• Rescola and the WTC

    From a425couple@21:1/5 to All on Sat Sep 11 14:42:19 2021
    XPost: alt.fan.heinlein, alt.law-enforcement

    from facebook

    Heinlein Forum
    Nancy Lebovitz · 3h ·
    He did what he could to improve security at the towers. He died getting
    people out.
    "After the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland,
    Rescorla worried about a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.[10] Because his old American friend from Northern Rhodesia, Daniel Hill, was trained in counterterrorism, in 1990 Rescorla asked him to visit the
    World Trade Center to assess its security. When Rescorla asked Hill how
    he would attack the building were he a terrorist, Hill asked to see the basement, and after the two walked down to the basement parking garage
    without being stopped by any visible security, Hill pointed to an easily accessible load-bearing column, and said, "This is a soft touch. I’d
    drive a truck full of explosives in here, walk out, and light it
    off."[3] That year, Rescorla and Hill wrote a report to the Port
    Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, insisting on
    the need for more security in the parking garage. Their recommendations
    (which would have been expensive to implement) were ignored, according
    to James B. Stewart's biography of Rescorla, Heart of a Soldier.[10]"
    "Rescorla gained credibility and authority after the bombing, which
    resulted in a change to the culture of Morgan Stanley.[10] Rescorla
    wanted the company out of the building because he continued to feel, as
    did Hill, that the World Trade Center was still a target for terrorists
    and that the next attack could involve a plane crashing into one of the towers.[11] He recommended to his superiors at Morgan Stanley that the
    company leave Manhattan office space, mentioning that labor costs were
    lower in New Jersey and that the firm's employees and equipment would be
    safer in a proposed four-story building. However, this recommendation
    was not followed because the company's lease at the World Trade Center
    would not terminate until 2006. At Rescorla's insistence, all employees (including senior executives) then practiced emergency evacuations every
    three months.[12]
    After Dean Witter merged with Morgan Stanley in 1997, the company
    eventually occupied 22 floors in the South Tower and several floors in a building nearby. Rescorla's office was on the South Tower’s 44th
    floor.[3] Feeling that the authorities lost legitimacy after they failed
    to respond to his 1990 warnings, he concluded that employees of Morgan
    Stanley, which was the largest tenant in the World Trade Center, could
    not rely on first responders in an emergency and needed to empower
    themselves through surprise fire drills, in which he trained employees
    to meet in the hallway between stairwells and go down the stairs two by
    two to the 44th floor.[10] Rescorla's strict approach to these drills
    put him into conflict with some high-powered executives, who resented
    the interruption to their daily activities, but he nonetheless insisted
    that these rehearsals were necessary to train the employees in the event
    of an emergency. He timed employees with a stopwatch when they moved too
    slowly and lectured them on fire emergency basics.[10][12]"
    "At 8:46 a.m. on the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines
    Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center (Tower 1).
    Rescorla heard the explosion and saw the tower burning from his office
    window in the 44th floor of the South Tower (Tower 2). When a Port
    Authority announcement came over the P.A. system urging people to stay
    at their desks, Rescorla ignored the announcement, grabbed his bullhorn, walkie-talkie, and cell phone, and began systematically ordering Morgan
    Stanley employees to evacuate, including the 1,000 employees in WTC 5.
    He directed people down a stairwell from the 44th floor, continuing to
    calm employees after the building lurched violently following the crash
    of United Airlines Flight 175 38 floors above into Tower 2 at 9:03 a.m.
    Morgan Stanley executive Bill McMahon stated that even a group of 250
    people visiting the offices for a stockbroker training class knew what
    to do because they had been shown the nearest stairway.
    Rescorla had boosted morale among his men in Vietnam by singing Cornish
    songs from his youth, and now he did the same in the stairwell, singing
    songs such as one based on the Welsh song "Men of Harlech":
    "Men of Cornwall stop your dreaming, Can’t you see their spearpoints gleaming?
    See their warriors’ pennants streaming, To this battlefield.
    Men of Cornwall stand ye steady, It cannot be ever said ye
    For the battle were not ready. Stand and never yield!"[3]
    Between songs, Rescorla called his wife, telling her, "Stop crying. I
    have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I
    want you to know I've never been happier. You made my life." After
    successfully evacuating most of Morgan Stanley's 2,700 employees, he
    went back into the building.[3][13][14] When one of his colleagues told
    him he too had to evacuate the World Trade Center, Rescorla replied, "As
    soon as I make sure everyone else is out."[15] He was last seen on the
    10th floor, heading upward, shortly before the South Tower collapsed at
    9:59 A.M. His remains were never found.[12][13][14] Rescorla was
    declared dead three weeks after the attacks.[3]"

    Rick Rescorla - Wikipedia
    Rick Rescorla - Wikipedia
    Cyril Richard Rescorla (May 27, 1939 – September 11, 2001) was a
    soldier, police officer, and private security specialist of British
    origin. He served as a British Army paratrooper during the Cyprus
    Emergency and a United States commissioned officer during the Vietnam
    War. He eventually rose to th...

    Edward Wright
    How many times did politicians tell us “No one ever imagined that
    terrorists might use airliners as weapons”? Even Tom Clancy had written
    a best-selling novel around that exact premise.

    Darlene Love Ainsworth
    Edward Wright Not to mention the X-Files spin-off "The Lone Gunmen".

    --- SoupGate-Win32 v1.05
    * Origin: fsxNet Usenet Gateway (21:1/5)