There is increasing media attention on the shenanigans at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the public authority that "owns" the World Trade Center. Nicole Gelinas and Judith Miller of the City Journal, Joe Nocera and Jim Dwyer at the New York Times, the Daily News editorial board, writers for the Star-Ledger, the Bergen Record, the Asbury Park Press, and others have exposed the routine abuse of power at the Port Authority.
Even so, the corruption that disfigured the World Trade Center is pervasive and the Twin Towers Alliance is the only watchdog dedicated to connecting the dots and challenging the bogus information, feel-good stories, and blatant propaganda that pass for news at Ground Zero. Every September the latest regurgitatation of half-truths give unwarranted credibility and traction to myths that should have been discredited long ago. The "16 Acres" infomercial masquerading as a documentary is one example. The selectively probing "Battle for Ground Zero" is yet another.
Fortunately, the public has the Freedom of Information Law on its side and sooner or later the sordid facts will be known. We will continue to pursue important questions that have gone unanswered – and, too often, unasked – because we believe that it is vital to our nation's health and well-being to understand what was and still is behind this colossal betrayal of the public trust.
The public as a whole was swindled at Ground Zero – and the swindle is still going on. Getting to the bottom of it is a bipartisan imperative – because after "Freedom was attacked" on September 11, 2001, democracy got trampled. We are sorry to say that, because of the workers who poured their hearts into the new construction. But only by honestly assessing what went wrong can we make it better, while pretending can't ever make it right.
Click on the image below to see what the people could have had, should have had, and would have had if only our democracy had been allowed to function. The rotten truth is that it was short-circuited instead. What the majority of the people wanted, both in our country and around the world, according to all the evidence, wasn't inadvertently defeated by misunderstanding and incompetence. It was deliberately sabotaged by connivance and deceit. The skyline is now a monument to contempt for what the people want.
We all have the same vital interest in showing that the people are driving this nation – not the powerful few. If we couldn't make those sixteen acres reflect the popular will – just minutes from where the government of-by-and-for the people began – then we have a democracy in name only and will continue to lose all the battles that matter until we get to the bottom of what is defeating us.
Cheating the world out of what would have been a recovery of mythic proportions was a crime in every way. If the ruling class can rob us of the WTC most people wanted, without answering for it, they can get away with anything. There is an epidemic in this country of being squeamish about holding people accountable for their actions. That is almost as corrupt as the wrongdoing.
This is about determining the future, not reliving the past. We need to show that we are not the lazy, distracted citizens officials think we are. This is the perfect place to start fighting the resignation that is crippling our country. It is the right place to join forces and stop the bickering and dissension that sap our national will. Because "United We Stand" is not just a slogan, it is a strategy.
After 9/11, Queen Elizabeth was quoted as saying, "Grief is the price we pay for love." But what about the price we pay for greed, and arrogance, and the abuse of power? The public is still paying for 9/11 every day in ways that people would be shocked to learn. What we see at the WTC now is what thousands of courageous and dedicated workers have made of it. But what we can't see is what we were cheated out of. The workers' idealism can't undo the conniving and manipulation behind a plan that is an offense to the memory of those we lost and doesn't come close to measuring up to the world that vanished with them. Read more
The TTA mission has evolved over the years and we are revising the site to reflect that. We've added the word "is" to the header to spell out the connection between what the people want and America deserves. The missing tower tops will remain as a reminder of what happens when government goes rogue. Representative democracy only works when our representatives represent us. When they fail to do that, and the media fails to inform us, the people are not in control of the country. It is our duty to protest.
Going forward, this website will be a tribute to not only the Twin Towers, but particularly to the dedicated, tireless efforts of the many individuals and organizations who tried to convince officials to respect the will of the people. Meanwhile, reports on our ongoing fight against "The Swindle At Ground Zero" will be posted at the twintowersalliance.org site, linked by the Foundation tab above.
The key portions of the overhaul will be complete by this year's 9/11 anniversary. Navigation tabs to the left of center relate to the TTA.com and tabs to the right of center to the TTA.org and to the Twin Towers Journal, where we put each week's WTC-related news into context. The three sites will form a sturdy platform for anyone who wants to speak out against the corruption at Ground Zero.
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