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Beverly Eckert

by Nicholas Levis

Today brings the sad news that Beverly Eckert died in the crash of Flight 3407 on her way to Buffalo for a weekend celebration of what would have been her late husband Sean Rooney’s 58th birthday. She had planned to take part in a presentation at Canisius High School of a scholarship award that she established in Sean Rooney’s honor. Among the family members surviving her was her sister, Sue Borque, who told the Buffalo News that while the family had not yet received official confirmation of her sister’s fate, the reality was settling in. “We know she was on that plane,” Bourque said, “and now she’s with [Sean].” Her husband of 34 years, Sean Rooney had been killed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11th, 2001.

http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/578061.html

Beverly Eckert devoted her life to serving others. I met this strong-willed and sensitive woman on a single occasion, in March 2004 when she welcomed me to her home in Connecticut for a few hours to conduct an interview about her advocacy work following September 11th. An insurance manager by profession, Eckert told the story of how she responded to the loss of her husband and the horror of the events. Hers was a beautiful and powerful voice and she speaks best on her own behalf:

“I guess I wish I wasn’t here, because it was such a different life before September 11th. I never envisioned myself speaking to the public having to say… Continue reading

9/11 Presents Challenges for Giuliani


By Larry McShane
AP Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani’s White House aspirations are inescapably tied
to September 11, 2001 — for better and for worse.

While the former mayor of the nation’s largest city was widely lionized for
his post-9/11 leadership — “Churchillian” was one adjective, “America’s
mayor” was Oprah Winfrey’s assessment — city firefighters and their families
are renewing their attacks on him for his performance before and after the terrorist
attack.

“If Rudolph Giuliani was running on anything but 9/11, I would not speak
out,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was among the 343 FDNY
members killed in the terrorist attack. “If he ran on cleaning up Times
Square, getting rid of squeegee men, lowering crime — that’s indisputable.

“But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part
of the problem.”

Such comments contradict Giuliani’s post-September 11 profile as a hero and
symbol of the city’s resilience — the steadfast leader who calmed the nerves
of a rattled nation. But as the presidential campaign intensifies, criticisms
of his 2001 performance are resurfacing.

Giuliani, the leader in polls of Republican voters for his party’s nomination,
has been faulted on two major issues:

- His administration’s failure to provide the World Trade Center’s first responders with adequate radios, a long-standing complaint from relatives of the firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed. The September 11 commission noted the firefighters at the World Trade Center were using the same ineffective radios employed by the first responders to the 1993 terrorist attack on the trade center.…

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Some of Giuliani’s ’9/11 Problems’…

Giuliani Faces Questions About Sept. 11

By American Press
Posted March 30, 2007

New York – Rudy Giuliani’s White House aspirations are inescapably tied to Sept. 11, 2001 – for better and for worse. While the former mayor of the nation’s largest city was widely lionized for his post-9/11 leadership – “Churchillian” was one adjective, “America’s mayor” was Oprah Winfrey’s assessment – city firefighters and their families are renewing their attacks on him for his performance before and after the terrorist attack.

“If Rudolph Giuliani was running on anything but 9/11, I would not speak out,” said Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son was among the 343 FDNY members killed in the terrorist attack. “If he ran on cleaning up Times Square, getting rid of squeegee men, lowering crime – that’s indisputable.

“But when he runs on 9/11, I want the American people to know he was part of the problem.”

Such comments contradict Giuliani’s post-Sept. 11 profile as a hero and symbol of the city’s resilience – the steadfast leader who calmed the nerves of a rattled nation. But as the presidential campaign intensifies, criticisms of his 2001 performance are resurfacing.

Giuliani, the leader in polls of Republican voters for his party’s nomination, has been faulted on two major issues:

- His administration’s failure to provide the World Trade Center’s first responders with adequate radios, a long-standing complaint from relatives of the firefighters killed when the twin towers collapsed. The Sept. 11 Commission noted the firefighters at the World Trade Center were using the same ineffective radios employed by the first responders to the 1993 terrorist attack on the trade center.…

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Listen up, and you may hear the truth

by Ellis Henican

March 31, 2006

Planes hit the towers 4 years, 6 months and 22 days ago.

And the story still hasn’t quite been told.

Please, will someone explain to me why all this time later, we are still struggling to fill all these blanks?

Today, we will get a few more details from that horrendous morning so long ago; one-sided conversations with 911 dispatchers in the first frantic moments after the terror attacks. We almost didn’t get this much. Were it not for Sally Regenhard and the determined efforts of a few other relatives of the men and women killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, we’d be guessing about even more.

Regenhard lost a son, Christian, a probie-firefighter in Brooklyn, and she has a straightforward approach to 9/11 analysis: She really would like to know the truth.

“This is a record,” she told my Newsday colleague Samuel Bruchey with her usual, eloquent succinctness. “This is information.”

What choice does any of us have but to confront it?

And even now, this clear-eyed mother frets. “What we’re getting is only half of the truth, half of the story,” she said. “Only a mother could listen to recordings and maybe hear some glimmer of your child’s voice, even though his name may have been garbled.”

Now some parts of the story of Sept. 11, 2001, may never be fully told. The twisted motives of hijackers. The geopolitics of it all. The never-ending strategizing over how America and the world should… Continue reading