Book questions Giuliani's Sept. 11 heroism

Aug. 24, 2006 at 7:30 AM

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been depicted as a hero of Sept. 11, 2001, but a new book claims he ignored warnings and bungled the response.

"Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11," was written by Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice and Dan Collins of, two of the city's leading investigative reporters, Newsday reported.

Barrett and Collins say Giuliani portrayed himself as a watchful hawk who fully prepared the city, but that he actually ignored the advice of experts. When police official tried to convince him to develop a citywide anti-terror plan in 1998, he told the authors, "Rudy glazed over."

Instead, Giuliani became involved in pet projects and a complicated personal life, the newspaper said.

The mayor gave police and firefighters radios that were incompatible through a vendor who was politically connected. And he ignored warnings not to locate the city's emergency command headquarters inside the World Trade Center.

Bernie Kerik -- who was police commissioner on Sept. 11 -- became Giuliani's personal bodyguard on that day.

"I don't know who was directing," current police Commissioner Ray Kelly

told Barrett and Collins. "I literally don't."

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