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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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art
The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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