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3000 Ghosts

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Spirits roam the once ash filled streets of lower Manhattan. There is no resting place or sense of closure with so many unanswered questions. Now with great fanfare, President Obama, and dignitaries are attending the opening of a museum to memorialize September 11th.

The history of the World Trade Center scars the New York mind. A boondoggle from the very start and a total failure in luring tenants, WTC has cost New York, America and the entire World trillions of dollars. Wars have been waged over WMD’s that didn’t exist the ultimate morph from the ongoing tragedy/saga of the World Trade Center.

Politicians raised billions of dollars pounding chests over the catastrophe that befell New York, that luscious day in September. The sight a tourist trap with a $24 entrance fee putting unsuspecting tourists from around the world into a created myth and profiting from that myth.

A museum won’t heal the wound. The global economy has devastated the environment without conscious. A dark side has befallen the Trade Center sight, as those 9/11 GHOSTS have no rest.

The WTC area including Battery Park City is loaded with over the top security forces from every branch imaginable. Costs still go on and funding the fear of imminent attacks by terrorists have our men in blue foaming at the mouth from boredom. It is two and a half years after the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations occurred and the Battery Bull has finally lost its’ ring of police barricades as if someone could hurt the sculpture that was gifted to New York.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bought the World Trade Center. The deal went something like this, New York State would rent forty floors, and The City of New York also committed to forty floors. This deal was proposed after the first group of owners of the WTC went bankrupt.

And today the Governor Chris Christie footprint shows just how powerful the Port Authority can be. It is the cash cows of cash cows.

The haunting continues. The residue is palpable. A new museum celebrating our stupidity, our waste of life, our best attempts and rationalizations emerges in the fog of history lost as advertisement like the tourist trap it was then and remains.

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NYPD play Terrorists

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MDC says , be prepared NYC residents. The Terrorists (NYPD) Mock gunmen will storm 1 World Trade Center in a drill on Saturday morning starting at 8:30.

This is just a drill.

Mock gunmen will storm 1 World Trade Center Saturday morning to better protect the nation’s tallest building and its surrounding streets, law enforcement sources said Friday.

A multi-agency “active shooting drill” will take place at the famed downtown skyscraper and its PATH train station beginning at 8:30 a.m. to test how the NYPD, the Port Authority Police Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police and Homeland Security would coordinate and interact with each other in a real attack.

Those involved in the drill will be firing “simunitions” — nonlethal paint-ball bullets, a law enforcement source said.

“There’s going to be a lot of gunfire,” the source said, realizing that the sound may rattle residents, particularly survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks. “You’re going to have a lot of people in that area wanting to know what’s going on.”

The scenario for the exercise was not immediately released.

MDC says, NYC is so full of shit with the numerous agencies and fake scenarios . Maybe they are preparing for another “September 11,2001” anniversary event? Hey, what year is this and it shows how this area has turned into a huge shameful disgrace.

Source: dailynews

WTC Security is a Joke

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MDC says, the Port Authority invested $4000 bucks into a security camera system. We chuckle at that, since it will be billed for $4 million eventually.

Port Authority officials bought a surveillance system in August that could have detected the 16-year-old kid who got to the top of 1 World Trade Center last week — but it’s still sitting in its box in a back office because they didn’t want to pay extra for installation, a well-placed source told The Post.
The PA honcho in charge of the $4,000 security purchase for the top of America’s No. 1 terror target was furious that such a seemingly large amount of money was spent on the two-camera system and refused to spend any more to hook it up, the source said.

“He looked at me and my colleague and said, ‘Why did I spend $4,000 on this equipment when you could have gone to Home Depot and gotten something cheaper?’ ’’ said the source, a veteran electrician who worked on the project for the vendor, Angel Electronics.
“I was kind of stunned, because that’s a pretty bold statement to make considering we got the specs from them, and the Port Authority had it made to order.”

The 114-floor, 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, which is still under construction, was the site of a potentially disastrous security blunder last week when young daredevil Justin Casquejo managed to breeze past several layers of security to make it to the top floor of the tower.

At the top is a massive spire and antenna designed to control sensitive radio, television and cellphone traffic in the region, as well as signals used to maintain the smooth operation of area airports, tunnels and bridges.
The PA bought the “Two-Camera DVR Solution System” specifically to safeguard the tower, the source said. He added the cameras were to be installed quickly after the early August purchase; the spire that holds the antenna was hoisted into place in May.

PA spokesman Steve Coleman said the cameras “had no surveillance value whosoever” even if they had been installed because there was no infrastructure in place to get them working. “The building is still under construction, so the wiring for the network has not yet reached the 104th floor,” he said.

