The New York City Fire Department must release audiotapes and transcripts of its response to the September Eleventh, 2001 terrorist attacks. That's according to New York State?s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
The court's ruling comes in response to a Freedom of Information request by The New York Times to view tapes of 9-1-1 calls made from the World Trade Center as well as the interviews the department conducted with firefighters following the attacks. The judges ruled that the FDNY must release the oral history, except for specific portions that could cause serious pain or embarrassment to those interviewed by the department.
Under the decision, the department would have to return to state Supreme Court and argue on a case-by-case basis that specific statements by people interviewed would cause pain or embarrassment.