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Security at the New World Trade Center

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Scott Raab, Writer at Large for Esquire magazine, talks about the challenge of security at the new World Trade Center and the long process of rebuilding at ground zero. His article “A Target in Perpetuity,”  is in the Sept 2013 issue of Esquire.

Guests:

Scott Raab

Comments [11]

anna from new york

Well, I listened to this security piece till the end, even though my delicate and intelligent stomach protested earlier.
Dear gentlemen, believe it or not life is more complicated than New York "liberal" journalists (writing for something which is called "ESQUIRE, for example - hmmm) think.
OK, dear barbarians,
I am not a "right wing." Actually, unlike you, I am a Social Democrat (yes, look up). It probably means that I am not American born. Only an illiterate barbarian can call a protest against building of a sacred building over fresh and hot human ashes "trivial."
You are both repulsive.

Aug. 25 2013 07:44 PM
tom LI

Re; Jessie- the actual reason is not our domestic attitudes, its how foreigners, in this case zealot Muslims, view us and our culture. The WTC was a symbol of far more value to these Muslims, than it was to Americans - till they were attacked. Even NYers barely cared about the WTC, many loathed it. Few Americans could have located it as downtown - and I would bet still its location is lost on most Americans.

These Muslims zealots thought Americans held the WTC and other structures with deep attachment - materially attached. They still do...they fail to recognize it was the loss of life that disgusts us, not buildings.

Aug. 20 2013 12:57 PM
tom LI

Re; Nick and Jessie -huh?

Aug. 20 2013 12:43 PM
The Truth from Becky

Why would we openly have this conversation with the public? I could never work there again, EVER!

Aug. 20 2013 12:39 PM
Sheldon from brooklyn

What does the guest think about Joe Lhota's much criticized rant against the Port Authority PD?

Aug. 20 2013 12:34 PM
Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

Leonard,
There actually is a rational reason to expect that the WTC or other iconic symbol our economic culture will be a perpetual terrorist target. It has to do with a very deep natural dilemma built into our way of living. The standard business model of all capitalist countries, with the US the leader, is structured so that the businesses operating under the country's laws prosper by taking control over ever more of every other country's resources. That has escalating consequences at the point it begins to hurt.

It's one of the things that a study of natural systems helps you recognize and compare the natural options for escaping. Lacking the recognition of it as something of a problem to deal with, though, we're not likely to face the difficulties of solving it...

Aug. 20 2013 12:33 PM
Sally from Bushwick

Don't let George Pataki and his business cronies off the hook. Never mind, I just heard you utter his name.

Aug. 20 2013 12:28 PM
Nick from UWS

This guest's dismissive and condescending attitude towards the aesthetics and repulsive lack of beauty of new building in New York doesn't bode well for the future, where every single aesthetic and artistic consideration will pushed aside and discarded either on the Philistinic whim of the burgeoning police state in this country, or the soulless bean counters of the multinational corporate community.

Aug. 20 2013 12:25 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Of course the WTC is going to need security cameras, Leonard. I sincerely hope that was a devil's advocate question on your part, because it, and your comparison of cameras to the NSA, sounded hopelessly naive.

Aug. 20 2013 12:21 PM
BK from Hoboken

Can the guest discuss the finances behind One WTC? Many people have said that regional tolls have increased due to the cost overruns and difficulty in leasing this building.

Aug. 20 2013 12:20 PM
sanych

After the first attack they installed security turnstiles and guards, who were randomly inspecting bags...

Aug. 20 2013 10:49 AM

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