WTC Museum

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It will be another eight months before the museum at New York’s Ground Zero is open for visitors, the president of the project said.

The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is this week, but the museum will not be completed in time.

“There is no doubt that it will be done by next spring in advance of the next anniversary,” said Joe Daniels, president of the September 11th Memorial and Museum foundation.

The complex nature of the construction, which is taking place underground, has made for slow going, and there has been a dispute over financing with the Port Authority that CBS News said brought work to a halt for months last year.

The museum entrance includes massive steel girders from the World Trade Center as well as part of the staircase WTC workers used to evacuate one of the doomed towers.

Some of the museum exhibits, including rescue vehicles that were wrecked in the collapse, are already in place.

“I’d put us in the 75 percent-there stage, although this last 25 percent is some of the most difficult work, which is the installation of the exhibitory itself,” Daniels said.

Thanks 911 Responders

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As the nation marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the federal government is still working to ensure that the people who came into close contact with Ground Zero are receiving the health treatment they need. So far, about 1,140 Americans have been diagnosed with cancers that resulted from the toxins at the site of the World Trade Center collapse, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Fortunately, those people are now eligible for care through the CDC’s World Trade Center Health Program, which provides free care for 9/11 first responders and survivors who lived near the site of the attack. That wasn’t always the case. The $4.3 billion compensation fund didn’t start covering cancer until last September. Administrators said the link between Ground Zero debris and cancer wasn’t strong enough to necessitate coverage, but several studies on the issue ended up changing their minds.

The most recent research into the issue found that 9/11 first responders have a 15 percent higher rate of cancer than the general population. Health experts expect that number to continue to rise, since some types of cancer can take decades to develop.

Congress approved the health fund as part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — named after a New York City police officer who died from a respiratory diseases that resulted from the toxic chemicals at Ground Zero — in 2010. The first responders began getting their payments at the beginning of this year. Senate Republicans nearly derailed the bill before its passage, however, saying it was too expensive. They convinced Democrats to scale back the fund from $7.4 billion in payments over eight years to $4.8 billion over the same time period.

Thanks to the automatic budget cuts that resulted from the sequester, the compensation is getting trimmed even further. The Zadroga fund faces $38 million in cuts this year, and could end up losing up to $300 million over the current planned life of the program. A coalition of New York senators and House members have submitted joint legislation to exempt the 9/11 fund from the sequester cuts, but it’s currently pending in budget committees.

Cancer treatment typically represents one of the biggest drains on Americans’ bank accounts. Americans who battle cancer are nearly twice as likely to go bankrupt, even if they have some type of health insurance.

MDC says, this is a perfect example of how the government has failed the honorable American citizen.

The World Trade Center: Peace or WAR

ONE QUESTION REMAINS
The World Trade Center: PEACE OR WAR?
The Utopian vision of a major center where the world commerce would come together and act out of the best interests was what I’m sure the original planners of the sight had in mind.
The original fight over land usage rights, destruction of a neighborhood concerns were all bulldozed over.
The quick read wondering whether these boxed shape buildings were architecturally a wonder or disaster lasted long after completion. The buildings reception was not promising and the rentals did not happen. The Port Authority brought them out of Bankruptcy along with the State of New York occupying forty floors as primary tenant. New York City also occupied many floors possibly forty as well. The Police Headquarters were placed there and had just been completed to the tune of a fortune “$$$$$$$$$$.”
The elevators were always weird, and the buildings swayed especially on the top floors. Everyone got used to the feeling if you worked there.
The two towers were to last around sixty years.
After two successful attempts at destroying these structures we are left with the question of restoration of a concept in space that could bring the global economy back to it’s original Utopian vision of a central location in the West. The last President did not defend New York, the country did not understand New York and Politicians hated to have to come to New York to look for money.
The wives loved to shop here, everyone loves to shop here, but somewhere the egos of some can’t accept the nature of New York and it’s attractive business and financial nature. Many can’t contemplate the integrated atmosphere and that Utopian result New York achieves grudgingly. New York is often misunderstood.
With all this background information and there is plenty more, what after all is the intent of the New World Trade Center? The cost so far had not achieved peace of any sort.
There is no peace in Washington, just political rancor.
Many are profiting from the security costs that are bankrupting the rest of us, and removing our civil liberties to remain free and somewhat anonymous. Fear sells security.
After the expense (of lives and money), will the New,
future World Trade Center promote Peace or War ?

Ground Zero Circus

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MDC always said that this was a political financial fraud. Why did they market it, Ground Zero and not the World Trade Center as it was known in the past. It’s become a circus event, bring the kids to the show, so sad!

