Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's like it happened yesterday.

Like most of you I remember exactly where I was that day, and what I was doing. I was at a child support conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and I was looking forward to playing hooky from the days events and playing a round of golf (yes this field Negro plays golf) with some colleagues. I don't know, maybe it's because of the events of that day, but weatherise, It was probably the most beautiful and perfect day that I can ever remember. And when those planes started hitting those buildings, right before our very eyes, live and in living color; everyone freaked the fuck out. I don't think too many of us can forget the images of the people jumping from buildings, the brave first responders, and the sheer panic and misery on the faces of those people who were right around ground zero.

I remember thinking: These sick mofos must really hate us. Some of the people around me couldn't even fathom it. "How can anyone hate us so much?" They asked. "Where did all this evil come from?" They pleaded to no one in particular. As I watched the events unfold from that Hotel lobby,, I felt like I knew. Unlike most of the people around me, I had traveled the world, I had lived and spent time outside of the United States, and I knew that a lot of people out there really really hated us. But I never knew this was how they would strike? I had to give it to them; it worked.

Now it couldn't have worked without real commitment and devotion. After all, you had to have been willing to sacrifice your life to complete the mission. And I guess the promise of seventy two virgins in paradise was enough to make these sick fanatics take the lives of over 3,000 of our fellow citizens.

Total strangers came up and hugged me, total strangers cried with me, I hugged strangers and told them that it would be alright. I tried to convince them-- and myself at the same time---, because deep down I knew that things would never be the same. Forget Don McLean, 911 was the real day the "music died" in this country.

And, of course, the moron we had as a leader, didn't help. The first problem with him of course, was that like the lunatics who shattered our peace, he was deeply religious and thought he was called by god to lead us. So instead of thinking it through and figuring out a way to go after the perpetrators who attacked us, he launched his own version of Jihad against the Arab world. Instead of trying to bring us closer together as a country, he became more partisan, and threw us farther a part. Instead of asking for a shared commitment to service, he told us to go shopping. And instead of trying to build good will with the rest of the world, he made them hate us even more.

So now, seven years later, the man who was responsible for committing this despicable act is still held up in a cave somewhere like Fred fucking Flinstone. And all our idiot of a leader can do is say that al-Qaeda is in retreat, and all the evil doers are on the run. Yeah right. I have a news flash for yo frat boy: al-Qaeda is stronger than ever (your war gave them a hell of a recruiting tool), and we are no closer to capturing the Arab with Santa Clauses beard and Wilt Chamberlain's height than we were seven years ago. And you are still using the fear that was created by those 19 hijackers to hijack the political process, and take away our civil liberties.

Now I am left wondering who did the most damage from that day? The 19 hijackers or the frat boy? My gut of course tells me it's the hijackers; all those poor families without their loved ones that they lost that day. But my head tells me that it's this administration and their minions. September 11, was a tragic day, but we have endured tragedies and dark times in our history before. It's how we come out of those times that determines what type if country this will ultimately be, and tells us who we are as a people.

911 was a deep cut to our nations psyche and to our way of life. But this administration did not try to heal it. Instead, they let the wounds fester, and they made it even worse. So now, as a result, we will forever be scarred. There were 19 hijackers on those planes that day, but there was one hijacker sitting in a school house in Florida that day too.


Anonymous said...

Well said.

NSangoma said...

Abdur-Rahim Jackson, is that
non-talking, mush-mouph Negroe saying "Axe" or "ask"?

? said...

Good article Field, GW has put us between a rock and a hard place since that day. Al Qaeda? A broken force, finished in Iraq and on the run everywhere but in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan, but no thanks to Bush. If Obama gets in a push is made in Afghanistan we can surely break the Taliban and the last of Al Qadea. Bust the real question is how to disengage from that part of the world? Spreading Democracy there is a joke and we need to put as much distance between ourselves and that region as possible.

Hopefully Obama will come around to our disengagement from so many external commitments and a reduction of the armed forces budget. We don't need the largest military budget in the world bar none to defeat a small force of terrorists. We need the best makeover in the world and a fair and unobtrusive foreign policy.

