Mitt Romney responded to violence against American officials in Libya and Egypt by accusing the Obama administration of apologizing for and sympathizing with the attackers. Read more
A rocket attack reportedly carried out by Islamist extremists killed the American ambassador to Libya yesterday, along with three other Americans also at the US embassy in Benghazi.
The attack came after angry protests broke out in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya over an Islamophobic film produced in the U.S. Read more
Bradley Birkenfield, a former Swiss banker, will receive a $104 million whistleblower reward from the IRS for providing the U.S. government with details concerning his former bank, UBS AG, and their offshore banking activities.
Birkenfield’s lawyers announced the award today, one even stating, “Today is a great day for tax fairness … Today is a terrible day for big-time tax cheats." Read more
Adnan Latif, a Guantánamo prisoner who was on a hunger strike to protest his innocence, died this past Saturday. Latif, a Yemeni man who had spent more than a decade in Guantánamo, was identified today. He had been accused of training with the Taliban, though he denied this accusation and was never charged. Military reports show Latif was cleared, but remained held in Guantánamo because the U.S. does not allow prisoners to return to Yemen, as it considers the country unstable. Yet, 55 of the 167 Guantánamo prisoners are Yemeni. Read more
First responders to World Trade Center have suffered major medical problems, both physical – caused by exposure to toxic dust – and mental. Some 1,000 deaths have been linked to illnesses caused by the environmental hazards at Ground Zero. Read more
A 500-person poll conducted by the Chicago Sun Times found that 47 percent of Chicago’s registered voters support the Chicago Public Teachers strike. 39 percent oppose the strike, while 14 percent claimed they don’t know.
In another poll, the Times asked: “How good a job has Mayor Rahm Emanuel done in dealing with CTU (Chicago Teachers’ Union)?” Read more
Politicians did not speak at the 9/11 memorial service in New York City for the first time this year, after organizers decided they wanted to honor “the victims and their families in a way free of politics” — an aim that I don’t think can or should be done.
As the AP reported, politicians have been using the memorial service as a campaigning platform from the start, using certain TV ads and making sure they play a part in the ceremonies. Read more
Eleven years after the fact, the key relevance of 9/11 to Campaign 2012 is that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has surrounded himself with neoconservative foreign policy advisers much as George W. Bush did in 2001, when the neocons let their ideological obsessions blind them to the threat from al-Qaeda.Read more
After last year's much-commemorated tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, this year feels quiet and even meditative. Gawker's Neetan Zimmerman observed this morning that there's very little pomp and circumstance to detail, few large headlines even in New York's papers. Heck, authorities say there isn't even a big terrorist threat today. Read more
School is out in Chicago for a second day, as public school teachers continue their first strike in 25 years. Almost 30,000 teachers and their support staff have walked out over reforms sought by the city’s powerful mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who is President Obama’s former chief of staff. On Monday, tens of thousands teachers, parents and students marched in the streets of President Obama’s adopted hometown. We go to Chicago to speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Jaisal Noor.