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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:17 pm Post subject: “Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes”
From Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:00 am to Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes”
We have always been taught that mistakes are part of life.
We have also been taught that one must learn from their mistakes.
Finally we were taught that the first step to correcting a mistake is admitting that you made it in the first place.
Obviously these lessons were not taught to those in city government.
For almost five years we were willing to accept the mistakes that were made in the recovery effort.
Even after the discovery of remains in the Deutsche Bank Building we were willing to accept what happened in the past.
All we asked was that the city admits that they made a mistake and bring in a professional outside team to perform a proper and comprehensive search.
Instead of taking the high road the city continued to deny any outside involvement.
Their PR crew distorted facts, withheld information and now nearly a year since the remains were uncovered at 130 Liberty we are no closer to a comprehensive search then we were 5 years ago.
Here are some facts:
Nine months after the first remains were found at 130 Liberty, the search of the building is still not complete and not one of the nearly 800 remains have been identified. This even after the city trumpeted a new technique (BODE) that was supposed to have an 80% success rate.
Since that time we have asked on numerous occasions if the new remains were even tested.
If they were we would like to know the times and dates of the tests as well as the results.
Currently we are told that the sifted material from the WTC site is being stored in containers at Fresh Kills.
Our inquiries as to the location of sifted material from 130 Liberty have gone unanswered.
At the same time this was occurring it was alleged that there was over $750,000 and over 1,000 items inventoried after 9/11 currently unaccounted for.
The designer of the inventory system developed for the 9/11 project has gone on record with examples of these discrepancies.
Our call for an outside investigation into this has also been ignored.
At this time the NYPD will not even admit if there is an internal investigation being conducted.
If this was not bad enough, it gets worse.
When original remains were brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office an ME number was assigned.
At the same time if any personal effects accompanied these remains were also assigned a number.
These two numbers were linked in the STEPS System (Sconset Technologies Evidence Property Management System).
Unfortunately this system is not being utilized.
It is possible that items have been returned to family members who have not received any remains.
Using this system it is conceivable that additional identifications could be made.
But it is not being utilized.
So we have missing money, missing personal items and a potential identification process not being used.
One would think that things could not get any worse but they have.
Since the remains were accidentally discovered in the manhole we have been asking for a copy of the protocols being used.
We have also asked for a copy of the complete search plan.
Although we have been promised both of these things we have yet to receive either.
On numerous occasions we have been told by workers that there was a very high probability that human remains and WTC debris were buried over when the haul road was constructed and when the Greek Orthodox church was razed.
The city ignored our requests to have both areas excavated.
Even after the first WTC material was discovered in the trench the city tried to deny its existence by stating only that material that possibly could be identified as WTC debris was uncovered.
We know what has happened since as debris and remains are being uncovered on a regular basis.
These are coming from an area that should only be clean fill as the area between the original road and the blacktop of the haul road should only be clean fill.
The reason people told us remains would be found was that it was widely believed that debris from the site was used to construct the haul road not clean fill.
The recent discoveries seem to confirm this.
The city continues to deny these accusations.
So where do we go from here.
People seem to forget that this is still a crime scene.
Had any of these actions gone on at any other crime scene we would not be talking about mistakes we would be talking about indictments.
Evidence tampering, withholding evidence, hindering an investigation.
Maybe its time for the Attorney General to step in for it appears that the actions of the past few years can no longer classified as mistakes.
A criminal investigation may be the only way to get this settled.
Put It Above Ground