Proof of the Demolition of WTC 1, 2, 6, 7 by Internal Explosives
11 Jul 2004 11:30 GMT
This expose lays to rest the conspiracy theory advanced by Bush, Sharon & their cronies that Arab hijackers caused the collapse of WTC 1, 2, 6, 7. The empirical scientific research explained in this document brings out the truth that these buildings collapsed due to internal explosives. For the pictures, please see the attached document.
911 Twin Towers Demolition Research
http://physics911.org/ http://www.911uncovered.com/ http://www.911uncovered.com/twintowers.html http://www.letsroll911.org/articles/controlleddemolition.html Debunking the Bush-Sharon Conspiracy Theory that Arab Hijackers Brought down WTC 1, 2, 6, 7.
for illustrations visit http://portland.indymedia.org/media/media/2004/07/292331.doc
From the outset, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers astonished commentators. Remarkably, three tower blocks and two nearby buildings collapsed on 9/11. Official reports acknowledge that molten steel was found in the rubble. Dr Jim Hoffman mounts a detailed case in The North Tower's Dust Cloud that the observed dust cloud was measurably far too energetic for a cloud generated simply by gravitational collapse. Calculations on the Possible Use of Thermite to Melt Sections of the WTC Core Columns, a new article by Dr Derrick Grimmer, reviews the evidence for controlled demolition and assesses the theory that a thermite reaction was used to effect a controlled implosion demolish the WTC towers - one possible explanation for the observed phenomena.
The official version of events included numerous reports of cellphone calls made from hijacked planes on 9/11. Yet cell phone calls from fast-moving aircraft have shown to be not technically possible. The frequency and durations of the calls allegedly made on 9/11 stretch credulity.
WTCs were actually estimated to COST ABOUT 5 TIMES AS MUCH TO REMOVE AS THEY WERE TO BUILD, and this would be happening SOON, CREATING A HUGE CAPITAL LOSS FOR THE OWNERS: within 20 years according to structural architects who analyzed the issue for the previous owners. However, to keep this from being widely known, making WTCs THE LARGEST LEMON PROJECT THE WORLD HAS KNOWN and to keep their resale value, these architects were fired before they completed their very expensive architectural report for the owners, once this was understood by the owners.
A fake video of Osama Bin Ladin confessing that he carefully calculated how the aircraft impact would collapse the towers was produced by the Pentagon to put to rest any opposition to the “official lies” that a bunch of people would couldn’t even fly a Sessna hijacked some planes and with pinpoint accuracy hit the Twin Towers and cause these to collapse pinpoint symmetric accuracy. Here’s photos showing proof that the State Department certified Osama video was a fake.
Conveniently, evidence related to mega-banking frauds that were under investigation was destroyed when WTC6 & 7 collapsed. CIA & FBI had offices in both buildings holding such evidence.
Taken as a whole, we believe this material deals a fatal blow to the credibility of the 'official version' of 9/11.
THE SMOKING GUN OF WTC # 6
This footage is the smoking gun evidence which shows one of the explosions going off moments before the collapse of the South Tower.
A massive explosion, witnessed by millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated World Trade Center 6, the eight-story U.S. Customs building, although no national newspaper, other than American Free Press, has written a word about it.
800 workers were evacuated from WTC 6 within 12 minutes of the first plane striking the North Tower. That impact caused debris to rain down on the roof of Building 6 which was adjacent to the impacted wall of the tower. Before the smoke had cleared from around the stricken South Tower, a mysterious explosion shot 550 feet into the air above the U.S. Customs House at WTC 6.
FEMA has stated that there was "no data collection" from WTC #6. Interesting that without collecting any data they still managed to put together the official story that this building was destroyed by rubble from the collapse of the North Tower. But if so then one would expect to see the remains of the building covered by rubble. Instead we see a huge crater. Here is a closer look at WTC #6 after it was demolished.
In the PBS program mentioned below, a cleanup worker referred to the demolition of WTC 6; "...well, we're getting ready to "pull" building six." There can be little doubt as to how the word "pull" is being used in this context.
OWNER OF WTC ADMITS EXPLOSIVES WERE USED!
Twin Towers were built with a sequenced internal explosion system. This is legally required in areas where buildings are congested in order to ensure symmetrical collapse when the building ages and is condemned and has to be demolished. Listen to this PBS interview with Larry Silverstein, owner of the WTC, describing how he had Building #7 demolished!
MP3 of Silverstein “Pull It” This admission appeared in a PBS documentary originally aired in Sept. of 2002 entitled "Rebuilding America, A Year at Ground Zero".
"...I remember getting a call from the fire department commander telling me they were not sure they were going to be able to contain the fire...and I said, 'Well, you know, we've had such terrible loss of life...maybe the smartest thing to do is, is 'pull' it...and they made that decision to 'pull'...uh, and we watched the building collapse."
In the demolition industry, “pull” is the common term they use for demolishing buildings with explosives.
Silverman is talking about how a decision was made between him and the New York Fire Department to 'Pull' the building. And there is no doubt the meanings of his words, captured in context. He is admitting on public TV that a decision was made between him and the NYFD to use a controlled demolition to fell WTC 7 on 911. And all of this AFTER the official FEMA report, costing millions said otherwise, and they had all the experts. (Mr. Silversteins comments stand in direct contradiction to the findings of the extensive FEMA report. They even negate Kevin Spacey's narrative in the very documentary in which they appear; "WTC 7 fell after burning for 7 hours.")
In order to appreciate the severity of this evidence, you must first understand that demolishing a building is not something you can do in a few minutes by tossing explosives into a basement. It actually takes days of planning. First you have to pinpoint all the load-bearing structures, then you have to wire everything and set the cutting charges so they all go off in a pre-destined order. Which means that this demolition was planned long before 9-11!
There's also disturbing correlations between the collapse of WTC 7 and the bombing of the Murrah building in OK City. Both buildings were constructed using the same bridge beam system that, in WTC 7's case, allegedly contributed to its demise. But more importantly WTC 7, like the Murrah building, housed high-level government offices including the FBI, CIA and the Secret Service. WTC 7 was also the storage facility for millions of files pertaining to active cases involving international drug dealing, organized crime, terrorism and money laundering.
WTC 6, also known as the Customs House building, housed the Dept.'s of Commerce, Agriculture and Labor and yet another Murrah building tennant, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
WTC 7 was also the location of a kind of a doomsday bunker, (a $15 million project of Rudy Giuliani's) a command post from which to operate in case of a total infrastructure breakdown. Building 7 had apparently been bullet proofed and reinforced to withstand hurricane force winds and attacks of all kinds, a fact which makes it's fatal vulnerability to falling debris all the more puzzling.
Mr. Silberstein’s comments imply that he and the FDNY threw together an expert demolition job in the space of a few short hours on the afternoon of 9/11. This revelation is staggering enough considering its blatant contradiction to what has been, all along, the official cause of the "collapse." But the fact that the building was buried under tons of debris and consumed in flames at the time makes his comments all the more baffling.
There's a compelling theory that bombs had been planted inside the twin towers. Even a handful of seasoned professional firefighters and demolition men have commented on how neatly and evenly the towers had collapsed. Mr. Silberstein’s bewildering statements in "America Rebuilds..." give an exponential boost in credence to this claim and, in a more terrifying light, loan credibility to growing suspicions that the attacks of 9/11 may have been an inside job.
Engineers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation investigated oil contamination in the debris of WTC 7. Their principal interest was directed to the various oils involved in the Con Ed equipment. However, they reported the following findings on fuel oil: "In addition to Con Ed's oil, there was a maximum loss of 12,000 gallons of diesel from two underground storage tanks registered as 7WTC." To date, the NY State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DEC have recovered approximately 20,000 gallons from the other two intact 11,600-gallon underground fuel oil storage tanks at WTC 7.
