Pol made up Brooklyn’s
9-11 connection to defend Trump travel ban

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A Brooklyn pol falsely claimed that several of the 9-11 hijackers lived in Bay Ridge before crashing planes into the World Trade Center. State Sen. Martin Golden (R–Bay Ridge) made the bogus statement while defending President Trump’s immigration ban on WNYC on Thursday.

“A number of them that drove the planes into the — 9-11 — into the building at World Trade Center that killed 3,000 Americans — are you ready for this? They were in this community, they lived here in Bay Ridge, they were visiting in this community,” Golden told host Brian Lehrer.

That number is zero, according to official reports, and Golden sounds a lot like a certain White House advisor who invented a terror attack on U.S. soil while also defending the President’s ban, according to a local immigration activist.

“That’s completely a lie. He’s like New York’s Kellyanne Conway, and we don’t need anyone like that,” said native Bay Ridgite Murad Awawdeh, who also heads the Muslim Democratic Club of New York. “For him to make a statement like that — he’s peddling fear.”

A rep from Golden’s office later said the senator had mixed up the deadliest attack on American soil, in which 2,996 people died, with the World Trade Center’s 1993 bombing that killed six.

“He didn’t make it up, he mis-spoke,” said chief of staff John Quaglione. “When he said ‘9-11,’ he was thinking ‘World Trade Center bombing,’ but it didn’t come out. He had his incidents mixed up.”

Only one of the six men convicted in the 1993 bombing, Mahmud Abouhalima, lived in Bay Ridge, according to a New York Times account following bombing.

The Bay Ridge portion of Golden’s district is home to the borough’s largest concentration of Muslims, and Arabs constitute the neighborhood’s second-largest ethnic group, according to census data.

9-11’s tenuous ties to Brooklyn

The 600-page 9/11 Commission Report meticulously traces the 19 hijackers as they crisscrossed the U.S. in the months leading up to the attacks, but it does not mention any living in Brooklyn, let alone Bay Ridge.

A few media accounts that emerged in the days after the tragedy tenuously connecting two hijackers to the borough.

An anonymous Justice Department source told the Associated Press in 2001 that Mohamed Atta, who flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, entered the U.S. via New Jersey in 2000, briefly stayed in a Brooklyn hotel before moving to the Bronx and then Florida for flight school.

Pilot Ziad Jarrah, who crashed United Flight 93 into a Pennsylvania field en route to the nation’s capitol, has an even murkier tie to the borough. His name appears on a lease for an unspecified Brooklyn apartment between 1995 and 1996, according to a 2001 Boston Globe article, which says landlords confirmed a photo of Jarrah, but the hijacker’s family said he was living in Beirut.

Jarrah — a native of Lebanon, which is not on the President’s travel ban — first showed signs of radicalization in late 1996 while attending university in Germany, and he trained to fly planes in Florida, according to the 9/11 Commission’s report, which makes no mention of Jarrah ever living in Brooklyn.

Golden’s claim may be bogus, but the cop-turned-legislator is stoking real fear among Bay Ridge’s Muslims, Awawdeh said.

“We don’t need more incitement — especially in Bay Ridge, especially with the ‘Muslim ban’ that was put in place,” he said. “And someone who’s a former law-enforcement agent who’s doing crazy s---, that should unsettle anyone.”

Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated with comments from Golden's spokesman.
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Philip from Bay Ridge says:
Bay Ridge has been home to several Islamic terrorists. Just Google Rashid Baz and Matin Shiraj to learn about two.
Feb. 11, 2017, 4:21 pm
Elephant from Prospect Park Zoo says:
As I recall it was reported at the time that one of the hijackers had lived in Bay Ridge a year or so before the attack but was not living there on 9/11. The landlord confirmed it. Check with the Spectator/Home Reporter.
Feb. 11, 2017, 4:36 pm
Eddie from Bay Ridge says:
The "Blind Shiekh" Omar Abdel Rahman, who was convicted in the 1993 WTC bombing, also lived in Bay Ridge for a time. Radical Islam and supporters of ISIS can be found in Bay Ridge; there are present in virtually every Muslim community, because those belief systems follow, very closely, the behavior and examples of Mohammad and his earliest followers. ISIS has been very upfront about who and what they are. And ISIS is very Islamic.
Feb. 11, 2017, 4:37 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
I always wonder if Senator Golden would someday move his main office to Dyker Heights (13 Avenue) or 3 Avenue (south of 75th) or Marine Park to better aligned with his supporters
Feb. 11, 2017, 6:48 pm
Mary golden says:
Can someone run against him
Feb. 11, 2017, 9:09 pm
Greg from Bay Ridge says:
It's disappointing to see local politicians eager to denounce neighbors because of their religion.
Feb. 11, 2017, 11:50 pm
Sandra Lopez from Sunset Park says:
Sorry to say, he was imprecise, not wrong. That's not even mentioning the money that the Bay Ridge muslim community sends to promote terrorism. There's a lot of hatred and oppression going on in that community.
Feb. 12, 2017, 2:06 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
About a year and a half ago, hundreds of Bay Ridge Muslims had a march down 3rd Ave in support of the Muslim Brotherhood; this is the organization that provides the ideological support for modern day Islamic terrorism. It directly inspired Al Queida, and serves as a financial support newtwork for Islamic fanatics all over the world. Including right here in Bay Ridge. Nice to know that so many of our Muslim neighbors support the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that explicitly calls for the imposition of Sharia law over Western democracies.
Feb. 12, 2017, 8:44 am
Michael Saccoliti from Bay Ridge says:
Mis-spoke is ——, Marty got caught in a lie. Here's what he said , and I quote "The person that, a number of them that drove the planes into the 9-11 ,the buildings at World trade Center that killed 3000, Americans are you ready for this they lived,they were in this community. They lived here in Bay Ridge,they were visiting here in this country. End quote. Never mind that the first sentence doesn't even make sense, and were they living here or visiting here? Even he doesn't seem to know.9-11, planes , buildings, that's pretty specific for someone who "misspoke. He CLEARLY was talking about Sept. 11th and not the 93 bombing.
Feb. 12, 2017, 1:30 pm
John Quaglone says:
I heard Daryl Strawberry lives in that mansion on Shore Road.
Feb. 12, 2017, 2:01 pm
Hey Hey from Ho Ho says:
Marty Golden has got to go!
Feb. 12, 2017, 2:39 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
John from bay Ridge up there is afraid that Shariah law is going to be imposed on the US...Freaking hysterical. It's going to be 4 years of this nonsense...

Word to the wise: if the sites you get your news from slow your computer down because of the popup ads for ginkgo biloba, they're probably not real.
Feb. 12, 2017, 2:49 pm
BR4SJ from Bay Ridge says:
What is it with Bay Ridge Republicans?

Malliotakis attacking IDNYC; Dan Donovan supporting the Muslim ban and refusing to hold town halls; Marty Golden lying about the Arab American community...

Ummm, can one of you knuckleheads talk about how you're going to save healthcare? No? Oh, okay...
Feb. 12, 2017, 3:13 pm
Elaine Wouter says:
So the debate is over whether they are terrorists, or just normal America hating, polygamists, who support child marriage, and send money to support terrorists? How dare he criticize a huge group of illegal immigrants who bring terrible oppressive conditions from their own countries here and funnel money to terrorism! Surely he's the problem!
All the criticisms come from people who have never met any of these Bay Ridge muslims, nor would ever go there. They love to Pat themselves on the back for being so nice to these people who actually create situations they would hate. They can't accept the truth, sorry many are either terrorists or the network that finances and allows them to function.
Feb. 12, 2017, 3:38 pm
David from Bay Ridge says:
"They can't accept the truth, sorry many are either terrorists or the network that finances and allows them to function."

Would you kindly think about what you are saying!
Feb. 12, 2017, 4:04 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
@John's Conscience

I'm not saying Sharia law is going to be imposed in the US, you dope. Read what I wrote, which referred to what the Muslim Brotherhood explicitly believes, and works to achieve. The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has so many supporters in Bay Ridge, as evidenced by the demonstration in their support, ought to concern you. I'm an anti-fascist and an anti-totalitarian. Even if the fascism is hidden in a religion.
Feb. 12, 2017, 4:15 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
You want me to read what you wrote again? Did it get any less terrible since last time?
Feb. 12, 2017, 4:28 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
@John's Conscience
Here is a hint for you. Reading, and understanding, what you chose to comment on is always a very good idea, unless you want to embarrass yourself.

Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is analogous to supporting a white supremacist organization. Only the nature of the oppression, and the target of the believers, is different. Clearly Golden has his facts about 9/11 wrong. But that doesn't change the fact that there is an awful lot of support amongst the Muslim community in Bay Ridge for some very oppressive ideas. If you're OK with that, just come out and state it explicitly.
Feb. 12, 2017, 4:44 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
You are clearly not "anti-fascist" if you really believe the utter —— you are parroting. Stop thinking of yourself that way.
Feb. 12, 2017, 4:55 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
I understand very well the nature of oppressive ideas and where they may come from.

What you are doing is painting a community here in Bay Ridge with a broad brush and that frankly puts them and their families in danger.

