NormalBates wrote:So what do you guys think?
I say: welcome to the Surreal (and phony) World of "9/11 testimonies", dear NormalBates !
MrSinclair wrote:Wow! I had not seen that before. What a classic. Cheesy Music,the dulcet tones of bullshit master Tom Hanks, toothless deck hands, choked up sea captains. I especially liked the one guy Captain Kirk Slater, nice touch. Bigger than Dunkirk in 9 hours, well, that event took over a week and something like 300,000 people and 1000 boats. Obviously from the photos the 911 evacuation had many more boats.
On September 11th, 2001, as hundreds of thousands fled south from the burning towers, people quickly discovered something we often forget: that Manhattan is an island. As officials closed all bridges, tunnels and commuter lines linking Manhattan to the rest of the world, people were trapped.
The little told story of what happened next is the focus of my documentary short film, BOATLIFT, narrated by Tom Hanks. The film premiered at the Center for National Policy's 9/11 Ten Year Anniversary Summit, in Washington, D.C.
BOATLIFT is the story of the largest maritime evacuation in history.
The Center for National Policy is an independent think tank dedicated to advancing the economic and national security of the United States. We bring together thought leaders and decision makers who are focused on the revitalization of our economy for the benefit of all Americans and the strengthening of the values of human rights and democracy at home and across the globe.
As its seventh President, Scott Bates is leading the organization into its fourth decade of service in the tradition of such distinguished former CNP leaders as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretaries of State Madeline Albright, Cyrus Vance, Ed Muskie and former 9/11 Commissioner Ambassador Tim Roemer.
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuation half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. BOATLIFT was commissioned by Dr. Stephen Flynn, President, Center for National Policy, for the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington (www.road2resilience.org). Flynn & Sean Burke served as executive producers. The film was made possible by a generous grant by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, and TotalBank. Read more »
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