This section looks at Internet responses to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. It provides examples of commentary from a wide variety of groups, from civil rights groups to extremist organizations. This includes both the strongly positive and the strongly negative.
The intent is to provide a snapshot of responses to the tragedy, not to comment on or to categorize the inherent nature of these groups.
American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA).
Added 9/14/01. AMANA, a Florida-based group, issued a press release condemning the "apparent terrorist attacks" and offering "deepest condolences" to the families of victims. The statement "utterly condemns" what are "apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians," and joins with all Americans in calling for the "swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators." No political cause, it states, "could ever be assisted by such immoral acts." The statement offers help and aid to Florida authorities, but also urges the media to exercise restraint and not rush to judgment. The statement lists 33 Florida Islamic institutions and associations signing on to this statement.
Islamic Political Party of America.
Added 9/14/01. The Washington D.C.-based IPPA issued a brief statement saying that it joined with American Muslims and organizations to extend condolences to the families of victims of the September 11 attacks. The statement says that "we who live in here, join our countrymen in concern for the safety of our families in such indiscriminate attacks that do not discern the faces of its victims, which very well may include our own family members, friends and acquaintances." The acts, says the statement, "are against our own religious practices" and endanger "our lives and positions as citizens of this country."
Muslims of the Americas, Inc.
Added 9/14/01. The Muslims of the Americas, Inc., issued a brief statement expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the "horrific tragedies." It says that the group has sent "over 60 young men" to New York to dispense medical supplies, blankets, and other items to victims, and to assist in recovery efforts. It states that "each and every member of our organization abhors and condemns these acts of terrorism perpetrated upon our great country," and says that "as Americans, we are ready to assist in whatever way we can to begin the recovery and healing from these tragedies. It also urges "all our countrymen" not to jump to unfounded conclusions and not to allow hatred and prejudice to overpower reason.
Muslim Political Coordinating Committee of New York.
Added 9/14/01. This New York-based group issued a statement on September 11 condemning the "apparent terrorist attacks" and offering condolences to families of those killed or injured. It condemns "in the strongest terms possible" what are "apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians." It calls on all members of the Muslim community to offer assistance and calls on New Yorkers and media professionals to exercise restraint and not draw premature conclusions as to responsibility.
Hard-Core White Supremacist Organizations
American Nazi Party.
Added 9/14/01. On the online ANP Forum, ANP Secretary R. J. Frank reports having "mixed feelings" about the attacks. Though he finds it "thrilling" to hear of "some of the ZOG machine being taken down," to have a foreign power terrorizing the U.S. on its own soil is "still sad" and "really sucks." Frank comments that "while I do not care for the sand niggers, you can't help but admire the military precision, planning, and most of all, dedication they showed. If we had a handful of our people willing to give it their all as they did many of the issues confronting white America would be non-issues today." Meanwhile, ANP Chairman Rocky Suhayda complains in another message that the terrorist attacks are "DISTRACTING us from the REAL STRUGGLE…the RACIAL STRUGGLE." According to Suhayda, it is "sad" to see how a "bunch of 'towel head/sand niggers' put our great 'White Movement' to SHAME." If American white supremacists were one tenth as serious as the terrorists, he says, "WE JUST MGHT START GETTING SOMEWHERE."
Added 9/14/01. Continuing his exploitation of the terrorist acts of September 11, David Duke published a second article on the attacks at his Web site, titled "Will Anyone Dare to Ask Why?" According to Duke, the cause of the terrorist acts was the U.S.'s support for the "criminal behavior" of Israel. Duke goes on to claim that Israel purposely attacked the U.S.S. Liberty and asserts that "every Palestinian and Arab is aware that Israel's half century of terror could never have occurred without the active financial, military, and diplomatic support of the United States." Duke's organization, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) also began distributing a flyer that claims that "Israeli genocide against the Palestinians is paid for with our money and now our blood."
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Added 9/14/01. This Arkansas-based Klan group, led by Thomas Robb, stated on its Web site that "the terrorist attack on U.S. soil indicates that once again U.S. policy is putting American citizens at risk." It urges people to "pray for the peace and future of all Christian nations and a return to sane political decisions with Jesus Christ as the focus."