Anonymous said...

It was the day the chickens came home to roost.

I was doing a conference in Boston and had to get back to New Mexico on the Greyhound.

What I remember in my 2,000 mile journey was how many flags I saw flying and how proud I felt to be an American. The country was united by tragedy.

Bush Cheney and Rove could not wait very long to end all that.

Anonymous said...

United or fools...........

We the people (or us or them)

I too have travel the globe and felt more scare in the US than abroad...

911 a day that taught me that this country was in a hell of alot of junk that I didnt have a clue about.

Clueless or naive.......all the years in college..but that one day taught me was not to give up on hope or was it the 1st day of modern day slavery...

Blinded victims watching those planes hitting the those towers....expecting the worst and seeing hell...

Now 7 years later...with a shade of light after being slightly uncovered and still realizing that dream before 911 and afterward are living within a nightmare...

Obama for '08 so we can least have a chance for better position within these divided walls of the United States.

Anonymous said...

As gwpriester's wife, I remember that day and the three days following very vividly. He had been one of the key presenters at a graphic design conference in Boston. I called him during his presentation. Come home. Just come home. Any way you can. Gary rode the 'hound -- took the Greyhound bus across country to home, here in New Mexico. Bus came in around 3AM and since we'd moved here to New Mexico only a short time before, I was not sure where the bus station was. I figured -- if those people in NY can do what they have done, surely I can find the bus station. There was Gary --with his little bag in his hand, three days travel in bad times. But he had managed to shave. Clean-shaven, he got home okay.

Mac Daddy Tribute Blog said...

Well said. And the hijacker in a school in Florida froze. when he recovered, he went about pre-emptively planning a war against a nation-- Iraq-- that had nothing to do with the 911 and thereby losing all the goodwill we had gotten from nations all over the world.

field negro said...

Thanks for that rant mesha, I truly feel you.

gwpriester, all I can say is,wow! All the way across the country on the big dog after 911. I can just imagine all the images you saw.

Anonymous said...

In the long run, Frat Boy did the most damage.

God help us.

Black Diaspora said...

I'm afraid that both Bush and Osama believed that they were about God's business--Osama in attacking us, and Bush in attacking Iraq.

Both were wrong.

God had nothing to do with either--it was their own hubris and sanctimonious egos that brought down the World Trade Center, and the fall of Saddam Hussain's statue in Bagdad.

But having God sanction what the two men proposed is a good way to get us all to go along with their madness.

And if we elect McPain and Paylend, the madness will continue, as well as the drum beats of war, and the inevitable pain that comes with war's aftermath.

Blinders Off said...

Awesome post Field!

This is why I enjoy visiting the Fields :)

Anonymous said...

That was deep. For all that Shrub didn't do, a lot of us just closed our eyes, our hearts and our minds. He was a powerful catalyst but it was still up to people to fall for the okey doke. Look how quickly people went on the attack. Some people still are.

Anonymous said...

No offense but all of this emotionally-patriotic, ritual nationalistic sentimentalism is bullshit. We do a pretty good job a making "martyrs" of innocents to avoid painful questions that could lead us to some uncomfortable realities.

Let's be that enough?

If we really cared for our brothers and sisters who perished in this henious act, we should be challenging the government-sponsored investigation and demand a new independent investigation.

If anyone here would just take a look at the facts...there are just too many questions left unanswered and anomalies unexplained.

Many educated, well-researched and extremely literate professionals, academics, intelligence and military officials have agreed that there is a need for a more critical look what we have been led to believe about this tragedy.

With all of the things that we have experienced over the last 7 year;..the lies...the deceit...the corporate war profiting and pillaging...the human genocide...the use of our soldiers as cannon fodder in a war for greed and empire... literally pissing on the Constitution with vague interpretations of law and passing legislation and executive orders that have eviscerated your right to privacy and approved the use of torture.

Some here may think my comments are "crack-pot conspiracy" stuff...but shit, just look at all the brain-dead zombies willing to vote for a ticket that assures the final death blow to the empire of A-merry-ca.

