9/11 Responders Need to Prove They’re Not Terrorists Before Getting Medical Care

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This is a real thing:

The tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list, according to a letter obtained by HuffPost.

Any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address.

A perfectly reasonable thing to ask, says Florida congressman Cliff Stearns, who got the amendment added into the Zadroga Bill:

“This amendment was adopted in the full Energy and Commerce Committee without opposition and it merely requires that the names of those receiving health benefits be cross-checked with the terrorist watch list to ensure that no terrorists get these benefits,” Stearns said.

“These benefits are not just for our first responders; nearly anyone who was in the vicinity or worked on a cleanup crew afterward is eligible,” he noted.

So terrorists were helping to clean up the World Trade Center after 9/11? Or they were in the area on 9/11 and have just hung around since then on the off chance that they might someday get some free health care? We don't understand.

9/11 Responders To Be Warned They Will Be Screened By FBI's Terrorism Watch List (EXCLUSIVE) [HuffPo]