It is worth emphasizing that 20,000 gallons (of a maximum of 23,200 gallons) where recovered intact from the two 12,000-gallon Silverstein tanks. So, it is probable that the 20,000 gallons recovered was all of the oil in the tanks at that time. Since the oil in the Silverstein tanks survived, we can surmise that there was no fire on the ground floor.
Note that the size of a 12,000 gallon tank would be a little less than 12 feet by 12 feet by 12 feet (if built as a cube).
Based on the listings in Table 5.2, it is probable that the 20,000 gallons that were recovered were from the Silverstein Properties' emergency power system. The data obtained from Silverstein indicate that the pumping rate from their tanks was 4.4 gpm. If the Silverstein pump had started pumping at 10 a.m., when Con Ed shut down power to the building immediately following the collapse of WTC 2, and continued pumping until the collapse of WTC 7 at 5:20 p.m., less than 2,000 gallons would have been used. The residual 20,000 gallons found in the two 12,000-gallon tanks, therefore, can not be used as an indicator of whether or not the Silverstein generator sets were on line and running.
Similarly, the SSB pump, which had a pumping rate of 75 gpm, would have drained the two 6,000 gallon tanks serving that system in less than 3 hours. This could have accounted for the lost 12,000 gallons reported by EPA or the tanks could have been ruptured and the oil spilled into the debris pile.
This is very dishonest. The figure of 12,000 gallons was the maximum quantity of fuel oil that could possibly be missing. This figure would include, for example, the difference between the actual quantity of fuel oil in the tanks at the time (which would not necessarily be known) and the maximum quantity that the tanks could hold. Consequently, this estimate of 12,000 gallons would include a provision for fuel oil that never existed.
Why would this man destroy his own buildings?
Six months before the attacks on the World Trade Center, the World Trade Center was "privatized" by being leased to a private sector developer. The lease was purchased by the Silverstein Group for $3.2 billion 6 weeks before 911. But the World Trade Towers were not the real estate prize the Silverstein Group might have been led to believe. The towers required some $200 million in renovations and improvements, most of which related to removal and replacement of building materials declared to be health hazards in the years since the towers were built. Other New York developers had been driven into bankruptcy by the costly mandated renovations, and $200 million represented an entire year's worth of revenues from the World Trade Towers.
The attacks on 9/11 changed the picture. Instead of renovation, Silverstein is rebuilding, funded by the insurance coverage on the property which 'fortuitously' covered acts of terrorism. Even better, Silverstein filed TWO insurance claims for the maximum amount of the policy, based on the two, in Silverstein's view, seperate attacks. The total potential payout is $7.1 billion, more than enough to build a fabulous new complex and leave a hefty profit for the Silverstein Group, including Larry Silverstein himself.
As reported in The Washington Post, the insurance company, Swiss Re, has gone to court to argue that the 9/11 disaster was only one attack, not two and that therefore the insurance payout should be limited to $3.55 billion, still enough to rebuild the complex. The destruction of the World Trade Towers may make Silverstein one of the wealthiest men alive.
Giuliani Was Warned About The Demolitions
Before either of the Twin Towers had collapsed, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his associates were told to leave the headquarters that they had set up within Building 7.
" We were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was gonna collapse," Rudolph Giuliani told Peter Jennings of ABC News that morning, "and it did collapse before we could get out of the building."
Mind you, no steel building had ever collapsed because of a fire in the world’s history. So, how did they know that the Twin Towers were going to collapse if it was such an unprecedented occurrence?
More Smoking Guns
The South Tower (the first one to collapse) had absolutely no reason to collapse. Most of its jet fuel sprayed outside on impact (which would eliminate the melting theory), and the plane did not even touch the center columns. The Towers' concrete was pulverized....in MID-AIR!--Impossible!
You can prove this to yourself by dropping a concrete block from a height of, say, 20 feet. The block may break into several pieces, but it will not turn into powder. Even if you were to drop a piece of concrete from the height of the Towers--1360 feet--it still would not turn into powder when it hit the ground.
Rubble falling through the Towers encountered no more resistance than air!--Impossible!
1000 vertical feet of intact vertical structure should have been slowing the rubble inside the footprint of the building! Since the steel structure should have provided hundreds, if not thousands of times the resistance of air, it must have been demolished ahead of the falling masses that were above.
Mind you, the Twin Towers were not your average skyscrapers, THEY WERE 110 STORIES TALL!!! I emphasize this because in order to demolish a 110 story building, it would take a hell of a lot of explosives. But more importantly, the demolition would create a tremendous amount of debris, no matter how neat you tried to be about it. And you wanna know what, the Twin Towers collapsing did just that: Some pieces of the perimeter wall were thrown laterally 500 feet. FIVE HUNDRED FEET! Hello people, that means it EXPLODED!
If a building were to collapse naturally, and somehow did manage to create a mushroom cloud, then that mushroom cloud would not start forming until all of the building had collapsed. For the mushroom cloud to start forming at the beginning of the collapse shows you that it was not the "opposite-reaction" force of the ground that created the cloud.
The reason given for the collapse of the Twin Towers is that floor trusses at the aircraft impact level failed due to an inferno generated by aircraft fuel which turned the impacted floors into an 800ºC or 1800ºF furnace capable of casting aluminum and glazing pottery. Well, a lot of people and firefighters were able to make cellphones calls in that heat! So there was not such heat!!
When Chief Palmer radioed from the 78th floor,...Chief Palmer could see only two pockets of fire, and called for a pair of engine companies to fight them. the impact zone, which ran from the 78th to the 84th floors. source: Lost Voices of Firefighters, Some on 78th Floor New York Times, August 4, 2002 By JIM DWYER and FORD FESSENDEN http://www.mishalov.com/wtc_lostvoicesfiredept.html
One of the first firefighters in the stricken second tower, Louie Cacchioli, 51, told People Weekly on Sept. 24: "I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there were bombs set in the building." http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=245
NYC fireman in clip: "As if they had detonated... ...as if they were planning to take out a building" source: Videos of Eyewitness Recollections of Collapses Firemen recall "detonations" in South Tower http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/videos/index.html
In fact, the NYFD had no problem at all fighting the WTC fires. NYFD Channel 30 Audiotape (3.6mb wma file) Note: Several portions of the tape have been classified. This portion lasts from 8:45 AM to 9:58 AM Eastern Time.
The NYFD audiotape reveals that the fires were under control, not raging infernos that could melt steel. The tape alone proves that the official story of the WTC collapse is a complete and total lie. And, the real reason why the rest of the tape has been classified is because it reveals the obvious truth.
The New York Times --" Nowhere on tape is there any indication that firefighters had slightest indication that Tower had become unstable or could fall." --" Fire department tape reveals no awareness of imminent doom."
It wasn't 800ºC or 1800ºF in there! That requires pure oxygen. The photograph above shows the aircraft impact area of Tower 1. A closer look shows a female survivor (red rectangle) looking out from the impact area. How did this person survive an 800ºC inferno? Because there was no such inferno.
How come Fire Department experts, on their walkie-talkies, stated that they got high up in one of the buildings; that the fire they saw was not that bad; and that other firemen should bring up hoses because the fire could easily be brought under control. Yet, shortly after making such a report, the buildings got pulverized and collapsed all the way down.
Figure 5-13 Pedestrian bridge (bottom center) still standing after WTC 2 has collapsed, sending substantial dust and *debris onto the street, but before WTC 1 (top center) has collapsed.