And if Obama wins...will he commissioned an independent investigation?

I doubt it...a house negro indeed.

Anonymous said...

I haven't had cable since before 9/11, so I was not subjected to replay after replay of the awful scenes. (I understand that the rethuglicans showed them again last week, just in case there's anyone who hasn't yet gotten the message, "Vote for us or this will happen again." The first time happened on their watch, but never mind that now.) I was at home lying on the couch, listening to the radio, and admiring the sky empty of airplanes when I heard our Fearless Leader tell us to go shopping or else the terrorists will have won. That's when I knew we were really in trouble.

Anonymous said...

"911 was the real day the "music died" in this country."

No sir, it was not:

The first thing I thought of when I saw the flames and smoke on that day was this:

Read the quote by Orrin Hatch:

Indeed, to this day, those involved in the decision to give the Afghan rebels access to a fortune in covert funding and top-level combat weaponry continue to defend that move in the context of the Cold War. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee making those decisions, told my colleague Robert Windrem that he would make the same call again today even knowing what bin Laden would do subsequently. “It was worth it,” he said.

Remember, this article was written in 1998, three years before the attack. After the attack, Orrin Hatch was one of the first people calling for blood. You see how it works?

Bin Laden was a creation of the CIA. I seriously doubt he ever got off the payroll. Remember his Halloween 2004 appearance timed to influence the last election? The timing of the attack could not have been any better for what Cheney and company wanted to do. An amazing coincidence...

Anonymous said...

Nope, you don't qualify as a "crack-pot," icanseeclearlynow. There's plenty of evidence that BushCo had been preparing for this for years. Not in the sense that they planned the attack, or even supported it--I can't bring myself to think that--but they were poised to take advantage of the situation when it did happen, just as they were poised to act when New Orleans was struck by Katrina--no-bid contracts and EEOC exemptions, school privatization, formerly affordable neighborhoods replaced by the usual overpriced plywood boxes. Naomi Klein (The Rise of Disaster Capitalism) and others have written about it. (The only bright spot is that Trent Lott had to sue his insurance company to get any payout for his oceanfront house.)

Donald said...

You 'member Jesse Ventura. Well the "Body" was in my town today and he expressed his concern that this Govt. is not telling the truth about 9/11.
Check it out here.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Thank you for this post Field.

A friend die that day. He worked at Cantor.

I still can't put into words how I felt watching the towers fall.

I'm a native New Yorker. Before I moved to L.A. I had moved back in NYC. If you ever got lost, all you had to do was look for the towers and you would know which direction downtown was.

When my family moved to the Jersey 'burbs, you could see the towers from the hill up the street.

My dad (who worked for the MTA) worked on the subway station below the towers. He remembers when they went up.

Anyway, I felt like things were out of sync from that day on. Some of my friends will never truly "recover" from 9/11.

I agree with you the way Shrub handled 9/11 is going to have a negative effect on this country for decades.

Anonymous said...

I'm a conspiracy junkie and I'm not buying the party line. There's been a lot of questions raised about who did/didn't do what, when, where, why and how. This wouldn't be the first time people were sacrificed to facilitate an agenda/war.

RiPPa said...

This is one day that pisses me off. Like you, I've lived and traveled over-seas. I'm a Trini boy who grew upin Brooklyn, and yes, I knew a couple people who died.

I get pissed, but not at the terrorists, or "alleged" terrorists. I'm mad at this administration. I'm mad at the way they played on our emotions to make some damn money.

Yes, this is a day of rememberence of the lost lives. But that muthafucka in charge has done very little to dignify those poor souls.

*drops mic and walks off stage*

RiPPa said...

Oh yeah...

don't you feel safer in knowing that they got Bin Laden's limo driver?

Anonymous said...

Shit I was in Harrisburg too at Law School at the time. I was lifting weights in my living room and I saw the second plane hit and turned the TV the fuck off. I knew and know people hate Americans way more than what the average person is willing to believe. Now that's it's done no one cares to figure out why. What the hell could you have done to someone where they are willing to die to get you back. People are scared because they know in their heart they did something but they didn't think anyone would hit them back. It's called GUILT!

