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Father of 9/11 Victim: Search for Human Remains Is Political Football

Monday, 01 Apr 2013 05:03 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The father of a young 9/11 victim believes the resumption of the search for human remains in the debris of the World Trade Center is a shameful case of too-little, too-late political maneuvering.

“This failure to sift through all of the remains is just part and parcel of what we’ve been put through by people like Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg and others,’’ Peter Gadiel told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

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“People who tried to turn the 9/11 memorial into some kind of political statement about all of the wrongs and misdeeds involved in humanity in the past thousand years instead of being dedicated to the victims of 9/11. It’s just one additional thing.’’

Last month, New York City officials emailed victims’ families to tell them that about 60 dump trucks full of debris — collected from construction sites around the World Trade Center site — will be sifted through.

The 10-week project will be conducted by forensic scientists on Staten Island.

Gadiel, president of 9/11 Families For a Secure America, said he’s still not sure about the last moments of his 23-year-old son James, one of 2750 people who died when hijacked jets hit the Twin Towers.

“I have no remains of him and I have no clue as to what it was he went through on that day,’’ Gadiel said.

“I didn’t hear from him as some people did, which, I guess, is better because I don’t know the horror of what he went through, although I can imagine what it was like.’’

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