Memo: Giuliani ignored warnings about WTC7
A 1998 memo reveals that then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, currently running for President on the GOP ticket, built New York City's emergency command center in World Trade Center Building 7 over the objections of the city, the New York Times reports.
Experts were alarmed over many factors that they say made the site unacceptably vulnerable to attacks and accidents, including the fact that the World Trade Center had already been the target of one attack.
7 World Trade Center would ultimately fall shortly after the collapse of the nearby "twin towers" on September 11, 2001, sparking suspicions of a government cover-up.
“Seven World Trade Center is a poor choice for the site of a crucial command center for the top leadership of the City of New York,” a panel of police experts, which was aided by the Secret Service, concluded in a confidential Police Department memorandum.
The memorandum, which has not been previously disclosed, cited a number of “significant points of vulnerability.” Those included: the building’s public access, the center’s location on the 23rd floor, a 1,200-gallon diesel fuel supply for its generator, a large garage and delivery bays, the building’s history as a terrorist target, and its placement above and adjacent to a Consolidated Edison substation that provided much of the power for Lower Manhattan.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mayor then, has acknowledged some police skepticism about the site, but he has described it as resulting from a jurisdictional dispute between police officials and his emergency management director, who had played a role in selecting the site.
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