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Title: 9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:08:14 pm
9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11 (VIDEO, PHOTOS, LIVE BLOG)

By JENNIFER PELTZ and MEGHAN BARR 09/11/12 08:26 PM ET AP

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NEW YORK There were still the tearful messages to loved ones, clutches of photos and flowers, and moments of silence. But 11 years after Sept. 11, Americans appeared to enter a new, scaled-back chapter of collective mourning for the worst terror attack in U.S history.

Crowds gathered, as always, at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania memorial Tuesday to mourn the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terror attacks, reciting their names and remembering with music, tolling bells and prayer. But they came in fewer numbers, ceremonies were less elaborate and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether. A year after the milestone 10th anniversary, some said the memorials may have reached an emotional turning point.

"It's human nature, so people move on," said Wanda Ortiz, of New York City, whose husband, Emilio Ortiz, was killed in the trade center's north tower, leaving behind her and their 5-month-old twin daughters. "My concern now is ... how I keep the memory of my husband alive."

It was also a year when politicians largely took a back seat to grieving families; no elected officials spoke at all at New York's 3 1/2 -hour ceremony. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney pulled negative campaign ads and avoided rallies, with the president laying a wreath at the Pentagon ceremony and visiting wounded soldiers at a Maryland hospital. And beyond the victims of the 2001 attacks, attention was paid to the wars that followed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Middletown, N.J., a bedroom community that lost 37 residents in the attacks, town officials laid a wreath at the entrance to the park in a small, silent ceremony. Last year, 3,700 people attended a remembrance with speeches, music and names read.

"This year," said Deputy Mayor Stephen Massell, "I think less is more."

Some worried that moving on would mean Sept. 11 will fade from memory.

"It's been 11 years already," said Michael Reneo, whose sister-in-law, Daniela Notaro, was killed at the trade center. "And unfortunately for some, the reality of this day seems to be fading as the years go by. ... I hope we never lose focus on what really happened here."

Thousands had attended the ceremony in New York in previous years, including last year's milestone 10th anniversary. In New York, a crowd of fewer than 200 swelled to about 1,000 by late Tuesday morning, as family members laid roses and made paper rubbings of their loved ones' names etched onto the Sept. 11 memorial. A few hundred attended ceremonies at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa., fewer than in years past.


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:08:47 pm
As bagpipes played at the year-old Sept. 11 memorial in New York, families holding balloons, flowers and photos of their loved ones bowed their heads in silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the trade center's north tower. Bells tolled to mark the moments that planes crashed into the second tower, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, and the moments that each tower collapsed.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama laid a white floral wreath at the Pentagon, above a concrete slab that said "Sept. 11, 2001 – 937 am." Obama later recalled the horror of the attacks, declaring, "Our country is safer and our people are resilient."

Vice President Joe Biden remembered the 40 victims of the plane that crashed in a field south of Pittsburgh, saying he understood 11 years haven't diminished memories.

"Today is just as monumental a day for all of you, for each of your families, as any Sept. 11 has ever been," he said.

Wearing white ribbons, many wearing T-shirts with their loved ones' pictures, victims' family in New York read loved ones' names, and looked up to the sky to talk to their family – even those they hadn't met.

Juan Torres wasn't old enough to remember his uncle, Luis, "but after all the stories I heard, I knew he was a good man. Although he threw himself from the building, I know God was waiting for him below and caught him in his arms."

Like 2001, this Sept. 11 was on a Tuesday, for the second time since the attacks. The cloudless blue sky and brisk, early fall weather recalled the morning of 2001.

At sunset, the Manhattan skyline was illuminated by twin towers of light, the annual Tribute in Light installation, which debuted six months after the attacks and has become a Sept. 11 tradition.

Other ceremonies were held across the country – from Long Island, where hundreds of people wrote messages to their loved ones on a memorial, to Boston, where more than 200 people with ties to Massachusetts were remembered. Two of the hijacked airliners took off from Boston's Logan Airport.

