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  •  "I know..." (10+ / 0-)

    "...let's put the City's emergency command center on the 23d floor of a known terrorist target! Sure, that makes sense!"

    I remember being in the WTC complex several times before the attacks and thinking how unbelievably idiotic it was to have the command center there; add into that that it was probably positioned in 7 WTC to help make the sale of the complex easier, and the decision looks not just stupid, but borderline corrupt.

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    by MBNYC on Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 10:00:02 AM PST

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    •  "borderline corrupt" (6+ / 0-)

      I'd like to know more about the corruption angle. What about his relationship with Bernard Kerik, for example? I suspect there could be some deep dirt there.

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      ...the view from the corner office was probably great. WTC, Statue of Liberty, etc.

      Who wouldn't want a taxpayer-financed view like that?

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      by Mad Dog Rackham on Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 12:24:18 PM PST

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      •  Not really (1+ / 0-)
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        I worked in 7WTC while parts of it were still undergoing final construction. While I had no idea about the command center or huge diesel tank that supposedly caught fire and brought the building down on 9/11, from what I recall (this was 15 years ago) the views weren't that great. The twin towers blocked the view of NY Harbor south including the statue and Verrazano bridge, and the views north, east and west were mostly of nondescript buildings in lower Manhattan.

        I worked midway up the building so perhaps the upper floors had better views, but the best buildings from which to see prime lower Manhattan views were either the upper half of the towers or any of the buildings that were on the water's edge. I worked in some of those (including the WFC next door) and can vouch that the views from them were outstanding, even for cubicle warriors.

        In any case, whatever the reasons, putting anything of an important city or national security-related nature in any of the WTC buildings or the buildings around them was profoundly irresponsible and stupid and should be put front and center in any effort to defeat Giuliani. Although I was no longer working in 7WTC when the first WTC bombing took place in '93, I happened to be in the immediate vicinity for a job interview across the street right after it happened, and it was clear to anyone who was there that this was not where you wanted to put such facilities.

        A bit of off-topic trivia (unless Mike Nichols works for Al Qaida). The lobby scenes from the last part of the film Working Girl were shot in the lobby of 7WTC.

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        by kovie on Fri Feb 23, 2007 at 06:54:14 PM PST

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    •  worked in 7 (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes it was there.

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