Evidence of Controlled Demolition by: Geronimo Jones
It was a picture perfect day in September. I was watering some plants on my terrace and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather when I heard the sound of a plane flying low. Within seconds I watched in horror as the unthinkable unfolded, right in my backyard!
The shock was overwhelming. My first thought was that it was a terrorist attack. But one thing the reporters left out was something I witnessed first hand. A very important omission at that!
Seconds before the South Tower crumbled to its doom, I heard/felt a series of explosions. Same with the North Tower. There was no denying it, I could FEEL the vibrations of them like a small earthquake. Yet when I turned on the news none of the other eyewitnesses commented on this.
Indeed, in the days that followed, like many Americans, I remained glued to the news networks to keep myself informed of any developments and confirm what I had witnessed. But despite the numerous eyewitness accounts, there was still no mention of the explosions. I decided to examine the evidence for myself…
THE OFFICIAL STORY
The above is an image of a towers cross-section provided by our good friends at BBC news. Here is the link if you wish to read the publicly accepted theory of what happened. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/1540044.stm
In a nutshell, this article claims that the collapse of the towers was direct result of the plane crashes, whose fires blazing hot from the jet fuel, created temperatures in excess of 800C and caused the steel supports to melt, leading to the towers collapse. Case closed.
Although the news networks gobbled this story up instantly, I had my doubts ever since they failed to report the explosions.
It was time to do some serious homework to figure out what actually happened… My first question was HOW TOUGH WERE THE TOWERS?
A lead engineer who worked on the WTC expressed shock that the towers collapsed from plane crashes. Lee Robertson, the tower's structural engineer, addressed the problem of terrorism in the plans for the building, claiming he “designed it for a (Boeing) 707 to hit it.” Lets examine Mr. Robertsons handiwork a bit more and take a look at how these towers were made…
Those 4 cranes you see in the photo, are perched atop the central support core of the tower. This core is built of sheer concrete reinforced by 44 beams of construction grade steel which were sealed in asbestos. As you can see, it takes up the majority of the towers footprint. Here is a more accurate sketch of the floorplan…
Compare it to the BBC version further above...Funny how millions of people will see this drawing with 4 steel beams and think it is accurate! Moving on, check out the approach angles of the planes in relation to the positioning of the cores...
Notice how the North Tower takes a direct hit, perpendicular to the core, while the South Tower takes more of an angular hit, almost parallel to the core structure.
Now take this knowledge of the core positions and apply it to the following diagram…
As you can see, the fuel barely grazes the core of the South Tower, with most of it burning outside the building in a huge fireball, yet the South Tower is the first one to fall. Why?
The official story claims it was because the tower was struck lower and had more weight on top of the area of the impact. In light of this theory, I still could not shake the memory of the explosions I heard and felt.
Apparently I was not the only one…
EYEWITNESSES SPEAK OUT
USA Today Interviews Final Survivor of WTC Disaster "As he left the building, (Ronald DiFrancesco) saw a fireball rolling toward him. He put his arms in front of his face. He woke up three days later at St. Vincent's hospital. His arms were burned. Some bones were broken. His lungs were singed. But he was alive – the last person out of the south tower. "
The Account of Two Photographers of 911 Don Halasy: "As I turned to run, a wall of warm air came barrelling toward me. I tried to outrace it, but it swept me up and literally blew me into the wall of a building. By the time I regained my footing, a hailstorm of debris was falling from the sky." (Notice how the “hailstorm of debris” fell from the sky moments AFTER Halasay was thrown to the ground. This is a crucial detail!)
David Handschuh: "Instinctively I lifted the camera up, and something took over that probably saved my life. And that was to run rather than take pictures. I got down to the end of the block and turned the corner when a wave – a hot, solid, black wave of heat threw me down the block. It literally picked me up off my feet, and I wound up about a block away. "
What each of these witnesses are describing is known as the “shockwave effect”. When an explosion goes off, extremely high temperatures are generated in a small amount of time and space. This abrupt shift in temperature causes the air to push outwards with violent force, seeking to stabilize itself. The result is a blast of hot air radiating in all directions.
For more evidence of this effect, check out the following video footage of a Czech helicopter crew who was filming the events of 911…
WMV video of Helicopter Crew experiencing severe shockwave (180K)
If the collapse alone had caused this shockwave, there should have been a delayed reaction, but you can clearly see the helicopter getting thrown back by the blast of air just as the first bit of debris touches the ground. This video evidence shows that an explosion occured moments before the collapse.
If you are still skeptical, then lets have a look at some professional reports. Civilians and journalists were not the only ones to report explosions …
THE FIREMEN UNCENSORED
Firefighter Transcript Made Public
Official: Battalion 3 to dispatch, we've just had another explosion. Official: Battalion 3 to dispatch, we've had additional explosion. Dispatcher: Received battalion command. Additional explosion . [...] Dispatcher: Battalion 5, be advised we're trying to contact Battalion 3 at this moment to report north tower just collapsed.
This transmission takes place a few moments before the North Tower Collapses…
MP3 of Firefighter Transmission (344K)
"We have numerous people covered in dust because of the secondary explosion..."
NBC Reporter Pat Dawson on the morning of 9-11:
...The Chief of Safety of the Fire Department of New York told me that...er...he thinks that there were actually devices that were planted in the building. One of the secondary devices he thinks that took place after the initial impact was, he thinks, may have been on the plane that crashed into one of the towers. The second device, he thinks, he speculates, was probably planted in the building...er... so that's what we have been told by...erm...Albert Turi who is the Chief of Safety for the New York City Fire Department, he told me that just moments ago.
You simply HAVE to check out the following video clip…
MPEG film of NY firemen discussing the explosions. (4.8MB)
Fireman1: Floor by floor it started popping out...
Fireman2: It was almost like they had detonators…
Fireman1: Yeah, detonators…
Fireman2: …planted to take down the building. boom-boom-boom-boom-boom….
Fireman1: All the way down. I was watching it and running..
The explosions these firemen describe can be seen in this photo by Bill Biggert, a photographer who was killed by the dust cloud moments after taking this shot.
What you are seeing in this photo are large numbers of 12' sections of perimeter columns flying out ahead of the dust cloud in what is very clearly an explosive event. He got very close to the North Tower just before it fell, and captured some amazing pictures of its collapse and of the previous damage from the WTC-2 collapse. What is clear especially in Biggert's picture is that the building is turning to dust as or even before it falls.
The above shows the lines of explosives being sequentially detonated floor by floor.
Look at the shaped charge that goes off, well ahead of the leading wave of debris.
Still not convinced? There is more…
More explosive evidence comes from the seismographs at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, 21 miles north of the WTC. This facility recorded strange seismic activity on September 11 that has still not been explained.
Seismographs (at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, 21 miles north of the WTC) prove that before each collapse, huge explosions went off under the Towers. While the aircraft crashes caused minimal earth shaking, significant earthquakes with unusual spikes occurred at the beginning of each collapse. The Palisades seismic data recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake during the 10-second collapse of the South Tower at 9:59:04 and a 2.3 quake during the 9-second collapse of the North Tower at 10:28:31.
The seismic records show that, as the collapses began, huge seismic spikes marked the moment the greatest energy went into the ground. The 2 strongest jolts were registered at the beginning of each collapse, well before the falling debris ever struck the earth. Note: The purpose of the underground explosions was to take out the Towers' supports before starting the demolitions.
--" As more and more and more and more and more emergency vehicles descended on the World Trade Center, I hear a second explosion in WTC 2, then a loud, low-frequency rumble that precipitates the unthinkable -- a collapse of all the floors above the point of explosion. First the top surface, containing the helipad, tips sideways in full view. Then the upper floors fall straight down in a demolition-style implosion, taking all lower floors with it, even those below the point of the explosion." [Neil Tyson, Vice President of the Planetary Society]
Info about the seismic data: http://uscrisis.lege.net/911
The Most Important Fact of All: The Towers Collapsed with Dead-Centered Symmetry. Achieving symmetric collapse--an engineering feat--is the objective of controlled demolition.
