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The 9/11 Asbestos Poisoning: A Waiting Nightmare in NYC
by Franklin's Focus + Henk Ruyssenaars
Email: fpf (nospam) chello.nl
04 Sep 2007
The 'inside job' of 9/11 and the WTC drama probably also had unknown millions of people poisoned by asbestos clouds: "Either this is the most horrific story I’ve ever heard in my life, or those people are completely crazy. It couldn’t have happened." - Quote from The New York Times. - But it did...
YOU THOUGHT 9/11 WAS REAL BAD? IT'S MUCH WORSE!
Intro by Henk Ruyssenaars - Foreign correspondent
FPF - 4 September 2007 - A majority of the Americans - 52% - now understands the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center buildings in New York on 9/11 in 2001 was an 'inside job' by the US junta. But the massacre by the evildoers is much bigger than the three thousand people which the US junta killed that ominous day. Asbestos poisoning will kill many more: 9/11 is a bigger tragedy than many think. And worse than a lot of people can imagine or dare say.
On Febr. 22nd in 2005, Robert Scheer in the Los Angeles Times had an article* about the so called 'Tort reform', the illegal fabrication of laws in such a way that the Bush administration and it's ruling multinationals could severely limit the amount of the $billion damages that in the future could be collected by those harmed by asbestos exposure. The article was called "Of, by and for Big Business", and in 689 words Scheer explained how the people in the US permanently are screwed by the multinationals. The LA Times as the majority of the media will not complain much more: it has also been bought by 'them', the evildoers, and is thus silenced.
"It was well-known by the city of New York that the WTC was an asbestos bombshell. For years, the Port Authority treated the building like an aging dinosaur, attempting on several occasions to get permits to demolish the building for liability reasons, but being turned down due the known asbestos problem. Further, it was well-known the only reason the building was still standing until 9/11 was because it was too costly to disassemble the twin towers floor by floor since the Port Authority was prohibited legally from demolishing the buildings." But Larry Silverstein and the other criminals got richer."* Many have seen him on TV saying they 'pulled' WTC7, building #3.
The asbestos drama has a face though, as also is shown in Franklin's story below, because a week ago - according to a TV item in the New York Times* - called "Asbestos, Hidden in Plain Sight", the story is told about Libby, Montana. Reporter Hale: ''Libby, Montana" sets a high bar for itself. An opening voice-over, covering idyllic home-movie scenes of life in the West, proclaims: Either this is the most horrific story I’ve ever heard in my life, or those people are completely crazy. It couldn’t have happened." But it did, like 9/11, and the people are suffering and dying.
THE STORY WAS SHOWN ON MOST PBS STATIONS AS PART OF THE DOCUMENTARY SERIES "P.O.V.," AND IS DEFINITELY HORRIFIC.
"It is the tale of how an entire town in Montana was exposed to asbestos for decades without its knowledge, resulting at last count in an estimated 1,500 cases of lung abnormalities in a population of about 8,000, and of how W. R. Grace & Company knew the asbestos was there." - Like the complicit humanoids who were in charge in New York knew on 9/11 and thereafter during their cover-up, as Franklin writes. It really is too bad to be true, as he shows in his story:
"A WAITING NIGHTMARE IN NYC."
Franklin's Focus: 9/3/07 - Most of my readers will immediately guess that I'm going to discuss the vast fallout of white powder that descended on most of Manhattan over a period of two or three weeks. That, dear reader, is exactly what I'm going to do, albeit in a highly abbreviated form.
Due to the extreme lightness of billowing, lethal, microscopic particles, blanketing Manhattan, they took days and probably weeks to completely settle down on open surfaces or to drift into apartments, stores, offices, taxis, subways, restaurants, bars and so forth. These microscopic particles are of such tiny size, they entered all structures or vehicles whether the windows were tightly closed or not.
Only extraordinary sealing could have kept these particles from entering almost all closed spaces. As for migrating into the subways and subway cars, they would have been carried into the stations and subway cars in vast numbers by the clothing of passengers who had been on the streets. Thusly transported by humans, these particles probably eventually contaminated nearly every surface within subway cars, taxis, and buses.
