KIRKLAND, Washington - Responding to questions from local activists during a recent campaign stop, Rudy Giuliani made a strange claim that air quality reports concerning Ground Zero were "open" and "public" despite a recent publicized controversy over the suppressed and intentionally misleading reports released in the aftermath of 9/11.
Giuliani was polite enough to give formal answers to questions from members of WeAreChange Seattle who were concerned about Osama bin Laden-- who remains free in Pakistan-- and Ground Zero first responders-- who remain sick and dying without health care or other public support.
The former New York mayor told activists that bin Laden should be pursued and said that first responders deserve the health care and other benefits that "heroes get."
However, the nation's first responder heroes would never have been so susceptible to illness and disease if the City of New York, the EPA and the President's National Security Council had been more honest about the harmful air quality in the days and weeks after 9/11.
Despite mainstream coverage and a national controversy over suppressed and misleading air quality statements, Giuliani claimed all such reports were given openly to the public without regard to their impact-- a direct lie.
"They were all open, they were all public. We put out every report we had. They weren't optimistic, they weren't pessimistic, they were just the reports we got," Giuliani told activists in a follow-up question during his Kirkland campaign stop.
This claim directly defies reports from the AP and CBS News based on EPA statements:
Christine Todd Whitman, EPA Administrator during the 9/11 attacks, claims that Giuliani "blocked her efforts" to force World Trade Center workers to wear respirators.
She further stated that that "illnesses killing first responders can be blamed on the city's lack of action."
The New York Times has also reported a number of times on the issue and claimed in one report that Giuliani "sidelined" federal agencies with "extensive disaster response experience." [New York Times, May 14, 2007]
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Nevertheless, Giuliani has insisted that his role was straightforward and benevolent. "In fact, I followed [the reports], meaning I was there as well. So, if I had any knowledge that they were supremely damaging or more damaging than they suggested at the time, I certainly would have imparted that to people and followed those rules myself."
However, this statement almost directly contradicts the account of a recent New York Times story, which states that:
Rudy Giuliani has a varied history of lying about his activities during and after the 9/11 attacks, including repeated denials about foreknowledge of the towers' collapse despite a clear statement to Peter Jennings on 9/11 that he was "told the World Trade Center would collapse" (see video below).
When he was confronted by Sabrina Rivera of WeAreChange.org in an incident that gained national media exposure, Giuliani denied any foreknowledge and even claimed complete surprise.
Yet, less than a month earlier, Giuliani made statements that he he expected the towers to collapse, but "not in the way they did," refuting even the surprise part of the claim.
In the same incident, Giuliani was also caught in a bizarre lie about WTC 7's collapse where gave an inaccurate and needlessly complicated explanation about how it "fell in stages"-- a claim which is directly refuted by video footage of the 47-story building's 6.5 second collapse.
Giuliani's trail of dishonesty has clearly surfaced in his on-going public testimony. The mythological hero of 9/11 can't seem to keep his story straight and oddly refutes basic facts about the attacks and its aftermath.
WeAreChange Seattle's encounter with Giuliani was covered by a number of local news reports, linked below:
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