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Smoking Gun May Implicate Christy Todd Whitman in Felonies (Updated)

Update 6/27/07
Maybe Whitman does have some redeeming qualities?

A Contingency of Nasty People

Sitting through Cheney’s task force meetings, Whitman had been
stunned by what she viewed as an unquestioned belief that EPA’s
regulations were primarily to blame for keeping companies from building
new power plants. “I was upset, mad, offended that there seemed to be
so much head-nodding around the table,” she said.

Whitman said she had to fight “tooth and nail” to prevent Cheney’s
task force from handing over the job of reforming the New Source Review
to the Energy Department, a battle she said she won only after
appealing to White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.
This was an environmental issue with major implications for air quality
and health, she believed, and it shouldn’t be driven by a task force
primarily concerned with increasing production.

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clipped from www.motherjones.com

Whitman: EPA Knew 9/11 Contamination Put Workers, Residents at Risk

News: At a House hearing, the former EPA head defends her decision not to warn the public; rescue worker says she should have “stood on the pile and told us how bad it was.”


By Brian Beutler, The Media Consortium

June 27, 2007

Those statements were vetted by the White House (through the National Security Council), whose explicit interest was to allow commerce and investment to continue in and around Wall Street. At the hearing, Whitman downplayed the significance of a call she had received from a Bush economic adviser who was seeking to reopen the stock market in short order. “We weren’t going to let the terrorists win,” she noted, prompting the second of several illicit uproars from the audience, despite Nadler’s order. She reiterated her contention that the area outside the rubble pile—enclosed by a so-called “green line”—was safe for inhabitants.

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Update 6/26/07

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com

Whitman on hot seat over 9/11 aftermath

For three hours Whitman faced repeated charges from Nadler and others that the EPA’s public statements in the wake of the attacks gave people a false sense of safety.

He charged the Bush administration “has continued to make false, misleading and inaccurate statements, and refused to take remedial actions, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

“These were not whims, these were not decisions by a politician. Everything I said was based on what I was hearing from professionals,” said Whitman, her voice rising.

Survivor: She’s a good dancer
Those who believe they were sickened by Sept. 11-related contamination found little in Whitman’s testimony to change their opinion of her.

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Update 6/25/07

clipped from www.newsday.com

Ground Zero victims: ‘A little too late’

Reggie Hilaire wasn’t too interested in tuning in to watch ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman testify before a House panel Monday. Neither were John Feal or Chris Baumann. They said they’d heard it all before.
The three area residents all worked at or near Ground Zero in the days or months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and each of the men said they didn’t expect to learn anything new from Whitman’s testimony.

“I think it’s a little too late in the game,” Hilaire said. “When it happened, or just after, she should have stepped up and become a leader.”

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clipped from www.nynews.com
Whitman defends EPA’s safety assurances after Sept. 11 attacks

The former New Jersey governor said she based her public statements on information from the EPA’s scientists and sought to share that science with the public by posting all EPA test data of air quality on the agency’s Web site.

She said she also warned workers at Ground Zero that they should wear respirators because they would be stirring up asbestos and other potentially hazardous chemicals by digging in the rubble.

“I fully appreciate that the events of 9/11 touch raw emotions,” Whitman said in three hours of testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee. “But I am disappointed at the misinformation, innuendo, and outright falsehoods that have characterized the public discussion about EPA in the aftermath of the terrorists’ attacks.”

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Update 6/23/07

clipped from 911blogger.com

Whitman continues to lie, as congressional testimony draws near

Whitman belongs in jail.

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clipped from www.nydailynews.com

Christie blasts Rudy on WTC air

Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.

She also said city officials didn’t want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they “didn’t want this image of a city falling apart.”

In an interview scheduled to run the day before Whitman testifies in front of Congress on Monday, she told WNBC-TV she warned the city of the risks almost every day.