Those employees who worked in Manhattan on 9/11 and walked through the thick clouds of dust on that day, carried the particles home with them to contaminate their houses or apartments. In this way, their spouses and children and pets were also contaminated. With taxis and subway trains being contaminated by the clothing of passengers, the deadly particles traveled the rest of the city and even further to suburbs or wherever taxicabs, subways, and trains travel to.
In short, a huge number of New York City inhabitants were exposed to a variety of microscopic fibers, all of them belonging to the asbestos family. There are seven members in this family, all of them lethal. A single particle, if breathed in, can kill if it lodges in just the right spot. Since Manhattan was doubtlessly inundated with trillions of such deadly particles, tiny carriers of death that entered countless living, working, and traveling spaces used by the people of that city. It is, therefore, a near certainty that huge numbers of New Yorkers have been infected by members of a lethal family of microscopic barbed spears.
THERE IS NO WAY TO AVOID THE SAD TRUTH THAT COUNTLESS PEOPLE BREATHED IN THESE PARTICLES.
What is deeply disturbing is the fact that many of these tiny killers are now waiting silently in the bodies of thousands of New Yorkers, and they will likely kill their hosts. Unfortunately, the current ongoing cover-up will continue since these invisible killers will rarely be named as the cause of death. You see, the seven members of the asbestos family almost always kill anonymously because the media and even medicine in America have colluded to hide the truth.
Consider mesothelioma, a disease caused by asbestos fibers. This is a devastating cancer that inflicts a death far more painful and ugly than the worst cases of death by HIV. This condition is a ticking time bomb, and when it goes off, it can do so with surprising rapidity. Depending on the form it takes, a victim may die relatively soon or may linger through years of pain and suffering. Will the death certificate list asbestos as the cause? No, dear reader. Be advised that it will list mesothelioma as the cause of death, and corporate America's deadly secret will go on and on.
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TODAY HAVE TICKING ASBESTOS TIME BOMBS IN THEIR BODIES THAT WILL EVENTUALLY KILL THEM.
By the year 2030, as many as five million Americans will be facing a variety of ugly, prolonged, and devastating years of suffering before succumbing. And most of these ill fated Americans will go on believing they are dying purely from cancer rather than assigning blame to the agent that caused the cancer.
[Cancer specialists, oncologists at the Radboud University Medical Center in The Netherlands, confirm that at present - mostly due to the heavy pollution - one in two men, and one in three women dies of cancer. - HR]
The fallout of deadly particles in New York City was so massive, and rescue workers were so heavily contaminated, many deaths in New York will not wait that long. They will start dying relatively soon. The immediate family members who have been contaminated by them may take longer, maybe ten to twenty years. According to one scientist, as many
as ten percent of those who were heavily exposed to the most dense clouds of deadly dust on 9/11 will die. No matter how you guesstimate the end result, it will be an enormous tragedy.
Once the three WTC buildings were blown up, thusly creating vast clouds of powder high in the air and drifting over nearly all of Manhattan, experts at the Environmental Protection Agency instantly knew they were confronting a monumental health disaster. How did they know this? They knew because they had criminally allowed the builders of the three towers to use hundreds of tons of asbestos fibers to construct them.
One of the most heavily used asbestos fibers was chrysotile. It densely impregnated 8.5 million square feet of the floor tiling in the three buildings. Asbestos fibers were used in decorative finishes and in the structural steel of the towers. It was used in the lobbies and the elevator shafts and the drywall. It was massively used in the foundation concrete. To top it off, the interior walls were painted with an asbestos paint.
MICROSCOPIC DEADLY FIBERS EXPELLED OVER MANHATTAN
Here's a big clinker: asbestos fibers are scientifically classified as 'friable'. This means they invariably shed themselves loose from the products they are used in. They were almost certainly shedding at the time the buildings blew up. A catastrophic release of trillions of fibers occurred following the massive detonations of the three towers. One scientific estimate of the amount of microscopic deadly fibers expelled over Manhattan was one thousand tons! The figures become astronomical.
