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Some 9/11 relatives angered by Bush ads
AP ^ | 3/04/04 | LIZ SIDOTI

Posted on 03/04/2004 3:56:07 PM PST by kattracks

Edited on 07/06/2004 6:39:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush's campaign commercials on the air just one day have angered several relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and a firefighters union that has endorsed Democratic rival John Kerry demanded the ads be pulled.

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To: Mike Darancette
Peacful Tomorrow's Valentine's Day letter to the President. They want the War on terorer Stopped!"

February 14, 2004

Dear President Bush,

Two years ago today, family members of 9/11 victims lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 launched a group called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. We chose Valentine's Day as a symbolic reminder that the American ideals of peace, justice and reconciliation remain vibrant, and did not die with our loved ones.

On that day, we held up a large heart containing a valentine letter to you. In the letter we asked to meet with you to discuss the creation of a fund to assist innocent victims of war in Afghanistan. We felt that it was not only a decent and moral response to those accidental deaths, but also a practical opportunity to demonstrate the same compassion that 9/11 family members received from all over the globe.

You chose not to meet with us, but since that day two years ago, the members of Peaceful Tomorrows have worked to display the best of America's ideals to the rest of the world. We secured congressional funding to assist Afghan civilians affected by the war. We connected with others around the world who have been similarly affected by terrorism and war. We stood with millions across the globe against the war in Iraq and for the cause of peace. And our group has grown as more 9/11 family members have found healing by turning their grief into action for peace. In contrast, you declared it was an "us versus them" world, and pursued unilateral and unpopular policies that turned that world against the United States and made us less secure. And worst of all, you often used the deaths of our family members as an excuse to pursue that agenda.

Two years later, we ask you to stop exploiting the tragedy of September 11 for political gain and to join us in responding to that tragic day in a manner that brings about genuine healing and peace for Americans and the rest of the world.

We respectfully request a written response to the following questions:

1. You and members of your administration consistently invoked 9/11 as a justification for war in Iraq, without presenting any evidence of a link between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the attacks of that day. The confusing and misleading statements made by your administration that allude to an unproven link have caused a majority of the US public, (up to 70% according to a Washington Post poll taken in September 2003) to believe that Saddam Hussein was responsible for September 11.You have exploited the American public's genuine fear of another September 11 to pursue an unrelated war, which has already cost the lives of more than 500 US service people and an estimated 10,000 Iraqi civilians. We call upon you today to publicly acknowledge that your administration's statements have misled the American people, and to clarify that there is no evidence of a connection between the events of 9/11 and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Please, Mr. President, will you correct this dangerous misperception?

2. In light of your announcement that the United States plans to step up the campaign to find Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, we ask that you cease the tactic of bombing villages in an attempt to kill Bin Laden or other suspected Al Qaeda or Taliban leaders. In the past two years these village bombings have killed and injured countless innocent civilians, including children, while failing to achieve their stated aim. Since the beginning of 2003, media reports confirm that more than 64 civilians have been killed in at least six separate incidents of village bombings. Meanwhile, most top Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders have been captured through international cooperation, intelligence sharing, and police work, not the bombing of villagers. No one desires Bin Laden to be arrested and stand trial more than we do. Yet through continued bombing of innocent civilians, you have increased anti-American sentiment and created legions of potential future terrorists. We beg you, Mr. President, will you direct the military to cease the tactic of bombing villages in Afghanistan, and choose more effective methods to capture the criminals responsible for our loved ones deaths?

