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Lawyers ‘overbilled’ for 9/11 settlements of sick workers

Originally published at The NY Post by Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman on 11/16/14

In a greedy grab for blood money, a law firm representing sick and dying Ground Zero workers overbilled its legal partner by $36 million in expenses, newly released court papers allege.

The shocking charges call into question the estimated $50 million in additional legal expenses billed to 10,000 firefighters, police officers, construction workers and others who received more than $700 million in settlements for 9/11-related ailments.…

Let’s Not Forget Duane Andrews and SAIC

Originally published at Dig Within by Kevin Ryan on 6/4/14

Both before and after 9/11, one private company had a greater impact on counterterrorism programs in the United States than any other. That company, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), also profited more from the events of 9/11 than any other. Its chief operating officer (COO), Duane Andrews, was a man who had expertise-level knowledge of the vulnerabilities that were exploited on 9/11. He also just happened to be a long-time, close colleague of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.…

Cancer Rates Triple Among 9/11 First Responders

By Erica Chang

A recent study has revealed that 297 of the 12,000 police officers who first responded to the 9/11 attacks have been diagnosed with cancer, triple the rate before the tragedy according to the Huffington Post . The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) released figures that show that the cancer rate among NYPD officers has increased from six per year before the attacks to 16 per year after the attacks.

Furthermore, the average age at which officers were diagnosed with cancer is 44, with lung cancer being the most common diagnosis.…

Ten Years On, Sick Ground Zero Workers Still Without Proper Care

by Michelle Chen
In These Times

Photo of First responders at Ground Zero

Photo Credit: Roberto Schmidt, AFP / Getty Images at In These Times)


This weekend, the public will mourn a site of loss, recasting the painful memories and haunting fears that still hover over the aftermath at Ground Zero. But the people who worked and breathed that tragedy in the days and months following September 11 won’t be at the primary commemoration ceremony for the families of victims. The Mayor’s decision to limit the attendees by excluding the 9/11 first responders is an unnerving metaphor for an unhealed scar of 9/11.…

Radio events 9/9 and 9/11 – Project Censored & Pacifica

THE PROJECT CENSORED SHOW ON PACIFICA RADIO – Friday, September 9, 2011 – 8-9am Pacific time

Hosts Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff welcome Tony Hall and Kathy McGrade and will discuss the history of the 9/11 truth movement, among other topics.

Friday, September 9, 2011 –

Related from Project Censored:

Release of Censored 2012 in September Celebrates 35 Years of Project Censored.

Read more.

Unanswered Questions of 9/11: 911 Prewarnings, Building 7 Collapse, Flight 77 and the Pentagon, Israeli Involvement, United Airlines Put-options, War games, Atta and the $100,000, 9/11 Terrorists Still Alive

Read at Project Censored

Editor’s Note:
Update 9/22/11: Pacifica’s 9/11 programming has now been permanently archived at…
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The NS Interview: Donna Marsh O’Connor, peace activist

by Sophie Elmhirst
8 September 2011
The New Statesman


“I can’t believe I haven’t seen my daughter in ten years.”

You lost your daughter in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Does the tenth anniversary feel particularly painful?
You want people to remember the date for the right reason – that hate engenders hideous things. Time heals in some ways, but I can’t believe I haven’t seen her in ten years. I did an interview in New York City recently and came home on the plane, and when the lights dimmed in the cabin, I lost it.…

10 years later, 9/11 still shrouded in mystery

By Will Bunch
Philadelphia Daily News

IF YOU THINK that on the 10th anniversary you know the whole story of 9/11 – and here I’m addressing conspiracy-minded “truthers” and the 13 percent who approved of the job Dick Cheney did as vice president – actually, you don’t.

Time has upheld the broad story line of how hijackers loyal to Osama bin Laden hijacked four planes and killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001 – claims about holograms being used to attack buildings instead of jetliners notwithstanding.…

First responders decry exclusion from 9/11 ceremony

By Jeff Stein
August 30, 2011

New York (CNN) — When debris rained from the sky in lower Manhattan on September
11, 2001, the first responders to the terrorist 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 — not by flying chunks of smoldering rubble, but
by space constraints.…

City snubs finest: Victims’ kin, pols invited but ‘no room’ for first responders at 9/11 anniversary

August 13th 2011
By Alison Gendar
NYDaily News Washington Bureau

9/11 Reflecting PoolWASHINGTON – The cops, firefighters and rescue workers who toiled at Ground
Zero will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony, a city
official told the Daily News Friday.

First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for
a separate commemorative ceremony, city officials said.

