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    Bravest Kin Will Hear 9/11 Tape

    BRAVEST KIN WILL HEAR 9/11 TAPE


    July 17, 2002 --

    The families of New York City firefighters killed on Sept. 11 will get a chance to listen to a tape of emergency radio transmissions made at the World Trade Center that may hold the voices of their loved ones on that tragic day.

    The FDNY said the U.S. attorney's office had agreed to allow family members to listen to the recordings, which were recovered earlier this year, on the condition that they sign confidentiality agreements.

    Although fire officials have been allowed to listen to the tape for training purposes, the U.S. attorney has been reluctant to release the tape because it could be used as evidence in the upcoming trial of accused "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui.

    Moussaoui allegedly conspired to assist the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Moussaoui, acting as his own lawyer, continues to deny any involvement.

    The FDNY said its family-assistance unit would contact family members in the near future to arrange for them to hear the recordings.

    The Fire Department lost 343 members in the attack, while 37 Port Authority police officers and 23 New York City police officers died.



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    9/11 Tape: Families May Hear It, but Not Tell of It

    9/11 Tape: Families May Hear It, but Not Tell of It

    By THOMAS J. LUECK


    Fire officials said yesterday that the families of the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11 would be allowed to listen to radio transmissions that were recorded in the World Trade Center on the morning of the attack.

    But the families, like fire officials who have listened to a tape of the transmissions, will be required to sign confidentiality agreements that will prevent them from disclosing anything they hear.

    The decision, announced yesterday by Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, provided the latest twist in a series of confrontations over the tape, which was discovered months ago by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Although the recording could answer lingering questions about what happened to firefighters who perished, its contents have been disclosed to few people outside the Port Authority. Authority officials have said only that the hourlong tape contains transmissions between firefighters and commanders over hand-held, two-way radios.

    Until a week ago, senior fire officials had declined to listen to the tape, even though the Port Authority said it had offered to turn it over soon after it was discovered at ground zero in January or February.

    The problem, officials said, was the insistence by Port Authority officials that anyone listening to the tape first sign a confidentiality agreement. In demanding confidentiality, the officials have sought to conform to terms of a Virginia court order.

    That order sets strict guidelines for disclosure of evidence in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, who is accused of intending to be the 20th hijacker. Federal prosecutors in the case have obtained a copy of the Port Authority tape for use as evidence.

    "Due to court rules prohibiting the disclosure of possible evidence to the public, the U.S. attorney's office agreed to Commissioner Scoppetta's request to allow the family members to hear the tape on the condition that they sign a confidentiality agreement," fire officials said in a formal statement yesterday.

    In an interview, Mr. Scoppetta said that those who signed the statements would be invited to listen to the tape in groups under tight security.

    "We know how important it will be to the families to have any information about where their loved ones were, what they said, what they did," Mr. Scoppetta said.

    "We hope they will take some comfort in the fact that whatever information we have, we are willing to turn over to them," he added.

    But conditional access to the tape did not satisfy some family members and critics of how the Sept. 11 investigation has been conducted, particularly by the Port Authority.

    Sally Regenhard, the mother of a firefighter who died, said yesterday that she would refuse to sign, and hoped the tape would ultimately be subpoenaed by federal investigators and made available to the public.

    "I am sick of the Port Authority controlling every single aspect of this," she said.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/17/nyregion/17TAPE.html

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