Shame On The Courts For Not Giving Justice To Our Heroes

Today, "a federal appellate court has decided that it was not "conscience-shocking" for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to have reassured New Yorkers that the air near ground zero was safe following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even if the air was toxic."

The "panel of three judges reasoned that the government's interest in returning New York to normalcy following the attacks should protect it from lawsuits alleging that the government made false statements about air quality."

It was reported that "the court did not make any factual finding as to the quality of the air, or as to whether the EPA had intentionally misled the public."

I have news for the court. Some of us have made "factual findings" as to how our heroes have been treated. The court should be ASHAMED of itself.

Here's a message from John Feal about this:

"The justice system was served a black eye by our courts. Their ruling to let this woman walk away from any responsibility is a gross mis-conduct of their powers. When our judiciary process lets us down, where else are we to turn? It truely is a sad day to be a proud american and proud responder to 9/11. To the residents of Manhattan, the victims of 9/11, their families, and to the responder community, I apologize for those who feel they dont have to." - Jon

A Fallen Hero


Written By Jon Gold

In February 2005, "Speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science expressed concern Sunday that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don't support policy positions." Their concerns are well-founded. In June 2005, The New York Times reported that Philip A. Cooney, "removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved" so as to play down emissions' links to Global Warming. Mr. Cooney served as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Now, however, he serves Exxon.

In July 2005, the EPA purposefully held back incriminating reports about our fuel economy so an Energy Bill that served not the people, but the corporations, would pass. As quoted by CBS News, the energy bill "sends billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to energy companies, but is expected to do little to reduce U.S. oil consumption or dampen high energy prices." The EPA's report stated, "loopholes in American fuel economy regulations have allowed automakers to produce cars and trucks that are significantly less fuel-efficient, on average than they were in the late 1980's." No wonder they didn't want it to be known. We've done nothing to become more fuel-efficient, and in fact, have gone backwards. Now, as a result, we've passed an energy bill that helps us not at all.

In August 2003, CBS News reported that "White House officials pressured the agency to prematurely assure the public that the air was safe to breathe a week after the World Trade Center collapse". Why would they do such a thing? Now, as a result, 9/11 firefighters are suffering from long-term lung damage, and now, sadly, a 9/11 Hero has died. Of the 97 dogs that were deployed to Ground Zero, 18 of them have died as well. It's interesting to note that the New York Post is reporting Zadroga "was in 7 World Trade Center when it started to collapse." Considering Mr. Dara McQuillan, a spokesman for Silverstein Properties, stated on September 9, 2005 that Larry Silverstein's "Pull It" comment was referring to getting the firemen out, it's amazing he was still in there.

In March 2004, residents, students, and office workers in Lower Manhattan filed a class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of EPA, Marianne L. Horinko, former assistant administrator and then administrator of EPA, and Michael Leavitt, administrator of EPA since 2003. The complaint alleges that the defendants violated the law when they, "made materially misleading statements regarding the safety of air quality in Lower Manhattan shortly after September 11, 2001, failed to follow federal laws mandating that EPA take lead responsibility for the cleanup of buildings and residences in response to terroristic attacks, delegated all responsibility for the cleanup to the City of New York which was ill-equipped to handle the situation, failed to properly supervise and oversee the cleanup efforts by the City of New York, referred the public to cleanup guidelines issued by the City of New York which were contrary to EPA standards and grossly inadequate to properly cleanup the hazardous substances, failed to properly assess the complete geographic scope of the hazard, and failed to remediate the problems through their voluntary cleanup program."

Unfortunately, the deceit does not end with 9/11. Hugh Kaufmann, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency, said that in regards to Katrina, "that a government cover-up is taking place right now, as we speak, to hide information about the dangerous toxins in the flood waters of the Gulf Coast region." Hugh Kaufmann was also the chief investigator for the 9/11 clean-up. He says, "that the Bush administration engaged in the same practice after 9/11?covering up the truth about the dangers in the air and water and lying to the public in the weeks after the disaster."