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9/19/06

Act 2: From the Wilderness’ Peak Oil Blog
With the arrival of Peak Oil, the curtain has closed on Act 1 of the drama Petroleum Man. What will happen in Act 2? Chekhov said, “If there’s a gun on the wall at the beginning of the play, by the end it must go off.” In the world’s nuclear arsenal are many guns on the wall. If life copies art, will there be an Act 3 in which the players, having learned their lesson the hard way, live sustainably? To explore these and other questions… FTW’s Act 2 Blog. Read, comment, take heart! Orkin

Smoking Gun May Implicate Christy Todd Whitman in Felonies

By FTW admin

Jenna Orkin*

EPA Senior Policy Analyst Hugh Kaufman revealed today what he called a “smoking gun,” documents showing that Administrator Christy Todd Whitman committed a felony when she reassured New Yorkers that their air was safe to breathe following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The internal documents, obtained by Congressman Jerrold Nadler whose district includes Ground Zero, consist of notes written in preparation for the EPA Inspector General’s Report of August, 2003. That report showed that at least one EPA press release was edited by the White House Council on Environmental Quality to replace cautionary statements about asbestos with reassurances.

In the notes, EPA Spokesperson Tina Kreisher is asked whether there was a ‘conscious effort’ to reassure the public. Ms. Kreisher responded that there was such an effort and that it came both from the Administrator and the White House.

The newly unearthed notes are particularly d amning, Kaufman says, because Whitman had a personal financial interest in getting Lower Manhattan up and running again. She owned millions of dollars’ worth of bonds from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which in turn owned the WTC site. A letter from Whitman dated January 19, 2001 to Ann Wolgast, an EPA Ethics official, states that Whitman understood that certain of her family’s financial interests, including the PA bonds, presented potential conflicts of interest. Thus when she took office on February 1, 2001, she recused herself from cases involving the PA, among other companies.

She therefore broke the law by getting involved in the World Trade Center case at all, Kaufman says. The case should have been handled by her Deputy, Linda Fisher, who had 25 years’ experience.

On September 13, 2006, Congressman Nadler, along with Congressmen Weiner and Pascrell, wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez requesting that a Special Counsel be appoin ted to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against former Administrator Whitman as well as against other government officials for possibly endangering the lives of thousands of people following the attacks.

“Christie Whitman repeatedly declared the air safe, and now thousands of people are sick, and some have died, from World Trade Center contamination,” Nadler said. “To add insult to injury, she just went on 60 Minutes and tried to blame everybody else for her misdeeds. She must be held accountable.”

Kaufman says that Whitman may also have been motivated by a second conflict of interest from which, however, she did not recuse herself: She owned $250,000 stock in Citigroup which in turn owned Travellers’ Insurance, a major downtown insurance company. Her husband John had worked for Citigroup before running a spinoff, Sycamore, which managed Citigroup’s Far East branch.

Kaufman was the Chief Investigator for the EPA Ombudsman’s Of fice until Whitman shut that office down by folding it into the Inspector General’s office. The move ended the transparency which had been the hallmark of Ombudsman investigations; the IG Office focussed on enforcement. However Nikki Tinsley, the IG in charge of the highly critical report on the World Trade Center, is also no longer in office.

The documents obtained contain enough evidence, Kaufman says, to warrant hiring a Special Prosecutor. Possible crimes include wrongful endangerment and manslaughter. “The heroes should have their day in court and all enemies, foreign and domestic, should be held accountable.”

*One of twelve original plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the EPA.

Smoking Gun May Implicate Christy Todd Whitman in Felonies (Updated)

Update 6/27/07
Maybe Whitman does have some redeeming qualities?

A Contingency of Nasty People

Sitting through Cheney’s task force meetings, Whitman had been
stunned by what she viewed as an unquestioned belief that EPA’s
regulations were primarily to blame for keeping companies from building
new power plants. “I was upset, mad, offended that there seemed to be
so much head-nodding around the table,” she said.

