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NYC Department of Buildings: World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2 and 7 Deemed “Sensitive Buildings”, Plans Exempt From Disclosure

Within a September 13, 2011 FOI response from the New City Department of Buildings (DoB), it is noted that World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2 and 7 have been deemed sensitive buildings and thus, plans for these buildings have been exempted from disclosure by statute because "if disclosed, the documents requested would endanger the life or safety of any person."

The DoB reply also affirms a previous finding that no elevator records whatsoever were located regarding the extensive elevator modernization within WTC buildings 1 and 2, one of the largest ever.[1] Additionally, the DoB reply advises that the Port Authority of NY/NJ are not under the jurisdiction of the NYC DoB and that records for major pre-9/11 renovations may not have been submitted to the DoB.

The Port Authority of NY/NJ have previously advised within FOI records that records for major pre-9/11 renovations within WTC buildings 1 and 2 were destroyed on September 11, 2001.[2]

Dear Mr. Monaghan:

The New York City Department of Buildings ("the Department/DOB") is in receipt of your undated letter (received by DOB on August 9, 2011) that treats the Department's failure to provide documents responsive to a June 14, 2011 FOIL request as a constructive denial. On June 20,2011, the Department informed you that it was in receipt of your FOIL request and was working to determine if it had any of the requested documents. You are treating this determination as a constructive denial based on the fact that the Department did not provide an update within the 30 days as stated, and that the Department is still working on your request.

Your FOIL request and appeal asks for the following DOB records:

(1) Copies of applications submitted to and permits issued by the New York City Department of Buildings pertaining to construction projects performed at the former World Trade Center buildings 1,2 and 7, between January 1993 and January 2002. Such records include, but are not limited to: "After Hours Variance" applications" and permits;" "Asbestos Abatement" applications and permits and "Electrical" applications and permits."

(2) Copies of applications ("Elevator Application" or "EA") submitted to the NYC Department of Buildings regarding elevator modernization/renovation work performed at the World Trade Center buildings 1 and 2 during the 1990s and 2000s.

(3) The "Building Identification Numbers" (BIN) for the former World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7.

As to your request for permits pertaining to construction projects (set forth in number one above), all public records maintained by DOB are routinely made available for public inspection at the office/division of the New York City Department of Buildings at which said records are maintained. Please contact the Manhattan Borough Office (212-566-0268), located at 280 Broadway, New York, New York 10007 to determine the hours at which the records you requested are available.

I am told that Asbestos Abatement" applications are filed with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (CDEP"), so the Department would not have any responsive records. Please direct your request for these records to DEP.

As to request number 2, BIS shows no elevator records during the time period requested.

As to request number 3, I am advised by the Director of Application Support that our system is not able to provide BIN information by dates. Since there is no record containing this information, your request is for information that is not
properly a FOIL request, since FOIL applies only to existing records.

Please keep in mind that since the Port Authority of New York is not under DOB jurisdiction , it may not have filed with DOB for work undertaken at the above reference properties.

Also, please note that 1, 2 and 7 World Trade Center have been designated as "sensitive bUildings" Pursuant to 87(2) (f) of the Public Officer's Law, plans for sensitive buildings are not released under FOIL, on the grounds that, "if disclosed, the documents requested would endanger the life or safety of any person."

This constitutes the Department's final determination.

Sincerely,

Janine A Gaylard Assistant General Counsel/Records Appeals Officer

cc: Juliet Neisser, Associate General Counsel Angela Orridge, Records Access Officer Robert Freeman, Committee on Open Government, Dept. of State

[1] NYC Dept. of Buildings: No Records for Pre-9/11 WTC Elevator Rebuild, One of the “Largest, Most Sophisticated” Ever
http://911blogger.com/news/2011-06-16/nyc-dept-buildings-no-records-pre-911-wtc-elevator-rebuild-one-largest-most-sophisti...
[2] Port Authority of NY/NJ: Records For Reported WTC Renovation Work Destroyed On 9/11
http://911blogger.com/news/2009-04-21/port-authority-nynj-records-reported-wtc-renovation-work-destroyed-911

So not disclosing protects us from better construction?

As usual, thank you for your tireless work Aidan. It boggles the mind how it makes us safer to not disclose information that could add to our understanding of building construction safety. How are they "sensitive buildings" when they no longer exist? Obstruction of the truth or concealment of information to protect us? As Paul Craig Roberts said about the recent assassination of an American, America has died--at least Constitutionally and idealistically.

