Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An Update on NYPD Officer Vincent Danz, and ESU Unit 3

On October 23, 2009, I posted a blog that asked the question: "Police Officer Vincent Danz: Vicsim or Mock Victim?" In it, I attempted to differentiate between two likely classes, or types of fraudulent casualties, which in my opinion make up the vast majority of the supposed fatalities said to have been the result of the false-flag attacks of September 11th, 2001, on New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Aftermath: Oct. 5 Matt Campbell - AFP, The Washington Post, At a memorial service in Farmingdale, N.Y., Winifred Danz, 8, carries the police cap of her late father, Vincent Danz. Winifred's mother Angela follows. Danz is among the hundreds of New York City rescue personnel entombed by the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center.

A mock death would consist of the disappearance from public view---or "going ghost"---of a verifiable person, in a fully established and documented identity, who exists legitimately and authentically in a job, community, and family relationship structure. The use of American citizens as collateral damage for the purposes of justifying a military retaliation was spelled out in a Joint Chiefs of Staff planning document from 1962 called Operation Northwoods, the facts of which became widely known with the publication of James Bamford's book, "Body of Secrets" in 2001. In this case, it is the death itself that is considered the "mock" element.

A mock life, on the other hand, can be referred to as a vicsim, for "simulated victim," which consists of a false identity, generally created within a computer data bank, which is then given the attributes of personhood through the agency of covert actors, agents, and assisting operatives, who play roles in support of this manufactured public persona. The resources expended in establishing these identities could be greater or lesser, over a period from several months to several years in advance of the triggering action, depending on the level of scrutiny they'd be likely to encounter in the aftermath of activation.

Mae Brussell, a chronicler of clandestine government who died in 1988, called this secret class of underworld occupants, "Migratory Birds," for the convertibility of their personas.

On March 28, 2010, an anonymous commenter to my blog expressed confusion as to what my ultimate finding had been concerning Police Officer Vincent Danz. I reiterated that I could verify that Danz's parents existed, which led me to believe he was a real person and legitimate police office, which according to my theory, meant he then must still be alive. I went on to add
"I might imagine that after a certain period of years Vincent Danz reentered his family's lives under a new identity and perhaps with new facial features."
Then recently, on January 6, 2011, another anonymous commenter to the blog, quoted this line, calling it
You claim to know or have known his parents! You are clearly a deranged liar, thus rendering all of your psudo-intellectual drivel null & void.
That same day I received an email from a Timothy D. Danz, with the subject line, "Joe & Ellen Danz," asking me,
"Tell me Steve specifically, how exactly did you know my parents? Thank you,"
I emailed him back directly with a three-word answer, which seemed to satisfy him, for he followed up a short time later, initiating a dialogue
Thank you.

I have to tell you that if my brother Vincent was returned to his family under a different name & with an altered appearance I sure wish he'd let me know, I miss my little brother immensely; he once told me that I was his best friend and he was mine. I suppose the jawbone and the 2 actual feet (inside a pair of his boots) that were uncovered in mid-October 2001 and that matched my Mother's DNA were somehow planted in the pile, if one were to believe your theory.

I was one of the very few people who got to listen to the message Vincent left from the North tower that dreadful morning, the tape was left in the answering machine and was taped over. You know it's never been quoted correctly in all the stories that have emerged but I will hold his exact words to myself. What I will tell you is his voice was quivering, shaky, and laced with obvious fear & trepidation but I am proud to say he never wavered from the mission. Do you suppose he was in on the mega-conspiracy and was acting impeccably, or just a pawn who 'was returned to his family…………………..'?

NYPD Chief of Police at the time, Joe Esposito, must have lied to me when he told me how he was with Vincent that morning on Vin's ESU truck and Vin gave him his helmet to wear. The story goes that seconds before Vin ran in he told Joe, 'Chief, I'm gonna need my helmet back now'.

You know I have had my own questions as to who and/or what might have been behind the events of that day and have given much thought to the 'false flag' theory. I will always have questions Steve but when I read your deluded 'Vicsim' blog naming Vincent as an example and citing photo quality and other minutiae I have to laugh at how far and deep people like you will go to validate your very far-fetched takes. It seems that you're unable to draw a definitive line as to wear it all starts or where the 'in on it' line is drawn.

I’d love to hear your response to this Steven, it will determine whether or not I embark on a mission to discredit your blog as a whole.

Tim Danz, 7th of 9 children to Joe & Ellen.
I emailed him back straightaway,
Hey Tim---

Could you tell me the years that you and Vincent graduated from Southampton High School? I'd like to look up your pictures in the H.S. annuals located in the local library.

You know, the criticism of the substandard images of Vincent (as well as all the other "victims,") found online, by which we are meant to remember them, is valid. If you really want to take me on, I'd start there. Surely amongst eight surviving siblings you could find materials and expand the public collection of his images. Or are you going to claim "family privacy?"

I don't believe any of the narrative details from any of the stories of that day. Vincent's last phone message home has never been accurately quoted in the media? Whose fault is that? You are the custodian of his memory. Are you content with the bare bones outline of his hero myth?

Why did he go up in the towers that day? What was his mission? The PA has its own police force. Was Vincent familiar with the offices in the North Tower? Read the transcripts of the FDNY and the EMS. There were no rescues that day. None. This whole story line is bogus from start to finish.

Before you set out on a mission to discredit my blog "as a whole," you might want to read it first. I have uncovered 100,000 lies. But you want me to believe that Vincent Danz is the truth, right?

It is not criticism of me to say that I am "unable to draw a definitive line as to wear it all starts or where the 'in on it' line is drawn." My blog intends to set out the limited facts as they can be known. I say I know that Vincent Danz's parents actually existed. Clearly, I believe that Vincent was "in on it." I have no idea about you---except, since you are the first real person to contact me in the over five years I have been at work, that vouchsafes something about you.

I seem to have passed your first test. Apparently, I am not a liar. So am I insincere, or a kook, or what? Do you think I enjoy this? That I somehow derive pleasure by taking these positions? The "big lie" was successful because even contemplating thoughts such as these was verboten. Please excuse my poor taste. My fight is much bigger than Vincent, and I don't intend to get sidetracked by personalities. Other than that, I beg your forgiveness.

Steven Welch
What I got back next from Tim, however, was an unintentional forwarding of a series of private email exchanges between himself and a group of his associates, (Oops!) that began this way:
From: Tim Danz;
Subject: Vincent Danz
To: "'James'"; "'Jim Nelson'"; "'Brian Schnabel'"; "'Dan Bull'"; "'Sean Flood'";
Date: Monday, January 10, 2011, 9:17 AM

Speaking of conspiracy theories, the below article was found and sent to my by my sister Bernadette. It supposes Vin was a 'mock victim' or 'vicsim' on 9/11 and actually goes on to say 'I might imagine that after a certain period of years Vincent Danz reentered his family's lives under a new identity and perhaps with new facial features.'

This guy is truly a whack-job who has gone off the deep end of conspiracy theorists. I have initiated an email with this tool and I'll share it with you if you’re interested. I have to think long & hard about whether I'll continue or not.

James Murphy, what year did Vin graduate from Southampton HS? This idiot wants to compare record photo’s to others.

From: James Nelson []
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 10:53 AM
To: 'James'; 'Brian Schnabel'; 'Dan Bull'; 'Sean Flood'; Tim Danz
Subject: Re: Vincent Danz

I will get on a plane with you and make sure this A-hole gets some new facial features if you like!!!!! gots my back????

On Jan 10, 2011, at 11:01 AM,
From: Tim Danz
Subject: Vincent Danz
To: "'James'"; "'Jim Nelson'"; "'Brian Schnabel'"; "'Dan Bull'"; "'Sean Flood'" ;

Thanks Jim, I’ll let you know. I sent the below to him in response:

From: []
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 11:09 AM
To: Tim Danz
Cc: James Nelson; Brian Schnabel; Dan Bull; Sean Flood
Subject: Re: Vincent Danz

I'm with Mr Nelson. I'm happy to do some facial rearranging.

