If you are thinking of voting for Giuliani for President next year, this is required reading. Rudy has consistently told 5 lies about September 11. They simply aren't true, and this article does an excellent job of painting a portrait of this man, who constantly hedged and dillie-dallied in protecting NYC from a terrorist attack. He neglected to take relatively simple steps such as replacing the radios of NYC firemen. In the first WTC attack in '93, there were faults and miscommunications with these radios. Eight years later, they were using the same kinds of radios and they were failed by these devices again. They didn't hear the order to evacuate the WTC buildings, and later Giuliani hides this by claiming that they bravely decided to hold their ground and rescue people. A blunder of this magnitude can make Rudy G. indirectly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people.
I thought that at worst, Giuliani was exploiting 9/11 by making his role in the day bigger than what it actually was. I never really looked into the issue. Thanks to this finely-reported piece, I have a totally new perspective on the man. Leave it up to the Village Voice to report this, rather than the Times or television media. They'll probably just ignore it.