Added 9/14/01. Billy Roper, the Deputy Membership Coordinator of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, wrote shortly after the attack, "the enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends." Roper stated that "we may not want them marrying our daughters…but anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is alright [sic] by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude."
National Socialist Movement.
Added 9/14/01. The Minnesota-based neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement stated on its Web site that "the attack today in New York, although tragic, was forth coming. The U.S. has continued to aid Israel in its genocidal war against Palestine and now innocent U.S. citizens have paid, in blood, for their Government's stupidity."
Added 9/14/01. On his Web site, former National Alliance spokesman Kevin Alfred Strom claims that he and others warned America that it was "courting disaster" by "allowing almost unlimited numbers of racial aliens" to cross its borders. He asserts that Americans were likewise warned that "by allowing the organized Jewish minority to control your media and government" they would "bring the hatred of many oppressed peoples" upon them. "Will you now concede those who warned you were heroes," Strom asks, "and that the Pied Pipers of "diversity" and Zionism were liars and murderers?
"Patriot" (militia, sovereign citizen, anti-government) Organizations
Added 9/14/01. Anderson, a prominent militia figure in Kentucky who runs a pirate radio station, issued a message claiming that the "New World Order" committed the attacks in order to "justify martial law." Several days later, Anderson suggests to people working in government "alphabet" agencies that the recent terrorist attacks "were caused by the people you work for."
Added 9/14/01. Tony Liuzzo, leader of a radical faction of the Michigan Militia, states on shortwave radio that his group is on "total red alert." Co-host Don Boettcher comments that the attacks are the "cost" the U.S. pays for supporting Israel.
Christian Coalition of Georgia.
Added 9/16/01. In an essay released September 15, 2001, by Sadie Fields of the Christian Coalition of Georgia, Fields declares that a "nation that was founded upon a biblical worldview" has evolved "into a pagan nation offending God in might ways." Fields states that the U.S. has "condoned and embraced the grossest of evils." It has "killed over 40 million babies," approved homosexuality and same sex marriage, and "allowed organizations like the ACLU to virtually wipe God's name off the face of this nation." Rather than acknowledge God's grace, Fields writes, "we have gone blithely along believing that we could do whatever we wanted without consequence. No more. God's justice is here. Wake up America."
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.
Added 9/14/01. On the September 14, 2001 episode of Pat Robertson's 700 Club television program, the Rev. Jerry Falwell blamed the ACLU for the terrorist attacks because they allegedly threw God "out of the public square, out of the schools." Falwell also blamed "the abortionists," because "God will not be mocked," and abortions made God mad. Falwell also stated regarding pagans, pro-choice advocates, feminists, gays, the ACLU, and People for the American way, "I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped make this happen.'" Pat Robertson replied to Falwell's remarks that he "totally" concurred.
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation.
Added 9/14/01. Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, issued a "message of solidarity and condolences" to the American people. The letter states that the Christian Communities in Jerusalem and the "whole Palestinian people" stand with Americans and share "the sadness for the loss of innocent brothers and sisters in humanity and faith." The letter condemns the "horrifying crimes" and urges people to "work together for a better world."
Operation Save America.
Added 9/14/01. Reverend Robert Behn of the anti-abortion group Operation Save America states on the group's Web site in an essay titled "Who Bears the Guilt?" that the shedding of "innocent blood…at abortion clinics has come home to roost upon all of us." The Web site also refers to a previous statement made by OSA head Rev. Flip Benham and "18 other pro-life pastors" in Washington D.C. in which they warned that the U.S. was "suffering under the remedial judgments of God Himself. Blood is coursing down the corridors of our schools, workplaces, and streets." A number of other essays on the site also emphasize this theme.
Operation Rescue West.
Added 9/14/01. An "open letter to America" from Troy Newman, director of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue West, states that "today the LORD has visited our land in judgment." Newman alleges that the "blood of over 44,000,000 pre-born children" brought about the destruction.