Items of Evidence

While reviewing clippings, certain excerpts seemed worthy of special note and preservation. An article by Anthony DePalma (New York Times, 5/14/07, "Ground Zero Illnesses Clouding Giuliani's Legacy") says: "From the beginning there was no doubt that Mr. Giuliani and his team ruled the hellish disaster site. Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the army Corps of Engineers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all with extensive disaster response experience, arrived almost immediately, only to be placed on the sideline. One Army Corps official said Mr. Giuliani acted like a 'benevolent dictator.' Despite the presence of these federal experts, Mr. Giuliani assigned the ground zero cleanup to a largely unknown city agency, the Department of Design and Construction. Kenneth Holden, the department's commissioner until January, 2004 said in a deposition in the federal lawsuit against the city that he initially expected FEMA or the Army Corps to try to take over the cleanup operation. Mr. Giuliani never let them."

Further on in the article appears this statement: "The four large construction companies that had been hired to clear debris worked around the clock. But that was not fast enough for the city ... Two days after the rescue efforts ended and the full-scale recovery and cleanup began, Michael Burton, executive deputy commissioner of the Design and Construction Department, warned one of the companies in a letter that the city would fire individual workers or companies 'if the highest level of efficiency is not maintained.'"

The article gives no hint as to criminal implications in this kind of removal of forensic evidence. The specific names mentioned will likely be of value to future investigators.