The museum in the crucible of America’s pain will be charging admission.
People making the pilgrimage to Ground Zero will have to pony up anywhere from $20 to $25 to descend into the new subterranean museum when it finally opens next year.

And, unlike some other museums in the city, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero will charge a mandatory fee — not just a suggested donation — for the privilege.
“We’re still in the process of considering how much, but it will be in the range of $20 to $25,” Anthony Guido, a spokesman for the museum said Friday. “It will be a set fee.”

“It’s ridiculous,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, who lost his firefighter son Jimmy. “We asked for a memorial and they’ve turned this into a P.T. Barnum production. These people are trying to make money off the worst day in American history.”

MDC says, lets talk about a good investment, charging those fees. It’s pretty comical that Mayor Bloomberg has dug into his deep pockets to help out the National September 11 Memorial and Museum until it fully opens next year, the Daily News has learned.

Hizzoner has loaned the struggling institution $15 million from his personal piggy bank as the project’s price tag continues to swell, said a source with knowledge of the transaction. Once projected to cost $680 million, the museum’s tab has grown to more than $700 million and could pass the $1 billion mark, the source said.

Source : ny news

9/11 Memorial Bullshit

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MDC shares the continued political disgrace of lower Manhattan? The 9/11 Memorial foundation, funded to the tune of $830 million, has begun nickel-and-diming visitors for ticket reservations.

Even though the nonprofit has long vowed admission to the sacred site would be free, it is now demanding $2 per ticket for all advance reservations made online or by phone.

Officials quietly rolled out the fee on March 1 — but it did not escape the notice of some outraged families of Sept. 11 victims.

“They made . . . a vow that no one would ever be charged for going to the memorial, but money is the bottom line here.”

“They’re making money off the people that died. It’s disgusting,” said Jim Riches, a retired FDNY deputy chief who lost his firefighter son, Jimmy, on 9/11.

“The memorial should be free for everybody to pay their respects. You wouldn’t charge money to get into a cemetery.”

“Who wants to pay to view a murder site,” MDC said.

According to the memorial’s Web site, the booking fees are necessary to “safely manage visitor capacity” while surrounding construction projects are completed.

The nonprofit claims on its Web site that it “does not receive city, state or federal funding for its operations.”

But from 2006 to 2011, it pulled in about $295 million in taxpayer-funded grants for construction.

It also reaped more than $430 million in private donations after the tragedy, including pennies raised by millions of patriotic American schoolchildren.

But critics are calling it a two-bit money grab by fat cats hemorrhaging funds. Construction costs are now pegged at $700 million for the museum and memorial — more than it took to build the Empire State Building.

The foundation, chaired by Mayor Bloomberg, says the memorial and museum will cost $60 million a year to operate once complete. Security will cost $12 million a year, and another $5 million will go to operating the waterfall tributes.

Add that to the nonprofit’s swanky salaries: Ten of the 12 directors raked in more than $200,000 in 2011. Daniels pulled down $336,224 in salary and benefits, and Museum Director Alice Greenwald made $351,171, tax filings show.

One former employee, Joan Gerner, got a $300,000 severance after leaving the foundation — on top of her $439,463 salary.

The memorial opened in 2011 and has attracted 7 million visitors. It features two enormous reflecting pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers and takes up half the 16-acre WTC site.
Construction on the underground museum ground to halt in late 2011 after the Port Authority, which owns the land, claimed the nonprofit owed $300 million in cost overruns. Development restarted after both sides reached a deal last September.

How the memorial and museum will foot its bills remains unclear.

Daniels is mulling a $20 mandatory admission or a $25 suggested donation for the museum, similar to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, once it opens in 2014.

Visiting the memorial — a public plaza — will be free, eventually—haha.

Memorial officials also want federal handouts, and are hoping to revive a Senate bill that would force the National Park Service to shell out $20 million a year.

Source: nypost

New Ground Zero Statue

 

MDC enjoys the conspiracy play down at the World Trade Center, or is it Ground Zero ?

The sculpture that stood in the middle of the World Trade Center plaza when the center was destroyed cannot find a permanent home. But another big bronze that has been in New York City less than a year already has a highly visible spot at ground zero.

Commuters streaming out of the PATH train station at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning may have spotted the shrouded newcomer:
a 16-foot-tall sculpture of a Special Operations soldier on horseback. The statue is a memorial to the troops who led the American invasion of Afghanistan in response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the trade center and the Pentagon.

The statue, known as “De Oppresso Liber,” a motto of the Army Special Forces, was hauled to a spot near the PATH station entrance on Vesey Street on Tuesday evening.

MDC asks,  all that military money is not needed if we fight by horseback.