[As with so many New Yorkers, Michael Kane, lifelong resident of Long Island, shares his memories, not only of the carnage of the day itself, but the carnage of lies, omissions, denials, and silences following that tipping point in U.S. history. It is safe to say that 9/11 changed everyone’s life in some way, but for Michael Kane, it transformed his entire identity and forever altered the path he would choose to walk in this life.—CB]
FTW Staff Writer
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September 14th 2006, 2:22 PM [PST] – New York - 9/11 entirely changed my life and the path it has followed since.
I had always been somewhat politically aware, but as I stood 10 miles away (as the crow flies) from the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, a realization came over me that the topics I had only entertained in armchair debate up until that point actually impacted my life directly.
What do I remember about 9/11 looking back over the past five years?
- I remember seeing 18-year-old girls quivering with uncontrollable tears as they desperately tried to find out if their fathers were dead that morning.
- I remember thousands of hours of research that consumed my being for four years.
- I remember that Dick Cheney (and his Secret Service detail) unexpectedly showed up to the Riverside Church for a Port Authority event right as we were setting up for our 9/11 Truth event.
- I remember sneaking the phrase “Bush Knew” into the George Soros funded Bush in 30 Seconds contest.
- I remember confronting General Ralph “Ed” Eberhart and the 9/11 Commissioners at the final 9/11 Commission hearings and not one of them would answer my very simple question.
- I remember having lunch with a then-Assistant Editor at Harpers, Arno Kopecky, who questioned me about CROSSING THE RUBICON for three hours (Mike Ruppert was questioned even longer on a separate occasion) only to find out Lewis H. Lapham (Editor Emeritus at Harpers) ultimately decided not to cover 9/11 from RUBICON’s point of view.
- I remember Barrie Zwicker including me in his documentary “The Great Conspiracy,” and being flown out to the west coast by 9/11 activists to speak at four premiers of the movie in California.
- I remember receiving an email from Paul Thompson, author of THE TERROR TIMELINE, informing me that his book was the required textbook for a class at Yale University taught by former Bush Administration Counterterrorism Advisor Richard Clarke.
- I remember when FTW’s publicist Ken Levine first informed me that CROSSING THE RUBICON had been accepted into Harvard’s Business Library.
- I remember dozens upon dozens of emails from activists swearing that the next event, or the next documentary, or the next CSPAN broadcast relating to 9/11 Truth was going to be the “breakthrough” we were all waiting for.
- I remember receiving one of those emails last week
I have many memories.