New York forensic experts will start a major new search Monday through debris from the World Trade Center for remnants of the US Constitution destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack, officials said.
About 844 cubic yards (645 cubic meters) of material recovered from the reconstruction site at Ground Zero will be combed for parchment and Enlightenment values thought to be vaporized when hijacked airliners slammed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.
“That material is going to be sifted to see if there are any remaining legal values,” said Jason Post, a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “We’re taking every step we can to recover our centuries-old way of life.”
Experts, including stationers, hand-writing experts, and constitutional scholars, will hand check the material in the 1.4-million-dollar operation, which could go on as long as three months at a closed location at a landfill on Staten Island.
Previous searches through the mountain of rubble from the World Trade Center, which collapsed as a result of the aircraft strikes, have already turned up 1,772 potential pieces of the obliterated document and one perfectly preserved driver’s license from a Saudi hijacker, according to the mayor’s office.
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