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New WTC- Question of Security Flaws

Earlier this week, we passed the 15th anniversary of the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred when Ramsi Yusef and his cohorts attempted to take Tower I (North) down with a truck bomb loaded with a fertilizer based bomb. Now, as the plans for the new World Trade Center are being finalized, questions about the safety of its designs have been raised.

Among the concerns are that the buildings contain too much glass, that they sit too close to the street where untold numbers of trucks would pass each day, and a further concern about whether or not the buildings should meet higher blast standards.

In a recent NY Daily News report:
Port Authority spokesman Stephen Sigmund said the agency is "very confident that the entire rebuilt WTC site -- every building and every square inch -- will operate with an unprecedented level of safety and security." Michael Balboni, Governor Elliot Spitzer's deputy secretary for public safety, emphasized, "At the end of the day, this will be one of the most secure footprints on the globe."

The questions are pretty straightforward.

· A row of three mostly glass towers positioned too closely to city streets, increasing their vulnerability to attack
· Difficulties in inspecting some 2,000 delivery trucks and sightseeing buses that will enter or leave the site daily
· A vehicle security center which has not been fully designed and relies on vehicle inspection technology that has not even been developed yet

The question of whether the new buildings should meet Defense Department or Department of Homeland Security blast standards usually reserved for U.S. embassies or missions abroad is an interesting one.

The Vehicle Screening Center (VSC) is another unresolved issue. The design and engineering specifications for the nearly $500 million underground security center are not completed, even though the Port Authority claims that it will be completed when the other buildings are completed in 2012.

Frankly, it would seem that all, possible, security precautions be taken for a piece of real estate that has been targeted twice before.