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  • photo by Don Himsel


    Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a guest at a meeting Friday at Rivier College in Nashua of emergency managers.
  • photo by Don Himsel


    Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a guest at a meeting Friday at Rivier College in Nashua of emergency managers.
  • photo by Don Himsel


    Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a guest at a meeting Friday at Rivier College in Nashua of emergency managers.
Friday, May 13, 2011

With video: Rudy Giuliani, visiting Rivier College this morning, recalls 9/11

Editor’s note: Kevin Landrigan is now interviewing Mayor Giuliani. Watch for his upcoming report.

NASHUA - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani shared his experiences as the Sept. 11, 2001 mayor of New York Friday with members of the International Association of Emergency Managers at Rivier College.

Giuliani said as a former federal prosecutor he had dealt with the threat of Islamic extremism long before the jetliners toppled the two World Trade Center towers, killing more than 3,000 citizens.

“For a lot of people, Sept. 11 was the beginning of Islamic extremist terrorists. For me it goes back to the 1960s and the 1970s,” Giuliani said.

“Practice is key,” Giuliani explained.

“This is the reason football teams practice; this is the reason baseball teams practice so when they operate under pressure they want to be able to do it in a relaxed way, it’s the same way with emergencies.”

Giuliani revealed his emergency management experts practiced “crazy, potential” disasters and advisers had assumed the prime target for terrorists was the New York Stock Exchange followed by the subways and key bridges bringing commuters in and out of the city.

He said he doubted that forming a Department of Homeland Security was a “good idea” because big is disorganized.

The North Tower truck bombing at the World Trade Center in February 1993 moved Rudy Giuliani to create an office of emergency management.