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Families Of WTC Victims Request Transcripts Of 911 Tapes Made On 9/11
January 14, 2004
A group of September 11th victims' family members continue their fight to have the city release transcripts of 911 calls to the public.
The families said Wednesday they have made a Freedom of Information request with the Fire Department for access to the audio tapes and transcripts of all 911 calls and FDNY radio transmissions made on September 11, 2001.
They've also requested audio tapes of interviews with firefighters conducted after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
"We still don't have all that we want, and we will not rest until we get all the 911 tapes and transcripts," said Norman Siegel, the attorney for the families.
"It might help us to know how the radios worked that day, what all the rescue workers and victims were calling for help and saying to each other," said Eileen Tallon, who lost her son on 9/11.
Last week, a court ruled that the city had the right to refuse to release the tapes because of their highly sensitive nature.
However, the court also ruled that some interviews with firefighters conducted after the attack can be released; the ones that give factual information, but not the ones that give opinions.
The exception is the tapes given to the federal 9/11 commission investigating the attacks. Those will be unedited, according to a deal between the commission and the city.
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