Upsetting
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
 
The roiling cloud of dust and smoke from the collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was still menacing New York City when federal environmental officials assured New Yorkers that there was no health danger in breathing the foul air.

They lied.

As we now know from a report by the inspector general of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, repeated claims that air quality around Ground Zero was "not a cause for public concern" were meant simply to reassure residents still reeling from the terrorist attacks.

Amazingly, the lies were ordered by the White House, which took control of the EPA’s news releases through the National Security Council and directed the agency "to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones," the inspector general reported.
 
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