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As the end of the investigative phase draws near for the 9/11 Independent Commission, we find our previous mission, to give a full and accurate account of all that lead up to and happened on that fateful day, to have changed. Throughout these informative, though often painful hearings, we have learned a great deal and trust the Commission will make substantive recommendations based on its findings. The mission going forward will be to encourage our elected officials to act on these recommendations, scheduled to be released at the end of July.
Families of September 11 is planning a meeting in New York on Saturday August 21st to discuss the recommendations and will also give members an opportunity to participate in on-line discussions or post thoughts. Please watch for action alerts and web updates to get details about the meeting and to find other ways that members might be able to participate going forward.
9-11 Commission Update – Final Hearing of the Commission, Washington DC
Last week the September 11th Commission had its 12th and final public hearing, focusing on the 9/11 plot and the military and FAA responses to the attacks. On the first day, conflicting information was delivered in the form of a staff report that concluded that there were supposed to be 10 planes originally involved in the days’ attacks and the FBI agents who later testified stated that they believed only 4 planes were actually used on the day of the attacks. It could be that the plan for 10 planes was too difficult to actually accomplish. We also learned that the attacks were not very costly, roughly $400,000 - $500,000, a small fraction of the terrorist group’s $30MM annual budget.
The more publicized news of the hearings came on the second day. As many of you know, attendees were given no warning that the timeline of the day’s attacks would include use of audio transmissions mistakenly made by the terrorists to the FAA from AA11 and UA93. We have spoken to the Commission to ask them again to provide warnings to the families when graphic material is used, as they so graciously did during the hearings last month in New York.
The hearings underscored the lack of coordination and preparation of the FAA and the US military, specifically NORAD. In particular, the more significant evidence presented showed:
*the order to shoot down hijacked aircraft did not come from VP Cheney until all four planes had crashed (he also mistaken believed multiple planes had in fact been shot down)
*AA77 was lost from radar for many minutes (as such, there was no preparation for the Pentagon to be aware before it was hit)
*the FAA never alerted all airplanes nation-wide (as suggested by the Boston FAA center close to 20 minutes before UA93 was hijacked) to harden cockpit doors and did not disclose to them that there had been 3 other hijackings
*the military received only 9 minutes warning before AA11 hit the North Tower, and received no warning before UA175 and AA77 hit the South Tower and the Pentagon
Lastly, the Commission’s interim staff report says there is no demonstrable collaboration between al Qaeda and Iraq in the planning and execution of the September 11 attacks. Because the White House has maintained that the terrorist organization and Saddam Hussein did, in fact have a connection, Families of September 11 implores the Administration to share any relevant information with the Commission as soon as possible. The Commission is legally mandated to end on July 26, 2004, and our organization will evaluate and advocate for the recommendations provided in the final report. To learn more about the 9-11 Commission, please visit http://www.9-11commission.gov.
Memorial Update – New York City
The recommendations for the Memorial Center by the Advisory Committee have been posted at http://www.renewnyc.com. The Memorial Center Advisory Committee was made up of curators, historians, museum directors, architects, preservationists, survivors, residents and family members, including Families of September 11 Board member Tom Roger and Executive Director Nikki Stern. The LMDC is accepting public comment until June 30th. Please log on to the LMDC website, read the draft recommendations and make your opinions known.
Personal Property Update
Because there have been so many questions regarding personal property, FOS11 was invited to attend a meeting with Inspector Jack Trabitz, Commanding Officer of the New York City Police Department’s Property Clerk’s division and Chief Joseph McGrann, Commanding Officer of the Support Services Bureau to get an update as to the status of personal property that may have been recovered as a result of the World Trade Center disaster. Click here to review the Personal Property Update.
FOS11 Executive Director Stern Joins the Board of the 9/11 United Services Group
Executive Director Nikki Stern has been elected to the Board of the 9/11 United Services Group and USG’s Executive Committee. The 9/11 United Services Group (USG) began as a consortium of 13 New York City human services organizations after September 11 and expanded its services throughout the tri-state area and beyond. The group has recently tested a computerized coordinated social service response program (Coordinated Network Assistance or CNA) as part of its efforts to develop future preparedness plans and is seeking to model its system nationally in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
June TOOL – Honoring Loved Ones
The spring season has slowly turned into summer. For many people this time of year is particularly trying, as May and June are months in which parents are honored on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Although it may be difficult to think about this day because of the loss of your loved one, you may find that honoring a loved one, be it a father, grandfather, son or uncle; or a mother, grandparent, daughter or aunt, can be a very healing activity and healthy process. Click here to learn about memorial and other activities for honoring family members.
