Video: The Freedom Tower BASE jump

posted at 11:21 am on March 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

Footage that’s simultaneously old and new. The jump happened six months ago but the clip didn’t hit YouTube until yesterday, when the responsible parties finally surrendered to the NYPD to face charges of burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure. (“Burglary” in New York is broader than theft committed while inside a building unlawfully.) The cops have been looking for them since September. Partly that’s because the idea of strange men parachuting onto the streets of lower Manhattan with impunity is … problematic, and partly that’s because it’s a staggering security lapse for the city to have missed a bunch of guys sneaking undetected into the tower that replaced the World Trade Center. (According to one defendant, they simply stepped through a hole in the fence around the perimeter that was covered with a tarp.)

So, with nothing left to lose and maybe a little to gain, the BASErs finally put the clip online. Strategy:

The skydivers say that if the video becomes popular on YouTube and pulls in some money, they will donate the proceeds to a charity for families of 9/11 victims, Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told The News.

“This was never intended to be a publicity stunt,” Parlatore added. “However, since the police department has turned it into something of a spectacle, the defendants are hoping the video can be used for some good.”

A little charity presumably means a little leniency from the judge. Before you know it, they’ll be back to work, jumping off the Statue of Liberty’s tiara or whatever. But, er, if this is about raising money, why put the clip on YouTube instead of selling the footage to someone? It feels more like a middle finger to the NYPD. I.e. “you may have caught us but you didn’t stop us.”

Anyway, evidently we’re now far enough removed from 9/11 that the idea of people jumping off a tower at Ground Zero for fun raises no hackles at the local tabloids. Here’s your mild content warning for profanity in the clip.


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Actually, pretty damn cool.

Whitey Ford on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

“Look!! Shiny object!! Squirrel!!”

In the overall scheme of things, …

platypus on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Don’t try this at home kiddies.

Amazing he didn’t get hung up on any of the surrounding structures or even the traffic lights..

DinaRehn on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Um, didn’t some guy a couple of weeks ago slip through security to reach the top of Freedom Tower? And these guys did this six months before? Heckuva security detail there.

rbj on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

That’s about as close as you can get to doing it yourself!

brewcrew67 on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

It sounds like they were caught because they used a relative’s car to leave the scene. Seems like they would have had better success if they had just ducked into an alleyway, repacked their chutes, and taken the subway home…

Mohonri on March 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

What? And think things through? That’s silly. YOLO!

LoganSix on March 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I have mixed feelings as someone who survived that day.

My first thought is about people who made that fateful decision to jump on 9-11. Lot’s of emotion and memories around that.

But a second, and perhaps louder voice inside of me screams- “good for them”. The exhilaration which comes with that freedom is what life, and perhaps living in a post 9-11 world, is all about.

Marcus Traianus on March 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

But a second, and perhaps louder voice inside of me screams- “good for them”. The exhilaration which comes with that freedom is what life, and perhaps living in a post 9-11 world, is all about.

Marcus Traianus on March 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Exactly, we jump without fear and because we want to, not because we have to.

thebrokenrattle on March 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Can’t think of a better way to flip the giant cosmic bird to muslim terrorists than to jump off that tower for the pure joy of it.

Truly brilliant.

M240H on March 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Heckuva security detail there.

rbj on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

“Look for the union label. Don’t settle for less.”

platypus on March 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Exactly, we jump without fear and because we want to, not because we have to.
thebrokenrattle on March 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Meh. It’s hard for me to find some kind of nobility in “Jackass” stunts.

whatcat on March 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

…that wasn’t good for my stomach!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I’ve heard there are a lot of “chute packers” in NYC

crowmangler on March 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Hey, I can see why they are in legal trouble. It’s a matter of public safety. Imagine if Spiderman were swinging by only to get blind-sided by one of these yahoos!

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Muy excelente

antisense on March 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

That’s about as close as you can get to doing it yourself!

brewcrew67 on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I must have missed the part where the guy shat his pants.

BigAlSouth on March 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

This, plus this should make you feel very ‘secure’.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Um, didn’t some guy a couple of weeks ago slip through security to reach the top of Freedom Tower? And these guys did this six months before? Heckuva security detail there.

rbj on March 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Yep…all the way up. The Port Authority is doing a heck of a job.

We’re still living in a post 9/11 world where undercover attempt to sneak weapons/bombs past airport security occur at an alarming rate, and where ordinary people can sneak onto airplanes and wander about undetected. And here…a friggin’ hole in the fence covered with a tarp. Inexcusable.

