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Firefighters Against Rudy
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The International Association of Fire Fighters has released a 13 minute web video, available here attempting to tear down what they view as an "urban ledgend" of Giuliani's leadership on 9/11. The main criticisms are that he failed to provide firefighters with working radios that could have saved lives before the towers collapsed, that he located an emergency command center in the 7 World Trade Center building even though the WTC complex had been attacked in 1993, and that he didn't allow firefighters enough time to search for dead bodies.

The Giuliani campaign has fired back with two press releases, one touting his support for firefighters as mayor, and another attacking the IAFF as a partisan Democratic union.

Also, here was what Giuliani had to say to Chris Wallace in May about the location of the emergency command center:

WALLACE: Nine-eleven. No one questions your courage or your leadership in the days after 9/11, but one question has come up that I'm very curious about. You put the emergency response command center in the World Trade Center in 1997, even though your director of emergency management suggested — recommended that you not put it there because it had been a target in 1993. Why'd you do that?

GIULIANI: My director of emergency management recommended 7 World Trade Center, and that was…

WALLACE: I have got a copy right here of Jerry Hauer's directive to you. And there were meetings in which Jerry Hauer said that it's a bad idea. And the police chief, Howard Safir, said it was a bad idea.

GIULIANI: Jerry Hauer recommended that as the prime site and the site that would make the most sense, and he recommended it because…

WALLACE: Then why did he say the building — he said it's not — the place in Brooklyn is not as visible a target as buildings in Lower Manhattan.

GIULIANI: He recommended that site as the site that would be the best site. It was largely on his recommendation that that site was selected.

And the reason that that site made sense was it was also the location of the customs service, the Secret Service and a number of the federal agencies, some of which I'm not even sure I can mention at this date, that we had to be in contact with.

And we also had backup centers at the police department. In Brooklyn, we had another backup center, and we had a virtual command center. So when that command center was inoperable, within a half hour of September 11 we were able to move — or within a half hour on September 11 we were able to move immediately to another command center.

So the way you're interpreting it, it was as if that was the one fixed command center. It was not. There were backup command centers, and it was a virtual command center, and it was selected because that's where all the federal agencies were that we would have to be in contact with, including some that would give you the intelligence that you needed during an attack.

More to come, I'm sure.

UPDATE: The Giuliani campaign has passed along this clip of Jerry Hauer, Rudy's director of emergency management, saying he "absolutely" was in favor of the location of the emergency command center, along with another clip of Pete Gorman, a former IAFF chapter president who is featured in the anti-Rudy video, acknowledging that the video was a "political message." In addition, the campaign has put out a more detailed response to specific criticisms made in the video.

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