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CNN Journalists Get Arrested Sneaking Into World Trade Center

CNN Journalists Caught

Oh CNN… In a sad attempt to get some of their investigative journalism cred back, the cable news network sent two journalists to break into the World Trade Center for a story about people who were actually able to break in.

The two CNN journalists were filming a report on recent security breaches at the World Trade Center – one involving four men sneaking in and parachuting off the skyscraper and the other involving a 16-year-old boy sneaking up to the top to take some photos. In both those cases, the trespassers bypassed security and snuck in through a hole in the fence during off-hours.  The CNN journalists were not so clever in their attempt to recreate the break-ins.

Shortly after lunch last Tuesday, Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, tried to talk their way past security guards into the heavily guarded construction site while holding their video gear. When schmoozing the security guys didn’t work, they attempted to climb over the perimeter fence – twice. No luck there. For their third attempt they tried to force their way through an electronic gate, where they were eventually caught by the police and arrested on criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct charges.

So instead of sneaking in in the middle of the night, they decided to go in broad daylight and tip off security about their plans.  There goes CNN’s pultizer prize-winning headline: “Look How Easy it is to Sneak Into the World Trade Center!”

Apparently the two CNN reporters thought if a 16-year-old was able to get in, then so should they, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department.

“He had enough sense to try it at 4 o’clock in the morning,” he said of the 16-year-old.

“This is very wasteful of valuable law-enforcement time and energy,” Pentagelo added.

But on the bright side, at least he knows that the millions of dollars spent on security measures for the World Trade Center are semi-useful – they won’t keep 16-year-olds and parachuting thrill seekers out, but they will make the WTC CNN-free.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: World Trade Center Base Jump Arrests

Current Event Cat - Base Jump World Trade Center

The four thrill-seekers who snuck up to the top of One World Trade Center back in September and base-jumped off were arrested Monday and charged with burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure.

Three of the New York-area men, James Brady, Andrew Rossig, and Marko Markovich, climbed through a hole in the fence, snuck up the World Trade Center building, and parachuted down 1,300 feet while their other buddy, Kyle Hartwell, kept lookout.

Video footage of the early morning jump was found during a search of the men’s homes. The video shows the men deploying their parachutes and flying down to a secluded spot on a nearby highway. Watch it here!

NYPD and the Port Authority were less than impressed with the base jump stunt:

“These men violated the law and placed themselves, as well as others, in danger,” said NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. “These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way.”

“The Port Authority joins the NYPD in condemning this lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public,” Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne said in a statement. “It should be clear that the PAPD and NYPD will go to any length to bring those who defile the WTC site to justice.”

But the four friends maintain their base jump adventure was “very professional, very controlled” and “there was nothing haphazard or reckless about it”. Simply four friends pursuing their passion while at the same time pointing out gaping holes in the World Trade Center security.

“One of the first things my client said to me was that how surprised he was at how there was no security whatsoever — how easy it was to just walk right up there in something that the mayor has just recently described as the No. 1 terrorist target in the world,” the foursome’s lawyer said.

In fact, it’s apparently so easy to get up the World Trade Center that just last week a 16-year-old New Jersey boy snuck past security, climbed through a hole in a fence and made his way to the top of the building to take a few scenic pics.

Forget Homeland Security and all those TSA regulations. Just fix the damn hole in the fence.

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