The above image is a seismographical readout at the time of the attacks and collapse of the WTC. You can clearly see on the top line the small peaks of the planes impacts.
But here is where it gets interesting, check out those two really BIG spikes on the 3rd and 4th lines. Those spikes represent the collapse of the towers. Notice the shape of these spikes, the highest peak is actually at the beginning. A strange anomaly when you consider the nature of a collapse is more gradual than explosive, with the vibrations becoming more and more intense as each floor collapses onto the next.
But this isn’t the case in the seismograph.
The Palisades seismic data recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake during the 10-second collapse of the South Tower at 9:59:04 and a 2.3 quake during the 8-second collapse of the North Tower at 10:28:31.
While the aircraft crashes caused minimal earth shaking, significant earthquakes with unusual spikes occurred at the beginning of each collapse. Not only that, but these two unexplained spikes are more than twenty times the amplitude of the other seismic waves associated with the collapses!
This seismic record shows that as the collapses began - a huge seismic spike marked the moment the greatest energy went into the ground. The strongest jolts were all registered at the beginning of the collapses, well before the falling debris struck the earth.
THE EXPERTS SPEAK OUT
Asked about these spikes seismologist Arthur Lerner-Lam, director of Columbia University's Center for Hazards and Risk Research told the American Free Press, "This is an element of current research and discussion. It is still being investigated." According to Lerner-Lam, "The ground shaking that resulted from the collapse of the towers was extremely small."
A "sharp spike of short duration" is how seismologist Thorne Lay of Univ. of California at Santa Cruz told AFP an underground explosion appears on a seismograph. Another seismologist, Won-Young Kim, stated that the Palisades seismographs register daily underground explosions from a quarry 20 miles away. These blasts are caused by 80,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate and cause local earthquakes between Magnitude 1 and 2.
Evidently, the energy source that shook the ground beneath the towers was many times more powerful than the total potential energy released by the falling mass of the huge towers.
DIGGING UP MORE EVIDENCE OF MOLTEN STEEL DUE TO THE BOMBS IN THE BASEMENT
To have a better understanding of what happened, lets take another look at how the WTC was built. Here is a photo of the construction of the towers foundation.
The foundations were 70 feet deep. At that level, 47 huge box columns, connected to the bedrock, supported the entire gravity load of the structures. The steel walls of these lower box columns were 4 inches thick.
This is where clean-up crew discovered hot spots of "literally molten steel" more than a month after the collapse. Such persistent and intense residual heat, 70 feet below the surface, required the help of a professional.
A call was placed to Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI) who arrived on the WTC site two days later and wrote the clean-up plan for the entire operation
American Free Press asked Loizeaux about the report of molten steel on the site. "Yes," he said, "hot spots of molten steel in the basements." These incredibly hot areas were found "at the bottoms of the elevator shafts of the main towers, down seven [basement] levels," Loizeaux said. The molten steel was found "three, four, and five weeks later, when the rubble was being removed," Loizeaux said. He said molten steel was also found at 7 WTC, which collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon.
What could have caused those box columns of 4-inch thick steel to melt like this?
EXAMINING THE HEAT OF GROUND ZERO
Five days after the collapse, on September 16, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used an Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) to locate and measure the site's hot spots.
Dozens of hot spots were mapped. The hottest spots at the surface of the rubble, where abundant oxygen was available, showed a temperature of 1377° F (747° C). This is, however, less than half as hot at the molten steel in the basement.
Construction steel has an extremely high melting point of about 2,800° Fahrenheit (1535° Celsius). Kerosene-based jet fuel, paper, or the other combustibles normally found in the towers, cannot generate this much heat, especially in an oxygen-poor environment like a deep basement.
It should be noted that one of the few things capable of producing such extreme temperatures in these conditions is thermite, a chemical compound used in demolition explosives.
TOO HOT FOR JET FUEL
It has been calculated that if the entire 10,000 gallons of jet fuel from the aircraft was injected into just one floor of the World Trade Center, that the jet fuel burnt with the perfect efficency, that no hot gases left this floor and that no heat escaped this floor by conduction, then the jet fuel could have only raised the temperature of this floor to, at the very most, 536°F (280°C). You can find the calculation here.
Another reason that we know the fires were not serious enough to cause structural failure, is that witnesses tell us this. The impact floors of the south tower were 78-84. Here are a few words from some of the witnesses:
Stanley Praimnath was on the 81st floor of the south tower:
The plane impacts. I try to get up and then I realize that I'm covered up to my shoulder in debris. And when I'm digging through under all this rubble, I can see the bottom wing starting to burn, and that wing is wedged 20 feet in my office doorway
Donovan Cowan was in an open elevator at the 78th floor sky-lobby:
We went into the elevator. As soon as I hit the button, that's when there was a big boom. We both got knocked down. I remember feeling this intense heat. The doors were still open. The heat lasted for maybe 15 to 20 seconds I guess. Then it stopped.
Ling Young was in her 78th floor office:
Only in my area were people alive, and the people alive were from my office. I figured that out later because I sat around in there for 10 or 15 minutes...
The official story claims that temperatures, exceeding 800 degrees Celsius, were hot enough to cause the trusses of the south tower to fail, but here we have eye-witnesses stating that temperatures were cool enough for them to walk away.
YOU BE THE JUDGE
Lets examine some video footage of these explosions. A few of these downloads may take a while, but are worth it if you are not yet convinced…
NORTH TOWER COLLAPSE (MPEG 4.3 MB) This footage was shot by a camera mounted on a tripod. Notice how, moments before the collapse, the ground shakes for a full 3 seconds. This was the very same vibration I felt right before the towers fell!
The towers fell in roughly 10 seconds, that is, that they fell at about the same rate that an object falls through air.
The fact that the towers fell this quickly (essentially at the rate of free-fall) is conclusive evidence that they were deliberately demolished.
Believing that there is nothing wrong with the towers collapsing so quickly, is roughly analogous to believing that people pass through closed doors as quickly as they pass through open doors.
The fact that they fell at such a rate means that they encountered essentially no resistance from the supposedly undamaged parts of the structure. That is, no resistance was encountered from any of the immensely strong parts of the structure that had held the building up for the last 30 years. This just doesn't happen, unless, of course, the lower part of the building has lost its structural integrity (And this is usually due to the detonation of a multitude of small explosive charges as seen in controlled demolitions).
You have seen the evidence. The footage, the eyewitness reports, the seismographs, the infrared shots, the molten steel. They all point to one thing…
The World Trade Center was not destroyed by terrorists. It was a controlled demolition, an inside job!
FEMA CLAIMS IGNORANCE
While steel is often tested for evidence of explosions, despite numerous eyewitness reports of explosions in the towers, the engineers involved in the FEMA-sponsored building assessment did no such tests.
Dr. W. Gene Corley, who investigated for the government the cause of the fire at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing, headed the FEMA-sponsored engineering assessment of the WTC collapse. Corley told AFP that while some tests had been done on the 80 pieces of steel saved from the site, he said he did not know about tests that show if an explosion had affected the steel. "I am not a metallurgist," he said.
SELLING THE EVIDENCE OVERSEAS
Much of the structural steel from the WTC was sold to Alan D. Ratner of Metal Management of Newark, New Jersey, and the New York-based company Hugo Neu Schnitzer East. Ratner, who heads the New Jersey branch of the Chicago-based company, quickly sold the WTC steel to overseas companies, reportedly selling more than 50,000 tons of steel to a Shanghai steel company known as Baosteel for $120 per ton. Ratner paid about $70 per ton for the steel. Other shipments of steel from the WTC went to India and other Asian ports.
