Homeless man finds confidential plans

| 4/18/2008

In a society in which truckers are being issued TWIC cards to guard against terrorism, you wouldn’t think that confidential plans for the Freedom Tower – the new building that will replace the World Trade Center – would be found in a trash can.

A homeless man in New York City found the blueprints for the new building in the trash and turned them over to the New York Post. The newspaper pointed out that “It’s a good thing Osama wasn’t walking through SoHo yesterday morning.”

The Post showed the documents to experts who said the detailed, floor-by-floor schematics contain enough detail for “terrorists to plot a devastating attack.” The plans, dated Oct. 5, 2007, were marked “Secure Document – Confidential” and show floor plans, elevators, duct work, electrical systems and the thickness of walls.

Officials in charge of construction called the incident “a serious security lapse.”

“I’d certainly be pretty leery going to work in the building knowing that security on the plans was so lax that even a vagabond could find them,” Bill Doyle, whose son was killed in the WTC, told the Post.