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Monday, 30 September, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Giuliani wanted to 'execute' Bin Laden
Then New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with President George Bush at Ground Zero after the attacks.
Giuliani has not ruled out a return to politics
Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, says he asked US President George W Bush if he could personally execute Osama Bin Laden.

In a new book entitled Leadership, Mr Giuliani says he made the request three days after the 11 September 2001 attacks.


Bin Laden had attacked my city, and as its mayor I had the strong feeling that I was the most appropriate person to do it

Rudolph Giuliani

"I told him, 'If you catch this guy Bin Laden, I would like to be the one to execute him' ... I am sure he thought I was just being rhetorical, but I was serious."

In the book, Mr Giuliani says he thought it would be "appropriate" for him to carry out the execution of Bin Laden, the exiled Saudi militant blamed for the attacks on New York and Washington.

"Bin Laden had attacked my city, and as its mayor I had the strong feeling that I was the most appropriate person to do it," he wrote.

'Facts they missed'

In an interview with the New York Times given to promote the new book, Mr Giuliani also criticised a recent report that the World Trade Center rescue effort was disorganised and hindered by malfunctioning radios.

"They don't know most of the things that happened," he was quoted as saying.

"Maybe if they read the book they will get a sense of the facts they missed in doing the report."

The report was the work of consultants hired by Mr Giuliani's successor, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Many firefighters and police officers died during the rescue effort when the twin towers collapsed.

The report said faulty radios kept firefighters from hearing an evacuation order warning that the second tower was about to fall.

But Mr Giuliani said that the firefighters could have heard the order, but decided to ignore it.

A firefighter carries the US flag to the highest point in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 11 September attacks.
A recent consultants' report was critical of the rescue effort

"They weren't going to abandon ship," he said.

In the interview, Mr Giuliani would also not rule out a return to politics.

"I've learned that you don't cut off options, and I have no idea of what the future will bring," Mr Giuliani said.

"I think I'll want to go back to government again. Maybe it will be appointed office."

There has been some speculation that he might be named to head a new department of homeland security being set up by President Bush.

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