Art Therapy Family Night for Families – June 28, 2004
The American Red Cross is also hosting a Family Night devoted to Art Therapy. All survivors and families directly affected by 9/11 are invited to attend and provide support to one another. The event will be held at the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter, 95 Horseblock Road, Yaphank, NY, on June 28th, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Please RSVP by June 24th by contacting Marcia McCarroll by phone at 631-924-6700.
Press Conference of One Day'sPay – July 14, 2004
On July 14, 2004, One Day's Pay will hold a major press conference in NYC, most likely at St. Paul's Chapel downtown, to publicly announce their plans for the remainder of 2004 and to announce the list of corporate and nonprofit participants who are demonstrating their active support of this initiative to establish September 11 as a national day of charitable service. Families of September 11 members are asked to give strong consideration to standing with One Day’s Pay at the press conference.
FOS11 Members take a break
from hiking in Bear Mountain, NY
with the FOS11 Wilderness Program
leader Bruce Kaufstein (center).
Last August One Day's Pay held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, that attracted the attendance of more than 50 media and which generated press coverage reaching more than 100 million people. The One Day's Pay mission is simply stated -- encouraging Americans to pay tribute to the victims of 9-11 by setting aside time each September to help others in need, however they see fit to do so. Last year more than one million people coast-to-coast are estimated to have participated in this growing initiative, acting in charitable service on or around September 11. To learn more about One Day’s Pay and/or the press conference, please contact Jay Winuk at 845-277-1160 or visit the organization’s website at www.onedayspay.org.
FOS11 Members – Requests for Your Assistance and Support
Click here to learn more about how you can help support other people or organizations seeking FOS11 member input and assistance.
Postgraduate Scholarships Available for Children of Victims of 9/11
FOS11 members who lost a parent on 9/11 are eligible to apply for the Colin McArthur Postgraduate Scholarships. There is an open call for grant applicants and interested members are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the opportunity, please visit www.nasfaa.org. Send any specific inquiries directly to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/11 Together We Stand Program – Opportunity for 9/11 Children and Families
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City invites Families of September 11 members to join the 9/11Together We Stand Program. This program provides long-term help for children who lost a parent, close relative or guardian in the World Trade Center attacks. Mentors and mentees meet in their own communities, spend 4-6 hours every other week together and participate in recreational, educational and cultural activities that they choose together (with the approval of their social worker and parent). The program is for children from 6-17 years old, and is free of charge. To learn more about the program or how to become a Big Brother or Big Sister, or to refer a potential Little, please contact Lilli Goldberg, Coordinator by phone at 212-686-2042 ext. 269 or by email at mailto:email@example.com.
FOS11 Members explore the
outdoors and climb to new heights
together. Send us an update about
hikes you’ve taken or new places
you’ve visited. We hope to include
more photos of FOS11 members
World Trade Center Survivors’ Network
The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network seeks to provide a forum for personal contact between survivors as a means to empower them to both deal with the circumstances of the aftermath of the 9/11attacks and to find renewed purpose in the aftermath. The Network also functions as a place for people to learn survivors’ perspectives and as a conduit for the common thoughts of survivors. To learn more about the organization, please visit their website at http://survivorsnet.org/index.html.
“Live For Me” Song – Free Distribution to Families of September 11 Members
Richard Sherriffe of Marketplace Music and Belinda Daughtry are both survivors from the WTC attack. Together, they have written and produced a song that was inspired by the traumatic events of 9/11 called “Live For Me.” This song is about recovering from loss, healing from the tragedy and living life. It is available for free to all Families of September 11 members and was produced in English and Spanish. If you would like a copy of this song in either language and would like to learn more about Richard Sherriffes’ music, please contact him directly by email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 609-989-7600.
September 11 Tribute Music – Available to Families of September 11 Members
Remember. Honor. Hope.
Carl Dorsey, President of the CDO Music Group, has created a September 11 Tribute of music that is available on his organization’s website. There are thirteen songs that comprise the tribute and all can be downloaded directly from the site for free. If you would like to learn more about this commemorative project, please visit www.cdomusic.com or contact Carl Dorsey at 610-737-7441. To purchase a CD of the songs, please visit the website to complete your order.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.
Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.
Families of September 11 is an accredited charity and is a member of the Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York's website at http://www.newyork.bbb.org/.
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