The White House is now defending some of its talking points over how it will mark the tenth anniversary of September 11th, namely by minimizing references to Al Qaeda in an effort to show the terror group is increasingly less relevant. A former staffer of Vice President Dick Cheney spoke out against the move, saying "I think the fact that you would actually instruct government officials to speak differently about 9/11 simply based on where they're standing is not just insulting to American audiences and to foreign

audiences, but again I think its a little bit of a window into how they look at national security issues.

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Bill Hemmer spoke to former New York Governor George Pataki, who was in office on that fateful day, who said that criticism makes sense and it's critical to remember that 9/11 wasn't an attack on the global community - it was an attack on America. He added that the White House's message combined with the administration's refusal to call terrorists "terrorists" contribute to the fundamental truth that "this administration has never understood the meaning of September 11th."