Daily Archives: August 11, 2007

9/11 workers outraged by new Rudy claim

“He’s not one of us. He never has been and he never will be.”

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BY CELESTE KATZ

NY Daily News | Aug 10, 2007

Rudy Giuliani drew outrage and indignation from Sept. 11 first-responders yesterday by saying he spent as much time – or more – exposed to the site’s dangers as workers who dug through the debris for the missing and the dead.

Speaking to reporters at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame he caught between fund-raisers, the GOP front-runner said he helped 9/11 families and defended himself against critics of how he managed the attack’s aftermath.

“This is not a mayor or a governor or a President who’s sitting in an ivory tower,” Giuliani said. “I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them.”

Rudy Giuliani on the 9/11 Rescue Workers: “I’m One of Them.”

His statement rang false to Queens paramedic Marvin Bethea, who said he suffered a stroke, posttraumatic stress disorder and breathing problems after responding to the attacks.

“I personally find that very, very insulting,” he said.

“Standing there doing a photo-op and telling the men, ‘You’re doing a good job,’ I don’t consider that to be working,” said Bethea, 47.

Ironworker Jonathan Sferazo, 52, who said he spent a month at the site and is now disabled, runs a worker advocacy group with Bethea and called Giuliani’s comments “severely” out of line.

“He’s not one of us. He never has been and he never will be. He never served in a capacity where he was a responder,” Sferazo said.

In the aftermath of the attacks, admirers dubbed Giuliani “America’s Mayor,” praising his leadership in the face of an unprecedented disaster. Detractors, including the International Association of Fire Fighters, which put out a scathing 13-minute video on his performance, suggested he profited politically and financially from the attacks.

“[Giuliani] is self-absorbed, arrogant and deluded,” said IAFF spokesman Jeff Zack.

Responded Giuliani spokesman Michael McKeon, “Americans saw Rudy’s performance for themselves during the aftermath of 9/11 and will dismiss this as the ridiculous and partisan rantings of a Democratic front group, because that’s what they are.”

Giuliani backer Lee Ielpi, a retired firefighter who lost his son, said no one’s saying Giuliani dug through the rubble personally, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t exposed to toxins.

“For me to say I saw him every day [would] not be fair,” said Ielpi, who participated in the recovery effort for nine months. “But I can say I did see the mayor there a large number of times, [trying] to be as helpful and supportive as possible.”

Rep. Rangel Rips Giuliani, Calling Him A ‘Bum’

“You know, people are going to find out who is this guy, and it’s not going to be kind.”

WNBC | Aug 10, 2007

NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel isn’t holding back in his criticism of presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Friday the Democrat from New York’s 15th District criticized New York’s former mayor, telling Gabe Pressman that Giuliani shouldn’t get New Yorkers’ support just because he’s from the area.

Rangel said, “He was never one of our boys. He was a bum. He was a terrible man. It’s the post 9/11, when we couldn’t find the president, and he was fearlessly walking up and down the streets. And that’s the guy that America has known. But now the firemen are coming out, the emergency medical people are coming out, his kids are coming out. You know, people are going to find out who is this guy, and it’s not going to be kind.”

Pressman followed by asking what kind of man Rangel sees Giuliani as today.

Rangel replied, “I don’t think any federal prosecutor indicted more people that were subsequently acquitted than Giuliani. You know, he’s a tough guy from the neighborhood that wants everyone to know how tough he is. He’s the guy that calls the police to rally, cussing and fussing and bringing out the meanness in them as they drank beer and attacked David Dinkins. He polarized the city like no mayor’s ever done.”

Giuliani was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”

blogs.nytimes.com | Aug 10, 2007

By Sarah Wheaton

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Giuliani: “I’m a 9/11 Worker. I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. While campaigning in Ohio yesterday, Rudolph W. Giuliani adopted a variation of this approach when he was discussing the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Giuliani said he is “one of” the 9/11 workers, many of whom spent 24 hour days at the World Trade Center site in the early weeks, sifting through debris that many now claim gave them serious illnesses. From The Associated Press:

“This is not a mayor or a governor or a president who’s sitting in an ivory tower,” he said. “I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. … I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them.”

