Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:21 pm Post subject: The Rich Get Richer While the Sick Get Sicker
From Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:00 am to Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:59 am (included)
|Over the past eight years more and more people have become seriously ill
as the result of the aftermath of 9/11.
Now let's see how the government and the courts have handled this.
Even though the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New
York found that former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's
falsely reassuring and misleading statements of safety after the
September 11, 2001 attacks were "without question conscience-shocking."
The court also found the facts "support an allegation of a violation of
the substantive due process right to be free from official government
policies that increase the risk of bodily harm" by Whitman's
misstatements regarding the air quality of the affected area.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stated that she could not be held
liable for her actions.
Why you might ask?
Well the Appeals Court stated that legal remedies are not always
available for every instance of arguably deficient governmental
So a representative of the government knowingly deceives the public and
puts them at risk but they cannot be held responsible.
If you think that's bad it only gets worse.
In what looked like an act of good faith the federal government gives
NYC a billion dollars to help settle claims for people taken ill as a
result of 9/11.
And what does NYC do?
It gives a contract to the WTC Captive Insurance Corp not to settle
these claims but to fight every one of them in court.
So instead of settling these claims with the money provided, over $300
million has gone to pay lawyers to fight the claims.
This not for profit is also permitted to invest these funds and manages
to lose another couple of hundred million.
And it gets worse.
NYC then uses these funds to fight not only health claims but also to
fight the case brought by 9/11 family members seeking to have remains
relocated from the Fresh Kills Landfill.
So NYC is just using this fund as its own personal checking account to
do with it what it pleases.
Over half a billion spent or lost and less than $500,000 paid to sick
As victims lose their life savings paying medical bills these lawyers
laugh all the way to the bank.
As the NYC paid lawyers rack up their billable hours people continue to
Teddy Roosevelt once said "Justice consists not in being neutral between
right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever
found, against the wrong".
Apparently not in New York where the rich get richer while the sick get