09/11/2001 – This is a day that also lives in infamy. I have so many provable facts showing our governments involvement, who profited (government and corporations), and who didn’t (Saddam, Osama, Al Qaeda, Terrorists in general). But when I try and talk to the average person, even my own family about these obvious facts, I am ridiculed and am told I am being disrespectful to the innocent victims, the police, the firefighters, the health care workers, and the multitude of ground zero volunteers and first responders who gave so much of themselves on that day and in the months that followed.
Today, I’d like instead to share with you what actually happened to all of those brave volunteers and city police, firefighters, and first responders who became the beacons of heroism in the remembrance of 9/11/2001 – and the champions of the “I couldn’t be bothered” crowd – the ones who use these first responders and the victims of 9/11 to make themselves feel better about telling me to shut up about 9/11.
The official story is a lie. And this article is for all the people out there that say things like “Our government could never be involved in something like that.” -Or- “You’re being disrespectful to the dead and their families.”
In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. We “truthers” are the only ones who know about the plight of these families and that of the first responders. And most of them want a new investigation into the obvious lies about that day.
The way in which these “hero’s” have been treated after 9/11 provides perhaps the most in depth look into our governments horrific capability of crime and lack of empathy and support to its citizens. The following information shows once and for all that our government is not only capable, but also complicit in 9/11 and the crimes surrounding it.
Let’s start with the numbers… These are the most current facts and figures with regards to all of the first responders of 9/11:
Of the 435 congressional districts in the 50 United States, 431 of those districts were represented at ground zero by volunteers and first responders on 9/11.
Around 90,000 volunteers and first responders worked or helped out at or around ground zero.
40,000 plus of these first responders actually worked on the “pile” – the name given to the WTC rubble pile.
Of these 40,000 plus first responders, 70% of them are sick with cancer and respiratory illnesses related to “the pile”. 1000’s of the other first responders and volunteers who had more limited contact with the air and dust at ground zero are also suffering from these respiratory illnesses and cancers across the country.
Almost all first responders (around 90%) suffer from some form of acid reflux disease.
To date (12/01/09), per the New York Health Dept, more than 830 first responders have died from 9/11 related illnesses – at least 300 of those were from cancers – others from respiratory complications, smoke inhalation disease, GURD, suicide, etc…
To understand how cancer comes into the equation, we must analyze a few facts with regards to the World Trade Center complex itself:
Larry Silverstein became the leaseholder of the World Trade Center complex just a few weeks before 9/11, purchasing it for the bargain basement price of only $15 million dollars.
With this purchase, and perhaps explaining the low price of the sale, Mr. Silverstein inherited a very low occupancy rate, with many of the WTC offices un-leased.
But more importantly, he also inherited a mandatory-by-law asbestos removal problem. All of the fireproofing and insulation in the towers was made with asbestos, which causes cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other complications when breathed in by us humans.
The asbestos removal process would have cost Mr. Silverstein over 1 billion dollars to complete in all of the WTC buildings.
But as luck would have it, before Larry signed the lease to the WTC complex, he reworked the insurance policy to specifically cover “terrorist attacks”. Remember, this lease was written and signed just a few weeks before 9/11/2001.
After 9/11, and before the asbestos removal project was ever able to happen, Silverstein received $7 billion dollars as a settlement from his insurance policy due to the timely “terrorist attack” clause. That’s a 6.85 billion dollar profit in two weeks!
On the day of 9/11, each of the Twin Towers was impossibly pulverized, turned to dust, and somehow totally destroyed in a matter of seconds.
Therefore, tons and tons of asbestos and other lethal, cancer-causing particles were released into the air on 9/11, and were breathed in by the unsuspecting, altruistic, and heroic 9/11 first responders… and anyone living in lower Manhattan.
→ GOVERNMENT TO THE RESCUE?
In 2002, the government closed the window for first responders to enter a claim for 9/11 related illnesses. This means that first responders with any delayed symptoms like blood cancers, of which it takes years to show any symptoms of, or the brave few who just refused to complain of their illness until it was too late, were denied any government assistance, and could not pay for their own health-care and hospital bills.
In 2004, congress created a 1 billion dollar fund from taxpayer money, called the “Captive Insurance Fund”. This money was directed to specifically be used to protect the New York City governments from the law suits of these sick and dying first responders with 9/11 related illnesses.
To date, only 6 out of the 1000’s of first responder cases have been settled in court – for a total of $300,000.
There are currently over 8000 first responders involved in just one class action lawsuit against the government to pay for their medical bills related to 9/11. This case has been drawn out for years, as the sick hero’s of 9/11 slowly die from cancer and respiratory diseases.