Union leaders for F.D.N.Y. and N.Y.P.D. begged to differ.

Mr. Giuliani’s leadership of New York City after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 has been the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, but he has also faced criticism over a number of circumstances, including the city’s preparedness prior to the attacks and the care it took to insure the safety of the workers at the site of the World Trade Center. As The Times’s Anthony DePalma has previously reported, thousands of people who worked at ground zero have become sick, and some regard Mr. Giuliani’s triumph of leadership as having come with a human cost.

Talking Points Memo posted this video today:

Rudy Giuliani on the 9/11 Rescue Workers: “I’m One of Them.”
Giuliani responds to criticism from families of rescue workers, August 10 2007.

Last month, the International Association of Fire Fighters released a video titled “Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend,” and has been appealing to its members not to support Mr. Giuliani’s candidacy.

Update: Mr. Giuliani clarified his comments on Mike Gallagher’s syndicated radio show this morning:

It is a major concern of mine, the health of the workers there at Ground Zero and, you know, what I was trying to say yesterday is that I empathize with them because I feel like I have that same risk. And the way I said it, I probably could have said it better, but what I was trying to say was I was there quite a bit, there are people that were there more than me, people that were [there] less than me. There were people there less than me, people on my staff, who already have had serious health consequences and they weren’t there as often as I was.

But I wasn’t trying to suggest a competition of any kind, which is the way it come across. And I think I could have said it better. You know, what I was saying was ‘I’m there with you.’ Gosh almighty, I was there often enough, even though they were there, people there more and people there less, but I was there often enough so that every health consequence that people have suffered, I could also be suffering. People on my staff were there with me. Some of them weren’t there as often as I was and some of them have gotten sick already.

Both as an individual and as a former mayor, my goal is the health of the workers there. The people who might get sick, the people who have gotten sick. Some of the people that have gotten sick were some of my close friends and some people that were on my staff that used to come down there with me. And some of them were down there more than I was and some of them were down there less than I was and they still got sick. Even people that were there less than I was. So that was the point I was trying to make. That people who have been exposed to that risk down there are entitled to be taken care of. They’re entitled to get compensation. We should give them everything. I mean they are heroes in my estimation. And what I was trying to say was even those that were there less than me and the reality is that we’re all in this together and I’m there with them and I feel that I have the same concerns that they have.

Update 2: John Edwards, a Democratic candidate, is weighing in, saying that “Rudy Giuliani has taken a break from reality.” More from his statement:

It seems that Giuliani is determined to take every opportunity to exploit the memory of 9/11 for political gain, rather than honor the incredible sacrifices of our first responders. Enough is enough.

Mayor Giuliani should start answering the serious questions of why firefighters and other first responders didn’t have proper equipment and support. The 9/11 Commission and National Institute of Standards & Technology reports have documented the failures of the broken radio communications system, a splintered chain of command and an unprepared Office of Emergency Management under his watch as mayor. These are the questions he needs to answer.

Exit chained days before Virginia massacre – cops

ASSOCIATED PRESS | Aug 11, 2007

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ROANOKE, Va. – Two days before the Virginia Tech massacre, witnesses saw a suspicious man and found at least one exit door chained shut in the same building where Seung-Hui Cho later murdered 30 people, police said yesterday.

Cho chained most of the exits of Norris Hall before firing 174 rounds of ammunition in about nine minutes on April 16, but investigators said they had no indication he was the person who had chained the exit earlier.

“It would be speculation to suggest that he was practicing locking the doors,” state police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said in the first update on the investigation in months.

