Monday, March 31, 2014

Doing Jobs Americans Won’t Do: Blind Pakistani Security Guard Caught Sleeping on the Job at WTC Terrorist Target

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

How does a blind man win "2013 Security Officer of the Year"? It's one of those miracles of diversity!

Half-blind guard caught sleeping at WTC site

By Philip Messing, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding
March 26, 2014 | 4:32 p.m.

Half-blind guard caught sleeping at WTC site
Guard Abdul Basher, called "2013 Security Officer of the Year," slumbers on the job at 1 WTC.


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Only days before President Obama revealed that his worst fear was a nuclear terror attack on Manhattan, a nearly blind guard was caught sleeping on the job at the Freedom Tower — where he was the building’s first line of defense.

In this cellphone photo obtained exclusively by The Post, Abdul Basher, 65, is wearing shades and lying almost completely horizontal in a chair in the No. 1 terror target’s south lobby, where he was the only guard stationed, sources said.

Even when awake, Basher admittedly can’t open his left eye and has “hazy” vision out of his right due to a nerve condition.

“Sometimes I cannot recognize people, stairs,” Basher said. “That post was so hard to cover for me. It was very, very stressful. I could barely see half of the lobby.”

A Port Authority worker spotted Basher snoozing on duty at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday — six days after a New Jersey teenager slipped past another sleeping guard on the 104th floor of the building on the way to the spire, sources said.

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Abdul BasherPhoto: Kristy Leibowitz

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Security at the Freedom Tower has been called into question after a pair of high-profile breaches, including this Sept. 30 BASE jump from the skyscraper’s spire, which the parachutists recorded on video.

Basher was fired on the spot, suffering the same fate as the guard on duty when the high-schooler got through.

The shop steward for SEIU ¬Local 32BJ said Basher — named the union’s “Security Officer of the Year” for 2013 — was “just getting ready to go on disability.”

His nap-time photo emerged a day after Obama shrugged off Russia as a major US security threat, saying that he was more concerned about a nuclear attack on New York City.

Basher said he was stunned that his bosses put him in charge of such a sensitive location — and had been expecting merely to guard a stairwell door that night.

“The security division is so poorly managed . . . Every security guard that works for them is mentally stressed,” he said.

The Bangladeshi immigrant with some missing teeth also claimed he hadn’t been dozing.

“To my knowledge, actually I was not sleeping. I was mistaken to be sleeping. I was exercising my eyes,” he insisted.

The PA, the owner of the site, referred all questions to the Durst Organization, which supplies guards in 1 World Trade Center.

A high-ranking PA insider called the incident “troubling” and said Durst execs would be called on the carpet.

Durst spokesman Jordan Barowitz confirmed that Basher “was terminated on the spot after he was found sleeping on the job.”

Barowitz refused to specify what measures, if any, would be taken to prevent future security screw-ups.

Construction workers at Ground Zero were appalled by the photo. “There’s our hardworking security right there . . . What a joke!” one said.

Additional reporting by Kevin Fasick


Anonymous said...

Better than Baloo.

Anonymous said...

An old, blind muslim immigrant guard at the WTC...What can possibly go wrong? He was ready to go on disability? Older immigrants come here for the free disability checks. Our.government gives free checks,medical,food to immigrants 60 and over who have never contributed a dime.

Anonymous said...

The older immigrants who take advantage of SSI are mainly from India,China and Russia. They never contribute jack,but they get a free check. No wonder America is broke.