9/11 Documentary  

rm_95Renegade 51M
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9/10/2006 1:00 am

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9/11 Documentary

Ok, so there is a new documentary that will be aired on CBS tonight (Sunday 9/10/06). I was reading a blog about it the other day when I saw that the network and affiliates were whining about the curse words that were used by people in the documentary. I responded in this way:

I have recently retired from the United States Air Force and I can't help but add my comments to this blog. It should first be noted, however, that this is the FIRST time EVER that I have come forth publicly on this subject.

I am absolutely and completely APPAULED at the idea of a Network that would even REMOTELY consider sensoring the language of the brave men and women who risked and gave their lives on the fateful morning of 11 September 2001.

My entire Air Force career I lived under the motto "I may not agree with what you say but I will glady continue to risk and, if necessary, GIVE my life in the defense of your right to say it."

On the morning of 11 SEP 2001 I was in a storage warehouse on an Air Force Base in Florida. I was unpacking a bunch of computer equipment our workcenter had just received when one of our civilian workers ran into the warehouse screaming "someone just blew up the World Trade Center!" It was so incredulous I could only stare and blink. At first, I thought he was pulling my leg but the sheer look of confusion and panic on his face told me he wasn't kidding.

I ran to the nearest television and turned on CNN. Sure enough, there was one of the towers smoldering and burning. The feeling of helplessness began to wash over me as people began to gather around the television. All work ceased. More people began to gather and more. At first, it was total denial. Who could or would plant a bomb in the World Trade Center of all places? How could the security of the greatest country in the history of the world be so easily threatened AGAIN? Didn't Pearl Harbor teach us ANYTHING?

It was quickly reported that it wasn't a bomb but rather a plane that had hit the tower. At that point we thought "What kind of moron pilot could crash a plane into a building as large as that?" We all discussed how the operations tempo and alcoholism of todays pilots could do just that.

Soon, however, it was reported that the plane had been hijacked and shortly thereafter the other tower was struck by yet another plane. Suddenly, the base siren could be heard echoing through the bay of the warehouse like the wail of a dying banshee. Panic set in and people began to scurry about making phone calls to report the incident to subordinates and superiors alike. Many of us just stood and stared, tears welling up in our eyes while our teeth clenched in a silent resolve to defend our beloved country at any cost.

That is about when one of the towers fell and the lives of many brave men and women were forever lost. By the time the 2nd tower fell, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The pain and agony, however, was short lived as it turned to anger, frustration, helplessness and rock solid resolve. Instantly, every single man and woman in uniform silently vowed to do whatever it took and for however long it took to avenge the deaths of the innocent civilians that lost their lives that day.

But the pain kept coming. We heard shortly thereafter that the pentagon had been hit and then we heard about the plane that went down in a field in Pennsylvania not far from where I, myself, grew up.

Our Commander called an emergency briefing to officially inform everyone of the situation. Let me tell you, in the seven years I knew my commander, I never heard him raise his voice or swear more than an occassional damn. But that day, he cursed and swore like an Irish sailor in an OFFICIAL U.S. Air Force briefing!!!

Swearing was common that day with almost EVERYONE I came in contact with, myself included. To make a long story, short, to sensor that emotion, resolve, panic, stress, fear, confusion, dedication and effort is absolute insanity. People who would sue over something like that simply don't care about other people at all. They are the types that would sue their own mothers for swearing at them as children.

I am shocked, and appauled that Network affiliates would pull out of the project and even MORE appauled that the network would even CONSIDER sensoring the language of these brave men and women.

SingleWarrior 53M

9/10/2006 8:40 pm

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rm_95Renegade replies on 9/28/2006 8:10 pm:
It is good to see the support of so many people... I wish there were ways to bring more people together in harmony besides just Christmas and tragedies...

Thanks much for your participation...

OboesHonedIambs 63F

9/11/2006 9:18 am

I totally 100% agree with you on this! This is not something that should be censored to have the language toned down. You can be sure those people, civilians, cops, fire department, first responders and all on the streets as it was happening were not saying golly, shazam, gosh, darn, shucks, oh, my stars & garters!

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rm_95Renegade replies on 9/28/2006 8:12 pm:
heh heh... Sounds like an old Batman rerun...

But seriously, that is exactly the way the networks wanted to portray it for some reason... Go figure...

Thanks for your post... I appreciate you stopping by...

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