Ground Zero illnesses come back to haunt Giuliani
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
Jun 1, 2007, 00:25
Alas, the man who is billed as 9/11�s hero, America�s
sheriff, the man who would be President, is being faced today with thousands of
people who worked selflessly at Ground Zero and have become ill, and are now
suing the city for health damages. I wrote about their plight in a Dec, 20,
2006, Online Journal article: No money to treat 9/11
workers, $3 billion to fight Iraq?
I quoted the New York Times which said that previously
�roughly $40 million that was set aside by the federal government to treat
rescue workers, volunteers and firefighters who became ill after helping with the
9/11 cleanup and recovery will run out in months, physicians and federal
officials said yesterday.�
The amount necessary to keep care ongoing beyond that was
�$256.6 million, including $163.6 million in direct medical expenses for
19,200: $91.2 million for 9,6000 patients with respiratory or digestive
disorders, $58 million for 8,000 patients with 9/11 related mental illnesses
and $14.4 million for 1,600 patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Medications account for more than half of the treatment cost.�
And now we find out that the major reason for the extent of
harmed responders was no less than Hizzoner Rudy Giuliani himself. According to
the Times� Ground Zero Illnesses
Clouding Giuliani�s Legacy, �The city ran a generally slipshod,
haphazard, uncoordinated, unfocused response to environmental concerns.� This
is their quote from David Newman, an industrial hygienist with the New York
Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, a labor group.
The Times adds �City officials and a range of medical
experts are now convinced that the dust and toxic materials in the air around
the site were a menace.� No kidding. Two 500,000-ton Towers were pulverized,
vaporized into that mist.
�More than 2,000 New York City firefighters have been
treated for serious respiratory problems. Seventy percent of nearly 10,000
recovery workers screened at Mount Sinai Medical Center have trouble breathing.
City officials estimate that health care costs related to the air at ground
zero have already run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, and no one
knows whether other illnesses, like cancers, will emerge.�
Additionally, as of May 24, 2004, the New York Times reports that For the First
Time, New York Links a Death to 9/11 Dust. �In a letter made public
yesterday [May 24, 2007], [New York City�s Chief Medical Examiner] Dr. [Charles
S.] Hirsch said that he was certain �beyond a reasonable doubt� that dust from
the twin towers contributed to the death of Felicia Dunn-Junes, 42, a civil
rights lawyer who was engulfed on Sept 11 as she ran from her office a block
away from the trade center. She later developed a serious cough and had trouble
breathing, and she died five months after the terrorist attack. Her name will
be added to the official list of World Trade Center victims, and the official
number of people who died as a result of the attack on the twin towers will be
increased to 2,750. . . .�
A mayor out of control
The first Times� piece tells us that while �the city had a safety plan
for workers, it never meaningfully enforced federal requirements that those at
the site wear respirators.� It seems Hizzoner was obsessed with getting the job
done post haste at any cost. One official from the Army Corps said, �Mr.
Giuliani acted like a �benevolent dictator.�� I would strike the benevolent
from the dictator. He never let FEMA or the Army Corps take over the clean-up operation.
�The clean-up was expected to last 30 months,� according to the Times,
but �the pit was cleared by June 2002, nine months after the attack.� This is
not just speed. It�s the elimination of the biggest most important crime scene
in American history, a crime itself, committed with a criminal intent by
someone who knew better, a former US attorney, Rudy Giuliani. And what possible
reason could he have had for that miscarriage of justice? Aside from getting
Wall Street�s lights back on, could Giuliani have been aiding and abetting the
cover-up of how and who and why the Towers went down?
Of course most of us who are reading more than the Times know it wasn�t
two airliners piloted by wild-eyed Muslim terrorists that brought those
buildings down. First of all none of the terrorists� names were on the
manifests. And FBI director Robert Mueller, who at first magically produced the
terrorists� names and pix, later said they could not be definitively proven to
have been there, at least not like the passport of Mohamed Atta that was found
in pristine condition in the massive smoldering ruin of Ground Zero. It is
highly probable those planes were piloted by remote control systems that kicked
in as the transponders went down.
