Tuesday, April 25, 2006

WTC BLUES THE HORROR

The death toll as a result of 9/11 is increasing as first responders die and civilians develop significant health problem from exposure. When the towers fell and for a long time afterwards, the surrounding air was not safe to breathe and the water was not safe to drink. The EPA said the White House order the report changed.
The air, water, buildings, streets and parks were contaminated with a long list of toxins, and pulverized bodies. Rather than evacuate the area, the government chose to put Manhattan on lock down, with no way to escape. Military personnel took over the streets and the people cowered in shock as lies were crooned over their television sets.
The Bush and Guiliani administrations lied to the folks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and said the air was safe to breathe and the water safe to drink. Pieces of paper from the WTC were found on Long Island. Since paper traveled that far, how far could the dust have traveled?
Most folks already know that WTC 1, 2 and 7 were controlled demolitions. If you have any doubts about that reality, please check out the film Loose Change 2nd Edition by Korey Rowe, Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, which uses 9/11 footage to demonstrate the who, what, when, where, and why of the ‘Greatest Lie Ever Told.’ You can view Loose Change 2nd Edition for free on line or order the DVD from their site.
The source of the WTC Blues is the understanding that thousands above the current death count are in danger from exposure to the dust from the WTC.
A great group on Yahoo is called Mothra-NYC and they posted the following articles that show the horror has begun, so I close with their posting and the hope that the information is passed on and solutions be brought forth to heal the problem. The first responders have already begun to die and exposed members in the general population are getting sicker.
Here’s their posting as it was presented, with links to the original articles.


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 10:59:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: EPA - Excuses Perpetration Amnesia <flapping@mothra-nyc.org>
Subject: 3 from NYCOSH

NYCOSH Newswatch
9/11 Survivors' 'Clouded' Future
By Marsha Kranes, NY Post, April 8, 2006

9/11 Survivors Still under a Cloud, Docs Say
By Owen Moritz, Daily News April 8, 2006

Study: 9/11 Escapees Have Health Problems
By Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press, April 9, 2006

Survivors of 9/11 to Be Monitored for Health Effects, CDC Says
By Kevin Orland, Bloomberg News, April 7, 2006

Asbestos Shirt Is a Toxic New Wrinkle in WTC Woe
By Linda Stasi and Susan Edelman, New York Post, April 9, 2006

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9/11 Survivors' 'Clouded' Future

By Marsha Kranes, NY Post, April 8, 2006

Terrified people who fled the Twin Towers before they
collapsed on 9/11 - only to be caught in the massive
suffocating dust cloud afterward - are the hardest-hit
among survivors, a new federal health study has found.

Those trapped in the dust and debris cloud were nearly
three times more likely to experience respiratory
symptoms than other building survivors not bathed by
the cloud and at least twice as likely to experience
mental health problems, according to a survey of 8,500
survivors by the Centers for Disease Control.

"That was most surprising to us - the impact of the
dust cloud," noted Dr. Lorna Thorpe, deputy
commissioner of the city Health Department and head of
the World Trade Center Health Registry, which has been
tracking the health of more than 71,000 people who
worked at or were near Ground Zero on 9/11.

More than 60 percent of those who escaped the Twin
Towers were caught in the enveloping swirl of trade
center dust, according to the study.

"Building survivors overall had high levels of
respiratory symptoms and high levels of mental health
symptoms two or three years after the event, when we
interviewed them," Thorpe said.

The CDC report is based on interviews conducted
between September 2003 and November 2004 with 8,418
adults who fled the collapsed towers and more than 30
other buildings that were either leveled or damaged in
the terror strikes.

"These figures are high, they're concerning - we now
need to know if they're still persisting," said
Thorpe.

"It's important to get an update on the current
physical and mental health status," said Thorpe.

To that end, a follow-up study will be conducted.

It will get under way later this month and will
include interviews with all 71,000 of the survivors on
the registry - including building employees, residents
of lower Manhattan, children who attended school in
the area, rescue and recovery workers, and volunteers.

It will be the largest public health registry in the
history of the United States, Thorpe said.

One of the study's overall findings was that more than
56 percent of all survivors said they had new or
worsening respiratory problems - including sinus
ailments, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough.

More than 20 percent reported suffering ailments such
as heartburn, indigestion and severe headaches.

Virtually all those in the study said they witnessed
at least three "events" likely to cause psychological
trauma.

Those events included seeing one of the planes
crashing into the trade center, people jumping from
one of the towers, other people being killed or
injured, buildings collapsing, and survivors caught up
in the dust cloud.

More than 64 percent said they were depressed, anxious
or suffered from other emotional problems.

And 11 percent said they were in severe psychological
distress when they were interviewed for the study.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) noted that the CDC's
report is "tragically no news at all to those who have
been dealing with this crisis since the day of the
attacks."