Please stop it.
Feb. 12, 2017, 5:03 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
@John's Conscience

What I am doing is not giving dangerous and oppressive belief systems a free pass. I don't believe groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Aryan Nations, the KKK, and many others like them, should ever get a free pass. Your selective outrage is both disgusting and disingenuous.
Feb. 12, 2017, 7:38 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
I'm still adjusting to this alternate reality wherein "the Left" supports Islam (their treatment of women), the NSA, FBI, CIA and military industrial complex.

And they won't give a chance to the man who destroyed the GOP.

Because they believe the media whores who lost along with the rest of the establishment. And they think the Russians cost them the election instead of the fact that they alienated the entire "Left" of the party (the Sanders supporters).
Feb. 12, 2017, 7:42 pm
gerry jester from bay ridge says:
The 1993 attack on the World Trade Center the terrorists came from Bayridge let's not forget that the senator might of had the events wrong but the attack on the World Trade Center did originate in Bay ridge.
Feb. 12, 2017, 9:54 pm
Jim Murray from Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights says:
73 street on the 500 block was the residence of at least one 9/11 attacker. I lived alongside the scum and didn't know how bad the block had become. Open the doors and you never know what or who will move in. When I was a child my barber and candy store were there, now your neighborhood terrorist has replaced them. Our new neighbors have no respect for those that came before them; but, demand respect from us. What was so wrong with where they came from? It was only their own killing them.
Feb. 13, 2017, 12:51 am
Dr Phil from Making House Call in Bay Ridge says:
It appears Jim Murray is up late and drinking alone on a Sunday night. His new neighbors are terrorist ant Andy Griffith is off the air.
Feb. 13, 2017, 3:05 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
What a tool.
Feb. 13, 2017, 8:03 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is analogous to supporting the Republican party, a white supremacist organization. Only the nature of the oppression, and the target of the believers, is different.
Feb. 13, 2017, 9:54 am
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
Don't back down Marty. The silent majority agrees with you.
Feb. 13, 2017, 10:55 am
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
Sean F, please let us know when the Republicans are caught plotting to bomb the subway at Herald Square, or if they actually shoot up a van full of Jewish kids.
Feb. 13, 2017, 11 am
Sean F from Bensonhurst says:
I never said the party were terrorists. I said they were a white supremacist organization. Two totally different things. I just tweaked John from Bay Ridge's wording to make a point.
Feb. 13, 2017, 12:24 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
lol @ Dr Phil
Feb. 13, 2017, 12:53 pm
John's Conscience from Bay Ridge says:
John, I hate to tell you buddy, but in this context, at this moment, yours *is* the dangerous and oppressive belief system...
Feb. 13, 2017, 12:55 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Marty Golden and all his supporters here need to be beaten to a pulp. They shouldn't be allowed to live in Brooklyn. Stab them, shoot them, poison them! Pluck their eyeballs out with a fork! Tear the ears out of their heads and the tongues out of their lying mouths! Cut off their fingers one by one, then their hands, then their arms. Cut off their toes one by one, then their feet, then their legs. Cut off the men's micropenises. Disembowel them. Decapitate them. Defenestrate them. AND THEN KILL THEM FORTY MORE TIMES!!! MARTY GOLDEN MUST BE KILLED TODAY!
Feb. 13, 2017, 1:07 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon my saying so, but please call me once the shuttle has landed, and when the swelling goes down. I hate to say this on a Monday, but it is not what he said that matters, but rather, the way he said it. Again, sorry to rain on everyone's parade. Please enjoy your afternoon.
Feb. 13, 2017, 1:17 pm
Lynn from Crown Heights says:
So the problem isn't that they are terrorists, but that Marty Golden called them what they are? He's the boy from the emporer's new clothes.
Feb. 13, 2017, 6:11 pm
Dr Kildaire from Shore Road Hospital says:
Marty Golden is already collecting a police disability pension, and, he needs another Senate disability pension.
Feb. 14, 2017, 4:43 am
NN from Boerum Hill says:
Shame on Martin Golden for this fear-mongering nonsense.
Feb. 16, 2017, 9:06 am
Benny from Park Slope says:
When are Trumpkins like Golden and other minions of the Toddler-in-Chief going to stop scapegoating and fearmongering and address the REAL terrorists in our midst, like the white nationalists pulling strings in Drumpf's White House, the homegrown white racists here in the US who have committed dozens of acts of terror since 9/11, and all the other violent, disgraceful, murderous nonsense that non-Muslims routinely perpetrate in the land of the free? Look: No one is arguing that Islamofascism scumbags don't exist. But Jeezus! America has more than its share of "Christian" terrorists to worry about. Wake up.
Feb. 16, 2017, 12:31 pm

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