One leading political light from 9/11 singled out by the mainstream media for supreme heroism was New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The effort has succeeded to the point where Guiliani is currently being boomed in many of these same media circles as a potential Republican presidential nominee for 2008.Giuliani has made the media mainstream adulation blitz easier through his penchant of parading as an all-purpose, All-American nice guy, wearing his New York Fire Department cap with grassroots relish except for those occasions when he visits Yankee Stadium.
In those instances Giuliani switches to a Yankee cap and becomes one of the happy crowd as he enjoys the sport called America’s favorite pastime and roots for the home team.
When it comes to 9/11, the very crisis that prompted the Giuliani national boomlet, however, many questions remain unanswered. Some of the most disturbing questions arise from the discovery and subsequent comments of Scott Forbes, someone who should have become a household name had the mainstream media done its job properly and raised important questions that have been largely left begging.
Scott Forbes was an employee of Fiduciary Trust, a firm located on floors 90 and 94-97 of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Forbes reported that over the weekend of September 8-9, 2001, floors 50 and above of the South Tower experienced a power down, meaning that all electrical currents were shut off for about 36 hours.The officially stated reason was that the electrical cables in the building were being upgraded.
In that Forbes functioned as a senior database administrator in charge of Fiduciary Trust’s computer division, he was entrusted to shut down the company’s computers before the shut down occurred. After the power down he had to turn the computers back on and restore service to the network.
Because there was no electric power above the fiftieth floor there were also no security cameras or security locks. There were many outside engineering personnel, however, coming and going in and out of the tower all weekend.
Forbes lived near the World Trade Center in Jersey City. When he viewed the conflagration of 9/11 from his home he immediately related it to the events of the previous weekend. Anyone seeking further information concerning Forbes and his observations can do so on the Web at www.serendipity.li/wot/forb es01.htm).
Giuliani looms large in the period following the conflagrations. Prior to carefully cultivating an image of someone above and beyond contemporary politics and a larger than life American cult hero, Guiliani served in the Justice Department during the Reagan years.
To tamper with a crime scene is a felony. Whenever an act of arson occurs police representatives would be expected to arrive to quickly service and seal off the area. As anyone schooled in criminal justice realizes, it is imperative to preserve crime scenes intact to assist further investigation and potential criminal prosecution.
In the case of 9/11, we had a series of explosions at the most famous symbol of American capitalism, the World Trade Center. So what was trained prosecutor Giuliani’s response, the same Giuliani who was U.S. Attorney for the district embracing New York City, the nation’s largest metropolis?
Giuliani brought in Controlled Demolition, the same highly suspect firm which had completed the destruction of the Murtagh Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, disposing of all evidence in the process. The contract that was let just 11 days after 9/11 empowered Controlled Demolition to recycle the steel of the World Trade Center.
As 9/11 official verdict critic Webster Tarpley noted, “Guiliani has not had a word to say about this in his memoirs. The city accepted rock-bottom prices for the steel; the priority was to make it disappear fast.”
The steel was transported quickly to China, ending any opportunity to run any tests in connection with ascertaining how the 9/11 explosions may have occurred.
Meanwhile a nifty political dodge occurred whereby Giuliani and loyal neocon spear carriers such as John Lehman, a 9/11 Commission member and a former Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, pursued a divide and conquer strategy by pitting police and fire department authorities against each other.
The divide and conquer strategy was designed to get the Cheney-Bush Administration off the hook and prompt the citizenry to look elsewhere rather than follow the evidence. This side of the story will be examined in the next episode.