Ten years after the 9/11 tragedy, the world is a much different place.
Private equity underwriters (PEU's) are ubiquitous. In fact, many of us (ex-public servants) work for two or three. Security measures occupy us not only at airports but also in other venues -- canine patrols on trains and bag searches at sports arenas and rock concerts. These divert our attention from a greater insidious problem, politics and greed. These things are not seen, and if they are, they aren't acknowledged.
Instead we exhort the public to "see something, say something." And, for a time, red, orange and yellow were not only colors but threat levels. PEU's understand threats, like paying taxes or being held accountable for their malfeasance. Almost annually, PEU's mobilized a billionaire army to descend on Capital Hill to keep their preferred tax status safe.
Fran knows this from her work for and on behalf of PEU's. I saw something, Townsend's omitting Memorial Medical Center's 35 deaths from her Katrina Lessons Learned report. I said something about it and was promptly ignored.
While Americans died, Fran lived to PEU another day for Monument Capital and MacAndrews & Forbes. She remains a close confidant of the Obama White House. Watch Fran & her old boss profit from terror. That's one legacy of September 12.