I think Vin graduated in '81.

Do you have this idiots tel number?

From: Tim Danz
Subject: Vincent Danz
To: "'James'"; "'Jim Nelson'"; "'Brian Schnabel'"; "'Dan Bull'"; "'Sean Flood'";
Date: Monday, January 10, 2011, 9:17 AM

No, but his email address is

You can get to his blog site from this link:
Police Officer Vincent Danz: Vicsim or Mock Victim?

Apparently, all of these men are in the habit of discussing conspiracy theories during office hours while engaging in one themselves---a conspiracy that plans violence against someone with whom they find themselves in disagreement. At least, Mr. James Nelson and Mr. James Murphy went on record with their violent intentions, while Mr. Danz defers with a possibility: "Thanks Jim, I’ll let you know."

Police Memorial Service Held In New York
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 9: Ellen Danz, mother of NYPD officer Vincent Danz, who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks, bows her head during a memorial service honoring police officers killed in the line of duty September 9, 2002 in New York City. Twenty-five names were added to the police memorial wall this year, including the 23 NYPD officers killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images, Sep 09, 2002

Since Timothy Danz had emailed me from his professional email account, which contained copious business contact information, I decided it best at this point to call him directly and clear the air. When he answered the phone, I caught him off guard, since he thought I was responding to the last email that he'd intentionally sent only moments before:
You have passed nothing Steve and when it comes to my brother’s legacy I will gladly 'take you on'.

Your criticism relative to Vincent specifically is nowhere near valid. I can provide you with a list of Southampton and/or east end residents that will vouch for Vin's existence but I imagine you would question their integrity too. Or perhaps you should have a cup of tea with my Mother who can show you album upon album of photo history about her youngest child. I can bury you in photo’s Steve (all of which are substandard by today's standards) but it seems you will never be satisfied nor will you admit you’ve made an egregious and painful mistake. You have crossed a line in bringing my brother's name into your search for the truth and should be ashamed of yourself. You will owe us all an apology and a retraction if you're man enough to admit your misjudgments.

For now I will tell you that Vincent was a member of the Southampton HS' Class of 1981.
In our phone conversation, Tim Danz first denied that the errant emails erroneously forwarded to me constituted real threats, while at the same time arguing that my rhetoric justified these sorts of extreme reactions. He described all the men in his group as being "first-responders," who knew Vincent Danz in advance of 9/11, and who remained active in his memorialization process afterward. Two were California State Policemen, two were municipal firemen, and one was a county sheriff.

(I could verify online that there was a Sgt. James Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, while lists a California Highway Patrol Police Department employee Sean E. Flood; elsewhere we can find a 42-year-old by that name with the same email address, of, and a phone number of 916-685-6143. It is unusual for police officers to have any personal information available to the general public, even within their local communities, let alone online.)

I was willing to concede that my positing of a hypothetical about Vincent Danz returning to his nuclear family with an altered appearance and under a new identity, was unlikely to be true, and in poor taste to boot. Additionally, I was forced to acknowledge that these six men had only indulged in adolescent macho posturing, since their brio folded like a cheap pup tent when the veil of anonymity was yanked away, and they passed on my invitation to discuss things man-to-man.

Of course, I also promised to continue to reevaluate my positions, and to retract and apologize for any errors I found that I had made. But after considering the matter thoroughly for several days, I've found more questions have been raised, than issues settled.

First off, what are we to make of the very strange response to my question to Timothy D. Danz, "Could you tell me the years that you and Vincent graduated from Southampton High School?" Why does Tim, who was three years older than his brother Vincent, have to ask an associate, James Murphy, for help with this question? Why would Murphy be the custodian of this memory? What is his relationship to Vincent Danz?

Reporting on the funeral of Vincent Danz, the New York Daily News said that a "Deacon Jim Murphy," had delivered a homily; while a lesser known article in Newsday, 1st of the Finest - Thousands mourn in first service for a lost NYPD officer, described the deliverer of the homiletic as "Danz's first cousin Jim Murphy, a former FBI agent and lay deacon," Newsday's, Vincent Danz Obit, the following day, said that his cousin, was "Deacon James Murphy, of Syosset."

Could the Californian James [G?] Murphy at be the same man as the Long Island lay deacon, do you think? (There are too many Irish James Murphys at the FBI---beyond the "former FBI" "Deacon James F. Murphy, ordained in 1999, serving at St. Edward Confessor Church, Syosset, NY; Special Agent James  K. Murphy, supervisor of polygraph examiners unit; and Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc., Past Presidents, James M. Murphy, 1998-99.)

In Tim Danz's first email to me he said:
"I suppose the jawbone and the 2 actual feet (inside a pair of his boots) that were uncovered in mid-October 2001 and that matched my Mother's DNA were somehow planted in the pile, if one were to believe your theory."
And during our telephone conversation, Tim added an additional macabre detail---saying that another one of their several brothers had made a gift to Vincent of these same boots, and they were returned to this brother as mementos.

In a scarce October 21, 2001, article in the Jewish World Review, "Hero Husband Found at Last," by the famous columnist Jimmy Breslin, is an absolutely ridiculous yarn about the discovery of Vincent's body parts. In order to gather the full flavor of the Breslin tabloid style of delivery, the article should be read in its entirety. But here are a few excerpts:
"The line of men they were passing down five-gallon buckets.
"At 1:30 yesterday afternoon they were digging in the smoke at the top, and somebody came up with a credit card for Officer Vincent Danz. He was in the wreckage right under them, they all agreed. The hands reached into the gray rubble.
"By 3 o'clock, a truck from emergency service unit three in the Bronx pulled into the lot and parked at the foot of the hill. If it was Danz's body, it was theirs to carry...
"That's the widow," a sergeant, Ricky Kemmler, said...
"[W]ith her hand being held by Joseph Dunne, who is the deputy police commissioner..
"On the hill in front of her, twin lines of men went up the hill, that is several stories high...
"Now a police commander in white uniform shirt climbed to the turn in the line...
"He is Joseph Esposito, the chief of the department...
"[A]t the top they formed a little circle around something...
"At the top; Esposito's white shirt appeared. He was in front of a gurney that was cloaked with an American flag....
"It looks like they got him,"
"Now Esposito walked first down the slope. Walked slowly, for they could not slip with the gurney. Men in the lines on either side saluted...."The patrol car roof light went on and the big emergency truck followed through the mud...
"Then they went out onto the streets and headed for the morgue on First Avenue with the body the widow and his emergency outfit had wanted so much...
So, amidst all the carnage, they recognized the jaw bone and the two boot-shod feet by an intact MasterCard found nearby? And they gather Joseph Esposito, the chief of the department, Joseph Dunne, the deputy police commissioner, and Angela Mary Reilly Danz, the grieving widow, as witnesses? Who writes this shit?

Too bad such a dramatic moment of recovery couldn't even be remembered a year later, on the first anniversary, when the United States Coast Guard honored Vincent Danz with his half-share of a Memorial Classroom and Lounge at the Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, as the United States Coast Guard News reported,
"Machinery Technician First Class Jeffrey Palazzo and Port Securityman Second Class Vincent Danz of Coast Guard Reserve Unit Activities New York, NY were helping evacuate one of the towers when it collapsed. The bodies of Palazzo with Rescue Unit 5 of the New York Fire Department and Danz of the New York Police Department Emergency Service Unit were not found."
What was Vincent Danz doing in the vicinity of downtown Manhattan that morning? His unit was based in the South Bronx. How could Vincent make it into the North Tower in the first 17 minutes between the first plane strike and the second plane strike? As Tim Danz asked me in his email:
NYPD Chief of Police at the time, Joe Esposito, must have lied to me when he told me how he was with Vincent that morning on Vin's ESU truck and Vin gave him his helmet to wear. The story goes that seconds before Vin ran in he told Joe, 'Chief, I'm gonna need my helmet back now'.
What possible purpose would explain this, as "the story goes..?" Wikipedia tells us that
"They [the ESU units] are always on patrol (all three tours, 365 days a year) with 10 Heavy Rescue trucks, each manned by a police officer and a sergeant, and often more than twice as many smaller Radio Emergency Patrol vehicles containing two ESU police officers. There are also two or more patrol Sergeants or Lieutenants in unmarked vehicles on duty at all times to supervise ESU operations where needed."
If Vincent Danz was on duty, why wasn't he in the Bronx were he belonged? What radio frequency was Danz and ESU-3 using? What commander and command center directed them to enter into the North Tower? Did the Chief of Police, Joe Esposito, become their defacto supervisor?