JetBoy on March 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Wow!

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“My client is innocent your honor. He should be able to fly thru a red light, just like the Mayor.”
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Actually, the judge should throw the book at these jerks.

diogenes on March 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

One of my prized possessions is an autographed photo of Owen Quinn who jumped the original tower.

Mike Sergio took the picture of Owen going over the edge.

Hearing the story first hand from Owen, and jumping with him (second signature in my log book! was a hoot.

Mike Sergio later jumped into the World Series. I remember watching it and saying “Sergio. . .!” outloud to the rest of the guys in the room. Sergio never ratted out the pilot who flew him and took his lumps. Same with Owen. Philip Pettit got off with no fine. Phhhht – fancy French name got him off.

Google Owen Quinn World Trade Center for the photo.

Wander on March 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

The lax security is concerning. But hey, it’s the Freedom Tower, not the Security Tower.

Wouldn’t it be highly ironic, and symbolic of our current security state, for the “Freedom” Tower to be locked down under heavy security?

The bad boy in me really likes this.

ZenDraken on March 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It has been said, that God protects little children, fools and Ships named Enterprise… Base jumpers… Not so much…

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

The lax security is concerning. But hey, it’s the Freedom Tower, not the Security Tower.

It’s not even that…officially.

JetBoy on March 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Now people can understand why I say, if I worked high up in a tower, I would keep a parachute at my desk.

They say many people, when faced with burning or jumping, will jump. Might as well take your chances with a parachute.

Also, I’d keep a pair of goggles at my desk to keep smoke out of my eyes.

MichaelGabriel on March 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

That’s a wonderful act of imagination and daring.

David Blue on March 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

This made me laugh…Breaking News for MSNBC Wunderkind Star Ronan Farrow…

From weasel zippers

Oh. My. God …

Really?

http://weaselzippers.us/180596-oh-my-god/

workingclass artist on March 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I’m OK with this is long as the size of their soft drinks don’t exceed 16 oz. Priorities.

STL_Vet on March 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

It has been said, that God protects little children, fools and Ships named Enterprise… Base jumpers… Not so much…

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Well, one of the best is a dude named Jeb Corliss. He was injured in a base jump in 2012 on Table Mountain in South Africa, but by 2013 was back in the saddle again.

Jeb Corliss in China…”The Flying Dagger”

Del Dolemonte on March 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

This made me laugh…Breaking News for MSNBC Wunderkind Star Ronan Farrow…

From weasel zippers

Oh. My. God …

Really?

http://weaselzippers.us/180596-oh-my-god/

workingclass artist on March 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Is that for real?

If so, it’s not funny…not in the least. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, I remember reading something somewhere about those trapped in the towers who were forced to choose between burning alive, or jumping. It was supposed to be some sort of prayer…which went on to say the jumpers “turned away from God’s arms” when they dove from 90 or 100 stories high. My immediate response was that they didn’t turn away from God at all…they leaped into His arms.

I swear, all these years gone by since that fateful day, and my heart still weighs heavy with emotion.

JetBoy on March 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yep…all the way up. The Port Authority is doing a heck of a job.

We’re still living in a post 9/11 world where undercover attempt to sneak weapons/bombs past airport security occur at an alarming rate, and where ordinary people can sneak onto airplanes and wander about undetected. And here…a friggin’ hole in the fence covered with a tarp. Inexcusable.

JetBoy on March 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

You’re apparently in more physical danger from slipping on the wet white marble floor in the $4 billion subway station (yes, $4 billion) below the Freedom Tower than you are sneaking into or jumping off of the Freedom Tower. The Port Authority probably would have been better off just winding the clock back to 1967 and rebuilding Hudson Terminal.

jon1979 on March 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Wow, it takes a special kind of crazy to do something like that. Those guys have some serious nads.

WhatSlushfund on March 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

It was supposed to be some sort of prayer…which went on to say the jumpers “turned away from God’s arms” when they dove from 90 or 100 stories high.

Whoever wrote that was a moral idiot.

My immediate response was that they didn’t turn away from God at all…they leaped into His arms.

JetBoy on March 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

There is no doubt

thebrokenrattle on March 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Wow!

nazo311 on March 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Sweet! that would be pretty cool to do

Publius_jr on March 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

That was very cool..:)

Dire Straits on March 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The video shows that the first jumper wasn’t 100 percent insane. It took him more than 60 seconds to overcome his natural survival instinct and jump. The camera guy was all in though: running leap over the edge. Yippee Kai Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…….

Mallard T. Drake on March 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM