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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."
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.
Families of Sept. 11 attack victims, angered by city plans to move an annual commemoration ceremony away from ground zero, filed a permit request Wednesday asking to hold the event at the World Trade Center site.
The coalition filed the request with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site. The agency says construction at the site would make a ceremony there unsafe, but family members plan to sue if they are denied.
"This is the place we have. A precedent has been set in letting us touch ground zero," said Diane Horning, a representative of one of the family groups.
Rosaleen Tallon, of Advocates for a 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial, said remains of people killed in the 2001 terror attack are still being found at the site.
"How can we possibly not go there to memorialize these people?" she said. "It is still their resting place, and I want to be there."
The city has said that ground zero, now undergoing reconstruction, is not safe for the large annual gathering, and it plans to move the recitation of names to a nearby plaza.
Hotel bans 9/11 hero
North - West Evening Mail | 07/07/2007
A conspiracy theorist who survived the 9/11 attacks has been banned from a Grange hotel over his controversial views.
Decorated hero William Rodriguez, who believes the US government were behind the attacks, has been told he is not welcome at Graythwaite Manor Hotel because of his “political views”.
Mr Rodriguez, a former janitor credited with saving countless lives on 9/11, is due to give a talk on his experiences at the Victoria Hall in Grange tonight (july 5) as part of his European lecture tour.
In February, Mr Rodriguez planted a tree in the grounds of Graythwaite Manor to remember those who died on September 11, 2001, when terrorists flew jets into the Twin Towers.
He was due back at the hotel tonight and tomorrow night as the guest of owners Jimmy and Jane Duncan.
But in a press statement yesterday, Graythwaite Manor Hotel said he would no longer be staying there.
Mr Rodriguez's lecture was organised by Cumbria 9/11 Truth and Peace Group, which also holds controversial views on September 11.
I consider myself as some what of a whistleblower.
I wrote two documented articles, relating to 911 and no major alternative news sites (that I am aware of) has even picked up on them, even though they have been on the web for months. Case in point
Another 911 - Another Israeli Spy Ring
That above article is also on 911blogger.
Or this article
Clinton - Bush Connection To Warrantless Wiretapping And The CIA Exposed
I have called into your talk radio shows in the past (when I can) and some host act like they get the high speed wobbles, Warrantless Spy Program Monitoring Peoples Thoughts, From President Richard M. Nixon To George W. Bush, ya sure, we'll check that out, CLICK.
On August 2, 2006 8 0r 9 days before Alex Jones warned of another possible false flag event, I had already put out a similar warning.
I tried to warn you months before they passed The Military Commission Act where that was heading, months before others even saw it coming.
Another 911 - Another Israeli Spy Ring ?
On 9-11, the largest foreign spy ring ever uncovered in the US was in the process of being rounded up, and that evidence linking these arrested Israeli spies to 911 has been classified by the US Government! Nearly 200 Mossad agents were arrested in the US in that time frame (five on the day of the attack) - ALL were subsequently deported without charges.
"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
-- US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9 - 11.
Mall kiosk workers detained
Fayetteville Observer / fayobserver.com | December 7, 2006
By Laura Arenschield
Sixteen people employed at Cross Creek Mall kiosks were detained Tuesday morning by immigration officials who say they were illegally working in the United States.