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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 08:49 PM
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Whitman won't testify in hearing about WTC air quality.
From the New York Daily News:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/05/16/2007-05-16_c...

Whitman was the top Bush administration official who announced in the days after 9/11 that the city's air was safe to breathe. She did so despite a huge pile of burning debris at Ground Zero, an unprecedented amount of toxic dust blanketing lower Manhattan, and a tiny number of test results completed by her staff. She and the White House then gave the all-clear for tens of thousands of workers and residents to return to nearby homes and office buildings.

Since then, we have learned that internal warnings from career health officials in several federal and local agencies about the dangers from massive amounts of toxic chemicals in the dust were ignored.

Thousands of former rescue workers, local residents and office employees are still suffering respiratory and other health effects, and some have died from what is today recognized as the biggest release of toxic chemicals ever recorded in an American city.

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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:28 PM
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1. Well, then I suppose the
Esteemed Former EPA Head will most likely receive a more inclusive written invitation to stop by and chat for a bit.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:06 PM
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3. Well, at least she hasn't be awarded the Prez. Medal of Freedom. Or has she? nt
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 09:52 PM
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2. exactly why do these bushies think they are above the law ?
:grr:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:13 PM
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4. a subpoena is enforceable -- and the Dems better do it
The law is the law. Nail their asses to the wall.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:19 PM
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6. I agree! K&R
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:19 PM
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5. I saved copies of all the documents they gave us residents
saying how wonderful the air was even though
our throats were sore, our noses bleeding,
our lungs hacking.... and we had no where else to go.

Rudy Guilliani should be ashamed at the sham
he touts as his biggest success. 911 is a joke.
A sick fucking republican joke of incompetence
dishonesty, and hubris.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:22 PM
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7. My friends - both lawyers - saved the dust in zip lock bags. nt
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Justice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:41 AM
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10. very, very smart idea
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-16-07 10:32 PM
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8. This could be Rudy's achilles heel.
If he gets the nomination, you know the airwaves will be full of first responders and residents who believed him and Whitman when they assured them that the air was safe.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:51 AM
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9. He permitted the Feds to lie to NYC. Just rolled over. nt
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 10:30 AM
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11. That's it. They were too cheap to supply respirators to workers.
Sure, they gave them those cheap paper masks, but they restrict breathing. Also, if the air was deemed dangerous, businesses wouldn't have been able to open. If businesses couldn't open, more money would be lost.

What it came down to is money. So what if people protest, the government can deny, stonewall until they all die. No living "troublemakers" no problem.
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