A massive use of asbestos saturated many of the materials used to build the towers. This was well known to the city officials of NYC. America's leading expert on asbestos and its carnage in America is Dr. Irving Selikoff, the man who is number one on the hate list of W. R. Grace and every other giant American corporation that produces and sells asbestos products in the US and to third world countries. Selikoff visited the WTC sites during construction and was appalled by the vast use of materials containing huge amounts of tremolite fiber, and the billowing clouds of construction-caused dust that was enveloping the workers. He subsequently declared at a conference that over 100 tons of fiber would ultimately be released into the air of NYC just during the construction. His warnings were ignored by NYC officials and by the EPA.
All those scientists familiar with asbestos fibers and the already high asbestos death toll in America and who saw the explosions of the towers on TV immediately got on the phone and began voicing warnings to NYC officials and the EPA.
Among these callers was America's finest and largest team of asbestos detection experts, a Montana group that possesses the biggest number of suitable testing machines in the US that are capable of detecting asbestos fiber. They instantly offered a large team of testing experts and a large number of hi-tech testing machines to serve Whitman and NYC officials. They wanted to immediately fly in private jets to NYC with teams of experts and the finest testing equipment available. They begged NYC officials and Whitman to be allowed to immediately fly to NYC and start testing and to start advising New Yorkers what to do.
THEY WERE STONEWALLED BY WHITMAN AND GIULIANI, BOTH OF WHOM SEEMED DETERMINED TO COVER UP THE ONGOING PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER.
NOT TOXIC OR DANGEROUS
Christine Todd Whitman, the head of the EPA, which is headquartered in NYC, was quickly on the scene. She and just about everybody at the EPA knew an epic crisis was immediately at hand. Whitman first assured the people of New York that the powder laden air at the disaster scene was not toxic or dangerous. She then immediately ordered that the very best hi-tech testing equipment available be used to decontaminate the EPA headquarters building in NYC!
As for the rest of NYC, she told the people of New York that they should seek guidance from NYC health officials. Since NYC health officials had been told by Whitman and the EPA that the white powder was harmless, the Health Department then told the residents of at least 15,000 Manhattan apartments, which were by then contaminated with white powder, to simply 'use a wet sponge' to clean up their apartments and not to worry.
Whitman and her EPA criminal associates ensconced themselves in the EPA building as soon as it had been decontaminated. Under orders from Whitman, employees began testing the disaster site for asbestos fibers in the air and on surfaces. One small catch, tho! She ordered that this be done only with outdated equipment that could not possibly detect asbestos fibers! In short, the whole testing process was a deliberate farce by Whitman and the EPA.
Why did she do this? I can only surmise she was running a cover-up, and it was necessary to use testing equipment that would come up with zero evidence of deadly fibers.
SO MUCH COVERING UP IN AMERICA, AND SO LITTLE TIME FOR UNCOVERING.
By the way, she has denied ever saying that the massive clouds of "dust" at the site were harmless. She made this denial in testimony before Congress. Haw! She made her assurances that the clouds of dust at the site were harmless while standing before a TV camera. I've seen the film clip. She lied to Congress, and was never nailed for doing so, when all they had to do was to produce the film during the hearings. So much for congressional hearings.
How is it that the vast mining of asbestos ores in the US still continues? How is it that a friable substance impregnates over 3,000 products in America? How is it that all the European nations have absolutely banned the use of any member of the asbestos family, but the US does not do so? How is possible that nearly the entire population of the town of Libby, Montana*, is now dying of asbestos caused diseases when the EPA knew long ago that those people were being murdered by the nearby W. R. Grace mining operation. Children, men, women, seniors --- almost every last one of them is dying. What we are seeing is run amok, predatory, corrupt, heartless corporate capitalism at its very worst.
Every member of Congress knows asbestos kills hundreds of thousands of Americans and is well on its way to killing millions. And yes, the DLC corporate controlled Dems surely know all about asbestos, how much is being mined, how many corporations use it in their products, and the fact that it is killings hundreds of thousands of Americans. Be aware that your vote for either wing of The Party has always helped protect asbestos mining and the deadly use of asbestos in thousands of products.
A neighbor lady just informed me that her father is dying of cancer. I asked what he had done for a living. She said he had been a mechanic, more specifically a brake man. Well, that surely is a deadly occupation. Brake linings are packed with asbestos fibers. In this case, the doctor informed the dying man that asbestos fibers from brake linings had condemned him to a slow, ugly death. As I see it, corporate America and its flunkies in Congress have murdered this man.
