for a RealAudio recording of a statement made by FEMA spokesman Tom
Kenney to Dan Rather on Wednesday, September 12th, 2001. In this
interview, Kenney states that FEMA was deployed to New York on
Monday night, September 10th, to be ready to go into action on
Tuesday morning, September 11th.
Kenney: "We're currently one of the first teams that
was deployed to support the city of New York for this
disaster. We arrived on late Monday night, and went into
action on Tuesday morning. And not until today did we
get a full opportunity to work the entire site."
Needless to say, this recording caused quite a stir. The official
reaction was Kenney was simply confused about the dates.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has said it
did not have urban search and rescue teams in place in
New York City prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, contrary to
an Internet-based rumor alleging otherwise. ... FEMA
officials said Kenney, in the heat of the moment,
misstated his team's arrival date. [WorldNetDaily
However, on the recording Kenney is complaining about not getting
full access to the site until "today". Kenney talks about a Monday,
a Tuesday, and "today". That's three days.
If the above recording was made on Wednesday, September 12th as
claimed, then the explanation that Kenney was simply confused about
the days doesn't work, because there is one more day than can be
Some news sources went to great lengths to dismiss Kenney's
Information provided through FOIA requests ... show
that FEMA had no personnel in place Sept. 10, 2001 - the
day before Sept. 11, 2001 - which would have suggested
the agency had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks.
"This interview [with Tom Kenney] took place sometime on
the 13th, two full days after all hell had broken
loose," [Devvy Kidd - former head of the now-defunct
Wallace Institute] said, noting that she has an audio
copy of Rather's interview. "Kenney sounds winded on the
audio as if he had been exerting himself. It is more
than likely Kenney, having worked virtually nonstop
since his arrival in NYC, had his days run together, and
his statement simply came out wrong." [WorldNetDaily
...but the cover story was blown when Rudolph Guliani testified
before the 9/11 Commission:
Long Debunked "Rumor"
Validated by Giuliani
FEMA in NYC prior
to 9-11 for Project TRIPOD terror drill, scheduled for
As of this writing, June 2, 2004, the transcript of
former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's testimony to
the 9-11 Commission during the May 18-19, 2004 hearings
in New York is the only transcript of that hearing
omitted from the Commission website
Did Rudy say something wrong?
"... the reason Pier 92 was selected as a command
center was because on the next day, on September 12,
Pier 92 was going to have a drill, it had hundreds of
people here, from FEMA, from the Federal Government,
from the State, from the State Emergency Management
Office, and they were getting ready for a drill for
biochemical attack. So that was gonna be the place they
were going to have the drill. The equipment was already
there, so we were able to establish a command center
there, within three days, that was two and a half to
three times bigger than the command center that we had
lost at 7 World Trade Center. And it was from there that
the rest of the search and rescue effort was completed."
Major questions exist as to why FEMA would deny being
in New York City prior to 9/11 without mentioning the
9/12 bioterror drill. These questions must now be
addressed as the initial suspicions of those who learned
of the Tom Kenney statement have been clearly validated.
The coincidental presence of a large FEMA team in NYC at
the location, Pier 92, which became the Command Center
for the entire emergency operation is disturbing. An
alert press and a legitimate 9-11 Commission should have
raised this issue long ago. [Scoop]
The eyewitness in the following C-SPAN video
states that FEMA were at the towers before the collapses, and an
FBI agent indicated to him the buildings were going to "come
The following videos show a large convoy of
trucks heading through New York on 9/11 to assist in the WTC
wreckage clean up, and dump trucks arriving immediately after
the collapse of WTC 7:
All of the above raises an interesting point.
Back in 2005 Hurricane Katrina was known to be
headed into New Orleans days in advance and its potential damage was
known and understood years ahead of time, yet this event
threw the US Government into total confusion. In contrast, the
aftermath of 9/11 was well coordinated, and this strongly suggests
the attacks and collapses were an expected event.
WTC targeted on FEMA book covers (click images
for full size)