Yes. Sadly, suicide is the only option for some of these brave first responders that we insultingly call our heroes.
Why? Have you ever tried to squeeze a penny out of the government? These heroes are denied benefits or financial compensation. They are too crippled to work, and have been laid off from their normal jobs due to these unrelated illnesses (unrelated because many of them volunteered to work on the pile). So with no job, no medical coverage, no government benefits or help in any way, and no help from the people who continuously praise them yet use them as an excuse to ignore all of the facts of 9/11 while ignoring their plight, it is easy to see why suicide may be a last resort for these first responders, who must live with chronic pain and debilitating diseases. The depression felt must be overwhelming, realizing that your government and your country has forgotten about you.
→ENTER THE FEALGOOD FOUNDATION!
John Feal was injured on December 17th, 2001 while working on “the pile”. An 8000 pound steel girder fell on his foot, crushing it and permanently disabling him. It took John 4½ years of struggling to finally get disability checks from the Social Security Administration. He suffers from Gastro-intestinal disease, respiratory complications, and has post-traumatic stress syndrome.
He was denied medical care or government assistance once he could no longer do his job, because of his injury.
He started the FealGood Foundation, hoping to support and expose the government’s inaction and purposeful negligence in its responsibility to the volunteers and first responders of 9/11, and after seeing many of his friends and co-workers become ill or die from these related illnesses and cancers.
He just attended his 76th funeral.
Because of his foundation, this travesty of government negligence has since come to light. He and his foundation and its supporters have forced this issue to be addressed in congress, and were instrumental in introducing congressional bill H.R. 847 – which would create a multi-billion dollar fund that would pay for all first responder’s health care bills, and provide continuing medical care for these sick and dying heroes, who no longer have medical care due to losing their jobs because of the illnesses caused by volunteering and working at the World Trade Center site.
Now, because of this mans quest for justice, the following hospitals see first responders and volunteers for treatment from 9/11 related illnesses and cancers on a continuing basis:
• Mt. Sinai hospital sees over 12,000 patients
• Long Island Occupational – over 4500 patients
• Robert Wood Johnson in New Jersey – over 2000 patients
• Elmhurst Hospital – over 3000 patients
• Bellevue Hospital – over 3000 patients – offers a free exam for 9/11 related illness
• Staten Island Hospital – over 2500 patients
Mr. Feal continuously campaigns for these forgotten heroes, and recently met with speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and other government officials. Unfortunately, the humongous Obama Health Care bill has overshadowed the FealGood bill, and it awaits committee approval before official congressional vote. In other words, it’s conveniently wrapped up in government red tape!
Unfortunately, the suicide rate for these first responders, who cannot cope with the symptoms and pain caused by these inhalation based diseases and cancers due to lack of medical care and who are unable to work because of them, is a sad look into the way our national heroess – from Vietnam veterans to 9/11 first responders – are treated by our government, and indirectly, by the American people, who would rather give billions each year to Starbucks for it’s horrible burnt coffee beans and mass produced pastries than to a charity to help those who selflessly helped others, and are dying because of it.
Ignorance is the bliss of those who refuse to see the truth. And if this is the way those who selfishly help others are treated after the glamour and media ratings frenzy is over, I must wonder if I myself wont think twice about putting my life into harms way in order to save someone else’s.
We all repeat like parrots, phrases like “I support the troops”… but 1000’s of our soldiers are committing suicide as our government refuses medical treatment for their injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome.
“200,000 people who have put on the uniform and served this country sleep homeless on the streets…” -Aaron Glantz.
The PTS experienced by these first responders and volunteers are also going un-treated, and potentially 10’s of thousands will die unless they receive financial and medical help from our government. But you must remember, we are our government. What they do reflects upon us. And their inaction and deceit with regards to our soldiers and to these first responders is on our shoulders.
And so in conclusion, I ask that you become who you project yourself to be. Support the troops by finding out the truth about how they are being treated by our government both in combat, and especially upon returning home. Check out the FealGood Foundation online, and instead of paying $5.00 for a crappy cup of burnt, oily coffee tomorrow, give $5.00 to help pay for a so-called American hero’s life.
Please visit the FealGood Foundation’s website at:
And never, ever, put down or dismiss the facts behind 9/11, and the selfless people who are trying to expose the truth, including the shameful way our government has behaved regarding its first responder heroes, and until you see the facts for yourself. And for you parrots out there who squawk over and over again that our government could never do something like that… I think we just proved that statement to be false.
Clint Richardson (realitybloger.wordpress.com)
December 11, 2009