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Port Authority and 9/11
NYTimes - Letter to the Editor - May 9, 2003
To the Editor:
You report that a lawyer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
argued that lawsuits charging the agency with negligence in the construction and operation of
the twin towers should be dismissed because they pitted victims against victims ("Lawyer for
Port Authority Says It's a 9/11 Victim, Too," news article, May 3). As a 9/11 widow and
courtroom observer, I was stunned to hear this lawyer trade on the memory of Port Authority
employees who perished on 9/11 as part of its effort to have the charges dismissed.
While individual Port Authority employees showed great courage and heroism in
helping evacuate occupants of the twin towers on Sept. 11, the absence of a comprehensive
evacuation plan, inadequate fire protection and serious design defects played a major role in
the deaths of roughly 2,800 innocent souls.
There is a case to answer here. If the Port Authority demonstrated half the
courage of its employees who perished that day, it would answer these charges in court.
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