Terrorism by Deception: "The Air is Safe to Breathe"
Seven days after the 9/11 attacks, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency declared to the people of New York City that "the air is safe to breathe." As it turns out, the EPA was lying. But worse, as revealed in an investigation, the White House pressured the EPA to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe. In an EPA watchdog report released in 2003, it was reported that "competing considerations, such as national security concerns and the desire to reopen Wall Street, played a role in EPA's air quality statements." (Emphasis Added.) (See, EPA Report, at page 17)
In other words, our beloved government knowingly lied to us, putting our citizens in danger, for "the desire to reopen Wall Street."
All of this is fact. (Check it out for yourself at Page 17)
If you still don't believe me, perhaps you will believe the EPA Ombudsman who investigated the matter. In February of 2003, EPA Ombudsman Robert Martin stated that the EPA intentionally utilized inferior testing methods in order to avoid finding evidence that environmental conditions threatened public health. "I believe the EPA did not do that because they knew it would come up not safe and so they are involved in providing knowingly false information to the public about safety."
When the towers came down, they contained "approximately 50,000 computers each made with four to twelve pounds of lead." (This does not take into account the five other buildings that were destroyed.) "Tens of thousands of fluorescent light bulbs each contained enough mercury to contaminate a quarter of a city block." In the months following 9/11, PCB levels reached 75,000 times their previous record: "PCBs were detected at high concentrations. The Toxic Equivalency (TEQ)... is 151pg/L. In previous harbor work...the highest observed PCB TEQ was 0.002pg.L." (EPA Report), September 20, 2003)"
The thousands of smoke detectors within the twin towers each contained radioactive americium 241. (EPA Policy Analyst Hugh Kaufman). In early October, 2001, Dr. Thomas Cahill of the University of Davis at California found levels of very- and ultrafine particulates that were the highest he'd seen of 7000 samples taken around the world including at the burning Kuwaiti oil fields. Months after the disaster the EPA recorded hitherto unseen levels of dioxin.
When the towers exploded and came crashing down, along came 200,000 pounds of harmful asbestos, pulverized into fine dust, to be inhaled by all.
On September 18, 2001, when the head of the EPA told the public that "the air is safe to breathe," people believed her. As a result, Ground Zero workers often labored without benefit of respiratory protection. At a hearing held by Ombudsman Robert Martin, Lieutenant Manuel Gomez testified that when he brought his own respirator he was instructed not to wear it for fear of frightening the public. New York City Transit worker Walter Jensen has stated that when he asked for a respirator he was threatened with disciplinary action and firing. He later suffered a heart attack and at the age of fifty-five. Scientists such as Dr. Cate Jenkins, Dr. Marjorie Clarke, Paul Bartlett and others warned of the consequences of inhaling the toxic dust and fumes but were ignored by the agencies in charge.
As it relates to Ground Zero workers, a federal screening program found that, within 10 to 11 months following 9/11:
"52 percent of workers suffered from ear, nose and throat ailments, 46 percent showed pulmonary symptoms and 52 percent reported such mental health problems as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their work in and around the dusty, smoky rubble."
Meanwhile, the New York Fire Department says that first responders, on average, have lost 300 mililiters in breathing capacity, with the most symptomatic losing a liter. It is further reported that:
"Two and a half times as many firemen have retired on respiratory disability since 9/11 as did in the three years before the attacks. Their doctors have also seen twenty cases of the chronic lung disease sarcoidosis, as opposed to the usual rate of two per year; four bizarre cases of something akin to miner's lung; and a slight increase in thyroid cancer..."Ground Zero workers have brought class action lawsuits against the EPA and Christie Whitman, the head of the EPA, for making "false and misleading" statements.
But firefighters and first responders aren't the only victims of the government's terrorism by deception. (Note: 14 Rescue dogs have died since 9/11) Children in nearby schools have also reportedly suffered from ear, nose, and throat problems. Additionally, another researcher, Dr. Sally Ann Lederman from Columbia University, studied pregnant women living within two miles of the World Trade Center in the four weeks immediately following the 9/11 attacks.
She studied 300 women in the group, many in their first or second trimester. Lederman found that the babies tended to be lighter and shorter than other babies.
While Lederman said lower birth weight can sometimes translate into health problems, it's impossible to know whether those post-9/11 children would be more likely to have lower IQ's or development problems.
Now go ahead....make excuses for your government. Rationalize it. Tell me how it's perfectly okay for the White House to pressure the EPA into telling the public that the "air is safe to breathe". Tell me how the government didn't want to create a panic. Tell me how we should be lied to.