Obama, Bush, Bloomberg to Bar 9/11 First Responders From Ground Zero On the 10th Anniversary
By World911Truth, CNN, The Huffington Post, NY1 and others
Nearly 1,020 first responders have lost their lives in the last 10 years due to health problems caused by the air quality at Ground Zero.
Many more are still suffering from health problems, while still battling with the U.S. Government for proper health coverage.
The first responders who lost their lives since 9/11 add to the victim total of that tragic day. Not only should we honor them for their service and courage — after all, they were the ones who stood up when we were all in shock — but they should be at the center stage of the upcoming official ceremony in New York City.
When debris rained from the sky in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, the first responders to the 9/11 attack did not turn away. They rushed to the World Trade Center buildings while the world around them crumbled. Yet now, after all the wreckage has been cleared and the rebuilding has begun, their path is again blocked by space constraints and politics.
Politicians More Important Than 9/11 First Responders
In addition to the victims’ families, several politicians, including two presidents, are expected to be in attendance.
Politicians have barred these brave men and women from the official ceremony site this year. The first responders are not invited to this year’s September 11 memorial ceremony at ground zero, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office confirmed in August.
In a statement, Bloomberg spokesman Andrew Brent said the commemoration ceremony is for the victims’ families.
“While we are again focused on accommodating victims’ family members, given the space constraints, we’re working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times,” Brent said.
But first responder John Feal, founder of an advocacy group for the police officers, firefighters, civilian volunteers and others who worked at ground zero, assailed Brent’s response, saying Bloomberg “lives in his own world.”
“The best of the best that this country offered 10 years ago are being neglected and denied their rightful place,” Feal said.
Yet first responder Morris Faitelewicz, vice president of the Auxiliary Police Supervisors Benevolent Association, called that explanation “nonsense.” Faitelewicz said that, while there are not usually formal invitations, first responders have been able to attend all of the previous ceremonies simply by showing up.
Denise Villamia, a first responder who worked at ground zero for several months, cried over the phone as she recalled her “totally heartbroken” reaction to the news that she could not attend the memorial service.
“I’m crying because it’s really a big betrayal on the part of the city, to rob me from my way to pay homage and to find that comfort and healing,” she said. “I feel that I have been robbed of my way to pay tribute.”
Not allowing them to attend this year — the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks — is an especially galling affront, he said.
The Ultimate Insult: All First Responders to Go Through FBI’s Terrorist Watch List To Get Health Coverage
As if barring them from this year’s ceremony was not enough, the tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who risked their lives were recently informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list. Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address. Why are we accepting this?
Despite the passage in December of the $4.2 billion Zagroda Act, which provides medical treatment and compensation to responders, many first responders told CNN that the government has failed to address their health needs.
Giebfried has suffered from a failing liver and kidneys, a crushed arm, elbow and wrist; post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, encroaching lupus and other diseases. All were caused by the dust, debris and other substances to which she was exposed on 9/11, she said.
Giebfried said her ongoing medical travails have disabused her of the belief that the United States honors and looks after its service members. Being excluded from the memorial proceedings was yet another confirmation of this, she said.
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Obama, Bush and Bloomberg Should Bar Themselves From 9/11 Ceremony in New York City
Leaving first responders and survivors out of the 10th anniversary is absolutely ludicrous and we should all be concerned of the message it sends to those who will have to stand up for their country and fellow brothers and sisters in need if another terrorist attack ever occurs again on American soil.
U.S politicians, including Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush have missed a golden occasion for reconciliation with a group that deserves our outmost respect. If their presence makes it too “difficult” to allow 9/11 first responders on the site, they should bar themselves from ground zero instead of positioning for the camera, and leave room for the true heros of our generation. They should pick another spot in their obvious goal to stand before the cameras and gain political points.
There is still time for either, politicians to realize the mess they are creating, once again, in the only name of “politics”, and to accommodate 9/11 first responders to the site, or for us to stand up and tell that very government they are not invited to the ceremony.
Because one thing is clear, if 9/11 first responders are not allowed on the site this year, it will be yet another huge slap in the face to all Americans from a political system that has failed them far too many times. And at the end, the only people we will have to blame for this hard-to-believe mess is we, the people, for not standing up for those who risked and gave their lives for us.
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