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Giuliani's Security Measures


The Giulianis, side by side now and immediately after Sept. 11 as well. (Getty)

Recent revelations about the creative accounting being used in New York City to allocate the cost of the security details for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani's visits to the Hamptons with his companion Judith Nathan have served as a reminder that Giuliani's messy personal situation late in his mayoral tenure had a cost for New York taxpayers. After Politico.com reported the accounting irregularities, subsequent reports have examined exactly when Nathan herself began receiving her own security detail, a move that the Giuliani campaign says was taken only after credible threats were made against Nathan.

But Giuliani's concern for Nathan's security should not come as a surprise to anyone. In his best-selling 2002 memoir "Leadership," Giuliani recounts that one of his main concerns on Sept. 11, 2001 was that the terrorists who attacked the Twin Towers and Pentagon might also be coming after Nathan. He describes his priorities after he and his top advisers finally managed to find a site, a firehouse, to serve as a new command center after fleeing the one at the World Trade Center. He and his team called city hospitals to make sure they were ready for the injured. Then they made sure other possible targets such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Stock Exchange were under extra guard. Then, he writes, he called his "loved ones" -- first Hanover, to tell her he had sent extra security to evacuate Gracie Mansion, the mayoral residence, and then Nathan, both to reassure her that he was okay and to check on her security.

"I called Judith Nathan, who had been by my side for two difficult years," Giuliani writes. "Our relationship at that point was very public, and she, too, had received threats. I thought those attacking the city might go after her, and I wanted to make sure she was safe." He continues, "When I finally got on the phone, I told Judith I loved her and that she must stay in her apartment -- that she'd be safest there and that security was already on the way."

But Nathan would hear none of it. "Judith insisted on joining me, saying, 'I need to see that you are okay because I thought you were missing,'" Giuliani writes. He agreed to allow her to join him at the firehouse, and then proceeded to the next task at hand.

--Alec MacGillis

By Washington Post editors  |  December 11, 2007; 10:18 AM ET
 
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Message: Rudy? Who cares?

Posted by: zukermand | December 11, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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It is possible that Senator Clinton is the best candidate. However, even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record, just as Senator Clinton insists.
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The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where assaulting, torturing and murdering people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and to protect the citizenry.
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Instead, they made a deal with the criminal gang stalker protection rackets to leave them alone and to consequently abandon the citizenry.
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Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
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Posted by: avraamjack | December 11, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"I called Judith Nathan, who had been by my side for two difficult years," Giuliani writes. "Our relationship at that point was very public, and she, too, had received threats. I thought those attacking the city might go after her, and I wanted to make sure she was safe."


Are you kidding me? Terrorists attack our country, including the Pentagon and a citizen-disrupted attempt on the White House or Capitol, and he thinks they might come after a mayor's mistress next? Sounds pretty delusional to me.

Posted by: bsimon | December 11, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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