History Commons Projects, Update on June 17, 2009

Perhaps the most interesting thing this week is that an HC contributor found a document in the National Archives showing that, two days before 9/11, the military practiced responding to a simulated hijacking by suicide terrorists targeting New York. The document also mentioned a number of other previously-unknown hijacking-response exercises, and has been written up at the contributors' blog.
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There are also several additional entries in the 9/11 Timeline, about the 9/11 Commission and the day of the attacks.
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The Domestic Propaganda Timeline focuses on the back-and-forth of Sonia Sotomayer's nomination to the US Supreme Court, and Karl Rove instructs readers that the word "empathy" is actually code for "liberal activism."
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The Economic Crisis Timeline marks the 30th bank failure in the US this year, which was Silverton Bank in Atlanta.
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Lastly, a contributor to the A. Q. Khan Timeline highlights possible Saudi funding for Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
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