So why have you not heard of this until now? Where is the media coverage? The public outrage?
WITNESSES SILENCED BY GOVERNMENT
Can you say "repression"?
NEW YORK COURT CENSORS TESTIMONIES OF 911
(1) denied the motion of nine family members of persons who died on 9/11 for leave to intervene as petitioners (Family Members), and
(2) directed disclosure of the oral histories albeit redacted to delete the employees' personal expressions of feelings, opinions and recommendations.
…Not falling within the intra-agency exception are the personal expressions of feelings contained in the oral histories, and we accordingly modify to direct disclosure of such expressions.
In other words, if a firefighter who was interviewed said, "I heard what sounded like explosions and I think it was bombs that took down those towers, it was all so horrible", the press will merely get the portion that says: "it was all so horrible".
There is more..
(3) directed disclosure of the 911 tapes and transcripts albeit redacted to delete the opinions and recommendations of respondent's employees, and further redacted to delete the words of 911 callers other than those related to the Family Members, unanimously modified, on the law, to grant the motion to intervene, and to direct disclosure of respondent's employees' personal expressions of feeling contained in the oral histories, and otherwise affirmed, without costs.
Translation for you non-lawyer types: The transcripts of tapes of the calls that people made to 911 on that day will not be released at all because the Court said they would invade the privacy of the surviving families - even though surviving family members indicated to the Court that they waived such rights to privacy.
There is one higher court in New York that this decision could be appealed to, the Court of Appeals, but I have seen no reports on whether the New York Times plans on appealing it. These same records will not even make it to the 9-11 Commission without deletions.
So much for justice for all! But the testimonies, the evidence and the truth are still there. All you have to do is search for them!
New York Fire Department Under Official Gag Order on 911?
For those who don't want to believe the 911 Researchers, here, listen to the Fireman themselves!
Explosive Video - New York Firefighters Telling of 911 Controlled Demolition, Bombs!
More Cover Up
Fire Engineering Magazine
--" The structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers."
--" On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there was bombs set in the building." [Louie Cacchioli, NYFD firefighter]
--" There was smoke everywhere. I heard the bomb and saw both buildings crumble like biscuits." [Nadine Keller, an eyewitness]
On September 11th, an explosives expert said that explosives brought down the Towers. And then strangely, 10 days later, he changed his mind under duress: http://www.public-action.com/911/jmcm/ABQjournal (Note: The updated article is at the top of the page, and the original is at the bottom).
A classic "media blackout" went into effect: The American Free Press
--"The mainstream media is ignoring eyewitness accounts of bombs that exploded inside the World Trade Center before the collapse of the Twin Towers. Despite reports from numerous eyewitnesses and experts, including news reporters on the scene, who heard or saw explosions immediately before the collapse of the World Trade Center, there has been virtual silence in the mainstream media."
When the Towers were wired with additional explosives than required by the building code:
On the weekend of September 8th/9th, there was a "power down" condition in Tower 2, because of a supposedly needed "cabling upgrade." This is when Tower 2's explosives were placed.
Read the full article here: http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2004/04/1691636.php
Remember these facts:
-Both Towers collapsed in exactly the same way.
-After their respective plane crashes, Tower 1 stood for only 42 minutes longer than Tower 2 did.
-Both Towers were hit by planes.
-Both Towers had shredded steel in their rubble.
Hence, Tower 1 and Tower 2 had to have come down for the SAME REASON. So, it is not as if Tower 1 gave way because of melting steel, and Tower 2 gave way because of a structural failure.
The Towers had robust self-supporting core structures--abundantly cross-braced, and anchored directly to bedrock.
A mushroom cloud is a dead giveaway of a demolition.
The steel was shredded into bits and pieces, something that would be impossible for a building that simply collapsed.
The Towers' concrete was pulverized....in MID-AIR!--Impossible!
Rubble falling through the Towers encountered no more resistance than air!--Impossible!
The South Tower (the first one to collapse) had absolutely no reason to collapse. Most of its jet fuel sprayed outside on impact (which would eliminate the melting theory), and the plane did not even touch the center columns.
Televised images of the attacks on the World Trade Center suggest that explosives devices caused the collapse of both towers, a New Mexico Tech explosion expert said Tuesday. The collapse of the buildings appears "too methodical" to be a chance result of airplanes colliding with the structures, said Van Romero, vice president for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
"My opinion is, based on the videotapes, that after the airplanes hit the World Trade Center there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse," Romero said. Romero is a former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at Tech, which studies explosive materials and the effects of explosions on buildings, aircraft and other structures.
Romero said he based his opinion on video aired on national television broadcasts. Romero said the collapse of the structures resembled those of controlled implosions used to demolish old structures. "It would be difficult for something from the plane to trigger an event like that, "Romero said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C.
Romero said he and another Tech administrator were on a Washington-area subway when an airplane struck the Pentagon. He said he and Denny Peterson, vice president for administration and finance, were en route to an office building near the Pentagon to discuss defense-funded research programs at Tech.
If explosions did cause the towers to collapse, the detonations could have been caused by a small amount of explosive, he said. "It could have been a relatively small amount of explosives placed in strategic points," Romero said. The explosives likely would have been put in more than two points in each of the towers, he said.
ROMERO SAID THAT IF HIS SCENARIO IS CORRECT, THE DIVERSIONARY ATTACK WOULD HAVE BEEN THE COLLISION OF THE PLANES INTO THE TOWERS.
The Military's Psy-Op
The psy-op (psychological operation) at work here was that we were supposed to put 2 & 2 together. The military's plan was that if we saw 2 planes crash into 2 buildings, and then both of those buildings collapsed, we were supposed to assume that one thing was directly related to the other. When in reality, they were 2 completely separate entities. That is: The planes crashing into the Towers had nothing at all to do with the Towers actually collapsing. Your brain is relating the smoke caused from the planes with the smoke of the mushroom clouds.....TELL YOUR BRAIN TO STOP DOING THAT THIS SECOND.....THAT IS PSY-OP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Usually, the U.S. Military's psy-ops are much better than this, with more elements of confusion and a more aggressive attack at your sensory perception. On the contrary, the WTC psy-op was indeed a poor effort by them.
So, here is an easy way to get "un-sopped" so to speak, from the WTC psy-op: Just imagine that the 2 planes had never crashed. Then, view the collapse of the Towers. Once you have done this, then the demolition of the Towers will become quite obvious.
More Video and audio clips:
And, if you are still in denial, then here is some EXPERT analysis about the WTC collapse:
The World Trade Center Demolition and the So-Called War on Terrorism
U.S. (SSL): https://serendipity.fakelabs.org/
The Twin Towers' Demolition
• Tower collapses were the most deadly and traumatic events of 9/11.
• If collapses were caused by demolition, official story collapses.
• Osama bin Ladin did not have the means to demolish the buildings from within.
• Demolition is an all-or-nothing proposition: There is no plausible deniability.
The Official Story Collapses Under Scrutiny
• the official timeline and narrative told by the media: The towers collapsed.
• what's wrong with the official story?
o Fires have never destroyed steel buildings.
o The collapses were not investigated.
o The physical evidence was destroyed.
o The official explanations are ludicrous.
o The evidence indicates demolition.
o Demolition is provable.
The Narrative of the Attack Told by the Media
* the facts were changed to protect the perpetrators
• 8:15 AM: Flight 11 is hijacked with knives.
• 8:42 AM: Flight 175 is hijacked with knives.