Secondly, the ten thousand gallons of jet fuel in each plane burned up
brightly and swiftly in the open air of the cool September morning. It could
not and did not produce the temperatures necessary to melt the redundant steel
foundations of the towers. In fact it was the rocking explosions from the very
tops, down through, and from the basements of the Towers that brought the
towers down. There was no pancaking of floors to slow the towers� freefall at
the speed of gravity. Thus, each massive tower went down some 1,300 feet in
about 10 seconds.
Ironically, the South Tower that was hit second went down first, after
burning less than half an hour. The North Tower, which was hit first, burned
close to an hour and a half, and went down last. And so, could it be that the
mayor�s rush to clean up was a cover-up? Did he have some foreknowledge of
these strange and bizarre events?
Did Hizzoner want all evidence gone of aerosolized metals, and explosive
materials like thermite, that created this carcinogenic mixture of �dust,� more
like a gray sky-soup of atomized concrete, iron, plastics, wood, rubber, wire,
flesh, blended into particulates, that would settle and calcify in the lungs
and other body tissue? The concrete�s 200,000 gallons of water was literally
vaporized. Thus, in order to understand the enormity of these explosions, read
what Dr. Ed Ward, MD, reports at The Price of Liberty.org concerning The US Government�s
Usage of Atomic Bombs- Domestic- WTC- . . .
spectrum and percentages of cancer are massive. There are at least 4
classifications of blood-cell
cancers: leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin�s and myeloma. There are many
more classifications of soft tissue cancers. There is brain cancer.
There is breast cancer.
For most of these there are subclassifications of many different types of
specific cancer in each, so far not publicly disclosed. There are huge
percentages of respiratory
distress and loss of function. Multiple reports of �irregular
cycles� (miscarriages?). Most likely there will be several more types of cancer
to follow. In particular, responders should be checked for thyroid cancer and
function. There has been no noting of birth defects which also needs to be
done. There is one thing and only one thing that can cause all these cancers
and problems - RADIATION.�
Dr. Ward contends that �the factual evidence indicates that our
government is using and has used 3rd or possibly 4th generation hydrogen bombs
domestically and internationally. The evidence for international usage is not
quite as strong as the domestic usage, but when domestic usage is considered,
the international usage seems inescapable. The process of exclusion based on
the known facts leaves only one viable option for the destruction of the World
Trade Center (WTC) buildings�a relatively pure hydrogen bomb.� Take a look also
at Dr. Ward�s Update on
thermal imaging post the WTC event. It�s an eye-opener.
Did Hizzoner have foreknowledge of 9/11?
Perhaps his Hizzoner had no idea of the punch that was to be packed.
Yet, somehow he knew to evacuate his headquarters on the 23rd floor of Tower
Seven at 9:15 AM. He said that he was told the building was going down. Seven
did not go down with the first two towers. But its owner. Lucky Larry
Silverstein, had it �pulled� eight hours later by internal demolition, and it
went down neatly into its footprint, and Mr. Silverstein made an instant $500
million profit on the original cost of the old Tower 7 versus the new one. As
you may know, an internal demolition for a building that size takes weeks to
create, not eight hours.
Also, both Giuliani and Silverstein had foreknowledge of the fact that
the Twin Trade Towers were asbestos �bombs,� that is they were loaded with the
lethal insulating material when they were built in the early 70s. The towers
were not permitted to be leveled by internal demolition because they were part
of a public trust, The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey,
established by the Rockefeller family. Nevertheless, the towers had to come
down by law by about 2007. Unfortunately, they would have had to be
disassembled piece by piece at a cost of some $10 billion dollars plus.
