It starts with a New York Daily News tabloid cover: closeup of Giuliani and
the mongo headline that reads, NAIL HIM, RUDY. Get it? To the
left, an inset of Moussaoui’s depressed face; left of that, “ex-mayor’s
set to face Moussaoui in 9/11 trial & urge the death penalty.” Mano
a mano, I guess, or with hammer and nails. Je-sus!
And it’s no small irony that rectangled over Rudy is a shot of Katie
Couric headlined, “$60G A DAY TO READ THE NEWS. No wonder Katie’s
smiling.” Hear that bloggers, there’s BIG BUCKS in the right news,
that is, far to the right.
Now you remember Rudy? When President Bush visited Ground Zero in 2001 (to
check on the havoc the Boyz wreaked) and when he asked Guiliani what he could
do for him, Rudy replied, “If you catch this guy bin Laden, I would like
to be the one to execute him.” Wow, murderous impulses for bad guys for
a guy that comes from a family of murderous bad guys.
In fact, it was the pre-9/11 kinder gentler Daily News, actually on
July 6, 2000, that brought us Michael R. Blood’s bloody book review called
“Rudy’s Kin Tied to Mob.” It was a review of Rudy!
An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani by Village Voice
senior editor Wayne Barrett. Scroll down to . . .
"Mayor Giuliani -- a former federal prosecutor who won notice for 'pursuing'
the Mafia -- had relatives linked to organized crime, including a mobbed-up
cousin who was gunned down by FBI agents in 1977, a new book says. Lewis D'Avanzo,
a son of the mayor's uncle and a guest at Giuliani's first wedding in 1968,
was a 'ruthless and widely feared mob associate' who headed a massive stolen
car ring, according to FBI documents and interviews detailed in Rudy!
An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, by Village Voice senior
editor Wayne Barrett.
“ . . . The book sketches a largely unflattering portrait of the clan,
depicting his father, Harold, as a hothead and the "muscle" behind
a brother-in-law's loansharking operation, run out of a Brooklyn bar. Along
with cracking heads, it says the mayor's father served time in state prison
for a stickup, rarely held an on-the-books job and once was a gunman in a
mob shootout in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
“According to the book, Giuliani's cousin Lewis D'Avanzo was known
as ‘Steve the Blond’ and listed as armed and dangerous in FBI
bulletins. His criminal record included a 10-year federal sentence for the
armed hijacking of a truck loaded with $240,000 worth of mercury. The book
alleges that he was suspected of taking part in several murders. D'Avanzo
was gunned down by the FBI in October 1977, when he tried to run down an agent
after being stopped on a warrant that accused him and two associates of transporting
100 stolen luxury cars.
“Quoting an unnamed friend of D'Avanzo, the book describes a 1962 shootout
pitting a local mobster against the mayor's father and Leo D'Avanzo, Lewis
D'Avanzo's father. The book says Leo was later sanctioned by mob bosses for
shooting at a Mafia member. Leo D'Avanzo, who was known in family circles
as a black sheep, ran loansharking and gambling operations out of a Brooklyn
bar where Giuliani's father worked as a bartender. In his role as debt collector,
his father 'broke legs, smashed kneecaps, crunched noses . . ." And so
on and on and on.
You’ve come a long way Rudy to World Hero. Or have you? Remember
that slip of the tongue from Tom Kenney of FEMA’s National Urban Search
and Rescue Team, telling Dan Rather of CBS News that FEMA had arrived in New
York on the night of September 10, 2001 (what a coincidence). And you, Rudy,
were supposed to use this as your command post on 9/11/2001, after you were
to evacuate WTC 7.
So this means what, that you knew that night before that the WTC was going
to collapse and didn’t say anything? And you knew about the five
major terror hijacking drills that were going to be run on 9/11 that would
fill the screen with some 22 plans and render NORAD, in a word, impotent. Yup,
read all about them on the link above from Alex Jones’ Prison Planet.
And wait a minute. Didn’t you tell, like it says there, the late Peter
Jennings of ABC News, “We were operating out of there when were told that
the World Trade Center was gonna collapse.” How could you have known that
then when no steel building (especially a redundant steel building) in history
had ever collapsed before from fire damage? Smells like a rat to me, Rudy.
Now, did you tell the above to the people on the jury? I don’t think
so. I read your polemic and I didn’t hear a word about your foreknowledge
of the terrible event that Zacarias Moussaoui is now taking the rap for, single-handedly,
and with a “sting band” to boot, and with your urging the jury to
give him the big sting, death by lethal injection in the Terre Haute, Indiana,
I guess, since George and the Boyz couldn’t get hold of Osama bin Laden
after almost five years, they’re desperate for a goat. So you’ll
have to settle for the hapless Moussaoui and help shove the needle in. I guess
America will have to settle for that, because you’re one of the Boyz,
and the Boyz, with choir master Cheney, the big shooter, took charge and ran
the hit. So we need a patsy, no? Like father like son, like cousin like cousin.
