That over 3000 people from over sixteen countries died in the Word Trade Center on 11 September 2001 is an established fact. However, over the past few years, evidence has emerged suggesting that all was not as it seemed to be on that day. It may be decades before the full truth is known about 9/11. One additional fact is clear, however; many more people will suffer and die in the coming years as a result of the collapse of buildings One, Two and Seven. In the 22 February 2005 edition of the Los Angeles Times, investigative reporter Robert Scheer wrote that it “…was well-known by the city of New York that the WTC was an asbestos bombshell“. His report continues: “For years, the Port Authority treated the building like an aging dinosaur, attempting on several occasions to get permits to demolish the building for liability reasons, but being turned down due the known asbestos problem. Further, it was well-known the only reason the building was still standing until 9/11 was because it was too costly to disassemble the twin towers floor by floor“.
Conspiracy theories notwithstanding, it is a fact that over 5000 tons of an asbestos product known as Monokote, manufactured and sold by the W.R. Grace Corporation, was used in the construction of the World Trade Center. How bad is it? So far, 70% of the “first responders” that day have developed respiratory problems. In fact, one woman, an EMT, contracted mesothelioma–a disease that normally takes decades to develop–and died from it within five years of the exposure. Add to that the fact that clouds of asbestos fibers hung over Manhattan for weeks afterwards, and the grim future becomes apparent. Meanwhile, the “Hero of 9/11,” Rudy Giuliani, has continued to use his role as mayor on that day to move his 2008 presidential bid forward. However, the record shows that he ignored test results clearly showing extreme levels of asbestos fibers in the air, at the time giving the residents of New York City false assurances that the “air quality is safe and acceptable“.