• 8:46 AM: Flight 77 is hijacked with knives.
• 8:46 AM: 1 World Trade Center is hit by a jet.
• 9:03 AM: 2 World Trade Center is hit by a jet.
• 9:16 AM: Flight 93 is hijacked with knives.
• 9:43 AM: The Pentagon is hit by Flight 77.
• WTC 6 blows up
• 9:59 AM: 2 World Trade Center collapses.
• 10:28 AM: 1 World Trade Center collapses.
• 5:20 PM: 7 World Trade Center collapses.
The news anchors emphatically stated that the towers collapsed, and fell down. None suggested they blew up or exploded.
What's wrong with this story?
• Fires have never destroyed steel buildings.
• The collapses were not seriously investigated.
• The evidence was destroyed.
• The official explanations are ludicrous.
• The evidence indicates demolition.
• Demolition is provable.
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Only Demolition and Severe Earthquakes Have Leveled Skyscrapers
Steel frame highrises have been in use for over a century.
• No steel-frame highrise has ever collapsed due to fire.
• Other skyscrapers have been ravaged by severe fires. Examples include:
o One Meridian Plaza fire blazed for 18 hours, gutting 8 floors.
o First Interstate Bank Building fire burned for 3/1/2 hours, gutting 4 floors.
Both fires exhibited:
o large emergent flames
o extensive window-breakage
o blazes filling multiple entire floors
These fires were much worse than those in the Twin Towers or Building 7.Neither fire significantly damaged vertical steel columns.
• Outside demolition, total collapses of steel buildings are extremely rare, even in the
The total collapses of the Twin Towers and Building 7 were (based on the official story) the 3 largest engineering failures in the history of the world.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) made sure there was no real investigation.
• No investigation was funded.
• FEMA assembled a group of volunteer investigators: the Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT).
• The BPAT investigators were not allowed access to Ground Zero. They were only allowed to examine the few large pieces of steel that made it to FishKills landfill.
• They had to guess where those pieces came from.
• By the time BPAT published their report: The World Trade Center Building Performance Study, Ground Zero had been scrubbed.
• The report pretended to explain the collapse of the North Tower. Neither the South Tower nor Building 7's collapse was explained.
Destruction of Evidence
The evidence of the 3 largest structural failures in history -- the structural steel -- was removed and recycled as quickly as possible.
• The city accepted a plan by Controlled Demolition Inc. for the recycling of the steel, 11 days after the attack.
• The steel was sold to scrap metal vendors for a low price.
• The vast majority of the steel was quickly removed to ships destined for blast furnaces in India and China.
• New infrastructure was build to accelerate the removal.
• Investigators were barred from Ground Zero. People were threatened with arrest for taking photographs.
• The evidence destruction operation was conducted over the concerted objections of victims' family members and the firefighting community.
Evidence Surviving the Cleanup Operation
Although the physical evidence was destroyed, photographic, video, and eyewitness evidence survives.
This evidence shows:
• Dust and fragments were ejected from the towers at high velocities.
• The tops of the towers exploded into descending mushrooming clouds of dust
• The mushrooming dust clouds remained centered as they devoured the towers.
• The dust clouds grew to volumes several times the buildings' volumes, and covered Lower Manhattan with dust.
• The non-metallic components of the towers and their contents were pulverized to sub-100 micron dust.
• The steel superstructures were shredded.
• Intense heat in the basements melted the foundations of the core columns.
Explosive Ejections of Dust and Pieces
• Thick dust clouds spewed from towers in all directions, at around 50 feet/second.
• Solid objects were thrown ahead of the dust -- a feature of explosive demolition.
• The steel was thoroughly cleansed of its spray-on insulation.
• Some pieces of the perimeter wall were thrown laterally 500 feet.
• Energetic ejections of dust occurred below the rapidly descending demolition wave in each tower.
• Squib velocities exceed 200 feet/second.
• Aluminum cladding was blown 500 feet in all directions.
Each tower exploded in a smooth wave -- not discrete explosions, but a continuous wave of explosive destruction that moved down the tower.
• South Tower demolition wave, with audio
• North Tower demolition wave showing squibs
The Towers' Tops Mushroomed
• Each tower began to explode into a cloud of dust Within a second of the start of its collapse,
• The mushrooming clouds fell and expanded rapidly
• The clouds remained centered around each tower's vertical axis.
• The mushrooming clouds expanded to 3 times each tower's diameter by 5 seconds, and 5 times their diameter by 10 seconds.
The Towers Collapsed with Dead-Centered Symmetry
• The towers collapsed straight-down.
Discounting demolition, they followed the path of most resistance.
• The South Tower first began to tip, but then became more symmetric.
• Achieving symmetric collapse -- an engineering feat -- is the objective of controlled demolition.
Each Tower Disappeared into a Volcano-like Cloud of Dust
The dense dust clouds that replaced the towers resembled pyroclastic flows studied by vulcanologists.
• The dust clouds rapidly expanded to many times each tower's volume.
• The dust clouds advanced down streets around 30 MPH.
• The clouds were dense enough to pick up and carry people.
Non-Metallic Building Parts and Contents Were Thoroughly Pulverized
• The concrete, glass, drywall, insulation, and other non-metallic building parts were pulverized to mostly sub-100 micron powder.
• Nearly all office contents were pulverized beyond recognition.
• 1000 bodies were "vaporized", preventing identification, even with advanced DNA techniques.
The towers turned to dust
The Steel Structure Was Shredded
• The perimeter wall was shattered into small pieces, mostly less than 30 feet long.
• The core columns were chopped into sections no more than a few stories long.
• Mny perimeter column sections were ripped from s pandrell plates at the welds.
Intense Heat Persisted for Months
• Fires continued to burn deep in the rubble pile for 100 days, despite the spraying of water onto the pile.
• When the rubble was cleared, pools of previously melted steel were discovered at the foundations.
• Temperatures needed to melt steel (1535+ C) could not have been caused by residual hydrocarbon fires. Usually one needs a blast furnace to melt steel.
Some Proofs of Demolition
• The towers' concrete was pulverized in the air.
• The steel superstructures of the towers provided no more resistance to the falling rubble than air.
• The volume of the dust clouds produced by the collapses indicates heat energy far in excess of gravitation energy.
• The South Tower's top shattered before falling into intact structure.
Proofs 1 and 2 require only common sense. Proof 3 uses basic thermodynamics, and Proof 4 uses basic mechanics.
The Towers' Concrete Was Pulverized in Mid-Air
Photographs and videos document dense clouds of pulverized concrete dust being ejected from the towers within the first seconds of the collapses. That these thick opaque light-colored clouds carried the bulk of the floor-slab concrete is verified by the composition and fallout pattern of dust around Ground Zero.
Within the first few seconds of the collapses, the motion of the falling top relative to the intact structure was only a few feet per second. Clearly the speed of the falling top relative to the building was insufficient to convert concrete to fine powder.
You can prove this to yourself by dropping a concrete block from a height of, say, 20 feet. The block may break into several pieces, but it will not turn to powder. Even if you were to drop a piece of concrete from the height of the towers -- 1360 feet -- it would not turn to powder when it hit the ground.
Rubble Falling Through Towers Encountered No More Resistance than Air
Given the mushrooming of the tops, most of the mass fell outside the footprint of the building.
• An object in a vacuum would take 9.2 seconds to fall from the towers' height.
• It took the rubble from the towers' tops about 13-16 seconds to reach the ground, both inside and outside of the tower's footprint.
• Air resistance was the only thing slowing the descent of the rubble outside the footprint.
• 1000 vertical feet of intact vertical structure would have been slowing the rubble inside the footprint, barring demolition.
