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By Richard Esposito, Ted Gerstein

An unparalleled behind-the-scenes examine the boys who defend us from the main scary prospect of lifestyles within the age of terrorism.

"In my brain it's all company; I don't fear approximately my relatives, I don't fear a few functionality that I'm doing after paintings, I simply fear approximately what's to hand. And what's handy is that package." --Detective First Grade Joe Putkowski, NYPD Bomb Squad

The manhattan urban Police division Bomb Squad is the oldest such squad within the state, based in 1903. every year its thirty-three participants make greater than 200 stress-filled "bomb runs," during which they payment suspicious briefcases, defuse hand grenades, or even reply to "art" initiatives developed with genuine explosives. the general public hardly ever sees those males -- and once they do, it's frequently from a distance, telephoto images of helmeted figures in ninety-pound fits of Kevlar armor.
Starting on December 31, 2003, within the center of the hot Year's Eve motion in occasions sq., newshounds Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein had particular entry to the nation's such a lot elite police unit for a complete 12 months. Their frequently chilling, never-before-told stories from front line supply a rare view of the family warfare on terrorism.

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Anne Frank might well have, but since she did not carry a Dutch passport when she was murdered, she could not be included. (A question was raised in parliament as to the possibility of granting her Dutch citizenship posthumously. ) In any event, a statue of Pirn Fortuyn was erected by the city of Rotterdam in the middle of the business district. His bald bronze head shines brighdy over a black granite plinth, the mouth wide open, as though he is about to give a speech. The words Loquendi liber tutem custodiamus (Let us protect the freedom of speech) are engraved in the stone.

Fortunately my name wasn't mentioned. Vm still living at home, thank you very much, and hope to keep it that way. THEO VAN GOGH, SPEAKING ON LOCATION WHILE MAKING HIS LAST FILM, 06/05 1. O n the morning that Theo van Gogh was shot, he was cycling toward his office in the south of Amsterdam to do some postproduction work on 06/05, a Hitchcockian thriller about the assassination of Pirn Fortuyn, the populist outsider who almost became prime minister. The movie was a departure for Van Gogh. Thrillers hadn't been his thing.

Like the Moluccans, these men were not regarded as immigrants. Their stay was supposed to have been temporary, to clean out oil tankers, work in steel factories, sweep the streets. When many of them elected to remain, the government took the benevolent view that in that case they should be joined by their wives and children. Slowly, almost without anyone's noticing, old working-class Dutch neighborhoods lost their white populations and were transformed into "dish cities" linked to Morocco, Turkey, and the Middle East by satellite television and the Internet.

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