Bob said...

Out of that terrible day, so many opportunities for friendship, for alliances, for common purpose utterly wasted. We were, after all, one of the most safe nations on the planet, foolishly secure in so many ways other countries are not, & they reached out to us, & we blew them off.

field negro said...

freemanpress, you can confirm the weather that day in our part of the world. Will there ever be another day like that weatherwise?

Icanseeclearlynow, I don't consider you crazy, even though I don't agree with you. Still, I can see why people think that way, given the way our leaders f****d up this entire process.

blinders off, nice to hear from you, and how has it been going in your world?

Black Diaspora said...

Bush took a lot of credit on 9-11-2008, saying that we haven't had a terrorist attack on American soil for seven years.

What he doesn't know is: The terrorists are prepared to attack us again, but we're taking our time rebuilding their target.

Anonymous said...

I watched the second plane hit, watched both towers come down..but what I remember most vividly was that evening when I called my parents. My mom answered and began the conversation just like nothing had happened. She was talking about getting ready for her club meeting or something. Finally I cut her off and asked "mama, did you see what happened today?"...she simply said "yes, well, you can't just treat people any old way but for so long."....then went right back to talking about the chuch, how miss so-and-so was nothing had really happened. I was stunned. Then when I talked to my dad, he just said "well...we lived with terrorism"....both my parents grew up in rural Alabama. They knew people that "went missing". They were not tripping over 9-11.

Anonymous said...

Radical muslins you idiots!!! That’s who did it not your everyday had working muslin RADICAL. The radical muslins have been doing this for thousands of years, their not going to stop all you can do is keep them out of your house!!!

You people make me sick…brave Americans worked to rescue and died that day and all you can do is piss and moan …..”this country sucks….frat boy sucks, Americans are dumb if they don’t vote for my man”

You sit behind your comp screens spewing your anti-American crap…none of you are cops, firefighters, medical or military!!!!

This is the exact reason the demo’s have only won the white house twice in the last 40 years!!!!! And when you had it look what they did…carter well I don’t think I have to say anything here he was just a pussy PERIOD….billy boy he defiantly kept things interesting, now I liked him if your going to be prez freaking use the power jeeze or is it jizzs!!!!

I know you won’t do it but LEAVE if you don’t like it!!!! cuz you ain’t gon’a win this time either…lol

sgt. ks

NSangoma said...

blackinusa 1:56 AM, thank you, for you seem one of the few here not falling for deh oki-doke:

August 6, 2001
slideshows/ bumbling_disaster.pps

Black Diaspora said...

@sgt. ks

Hey, take a deep breath. You're turning red in the face!

Jody said...

I was working for Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the US Section office. We were all ecstatic because our colleagues were flying home from Durban, SA that day. They had spent the last 2 weeks there as a part of the NGO Delegation to the World Conference on Racism. Remember that conference? There has been news coverage of how Israel was blocking the language of racism so it could not be used against them in relation to Palistenians.... how the US official delegation walked out. And when they did, my organization sat at the table and helped hammer out the language that the trans-atlantic slave trade was a crime for which reparations needed to be made. They had joined in with the Indian delegation that worked on recognizing the conditions of the Dalits (untouchables... They had marched in the streets with Indigenous Peoples from around the world....

My colleagues were so excited to come back and begin the efforts to do educational outreach in communities and then work on legislation for backing of the International documents that had come out of the meeting....

And then, the planes and all that followed literally sucked the air out of that entire effort....Here we are 7 years later and that momentum is still lost.

NSangoma said...

sgt. ks 7:02 AM, if only we had listened:

Will we listen this time?

"We can't go on consuming 40 percent more energy than we produce. When we import oil we are also importing inflation plus unemployment."

"We've got to use what we have. The Middle East has only 5 percent of the world's energy, but the United States has 24 percent."

And this is one of the most vivid statements: "Our neck is stretched over the fence and OPEC has a knife."
Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this Nation's first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans to Americans. These funds will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.

