My 9/11 Story: Lessons From When Chickens Came Home To Roost

In a bit of a stylistic departure today, I wanted to share with you some of my experiences on and around September 11, 2001 that contributed to who I am and what I do today.

911 SMALLTwelve years ago, on the morning of September 11th, I was in classroom just miles from the Pentagon in my first year as a high school teacher. I had recently moved from NYC. The school building where I was teaching shook when the Pentagon was hit. It would shake again when fighter jets from Andrews Air Force Base were scrambled. I watched the buildings fall with my students. Some students at the school had parents who worked at the Pentagon, and died that day. I had family and friends (all survived) who were in the WTC that morning.

What I did not really know then is that, as horrific as 9/11 was, that type of terror is the day- to -day reality in many parts of the world, and is often directly linked to US foreign policy


  1. Dude, I have enjoyed your talks and your videos for years now. When you first asked me what I was currently reading, I felt hurt because I wasn’t reading anything. Well, thanks to you, my older brother, some guy I met on OPEDNEWS, and my own curiosity, I can say that I’ve read quite a bit since that query. I’ve written reviews on Castro’s autobiography, Villa and Zapata, a history of the Mexican Revolution, The Shock Doctrine, and several others. I am currently reading, Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina, by Eduardo Galeano. You’ve been quite inspirational, thanks.

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