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A Day of Remembrance for 9-11 Victims and Their Families

Ten years ago, at this very moment, I was driving in to work – not realizing that there was barely two hours remaining before the world would change forever.

The stock market had been flat, and like everyone else, I was worried about my own problems.

We had our second child on the way, and I was concerned that I wasn’t earning enough income to support a family of four.

Later that morning, as I sat at my desk, working on some software changes, I heard one of the female workers across the office repeating the words, “oh my god, a plane hit the World Trade Center.”

I remember thinking to myself, like most other people throughout the country, that a plane accident had just occurred. A tragic one – but just an accident.

The Second Plane

I opened up my web browser and started looking through the news websites. I couldn’t get the – the website was overloaded apparently.

I thought that was rather strange, but not surprising. I finally got out to Yahoo News and started reading about the crash. By that point, a second plane had hit, so I was reading all of the latest headlines – lacking any real depth or information – about what might be going on.

Upon the impact of the second plane, I realized it was likely a terrorist attack. I picked up the phone and dialed my wife. Her father had been staying at the house, expecting her to go into labor any day – he was ready to drive her to the hospital at a moments notice while I was at work.

He picked up the phone and I asked to talk to my wife. I asked her if she was watching the news – and she said, no, our youngest daughter was busy watching Clifford the Big Red Dog.

I couldn’t help but reflect upon the contrast of innocence versus evil – and here I was, in the middle, about to turn such an innocent morning into one of fear.

“Turn on the news.”

“Why? What’s going on?” she replied.

“I don’t know – just turn to the other station.”

As she did, she stood there watching the two burning towers alongside her father. By that point, the outgoing Internet had lockjammed at work, so I relied on her to feed me snippets of what was going on.

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The Pentagon Gets Hit

A little later, the woman across the office – who had been walking and talking hysterically to people in each cube about snippets she was getting from her husband at home, suddenly shouted from her cube – “The Pentagon is hit too!”

I remember thinking to myself – okay, now someone has been visiting one too many conspiracy theory websites for her news. I ignored her – and continued talking to my wife.

Then, my wife told me that the Pentagon had been hit too. I asked her if she was sure – surely that wasn’t possible. She repeated everything the reporters were saying, and said they were showing images of smoke pouring out of one side of the Pentagon.

That was how the morning went for me – it was how our family saw our world transformed in mere hours.

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A Decade of Change

In the next ten years, we watched as the economy tumbled and the government started to batten down the hatches.

We watched as civil liberties were threatened with illegal wire-tapping of citizens, and observed with disgust the story of the Bush family’s dealings with wealthy, Arabic oil interests with ties to the Bin Laden family.

The erosion of freedoms, the misuse of the words “National Security” to erode Liberty and to hide information from the American people, and the general over-reaction toward innocent Muslims throughout the world all made up part of my incentive for starting TopSecretWriters.

I have always had a fascination with those events in the world that governments and corporations try to cover up and hide from the general public. I’ve always loved investigating and exposing scams and corruption – often with online colleagues and friends.

A Dangerous Time for Liberty

However, I realized that the world was in a place – not much unlike the years leading up to the first American revolution – when liberty and freedom is threatened not only from the outside, but also from within.

I realized that it was my duty to make use of my god-given gift for words in order to uncover and distribute truth.

Because from truth comes real freedom.

Today, as our country continues to rebuild not only its economy but also its sense of unity and trust for outsiders – I want to take a step back from our efforts at spreading truth, to give honor and respect to two of the most important groups of people most severely impacted by the events of 9/11


A Day of Respect and Honor

To the families of 9/11 victims:

I hope that the last 10 years have brought you resolution and peace in your lives. While there is never anything that can fill the hole left by the loss of a loved one, there is the acceptance and the pride that comes from knowing that the loved one had a meaningful and important life that influenced so many people throughout the world. We will never forget the thousands of lives lost on 9/11.

To the members of the military:

I hope that we have seen the worst of the conflict over the last 10 years, and that we are closer to world peace rather than further. We extend our profound appreciation to all members of the military as well as all veterans, for sacrificing so much – even, sometimes, the ultimate sacrifice – to protect feedom-loving citizens of their own country.

Thank you, readers of TopSecretWriters, for your ongoing support and for providing me with the privilege of bringing you information from around the world that many would rather you not have access to.

I hope we can continue to serve you for many years to come. Please have a peaceful and reflective day on this day of remembrance for 9/11.

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