,000. If Graham Rayman really wanted to do some kind of journalistic service, perhaps he ought to have written a piece on the ruthless exploitation of 9/11 family members and survivors by the press.

Snsmth72
Snsmth72

I just discovered Rayman did write an article about press surrounding 9/11! The irony!

Sabba
Sabba

@Rachael I have worked also there, at Ground Zero and I agree with the victim before ( eltony).I visited the Tribute Center, and saw it as a merchandising place more than anything else. I also do not know, and I have searched , of any victims , families or group that have received ANY of the funds of the donations given by tourists. If you do, please post them here. you said "Take a tour...visit the galleries...meet one of the greeters... and you will know the authenticity of this very special and unique place." I have and the greeters did not have much empathy and were rushing people in and out.

Maxime Berkowitz Laboy
Maxime Berkowitz Laboy

Are you certain you are not confusing Tribute with the Preview center? The smallest part of Tribute is the merchandising and I cannot imagine anyone there treating any visitor in any way but sincere and compassionate. If any victim or family member has gotten funds from the 9/11 family assoc then they got $$ from the Tribute Center.

Since all the volunteers are victims, or related to victims or looked for victims I find it hard to believe you were not treated with empathy

Sabba
Sabba

And I repeat it again. No empathy.

Mailer's Assistant
Mailer's Assistant

A High Campaign

Encouraging campaigns asking Americans to “honour, remember and reunite” do much to bring us back to whole. Golden engraves as memorials and lofty, sun-soaked spires console us and help us to regroup as one. Certainly they are messages and constructs of solid credence and respect, made to hold dear our memories and to mark tragedy and loss with renewed commitment to creating a safer, more peaceful world.

But what would 9/11 victims actually say to us today if they could stand and speak? What would a divine Ad Council design as a memorial message? How would they define and advertise what’s important going forward? What lessons would they promote? Likely they would not employ a multi-media strategy with celebrity endorsement and they wouldn’t need to stand on the tip of the tallest building to be recognized and heard.

“My hand was tattooed with symbols of Christian love,” said the ghost.

On a global level, it’s my belief that victims would speak of love for one another as the surest path and the strongest foundation for future harmony. The calm of the world starts at each individual’s core.

“I am a ghost in the machine,” said the spirit.

What are the mechanics of amity? Should we employ the engines of intelligence and the contraptions of defense? Should we device strategy and weaponry, and systemize cyclic fighting and power struggles that profit? Are these the tools running production lines to tranquil freedom? While self-protection of course is vital, consider our initial briefing room – you know the one – right before you were born. It’s there that you received a tactical outline for happy living, one based in mutual respect for fellow man. Yes, I mean the common mass thing. Carry hatred and it will eventually carry you. Hold onto vengeance and win your battle, but lose your war piece by piece.

“I was not in any pain and I was not able to be near anyone else,” said the spirit of a journalist.

Does evil live?

Yes it does, on all parallels. It breeds in cultural and personal inabilities to relinquish sadness, anger, fear and ego. We can’t insure our stability by owning others. Look at Libya. Dictatorships, authoritarianism and terrorism are veiled conspiracies of the weak and misguided.

“We were almost out when the tower came down,” said a phantom of the day.

Rising from a crumpled death and now on the steps of Heaven, many victims state that we have a way out. They define our only rescue and harbour as a “lifting” of human nature’s inherent capacity for love, as maintenance of an inner constitution of peace and as a commitment to the highest of both internal and international policy.

This 10th year, as we recall the impact and memorialize the losses of 9/11, let’s remember victims not only in name and graceful structure, but also in practice of the benevolent principles that work to disarm the underpinning of continued terror.

I am a writer and a medium. Michael Edward Asher and others are my inspiration for this comment. Jill Ann Fryklund

Rachael Grygorcewicz
Rachael Grygorcewicz

As someone who worked at the Tribute Center for many years, I cannot fathom how anyone would believe that Lee Ielpi, the volunteer program, or the musem is a fraud. To follow Maxime's point, the staff work extremely hard and from the heart. If anyone visited Tribute or went on a tour, it is incomprehensible to me that they would feel that it was anything but from the heart. I am very proud to have been a part of the organization and to have worked with the volunteers, the board, and the senior and front line staff. Take a tour...visit the galleries...meet one of the greeters... and you will know the authenticity of this very special and unique place.

 
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