Take that!

Robert Greenwald does a job on Giuliani’s decision to put the emergency command center at 7 WTC.

Robert Greenwald (of Outfoxed fame) has produced a devastating video on Giuliani’s decision to site the emergency command center for the city at 7 World Trade Center. (Notice Giuliani’s “tell”: when he laughs, the next sentence is a flat-out lie.) The seven-minute clip makes a point I hadn’t heard before: Rudy’s whole “America’s Mayor” shtick depends on the fact that he was photogenically running around the streets on 9/11 instead of being at the command center doing his job.

Other than calling Greenwald a “conspiracy theorist” and accusing him of “cashing in” on 9/11 (can you say “projection”?) the Giuliani camp doesn’t seem to have any response. The truth hurts.

The question now is whether the 7 WTC fiasco gets to be an “issue,” the way the Swift Boat lies, even after being thoroughly discredited, were an “issue” against Kerry.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com