Drooling on the Pillow

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Yesterday a jury decided that the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center was 32% the fault of the terrorists and 68% the fault of the Port Authority.
Separate trials will now be held to determine monetary
damages in more than 100 other lawsuits. The settlement
of those lawsuits could cost the Port Authority millions
of dollars.
You think?

Obviously, both the Port Authority and Al Qaeda have a lot of money, but it will probably be somewhat easier to get into the Port Authority's pockets. I do understand that what the jury was charged with calibrating is the percentage of responsibility for the damages, not the act, but to me, that lends this decision not 1% more sense.

The plaintiffs claim that a 1985 report citing the underground parking garage as a possible terrorist target should have caused the Port Authority to close the facility. There were also reports that warned of terrorists using airplanes. Perhaps the fact that no anti-aircraft batteries were installed on top of the buildings will open up the Port Authority to suits relating to 9/11.
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