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15 Years Later, Here’s What We Know About 9/11 & Cancer Cases

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After the World Trade Centre events that occurred on September 11, 2001, a massive cloud of smoke, dust, and debris permeated New York City with asbestos fibers and other toxic substances. It is estimated by the World Trader Center Health Registry that about 410,000 people were exposed to these toxins following the attacks.

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The people most exposed by asbestos at Ground Zero were those assigned to rescue survivors, while search and rescue workers and others who helped clean up the debris for months also suffered asbestos exposure, raising questions over the use of asbestos in building the towers in the first place.  

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Controversy Over The Use Of Asbestos To Build Twin Towers

During the construction of the towers in 1966, this toxic substance was already raising concerns, and by the time the construction of the North Tower was well underway in 1971, the builders had been forced to stop their work because a ban on the material was expected to come into play in the near future. It proved to be a sensitive subject nonetheless, as many asbestos-containing products had already made their way into both towers. But these products were never discussed in relation to health concerns until after the 9/11 attacks.

It was then that these products finally raised health concerns, as fireproofing materials from 20 stories of the towers fell upon the city. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that the implosions of the towers “pulverized asbestos to ultra-fine particles” that covered Lower Manhattan.

Asbestos Health Concerns Following The 9/11 Attacks

Exposure to asbestos can result in life-threatening illnesses like mesothelioma and asbestosis, symptoms for both of which can take between 20 to 50 years to emerge. However, in 2006, only five years after exposure to the toxic debris from Ground Zero, an emergency responder from 9/11 died of mesothelioma, while another worker developed a serious cough only two years after the attacks that led to her death in 2004 of the same illness.

One can only imagine that these two cases are, unfortunately, not the last, as experts predict that a larger number of 9/11 responders will be diagnosed with these illnesses in the coming years. The severity of the situation becomes more clear when we consider that many of these first responders were not given proper equipment to protect themselves from the airborne contaminants. In fact, almost 70 percent of recovery personnel have since suffered from lung problems.

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How The First Responders Were Compensated

As a result of the many health conditions which arose following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government passed the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” to give people medical care and monitoring. The original terms of the act only offered compensation from 2011 to 2016, but in 2015, Congress voted to reauthorize the program, which extends the coverage for another 75 years.

The Lawsuits That Followed

Many of the tens of thousands of people affected by the 9/11 attacks have filed lawsuits to seek monetary compensation in relation to developing serious respiratory illnesses and several types of cancer as a result of breathing in the toxic dust and smoke. In 2010, for instance, 10,000 rescue and recovery workers who claimed they were injured by the dust opted to benefit from a $713 million court settlement from WTC Captive Insurance Co. Inc.

One of the issues that arose during these lawsuits was the inability to find scientific evidence that linked the dust from 9/11 to the development of cancer, but fortunately for the many victims, a 2011 study changed that. The study, which involved firefighters exposed to World Trade Center dust, discovered that this group was 19 percent more likely to develop cancer as a result of their exposure compared to anyone else in the general population who was not affected. Prior to these findings, under the Zadroga Act, compensation was not provided to those who claimed to have developed cancer as a result of the attacks, but now people with cancer can file a 9/11 lawsuit for their cancers, many of which include melanoma, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, and blood cell cancers like leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Asbestos-related cancers, however, are still slow to develop, but because symptoms of mesothelioma and lung cancer may come years later, more lawsuits are expected in the years to come. Dr. Craig Stevens, a former staff member at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, predicts that the number of cases related to these specific cancers will peak by 2041.

Responses From First Responders And NYC Residents

A thread of comments from NYC residents and first responders continues to grow, revealing how they were affected by the airborne toxins from the 9/11 attacks.

“That awful smell was so pervasive and lasted several months, until January at least. I kept my windows locked shut and burned incense because air freshener and candles did nothing. I live 15 blocks north of Chambers, and I had a constant headache too,” one Reddit user wrote. “Even with the windows shut, my apartment had so much more dust than ever before. I remember when my parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I asked for a vacuum cleaner because I couldn’t stay on top of the dust situation any longer.”

“About a year after the attacks i was first screened by WTC screening at Mt Sinai they brought a bunch of us (first responders/ union workers – who were exposed) into a room and told us that we were exposed to heavy metals and it was highly likely that we would develop cancer,” another Reddit user wrote. “My lungs were shot for two years with bad asthma – im lucky to have it under control for now.. Big thank you to Jon Stewart for getting our backs- i owe him.”

“I work in a pharmacy and we have a customer who was a volunteer fireman during 9/11. The amount of medications he needs to take every day is unbelievable,” another user wrote on the thread. “He has the most horrid cough, and says in the morning it’s all black mucous. He was just diagnosed with a form of lung cancer a couple months ago and it’s really heartbreaking. Good news being the WTC has a medical and prescription aid program for people who helped during the attacks and the prescriptions are completely covered. Almost 3,000 dollars a month worth…”

Given the nature of what occurred on 9/11, the unanswered questions, the evidence that states the official story is not what we have been told, one has to face the uncomfortable truth about how much damage was done to people for something that involved so much conspiracy and potential hidden agendas.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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