Point four: I'm asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our Nation's utility companies cut their massive use of oil by 50 percent within the next decade and switch to other fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.
The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech
Jimmy Carter, 1979


David Sullivan said...

Next time I'm in Philly lets play 18! (or when you head up to Mass.).

Bush's foreign policy is like a guy in a fight who has dirt thrown in his eyes and is just swinging at everything...blindly.

Anonymous said...

I psychologically hate Tuesdays and takes great effort for me to get out of bed on that day. The day has left an indelible blemish etched in my mind. It was a surreal day for me as I worked six blocks away and just left the Trade Center after getting of the path train. Within 20 minutes, I see the tail end of the plane protruding from north building.

If only I could forget watching people covered in white ash and running for their lives. Utter confusion as the subway system and bridges shut down. I certainly do not want to re-live that day. It wasn't easy for me as I was just getting use to my mother died the year before and starting to get into a new routine then September 11 occurred and I had to learn to cope over again.

I am adjusting down as I no longer work in their area and know that this may sound a little cold, but glad that I was not near there yesterday. Some people just don't understand who difficult those cermonies are because it just reminds everyone of the pain. It's weird to call it an anniversary because it's not a happy occasion.

I hated the way Bush squandered the opportunity to bring the nation together after that day. He only made the country more divisive because people have it in their minds that they need to win without asking what that means.

Anonymous said...

I psychologically hate Tuesdays and takes great effort for me to get out of bed on that day. The day has left an indelible blemish etched in my mind. It was a surreal day for me as I worked six blocks away and just left the Trade Center after getting of the path train. Within 20 minutes, I see the tail end of the plane protruding from north building.

If only I could forget watching people covered in white ash and running for their lives. Utter confusion as the subway system and bridges shut down. I certainly do not want to re-live that day. It wasn't easy for me as I was just getting use to my mother died the year before and starting to get into a new routine then September 11 occurred and I had to learn to cope over again.

I am adjusting down as I no longer work in their area and know that this may sound a little cold, but glad that I was not near there yesterday. Some people just don't understand who difficult those cermonies are because it just reminds everyone of the pain. It's weird to call it an anniversary because it's not a happy occasion.

I hated the way Bush squandered the opportunity to bring the nation together after that day. He only made the country more divisive because people have it in their minds that they need to win without asking what that means.

Monroe Anderson said...

What amazes me is that once again, the right-wing was able to exploit our national tragedy, turning it into their personal crusade. Although W.'s crew blew it, therefore allowing the attacks to take place, they take credit for keeping us secure since. Although W.'s crew is even more incompetent than Jimmy Carter's was, they've convinced the American public that they've been skilled at protecting us.

Anonymous said...

3,000 americans died, how many Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghanistanians, Japanese (when we dropped the bombs), Grenada, Panama, Nicaragua, or other civilians have died that Amerikka has directly or indirectly been involved in supplying weapons? I hope one day mankind can find a way to solve our problems without war. I'm sad for all the people that died on 9/11 and all the other countries that have been getting attacked for years and years. Many Arab countries hate us for our military support of Israel. My whole life I have been watching Afghanistan being blown u p and Palestinians throwing rocks at tanks, it disgusts me that the "chosen people" cannot learn to share. Can we change basic human traits of murder and war or are we not as intelligent as we think we are?

Kup said...

Great work Field.

Anonymous said...


Most Israelis want to share. A few yutzes don't.

sgt, it may surprise you, but I know a little first aid. It comes from being thirty miles out in the woods, with only my own two feet and what I was carrying to get me home. I may not be a doc, but I'd help. I can stabilize someone who is wounded, and I know enough military to understand triage (both ways. in a military emergency, you save the healthiest first.).

Muslim radicals are just like Jewish anarchists in ol' russia. Gallup did a study -- they are richer than their neighbors, and they believe in democracy, crave it, more than their brethren. Course, they're also more pessimistic -- had to be some reason they support terrorism.

9-11 didn't affect me too much. The first Iraq War -- that affected me. My mother crying about a kibbutz being bombed in Israel -- a place she had lived twenty years prior? A place that I had never heard about, a people that I didn't really know?