Since a steel structure should have provided hundreds, if not thousands, of times the resistance of air, it must have been demolished ahead of the falling mass.
Dust Cloud Expansion Energy Sink Vastly Exceeded Gravitation Energy Source
• Dust cloud of North Tower expanded to about 5 times building volume by 30 seconds from collapse start.
• Heat energy is required to produce expansion:
Ideal gas law: PV = nRT where:
• P = pressure
• V = volume
• T = absolute temperature
• Heat required over 10X gravitational potential energy.
o energy required for 3.4X expansion is on the order of 1,500,000 KWH.
o gravitational energy was about 100,000 KWH.
CNN video of North Tower collapse
The South Tower's Top Disintegrated as it Fell
• The curvature of the wall shows about 30 stories above crash zone had shattered less than 2 seconds into the collapse
• Angular momentum of the tipping top vanished. Only the disappearance of the moment of inertia through the disintegration of the top can explain this.
Conclusion: The Twin Towers Were Deliberately Demolished
• The demolitions must have been set up before the attack.
• It was an inside job -- not the work of Osama bin Ladin.
A Series of Explanations Was Promoted to Explain the Collapses
• the killer fires (or core meltdown) theory
• the column failure (or wet noodle) theory
• the truss failure (or zipper and domino) theory
Both the column and truss failure theories are variants of the "pancake theory". (See my taxonomy of collapse theories.)
The Killer Fires or Core Meltdown theory
We heard numerous references to the unimaginably intense infernos, with comparisons to the heat output of nuclear power plants.
The BBC quoted "structural engineer" Chris Wise:
It was the fire that killed the buildings. There's nothing on earth that could survive those temperatures with that amount of fuel burning. The columns would have melted, the floors would have melted and eventually they would have collapsed one on top of each other.
The Killer Fires Theory is Pure Fantasy
The simple facts of temperatures:
• 1535 C - melting point of steel
• ~825 C - maximum temperature of hydrocarbon fires burning in the atmosphere without pressurization or pre-heating (premixed fuel and air - blue flame)
Diffuse flames burn far cooler. Oxygen-starved diffuse flames are cooler yet.
The fires in the towers were diffuse -- well below 800 C.
Their dark smoke showed they were oxygen-starved -- particularly in the South Tower.
The Column Failure, or Wet Noodle, Theory
Heat from fires causes columns to loose most of their strength precipitating a progressive collapse.
• Endorsed in a paper Why Did the World Trade Center Collapse?-Simple Analysis by Bazant and Zhou. Uses elastic dynamic analysis to conclude:
"The structural resistance is found to be an order of magnitude less than necessary for survival."
o Published on September 13, 2001.
o Authors pull numbers out of thin air.
o Reveals authors' ignorance of structural engineering, and of the towers' design.
o Described as "simple and approximate", yet no other papers have quantitatively analyzed collapses.
• Endorsed by Silverstein insurance claim investigation.
The Column Failure Theory is Inapplicable
The fires were not hot enough to cause column failures.
• Theory (Bazant & Zhou) assumes all columns on a floor were raised to 800 C.
o Fires did not cover an entire floor in either tower.
o None of the features of 700+ C fires were observed:
steel glowing red-hot
extensive window breakage
big bright emergent flames
light smoke (not seen after first few minutes)
• Fires have never caused column failure in steel structures.
• Steel structures stay far below flame temperatures, because of steel's thermal conductivity.
o Chorus Construction performed extensive tests subjecting uninsulated steel-frame carparks to prolonged hydrocarbon-fueled fires.
The highest recorded steel temperatures were 360 C.
Column Failure Would Not Level the Towers
• All 287 columns would have to have weakened to the point of collapse in an instant to cause the telescoping seen in North Tower.
Asymmetric damage cannot produce such a symmetric result.
• Even if simultaneous column failure caused the building to start crushing itself straight down, it would either stop, or be deflected to the side and topple.
• Of collapse causes other than controlled demolition, only earthquakes can cause the simultaneous damage needed to cause total collapse.
Enter the Truss Failure Theory
With the evidence blatantly contradicting the column failure theory, the truss failure theory was trotted out.
Since the lightweight trusses undergirding the floor slabs were not visible from the outside, it could be imagined that they became very hot, and softened enough succumb to their loads.
The failure of some the these trusses would be the first in a rapidly cascading chain-reaction of events resulting the total destruction of the buildings.
This is the theory that would be presented to the American public on popular science programs like NOVA. FEMA would endorse it in its World Trade Center Building Performance Assessment Report.
The Truss Failure, or Zipper and Domino, Theory
MIT materials professor Thomas Eagar has eagerly championed the truss failure theory with helpful metaphors. He was interviewed by NOVA in The Collapse: An Engineer's Perspective
Professor Eagar explains his zipper theory:
Once you started to get angle clips to fail in one area, it put extra load on other angle clips, and then it unzipped around the building on that floor in a matter of seconds.
Eager suggests the towers were designed to survive only a trashcan fire:
If it had only occurred in one little corner, such as a trashcan caught on fire, you might have had to repair that corner, but the whole building wouldn't have come crashing down. The problem was, it was such a widely
NOVA/Eagar Use Deceptive Techniques
Images and movies misrepresent the towers as flimsy structures just waiting to pancake:
o Omits cross-trusses, which would spoil zipper effect.
o Implies floors rested on trusses. In fact, trusses were bolted to steel floor pans every few inches.
• structural schematic:
o Core depicted as horizontal slabs instead of vertical columns.
o Spandrell plates linking perimeter columns are omitted.
• plane approaching:
o Plane is size of 747, over twice size
The Truss Failure Theory According to FEMA
FEMA's BPAT gave the truss failure theory the official stamp of legitimacy in their report.
They substitute service core for core structure to help the reader think the buildings were flimsy:
The service core in WTC 1 was oriented east to west, and the service core in WTC 2 was oriented north to south.
They say the perimeter and core columns would self-destruct if the floor diaphrams collapsed:
As the floors collapsed, this left tall freestanding portions of the exterior wall and possibly central core columns. As the unsupported height of these freestanding exterior wall elements increased, they buckled at the bolted column splice connections, and also collapsed.
The columns were not freestanding:
• The perimeter columns were grids with horizontal spandrell plates linking the columns.
• The core structures were lattices, densely cross-braced.
The service core in WTC 1 was oriented east to west, and the service core in WTC 2 was oriented north to south.
They say the perimeter and core columns would self-destruct if the floor diaphrams collapsed:
As the floors collapsed, this left tall freestanding portions of the exterior wall and possibly central core columns. As the unsupported height of these freestanding exterior wall elements increased, they buckled at the bolted column splice connections, and also collapsed.
The columns were not freestanding:
• The perimeter columns were grids with horizontal spandrell plates linking the columns.
• The core structures were lattices, densely cross-braced.
FEMA's Report Misrepresents the Tower's Construction
The towers were designed to withstand 140 MPH winds, in which event the floor diaphrams would help transfer lateral loads between perimeter walls and core. Absent such loads, the structural function of the floors were not in play.
Yet FEMA's report pretends the towers would instantly self-destruct if the floors fell away.
Key to this deception is hiding the strength of the core structures.
• Core column cross-sections are shown about 1/3rd their actual dimensions.
• Cross-bracing core beams are not shown.
The Towers had Robust Self-Supporting Core Structures
• 47 box columns a yard wide, steel 4" thick at base
• abundantly cross-braced
• capable of supporting the entire weight of building
• anchored directly to bedrock
• did not depend on floor diaphrams for support
The Truss Failure Theory is a Diversion
It avoids the glaring deficiencies of the column failure theory, but likewise doesn't begin to explain total collapse.
