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Gracie Dean
12-23-2007, 09:57 PM
Giuliani Claims It Would Have Been ‘Impossible’ To Give 9/11 Firefighters Working Radios

Today on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos pushed former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on why the radios for the 9/11 firefighters didn’t work. Giuliani dodged the question, claiming that it would have been “impossible” to have given them working radios

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As Stephanopoulos pointed out, the firefighters on 9/11 were forced to use old equipment that had malfunctioned eight years earlier, during the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center.

But it wasn’t “impossible” to get new radios to these firefighters, as Giuliani tried to claim. After the 1993 incident, Giuliani gave Motorola a $14-million no-bid contract. Despite this exorbitant sum, the radios were faulty and had to be taken out of service in March 2001, after a “distress call from a firefighter trapped in a burning house” went unheard. A New York City Council report on the fire department’s radio procurement process concluded:


Thus, despite its acknowledgment two years earlier that several manufacturers were developing technology that might meet FDNY’s CAI specifications, and in apparent disregard of its pledge to evaluate new technologies and products, the FDNY appears to have elected to accept a radio representing an entirely new communications technology from Motorola rather than conduct a competitive review of products and prices.


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http://thinkprogress.org/2007/12/23/giuliani-radios /

patteeu
12-24-2007, 06:06 AM
This whole radio business is ridiculous, IMO. You can't gold-plate everything.

The same people who complain about faulty NYC radios complain when Haliburton doesn't have to compete with companies that can't do everything Haliburton can do.