ALREADY THE ROMAN EMPIRE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE DANGERS OF ASBESTOS
Here's something else for you to think about. How long have we known that asbestos is really bad stuff? Try guessing. Now hold on to your hat. Among the greatest engineers in the history of the world, we have to include the brilliant engineers of the Roman Empire. And guess what? It so happens they were very familiar with asbestos. They knew it has enormous tensile strength. They knew it was fireproof. And they knew it was waterproof. So why did such great engineers refuse to use it in their mind boggling, famous constructions? Believe it or not, they knew asbestos was deadly stuff and refused to touch it. Knowledge is great, but greed is greater.
I wish I could leave you with a long bibliography so you could further look into this mega-scandal, but very little has been written about it in books and almost nothing in the major media. Even the Net has been weak in this department. Most notably, the corporate major media have been lying for decades by telling Americans that asbestos was banned
years ago by the federal government. I kid you not. When asked in a poll, most Americans will say that the government banned asbestos a long time ago. I suppose these are the same guys who say Iraq was responsible for 9/11. Sigh. Jingoism and greed. We could do better without them.
I can, however, recommend one excellent book on this subject. The author is a superb practitioner of muckraking, and he has written a number of excellent books exposing corruption and scandal. His book on asbestos is a winner. It fills in the mere outline I've given you. He also includes a chapter on 9/11 that was very helpful to me in writing this piece.
'Fatal Deception: The Terrifying True Story of How Asbestos Is Killing America' by Michael Bowker, Touchstone Books, available in paperback. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/24943o
FPF - RELATED LINKS:
* WTC & ASBESTOS - HOW LARYY SILVERSTEIN AND FRIENDS GOT RICHER - Url.: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/silverstein.html
* LOS ANGELES TIMES - "OF, BY AND FOR BIG BUSINESS" - Feb. 22, 2005 - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/yvje94
* 9/11 +ASBESTOS +CANCER - Google search - Url.: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=news&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=9%2F11+%2
* WARNING! 'GOVERNMENT'! - SURVEY FINDS ELEVATED RATES OF NEW ASTHMA AMONG WTC RESCUE AND RECOVERY WORKERS - August 28 2007 - Url.: http://www.nyc.gov/cgi-bin/misc/pfprinter.cgi?action=print&sitename=DOH
* NEW YORK TIMES - ASBESTOS, HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT - August 28, 2007 - Url.: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/28/arts/28mont.html?ref=television
* PBS - LIBBY, MONTANA - TV DOCUMENTARY - Url: http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2007/libbymontana/
* WARNING! 'GOVERNMENT'! - 9/11: WORLD TRADE CENTER REGISTRY - HEALTH CENTER - 'Clinical Guidelines for Adults Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster' and 'Scientific Publications' - Url.: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/wtc/materials.html
* FOX NEWS - THE HIDDEN STORY - Carl Cameron Investigates: 9/11 & Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.? - Information Clearing House - Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7545.htm
* US 9/11 TERROR in a CNN Poll - Question: "Do you believe there is a U.S. government cover-up surrounding 9/11?" - 'Yes' - 89% - 'NO' - 11% - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/7w7c5
* US SENATOR BOB GRAHAM, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - [ http://tinyurl.com/manno] - regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks: AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN COUNTRY ASSISTED THE 9/11 TERRORISTS - The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, on PBS, reported. - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/m4duy
* THE 9/11 DRAMA WAS THE 'TRIGGER' USED BY THE PNAC GROUP - KILLING AMERICANS and others to further their inhuman goals: Anybody who reads this and after seeing the video - '9/11 revisited' - still believes the version from the 'PNAC pack' - the Washington cabal - is beyond all professional help. - Url.: http://images.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22+9%2F11+rev
* SCHOLARS FOR 9/11 TRUTH - American and other scientists, diplomats, researchers etc.: What happened on 9/11? - What is happening to our world? - How can we improve our situation? - Url.: http://www.st911.org/
* The Dutch author this far has lived and worked abroad - never in an English speaking country - for more than 4 decades for international media as an independent foreign correspondent, of which 10 years - also during Gulf War I - in the Arab World and the Middle East. Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism!
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