Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The aftermath of the attacks on the twin towers continued for years to come and there are many who are still nursing the wounds of that fateful day.
In a report by The Guardian, an audio clip reveals that the Bush administration had failed to inform its citizens about the health hazards around ‘ground zero’-place where the World Trade Center stood before the attacks, in Lower Manhattan. What is also reveals is a fiery Hillary Clinton, angry at the Bush administration for failing to protect the health of workers engaged at the site.
In the audio tape of WNYC- radio station of New York, Junior Senator from New York, Hillary Clinton had found out that the White House and Environmental Protection Agency had lied to the people about the safety levels of the air quality around Ground Zero. Both the authorities had a fair idea about the poisonous effects if asbestos, cement, glass dust, heavy metals, fuels and PCBs, as reported in The Guardian.
Clinton is heard saying, “I am outraged. In the immediate aftermath, the first couple of days, nobody could know. But a week later? Two weeks later? Two months later? Six months later? Give me a break!”
The firefighters working on the site were facing the health hazards and were falling sick in record numbers.
Clinton in the audio says, “Somebody in the white house probably under the instructions of somebody further up the chain told the EPA don’t tell the people of New York the truth.”
The audiotape was recorded at the time by WNYC, the city’s public radio affiliate.
On the morning of September 11, 2001 a plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre of New York. A few minutes later another place crashed into the South Tower- spreading the message that America was under attack.
This was a series of coordinated attacks by Al-Qaeda, reported killing over 3,000 people including 400 firefighters and police men. The attack, that will forever be known as the 9/11 attacks left an indelible mark on the history of US.
In about 1 hour 45 minutes the two buildings turned to rubble. Fire fighters, police officers, emergency officers and medical team were trying to rescue as many people as possible. The black smoke that surrounded the site of the attack for many days made it difficult to breathe in the area, but the rescue operations continued.
The image of destruction which would be carried in every news paper the next day had towers of debris, wreckage, black cloud of smoke dust rising above what was once the symbol of strength and power of New York.