Police did not learn of the April 14 incident until after Cho had murdered 25 fellow students and five faculty members at Norris, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

Cho also killed two people in a dormitory beforehand. He fatally shot himself as police closed in. Another 23 people were wounded in the bloodbath, Flaherty said.

Police would not say who reported seeing the man, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, or who found the door chained on April 14.

Authorities said yesterday they have yet to find evidence linking Cho to any of his victims, anything suggesting he had an accomplice or anything to clear up his motive.

Investigators have not found Cho’s computer hard drive, Flaherty said.

“That’s a piece of evidence we would love to find, along with his cell phone and possibly some other documents,” he said.

A state panel appointed to look into the shootings – the worst in modern U.S. history – is expected to issue a report this month.

Ron Paul Gets Award for “Loudest Presence” at Straw Poll

Voting goes on all day, and the result will be announced at 7 p.m. Central time (8 pm Eastern Time).

Gambling911 | Aug 11, 2007

Signs for Ron Paul’s 2008 US Presidential campaign lined the streets and highways leading up to Ames, Iowa Saturday morning.  State troopers worked diligently to remove the signage.

Jennifer Jacobs of the Des Moines Register reports that the loudest support during Saturday’s morning portion of the Iowa Straw Polls went to Ron Paul – an 8 to 1 favorite of those appearing at the event.   Online gambling websites removed betting on the 2008 US Presidential Elections during the day Saturday citing the important ramifications of the Straw Poll.

Supporters stood on street corners, enthusiastically waving and holding up signs, according to the Register. At least 10 cars in the parking lot were decorated with giant “Ron Paul” signs. A guy in a minivan broadcasting Paul’s name drove around the Hilton lots honking his horn.

Paul will be facing tough competition in Ames from poll front runner, Mitt Romney, and Sam Brownback, who the media expected to come in second as a result of his aggressive campaigning throughout Iowa.

Sen. Charles Grassley told the Register today it is a mistake for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain of Arizona to skip the Iowa Republican Party’s presidential straw poll in Ames.

Giuliani and McCain decided for strategic reasons not to actively participate in the closely-watched event in Ames.

“I think he should have been in the straw poll,” Grassley said about Giuliani as the straw poll got under way around Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus.

“I think anybody who is not in the straw poll made a mistake,” said Grassley, the dean of Iowa’s congressional delegation.

Temperatures were expected to get to 95 degrees Saturday afternoon.

The candidates were scheduled to begin speaking inside the Coliseum at 12:24 p.m. Voting goes on all day, and the result will be announced at 7 p.m. Central time (8 pm Eastern Time).

Gambling911.com is bringing you all the latest Iowa Straw Poll news and its impact on 2008 US Presidential odds throughout the day Saturday right here

Homeland Security To Covertly Scan Behavior

Infowars.net | Aug 9, 2007

by Steve Watson

The United States Department of Homeland Security is to install a host of new technology to covertly scan the behaviour and emotions of American citizens in an effort to prevent terrorism according to an upcoming article in the New Scientist.

behavior_scanScientists and engineers have been asked to devise ways of analysing people’s behaviour and physiology from afar, in the hope they may reveal clues about their mental state and even their future intentions, reports the London Guardian .

A program named Project Hostile Intent (PHI) is aiming by 2010 to develop technology that can scan the bodily functions of citizens without them knowing and uncover any possible hostile intent or deception.

Testimony by the American Psychological Association ( PDF link ) states that “Project Hostile Intent aims to detect and model the behavioral cues that indicate an individual’s intent to carry out acts of terrorism.” The testimony continues:

The cues examined in PHI are those that can be assessed remotely and in real time, and the procedures and technologies required to collect these cues are non-invasive and amenable to integration into busy operational contexts.

In other words the technology will be covertly placed in public and will operate just like CCTV, with DHS officials able to remotely access it and apply its use to anyone in the area.

The DHS offers a further brief explanation of Project Hostile Intent here.

