Newell: This 9/11, let us remember that information is power

Newell has been on the radio for two years today

Newell Normand
September 11, 2019 - 5:25 pm

100 years ago, Walter Lippman said, "Men who have lost their grip upon the relevant facts of their environment are the inevitable victims of agitation and propaganda. The quack, the charlatan, the jingo, and the terrorist, can flourish only where the audience is deprived of independent access to information."

My growing excitement for what I do is the result of knowing that providing historical, current and relevant data about the myriad of topics we discuss together in an open and transparent forum, with respect, beats back the quack, the charlatan and the jingo. My belief that information is power has never been stronger than it is today. That very belief which leads to the insatiable thirst for knowledge - which quite frankly, can be both a blessing and a burden - is what motivates me every morning to get up and share the power of information with you. I hope your time spent with me has been as rewarding as my time spent with you.

On the 18th anniversary of 9/11, let us remember that information is power. Credible intelligence, and the collection and dissemination of same is critical to beating back the desire of others to hurt this country both figuratively and in the real sense. 19 terrorists took the lives of 2,996 innocent people and injured over 6,000 others. 415 first responders made the ultimate sacrifice that day, and many more continue to make that sacrifice as they fight back with great bravery, with great heroism. 

It is in their memory and in the celebration of their life and their heroism that I started my new journey on this day two years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with every family impacted by this tragic event, as well as the entire country. All I can tell you is - God Bless America.

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