Emergency service crewmen involved in the 9/11 rescue effort have been told they are to be screened to be sure they are not terrorists.
The personal details of tens of thousands of police officers, fire fighters and construction workers who risked their lives in the wake of the 2001 attacks will be run through the FBI's terrorism watch list.
The rule is a provision of the new 9/11 Health Bill and is designed to stop any actual terrorists from enjoying health benefits on the state.
But if they refuse, they will be barred from treatment for any ailments they may suffer as a result of their work at Ground Zero as provided for by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law.
The law was named after policeman James Zadroga who died in 2006 of respiratory complications caused by working at the site after the al-Qaeda assault.
But increasingly cancers and lung disorders are being blamed on dust and chemicals breathed in from the devastation that engulfed Ground Zero.
Former NYPD officer Glen Kline branded the decision 'silly', 'stupid' and 'asinine'.
Construction worker John Feal, who lost half a foot at the site, told the Huffington Post: 'It’s comical at best, and I think it’s an insult to everyone who worked on The Pile and is sick and suffering from 9/11'
The provision was added in an amendment by Rep. Cliff Stearns during the heated debate over the bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee last May.
Health professionals have been told they will soon have to hand over names, places of birth, addresses, government ID numbers and other personal data to the FBI to make sure patients are not terrorists.
In a letter, Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, told doctors: 'Although neither we nor [the Centers for Disease Control]/NIOSH anticipate the name of any individual in the current Programs will be on the list, CDC/NIOSH is expressly required by law to implement this particular requirement of the Act.'
Mr Feal, who has set up advice charity Fealgood Foundation for sick workers,
Congressman Stearns told the Huffington Post: '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.'
But there was still anger among many who see it as a slap in the face for risking their lives to help the rescue effort.
Feal branded Congressman Stearns a 'buffoon', adding: 'We get sicker and die, and they’re going to disseminate a letter wondering whether we’re terrorists or not. ... I think everybody needs to start showing a little more compassion.'
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