And there you were at the trial, telling the people to listen to the tapes
of dying people in the Towers, when it was your crew that told those people
to stay in the buildings. Why didn’t you tell the courtroom like you did
Peter Jennings that WTC 7 was going to fall, or even that Towers 1 and 2 were
going to fall? You could hear the detonations going off from both buildings.
You knew all this and ran around like Captain
Video with his Video Rangers, and never said a word.
And those tapes from the planes. They’re baloney. More CIA productions
like the Osama tapes. First of all cell phones didn’t work then from nearly
seven miles up. It’s a scientific fact. It wasn’t till 2004 that
American Airlines spent millions to install cell “towers” in the
nosecones of their planes so that cell phone calls could be made. And the ones
being played are be fakes, cruel jokes. Is that why the public is not allowed
to hear them?
How could you look those people in the eye, knowing what you know? How do you
look yourself in the eye? Are you another Bernie Kerik, your old partner, another
procurer and thief and god knows what else, who got kicked out of the post of
Homeland Security Boss. But hey, that’s guilt by association. We don’t
need that when we’ve got red-handed guilt, guilt by word, deed and action.
So tell the people. Confess. Set the record straight. Mention your juicy speaking
fees, hundreds of thousands of dollars, for capitalizing on people’s tragedies.
And, readers, if you think this Rudy rage is just me, just listen to what this
9/11 widow, Kristen Breitweiser, posted under “Giuliani’s
Deadly Impact?” at huffingtonpost.com on Wednesday.
“Can someone please explain to me why Rudy Giuliani gets to give a
victim's impact statement at the Moussaoui penalty phase hearing? Which family
member did Guiliani lose in the attacks?
“Forgive me, but Giuliani is the person responsible for deciding to
locate NYC's emergency command center in the World Trade Center along with
a diesel fuel tank (against the advice of certain FDNY officials) before 9/11.
“Locating the city's emergency command center in a known al Qaeda target
(the towers were struck in 1993 and al Qaeda publicly promised to return to
finish the job) was a colossal failure in judgment on his part that cost hundreds
of lives on 9/11.
“During the attacks, because the command center was rendered inoperable,
NYC had no clear chain of command and no physical command structure in place
to coordinate the emergency response. Frankly, the whole reason Giuliani was
on television all day and available for interviews was because he was scrambling
around the streets trying to set up a command post since the one he had designed
and located was paralyzed during the attacks.
“Anyone who wants to witness the results of NYC's abysmal emergency
response to the attacks need only listen to the recently released 911 tapes
that chillingly reveal a total lack of coordination and flow of vital life-saving
information plaguing the city and its emergency response apparatus that day.
(By the way, Mayor Bloomberg has yet to fix the 911 system -- even five years
‘Furthermore, Giuliani is also responsible for giving the FDNY inoperable
Motorola radios. This, too, cost hundreds of lives when firemen did not hear
the order to evacuate the towers prior to their collapse. (By the way, those
radios are still not fixed -- blame this on Bloomberg, too.)
“How is a man who is responsible for such horrific and deadly judgments
invited to give a victim's impact statement as to how 9/11 impacted him?”
Indeed, my dear, how?
“By these standards, should I expect Condoleezza Rice (Ms. 'Nobody
knew planes could be used as missiles'), George Tenet (Mr. 'I failed to tell
the FBI for 18 months that two known al Qaeda killers were living in San Diego
and planning the 9/11 attacks'), and perhaps, George Bush (Mr. 'I was reading
a story about a pet goat while thousands of people perished and burned alive
in the World Trade Center because I didn't want to alarm the school children.')
to provide victim's impact statements, as well?”
Really, Rudy. who are you to be urging anyone to be executed when it is your
own miserable self who should be condemned. Fellow Italian American. Gombah.
Gangster. How far you’ve come, how far, from that guy who passed me on
Third Avenue 20 years ago, the tough DA prosecutor, looking like you were going
somewhere, when in fact you landed nowhere, Ground Zero. Then you swept all
the evidence of America’s major crime scene away in a matter of eight
months. But when you get on the stand to grandstand next time, tell it all.
Now that’s Rudy’s real face. And just to put a face on Moussaoui,
here’s this email sent to me from a friend of his family in response to
my article that Moussaoui
was wearing a “stun belt” . . .
This is absolutely true. I was in the courtroom with his mom at the beginning
of the trial and he was definitely wearing a stun belt underneath his prison
suit . . . The most worrying thing truly was that a number of people -- including.
journalists who had studied him during previous hearings and his own mother
noted that his behavior was very irregular. The first part of the day he was
totally lethargic and hardly moving at all, then he would become more attentive
to what was going on and then become agitated by the end of the day. We all
wonder if he is being drugged every morning . . . We don't have the answer
though. Thanks for your article, so far no media had actually raised this
Yes, and isn’t that strange, Katie and friends, such a universal outcry
for the goat’s blood and nothing but applause for Hizzoner’s uninterrupted,
insidious rhetoric that will hang a man one way or the other in the gallows
of history unless some truth be told, like now.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer residing in New York.
Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.