Two floor-by-floor confidential blueprints said to be details of building the
new World Trade Center were found in a public trash can, which could have given
any terrorists the way to attack the building in the future, news reports said
The New York Post said the two sets of blueprints were found by a homeless person in a garbage can at West Houston and Sullivan Streets, within the vicinity of so-called Ground Zero, site of the complex destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001, which killed close to 3,000 people.
The sets were marked "secure document - confidential," with hundreds of pages of schematic designs of the construction of the new World Trade Center, the Post reported.
The Port Authority (PA) responsible for overseeing the building process said it would launch an internal investigation, Newsday daily newspaper reported. PA spokesman Steve Coleman told the paper that workers who may have broken rules about disposing of such documents would be fired.
"We don't tolerate stupidity," Coleman was quoted as saying.
The building, which aims to be the tallest building in the United States once completed by 2011, is to be called Freedom Tower.
The Post said the sets were dated October 5, 2007, and were not the complete set of blueprints for the new building, however.
"Any time a sensitive document is unintentionally left behind, it's a treasure trove for a potential adversary," said Robert Strang, CEO of Investigative Management Group, who was quoted by the Post.
He said such a document would allow adversaries of the US to look for vulnerabilities in design that they can target on. Strang said if terrorists would know the thickness of the concrete in the new building, an explosive expert could develop an attack plot against it.