The unredacted version:

(Boss - please review. - Janine)

Also, please note that 1, 2 and 7 World Trade Center have been designated as "sensitive buildings" Pursuant to 87(2) (f) of the Public Officer's Law, plans for sensitive buildings are not released under FOIL, on the grounds that, "if disclosed, the documents requested would endanger the life or safety of any person"; specifically those involved in the continuing Government and media cover-up, as well as persons still living that were involved in the planning and execution of the entire 9/11 event.
(J - please delete last phrase...end at close quote - B)

This constitutes the Department's final determination.

Have a nice day!
(J-suggest deleting this, and just close with "Sincerely" - B)

Janine A Gaylard Assistant General Counsel/Records Appeals Officer

The Question is HOW???

How can the release of paper or electronic records endanger the life or safety of any person?

    NY Public Officers Law

2. Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make
available for public inspection and copying all records, except that
such agency may deny access to records or portions thereof that:

(f) if disclosed could endanger the life or safety of any person

1. Under this rule, the dangerous portions could be redacted and the rest of the records released.

2. Note that the rule says "could" endanger, while the response says "would".

3. Is the "person" they cite a flesh and blood human or a fictitious corporation? If the latter, then I can see the logic behind the denial.

4. How can a non-existent building be deemed sensitive?

5. How can a non-existent building drawing endanger anything, let alone life or safety?

The agency cannot make such a statement without a detailed explanation citing exactly how. Please send these comments back and chastise them for wasting your valuable time.

And thank you for your continuing efforts.

There Is No Paper Trail For Extensive Pre-9/11 WTC Construction

None.

No elevator modernization records (one of the largest ever), no records describing the methods and materials used during the extensive elevator shaft steel column work recommended within the 12/2000 Meritt/Harris WTC property assessment.

The two agencies who should have records that would describe what was taking place within WTC 1 and 2 leading up to 9/11 were destroyed and not shared with other agencies. Such records could have yielded clues as to how covert demolition preparations may have been made.

The only apparent way to learn what was going on inside the WTC towers just before 9/11, is to locate and depose the project managers and engineers of the Port Authority and Turner Construction who were there.

...before those project managers and engineers

have a series of unfortunate accidents.

Good Point

It wouldn't take much to find these people. A private investigator or even a journalist. Perhaps a Chip-In fund could be started to collect funds for the services of those who are experts at locating others.

Wonder how many (if any) of these types of project managers/engineers were lost on 9/11?

One at Port Authority

Peter Rinaldi. I'm still waiting for records produced by him AFTER 9/11. No excuse. They couldn't have been destroyed in the collapse.

Try to Image

Try to imagine being the person that drafted and put this release out. I couldn't do it.

Who are these people? Do they really expect that a statement like this is going to satisfy skeptics, or convince anyone sitting on the fence that this is anywhere near reasonable? So outrageous is this statement that it would push someone that was not leery of the governments version into the camp of those that suspect we've been lied too.

They have no conscience, no soul, no humanity, and soon we can hope they will have no freedom nor life.

DoB's Strange Or Evasive Answer

The DoB's Building Identification Number system allows users of its online database to search for records on individual properties. The following answer in reply to a simple request for the BINs for WTC 1 and 2 (for no particular date) yielded a vague answer:

"As to request number 3, I am advised by the Director of Application Support that our system is not able to provide BIN information by dates. Since there is no record containing this information, your request is for information that is not properly a FOIL request, since FOIL applies only to existing records."

InfoWars.com is running this story

InfoWars.com is running this story, along with previous entries.
http://www.infowars.com/wtc-buildings-1-2-7-plans-exempt-from-disclosure-deemed-%e2%80%9csensitive-buildings%e2%80%9d/

(I like this InfoWars' referenced 911blogger entry where Aidan talks about a Class Action Suit because of the nano-thermitic material present. http://911blogger.com/news/2011-06-16/nyc-dept-buildings-no-records-pre-911-wtc-elevator-rebuild-one-largest-most-sophisti... )

This is garbage

This is bs we have not had a successful FOIA request in quiet a while now Aiden recently went to the Nevada
court of appeals, to appeal the decision made by the judge not to allow access to files the FBI has in its possession.
And even though the judge agree that the decision made by the previous judge where in error the judge still did not
grant access to the files held by the FBI. How much has he wasted trying to just get those files around $10,000 probably,
and he still gets nothing and we get nothing aswell, just the same with this FOIA request as usual we get f**king nothing
yet again. But it still nice to know how desperate these people and the government are to not let us see what is in these
file maps because it just goes to show there is real cover up surrounding the events of 911 for which we have clear
evidence of which the debunkers refuse to even acknowledge actaully exists and still deny there is any evidence of
a cover up surrounding the events of 911.