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World Trade Center breach: A blessing in disguise

Should authorities thank 16 year-old boy for his criminal actions?
Should authorities thank 16 year-old boy for his criminal actions?
Gary London

On Sunday, March 16, 16-year old Justin Casquejo of New Jersey was able to bypass security and at least one sleeping guard and climb to the top of 1 World Trade Center in New York.

While it was in effect a criminal act—and Casquejo will be subject to various charges including criminal trespass, authorities ought to be thanking him for revealing serious deficiencies in security at the site.

We're all very lucky that this kid—doing what a lot kids this age are naturally inclined to pursue—was in fact just an innocent kid seeking a thrill.

Chances are all too likely that this could have been someone else, perhaps someone bent on doing real serious damage, such as an individual or individuals with terrorist objectives. The outcome could have been much worse, considering Casquejo was able to easily make it all the way up to the 104th floor.

"I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the sixth floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th floor." Casquejo was able to bypass at least one “inattentive” security guard in his endeavor.

Had this incident not occurred, one only has to assume that apparent weaknesses in the building's security may have continued to go undetected, with obvious potential dangerous consequences.

It's no secret that terrorists, potential terrorists, and others with similar inclinations here at home as well as abroad invest time seeking ways to fulfill terrorist missions and agendas.

While young Casquejo did in fact break the law, and should be dealt with accordingly, it goes without saying, would we better off if this hadn't happened—and as always, the question “what if” needs to be asked.

What if this had been someone else...someone else with much darker motives and intent?