But other cities changed the way they remembered. The New York City suburb of Glen Rock, N.J., where 11 victims lived, did not hold an organized memorial for the first time in a decade. Past commemorations often ran for several hours, with family laying roses in front of a granite memorial built with remnants of the twin towers' steel.

"It was appropriate for this year – not that the losses will ever be forgotten," said Brad Jordan, chairman of a Glen Rock community group that helps victims' families. "But we felt it was right to shift the balance a bit from the observance of loss to a commemoration of how the community came together to heal."

Several people attending the ceremonies were related to soldiers who fought in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that followed 9/11, where the U.S. military death toll years ago surpassed the 9/11 victim count. Elna Tullock, whose son, Hassan Carter, is completing his second tour in Afghanistan and served another two in Iraq, admired the rising One World Trade Center tower.


Title: Re: 9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:09:02 pm
"This is all connected," she said, pointing to a picture of her son and the tower before her.

Allied military forces marked the anniversary at a short ceremony at NATO's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan with a tribute to more than 3,000 foreign troops killed in the decade-long war. "Eleven years on from that day there should be no doubt that our dedication to this commitment, that commitment that was seared into our souls that day so long ago, remains strong and unshaken," said Marine Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and coalition troops.

At least 1,987 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan and 4,475 in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.

In Norfolk, Va., about 1,100 sailors and Marines aboard the USS New York, a warship forged with 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the trade center, listened to "Proud to be an American" and observed moments of silence for the moments the airliners hit their targets and read the death toll out loud.

"We often tell people, it's not just about that one day," said Capt. John Kreitz, the USS New York's commanding officer. "The spirit here is really about what happened the next day and the next day and every day since."

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Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik and Alex Katz in New York, Wayne Parry in Atlantic City, N.J., Katie Zezima in Middletown, N.J., Steven R. Hurst in Washington, Joe Mandak in Shanksville, Pa., Brock Vergakis in Norfolk, Va., and Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.

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Follow Jennifer Peltz at http://twitter.com/jennpeltz


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:09:38 pm
PHOTO: FDNY Commander Who Died Saving Others On 9/11, Remembered Atop 1 WTC

From Andres Jauregui:

    Sometimes the simplest memorials are the most moving.

    Lawrence T. Stack, an FDNY commander in charge of a safety battalion that investigated on-duty deaths, died on Sept. 11, 2001 when the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

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Title: Re: 9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:10:02 pm
For more, go here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/lawrence-stack-fdny-commander-911-remembered-photo_n_1874777.html?1347393124


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:10:20 pm
Al Qaeda 11 Years After The Terrorist Attacks

From HuffPost World:

    The U.S. war in Afghanistan has reduced the group's power base in Afghanistan, while affiliates in west Africa and Yemen have gained in strength. Al Qaeda forged alliances with the Somali militant group al Shabab, carrying out deadly attacks in London and Madrid.

    Yet many of al Qaeda's leaders have been captured or killed. According to CNN's Peter Bergen, CIA drone strikes have killed 15 of the most important players in al Qaeda under president Obama, while 16 key al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan were killed during the George W. Bush presidency. The terrorist network lost its longtime leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid on May 1, 2011, as well as its deputy Yahya al Libi in June 2012.

HuffPost takes a look at al Qaeda's leadership, 11 years after 9/11. Who's still in power? Find out here.
9-11 Anniversary Worldwide: Memorial Services Around The World (PHOTOS)

From HuffPost World:

    On Tuesday, communities around the world marked the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people.


Title: Re: 9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:10:47 pm
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Young Indian students hold candles as they offer prayers ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, in Amritsar, India, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Prabhjot Gill)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:11:26 pm
PHOTO: Young People's Chorus Of NYC Sings 'Give Us Hope'


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@ DailyIntel : Compiled for last year's tenth anniversary, the Encyclopedia of 9/11 remains a powerful remembrance: http://t.co/Tj4BOLka


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:12:01 pm
PHOTO: Vice President Visits Flight 93 Memorial

From HuffPost Politics:

    "We wish we weren't here. We wish we didn't have to be here. We wish we didn't have to commemorate any of this," Biden told relatives and guests at the memorial for United Airlines Flight 93, the jet on which passengers fought hijackers for control amid the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.