Whitman said she had to fight “tooth and nail” to prevent Cheney’s
task force from handing over the job of reforming the New Source Review
to the Energy Department, a battle she said she won only after
appealing to White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.
This was an environmental issue with major implications for air quality
and health, she believed, and it shouldn’t be driven by a task force
primarily concerned with increasing production.

blog it

clipped from www.motherjones.com

Whitman: EPA Knew 9/11 Contamination Put Workers, Residents at Risk

News: At a House hearing, the former EPA head defends her decision not to warn the public; rescue worker says she should have “stood on the pile and told us how bad it was.”


By Brian Beutler, The Media Consortium

June 27, 2007

Those statements were vetted by the White House (through the National Security Council), whose explicit interest was to allow commerce and investment to continue in and around Wall Street. At the hearing, Whitman downplayed the significance of a call she had received from a Bush economic adviser who was seeking to reopen the stock market in short order. “We weren’t going to let the terrorists win,” she noted, prompting the second of several illicit uproars from the audience, despite Nadler’s order. She reiterated her contention that the area outside the rubble pile—enclosed by a so-called “green line”—was safe for inhabitants.

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Update 6/26/07

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com

Whitman on hot seat over 9/11 aftermath

For three hours Whitman faced repeated charges from Nadler and others that the EPA’s public statements in the wake of the attacks gave people a false sense of safety.

He charged the Bush administration “has continued to make false, misleading and inaccurate statements, and refused to take remedial actions, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

“These were not whims, these were not decisions by a politician. Everything I said was based on what I was hearing from professionals,” said Whitman, her voice rising.

Survivor: She’s a good dancer
Those who believe they were sickened by Sept. 11-related contamination found little in Whitman’s testimony to change their opinion of her.

blog it

Update 6/25/07

clipped from www.newsday.com

Ground Zero victims: ‘A little too late’

Reggie Hilaire wasn’t too interested in tuning in to watch ex-EPA chief Christie Whitman testify before a House panel Monday. Neither were John Feal or Chris Baumann. They said they’d heard it all before.
The three area residents all worked at or near Ground Zero in the days or months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and each of the men said they didn’t expect to learn anything new from Whitman’s testimony.

“I think it’s a little too late in the game,” Hilaire said. “When it happened, or just after, she should have stepped up and become a leader.”

blog it

clipped from www.nynews.com
Whitman defends EPA’s safety assurances after Sept. 11 attacks

The former New Jersey governor said she based her public statements on information from the EPA’s scientists and sought to share that science with the public by posting all EPA test data of air quality on the agency’s Web site.

She said she also warned workers at Ground Zero that they should wear respirators because they would be stirring up asbestos and other potentially hazardous chemicals by digging in the rubble.

“I fully appreciate that the events of 9/11 touch raw emotions,” Whitman said in three hours of testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee. “But I am disappointed at the misinformation, innuendo, and outright falsehoods that have characterized the public discussion about EPA in the aftermath of the terrorists’ attacks.”

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Update 6/23/07

clipped from 911blogger.com

Whitman continues to lie, as congressional testimony draws near

Whitman belongs in jail.

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clipped from www.nydailynews.com

Christie blasts Rudy on WTC air

Former Environmental Protection Agency boss Christie Whitman says she urged Ground Zero workers to wear respirators, but then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts.

She also said city officials didn’t want EPA workers wearing haz-mat suits because they “didn’t want this image of a city falling apart.”

In an interview scheduled to run the day before Whitman testifies in front of Congress on Monday, she told WNBC-TV she warned the city of the risks almost every day.

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9/19/06

Act 2: From the Wilderness’ Peak Oil Blog
With the arrival of Peak Oil, the curtain has closed on Act 1 of the drama Petroleum Man. What will happen in Act 2? Chekhov said, “If there’s a gun on the wall at the beginning of the play, by the end it must go off.” In the world’s nuclear arsenal are many guns on the wall. If life copies art, will there be an Act 3 in which the players, having learned their lesson the hard way, live sustainably? To explore these and other questions… FTW’s Act 2 Blog. Read, comment, take heart! Orkin

Smoking Gun May Implicate Christy Todd Whitman in Felonies

By FTW admin

Jenna Orkin*

EPA Senior Policy Analyst Hugh Kaufman revealed today what he called a “smoking gun,” documents showing that Administrator Christy Todd Whitman committed a felony when she reassured New Yorkers that their air was safe to breathe following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The internal documents, obtained by Congressman Jerrold Nadler whose district includes Ground Zero, consist of notes written in preparation for the EPA Inspector General’s Report of August, 2003. That report showed that at least one EPA press release was edited by the White House Council on Environmental Quality to replace cautionary statements about asbestos with reassurances.

