Reason Roundup

17 Years After 9/11, U.S. Hasn't Forgotten—Or Learned: Reason Roundup

Plus: Winklevoss twins launch new cryptocurrency and how refusing a handshake cost a Muslim woman French citizenship.


Trump couldn't even put aside petty boasting on 9/11. An unearthed interview with Donald Trump from the afternoon of September 11, 2001, reveals him bragging that with the twin towers gone, one of his buildings was once again the tallest structure in New York City. "40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest," said Trump in the radio interview with WWOR.

"Then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it's the tallest."

Today marks 17 years since the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, after being attacked by Al Qaeda actors under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. Here's what now-President Trump had to say about it this year:

That Trump didn't even feel the need to use this occasion for fearmongering suggests Politico is on to something when it suggests "nobody cares about terrorism anymore."

In the midst of the typical (and increasingly lackluster) punditry pablum about how we will #NeverForget, however, some are seizing the opportunity to highlight how America's current actions abroad are antithetical to both respecting the lives lost and preventing future carnage.

Never forget that American politicians are willing to use the memories of murdered citizens and foreigners alike to justify whatever imperialistic adventures they have their hearts newly set on.

Attempts to equate Russian shitposters on Twitter to the mass murder of thousands of Americans have even started pouring in:

Folks who were in the fetus-to-toddler age range on September 11, 2001, are now becoming old enough to join the U.S. military. The good news is they won't be sent to die in the same post-9/11 folly that the earliest adults of my generation—the millennials—were. But while the Iraq War may (for now, at least) be over, America continues to wreak havoc in the region, endlessly repeating the same mistakes that spurred the 9/11 attacks in the first place.


Refusal to shake French president's hand ruled "failure to assimilate"and cause for denying citizenship.


Facebook foes found new cryptocurrency. The digital tokens known as "Gemini Dollars" will be "pegged in value to the U.S. dollar and transferable on the Ethereum blockchain," Fast Company reports.


No bail for Butina. After federal prosecutors falsely accused her of exchanging sex for state secrets, alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has been denied bail. On Monday, a judge rejected her lawyer's request to allow house arrest for Butina as she awaits trial. The judge also imposed a gag order on Butina's lawyers.