Mr. Giuliani knew all this. Mr. Silverstein knew this when he leased the
buildings less than two months before 9/11. Perhaps that�s why Silverstein
upped the insurance to $3.5 billion, with provision for coverage from �terror
attacks.� He later tried to collect for each hit separately, which would have
given him more than $7 billion. As of, March 24, 2003, the Times reports on the
final settlement in Insurers Agree
to Pay Billions at Ground Zero. A second contract, which provided for the
double payment had not been fully completed when the acts occurred, and thus
triggered the six years of litigation. Yet consider how prescient it was of Mr.
Silverstein to ask for it in the first place.
This last Times article also tells us that New York�s Governor Eliot
Spitzer brokered the deal for the remaining seven (out of two dozen insurers)
who had not already settled. Allianz Global Risks, Travelers Companies, Zurich,
Swiss Re, Employers, Insurance, Industrial Risk Insurers and Royal Indemnity,
agreed to pay a total of $2 billion dollars. The other insurers had already
kicked in $2.55 billion, bringing the total to $4.55 billion, which will be
awarded to Silverstein and the Port Authority after millions in litigation were
Of this award, Silverstein will get $1.13 billion for three large office
towers (Towers 2, 3, and 4), to be built on Church Street, between Vesey and
Liberty Streets, on the east side of the WTC complex. The remaining $870 million
will go the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which actually owns the
land at ground zero and is the original builder of the WTC. The new money will
go towards the building of both the $3 billion Freedom Tower, tallest and of
the buildings planned to be built, and Tower 5. The insurance money will cover
half of the $9 billion cost of erecting five towers, retail space and
conceivably a hotel. Remember, the original down payment made by Silverstein
and partners to secure the original 99 year lease of the WTC @ $120 million a
year was $125 million. Of this, Silverstein�s silent partner, Lloyd Goldman put
up $80 million and Lucky Larry a mere $14 million in the deal. Not a bad deal
It is also interesting that Governor Spitzer jumped in to settle the
financial morass of 9/11 insurance coverage, while he has completely ignored
all the information presented to him several years ago by 9/11 scholars and
scientists that prove 9/11 was an inside job. One wonders why he did not apply
his formidable talents to cutting through the morass of government
disinformation to get to the truth that 9/11 was an inside job, a false flag
op, to go at the Muslim world. Could it be that Eliot Spitzer, the
ex-lawyer/partner of the Skadden Arps corporate law firm, which was also Larry
Silverstein�s firm pre-9/11 firm, as well as Hank Greenberg�s (Chairman of AIG)
corporate law firm; could it be that crusader Spitzer might be unwilling to
tackle some bad people?
Given these facts, plus the fact that Giuliani knew that FEMA was in
town on the night of 9/10/2001, supposedly for a series of terror-hijack
drills, as stated in Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson�s Prisonplanet.com
Were Cover For the Operational Execution of 9/11, Rudy might have had a
more nefarious reason to work those deadly 24-hour shifts. That reason, as
stated earlier, was clearing away evidence for any further investigation of the
real perpetrators, high-ranking members of our own government, who have
subsequently taken Rudy to their bosom.
Commenting on the Giuliani/Times story abouy the four large construction
companies working round the clock, Charles Blaich, in charge of safety for the
Fire Department at the time of 9/11 said, �They should have backed off on the
night shift, when a very limited amount of work could be done.� But they
(Hizzoner) didn�t. It was full steam ahead regardless of the human
�A conspiracy of purpose�
Also, in that same Times article, Suzanne Mattei, director
of the New York office of the Sierra Club and a critic of how the clean up was
handled, said, �I would describe it as a conspiracy of purpose. It wasn�t
people running around saying, �Don�t do this safely.� But there was a unified
attempt to do everything as fast as possible, to get everything up and running
as fast as possible. Anything in the way of that just tended to be ignored.�
I, too, would describe Giuliani�s cleanup handling as �a
conspiracy of purpose,� perhaps of a much larger conspiracy with a much larger
purpose: to be the Pearl Harbor of the New World Order�s hegemonic march to
conquer the world, beginning with its attacks on Afghanistan and subsequently
Times writer Anthony DePalma also mentions, �Records show
that the city was aware of the danger in the ground zero dust from the start.
