First his kids shun him, now the Firefighters' Union....I hope the rest of America is next!
March 9, 2007
The Firefighters' Union is holding a bipartisan election forum on March 14, 2007. They have invited several presidential candidates, but not Rudy Giuliani. Here is an excerpt of a statement from the firefighters:
"His actions post 9/11 rise to such an offensive and personal attack on our brother and sisterhood — and directly on our union — that the IAFF does not feel Rudy Giuliani deserves an audience of IAFF leaders and members at our own Presidential Forum.
The disrespect that he exhibited to our 343 fallen FDNY brothers, their families and our New York City IAFF leadership in the wake of that tragic day has not been forgiven or forgotten.
In November 2001, our members were continuing the painful, but necessary, task of searching Ground Zero for the remains of our fallen brothers and the thousands of innocent citizens that were killed, because precious few of those who died in the terrorist attacks had been recovered at that point.
Prior to November 2001, 101 bodies or remains of fire fighters had been recovered. And those on the horrible pile at Ground Zero believed they had just found a spot in the rubble where they would find countless more that could be given proper burial.
Nevertheless, Giuliani, with the full support of his Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, decided on November 2, 2001, to sharply reduce the number of those who could search for remains at any one time. There had been as many as 300 fire fighters at a time involved in search and recovery, but Giuliani cut that number to no more than 25 who could be there at once.
In conjunction with the cut in fire fighters allowed to search, Giuliani also made a conscious decision to institute a "scoop-and-dump" operation to expedite the clean-up of Ground Zero in lieu of the more time-consuming, but respectful, process of removing debris piece by piece in hope of uncovering more remains.
Mayor Giuliani's actions meant that fire fighters and citizens who perished would either remain buried at Ground Zero forever, with no closure for families, or be removed like garbage and deposited at the Fresh Kills Landfill.
Our Local presidents at the time attempted to meet with the Mayor to stop this despicable treatment of those who perished, but he refused to even see them face-to-face.
The scoop-and-dump continued. And when hundreds of family members of the fallen joined with our affiliate leadership and members to protest Giuliani's decision, he ordered senior officers of the New York Police Department to arrest 15 of our FDNY brothers, including a number of local elected IAFF leaders.
Giuliani modified his policy after the protest because public opinion was so strongly with our members. Ultimately, he was forced to put the fire fighters back on the pile. Our protests were later proven justified as more bodies were ultimately recovered and those families given a chance for some closure and a decent burial.
Giuliani argued that the change was for our own safety, but his argument was empty and without substance. Fire fighters had been on that pile since minutes after the twin towers fell — why all of a sudden, after nearly two months working on the pile, was Giuliani concerned about fire fighter safety?
In our view, he wasn't really concerned. The fact is that the Mayor's switch to a scoop-and-dump coincided with the final removal of tens of millions of dollars of gold, silver and other assets of the Bank of Nova Scotia that were buried beneath what was once the towers. Once the money was out, Giuliani sided with the developers that opposed a lengthy recovery effort, and ordered the scoop-and-dump operation so they could proceed with redevelopment."
By Larry Simons
March 10, 2007
Regardless of what America thinks of Rudy Giuliani, I think he’s a despicable human being…and he’s fooling America if they still think he’s some 9/11 hero. I’ve said from day one "What did he do on 9/11 that any other Mayor in any other city wouldn’t have done?". Of course, as a reflection of how stupid America is, I get the occasional idiotic comment like, "Look what Ray Nagin did in New Orleans! He was responsible for people’s deaths". As if by showing my disgust for Giuliani I am praising Nagin! Unbelievable! Besides, people who say these things don’t realize that Giuliani actually was criticized…by none other than the 9/11 families. Some family members of 9/11 victims have openly criticized Giuliani for the significant communication failures that occurred on that day.
