9/11 Museum’s 20th-anniversary exhibitions become victims of cuts

Due to pandemic, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is cutting some of their planned 20th anniversary exhibits, reports Zachary Small for the New York Times.

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Veterans fear WTC beam left behind in Afghanistan could fall into Taliban’s hands

A 10-foot tall beam from the World Trade Center given to US troops is unaccounted for after American military left Bagram Airbase. Fears that it will end up with the Taliban are rising, reports Kerry J. Byrne of the New York Post.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Cantor served at Bagram and is attempting to locate the beam and get it home. “It’s really important to those of us who served over there that it doesn’t fall into the hands of the Taliban,” he said.

The steel was unveiled at the airfield on Memorial Day 2010 and was a gift of the people of Breezy Point, an area hard-hit by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The beam bore the words “WTC, 9/11/01 Never Forgotten. Never Forget. From the People of New York City. Breezy Point N.Y.”

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Chief Guantánamo prosecutor retiring before September 11 trial begins

U.S. Army Brigadier General Mark S. Martins, the chief prosecutor for military commissions, including that of the Guantánamo prisoners, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of September. His successor has yet to be named.

This is surprising as he had an extension to continue as chief prosecutor until 2023.

The chief defense counsel, U.S. Marines Brigadier General John G. Baker is retiring in November, and the post of military judge is currently vacant.

The next hearings are scheduled for the first two weeks of September.

“I was shocked that Mark is stepping down. I thought he was very committed to seeing it through. But who can blame him? The entire enterprise in Guantánamo is almost comical in its ridiculous turns of events — judge after judge quitting, and now General Martins.” Adele Welty told New York Times reporter Carol Rosenberg. Mrs. Welty’s son Timothy was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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