The city must turn over hundreds of documents and transcripts detailing the Fire Department's response to the World Trade Center attacks - but don't expect anything right away.
The Bloomberg administration said yesterday it would appeal the judge's order, effectively keeping the records under wraps for several more months.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Richard Braun said on Tuesday that the city must release transcripts of interviews with firefighters about the way the department handled the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The decision came in a lawsuit filed against the FDNY by The New York Times over the records, after the department refused to release the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.
Braun said the city has to make public transcripts of calls between 911 operators and nine victims who were trapped inside the burning towers, as well as transmissions between firefighters and emergency dispatchers. But he said the city can block out information on the transcript that could compromise privacy, such as the identity of the nine trapped victims.
And he said that portions of the interviews with firefighters that offer opinions about the department's response also can be blacked out.
The city has tried to block the records for months, offering a wide range of arguments, including the notion that those records are part of the federal prosecution against accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.
But Braun ruled the city had not made a persuasive argument for keeping the records secret.
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Thread: FDNY has to open WTC records
02-06-2003, 10:41 AM #1
FDNY has to open WTC recordsALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
LT. John Ginley Engine 40
FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40
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02-09-2003, 02:03 AM #2
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And what is the NY Times going to do with it? Exploit it and make money off those tapes and transcripts! FDNY isn't keeping those for themselves to make money off of, they are keeping them for privacy, are they not?FTM-PTB-RFB-EGH
02-28-2003, 07:34 AM #3
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How about this. Because it isn't everyone's F*&^ing buisness.
I believe the families of the nine victims should have final say in whether or not these items get released. These are not normal circumstances here.
I know our fire dept. will not release any info to anyone during an ongoing investigation.Proud to be IACOJ Illinois Chapter--Deemed "Crustworthy" Jan, 2003
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