In the notes, EPA Spokesperson Tina Kreisher is asked whether there was a ‘conscious effort’ to reassure the public. Ms. Kreisher responded that there was such an effort and that it came both from the Administrator and the White House.

The newly unearthed notes are particularly d amning, Kaufman says, because Whitman had a personal financial interest in getting Lower Manhattan up and running again. She owned millions of dollars’ worth of bonds from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which in turn owned the WTC site. A letter from Whitman dated January 19, 2001 to Ann Wolgast, an EPA Ethics official, states that Whitman understood that certain of her family’s financial interests, including the PA bonds, presented potential conflicts of interest. Thus when she took office on February 1, 2001, she recused herself from cases involving the PA, among other companies.

She therefore broke the law by getting involved in the World Trade Center case at all, Kaufman says. The case should have been handled by her Deputy, Linda Fisher, who had 25 years’ experience.

On September 13, 2006, Congressman Nadler, along with Congressmen Weiner and Pascrell, wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez requesting that a Special Counsel be appoin ted to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against former Administrator Whitman as well as against other government officials for possibly endangering the lives of thousands of people following the attacks.

“Christie Whitman repeatedly declared the air safe, and now thousands of people are sick, and some have died, from World Trade Center contamination,” Nadler said. “To add insult to injury, she just went on 60 Minutes and tried to blame everybody else for her misdeeds. She must be held accountable.”

Kaufman says that Whitman may also have been motivated by a second conflict of interest from which, however, she did not recuse herself: She owned $250,000 stock in Citigroup which in turn owned Travellers’ Insurance, a major downtown insurance company. Her husband John had worked for Citigroup before running a spinoff, Sycamore, which managed Citigroup’s Far East branch.

Kaufman was the Chief Investigator for the EPA Ombudsman’s Of fice until Whitman shut that office down by folding it into the Inspector General’s office. The move ended the transparency which had been the hallmark of Ombudsman investigations; the IG Office focussed on enforcement. However Nikki Tinsley, the IG in charge of the highly critical report on the World Trade Center, is also no longer in office.

The documents obtained contain enough evidence, Kaufman says, to warrant hiring a Special Prosecutor. Possible crimes include wrongful endangerment and manslaughter. “The heroes should have their day in court and all enemies, foreign and domestic, should be held accountable.”

*One of twelve original plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the EPA.

Cindy Sheehan says the Right Thing

Update 5/12/2007

Sheehan: Well, I definitely have called for you know a valid investigation into what happened on that day. You know I definitely think that we don’t know the truth, we weren’t told the truth, the investigation was just a sham, you know, how can people testify not under oath (laughs)? You know so many valid questions and good questions aren’t even asked. So I do, I am, uh, an advocate for a new investigation, that’s for sure. Everywhere I go, my audiences are filled with 9-11 Truth people, and I really honor your commitment to finding the truth.

Cindy Comes Out Strong for 9-11 Truth

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Update 4/15/2007
EXCLUSIVE – Must Credit Giltner Report

Ray McGovern sabotages 9/11 Truth

Cindy Sheehan was invited to the Alex Jones sponsored 9/11 Conference in Los Angeles in 2006. According to a reliable source Ms. Sheehan was advised to steer clear of the 9/11 Truth Movement by none other than Ray McGovern.

Thanks, Ray.
End of Exclusive
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1/14/2007
The snippet below is taken from http://jonesreport.com today:

This headline is inexcusably sloppy (althought it could be worse, it could say Cheney let Flight 77 hit the Pentagon).

The error originates with the person who posted the referenced video at youtube.

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