By Genevieve Belmaker The Epoch Times
Last week an NYPD officer, Dennis Guerra, died in a New York City hospital after being injured on the job. Guerra and his partner were overcome by smoke after they responded to an apartment building fire. Found unconscious by firefighters, Guerra died from his injuries just days later.
On Monday, the day of Guerra’s funeral, legions of New York City police came out to pay their respects. It was the first time since 2011 that a cop had died on the job. Of course it’s inherently dangerous work, but the number of police killed in the line of duty in New York is actually surprisingly low for a city of more than 8 million residents.
In the course of reporting on Guerra’s funeral, I quickly realized that the greatest danger to NYPD officers during the past 13 years has actually been the aftermath of 9/11. Twenty-three NYPD officers died on that fateful morning, but the death toll since then has more than doubled that. In fact, 58 members of the NYPD have died of 9/11-related illnesses.
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A pre-trial hearing in the 9/11 tribunal at Guantanamo was abruptly halted Monday after defense lawyers accused the FBI in open court of trying to turn a security officer on the defense team of Ramzi bin al Shibh into a secret informant. The development seemed to stun the chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Mark Martins, who told the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, that he was unaware of the FBI activity, reports the Miami Herald.
Defense attorney Jim Harrington said two FBI agents arrived at the home of his team’s Defense Security Officer, asked him who gave news outlets unclassified Khalid Sheikh Mohammed writings and had him sign a non-disclosure agreement that appeared to draw him into a continuing informant relationship. The agents also asked “open-ended questions” probing for evidence of wrongdoing by 9/11 defense lawyers, Harrington said. He chose not to name his team member, who was being suspended from the case for talking, but said he worked for the contractor SRA International. Defense Security Officers are assigned to each of the five legal teams in the 9/11 case, and are meant to help guide team members on what information should be blacked out in court filings. They are privy to internal defense discussions and strategy.