September 11, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the deadliest attacks ever on US soil. Despite coronavirus precautions, there will still be memorial ceremonies today in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. President Trump will speak and lay a wreath at the memorial to the heroes of Flight 93. Fox News has created a continually-updated live blog page where streaming video will appear, as well as updated news and links to other memorial events.
As I wrote last year, today is a date that will live in infamy, but also in the annals of heroism.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, our nation awoke to the shocking news that we were under savage attack by Islamic jihadists who, before the day was over, would kill nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The attack was aimed at America, but because it focused on the World Trade Center, the victims were from many nations. But as much as that day displayed the cowardice and animalistic behavior of the terrorists, it also showcased the heroism and selflessness of so many Americans, from the NYPD cops and firefighters rushing toward danger to save others to citizens in cities across America standing in line for blocks to donate blood. Petty differences like race or politics were swept aside as we all came together like family, because our nation was under attack.
Those of us who lived through it can scarcely believe it was 19 years ago, as the painful memories are forever seared into our memories. But we now have colleges turning out students who have no personal memories of 9/11. Thanks to the passage of time and a media and schools that quickly buried the images lest they be too “disturbing” (or too inconvenient to PC narratives), young people have little understanding of what was felt by all Americans in the wake of that horrendous attack. This explains why we now have a crop of young people under the BLM/Antifa banners, attacking police and chanting “Death to America,” just like the people who hijacked those planes, oblivious to the evil they’re aligning themselves with.
Here are some of those 9/11 images that need to be seen and thought about a lot more often.
Young Americans’ naiveté makes them easy prey for those who seek to rewrite history so they can divide and conquer. They lull our youth into blaming the USA for every sin, letting their guards down, and being misled into handing over their hard-fought, God-given rights to those who couldn’t defeat us by force so are now working to defeat us from within.
If you have kids, I suggest a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, which finally reopens to the public tomorrow. Those of you who are concerned about the safety of traveling to New York and would prefer to wait until Bill DeBlasio is removed from office can take a virtual visit here.
Make sure your children are taught the truth about 9/11. It was one of America’s worst days, yet in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and on United Flight 93, we also saw Americans at their very best, coming together and heroically laying down their lives for others, whether they were police and firefighters climbing up into the doomed Towers to search for survivors or simply American citizens standing up against the hijackers and saying, “Let’s roll!,” knowing it meant their own plane would crash but they would save countless lives.
As we reflect on and remember 9/11, let’s not dwell on the murderous monsters who don’t deserve to have their names remembered. Let’s focus on honoring the victims and the many true heroes, both on that awful day and in the days and even years afterward. Let us resolve to end the miseducation of our children and start teaching them the truth about 9/11 and about America’s real history and our people’s true heroic character. And let’s never let our guard down again.
FREE EXCERPT OF THE THREE Cs THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT: CHRISTIANITY, CAPITALISM, AND THE CONSTITUTION.
My new book with Steve Feazel, “The Three C’s That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution,” is available for order now at Amazon, and you can now read a free excerpt from it at the link.
I hope you’ll get the book, read it, and pass copies on to all of your friends and relatives who think they’re well-informed about history and current events because they watch Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert. You can explain to them that all those pages in the back with the little numbers on them are footnotes that list the original sources for historical facts. They’ve probably never seen anyone cite an actual historical fact before.
DEVELOPING STORY: MUELLER TEAM "WIPED" THEIR PHONES CLEAN
Remember when we learned Hillary and her aides had erased their hard drives with BleachBit software and literally hit phones with hammers to destroy the information on them? James Comey said on July 5, 2016, that “no reasonable prosecutor” would charge Hillary after the “Mid-Year Exam” investigation because it wasn’t her INTENT to skirt the law.
We all laughed until we cried at that one, but now we’ve learned, thanks to a release of documents from the Department of Justice, that a large number of high-level people who SURELY knew better destroyed their communications, too. Coincidentally, these were all members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team.
What are the odds that the devices of over 20 of Mueller’s team members would have been “wiped” in a variety of creative ways before they were to be handed over to the DOJ for review?
There are numerous methods for achieving this: by just “accidentally" wiping, by inputting an incorrect password too many times, or by leaving a device in “airplane” mode with either incorrect or no passwords provided.
Or, as with Lisa Page’s phone, the device could simply be reset to factory settings (no reason given, as far as we know), in effect wiping the device clean of all Information before it was handed over to the Office of the Inspector General.
Gosh, it happened with lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann’s phone, too, after he entered his password too many times in doing so. You’d think someone smart enough to be the lead prosecutor on a case of this magnitude would know how to open his own phone without wiping off all the data. On the other hand, he surely would be smart enough to know how TO wipe the data, if he so desired.
Some of the phones apparently just “wiped themselves.”
Over a dozen Mueller team members lost their data by putting their phones into “airplane” mode, locking them and then forgetting their passwords or otherwise “accidentally” wiping them.
It is yet to be seen if anyone has been able to recover the data, but at the very least, we learn from this that the people investigating President Trump were not keen on going by the book and didn’t care about the requirements for documenting their activities. Given what we know, it seems much more likely that they were actively hiding those activities.
Sean Davis at THE FEDERALIST posted 87 pages of documents relating to the lost phone content (be glad you don’t have to slog through that), leading to this comment.
Actually, Weissmann had THREE phones that went down. One was wiped “accidentally.” The other two were wiped by entering the wrong password too many times. Maybe someday his phone records will turn up; if so, they’ll probably be in the same place as the rest of Mike Flynn’s exculpatory evidence. (In case leftists are reading this, I’m joking.)