After my relatives moved back to Israel, I had to deal with the "was it them" whenever I heard a bomb go off.

I do sound callous, but I was just glad that I had more time to do my homework (which otherwise wouldn't have gotten done. slavedriving teachers).

Next day, my friend Kardon was in a NYC firefighter hat -- his dad was a firefighter, and most of his unit died that day (his dad retired). That's what brought it home to me.

dannie22 said...

I love you field negro! You keep it real! Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Field, that was very well said.

I think none of us will ever forget that day. Like it was for you and for the people in Manhattan, that day in South Texas started out as one of the most beautiful days ever. Clear, clear, deep blue skies. A coolness in the air. The moon was an amazing sliver of a crescent with a planet (don't know which one) off to the side of it in a beautiful conjunctional image early that morning.

I will go to my grave convinced beyond a shadow of doubt, that bush and cheney KNEW what was going to happen and allowed it to happen. It gave them carte blanche to do what they wanted to do anyway. I don't think they actually anticipated that the buildings would fall, but they knew that something big was going to happen that day. There are too many coincidences....bush in Florida and spending all that time at a school after the first plane had already hit, a bunch of big wigs off at an isolated spot for a conference, some actions that Jeb had just taken regarding security, a simulation of a similar hijacking activity taking place with the military that day, the lack of jets being scrambled to chase down the hijacked planes, the list is so long and time has worn my memory down.

But, most of all, the PDB entitled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the US....and bush telling the man who delivered it to him that he'd covered his ass.

If there is a hell, I hope that bush and cheney see it sooner rather than later.

And, since I am ranting, let me just say that Palin scares me like no other politician has. The combination of stupidity, lack of curiosity and the absolute certainty that you and your religious views are the correct ones, more correct than anyone else's, is just too frightening. Her unblinking certainty that god is putting her into the VP slot should be a red flag to any sentient being out in A-Merry-Ca as our Field so often calls it.

We are well and truly lost if they win this election, or steal it as is more likely.

Anonymous said...

sgt ks...explain to me how Tim McVeigh was a "radical Muslin" again.

After you wipe the saliva off your face of course.

Kristin said...

Hey Field off topic but no you didn't with your Field Negro of the day. Let's wait until monday to see who will be dancing on the star. I'm expecting TO to sho' up and sho' out. Go Cowboys!

west coast story said...


Absolutely brilliant post.

I too will never forget that day, where I was and how I felt. You captured it very well.

Anonymous said...

@anonymous. He/she can't even spell Muslim, DWL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for saying it like it is, Field. Glenn Greenwald also didn't take a holiday. He outlined yet another conspiratorial coverup between our government and Fox Noise regarding yet another tragedy of the undeclared war.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

I know everybody is looking at MSNBC so they can get a good laugh as well as a good look at Palin. Granny is praying hard that they don't let that woman in the White House. McCain might as well pick a third grade student to be his running mate. The View was really good today as well. Reminds me of the movie Dumb and Dumber!

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Bush must be coaching Palin.

field negro said...

"Next time I'm in Philly lets play 18! (or when you head up to Mass.)."

David, you are on. But I must warn you, if I break 90 it's a good day. If you are a 10 handicapper or better you would be just doing me a favor by playing with me :)

Anonymous said...

Mr. Field Negro (you're now being relocated to the house).....

Man are you ok? You type this field negro thing as though you are a fighter and then spill the same propaganda the government is spilling....(nice name but it appears to be hollow). Do you really think 21 Arabs with box cutters did this? Do you know what country has the most advaced technology and surveillance on the planet?

Part of our struggle lies in researching the truth and you failed on this one. Not trying to come down on you too bad but damn bruh.....2+2 doesnt equal 4.

Are you aware of how many countries and people the US government has destroyed? Perhaps you should be a researcher instead of a blogger.....then your title may have meaning....for now, with this article on 9/11, you're in the dark.....

These white boys demolished those buildings to justify their war on all those who oppose them.

Rent Party said...

I say that it was the 2000 election when the music died. THAT was the coup d'etat, and then 9.11 was used to consolidate it.

I tell you true.

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