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Is Your Landlord a Terrorist

Postby PatFayHill » Wed May 22, 2002 9:54 pm

On May 21, 2002, the news media announced that terrorists were planning to blow up apartment buildings as part of their attacks on the U.S. A person has to wonder why terrorists would choose apartment buildings as a target--especially when considering that two very poignant targets, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, were chosen
previously. Why would terrorists choose some random apartment building?

Often times when investigating a crime, the police will look for a motive. Landlords who
lost money in the stock market would certainly have a motive to destroy buildings where apartments have been priced so high most people refuse to rent. A "mysterious" bombing of
such a building could allow a landlord to collect the insurance. In the present-day hysteria
over terrorists, who would suspect a greedy landlord?

Landlords who know that a corporation is seeking larger lot space for building of superstores may “mysteriously” experience “terrorist” events that level property ready for rebuilding. Thus saving themselves and the superstores the cost of removing old buildings that are so out-dated that their electrical wires are brittle, their lead pipes poisonous and wrapped with asbestos and their timbers eaten by termites and roaches. Landlords do not want to carry the cost of such
demolition and removal--how to avoid it? A terrorist “act” could reduce a building to rubble without out the need to follow environmental codes and the government (with tax payers money)
could finance the removal.

Could some warnings of terrorist actions be a cover for landlord terrorism? It's something we all know they are capable of doing.
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Re: Is Your Landlord a Terrorist

Postby TenantNet » Fri May 24, 2002 6:54 am

While your ideas have validity, they need to be better connected. In today's climate, the use of the word "terrorist" generally implies foreign nationals who object to US national policy. To them, "terror" may be directed at symbolic targets (Statue of Liberty) or those with high body counts (WTC). The idea is to spread "terror". While some landlords have, can and do illegally demolish buildings by arson or other methods, that's ususally in areas that are mixed use or (in their eyes) deteriorating. Such areas usually don't have a high body count. While such acts would be "terror" against a particular community, it probably is better to not confuse that with international terrorism. I don't think that was your intent.
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Re: Is Your Landlord a Terrorist

Postby PatFayHill » Fri Jun 14, 2002 9:08 pm

I recall the conditions of Hoboken, NJ in the early 1980's. Mysterious fires were erupting in the doorways of apartment complexes in areas where landlords and developers wanted to "Gentrify." Some families were killed or nearly killed. This is an act of terrorism on the people by corporate entities. Terrorism isn't something "Arabs" or outsideres do, George Bush is a terrorist to the lungs of children when he weakens laws such as the Clean Air Act.
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