Following up on a post last week about Rudy defending his decision to move the emergency operations center into WTC 7, we now have more proof of people warning him it would be a bad idea:
The New York Police Department produced a detailed analysis in 1998 opposing plans by the city to locate its emergency command center at the World Trade Center, but the Giuliani administration overrode those objections. The command center later collapsed from damage in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
“Seven World Trade Center is a poor choice for the site of a crucial command center for the top leadership of the City of New York,” a panel of police experts, which was aided by the Secret Service, concluded in a confidential Police Department memorandum.
The memorandum, which has not been previously disclosed, cited a number of “significant points of vulnerability.” Those included: the building’s public access, the center’s location on the 23rd floor, a 1,200-gallon diesel fuel supply for its generator, a large garage and delivery bays, the building’s history as a terrorist target, and its placement above and adjacent to a Consolidated Edison substation that provided much of the power for Lower Manhattan.
So there were actual professionals in the emergency field telling Rudy this was a bad idea. As matter of fact I haven’t seen any emergency services professional supporting Rudy on it, yet Rudy did it anyways. To make matters even worst, Rudy still can’t admit it was a bad idea. He isn’t man enough to offer up a mea culpa on his piss-poor decision. Isn’t this the same stubbornness that we have suffered for the past seven years?