In December 2006, Sally Regenhard, mother of a late firefighter and co-founder of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign, vowed to expose the truths of Giuliani's actions on 9/11 before 2008, stating, "I can't see why any 9/11 family member who knows the truth about the failures of the Giuliani administration . . . would not be outraged." So, to the idiots who think Giuliani did not fail his own citizens…a little research goes a LONG way.
He is also criticized for telling New Yorkers the air quality at ground zero and nearby areas was acceptable. He moved quickly to reopen Wall Street, and it was reopened on September 17. He said, in the first month after the attacks, "The air quality is safe and acceptable." However, in the weeks after the attacks, the United States Geological Survey identified hundreds of asbestos hot spots of debris dust that remained on buildings. It would eventually be determined that a wide swath of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn had been heavily contaminated by highly caustic and toxic materials.
The city's health agencies, such as the Department of Environmental Protection, did not supervise or issue guidelines for the testing and cleanup of private buildings. Instead, the city left this responsibility to building owners. Firefighters, police and their unions, have criticized Giuliani over the issue of protective equipment and illnesses after the attacks. An October study by the National Institute of Environmental Safety and Health said that cleanup workers lacked adequate protective gear.
There’s your "America’s Mayor"!
And I wonder how many people even knew about the fact that his first wife was his second cousin, or that in mid-2006 on his radio show he openly made fun of a man with Parkinson’s disease by saying to the man, "what kind of hole are you in? There's something that's really wrong with you. . . . We'll send you psychiatric help because you really need it."
Michael Powell of the Washington Post had this to say about the incident: "So, the smiling mayor fields a phone call during his weekly radio show. The caller is angry about city cuts to food stamps and Medicare aid for the disabled. Hizzoner is a pit bull to the chase. "Hey, John," Giuliani tells his caller, "what kind of hole are you in? There's something that's really wrong with you. . . . We'll send you psychiatric help because you really need it."
As it happens, the caller, John Hynes, needs real help. A disabled lawyer, he suffers from Parkinson's disease, and he's had his benefits cut off and he's running out of medicine. Nothing chills the blood so thoroughly as the sight of a powerful man turned gleeful bully."
Here’s the clip:
I have always contended that Giuliani knows more about the truth of 9/11 than we will ever know and until he answers the following questions listed below that author David Ray Griffin asks in his book "The New Pearl Harbor"……he shouldn’t get ONE vote to be our next President:
1. How do you explain the fact that although steel-framed high-rise buildings have never collapsed because of fire in any other city in the world, 3 such buildings collapsed in New York on 9/11?
2. According to all available photographs, the fires in Building 7 were quite small. How then can you explain either of the two accounts we now have before us of why this building came down---that it was brought down by fire, or that the fire was so big that your fire department decided that any attempt to save the building would be futile?
3. Given the fact that it is a federal crime to remove evidence from a crime scene, why did you order or at least allow the steel from the Twin Towers and Building 7 to be removed before it could be examined?
4. If your answer to that question is that the steel needed to be removed so that rescue workers could search for victims who might still be alive under the rubble of the Twin Towers, why was the steel removed just as quickly from building 7? By your own account, it had been evacuated many hours before it collapsed, so it would have had no victims. And why, in any case, did you allow the steel to be sold and shipped overseas, where it could not be examined?
5. You told Peter Jennings that on the morning of 9/11, while you were in the emergency command center in Building 7, you were told that you should evacuate the building because "the World Trade Center was gonna collapse." Who told you the WTC was going to collapse? Did you ask the person how he or she knew this? Did you believe it, given the fact that steel-framed buildings had never before collapsed due to fire? If so, why?
Here's the clip: Giuliani says this 1:17 into the clip (at the 2:51 mark). How did the people who told him this KNOW this? On what basis did they KNOW it would collapse?
6. Is it true that you have had your records as Mayor of New York City sealed for 25 years? If so, why?
We’re in BIG trouble if this guy is our next President. He truly is a piece of shit and I hope America wakes up and sees this before it’s too late.