Jack Kemp was among the patriots gathered yesterday at Ground Zero for our press
conference. He wrote up his observations for Tea Party Nation.
By Jack Kemp, September 12, 2013A few blocks away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan stood a truck
whose paint job made a political statement about September 11th: "No one
wants to remember. No one wants to forget." It sums up the mixed
emotions of America on this day in 2013. But Pamela Geller is
definitely one of the people who wants to remember and fight for the
dignity of the families that lost loved ones on 9/11 in 2001, especially
in Manhattan's Ground Zero. That is why she organized a memorial
service and press conference and gathering at the southwest corner of
Zuccotti Park, the former site of the Occupy Wall Street encampment.
The fact that the City of New York did not give Geller a permit to stage
an event inside the park did not deter her anymore than the lack of a
permit deterred the many motorcyclists who came to Washington this 9/11
to honor the memory of veterans and those who died at the Pentagon, in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania or at New York's World Trade Center. And
Pamela didn't need a roaring Harley to have an impact, just her voice
and those of her fellow speakers.
"9/11 is a day of mourning…when war came to America," she said,
meaning it wasn't to be papered over by a politically correct
administration that is trying to make us believe it a "day of service"
when people go rake leaves in the park or serve meals to the elderly,
even though those are worthy efforts for another day.
Understanding the subtle attack on our cultural standards, Geller called
the housing of human remains in the museum underground as being
"reprehensible," and called for an actual Tomb of the Unknowns at ground
level so that all can see the history. And she called for the
federalizing of the 9/11 Museum in New York so that there would be no
admissions fee (currently $25), a fee charged even to the families of
those who died that day. In comparison, virtually all major public sites
in Washington, D.C., have no admissions free.
The first guest speaker was Alan Devona, a New York Port Authority Police sergeant who was on duty on 9/11.
"I love America but I don't know if I recognize America today…It seems
to me that this administration has made an alliance with the Muslim
Devona then made an observation that was simple yet profound. He held up
a social-cultural device we take for granted, a small Hallmark
calendar/reminder book for 2013 and noted that there was no listing in
it for Patriot's Day (9/11) nor one for Pearl Harbor Day (12/7). He
urged the audience to examine their calendars at home and see if they
are listing these two dates and if they don't, buy a different brand of
calendar. Devona would then go on to state that Pamela Geller and her
associate Robert Spencer (although much maligned in the media) have done
more to expose and fight Muslim-on-Muslim violence than anyone else. He
then spoke of the plan for the 9/11 Museum to have a display, a
separate wall, of – if not for – the 19 hijackers (as if they were
victims and not victimizers).
While introducing the next speaker, Pamela Geller pointed out that there
will be a seperate room with large photos of the 19 terrorists "and
what inspired them." Pamela mentioned that she has posted the final
letters written by these hijackers and they mention Allah 90 times. "We
are not allowed to talk about this…anyone who talks about this is
demonized, marginalized rendered radioactive."
That next to speak was Nelly Braginsky, a Russian immigrant who lost her
son on 9/11. Speaking about the $25 admission fee to the museum, she
noted that a family with two children would have to pay $100 to see it
and it seems to her that what the museum is really trying to do is
discourage visiting families. I would add that this that Nelly is right,
for this fee is definitely a barrier teaching children about the events
of 9/11 in detail because those with large families who don't have a
lot of spare funds to pay, for example, $150 or more in admissions fees,
could easily be discouraged from going to the museum. Braginsky also
talked of constantly getting letters asking for donations to build the
9/11 museum as if the responsibility is on the surviving family members
alone, but wisely understands that her "thanks" for a donation will be a
$25 admission ticket charge.
The next speaker was noted author and PhD. expert on Islam, Robert
Spencer who took an overall viewpoint and stated the 9/11 museum is a
part of a great denial of what happened on Septemer 11th. Spencer noted
that a fight was needed to place American flags at the museum, that the
plans call for virtually no telling of the specifics of what happened on
9/11, no mention of it being an act or either war or jihad, which it
was. Spenser said that this pattern of denial happens now in the Obama
administration but was also a denial of the actual threats that happened
during the Bush administration as well.Spenser talked of numerous
Islamic organizations, including CAIR, writting to to John Brennan,
"then the counter terrorism advisor to the President," in 2011 to
complain about the government's counter terrorism training materials
"were full of material offensive to Muslims."
"It wasn't that it was false. It was true. But the truth offended them,"
Spencer explained. This lead to the removal of this material from the
manuals and also the retraining of government agents as if they were in a
reeducation camp (reminiscent of the Soviet Union). This level of
redefining "jihad" as "inner struggle" lead to the FBI not seeing the
Tsarnaev brothers (who would later place those bombs at the Boston
Marathon) as a threat, even though the Russian government gave many
warnings to the U.S. You can hear Mr. Spenser in his own words
explaining these issues starting at the one minute mark of this YouTube
"We have to tell the truth…and tell this and every administration that
comes after this one…otherwise we will see large scale attacks on
non-Muslims," Spenser concluded.
The last guest speaker was Ashraf Ramelah, an Egyptian Coptic community
leader. Mr. Ramelah continued the theme by saying that years ago a war
was started against the West and the West is not willing to admit the
grave danger it now has. Speaking to his area knowledge, the history of
Egypt, Ramelah stated what is happening now is a repeating of the
destruction of churches, the killing all people and raping of women that
started when Muslims first entered Egypt in the year 651. Ramelah said
it is what is still happening now.
"When we talk about this, we are considered 'haters' and 'beggars' for
saying the truth, Mr. Ramelah stated. "I want to be one of these
'haters' who tell the truth….What is happening in Egypt will happen
(one day) in the United States." If you think this is a gross
exaggeration, consider the rapes taking place in Europe of non-Muslim
women now. Indonesia started to slowly become a Muslim country as a
result of traders proselytizing in the Thirteenth Century. It took them
hundreds of years – and no invasion – but they got a sharia compliant
country. Mr. Ramelah knows the Muslims are willing to work slowly to get
what they want, taking a longer, historic view than many Americans
Mr. Ramelah said the "coup" that happened in Egypt was not a coup but
the "will of the people." He stated, the U.S. is now hated by Muslims,
Copts and everyone in Egypt as a result of the policies of Pres. Obama.
Lastly, Pamela Geller gave an impassioned summarizing speech where she
reiterated that the 9/11 Museum should be taken over by the federal
government and urged people to contact their Congressmen and Senators.
"This has become its own privte fiefdom," she stated, and went on to say
that everyone must take their safety into their own hands. "No one is
going to save you…Take responsibility for the country that you live
in, for the freedom you enjoy…Our children and our grandchildren will
despise us for leaving them held hostage to nuclear regimes."
Whatever I say here cannot equal Pamela's concluding remarks in her own
voice which can be seen on YouTube at:
What Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer organized and said on this 9/11
will make it harder for those that want to forget – and inspire those
that are willing and want to remember.
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