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New Jersey Teen Bypasses World Trade Center Security To Take Photos From Atop The Tower

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Updated 03/20/2014 3:06pm
New Jersey Teen Bypasses World Trade Center Security To Take Photos From Atop The Tower
Media Courtesy of haddon.patch.com

Robert Dominic Ventre II Staff Writer

An intrepid New Jersey teenager was spotted climbing down from the top of 1 World Trade Center early on Sunday morning. The boy, one 16-year-old Justin Casquejo, had been taking photos of the site for over two hours before being caught. An impressive feat, but the fact that Casquejo was so easily able to avoid detection while skulking around a protected terrorist target has raised concern in local authorities. The site's exterior is patrolled by the Port Authority Police Department, the NYPD and another, unspecified private security firm. The interior is patrolled by an additional private company. Per Joseph Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: "We take security and these type of infractions extremely seriously and will prosecute violators." His statement went on to say, "We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible." According to his prosecutors, Casquejo had been interested in the construction of 1 World Trade Center for some time, having scoured the site in advance to find flaws in its security system. He was able to squeeze himself through a 12x12 gap, make his way up the scaffolding to the 6th floor from the Freedom Tower rooftop, rode an active elevator to the 88th floor, and then walked the rest of the way via staircase to the 104th floor. From there, he proceeded to the antenna, where he took photos using his camera and cell phone. Both items have since been seized, and the guard stationed at the 104th, reported as being either "inattentive" or "asleep," has been fired. The apparent lackadaisical nature of the guards stationed at the site appears to be a huge factor in Casquejo's infiltration. The operator of the elevator, which the Casquejo used to get from floor 6 to floor 88, gave the teen access despite his lack of clearance or identification. The operator has since been re-assigned to a different post, able to keep his job thanks to his hardhat union. The New York Post hoped to land an interview with Casquejo, but when contacting him, he was unable to provide details: “Ha ha, oh yeah, that. Right. I would really love to talk to you guys because I have a lot that I want to say about it,” Casquejo has also allegedly bragged to authorities about being able to gain such easy access to a site that was said to be shielded by a "ring of steel." Per one source: “He’s a skinny kid who got through a skinny hole,” If that's all it takes, then maybe we should be a bit more concerned about who we have in charge of 1 WTC security. Neither police departments nor the private security companies stationed there would provide comment to the NY Post when asked. As for Casquejo, his opinion about the whole ordeal is probably best summed up by this tweet: https://twitter.com/JustinCasquejo/status/445999192243453953

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