Vincent Danz is reported to have made a phone call to his wife while on his way up the stairs of the North Tower.
"In a last-minute cell phone call to his wife, Angela, on Sept. 11, Danz left the following message: "Hon, it's 9:50 and I'm at the World Trade Center. I'm up in the building. Say a prayer that we get some of these people out. I'm OK but say a prayer for me. I love you."
Or, its variant:
"I am in this awful place helping people," Dunne quoted Danz as saying. "Pray for them, pray for me." 4, 6
In Timothy Danz's email to me, he put it like this:
I was one of the very few people who got to listen to the message Vincent left from the North tower that dreadful morning, the tape was left in the answering machine and was taped over. You know it's never been quoted correctly in all the stories that have emerged but I will hold his exact words to myself. What I will tell you is his voice was quivering, shaky, and laced with obvious fear & trepidation but I am proud to say he never wavered from the mission.
Vincent Danz should have sounded like he was panting after a five-mile run by 9:50 A.M. His voice should have little capacity to quiver. If he were feeling trepidatious he could have picked up his radio and listened to the evacuation warnings. What did he think to mean by saying, "Say a prayer that we get some of these people out?" By that point, the towers should have begun emptying and he should have known it. The line should have read, "Say a prayer that we get all of these people out."

And it is unclear what the final disposition of the phone tape is. In our call, Tim said the message had been overwritten, but that he had had a chance to hear it first. However, in an article, Above Hallowed Ground, by Craig W. Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in Washington, D.C. he describes an invitation to visit ground zero one week after the attack. He has this to say:
"We left the PBA office for a short ride over to One Police Plaza, headquarters of the New York City Police Department. The auditorium there had been turned into a temporary home for the families of the 23 missing NYPD officers. An abundance of food and drink was present, along with cots that had been brought in for the families to sleep on. It was quiet when we entered, with a combination of officers and family members scattered about the room.

"Greg Danz, the brother of Officer Vinnie Danz, told me he worked in a building just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. He could see the towers crumble and he knew that his brother was probably on the scene. His worst fears were soon realized when he was told later in the day that Vinnie was missing.

"On the way out, Lynn and I were given a very special assignment. While Vinnie Danz was inside one of the towers, helping move people to safety, he picked up an office phone and dialed his wife, Angela. He wanted her to know that he was okay and that he loved her—just in case. His wife wasn't home, so he left a voice mail message on their answering machine. Unfortunately, later in the day, the message was accidentally taped over. Our job was to get the tape to an expert at the FBI who had offered to do whatever he could to retrieve the lost message. With Vinnie missing for a week, that taped message to his wife had grown immeasurably in importance. When we returned to Washington, the FBI technician's wife came by to personally pick up the tape for her husband. She said that, like everyone else, they wanted to do something to help. Retrieving Vinnie's message had become almost as important to them as it was to Angela."
So Greg Danz of Newburgh seems like he's a big man within police circles, which is entirely different than the victim's family advocacy groups. Tim Danz told me that he and two other brothers received a tour of ground zero on the 17th of September. Craig Floyd sounds like a square shooter. If he was enthusiastic about the FBI's chance's for recovery of the tape message, there's a good chance it happened.

Now that we're on the subject, just what's up with Greg Danz? Check out his posting:
September 15, 2004
Hey Vinny
Just want to say hi, Norma & I stopped by 3 TRUCK this past Sat.9/11/04 on our way home from the WTC,those guys are the best they had Jeromes,Wally's and your lockers open and they had the rooks pull your gear bags off the shelve for morning roll call.Vin I stop by the truck on a regular basis, they even gave me my own locker, Ha.Anyway just want to let you know how much I & all the E MEN miss you.Tell Dad,Winny, & Mary I miss them and I can't wait to the day we will all be together again, GOD willing.

Love you guys.

Greg Danz,
Frankly, I'm not comfortable with civilians having open access to armored police facilities under any circumstances. Especially when they act like complete nincompoops. What can he possibly mean when he says, "Tell Dad, Winny, & Mary I miss them and I can't wait to the day we will all be together again, GOD willing?" Dad, Winny and Mary are in heaven, right, Greg? You're being a good boy too, aren't you? And this just doesn't make sense: "He could see the towers crumble and he knew that his brother was probably on the scene." BUT HIS BROTHER WORKED IN THE FUCKING BRONX! Is this just more mindless public relations pablum, like Angela, who still writes every year too:
September 12, 2010
Hello Vincent,

Well here we are agin my love, another year passing without you in this world. We all went down to ground zero yesterday. Winnie decided she wanted to read some names this year. Well my love she was fantastic. If you could see her I know you would have been beaming with pride. She misses you so very much. It was very difficult to be there because it is such a sad place for me. I looked up at the huge cranes and was filled with such pain and saddness for a life cut short. We had so much to do love and you had plans to work one of those cranes some day. I know you are in a better place and I know you watch over us each day but I miss your laugh, your smile your strength. The girls are doing great. Kevin and I are hard at work trying to do our best. Winnie is a senior in highschool and an amazing kid. Emily, a freshman, cannot take that in just yet, she seems too young, the sweetest thing on the planet. Abigail, is in 4th grade and still a powerhouse of personality, the happiest child and such a joy to be with every day. We all miss you and ask that you continue to be our guardian through the days. I love you with all my heart and always will. xxxAngela

angela danz,
blauvelt, New York
This year she slips in the name of her new husband Kevin for the first time. How does Kev really feel about your old love affair Angela? Don't you think it's time to move on? Really---we don't care about the money, you've earned it. We're even. It's been nine years. Move on dear.

3 [10-6] Today, for the first time, the New York Police Department symbolically laid to rest one of its own.
Police officials could not explain why their first memorial service took place only today. "I think they waited the two weeks hoping against hope that there would be a miracle, and I think they're coming to terms with things," a top police official said. "It's just the choice of the family."

St. Kilian's, a parish that memorialized eight parishioners last week alone
Msgr. James P. Swiader, the pastor at St. Kilian's, sodomy
In the Catholic Church, they are calling these services "memorial Masses" instead of funeral Masses, he said. When there is no body, they cannot call it a funeral.
Danz was an emergency services officer. His unit entered the towers after the first and before the second of the hijacked planes struck.
...the homily by a cousin, Deacon James Murphy of Syosset,
"Outside, most of the officers, including the Emerald Society drum corps, stood and talked; some smoking cigarettes, some making calls on their cell phones. Some smiled and talked as if nothing unusual was happening on this warm October morning in 2001."

6 [10-10] ."
...who grew up in Jackson Heights,
has not been heard from since those two brief messages
...four other wives of missing police officers were in attendance. Ann Driscoll, Pat Coughlin, Kathy Vigiano and Carol Dallara have been meeting with Angela Danz as a sort of grief and support group.

8 [10-24] I waited tables. He was a carpenter by trade,
He spent 14 years in the Police Dept. He was retiring in five years
"I came here when I was 20. I was an au pair in the Hamptons. I waited tables for a couple of years, and then I got a job at Neuberger & Berman. [After that] I was hired at Smith Barney in human resources. I worked at that one year, then [I moved to] the corporate-bond trading floor. I was at Smith Barney from 1991 until 1999, when I quit to stay home with the girls. I waited tables part-time. I hope not to have to go back to work. I'll try to find a way to be home with my children. "
We just refinanced so we could reduce [our mortgage payments].
The money has definitely been coming in. We've started to receive funds from the American Red Cross, the Riot Relief Fund, and the New York City Police Dept. Foundation.
it's a misconception that you get $1 million when an officer dies in the line of duty.

