Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Terrorists to Rick Engler: Thanks for your help!

Rick Engler, the executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) (an alliance of labor unions), needs his head examined.

As part of a WEC report titled "Safety and Security First: Protecting Our Jobs, Families and Hometowns From Toxic Chemical Disasters," Rick thought it appropriate to include a complete list of all 110 chemical facilities in New Jersey. Not only did he list them by name, but he included the street addresses and chemicals produced at each and every plant.

Why not just Mapquest them for the terrorists while you're at it, Rick?

What is so surprising about Rick's distribution of the names and street addresses of the chemical plants is that the WEC Report he just released is all about how a chemical catastrophe in New Jersey could kill and injure millions of people. If you're so concerned about a chemical catastrophe at the hands of terrorists, then why give them a list of each and every location -- including the plants WEC deems most hazardous?

Hal Bozarth, executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, is, to say the least, livid that list is being distributed and stunned that Rick is the one doing it:

"We do everything in our power to protect these facilities from potential terrorist attacks and here we are having Americans giving a roadmap to terrorists, he ought to be ashamed of himself."

"It's a travesty that somebody would release this kind of material in a report when this information should be kept as confidential as possible . . . what are we trying to do here?"

Rick is unapologetic: "Covering up the problem doesn't solve the problem."

Giving terrorists a hit list with such precise information doesn't solve the problem either, Rick.

Rick can be reached at this e-mail or by calling (609) 695-7100.

[Thanks NJ 101.5]

With friends like these, we don't need enemies.
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