Friday, August 27, 2010

Bloomberg Lies, Knowingly Misrepresents 9/11 Families

"The family members that I’ve talked to -- and I’m chairman of the board of The World Trade Center Memorial -- 100% in favor of saying these people who want to build a mosque, can build a mosque, that the lives of our loved ones were taken because the right to build a mosque or to say what you want to say was so threatening to people."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on The Daily Show

But according to Ben Smith at there are a grand total of eight 9/11 family members on the board of The World Trade Center Memorial, and at least two of them are very vocally against the Ground Zero Mosque.

Board member Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of American Airline Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 am on September 11, 2001, wrote in a publicly circulated email:
It's bad enough that Mr. Bloomberg covers himself in the memory of the heroes who died on 9/11 in order to silence legitimate criticism of the mosque project, it is even more shameless of him to do it while misrepresenting the position of their loved ones. Mr. Bloomberg cited that his chairmanship of the memorial board made him privvy to what family members think. Mr. Bloomberg knows full well that family members on the memorial board have grave concerns about this project, and that some of us have publicly opposed it. If he really cared what we think, he would have come to us and asked. We're still waiting for the call.
Board member Dave Beamer, whose son Todd's last words were "let's roll" just before the plane he was on, United Flight 93, crashed into a field in Stonycreed Creek Township, Pennsylvania at 10:03 am on September 11, 2001, has also openly opposed the Ground Zero Mosque in a speech posted on youtube.

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