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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: YESTERDAY'S TRAGEDY
From Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:00 am to Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:59 am (included)
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Yesterday's tragedy brought many of us right back to 9/11.

It made you aware how much the world has changed since 2001.

Prior to 9/11 this incident would have been viewed from its beginning as a tragic accident.

Almost everyone's immediate reaction yesterday was that it might have been another attack.

As it turned out it was a tragic accident but that perception of constant fear of another attack is a reality.

Unfortunately that is the reality of the post 9/11 world.

The event also brought out how vulnerable we still are.

At any moment another plane could be used as a weapon against any building anywhere.

Yesterday the emergency teams once again did a terrific job. Getting to an evacuating the building and getting the fire under control preventing any additional fatalities.

Again without questioning the FDNY rushed in as they had at the World Trade Center to do what they do save lives.

One thing that they did have going for them was that this was only on the 39th floor.

Also the building having been constructed in NYC was built according to NYC building and fire codes.
Unfortunately this will not be the case if this happens at the Freedom Tower or any of the other buildings at Ground Zero.

Even though we are being asked to raise money to build some of the buildings and even though state employees are going to be forced to occupy the offices they will not be built to code.

One can only hope that yesterday's tragedy would wake people up to the fact that the safety and security issues at Ground Zero are continuously pushed aside.

They talk about the money they need, the fundraising plans or new appointments to the Board.

When was the last time you saw an article about the Kallstrom memo?

When was the last time that one newspaper or TV station actually compared the Port Authority's codes to the NYC codes to prove that they are stricter as stated by the Port Authority?

Hasn't happened and probably never will.

Unfortunately the reality of today's world is that we will have additional terrorist attacks and that people have good reason to think as they did yesterday.

You would also think that safety and security would be the number one priority at Ground Zero.

It is and will continue to be our "TOP" priority.

We owe it to those killed on 9/11 and to those who will be occupying these buildings as well as all who will rush in to save them if the buildings are attacked.

You would think it would their top priority as well.

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