9 [10-27] Felix Danz said of his brother, who at 38 was the youngest of nine children.

[1] September 18, 2001, New York Post,"NYPD Profiles in Courage - Those Missing From the City's Finest," by Larry Celona and Dareh Gregorian,
[2] September 24, 2001, New York Magazine,"The Longest Week,"
[] September 27, 2001, CNN News, "Marines honor fallen members of armed forces,"
[3] October 6, 2001, NY Daily News, "2,000 Mourn Fallen Officer,"
[4 ] October 6, 2001, New York Times, "Another Series Of Last Rites Is Under Way," by Elissa Gootman,
[5] October 6, 2001, Newsday, "1st of the Finest - Thousands mourn in first service for a lost NYPD officer,"
[19] October 7, 2001, The Independent, "Thousands at police funeral," by Marcus Tanner,
[6] October 7, 2001, Newsday, Vincent Danz Obit,
[7] October 10, 2001, The Queens Gazette, "‘Say A Prayer For Me’ Is Cop’s Last Message," by John Toscano,
[8] October 21, 2001, Jewish World Review, "Hero Husband Found at Last,"
[9] October 24, 2001, BusinessWeek, "I'm Not Intimidated by Finances,"
[10] October 27, 2001, New York Times, "Police Officer Vincent G. Danz,"
[] November 29, 2001, CNN Newsroom,
[11] Nov./Dec. 2001,, "Goodbye, Shipmate," by MSTC William Farrell, USCGR
[20] December 16, 2001, NY Daily News, "Painful Days for Cops Who Won't Give Up ESU heroes battle through 9/11 grief," by Patrice O'Shaughnessy,
Winter 2001, New York Building Congress News & Issues, "Building Industry Salutes New York’s Heroes,"
[12] September 9, 2002, United States Coast Guard News, "Two 11 September 2001 Heroes Memorialized,"
[13] September 10, 2002, BusinessWeek, "Dollar Bills Don't Keep Me Warm,"
[14] September 10, 2002, Irish Voice, "Back Home Again," by Georgina Brennan,
[ ] June 25, 2004, Syosset Jericho Tribune, "Syosset Baseball Memorial Day All-Stars Shine,"
[15] September 11, 2006, Argghhh!, "9/11@5 years on - We Remember Police Officer Vincent Danz,"
[16] October 9, 2006, The Catholic Voice Online, "Another 9/11 hero,"
[17] September, 2007, American Police Beat, When the NYPD calls 911 - The Emergency Service Unit goes to work," by Cynthia Brown
[18] for Vincent Danz, cached,
Google Books, Police Heroes: The Stories of Courage about America's Brave Men, Woman, and K-9 Officers, Officer Vincent Danz, ESU Truck 3, Bronx, by Chuck Whitlock,
American Police Beat, Above Hallowed Ground, by Craig W. Floyd
Winter 2001, New York Building Congress News & Issues, "Building Industry Salutes New York’s Heroes,"
Names of the Irish who died on 9/11
Union Members Lost to Terrorism
Marine Victims

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Corruption in the FDNY's Ten House on September 11th, 2001

There are several possible topics for research and discussion concerning the Ladder 10 & Engine 10 firehouse, which adjoins the former site of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Because of its proximity, and perhaps by the predilections of some of its members, this firehouse played an important part in the development and execution of a planned false-flag attack, which most notably destroyed the center's two 110-story towers---buildings I now prefer to memorialize privately by calling them by their rightful names, that of "Nelson," and "David."

Even with distortions in the officially manipulated media record of the disaster all that's left for us to study, the sorting out of available facts can sometimes lead us to a subjective gleaning of truth from falsehood. For instance, by comparing inconsistencies and contradictions in the fireman's oral histories, an individual will singularly damn himself through just his own efforts. And in no way will the collected storyline that comprises the official history of 9/11 hold together any longer, or be taken seriously by rational people.

There is clear evidence that surviving members of Engine 10 and Ladder 10, firemen like John Schroeder and John Moribito, functioned as foreknowledged participants within this vast secret undertaking---and not just by being so obviously and grossly incompetent in doing their overt jobs as firemen.

We can't spare a charge of collusion from those who "died" that day either. Former Ladder 10 Captain James J. Corrigan, who retired from his city job in 1994, and became the fire safety director for Building 7 until shortly before 9/11, when Larry Silverstein assumed the lease for the entire complex, and instead of conducting a nationwide search for the best qualified candidate to handle the bigger responsibilities, Corrigan, at age 60, was elevated to serve that role.

On September 11th, Corrigan, along with five of his deputy directors, ignored the fire-law mandate, leaving unmanned the safety stations in the six-building complex, to collectively engage in a highly improbable and unnecessary, but highly publicized, "rescue" of 30 children from a ground-level nursery school located at the far corner of Building 5. After indulging in this transparently cheap and contrived sentiment, Corrigan, with five of his men---including two other retired city firemen--inexplicably join the roster of dead responders, deep within the bowels of the complex.

One of his deputies was responsible for the public announcement advising occupants of the South Tower to stay in their offices, while in the North Tower, Corrigan failed to assist firemen in working with the repeater radio system, and didn't advise them that some of the elevators were operating, so Corrigan can be said to have personally been responsible for at least several hundred of the civilian and departmental deaths that occurred that day.

But before I get fully into exploring these characters, I wanted to start with a fresh line of inquiry---in a new category that I've named: the Wanton, Unnecessary, but Apparently Purposeful Destruction of Still Further Private Property, Following the Attacks of September 11th.

An insight into the quirky nature of the conspiratorial mindset came after I discovered an online photo archive posted by somebody named Robert Segal, of images he took at ground zero a couple of days after the attack. His shots were mostly from along the corridor of Church Street, with many showing Buildings 4 and 5, but they gave off such a markedly lighter impression than those usually found of the vicinity---where a gestalt of gloom and chaos and destruction was pervasive.

In a blog, Robert Segal & Masayuki Nagare, I highlighted the visual evidence Segal provided, which documented the fact of a major art work from the Port Authority collection---perhaps the most important and valuable piece located at the Trade Center site---had survived the tower's collapses, seemingly unscathed, only to then be destroyed four days later during the recovery effort. I hazarded the guess that this was done to visually expand the debris field, and sense of area-wide destruction, as we saw in other images.

This opened the door for me to consider that previously had been unthinkable: how, or why someone, anyone, would---could---casually, or deliberately, bulldoze such a significant work of art as Masayuki Nagare's 250-ton, black-granite sculpture, "Cloud Fortress," into complete oblivion. But, I guess I learned, needs sometimes justify the means. Like a million dead Muslims, it's called collateral damage, if it's mentioned at all.

Of course, given its monetary value, and since no evidence for its destruction ever turned up---the piece may have been spirited away with a mega-Caterpillar, Shanghai-ed into some illicit art-appreciating underworld, where it serves as talisman, or reminder of all the dirty deeds done tat day in the name of slaughter and war profit.

From this, I started to gather with assurance the sense that all of the images of collapse debris had been faked for specific purposes: to exaggerate the amount of steel that logically might be expected to be the remainders of towers. This also supported a long-held theory of mine that some unknown technology of energetic weaponry had dissolved much of the actual steel structure.

But could there be any other reasons to want to expand the debris field?

Well, of course, Building 7, which had fallen, we were told, as a consequence to the destructive impacts from collapsing debris off the North Tower. Hmmm...I wondered, did all that steel really land on the Winter Garden then? (Like the damage to Fitterman Hall as seen in public imagery, can now be detected as poorly done Photoshop.)

Then I saw this document: FEMA 403 Building Performance Report chapter 6: Bankers Trust Building (Deutsche Bank/130 Liberty) and things began to get clearer.