Nadler called for "concrete action on two fronts."

"First, it's essential that we create and fund a
medical screening a treatment program to give aid to
survivors with physical and psychological symptoms, as
opposed to just keeping track of them.

"Second . . . the federal government absolutely must
undertake a serious, comprehensive, cleanup effort to
rid New York of the toxic World Trade Center dust that
still lurks in our buildings."

marsha.kranes@nypost.com

==================================




Most survivors of the World Trade Center terror
attacks suffered physical and mental health problems
that will require monitoring for years, a federal
health agency said yesterday.

Those caught in the clouds of dust and debris that
blanketed lower Manhattan when the buildings collapsed
were several times more likely than others who escaped
to suffer breathing problems or psychological trauma,
researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention said.

"The trauma of being caught in the cloud itself, the
whole experience had an impact on their ...
psychological health later on," said Dr. Robert
Brackbill, a CDC doctor working with the World Trade
Center Health Registry, which has been tracking the
health of more than 71,000 people who worked at Ground
Zero or were in the area on Sept. 11, 2001.

The twin towers and 7 World Trade Center released
particles of concrete, glass, plastic and paper into
the air when they fell, and fires at the 16-acre site
burned for about three months, the CDC said.

"The long-term ramifications of these effects are
unknown," the agency said in a preliminary report.

The city Health Department interviewed 71,437 people
between Sept. 5, 2003, and Nov. 20, 2004, who had been
affected by the 9/11 attacks.

The CDC then sampled data from 8,418 people on the
registry - excluding those involved in rescue and
recovery efforts.

More than 64% of survivors said they were depressed,
anxious or had other emotional problems, and nearly
11% were in severe psychological distress at the time
of the interviews. The registry plans to launch
followup surveys of all of its registrants this month.

========================================================




NEW YORK (AP) - A majority of survivors of the 2001
attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center suffered
from respiratory ailments and depression, anxiety and
other psychological problems up to three years later,
federal health officials said Friday.

The people who escaped from collapsed or damaged
buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, were several times as
likely to suffer from breathing problems or
psychological trauma if they were caught in the cloud
of trade center dust and debris that covered lower
Manhattan, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention said.

"The trauma of being caught in the cloud itself, the
whole experience had an impact on their ...
psychological health later on," said Dr. Robert M.
Brackbill, a CDC doctor working with the World Trade
Center Health Registry, which has been tracking the
health of more than 71,000 people who worked at ground
zero or were in the area on Sept. 11.


Friday's study drew from preliminary interviews with
8,418 adults in the registry who escaped from the twin
towers, the collapsed Seven World Trade Center and
more than 30 buildings that suffered extensive damage
on Sept. 11. More than 70 percent escaped from the
twin towers.

The interviews took place more than two years after
the attacks, between Sept. 5, 2003, and Nov. 20, 2004,
and did not involve medical examinations. Follow-up
surveys are planned this month.

"We are just beginning to learn about the health
effects of the worst day in New York City's history,"
said Daniel Slippen, a survivor of the attacks and a
member of the registry's community advisory board. "It
is critical to know whether these physical and mental
effects will continue, diminish or grow worse over
time."

City officials in charge of the registry say it will
likely take 20 years or more to determine whether 9/11
exposure led to increased cancer deaths or illnesses
among survivors.

The study said more than six in 10 were caught in the
clouds of trade center dust that enveloped the area.
Those people were nearly three times as likely to have
respiratory problems, 40 percent more likely to
experience severe psychological problems and five
times more likely to report suffering a stroke,
Brackbill said.

More than 56 percent of the survivors said they had
new or worsening respiratory ailments, including sinus
problems, shortness of breath and a persistent cough.
More than 43 percent sustained a physical injury on
Sept. 11; the most common were eye injuries.

Almost all of the people studied witnessed at least
three events likely to cause psychological trauma,
such as the collapse of the towers, the deaths or
injuries of others or people jumping from the twin
towers, the study said.

More than 64 percent of the survivors said they were
depressed, anxious or had other emotional problems,
and nearly 11 percent were in severe psychological
distress at the time of their interview, the study
said.

=======================================




Survivors of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New
York's World Trade Center, particularly those exposed
to dust from the towers' collapse, are suffering
worsening respiratory and psychological symptoms and
will be monitored for years, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said in a study
released today.

About 62 percent of the survivors were enveloped in
dust, smoke and debris spewed into the air as the
buildings fell, the CDC said. Tracking their health
could lead to building designs that minimize injury
risks, the CDC said.

More than half of the survivors, about 57 percent,
reported new or worsening respiratory problems after
the attacks, and 21 percent have had severe headaches,
the CDC said, citing interviews with 8,418 adults who
were in or around the site.

``The long-term ramifications of these effects are
unknown,'' the CDC said in the report.

