reply to post by kiwifoot
I'd like to add a couple of things.
1)As you probably know,Larry Silverstein had just recently won the lease to the World Trade Center.What you might not know is that the WTC was not a
privately owned property before that.It was owned by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and built & paid for with taxpayer money.And who
pushed to privatize it?The New York Neo-Cons,led by NY Gov. George Pataki & NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (Who was appointed by Bush Jr. to head the
Environmental Protection Agency in Jan.2001 & is famous for lying about the air at Ground Zero being safe to breathe).George Pataki & Larry
Silverstein are long time friends.Pataki & Bush Jr are also close.Pataki heavily endorsed Bush for President.Pataki moved his office out of the World
Trade Center just shortly before 9/11.
2)Bush nominated his longtime friend Joe Allbaugh to head FEMA on Jan 4th,2001 (Though his expertise was campaign management & he had ABSOLUTELY NO
education or job experience in disaster management qualifying him for this post).He took office in February.In May,Bush announced that FEMA would
expand it's responsibility to include government response to terrorist attacks,making them one of the most visible responders in the aftermath of
9/11.Though FEMA was in New York that day,Allbaugh was in Big Sky,Montana attending a conference (Lucky him.Could've got hurt or sick in New York).As
the 9/11 attacks eventually led to a cabinet reorganization placing FEMA in the newly created Department of Homeland Security,Allbaugh elected to
leave the agency. He made his resignation effective March 1, 2003, the date the reorganization was to take effect.His successor was Michael Brown,
another Oklahoma native and an old friend (Of his & Bush's) from Republican state politics.
After leaving the government,Allbaugh capitalized on his ties with the Bush administration by going into private business ventures connected with
Bush's policy objectives.He became one of several partners involved in New Bridge Strategies, a consulting firm to help clients "evaluate and take
advantage of business opportunities in the Middle East following the conclusion of the US-led war in Iraq", and Diligence-Iraq, a security company
providing protection for companies doing business there.Allbaugh also started his own firm.The Allbaugh Company is commonly described as a lobbying
and consulting firm, although Joe Allbaugh himself says he only consults with clients on presenting their services to government agencies, and does
not lobby the government directly for contracts.Major Allbaugh Company clients include The Shaw Group (Shaw is one of several companies who won
contracts from FEMA who are represented by former FEMA head,Joe Allbaugh.Shaw has been awarded at least seven contracts to assist in the post-Katrina
recovery [Totaling a worth of at least $340 Million])
and Halliburton (The main beneficiary of War on Terror funding) subsidiary KBR.Though no longer affiliated with FEMA, Allbaugh traveled to the Gulf
Coast after Hurricane Katrina to help coordinate private-sector support, according to his spokeswoman. His clients were among the first to win federal
contracts to help with hurricane recovery:Shaw won a bid potentially worth $100 million to refurbish buildings and provide emergency housing, and KBR
received $29.8 million from the Pentagon to rebuild Navy bases in Louisiana and Mississippi.On July 12, 2006, Emergent Biosolutions,maker of the
Anthrax Vaccine under its former name BioPort,announced that Allbaugh joined the Board of Directors.
So in short,Bush made his buddy Joe head of FEMA & gave them oversight over terrorism sites just before 9/11.Joe would go on to make millions off of
the War On Terror in the private sector.