But I confused that document with a a different one, entirely different in style and tone:
Volume II Section 1: WTC Event ec1_052903 - 1 WTC EVENT1, Quick View

From that document I gathered some special search terms:

Mike Davis, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, 130 Liberty Documents, Property Damage Claim of DB, Volume II Sec 1, WTC, 130 Liberty Street, R.J. Lee Group for Deutsch Bank,

Those words led me to these other documents from a series:

Volume II Section 5: Detailed Building Description, 12 pages Quick View
Damage Assessment 130 Liberty Street Property, WTC Dust Signature Report, Quick View
Concrete Assessment, 130 Liberty Street Property, May 2004, Quick View
Signature Assessment, 130 Liberty Street, WTC Dust Signature, Quick View

But it was the one document with the weird code in its title, that I found to be an emotional polemic, with its plea for sympathy and justification for more good insurance money after bad. I could even hear the wail in a photo caption:
Figure 1-4. WTC-1 collapses. The collapse releases WTC Dust containing WTC Hazardous Substances. The toxic, asbestos containing WTC Dust is driven by tornado force winds into almost every crack and crevice of the Building that was ripped open and exposed to the outside environment by the previous collapse of WTC-2. The collapse of WTC-2 ripped a gash into the north face of the Building, crushed the plaza, and opened both basement Levels A and B and the Lobby area to the contaminated outside environment.
Now, at this point, here is the makings for an absolutely terrific blog about the relationships in the stories of two former next-door neighbors on Liberty Street: the 10 & 10 firehouse and Deutsch Bank, the details of which are irreconcilably at odds

In these documents, we see consultants hired by Deutsch Bank's attorneys claim that the trade tower collapses so damaged their steel-framed headquarters building that they were unable to restore it. The falling steel from the collapse of the South Tower had carved a big gash in the front of their structure, opening their building up to a massive environmental contamination hazard.

Even worse apparently, pieces of steel had fallen onto the open, second-story promenade that fronted the building on Liberty Street, collapsing it down to ground level, and even further, pushing debris into the basement and sub-basement which extended out from their building under the wide, overhanging terrace roof. This was especially damaging, because in the far north-west corner of the site, nearest to the South Tower, an underground 20,000 gallon fuel oil tank stood, the reserve fuel serving their emergency generators.

Deutsch's environmental consultants concluded that a fire resulted in the basement that compromised the structural integrity of the building's concrete foundations, and it was this factor, more than the gash, broken windows, and pollution, which circulating throughout the building that led to it's having to be demolished, at a cost to remove of over $160 million.

However, none of the details of Deutsch's debacle are to be found in the histories of those who were stationed so close-by. In fact, their stories contain rather contradictory information about how events unfold that day.

I found twenty-three members of the 10 & 10 house referenced by name in the public record, as having participated in the events of September 11th, 2001, with less than half of those being officially on duty that morning.

Only five men have transcripts from the fire department task force oral history project.

FF John Moribito, who was relieving the scheduled Ladder 10 chauffeur, Eddie Thompson, who instead was in court out on Long Island; and FF Terrance Rivera of Engine 10, who was just getting off duty, and standing outside of headquarters when the first plane hit, both responded immediately to the North tower. We'll save their stories for later.

The other three were all off-duty officers. Captain Eugene Kelty, was the "Company Commander" for Engine 10. He was on the golf course when his pager went off, and he made it back to headquarters about 9:30 a.m. Lieutenant Sean O'Malley, of Engine 10, was at home on the Upper West Side when he saw the fire on television and he rode his bicycle down to Liberty Street. Captain Paul Mallery, of Ladder 10, had just gotten off duty from a 24-hour shift, and he was showering when the first plane hit.

The similarly named Mallery and O'Malley are very important to this narrative, and it is my luck that they were both much more forthcoming, and frank in their testimony than that given by the usual firefighters, where they seem loath to mention any details, or implicate any names, lest the get forced into some sort of trap. Perhaps it was because both Mallery and O'Malley were outside the strict planning confines guiding those who played more central roles inside the towers for those 102 minutes.

It's not as if these two don't also spout the same across-the-board bromides and disseminated talking points as are found in almost every single firemen transcript. But the two remain unguarded in their speech; not fearing that they'll give something or someone away---together they mention the names of an additional 23 firemen with whom they interacted that day. Men who don't give official testimony for the record, but who can be placed at the scene by a single mention of their names in the testimony of others.

So I'll stop beating around the bush and let O'Malley go first, starting at a point sometime after the South Tower had fallen:
"I went upstairs to my locker. I changed into my work duty uniform, came back down, collected up these three or four probies and made up a BF4 with their names, explained to them how we were going to be operating. I put on my helmet. I directed them to each put on each of their helmets. Take a look at me, take a look at each other. I said if we get masks, we are going to be putting them on. You are not going to recognize one another. We are going to stay together. We are going to go over as a team, we are going to operate as a team."

"The pile out in front of the fire house, which began actually inside the front door, was so high that I actually climbed out a window in the house watch rather than try to make my way out the pile into the street...When I went out the window of the house watch, there was absolute silence.

"I have since seen video tapes of the north side up towards Chambers Street, with the pass alarm, firemen stumbling around. By Liberty Street and Greenwich Street there wasn't a single sound. There wasn't a creature moving, there was no pass alarms, there was no sirens, there was no yelling for help. There was no one in the street. It was absolutely dead silence.

"We made our way directly across the street from the fire house, the address is 130 Liberty Street. Prior to -- there had been like a public space, like a second floor garden area that came from the second floor mezzanine of 130 Liberty Street. It had a foot bridge that extended across Liberty Street and went into the plaza of the World Trade Center complex. It went through like 4 World Trade Center. It actually exited between number 2 and number 4, from 130 Liberty Street across the street and also in between building two and building 4.

"Underneath that there was a wide entranceway with a fountain and a wide sweeping steps that led up to the public space. If it was a fire building we would be looking at the corner of where exposure one and exposure two came together, inside what had been a cafe or like a coffee shop for the building employees. I found Lieutenant Keith Ruby, who was lying on the floor underneath what had been like a counter rail where you could stand up and eat your coffee and donuts."

"His head was facing towards the Trade Center. His feet were pointing away. He was in a great deal of pain, although he wasn't badly buried, it was just light debris. He was lucid and not -- from the look of him, he didn't look that bad, but he was in a great deal of pain and he pointed to the middle of his right leg and said that he had a great deal of pain there. He felt that he had surely broke it. He said he heard it snap.

"So I suspected that to be a mid shaft femur fracture. I applied traction. Just followed the protocols for that sort of an injury, but I also knew that was -- he was in pretty deep trouble, owing to where he was. I sent this proby I mentioned earlier back to the fire house and I told him to raid that ambulance and to come back with oxygen and a backboard if he could, and apparently he had some EMS training, because he had the wherewithal to bring back a traction splint, so we were able to properly traction splint and package this Lieutenant as well as supply him with some oxygen therapy right away.

"But still in all it took us a fair amount of time to do that. I had two or three other probies working with me and I believe a police officer came over to help as well. Captain Mallery came out and Captain Kelty -- he was yelling over to me. I could still hear him directing civilians away from the area.
"While we were doing that we heard small explosions, rumblings, which sounded like additional collapses. When one of those would happen some of the people that were helping us, would run for positions of cover, but I was holding traction so I had to stay with the patient and the probationary Firefighter Dino, whatever his name was. Maintaining traction on the Lieutenant's head and supplying with the oxygen. He stayed his ground as well."

"That happened 3 or 4 times during the course of our trying to get them out of there. Then we heard jets overhead and we were concerned that there was another plane coming in to attack us. We just about finished packaging him when we heard that same roaring rumble that preceded the first collapse and the probationary Firefighter at the Lieutenant's head leaned down over him and covered him with his body over the Lieutenant's head and chest and I leaned down from the other end and covered the remainder of him as best as I could with my body and we just crossed our fingers and waited for the other collapse.

"Again the shock wave that came through and the cloud of dust and some more lightweight debris had fallen on us, but we were just very fortunate that we happened to be inside the building itself, because the two story balcony that had been a garden, the following morning when I came out, which was extended from exposure one towards Liberty Street from the front of 130 Liberty Street out toward the street, it was probably 200 feet long and about 40 feet wide. The following morning when I went back, that had collapsed down to within 5 or 6 feet of where we were."

