- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

4,383 DAYS LATER

“Twelve years ago this month, nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our nation. They had been going about their day, harming no one, when sudden violence struck. We will never undo the pain and injustice borne that terrible morning, nor will we ever forget those we lost. On Sept. 11, 2001, amid shattered glass, twisted steel, and clouds of dust, the spirit of America shone through. We remember the sacrifice of strangers and first responders who rushed into darkness to carry others from danger. We remember the unbreakable bonds of unity we felt in the long days that followed.”

— from President Obama’s proclamation issued Tuesday, recognizing the anniversary of 9/11.

“Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on Sept. 14, 2001, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond Sept. 14, 2013. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency that was declared on Sept. 14, 2001.”

— from Mr. Obama’s public notice, also issued Tuesday, addressing “the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.”

C-SPAN 3, incidentally, will air 9/11 events minus inane prattle, beginning at 8:30 a.m., including ceremonies in New York City and at the White House and Pentagon.

OUTWEIGHED BY THE PUBLIC INTEREST

“In June of this year, President Obama directed me to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive intelligence collection programs undertaken under the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) while being mindful of the need to protect national security. Consistent with this directive, today I authorized the declassification and public release of a number of documents pertaining to the Government’s collection of bulk telephony metadata under Section 501 of the FISA, as amended by Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act,” said Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, in a lengthy statement released Tuesday.

“These documents were properly classified, and their declassification is not done lightly. I have determined, however, that the harm to national security in these circumstances is outweighed by the public interest,” he said.

Curious? Find the aforementioned documents — and Mr. Clapper’s comments about “gaps in understanding” — here: icontherecord.tumblr.com.

THE NEW WHITE HOUSE NEIGHBOR

Is Pennsylvania Avenue ready for the glittering touch of one Donald Trump? It better be. The billionaire has $200 million ready to finance an upgrade to the massive Old Post Office Building. The 1899 landmark and its 319-foot clock tower looms over the aforementioned historic boulevard, between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, on some of the priciest real estate in the nation. Work gets underway in about six months, with a grand opening in 2016.

Included in the Trumpalicious plans: 270 guest rooms, penthouses and presidential suites; restaurants, cafe, bar and lounge; extensive banquet, ballroom and meeting facilities; a 4,000-square-foot Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump; and a library. Mr. Trump has also indicated he plans a curated museum, exhibition gallery and indoor and outdoor gardens.

“It will be magnificent at the highest level,” he said during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday.

A BRIEF MOMENT

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