Security and the Freedom Tower

November 22, 2010 1:40:56 PM PST
They're billing it as one of the most - if not the most - secure buildings in New York. The so-called Freedom Tower at Ground Zero is now 48 stories high, and going higher at the rate of one floor per week.

Finally, there is work going on at the old World Trade Center site.

There are some who think that to replace in any form what was there is foolish.

And there are others who think that NOT to replace is capitulating to the terrorists.

Like so many other discussions about what should or shouldn't be built in Lower Manhattan, the public reaction seems - with all due respect - irrelevant. That's because it has always seemed a foregone conclusion that the powers-that-be were hell bent on rebuilding, no matter what the public thought. And they are rebuilding.

So just how secure will this building be? The builders say "very." But let's remember that when the NYPD got hold of the Freedom Tower plans, the brass hit the ceiling and said the lack of security of unacceptable.

So now comes word about what's being planned underground at the Freedom Tower: a series of garages and interconnecting roads that will serve all five of the trade center office towers.

Tonight at 11, our investigative reporter Jim Hoffer takes a questioning look at the security underground, with a keen memory that the first World Trade Center bombing on Feb. 26, 1993 was pulled off in the underground garage.

Also at 11, and in the run-up to the Dancing With The Stars finale tomorrow night, we're taking a closer look at the most controversial voting in the history of the popular show. That Bristol Palin is in the finals is, to many people, Exhibit A in the argument that fans of her mother, Sarah Palin, have been, to use the vernacular, stuffing the ballot box, by flooding the "viewer voting."

How else, critics say, to explain the younger Ms. Palin's success on the show? Her dancing, after all, isn't anywhere near most of the others in terms of quality. Tonight, Lucy Yang profiles Max Chmerkovskiy, the pro dancer who was with the singer Brandy when they were booted off the show last week.

We will also have some of your reaction to tonight's show, which you can send to us on our Mirror Ball blog on 7online.com.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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