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Vice President Joe Biden, third from left, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, second from left, and President of the Families of Flight 93, Patrick G. White, left, pauses after laying a wreath at The Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:12:32 pm
PHOTO: Gillibrand, Schumer At The 9/11 Memorial
SenGillibrand    @ SenGillibrand : This AM, @ChuckSchumer & I attended memorial ceremony at Ground Zero to pay tribute to the innocent lives lost on 9/11 http://t.co/x2dGT5nv

911 memorial anniversary

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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:12:56 pm
PHOTO: NYC On September 11, 2001 From Space
BuzzFeed    @ BuzzFeed : Chilling photo of NYC on 9/11 from space (via @NASA) http://t.co/TIpqn4ut

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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:13:24 pm
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Two girls scratch names on paper as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Todd Maisel, Pool)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:13:47 pm
WATCH: Comedy After 9/11: David Letterman, Jon Stewart & The Onion Reclaim Normal

From HuffPost Comedy:

    In the weeks that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks, late night hosts, comedy writers, and satirists of all stripes slowly returned to the business of making us laugh, while also sharing their grief, confusion and sense of loss.

    From David Letterman's heartfelt opening monologue to The Onion's cathartic angry God, to Marc Maron simply going to work at a comedy club, these steps, large and small, helped Americans turn the corner.


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:14:15 pm
5 Love Stories Born Out Of September 11th, 2001

From HuffPost Weddings:

    Ben Salamone and Donna Teepe met in a 9/11 support group and fell in love after both of their spouses died when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, according to the Washington Post. Five years after the attacks, and four years after they began dating, Salamone asked Teepe to marry him on Christmas Eve.

For more love stories, go here.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/911-love_n_1872417.html?1347377285#slide=1499175


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:14:31 pm
September 11 Responders Still Waiting For Relief Promised In 2010

From HuffPost's Michael McAuliff:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's been 11 years since terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center towers, and more than a year-and-a-half since President Barack Obama signed into law a bill meant to compensate responders and survivors sickened from exposure to the hazardous debris and toxins of Ground Zero.

    But they're going to have to wait a while longer -- perhaps more than a year -- before most of them start to see any of the money authorized in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.


Title: Re: 9/11 Anniversary 2012: New York Ceremony Held For September 11
Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:15:27 pm
WATCH: One World Trade Center Time-Lapse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z5_oQfhHLYY&list=UU6qrG3W8SMK0jior2olka3g#t=0s


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:16:06 pm
PHOTO: Lest We Forget
FDNY    @ FDNY : Lest we forget. The 9/11 Memorial Wall at the #FDNY Fire Academy. http://t.co/OvozEQIA

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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:16:40 pm
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold hands as they walk back to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, after joining members of the White House staff during a moment of silence to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept, 11th. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:16:55 pm
'A Somber Reading of the Names of the Dead'

From The New York Times:

    Though they were not to speak, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani created a small stir when they arrived shortly before the ceremony was to begin. They stopped together about 10 yards from the platform where 200 readers, reciting the names of the dead, were to stand at lecterns.

    Angela Pesce, who wore her son Danny Pesce’s face and name on her T-shirt, said she approved of Mr. Bloomberg’s decision to exclude the politicians from the ceremony program.


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:17:33 pm
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An honor guard carries the World Trade Center flag near the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:18:07 pm
9/11 Video Accounts Of The Terrorist Attacks: Remembering The Events Of September 11

From HuffPost Politics:

    Re-watching footage from 9/11, regardless of the anniversary, is undoubtedly eerie, but for some, remembering that terrible day is often necessary in order to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

    For others, especially a generation growing up in the post-9/11 world, watching the footage helps form at least a partial understanding of the attacks.

    Technology was able to preserve the memory of the events, for better or worse. Now, the clips that were once only considered a dramatic memory of a tragic day have become a part of history.