"By the time we had finished packaging the Lieutenant, we knew it was time to just get him out of there. I had, as I said, this probationary fireman, I think he said his name was Vinnie. He was from Ladder 5, probationary firefighter Dino from the academy, Firefighter Kerry Horgan from Ladder 10, Captain Mallery, Captain Kelty from Ladder 10 and myself, we started moving this Lieutenant south on Greenwich Street towards Battery Park. We could see flashing lights and we thought there might be an ambulance down there."


"At that point firefighters operating on the west side of West Street yelled to me that the scaffolding surrounding 90 West Street was shaking. So I dropped the line where I was and ran across to the other side of the street."
First we can dispense with the obvious lies O'Malley was mandated to detail in any account he was to give. As to the amount of debris that he confronted in the street, it's silly for him to say he climbed out a window rather than walking out one of the open apparatus doors. If he didn't specify that he left out of the backdoor, on Cedar Street near the corner with Greenwich Street, then he was likely to face similar debris along the whole stretch on his corner, and regardless of what piles he may have confronted at windows of doors, the debris didn't stop anybody from making "our way directly across the street," to the Deutsch building.

O'Malley is careful to parse the tense he means to indicate in the following line, but I think the transcriptionist is also careful to note his meaning when he makes a pregnant pause---by using the dash:
"Prior to -- there had been like a public space, like a second floor garden area that came from the second floor mezzanine of 130 Liberty Street. It had a foot bridge that extended across Liberty Street and went into the plaza of the World Trade Center complex."
He doesn't say one way or another if the second-floor mezzanine was destroyed by the first tower's collapse, and he follows that up by using more vague language. But the fact of the matter is---he entered into a retail food establishment in the base of Deutsch's headquarters, most likely fronting onto Liberty Street:
"Underneath that there was a wide entranceway with a fountain and a wide sweeping steps that led up to the public space. If it was a fire building we would be looking at the corner of where exposure one and exposure two came together, inside what had been a cafe or like a coffee shop for the building employees. I found Lieutenant Keith Ruby, who was lying on the floor underneath what had been like a counter rail where you could stand up and eat your coffee and donuts."
O'Malley then uses the trade center to reference his position, saying "[h]is head was facing towards the Trade Center." which would indicate an open vista in that direction. After escaping down Greenwich Street, O'Malley has moved around to West Street, where he says,
"At that point firefighters operating on the west side of West Street yelled to me that the scaffolding surrounding 90 West Street was shaking. So I dropped the line where I was and ran across to the other side of the street."
which clearly indicates that the scaffolding around 90 West Street hadn't been knocked down by the first collapse, and maybe even by the second. This means that the scene had to be art directed later on to appear as it does in the images we see, and that the great piles of structural steel we see lined up against buildings down the length of Liberty Street is a complete and total Photo-shop manipulation.

Sean O'Malley's most grammatically clear-cut statement concerning the timing of the collapse of Deutsch Bank Building's balcony is the following
"Again the shock wave that came through and the cloud of dust and some more lightweight debris had fallen on us, but we were just very fortunate that we happened to be inside the building itself, because the two story balcony that had been a garden, the following morning when I came out, which was extended from exposure one towards Liberty Street from the front of 130 Liberty Street out towards the street, it was probably 200 feet long and about 40 feet wide. The following morning when I went back, that had collapsed down to within 5 or 6 feet of where we were."
It seems to be clear that while he was present, during, and the following aftermath of two collapsing towers, that O'Malley hadn't experienced the collapse of this pretty major major feature, at least until he returned to ground zero the next day. That says to me it was deliberately destroyed [pulled] late at night, under cover of darkness.

This might make for thin evidence if not for a backup testimony provided by Paul Mallery:
"I said it sounds just like this, this is exactly what it sounds like, here's another one, thinking it was a third plane. Meanwhile the sound to me was four distinct events. They all sounded the same. The two plane crashes and the two collapses, except the collapses lasted longer."

"Then I hear help help. Lo and behold, it's in the coffee shop of the Banker's Trust. I make my way over there, up and over all this debris and it was the lighter debris of the Trade Center, the aluminum fascia and a lot of paperwork and a lot of stuff...[t]hen tower one collapses. That was the fourth event in the sound department. The sound was the same thing again. Sounded like a plane to me. Sounded like another plane, but it was the collapse of the tower one, which geographically is further away from us, so we said well, we couldn't run anywhere, because there was debris all over the street."

"[W]e go across the street through the Cedar Way, which is the middle of Bankers Trust. I see a guy named Paul at Bankers Trust, building engineer guy, how you doing. He said, 'We evacuated on the first plane crash.' He said, 'All I got is five essential personnel. They are on the 7th floor by the machinery'...We go through Cedar Way, come out on Washington, right by the Amish market. There we see heavy duty red steel. This is the Trade Center. We said, 'Holy shit, this is - ' We only saw the light stuff on Greenwich. Washington had the heavy stuff. We were like this is it. The fucking thing came down.

Likewise, the following reference from a once estimable magazine puts the lie to any possible rational for there not to have been an immediate evacuation of the South Tower following the explosion in the North Tower.
"During the early stages of the WTC attack, a full building evacuation was taking place at 37-story Deutsche Bank (130 Liberty Street), directly across the street from the South Tower. The building sustained heavy collateral damage from falling debris. A large section of the WTC tubular exterior wall had pierced through nine floors, and the spearing section was hanging precariously over the street for the first few weeks of the incident." 'WTC: Actions of Fire Safety Directors and Fire Warden Teams,', Nov 1, 2002, by Jack J. Murphy Jr.,
It is clear that in the final report FEMA 403 -- Chapter 6 that it was the first collapse of the nearer by South Tower that caused the balcony extension to collapse below the street level.
"Debris from WTC2 fell along the north side of the building. This debris completely crushed the single-story extension of the building, north of line 8, and collapsed it into the basement in this area. A column section from WTC2 was embedded in the north edge of the floor slab of the 29th floor. It also appears that one section, or perhaps several sections, of exterior column trees from the south wall of WTC2 plunged through the north wall of the building above the 23rd floor."
Yet not a single firefighter, has to my knowledge, publicly acknowledged this startling fact in their local reality--if only as a possible hazard to navigation in the neighborhood.

At this point I'd like to dispose of a "loose thread" consisting of Fireman John Schroeder. Schroeder has become something of a celebrity in truth circles; picked up by "Victim Family Member" Manny Badillo; engaged in faux dialectics with JREF Gravy Truther Mark Roberts; and with any number of YouTube videos available online. Do I sound jealous? Your damned straight I am.

What all of his conversations with his straw-men interlocutors simply overlook is one small fact: John Schroeder is one of the few plot participants with a demonstrably provable foreknowledge on 9/11, and he revealed it coming out of the gate. Here's Fireman Mike Cancel of Ladder 10 tarring the dirty dog for eternity:
"Ladder 10/Engine 10 are located on the south side of Liberty Street across from Tower 2. Before the 1993 bombing, we would respond 15-20 times a day to the World Trade Center. After the bombing it dropped to four or five runs a day. Each building has an individual fire command station. I was working 24 hours. I went upstairs to wash up. I heard a boom. It sounded like a steel plate shifting in the street. John Schroeder yelled out that a plane just went into the World Trade Center." FF Mike Cancel - Ladder 10, in an interview with magazine
Backing him up, if not with the use of his proper nouns, is Firefighter John Moribito, also of 10 House:
"When I finished my sentence, the house watchman ran in, and he apparently was very very startled. He was very afraid, and he was yelling that a plane had just hit the trade center. A plane just hit the trade center. He repeated it twice. We all jumped up from the table, we ran up to the front of our quarters out to the apparatus door...We couldn't tell at that point which building was involved with the crash, which one was on fire, but we could see smoke, and we could see debris falling from the building." Task Force Transcript: Firefighter John Moribito, of Ladder Company 10
I'll never known exactly what Schroeder could really see on 9/11 from his spot on Liberty Street, since the trade towers no longer exist, so how can I prove I'm right? Easy:
"I was standing outside the quarters about to go home when the first plane hit. I heard a loud noise and then all of a sudden an explosion, looked up. I couldn't even tell really which tower was hit. There was debris flying. There was a lot of smoke and fire. I ran back inside, let everybody know we knew there was an explosion...We pulled out of quarters, we made a left and went towards West Street. We stopped on Liberty Street at first to see if we could see which tower exactly was hit. That's when we determined it was the northern most tower." Firefighter Terence Rivera
This reminds me...have I said anything nice recently? If not, I'll take the opportunity to introduce you to my personal dream team of hot first responders, taken right off the Ladder 10 roster and the Engine 10 roster. Shout it out Clean Fourteen!! I'm a sugar daddy sweet enough for all of you! Everything will be forgiven!