The sad thing is, there are people within our Government who are aware of what's going on with the EPA and the Bush Administration, and have done little to nothing about it. In October 2005, the Associated Press reported that "The Bush administration was accused Thursday by senators in both parties of minimizing health hazards from the toxic soup left by Hurricane Katrina, just as they said it did with air pollution in New York from the Sept. 11 attacks." In December 2005, the Associated Press also reported Congress Researchers, "say the Environmental Protection Agency skewed its analysis of air pollution legislation to favor President Bush's plan". Hillary Clinton and Jerrold Nadler of New York , "had criticized past EPA testing efforts and demanded more thorough scientific work.", and now as a result, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new, "plan for testing any dust that may remain in private homes and commercial space from the collapse of the World Trade Center more than four years ago." Lawmakers even addressed it as being "too little, too late", and I'm sure Hillary is thinking about 2006, and possibly 2008 (Heaven forbid).

It's a damn shame the media isn't covering the death of a 9/11 Hero. Maybe it would open up people's minds to what's going on. I guess that not what the "Powers That Be" want.

The Horror Continues


By Jon Gold

Sadly, I find myself having to write about the continued problems first responders from 9/11 are facing. The unanswered questions. The continued political usage of 9/11. The obvious complicity on the part of the U.S. Government. All of those things anger me to no end, but the suffering these people are going through... Let's just say anger isn't a strong enough word.

A while back, I wrote an article entitled, A Fallen Hero, which talked about the White House's complicity in the coverup of the 9/11 environmental disaster, the White House's involvement in the coverup of the Katrina disaster, and so on. The death of James Zadroga inspired that piece.

Since that time, Deborah Reeve has joined the list of fallen heroes. I find that I have made that thread an archive of health related issues pertaining to 9/11. It's a sad thread to browse through.

Since "A Fallen Hero" was written, several other pieces about the Bush Administration's involvement in the coverup of environmental problems have been written.

A group of former EPA Chiefs blame the Bush Administration for "neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.

NASA received strong pressure to hide Global Warming data during the 2004 Election.

Just in this last week, "Scientists doing climate research for the federal government say the Bush administration has made it hard for them to speak forthrightly to the public about global warming."

Is it any surprise that Republicans don't see Global Warming as an Urgent Issue?

As I said, the "Fallen Hero" thread has become an archive for environmental issues related to 9/11.

In the last week, I've had to post a few additions.

Study: 9/11 Escapees Have Health Problems
Asbestos Shirt Is Toxic New Wrinkle In WTC Woe
9/11 First Responders With Cancer Sue City

On my website, I have what's called an "Avatar". It's a picture of Bush & Cheney laughing as the planes strike the WTC. What follows is a list of what I considered to be, at the time of its' creation, a list of "Real Patriots".

That list includes:

  • The Firemen
  • The Police
  • The Port Authority
  • The Families
  • The Soldiers
  • The Fallen

I still consider that to be the case. For those of you who are new to the movement, and think we're all about "Wild And Crazy Conspiracy Theories"... Think Again.

Condi's Killer Pen


By Jon Gold

On September 24th, the NYPost reported that it was Condoleezza Rice's office that "gave final approval to the infamous Environmental Protection Agency press releases days after 9/11 claiming the air around Ground Zero was "safe to breathe."

That story has since been removed from the NYPost's servers.

The only other news agency to cover this story was NY1 News.

Isn't that "newsworthy" enough for our media? It is WELL KNOWN that there are sick and dying individuals from the toxins of Ground Zero. Why then doesn't our media think Condi's involvement warrants attention?

Is it not juicy enough for you media? Is it because we're in an election cycle, and news like this would be bad for the Republican party?

Well guess what. It gets even juicier.