The Guardian reports that the DHS has revealed to New Scientist that technology to be used for PHI includes lasers, cameras, eye trackers, microphones and heart rate and breathing sensors. The DHS has also stated that it wishes to develop a lie detector-type test that can be used remotely which is described as “an advantage because it would not interfere with the flow of a crowd and it could be used without the target’s knowledge.”

The report also states that the Project represents an enhancement of technology already in use to scan faces in crowds, details of which we have previously covered .

Infowars has posted hundreds of articles over the years detailing the involvement of DARPA and the Defense Department in mandating that the States adopt uniform biometrics on state licenses and ID cards, RFID tracker chips to replace the bar-code, and cameras that recognize individuals by their faces, walk, vehicle type or license plate number. Now the DHS is taking America all the way down the line towards the big brother state.

Peter McOwan, a computer scientist who is developing sensors to detect people’s moods at Queen Mary, University of London, told the Guardian: “It’s just like something from Minority Report. They have been watching too many Tom Cruise movies.”

Indeed, the use of this technology for crime prevention and social control is beyond anything Orwell predicted, and is directly lifted from Phillip K Dick’s Minority Report, which was recently made into a feature film. See below:

Is this the kind of society we want to live in? Clearly not. Is there even a debate about that?

Once again however, those detached from any kind of moral reality will say “If you’ve got nothing to hide then what is the problem with being scanned for pre-crime? If it keeps us all safe from terrorists I’m all for it”. How far towards a literal technological police state can America slip before its people wake up to the fact?

We have also previously covered reports out of Britain that detail how teams of neuroscientists have developed technology that allowing them to look deep inside a person’s brain and read their intentions before they act.

The technology is no longer science fiction. The London Guardian report on the developments earlier this year debated whether a ‘Minority Report’ era, where judgments are handed down before the law is broken on the strength of an incriminating brain scan, is ethical or not.

And what will be the punishment for pre-crime? With moves to “chemically castrate” sex offenders by eliminating their sexual desires, seriously being considered now, how far fetched is it to imagine a future thought criminal’s brain being “corrected” by eliminating the relevant desires or emotions picked up by a brain scan?

It is not beyond reason to expect this technology to be implemented without debate. Can anyone remember a real meaningful debate occurring concerning surveillance cameras before four million of them went up in London?

We have also previously reported on documents leaked from the Home Office in London revealing that the British government is looking into using X-ray technology cameras by concealing them in lamp posts to “trap terror suspects”.

With the Bush administration’s new ability to implement any surveillance programs it now wishes without oversight, and rabid neocon lapdogs calling for the heads of anyone who questions them, a pandora’s box has been opened that threatens to turn America into a big brother panopticon state.

So get it straight, you are helping the terrorists by resisting having your behaviour scanned. Plus, if you have anti-big brother government feelings Project Hostile Intent will certainly expose you for he terrorist you are.

Neocon hails terror for the greater good

Oh I see, terror is for the greater good! Yeah, I think I get it, uhuh.

Well, Bykofsky is obviously another escapee from an institution for the criminally insane, so he fits right in with the current regime perfectly. Bush will probably give him a medal or something. Unfreekinbelievable…

In case you didn’t know, fascist ideology involves the use of terror and psychological operations to “unite the people” usually against an imaginary or artificially engineered threat. Thus, you will see in the image of the fascis, a bundle of sticks bound tightly together around a central axe or Axis, the symbol of this artificially induced unity.

housefascesYou know, those strange-looking things that are proudly displayed in the House of Congress. That bundle represents the people, whose individuality is crushed and bound tightly to the authoritarian strongman leader who projects power and represents the centrality of the State.

So with fascist symbols like these festooning our government buildings, neither 9/11 nor rantings of raving lunatics such as these should come as any surprise to anyone.

