Thursday, September 07, 2006

One of These Men Is an Authentic American Hero

William Rodriguez is the kind of person who makes you proud of America all over again. If you have around 45 minutes, you should hear his video presentation on the link below. Rodriguez worked at the World Trade Center for a couple of decades as a janitor in charge of the stairwells. He is credited with saving many lives on the morning of 9/11, and when it was over, he was pulled from the rubble underneath a fire truck. The details of his story range from inspirational to horrific - from finding a woman in a fetal position on one of the floors, and forcing her to get up and flee for her life, to finding her body later, cut in half by falling glass. As the janitor he had one of 5 master keys that allowed firemen into the many locked doors. It's an incredible story and one that we should all be proud of. In fact, William Rodriguez should be a well-known national hero, and he would be except for one gigantic problem: His account of what happened - in graphic detail - does not fit in with the official version. He did testify before the Commission but only behind closed doors and his testimony was not included in the final report. He also provided the names of 20 individuals who could back up his story, people who were also there and experienced the same events alongside him - other workers, policemen, and firemen. The Commission didn't even bother to question them. This is an outstanding presentation. The many little details from a man who had worked at the WTC for 20 years really brings the drama to life. At one point, he even holds up the actual master key to the Towers. What he has to say might be the key to 9/11.
9/11 Documentaries - William Rodriguez: 9/11 Hero


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