3. We ask you to stop playing politics with the 9/11 attacks. September 11 was many things, but it was a victory for no one but the terrorists. When your administration treats it like a success story and your political party uses the World Trade Center site as the backdrop for the Republican convention this fall, we are offended. We have witnessed the photograph of you on the telephone on September 11 sold by your campaign as a fundraising vehicle. We have read Republican party officials' acknowledgement that the national convention was planned in New York City at the latest possible date in order to "flow seamlessly into the commemoration of 9/11." And we have witnessed your administration's lack of cooperation with the Independent Commission investigating 9/11. On November 27, 2002, you stated, "the investigation should carefully examine all the evidence and follow all the facts, wherever they lead. We must uncover every detail and learn every lesson of September the 11th...It's our most solemn duty." We ask you today live up to that promise. As president of the United States, you well know that our nation's future is more important than any one person's political career. We ask you, Mr. President, will you renounce the exploitation of September 11th for partisan political gain?

You claim that September 11th made you a war president. But this is not true. By responding to the terrorism of 9/11 with an unending "war on terror," and a doctrine of pre-emptive war, you and your administration chose this path. After September 11, the entire world reached out to the United States with compassion. Rather than building on that good will and ushering the world into a new era of mutual cooperation, an effort that would have required true statesmanship and a willingness to deal honestly with the root causes of terrorism, you appealed to our fears and to the worst in human kind. Your domestic and foreign policies have reduced our nation's leadership, leaving us less secure, less free, less respected and less able to deal effectively with the genuine threat of 21st century terrorism.

This Valentine's Day, two years after the creation of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, we call on you to open your heart, take accountability for your actions, and act now to set our nation on the path of real peace. This is the way to truly honor those who died on September 11 and who continue to live in our hearts. We look forward to your timely answers to our inquiries.


September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
21 posted on 03/04/2004 4:25:19 PM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: kattracks
The problem I have with these 9-11 family groups is that they act as though 9-11 happened only to was an attack on our nation, not just their families. I'm truly sorry for their loss, but we were all affected by 9-11 and President Bush is ABSOLUTELY justified in using that footage. I love the ad and he should play it for two week s now, do anther rotation this summer and another beefore the election.
22 posted on 03/04/2004 4:26:37 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Howlin
Mr. Schaitberger endorsed John FKerry back in September of 2003. Now we're supposed to find it shocking and newsworthy that he is among the 'upset' about President Bush's TV ads? Give me a break! Why don't they just interview random members of the Kerry campaign, at least that would be somewhat more honest.
23 posted on 03/04/2004 4:28:15 PM PST by SelmaLee (Bush/Cheney-04)
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To: My2Cents
No need for AP to report on Nam vets angry about the Kerry jerk, no need here.

AP Socialist Jerks.
24 posted on 03/04/2004 4:29:37 PM PST by observer5
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To: kattracks

Kristen Breitweiser, of Middletown Township, N.J., whose husband, Ronald Breitweiser, died in the World Trade Center, said Bush should not use the tragedy as "political propaganda."

"Three thousand people were murdered on President Bush's watch," Breitweiser said. "He has not cooperated with the investigation to find out why that happened," a reference to the effort the Bush administration has made in working with the Sept. 11 commission investigating the intelligence failures.

That's a bald faced lie from an ungrateful b*tch!

25 posted on 03/04/2004 4:29:39 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: kattracks

26 posted on 03/04/2004 4:29:56 PM PST by jaz.357 (Liberals fund the problems they seek to solve so that they can justify taxing you to fund them.)
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To: kattracks
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who lost 700 constituents in the attacks, sent a letter to Bush, asking him to pull the ads.

Frank luatenberg, who shouldn't even be a Senator, dares to open his pie-hole and pass judgement on a President who inherited this crap from a lying, pass the buck ba**ard, who never met a situation he couldn't exploit, ignore, or blame on someone else? Excuse me, I have officially had enough. This is just the most disgusting political ploy of desperate democrats I have seen to date. Pathetic POS. All of them.

27 posted on 03/04/2004 4:31:00 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (1)
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To: My2Cents
"Isn't this what John Kerry is doing, dancing on the graves of those who fought and died in Vietnam, trying to make his service there a political plus?"

Your statement underwhelms me!