In [a] federal court deposition, Kelly R. McKinney, associate commissioner at
the city�s health department in 2001, said the agency issued an advisory on the
night of Sept. 11 stating that asbestos in the air made the site hazardous and
that everyone should wear masks . . .� Many workers refused, given the
super-hyped need for speed. They also complained that the respirators were
unwieldy and made it hard for them to speak.
DePalma adds �Violations of federal safety rules abounded,
and no one strictly enforced them. OSHA did not play an active role during the
rescue phase, which is usually the case in emergency operations.� In another
place, he tells us that a Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey
official, not authorized to speak for the agency, said �the focus was always on
preventing accidents, not protecting workers from the toxic dust.� In other
words, speed above safety.
Additional errors in Giuliani judgment
Wayne Barrett, a longtime critic of Giuliani along with fellow writer
Dan Collins, condemned Giuliani�s oversight in their revealing 2006 book, Grand
Illusion. In an interview, Barrett commented that Giuliani �said all
the right things, but did all the wrong things.� Barrett also points to �a
five-page memo from Jerry Hauer, who was the head of Emergency Management
[under Giuliani]. He [Hauer] wanted it [the command center] to be located in
Brooklyn in the Metrotech complex. That happens to be roughly where Mike
Bloomberg has since put it . . .� The command center could not be put
underground at the WTC. The Hudson River just a few blocks away would have
flooded it. Thus, it was shoved 23 stories into the air in Building 7, right
next to the Twin Towers, which already had been attacked in 1993. Not smart.
But ignoring facts is a key to Rudy�s modus operandi. It�s no wonder
that the Times comments that �The city�s handling of safety issues has been
criticized by doctors, unions and occupational safety experts.� Let�s add to
the critics Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 widow, Jersey Girl and former Republican,
whose husband perished in the North Tower. She has this to say on her website .
�Forgive me, but Giuliani is the person responsible for deciding to
locate NYC�s emergency center in the World Trade Center [23rd floor, Building
7]. . . . During the attacks, because the command center was rendered
inoperable, NYC had no clear chain of command and no physical command structure
in place to coordinate the emergency response. Frankly, the whole reason
Giuliani was on television all day and available for interviews was because he
was scrambling around the streets trying to set up a command post since the one
he had designed and located [against the advice of old friend Police Chief
Howard Safer and many others] was paralyzed during the attacks . . .�
Breitweiser adds, �Furthermore, Giuliani is also responsible for giving
the FDNY inoperable Motorola radios. This, too, cost hundreds of lives when
firemen did not hear the order to evacuate the towers prior to their collapse.�
By the way, those radios were still not fixed for years after 9/11. In fact, they
hadn�t been fixed since the 1993 first WTC attack, when Giuliani was running
for and became mayor.
Obviously, the most damning issue to Rudy at this point is his criminal
rushing of the cleanup. Yet, it is part of a consistent pattern of Giuliani
behavior, the self-appointed �dictator� more than willing to play an illegal
and/or slipshod role in accomplishing unholy business. And this is the man who
stands before us today as a candidate for president. In fact, he is the current
front-runner among Republican candidates. Woe to those who don�t learn more
about him. Examine his personal life, especially philandering through three
marriages. Examine his family�s mobster past. Examine his shady post-mayoral
business dealings in this recent Washington Post article: In
Private Sector, Giuliani Parlayed Fame Into Wealth.
Hopefully, you�ll find out �What Makes Rudy Run.� A relentless if not
ruthless will to rule, not patriotism or a concern for the common good. And too
reminiscent of the present dictator�s �I am the decider� obsession.
Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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