NYC mayor "shocked and troubled" by teen's climb to top of WTC spire

Matthew says: "The new World Trade Center has been hailed as one of the world's most secure sites. A 16-year-old slipped through a fence, eluded a security guard, and spent two hours early Sunday morning atop the unfinished 1,776-foot tower at the top of 1 World Trade Center."

Justin Casquejo, a 16-year-old described by a friend as an adventure-seeker who loves to climb precarious places, spent about two hours early Sunday atop the symbolic and unfinished 1,776-foot tower, authorities said. He's not accused of doing any damage, but the alleged escapade stirred what-ifs about the notion of someone being able to infiltrate the nation's tallest skyscraper.

"Obviously, it was shocking and troubling," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, "and I don't know how possibly it could have happened."

NJ teen bypasses guard, reaches WTC spire

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  1. Awww, how adorable... New York turns its police force into a small; but paranoid and well funded, national security state, complete with farcical and probably illegal activities abroad, systematic repression at home, and they can't stop J. Random Kid from getting all up in their shiny new Symbolic Big Building?

    You guys are lucky that most of the terrorist population is hiding out in your paranoid fantasies; because otherwise that could have been embarrassing to a fairly serious degree...

  2. Yes. And if you're not terrified then you hate freedom.

  3. Old says:

    It could have been worse. At least the kid didn't buy a really big beverage.

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