As often as these high-level government officials must have traveled by air, it seems unlikely they’d have been thrown for a loop by the prospect of turning their phones off and on. Hillary could at least try to pass for a ninny when it came to electronic devices (“You mean, like, with a cloth?”), but these people just can’t, not credibly.
But, as Davis tweeted, “The newly released DOJ records from the OIG investigation of corruption during the Mueller probe shows that a key tactic used by the Mueller team was to put the phones in airplane mode, lock them, and then claim they didn’t have the password.”
Lindsay Graham said on Thursday’s HANNITY, “If you can’t manage your own phone, why should we trust you to investigate a crime?...I guess they just ran out of hammers and ‘bleaching’ material. So the question is, did they obstruct justice? Did they INTENTIONALLY [emphasis mine] delete information from their phones because Horowitz was on the case?”
This is a developing story. Graham’s committee is not involved with criminal prosecution, but regarding that, he said, “I would be shocked if the only person prosecuted is [Kevin] Clinesmith.” Clinesmith, you’ll recall, has been indicted for falsifying evidence against Carter Page, changing a document to say he was not an asset for the CIA when he actually had been.
Graham said Thursday that he has “made an invitation” to James Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions raised by the Horowitz report. “None of them have testified since Horowitz issued his report,” Graham said. “I’m working with their lawyers to try to get them into the committee...They may have good answers, but they need to be asked the questions.” I should add that, unlike Graham, Durham has subpoena power.
So, did the special counsel team deliberately erase their devices before turning them over to the IG? Judging by the circumstantial evidence we know, yes, they did. Can this be proved? That’s up to investigators, and we don’t know everything they know. But we do know this, in Graham’s words: “We cannot live in a country where this is tolerated. ‘Trump/Russia’ –- look how much money they spent, how many agents were involved investigating...how many subpoenas issued, how many lives turned upside down. The question for me –- was there a double standard here? –- it’s pretty obvious to me there was.”
His Cheshire-cat expression also suggested he knows more than he’s telling now. “You think you’re mad about the phones being wiped? Stay tuned. We’ll talk in about ten or twelve days and we’ll see if there’s something else you could get mad about. Just stay tuned.”
Well, Senator, we're not exactly going anywhere. I can’t imagine being much madder, given what we already know. But, sure, we’ll be waiting.
UPDATE late Thursday --- Apparently, the way some of those phones were set up, it took entering an invalid password TEN TIMES before the information would be wiped. But they still managed to do it!
THE STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION
One great way to show our appreciation for our American heroes, the military members and first responders who put their lives on the line to protect us, would be to mark 9/11 by signing up to help the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation. Siller was a New York firefighter who was coming off duty when the first Tower was struck. He grabbed his gear and headed toward the scene. When he discovered traffic was shut down in the tunnel, he got out and covered two miles on foot to climb up into the Towers and rescue others. He never came out alive.
His family started the Foundation to help fellow first responders and wounded veterans and the families of those who gave their lives protecting us. It’s grown into a great organization, and his brother who co-founded it, Frank Siller, was one of our Huck’s Hero on “Huckabee” on TBN. Click on the link to see that interview.
Please consider what he says: If one million people signed up to donate just $11 a month, the amount of one lunch out, then every year, they would have enough funds to pay off the mortgages of every Gold Star military family and every family left behind when a cop is killed in the line of duty (something that’s happening with horrifying frequency these days), plus provide a “smart home” to every military vet who returns with catastrophic injuries, to help make their lives easier and restore some of their independence.
What a great and inexpensive way to say thanks to those who sacrifice so much for all of us every day. Find out more at http://www.tunnel2towers.org
REMEMBERING THE OBAMA/BIDEN ECONOMIC RECORD
Joe Biden is hoping that everyone else’s memory is as bad as his own, as he tries to convince us that under Obama/Biden, job creation was through the roof rather than stuck in the basement. The New York Post has an excellent editorial reminding us of how anemic the Obama/Biden economy really was, especially compared to Trump’s. You should read the entire thing, but these are just a few highlights.
We’ve had a major economic downturn not because of Trump, but because China unleashed a virus that forced the shutdown of economies worldwide. While accusing Trump of botching the response, Biden has yet to suggest a single thing that Trump hasn’t already done, or (like further mandatory shutdowns) that wouldn’t make the downturn worse for longer.
All the economics experts predicted that the unemployment rate would only be down to 9.8% to 10% by the end of the year. Under Trump, it’s already dropped to 8.4% by August. The 1.4 million new jobs created in August “was not only the fourth-best job-creation month on record going back to 1939, it was 2.5 times better than any month in the Obama-Biden administration.”
“…3.75 million people joined the ranks of the employed in August, the third-largest increase ever recorded — June and May had the first- and second-largest increases, respectively — and four times greater than any month under Obama-Biden.”
“Biden also mentioned 750,000 manufacturing jobs we’ve yet to recover. But bear in mind: The economy has already added 643,000 manufacturing jobs since the April shutdowns, which is exactly how many manufacturing jobs the Obama-Biden administration added during its entire 7½ years in office following the end of the recession in June 2009.”
Let that last number sink in: Under Trump, the US added as many manufacturing jobs during a four-month economic shutdown as Obama and Biden did during their entire two terms in office!
If you live in a Rust Belt state, why in the world would you be crazy enough to trade in Trump’s proven record of creating manufacturing jobs for Joe Biden’s empty promises that after 47 years of promoting policies that exported your jobs and factories overseas, he’s finally figured out how to create manufacturing jobs in America?
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