Monday, June 25, 2007

Don't breathe while Rudy is around

I’m working on a posting on ritual mass murder (so what else is new?), but in the meantime . . .  I love this stuff (my emphasis in red):

“Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.

She also said city officials didn't want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they ‘didn't want this image of a city falling apart.’

In an interview scheduled to run the day before Whitman testifies in front of Congress on Monday, she told WNBC-TV she warned the city of the risks almost every day.

And she said she believes illnesses killing first responders can be blamed on the city's lack of action.

‘I'm not a scientist ... but I do [believe that],’ she told WNBC's Brian Thompson.

‘I mean, we wouldn't have been saying that the workers should wear respirators if ... we didn't think there might be health consequences.’

She said the city had the responsibility to make sure workers wore respirators. But many took them off, complaining of heat. She said workers without respirators were barred from cleanup efforts at the Pentagon.

Presumably, the Pentagon officials knew about the DU in the missile nose!  Giuliani had more tricks up his sleeve for the anthrax clean-up workers:

“Whitman also criticized Giuliani's handling of a suspected anthrax attack at NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters weeks after 9/11.

There was concern by the city that EPA workers not be seen in the haz-mat suits,’ she said. ‘They didn't want this image of a city falling apart. I said, 'Well, that's not acceptable.'’

Giuliani's former Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota rejected Whitman's claims.

‘As the incident commander, F.D.N.Y.’s response was exemplary. They coordinated, conducted and affected a multi-agency response in a timely, safe and efficient fashion," Lhota said.’”

Note the typical non-denial denial.

Even the dumbest of bloggers could see this coming.