FF Mark Dulski
FF Patrick O'Donnell
FF Frank Noto
FF Bob Buckley
FF Rob Favata
FF John Moore
FF Steve Maxwell
FF Nick Castellano
FF Aaron Burns
FF Vinny Fennimore
FF Sal Cotrona
FF Jimmy Kasyjanski
FF Kyle Rowe
FF Ernie Acosta

Rivera, Terence

"...there were a few individuals that were civilians that were outside that were burnt. There was a -- he wasn't a regular security guard. He had a weapon on him. I don't know if he was FBI or Secret Service and he was trying to put the pants out on one individual that was conscious...At that time, I had asked him where did this individual come from. He told me when the plane had hit, a fire ball had shot down the elevator shaft and had blown people out of the lobby."

"Sometime while we were doing that, that same individual that was -- when we first got there, that was trying to put the pants out, he came over and he is saying to us that it's a terrorist attack. You guys are too close. It's a terrorist attack. So once we got hooked up, I kept that in the back of my mind...Then I went -- that same individual, the security or -- he told me to go over to the command post and let them know it's a terrorist attack. There are more planes in the air. So I went across the street where they were starting to set up. I told them. They said we know."

"So I went to go back to go find 10 Engine chauffeur to tell him let's go down here. This is where they are staging, and he didn't want to leave the rig. He said, I got to stay by the rig. Just get me some water. So I got him some water and sometime when I was getting the -- put in the back or getting out, that's when the second plane hit."
Q. Okay, I have some questions. When you first responded, do you know who the truck officer was?
A. Lieutenant Harrell, he was the company officer.
Q. He is okay?
A. No. Dead, both officers.
Q. Yes, I know, Lieutenant Atlas.

"We had food, we had -- Tony Konczynski got a hand line and back fed the quarters to feed water into quarters. He had a flushing toilet. I venture to say we had the only flushing toilet south of Chambers Street for the first two days. It was incredible. People that were here know what was here and people that weren't here wouldn't believe it anyway, so why bother telling them. Captain Paul Mallery

Kelty Jr., Eugene (pdf file) "Company Commander" for Eng. 10
"After pretty much the towers came down and there was some sense of no more collapse happening, Engine 10's quarters started to get used as a triage station and a general focal point. Throughout the whole time Engine 10's quarters emergency generator was working we had some type of lighting system and some type of electricity. That's why they used it as a focal point. Throughout the whole time Engine 10's quarters emergency generator was working we had some type of lighting system and some type of electricity. That's why they used it as a focal point. The EMS people were in there, they were triaging a lot of people."

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Art Insurance Fraud at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001

May 7, 1967, New York Times, Art Notes: A Colossus With Class, by Grace Glueck,

May 13, 1968, New York Times, "Ex-Stadium Vendor Is Giving a Rodin to Museum," by Milton Esterow,

May 7, 1970, New York Times, "Trade Center to Get Huge Sculpture," by John Canady,

July 19, 1977, New York Times, "A 200-ton granite sculpture by a Japanese artist..."

April 29, 1979 New York Times, "70 Works of Art Have Vanished From Port Authority in a Decade," by Ralph Blumenthal,

June 16, 1979, New York Times, "A Calder Stabile Makes a Move,"

May 4, 1989, New York Times, "A 'Love Affair' With Rodin That's Worth Celebrating," by Georgia Dullea,

January 24, 1999,, "Giving Everything They've Got: Keeper of the Rodin-Inspired Flame," by Edward Guthmann,

2000, Gelitin, The B-Thing, World Trade Center, New York, USA

February 28, 2001 [] Sculpture Magazine, "Elyn Zimmerman discusses stone in public art, her fascination with stone as a material, and her working relationship with a Minnesota quarry," Cached,

August 18, 2001, New York Times, "Balcony Scene (Or Unseen) Atop the World; Episode at Trade Center Assumes Mythic Qualities," by Shaila K. Dewan,

September 15, 2001, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), "The Victims; Trade Center bond firm is hit hard; 700 workers perished in Cantor's lofty headquarters," by Greg Gordon, Cached,

September 17, 2001, New York Times, "Arts Groups at a Tragedy's Center Try to Assess Where to Begin," by Peter Marks and Carol Vogel,

September 21, 2001, The Guardian, "Rodin treasures destroyed with 'museum in the sky," by Maev Kennedy,

September 23, 2001, The Mail on Sunday (London, England) "Legal nightmare over terror bills; Vital insurance deals on twin towers were incomplete," by Lisa Buckingham, Cached,

September 24, 2001, The Art Newspaper, "The smoke and the risk," by David A'rcy,

September 24, 2001, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque) "Millions of dollars in art lost in rubble; History destroyed: It is not yet known if any of the works are salvageable," The Associated Press,

September 27, 2001,, "Fine Art Worth $100M Lies Under WTC Rubble," by Noelle Knox, Reposted at Rense, [Text of article missing online.]

The USAToday article above, by Noelle Knox, can be found only in a reposting at After cross-checking, I found it shared ten paragraphs of text with the following article by Katherine Roth in the Chicago-Sun Times, accessed at Highbeam research. For my analysis of the fascinating differences and similarities between the two articles, go to Google Docs

September 30, 2001, Chicago-Sun Times, "$100 million in fine art gone; Dozens of works by Calder, Rodin and others lost in World Trade Center destruction," by Katherine Roth, Cached,

October 4, 2001, Australasian Business Intelligence/ The Australian Financial Review, "Vast collection of art works destroyed in attacks," by Robert Bolton, Cached,

October 5, 2001, BBC News, "Up to $100m art lost in attacks,"

October 07, 2001, The (Irish) Post, "Museum in the dust," by Margaret E Ward,

October 13, 2001, Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News / Financial Mail, London, "Collecting Column," by Lorne Spicer,

October 14, 2001, The Mail on Sunday (London, England) , "Lost for ever, works that art became symbols of success," by Lorne Spicer, Cached,

October 16, 2001, NPR, "Lost Art: Hundreds of Works Were Destroyed in the Trade Center Attack,"

October 16, 2001, NPR Morning Edition, "Profile: Important pieces of art lost at the World Trade Center," by Bob Edwards, Cached,

October 17, 2001, The (New Zealand) Press, "Payout after attacks," by Christopher Moore, Cached,

October 18, 2001, The Record (Bergen County, NJ) "Bronze Sphere is a Ray of Hope Amid the Ruins, by Mike Kelly,

October 21, 2001, NPR, "Found Art: Parts of Calder Sculpture Retrieved from Trade Center,"

October 21, 2001, New York Times, "At Landfill, Tons of Debris, Slivers of Solace," by Dan Barry and Amy Waldman,

November 2001, Art News, "Aftershocks: From death and displacement to questioning the role of artists and museums in the face of devastation to the loss of $100 million worth of art—the repercussions continue," by Kelly Devine Thomas,

November 1, 2001, Art Business News, "Twin Towers disaster affects NY art world," by Julie Mehta, Cached,

November 19, 2001, Business Insurance, "Loss picture bleak for WTC art," By Sara Martin, Cached,

November 19, 2001, Crain's New York Business, "WTC art losses $100 million; Insurers estimating worth of lost public, private works; await the filing of claims," by Sara Martin,

December 3, 2001, New York Times, Art Review; "The Studios Were Lost, But the Artists Get Their Day," by Holland Cotter,

December 10, 2001, New York Magazine, "Howard Lutnick's Second Life," by Meryl Gordon,

December 12, 2001, Los Angeles Times, "Art Bent but Not Broken: Should Alexander Calder's once-imposing sculpture, reduced to twisted metal on Sept. 11, be rebuilt or left as is? by Karen Kaplan,

[The same Kaplan article, with various edits, and slightly different emphases, reprinted by the LAT 21 days later.]

