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Tunnel To Towers Member Explains The Importance Of Reading Victim Names On 9/11 Memorial



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Friday marks 19 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, when Al Qaeda terrorist flew planes into New York City’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s a day that changed this country and the lives of many Americans.

For Kathy Cunningham, a Tunnel to Towers board member and sister of a 9/11 victim, this day is a time to remember her brother Donald W. Robertson. Robertson was working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center that day.

Cunningham and others were upset to hear that because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the official World Trade Center memorial ceremony wouldn’t allow the traditional live reading of victim names. Tunnel to Towers Foundation, however, stepped in and decided to hold their own ceremony to read the names aloud.

“Well, I can’t lie. I was exceedingly disappointed,” Cunningham told Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt. “I come here every year. This is hallowed grounds, this is sacred grounds, this is all we have, I mean we never recovered my brother, so when I come here and I read his name it is cathartic, it is healing. And I love to be around the other families as well. We all share that same hole in our hearts.”

“So when I heard that the names weren’t being read, I was disappointed. I didn’t understand it because I have to give kudos to the memorial and the mayor and everybody that put on a good show, with Mayor Bloomberg,” she said.

“They put on a good show every year over at the memorial,” Cunningham added.”It was seamless…. so when they eliminated that, I was really disappointed and when Frank Siller… when he picked up the ball and ran with that, I was so proud to be a part of this.”

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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania



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In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.

The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.

The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.

Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.

While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.

Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.

As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”

They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.

However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.

Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.

Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.

As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.

Follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexCarterDC for more!

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