Whitman on hot seat over 9/11 aftermath

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070625/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/attacks_health

Whitman on hot seat over 9/11 aftermath

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

Ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman denounced as "downright falsehoods" the criticism of her assurances that it was safe to breathe the air around the fallen World Trade Center.

"There are people to blame. They are the terrorists that attacked the United States, not the men and women of all levels of government," Whitman said Monday at a hearing where she faced some of her toughest congressional critics.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat whose district includes the World Trade Center site, called the hearing after years of criticizing federal officials for what he says was a negligent and incomplete cleanup after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

He opened the session by saying the Bush administration "has continued to make false, misleading and inaccurate statements, and refused to take remedial actions, even in the face of overwhelming evidence."

Whitman, the main focus of much of that criticism, called such allegations "misinformation, innuendo and downright falsehoods."

She has insisted for years that her statements that the "air is safe" were aimed at those living and working near ground zero, not those who actually toiled on the toxic pile. Her agency, she has said, repeatedly warned that rescue and recovery workers needed to wear protective gear.

A delegation of activists and Sept. 11 rescue workers boarded a bus in Manhattan early Monday to be present for the hearing, which delved into the work of the Environmental Protection Agency when Whitman was in charge.

"People are still outraged," said community activist Kimberly Flynn. "This is our chance to see Christie Todd Whitman and EPA be held accountable for denying the dangers and the dust and the smoke that has damaged so many people's health. We are stunned that she's sticking to her story."

Since the attacks, independent government reviews have faulted the EPA's handling of the immediate aftermath and the agency's long-term cleanup program for nearby buildings.

A study of more than 20,000 people by Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York concluded that since the attacks, 70 percent of ground zero workers have suffered some sort of respiratory illness.

A separate medical study released last month found that rescue workers and firefighters contracted sarcoidosis, a serious lung-scarring disease, at a rate more than five times as high as in the years before the attacks.

Whitman's son "nearly died" in WTC 7

Whitman: My son nearly died "My son was in Building 7, congressman, and I almost lost him," she said, at which point Ellison jumped in and said he would not "stand here and allow you to try to obfuscate."

Whitman shot back: "I'm not obfuscating. I have been called a liar even in this room today."

She has long insisted that her statements that the "air is safe" were aimed at those living and working near ground zero, not those who actually toiled on the toxic pile that included asbestos.

"Was it wrong to try get the city back on its feet as quickly as possible in the safest way possible? Absolutely not... We weren't going to let the terrorists win," she said, which led to catcalls from the crowd.

Dozens of activists and Sept. 11 rescue workers came to the hearing, and some in the audience hissed when Whitman defended former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's handling of the health concerns.

No clarifying details are given in this article about her son in WTC 7

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19419913/

“We're an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality."

Loved the "not obfuscating, been called a liar" line...

I listened to a good portion of the hearing, and Whitman was getting raked over the coals, as were other purveyors of BushCo lies.

It was exciting that they were actually discussing the immediate aftermath of the false flag terrorism. I thought I even heard someone use the term "blast" describing the "collapse" of the buildings.

What a hoot to hear all the bullsh*t about bloodthirsty jihadists, etc.!!

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest." - Benjamin Franklin

This should be front page news

and include video of testimony!

I'm perturbed...

That www.c-span.org has yet to post today's hearings.


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Do they post transcript links?

That would be cool, to parse the deception/s!!

"Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest." - Benjamin Franklin

Took me a while to find this

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6239762.stm

Video link is on this page. (As Rosie O'Donnell said, you need to go outside the American media to find out what is happening here)

Whitman is right about one thing

"There are indeed people to blame," Whitman said. "They are the terrorists who attacked the United States, not the men and women at all levels of government who worked heroically to protect and defend this country."

The problem is in identifying the terrorists. This has no bearing on the heroism of those who worked at Ground Zero on the rescue attempts and cleanup, and it is wrong to suggest that we are dishonoring the heroism of the police and firefighters by questioning the identify of the terrorists.

Anyone complicit in the attacks that uses that suggestion to discourage inquiry into their crimes is utterly despicable.