Jan. 3, 2002, Los Angeles Times, "Sculpture crushed on Sept. 11 takes on new symbolism," by Karen Kaplan

January 15, 2002, New York Times, "At Landfill, Buckets Full Of Memories," by Tina Kelly,

January 15, 2002, The Boston Globe, "They Sift Tons to ID the Lost of Sept. 11 Those on Site See This, Too, as Sacred," by Fred Kaplan, Globe Staff, Cached,

January 25, 2002, Photos of the Fresh Kills Landfill taken by Cryptome, Cached,

January 28, 2002, Newsweek International, "Letter From America.(touring Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island where World Trade Center debris is being moved,)" By Julie Scelfo, Cached,

February 28, 2002,, "The Art Lost by Citigroup on 9/11," by Suzanne F. W. Lemakis, Cached,

February 28, 2002,, "September 11th: Art Loss, Damage, and Repercussions," Public Art at the World Trade Center by Saul Wenegrat,

February 28, 2002,, "The Response from the Insurance Industry," by Dietrich von Frank,

February 28, 2002,, "The World Trade Center Memorial, 1993," by Elyn Zimmerman,

February 28, 2002,, "Art Damaged on 9/11: The Insurance Adjuster's Role," by Gregory J. Smith,

February 28, 2002,, "The Heritage Emergency National Task Force," by Lawrence L. Reger,

February 28, 2002,, "The Artist Residency Program in the Twin Towers," by Moukhtar Kocache,

February 28, 2002,, "The Downtown Institutional Impact," by John Haworth,

March 9, 2002, The Scotsman, "Picking up the pieces," by Rhiannon Batten, Cached,

May 11, 2002, New York Post, "WTC Art Plunder Eyed," by Philip Messing, Reposted at, Cached,

May 20, 2002, Associated Press, "Missing from World Trade Center rubble: a Rodin masterpiece, 'The Thinker,'" by Tom Hays, Cached,

May 20, 2002, New York Times, "Born of Hell, Lost After Inferno; Rodin Work From Trade Center Survived, and Vanished,"

May 21, 2002, ABC News, "Rodin sculpture recovered from World Trade Centre disappears,"

May 21, 2002, The Guardian, "Ashcroft drawn into row over September 11,"

May 24, 2002, The Vigilance Voice Blog, "The Thinker... Symbol of Vigilance," by Cliff McKenzie,

June 3, 2002, Heritage Preservation, "Heritage Preservation Publishes First Comprehensive Study of Loss to Nation's Cultural Heritage as a Result of 9/11," Report of Losses to Artistic, Historic and Archival Heritage in Lower Manhattan and at the Pentagon, Includes Results of Survey of Affected Institutions Regarding Emergency Response Procedures,

June 4, 2002, Associated Press / The (Bergen County, NJ) Record, "Sept. 11 cultural losses tallied," by Alpert I. Lukas, Cached,

June 4, 2002, AP Online, "Report Details Artifacts Lost 9-11," by Alpert I. Lukas, Associated Press Writer,

September 2002, Art in America, "WTC sculpture: lost or destroyed?" by Janet Koplos,

September 5, 2002, United Press International, "Sept. 11: Art Destroyed, Created in NYC," by Frederick W. Winship, Cached,

September 7, 2002, National Post, "Out of this has come a community," by Theresa Tedesco, (Financial Post), Cached,

September 8, 2002, Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland), "Witness: September 11 tribute Remains of a day of devastation; The world's fifth and sixth tallest buildings were crushed into 1.6 million tons of smoking concrete and steel, a tomb for 2801 innocent victims. The statistics compiled during the painstaking recovery operation tell their own horrific story," Cached,

September 8, 2002, New York Post, Cantor Fitzgerald Regains Its Grip," Cached,

September 10, 2002, New York Times, "From Devastation to Determination," by Diana B. Henriques,

November 2002, Library of Congress Information Bulletin, "Lives and Treasures Taken: 9/11 Attacks Destroy Cultural and Historical Artifacts," by Donna Urschel,

January 1, 2003, NFPA Journal [National Fire Protection Association,] "Lost art," by Bill Flynn, Cached,

Feb. 6, 2003, Associated Press, "9/11 Book Follows Hard-Hit Firm: Cantor Fitzgerald Lost 658 Workers In Terror Attack," by Bootie Cosgrove-Mather,

February 16, 2003, Scotland on Sunday, "When great works of art become casualties of war," by Gale Iain, Cached,

April 28, 2003, The Record (Bergen County, NJ) "The price of lost art-- PA nears settlement for pieces destroyed on 9/11," by Pat R. Gilbert,

August 2, 2003, The Washington Times, "Works lost, not forgotten; 'Missing Masterpieces' tells stories of 24 of them," by Kevin Chaffee, Cached,

September 5, 2003, Cleveland Jewish News, "Haunting display details recovery at Ground Zero," by Marilyn H. Karfeld, Cached,

September 11, 2003, Asbury Park Press/ Knight Ridder/ Tribune, "New York Financial Firm Cantor Fitzgerald Rebuilds from Sept. 11, 2001, Loss," by Michael L. Diamond, Cached,

October 31, 2003, "Aanslagen Amerika 11 september: Foto's van het puin," Cache

January 27, 2004, AP Worldstream, "Traveling exhibit takes one man's love to the people," by Kurt Kelly, Associated Press Writer, Cached,

February 27, 2004, Wired Thread, "Lost World Trade Center Art,"

March 16, 2004, Buffalo News, "Rendezvous with Rodin: After Laying the Groundwork 15 Years Ago, a Curator Helps Turn 'A Magnificent Obsession' Into a Reality." by Tom Buckham, Cached,

March 22, 2004, National Underwriter Property & Casualty-Risk & Benefits Management, "WTC fine art losses undervalued," by Caroline McDonald,

January 29, 2006, Hartford Courant, "Rodin Chaser Has His Say, Critic Claims Works Cast After Death Are Not Originals," by Matthew Erikson,

August 24, 2006, Bloomberg, "Hirst Shark, Katrina Claims, Klimt: Axa Art Insurance's Guntram," Interview by Linda Sandler,

March 24, 2007, New York Times, "Landfill Has 9/11 Remains, Medical Examiner Wrote," by Anemona Hartocollis,

September 12, 2007, Associated Content, "Art and History Lost in the 9/11 Attacks," by Elliot Feldman,

February 24, 2008,, "Rodin: In His Own Words FRAUD, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation's touring road show of 29 non-disclosed FAKES,"

June 24, 2009, New York State Museum Press Release, "NYS Museum Announces Second World Trade Center Exhibit in France," by Joanne Guilmette,

April 25, 2010, Sunday Gazette-Mail, "A place open to beauty: Rodin sculpture trove anchors North Carolina Museum of Arts new building," by Andrea Weigl, Cached,

November 25, 2010, Dayton in Manhattan.blogspot, "The World Trade Center Survivor -- Fritz Koenig's "The Sphere,"

January 20, 2011, Comparison of the Katherine Roth and Noelle Knox articles, in USAToday and Chicago-Sun Times, dated Sept. 30 and Sept. 27, concerning art losses on 9/11 at the WTC, by StevenWarRan,

(No Date,) Recovery: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation at Fresh Kills, NY State Museum, S.U.N.Y. Education Department, File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View

MOMA Collection of Rodins,

History of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collection

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