Not only did Condi's office give final approval for the press release that has affected 1000's of New Yorkers, "two devastating memos, written by the U.S. and local governments, show they knew. They knew the toxic soup created at Ground Zero was a deadly health hazard. Yet they sent workers into the pit and people back into their homes."

What do you say to that media? U.S. and local Governments knowingly sent New Yorkers to their death.

Is that "newsworthy" enough for you?

If You Want Something Done Right...

Source: The YBBS

By Jon Gold

This movement, more than anything else in existence, has supported the sick and the dying from the environmental disaster that was 9/11.

As we all know, it was the White House, through Condoleezza Rice's office, that signed off on the infamous press release read by then EPA Director, Christie Todd Whitman that said, "Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breath and their water is safe to drink."

Christie denied misleading the public, but a Federal Judge by the name of Deborah A. Batts BLASTED her by saying, "no reasonable person would have thought that telling thousands of people that it was safe to return to lower Manhattan, while knowing that such return could pose long-term health risks and other dire consequences, was conduct sanctioned by our laws."

On January 7th of this year, James Zadroga passed away.

Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives' Endowment Association said that, "He was a hero, he disregarded his own health and life to rescue people at Ground Zero."

I am sad to say that James was the not the only one affected by the environmental disaster. As it stands right now, there are upwards of 70,000 people that are now sick as a result of breathing in those toxins.

Recently, another victim of the disaster passed away. This time, it was a nun by the name of Cindy Mahoney. Before she died, she promised to donate her body to be autopsied in the hopes of helping those that are suffering. She is a hero in her own right.

On December 3rd, it was reported that, Rep. Nadler is investigating whether or not, "five Bloomberg administration officials" [...] "violated congressional intent and misspent federal money to dispute more than 6,400 claims." They apparently believed it was their "duty to defend" against the claims.

These people are sick and dying as a result of actions by our Government, and now that very same Government is letting them suffer. This is unacceptable.

After 9/11, the people of America managed to donate upwards of $5Billion to the people affected by the attacks.

Since it seems the Government does not seem willing to help, it again falls on the shoulders of the people.

As I said, this movement has always supported the sick and the dying from the environmental disaster that was 9/11. It is time to dig deep, and give them the kind of support they need. There are currently first responders who are having problems getting by month to month. We have people like David Miller who walks around with a mobile respirator, and Craig Bartmer going to places like the PSU to inform people of what's going on, but are too proud to ask for money.

There are currently 2 organizations that are accepting money to help the first responders, and a new one that will be announced in the coming weeks.

They are:
The Feal Good Foundation
Heroes Helping Heroes

Very soon, is going to start accepting donations that will be split evenly among all of the organizations listed. Obviously, the more that can be raised, the better. These people are heroes, and they deserve so much better than they've gotten.

Craig Bartmer recently said in regards to our efforts as a movement, "You're not offending me. You're doing the right thing."

It's time for us to do the right thing again. Please give what you can, and thank you.


On a side note, here's a link to the "Dust Series" that Michael Wolsey did.


"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton


What's that doing there? *sarcasm*

It's interesting to note that the New York Post is reporting Zadroga "was in 7 World Trade Center when it started to collapse." Considering Mr. Dara McQuillan, a spokesman for Silverstein Properties, stated on September 9, 2005 that Larry Silverstein's "Pull It" comment was referring to getting the firemen out, it's amazing he was still in there.

"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton

9/11 First Responders To Be On "The View" This Wednesday, 4/25

From John Feal:

I hope you all get a chance to watch the 9/11 responders on "The View" on ABC @11.00AM this Wednesday the 25th. One of those responders will be Vito Valenti, a 9/11 volunteer, sick with fibrosis of the lungs and needs a double lung transplant. Vito also sits on the board of directors at the FealGood Foundation. I can only hope Rosie and the others do the right thing for these three heroes that day. Please support these brave souls, Bonnie Giebfried, Alex Sanchez and Vito, and the FealGood foundation.

Thank you and God bless you all.

John Feal
"Lets make America great again, together"

"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton