The World Trade Center was conceived and built in the 20th century. It was named from an exhibit in the 1939 Worlds Fair that promoted  “world peace through trade.” The WTC concept was championed by David A. Rockefeller in 1959, as a renewal project in lower Manhattan. The Port Authority took over the blueprint as part of its role to build and operate all transportation terminals for New York and New Jersey. It decided to combine the WTC, with plans to incorporate PATH trans Hudson railway renovation on the west side of Manhattan. This set its location to the area of between Liberty, West, Vesey and Church Streets. Construction began in February 1967, after many legal, safety and environmental challenges were voiced including the possibility of airline collision. The twin towers were completed and dedicated by the Governor of New York, Nelson Rockefeller on April 4, 1973. On that day the towers took their place in the skyline and hearts of all New Yorkers. Within 20 years,the strength and integrity of the towers and its workers would be tested in the first attack.
The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center occurred on February 26, 1993. A van loaded with explosives was detonated  in the 2nd level basement parking garage of the north tower. The explosive devise equal 2,200 pounds of TNT was placed near to support columns in the hopes to bring it down. The blast killed six and injured over 1,000. The response by the Police, Fire, Rescue and EMS was immediate. Streets were closed to handle the orderly evacuation and rescue. The investigation of the attack lead to the arrest and conviction of six Islamic Terrorists in the plot. As a result, the WTC underwent new security proceeds which included electronic security badges, restricted access areas. It also highlighted the need for new security, lighting with battery backup for the stairs and exits. Over time upgrades were made but the fact remained that it became the prime target for those who wished to destroy a symbol of American Leadership.
In 2001, the World Trade Center had entered the 21st century, with hope for a bright future. Most of the small import and export companies that lease space at the center were replaced by larger companies. It was the workplace to 50,000 people and 10,000 visitors each day. The City, State, and Federal agencies were among the tenants of the WTC. In July of 2001, a 99 year lease, worth $ 3 billion dollars was signed by Larry Silverstein for the future development of the center.
All the expectations would change the faithful day of September 11th 2001. The WTC and its People, the First Responders, the City of New York came under attack by hijacked domestic airliners. As the result, the complex was destroyed, thousands of lives lost and many exposed to the toxic dust of the towers. Accounts of self sacrifice and heroism are well documented in books and film. The events of day would pose many questions. How could this happen? The official account was given in the 9-11 Commission Report. An alternate international report was issued in 2011 titled 9-11 Toronto Report. Scientific reports have also questioned the only known failure of a steel structure to fire. The World Trade Center (9-11-2001) will take its place in history as a turning point event. The outcome will be determined by the justice seekers who will expose those responsible. We owe that to the victims of 9-11 and the patriots that volunteered to fight terror across the globe. World peace through trade has been replaced by global terror through graft.

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