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The Ward Churchill of the demented right-wing has a deathwish for terror in order to unite the country

Prison Planet | Aug 10, 2007

Pitching For More Dead Americans: A Neo-Con Fetish

by Paul Joseph Watson

Another feverish Neo-Con has come out of the closet and admitted to enjoying the fetish that he shares with scores of other Administration apologists – a deathwish for more terror and more dead Americans in order to unite the country behind Bush.

stu-bykofsky“ONE MONTH from The Anniversary, I’m thinking another 9/11 would help America,” laments Stu Bykofsky in his Philadelphia Daily News column .

“Remember the community of outrage and national resolve? America had not been so united since the first Day of Infamy – 12/7/41.

We knew who the enemy was then.

America’s fabric is pulling apart like a cheap sweater.

What would sew us back together?

Another 9/11 attack.

It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America’s righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail.”

That’s right – we need more terror or the terrorists will win!

Bykofsky is disappointed that 600,000 plus dead civilians along with thousands of slain troops in Iraq isn’t enough to convince Americans that the war should be prosecuted with more vigor, so he’s yearning for a kick up the backside in the form of thousands of dead Americans at home.

One could be forgiven for being cynical and thinking that Bykofsky, a plodding Neo-Con hack who nobody had heard of before last night, was just pushing the boat out in a desperate ploy to get a link on the Drudge Report, but reading his previous frenzied Bush administration boot-licking columns it becomes clear that Bykofsky actually means it .

Bykofsky screeches about the perils of “global terrorists who use Islam to justify their hideous sins, including blowing up women and children,” and then invites them to slaughter more Americans – and even helps pinpoint the targets they should attack!

“The Golden Gate Bridge. Mount Rushmore. Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The Philadelphia subway system,” gushes Bykofsky.

Perhaps he should volunteer to send his own kids into those targets as jumbo jets are slammed into them, since Bykofsky is so eager to witness more American blood spilled in the name of the empire.

Or is there a greater threat? If Bykofsky has the courage of his convictions behind him, would he be willing to strap himself with explosives and run into a crowded shopping mall for the good of the country?

Obviously not, but only in using such extreme examples as a parallel can we begin to fathom the vulgarity of Bykofsky’s remarks.

Heroes and villains – The brave firefighters that ran into burning buildings on 9/11 to save those that perished with them, and Stu Bykofsky – a morally repugnant Neo-Con slug who yearns for more scenes like this to rescue the reputation of his master, George W. Bush.

Bykofsky’s warped logic is not confined to the domain of attention seeking hacks – the yearning for terror is a shared fetish amongst Neo-Cons, policy wonks and academics alike.

Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, recently told the Toronto Star that “The key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago.”

The same sentiment was also explicitly expressed in a 2005 GOP memo , which yearned for new attacks that would “validate” the President’s war on terror and “restore his image as a leader of the American people.”

Last month, former Republican Senator Rick Santorum suggested that a series of “unfortunate events,” namely terrorist attacks, will occur within the next year and change American citizen’s perception of the war.

And the month before that, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval.

An army of Neo-Cons secretly share the same fetish – they would exploit a hollow opportunity to say “I told you so,” even at the expense of thousands of dead dads, moms, sons, daughters and babies.

Bykofsky and his cohorts are so aghast that the majority of Americans now take them for what they are – maniacal devotees to a blood soaked and failed neo-conservative doctrine – that they’d rather see innocent people be blown to bits than admit they’re wrong.

In some countries, this kind of demented rhetoric is illegal – it’s classified as glorification of terror in Britain, and their rants are no less volatile than some of the propaganda spewed by Muslim clerics who have been arrested and deported for advocating violence.

These rabid blowhards should be thankful that America still clings on to its first amendment – in the face of a terrorist assault that they encourage – otherwise they would soon find out that openly pitching for mass murder doesn’t sit too well with the authorities.

Bykofsky has just written himself into history as the Ward Churchill of the delirious right-wing and the two share a lot in common.

Both express the uncanny ability of being able to match the ignorance of their comments with the depth of their depravity.

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