A decade after Sept. 11, Bill Moyers says Rudy Giuliani exploited the attacks to get rich

Rudy Giuliani. (Azi Paybarah, via flickr)
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Speaking in Manhattan late last month, veteran PBS journalist and TV host Bill Moyers accused former mayor Rudy Giuliani of "exploiting" the attacks on September 11, 2001 and making "a private fortune" from it once he left office.

"President Bush had already asked us to prove our patriotism by going shopping," said Moyers, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson, at the University Club in Midtown. "Mayor Giuliani went on television to say 'let's step up to the plate and show the strength of the American economy.' Not the strength of the American spirit, not the strength of the American resolve, not the spirit of the American soul, but the spirt of the American economy. He would himself soon be heading toward a private fortune exploiting his newfound celebrity advising corporations on how to protect against terrorism. And in Washington, the marionettes of the military-industrial complex salivated at the prospect of windfall profits rising from the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. Grief would prove no match for greed."

Moyers' nearly 17-minute speech was delivered during a Nov. 29 awards banquet hosted by the good-government group Common Cause. Honorees that night included Leo Hindery Jr., who invests in media companies and is a major Democratic fund-raiser, Bill Samuels, a Democratic donor and activist, and Adelaine Gomer, who heads an environmental organization. Common Cause cited them as "leaders in the fight for accountability."

After leaving City Hall, Giuliani became a highly paid motivational speaker, wrote a best-selling book called Leadership, and opened a consulting company with a number of former aides called Giuliani Partners.

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