Additionally, john kerry actually danced a jig on the living bodies of those serving in Vietnam. And to this date continues to desecrate the Vets by posturing as a glorified hero!

28 posted on 03/04/2004 4:31:00 PM PST by Dacus943
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To: kattracks
It makes me sick. The same old 9/11 activists banging the drum, and union hacks for Kerry.

Does it bother anyone else that the firefighters are:
a: Unionized?
b: supporting Kerry?

We were in the UK, back in November of '02 when their fire brigades went on strike and locked down their equipment. Military forces with antiquated equipment were on call for fire duty. Is this what we have to expect?
29 posted on 03/04/2004 4:31:15 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
I'm glad to see your post...I posted pretty much the same thought and was a little worried that I would be the only one here sick and tired of their damned belly aching.
30 posted on 03/04/2004 4:31:23 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Ann Archy
I apoligize in advance.

no need!

31 posted on 03/04/2004 4:32:46 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Jorge
This is ochestrated, When 3,000 people die, its easy to find relatives to state just about any point of view you like. There must be tens of thousands of relatives.
The interesting thing about this anti-Bush 9-11 campaign is the effort to head off reference to 9-11 by Bush. The D's fear the memory of 9-11, they want amnesia.
Rove should be giving it to them, both barrels. This will be the nastiest campaign in modern history. The D's will stop at nothing, violate election laws, put Amertican lifes in danger. They are united and willing to do anything to return to power.
Fortunately we have a President who is going to fight. I think Dick Morris is right, Bush should go for the juglar right now.
32 posted on 03/04/2004 4:34:42 PM PST by don'tbedenied
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To: kattracks
Why We Fight!

33 posted on 03/04/2004 4:34:42 PM PST by jaz.357 (Liberals fund the problems they seek to solve so that they can justify taxing you to fund them.)
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To: kattracks
Just ask their political affiliation... bet you none that complain are republicans... bet me...
34 posted on 03/04/2004 4:34:48 PM PST by Godfollow
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To: Godfollow
Is that a Democrat Fireman on the left and a Republican Fireman on the right?

..IM not sure....Should we ask the Union?

35 posted on 03/04/2004 4:43:39 PM PST by jaz.357 (Liberals fund the problems they seek to solve so that they can justify taxing you to fund them.)
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To: kattracks
This from an earlier story, one family member criticizing Bush for using 9/11 images.... it shows how warped these people really are.

"I would vote for Saddam Hussein before I would vote for Bush."

36 posted on 03/04/2004 4:45:21 PM PST by Tamzee (The Democrat Party...... Kerrying water for Communism since 1971)
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To: kattracks
I've already posted my opinion on this, but the more I think about this situation, the more pissed I get. Just WHAT kind of Bush election ad would be agreeable to dems.? They don't want him in Air Force 1 on 9/11. They don't want him on the aircraft carrier. They don't want him refering to 9/11 victims. They don't want him proving his National Guard time. Let's see, what does that leave for him? Waking up, eating lunch, going to bed. Well forget about it, he's not turning over. This playing ground is as level as it's gonna get. Get used to it. You fools chose kerry. Live with it. Just STFU and give it your best shot.
37 posted on 03/04/2004 4:45:27 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (1)
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To: kattracks
This revised article is even more disingenuous than the first since it pretends to give a balanced story.

And plus, they had to go all the way to FL to find a firefighters union that endorses Kerry?

This is article is shameless and disgusting.

38 posted on 03/04/2004 4:53:06 PM PST by scoopscandal
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To: kattracks
"It makes me sick," said Colleen Kelly. ...."Would you ever go to someone's grave site and use that as an instrument of politics? That truly is what Ground Zero represents to me."

Gee, I wonder if this woman would be similarly offended if Kerry used the exact same WTC photos in one of his ads?

I doubt it.

39 posted on 03/04/2004 4:56:46 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: All
These yaps are on orielly now!!
40 posted on 03/04/2004 5:04:32 PM PST by mylife
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