To see a collection of videos from September 11, 2001, go here.
'The Readings We Choose To Commemorate 9/11 Each Year'

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on HuffPost Books:

    One year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, our city faced a daunting challenge: hosting commemoration that was worthy of the memories of those who perished and that offered consolation to family members still mourning the loss of their loved ones. The world would be watching, as so many looked to New York City to remember and reflect on a day that brought unspeakable sadness but also unsurpassed heroics.

For more, go here.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-bloomberg/how-we-commemorate-911-readings_b_1873620.html


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:18:47 pm
Unforgettable 9/11 Images

Pedestrians on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York, look across the East River to the burning World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

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For more unforgettable 9/11 images, go here.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/september-11-photos-_n_1869226.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009#slide=354260


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:19:34 pm
PHOTO: Politicians Attend 9/11 Anniversary


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This year, they won't be speaking.

911 anniversary 2012

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, far left, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fifth left, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fourth right, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, second right, attend as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:20:08 pm
September 11 Timeline: Key 9/11 Events From 2001

From HuffPost Politics:

    The nation looks back at the September 11, 2001 attacks and remembers those who were lost 11 years after the nation was struck with tragedy.

    While more than a decade has passed since 9/11, images from that day remain ingrained in the minds of Americans.

Go here for a timeline of key events from September 11, 2001.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/september-11-timeline-_n_1869251.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:20:39 pm
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Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:22:42 pm
 September 11, 2001 Anniversary: Obama Marks 11 Years Since Attacks

09/11/12 05:04 AM ET AP
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will spend Tuesday marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

He and first lady Michelle Obama will gather with White House staff on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence. That will take place about the time of the first attack, when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The president is then scheduled to attend a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon.

In the afternoon, Obama plans to visit Walter Reed medical center in nearby Bethesda, Md., where he'll spend time with wounded veterans and their families.


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:23:49 pm
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I find it nothing short of odious that Dick Cheney, the Count Voldemort of our era, has seen fit to criticize the president on the anniversary of the twin towers attack when Cheney and Bush ignored many specific warnings about imminent attacks by Al Qaeda cells within our country. Richard Clarke wrote a book about it after he was demoted by the Bush administration, and after the sitting Attorney General, John Ashcroft told him he didn't want to hear it any more when Clarke tried to get him to pay attention to the warnings. Condi Rice also ignored Clarke. In "Against All Enemies" Clarke outlines just how worried President Clinton was about Bin Laden and how Bush and his administration completely dismissed those warnings.

Now, we get abuse from Cheney? Takes guts, I will give him that, but not the kind of guts that our fighting men and women have who actually had to fight the wars.

Shame on Cheney.


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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:27:28 pm
 9/11 Reflections: 'Who You Are Can Disappear In A Moment'

Posted: 09/11/2012 8:00 am Updated: 09/11/2012 8:09 am


On 9/11/01, then-Goldman Sachs career coach Roy Cohen was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the plane hit it... and he ran outside into complete chaos. In this AOL video, the entrepreneur and author (“The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide”) recounts his "horrific, ugly and life-changing" experience of eleven years ago and discusses how his life -- and his attitude toward fear -- have been transformed.



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Post by: Deanna Witmer on September 11, 2012, 09:27:42 pm
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Today brings back terrible memories not just of 9/11 but the entire nightmare that was the Bush administration. He kept us "safe" after terrorists tried to destroy us and the report, "Bin Laden determined to strike America using air planes" was swept under the rug by Bush's security advisor Condi Rice. Then, we suffered a string of additional nightmares as the Keystone Cops known as "The Bush Administration" used the occasion to profiteer, open wars of "opportunity," give contracts to Halliburton and other friends of the Texas administration, gut our treasury, and ignore abuses on our own shores which then ended with the economic collapse of 2008.

"Shock and Awe" shocked America and almost destroyed us and was an illegal war with so many horrors along with the merchandising of fear. The real shock and awe is that Bush/Cheney and team are not being tried for war crimes. Bush has fallen off the radar, and he was well advised to vanish.