The collapse released particles of concrete, glass,
plastic and paper into the air, the CDC said in the
report. Fires at the 16-acre pile of rubble burned for
about 3 months, and many people inhaled the fumes when
they returned to work in lower Manhattan.

The CDC said it will periodically monitor the physical
and mental health of 71,437 people affected by the
attacks for 20 years as part of its World Trade Center
Health Registry program. About 64 percent of the
survivors experienced three or more psychologically
traumatizing events, the CDC said.

To contact the reporter on this story:
korland@bloomberg.net.


========================================================





April 9, 2006 -- Sky-high toxic levels of potentially
deadly asbestos still cling to the fibers of this
ordinary white dress shirt - worn by a 9/11 volunteer
for two days at Ground Zero, a shocking analysis
sought by The Post reveals.

Community liaison Yehuda Kaploun volunteered at Ground
Zero for 48 hours immediately after the attack,
wearing the shirt as he watched good friend and
beloved Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge die in a
building collapse.

The volunteer kept his contaminated shirt packed in a
sealed plastic bag until last week, when The Post sent
the garment to RJ Lee Group laboratories for testing.

Analyzed portions of his shirt collar reveal a
chilling concentration of chrysotile asbestos - 93,000
times higher than the average typically found in the
environment in U.S. cities. That appears to be even
higher than what the EPA said was found in the most
contaminated, blown-out building after 9/11.

While there appear to be no specific regulations for
asbestos levels on clothing, one lawyer for relief
workers called the sickly shirt's amount
"astronomically toxic."

It's the "high end of surface concentrations that you
would find anywhere," added Chuck Kraisinger, a senior
scientist for RJ Lee.

Testing also revealed the shirt was contaminated with
zinc, mercury, antimony, barium, chromium, cobalt,
copper, lead and molybdenum. Tons of the heavy metals
were pulverized and burned in the debris in fires that
raged for four months.

The test results are especially frightening in light
of last week's report by the Centers for Disease
Control that 62 percent of those caught in the massive
dust cloud suffered respiratory problems. Also, 46
percent of civilians living or working in the
immediate area but not caught in the cloud still
experienced respiratory problems - and 57 percent
reported new and worsening respiratory symptoms.

Making matters worse, Dr. Mark Rosen, chief of the
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at
Beth Israel Hospital, said that because it can take
decades for asbestos cancers to develop, "We just
won't know the effect [of Ground Zero exposure] for
years."

About 400,000 tons of asbestos were released in the
World Trade Center collapse. David Worby, a lawyer for
7,300 rescue and recovery workers who inhaled the
smoke and dust at Ground Zero for months, called the
area "the worst toxic site ever.

"It's mind-boggling the poisons they made these people
work through," Worby said. "The amount of dioxins
there make Vietnam look like a kindergarten."

"It is an urgent situation. If the government does not
act . . . in terms of setting up [widespread] medical
testing . . . more people over the next few years will
die of toxic diseases than died on 9/11."

According to the Mesothelioma Resource Center,
"Asbestos becomes dangerous when it breaks into pieces
small enough to enter deep into the lungs. The longer
period of time that a person is exposed to asbestos
fibers, the higher the risk of developing lung disease
later in life."

The most common types of diseases caused by asbestos
exposure, according to the center, are mesothelioma,
either benign or malignant, cancer and asbestosis.

On 9/11, Kaploun was a 35-year-old liaison between the
Police and Fire departments and the Orthodox Jewish
community, as well as a part-time Hatzolah Ambulance
volunteer. He said he doesn't really know why he
tucked the shirt away two days after the terror
attacks.

"But something told me that it was loaded with stuff -
and it goes to show you how very wrong these people
were whom we trusted," he said.

"I remember coming home, and you know what, I was
going to give the shirt to the cleaners, and then
somehow, for some reason, I didn't.

"But if my shirt and I can do something to help these
people who were there for weeks and months on end -
and if this is the kind of numbers needed that will
help and support their cases - then that's the
blessing."

He said he is "somewhat" concerned about his own
health in the future.

"But so far, thank God, everything is good," he said.
"I've been checked and I check out OK - but I only
hope the government will do the right thing for all
the people who were there for an extended period of
time.

"I was with government officials and we saw thousands
of people covered in this soot, and while we were
assured that preliminarily there was no danger,
obviously this is not the case."

Kaploun was there the first day of the attacks with
Judge, who perished in the collapse in front of
Kaploun's eyes.

"Father Judge always said to me, the son of a rabbi,
'When you're a member of the clergy you have to have
an easy smile.' And he always did. He was a good man."


Although Kaploun may have saved his shirt in honor of
the heroic efforts he saw that day, he hopes it may
ultimately turn out to be the very thing that will
help other 9/11 volunteers get help for illnesses they
develop in the future.

Additional reporting by Cathy Burke

susan.edelman@nypost.com

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