Space and security logistics were at the heart of the decision, those involved

9/11 first responders outraged over exclusion of cancer from Zadroga health act

By Jonathan Lemire
Wednesday, July 27th 2011
New York Daily News

Photo of Retired Firefighter Kenneth Specht said the exclusion of cancer as a disease covered by the Zadroga health act was "absolutely unacceptable".
Image: Retired Firefighter Kenneth Specht said the exclusion of cancer as a disease covered by the Zadroga health act was “absolutely unacceptable”. (Photo credit: Elisa Miller for News)

They sacrificed their bodies – and in some cases, their lives – for their noble work at Ground Zero, and now they and their loved ones feel abandoned.

Scores of first responders believe they contracted cancer due to the time they spent at the toxic World Trade Center site and are outraged the disease is being excluded from the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.…

Image Comics’ ‘The Big Lie’ asks some big questions

June 14, 2011
By Brian Truitt

The Big Lie Exclusive Preview

It has been nearly 10 years since 9/11, and the tragedy is still on the minds of many Americans. One of those, writer and artist Rick Veitch, is convinced we haven’t been told the complete truth about it.

The questions surrounding that fateful day power the themes and story of his new Image Comics series The Big Lie, which debuts Sept. 7 and reteams Veitch with fellow artist Gary Erskine.…

9/11 Zadroga Health Care Law Goes Into Effect


It took years of lobbying and partisan bickering, but the 9/11 Zadroga Act to help ailing Ground Zero responders finally took effect today.

The law provides $4.3 billion in guaranteed federal funding to cover health costs and financial compensation for emergency responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and residents who were affected by the attacks almost 10 years ago.

Advocates celebrated with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting against a backdrop of Star Spangled Banners at Mount Sinai’s 9/11 health clinic this morning.…

Responses to questions re thermite, nanothermite, conventional explosives used in the WTC destruction

May 10, 2011
Dr. Steven Jones
Blog at

Here I field questions that come to me fairly often, to help get the facts out and to counter misrepresentations and misunderstandings. I expect to make edits for a while and welcome comments.

1. Can nanothermites (also called superthermites) be explosive?

The definition of “explosive” can lead to endless debates. Is a flash of light required? Is a loud sound required? How loud? What rate of energy generation is required for a material to be called an explosive?…

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Bush court dismisses 9/11 suit against Bush officials, orders sanctions

by Rady Ananda
April 29, 2011

Rather than judicially review significant evidence in the events of September
11, 2001, on April 27, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s
dismissal of an Army Specialist’s complaint against former Vice President
Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers.

One of Plaintiff April Gallop’s attorneys, William Veale, didn’t
know whether to relate the decision to “Kafka, Orwell, Carroll, or Huxley,”
referring to the absurdity and dearth of reason emanating from the court regarding
the deadliest attack on U.S.…

American Shame

by Donna Marsh O’Connor Member
September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Mother, Vanessa Lang Langer, WTC Tower II, 93rd floor

Shame on Representative Cliff Stearns and shame on each and every one of the representatives who voted to make compensation for 9/11 first responders reliant upon a check for “terrorist” activities. Shame is a concept that blankets American actions as it responded to that grave day. I won’t belabor the many instances where this nation either killed or maimed others either in retribution or in the pretense at keeping the rest of us “safe” but I will say that this last act of betrayal by elected officials places all of us in greater danger.…

Extraordinary Conflict of Interest: Bush Cousin Presides Over Federal Court Case Against Former Bush Administration Officials

Published: Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 7:30 AM ET

NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Confounding lawyers and legal scholars all over the world, Judge John Walker, first cousin of former President George W. Bush, was one of three judges of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to hear argument Tuesday in Gallop v. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Myers.

The lawsuit was brought by a soldier injured during the attack on the Pentagon and accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard Myers, of conspiring to facilitate the terrorist attacks of 9/11.…

9/11 responder: Coburn ‘should be ashamed’ for blocking health bill

By David Edwards

The Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent Wednesday that will provide health care benefits to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Original report follows…

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) earned himself a visit from some 9/11 first responders after he threatened to block a bill that would provide them health benefits.

A group of former Ground Zero workers visited the senator’s office Tuesday to give him a piece of their mind but Coburn refused the meeting.…

9/11 rescue workers have until Monday to accept $800 million settlement

By Agence France-Presse
November 7th, 2010

Thousands of rescue workers sickened after the September 11 attacks in New York have until the end of Monday to accept a settlement that could near 800 million dollars.

A settlement on Friday saw a subgroup of workers compensated 28 million dollars for exposure to debris removed and transferred from Ground Zero to Staten Island by marine transportation company Weeks Marine.

But US District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a related order that the plaintiffs could only claim compensation for it if they backed the larger agreement for up to 712.5 million dollars.…

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