Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:43 pm Post subject: And They Wonder Why We Lose Faith In Our Government
From Jul 27, 2011 to Jul 31, 2011 (included)
|The United States Department of Health & Human Services announced today that there is insufficient medical evidence to support a link between the exposure to Ground Zero toxins and various forms of cancer at this time.
The government strikes again.
It was nearly 10 years ago when former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman knowingly released falsely reassuring and misleading statements of safety after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Even though the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that her statements were "without question conscience-shocking."
Even though 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.
Now 10 years later people who worked at Ground Zero and believed Christie Todd Whitman because she represented the government continue to get sick.
And what does the government do?
It takes cancer, the disease that represents the largest number of claims in the Zadroga Bill, and makes anyone who contracted cancer as a result f their work at Ground Zero or Fresh Kills ineligible for aid.
So our government which is about to raise the debt ceiling once again because they just cant control their spending on anything else decides to save a few bucks here at the expense of 9/11 victims.
If we try to fight them on this they will probably use the same excuse they did back then when the Appeals Court stated that legal remedies are not always available for every instance of arguably deficient governmental performance.
But we must fight them just as we fought them to get the Zadroga Bill passed.
We owe it to those who helped and are now sick.
We owe to all of those who have died of cancer after working at the site or at Fresh Kills.
It is our responsibility to make sure our government holds to its commitments to the victims of 9/11.
This September is the 10th Anniversary of the attacks and this is no way to honor the memory of those who died that day.
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".
That is what we need to do today.
Let your voices be heard.
Lest We Forget