• Neither tower's fires covered even one entire floor.
• Eager's zipper scenario is impossible given the cross-trussing.
• The fall of a floor would easily be absorbed by the floor below.
• Some floors must have had large I-beams. Otherwise the building's tube-within-a-tube design made no sense.
• A domino effect collapse of the floor diaphrams would have left the perimeter wall and core standing -- The floors would have slid down the cores like records on a spindle.
Official Explanations Cannot Explain Total Collapses of Any Type
These explanations cannot begin to explain any kind of total collapse. (If damage due to impacts and fires were sufficient to cause some kind of collapse, it would have caused the tops to topple like trees, leaving the structures below the impact zones standing.)
The newly discovered ability of buildings to crush themselves is given the term: progressive total collapse.
Take the THE PROGRESSIVE COLLAPSE CHALLENGE !
They are even less able to explain the features of the collapses revealed by the surviving photographic and video evidence.
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Pre-9/11 World Trade Center Power-Down by Victor Thorn April 23
Did the World Trade Center towers undergo a deliberate “power-down” on the weekend prior to the 9-11 terrorist attacks? According to Scott Forbes, a senior database administrator for Fiduciary Trust, Inc. – a high-net investment bank which was later acquired by Franklin Templeton – this is precisely what took place.
Forbes, who was hired by Fiduciary in 1999 and is now stationed at a U.K. branch office, was working on the weekend of September 8-9, 2001, and said that his company was given three weeks advance notice that New York’s Port Authority would take out power in the South Tower from the 48th floor up. The reason: the Port Authority was performing a cabling upgrade to increase the WTC’s computer bandwidth.
Forbes stated that Fiduciary Trust was one of the WTC’s first occupants after it was erected, and that a “power-down” had never been initiated prior to this occasion. He also stated that his company put forth a huge investment in time and resources to take down their computer systems due to the deliberate power outage. This process, Forbes recalled, began early Saturday morning (September 8th) and continued until mid-Sunday afternoon (September 9th) – approximately 30 hours. As a result of having its electricity cut, the WTC’s security cameras were rendered inoperative, as were its I.D. systems, and elevators to the upper floors.
Forbes did stress, though, that there was power to the WTC’s lower floors, and that there were plenty of engineers going in-and-out of the WTC who had free access throughout the building due to its security system being knocked out. In an e-mail to journalist John Kaminski, author of The Day America Died (Sisyphus Press) and America’s Autopsy Report (Dandelion Books), Forbes wrote: “Without power there were no security cameras, no security locks on doors, and many, many ‘engineers’ coming in and out of the tower.”
Forbes didn’t think much of these occurrences at the time, and said that he worked until Monday morning (September 10th) to get all the computer systems back online.
Due to his IT-related duties on Saturday & Sunday, Forbes had Tuesday, September 11th off, and thus watched the World Trade Center towers collapse from his apartment. While doing so, he recalled, “I was convinced immediately that something was happening related to the weekend work.”
In addition, Forbes says there were other peculiarities revolving around this unreported event, including:
1) Fiduciary employees trapped between the 90-97th floors of the South Tower told family members (via cell-phone calls) that they were hearing “bomb-like explosions” throughout the towers.
2) Video cameras positioned atop the World Trade Center which were used to feed daily images to local television stations were inexplicably inoperative that morning.
3) A Fiduciary employee who was on one of the lower floors and escaped immediately after the first (North) tower was struck, reported that he was amazed by the large number of FBI agents that were already on the streets surrounding the WTC complex only minutes after the initial strike.
4) Last but not least, Ann Tatlock, CEO of Fiduciary Trust and now a board member of Franklin Templeton, had just arrived at a conference hosted by Warren Buffet at the Offutt Air Force Base (home of the U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska) when the 9-11 attacks took place.
Coincidentally, later that day President George W. Bush flew into this very same base on Air Force One for “security reasons.” Even more chilling are the Offutt AFB ties to the CIA’s MK ULTRA experiments, Project Monarch, the Franklin Cover-Up, and the diabolical practices of Michael Aquino. (Type any of these words into a search engine for more information.)
In the end, Forbes says that even though these disclosures could jeopardize his current employment, he has stepped forward because, “I have mailed this information to many people, including the 9/11 Commission, but no one seems to be registering these facts.”
Obviously there are many unanswered questions to this story, and we will keep you updated as more information arrives..."
Exclusive to American Free Press http://www.americanfreepress.net/07_14_02/Unexplained_9-11_/unexplained_9-11_.html By Christopher Bollyn
Unexplained 9-11 Explosion at WTC Complex
Despite the fact that the horrible events of Sept. 11 occurred in broad daylight and were widely photographed, significant aspects of the attacks have been completely suppressed by a media blackout.
A massive explosion, witnessed by millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated World Trade Center 6, the eight-story U.S. Customs building, although no national newspaper, other than American Free Press, has written a word about it.
Before the smoke had cleared from around the stricken South Tower, a mysterious explosion shot 550 feet into the air above the U.S. Customs House at WTC 6.
The unexplained blast occurred between the burning North Tower and the 47-story Salomon Brothers Building, known as WTC 7, immediately after United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the South Tower, at about 9:03 a.m.
The explosion at WTC 6 was shown afterward on CNN. But because it was not broadcast as it happened there has been some confusion about when it actually occurred.
The large amount of smoke seen cascading around the South Tower in the video led some observers to mistake the blast for a dust cloud from the subsequent collapse of the tower.
American Free Press contacted CNN to determine exactly when the footage was filmed.
CNN’s Public Affairs Department confirmed that the explosion shown in the footage occurred immediately after the second plane had crashed into the South Tower. When asked if the footage was taken at 9:04 a.m., the CNN archivist said “that’s correct.”
When asked if CNN could offer any explanation about what might have caused the blast that soared higher than the 47-story WTC 7 in the foreground, the archivist said: “We can’t figure it out.”
The affected space between WTC 7 and the North Tower was occupied by the Customs House building, also known as WTC 6. The building housed the offices of 760 employees of the Customs Service, a part of Treasury. Other federal agencies had offices in the building, including the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Labor, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. They did not return calls to AFP about the matter.
A spokesman for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which had an office with four employees on the sixth floor of the Customs House, confirmed the time of the explosion and told AFP that the employees had survived and been relocated. One private company, Eastco Building Services, Inc., reportedly leased space in the building.
Some 800 workers from WTC 6 were safely evacuated within 12 minutes of the first plane hitting the North Tower at about 8:46 a.m., according to a Sept. 18 Washington Post article by Stephen Barr.
The Barr piece is the only known article published about WTC 6. However, Barr failed to mention the explosion that apparently devastated the building just minutes after the workers had escaped with their lives.
AVOIDING THE SUBJECT
Although the Customs House apparently exploded at 9:04 a.m., the government-sponsored investigation was steered away from looking into what had actually happened.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency funded an investigation by the American Society of Civil Engineers. However, investigators were reportedly blocked from the building by an order from the New York City’s Department. of Design and Construction .
Kenneth Holden is commissioner of the DDC, having been appointed by the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani on Dec. 7, 1999.
Regarding the investigation of WTC 4, 5, and 6, FEMA’s “Building Performance” report says, “WTC 5 was the only building accessible for observation.” But, it adds, “the observations, findings, and recommendations are assumed to be applicable to all three buildings.”
A spokesman for FEMA told AFP that because the building was considered by DDC to be “very dangerous,” there was “no data collection” from WTC 6.
Dr. Gene Corley, one of the engineers who led the investigation, told AFP that concerns about loose gold bullion and cash prevented investigators from entering WTC 4.
The FEMA report says, “The buildings [4,5,6] responded as expected to the impact loadings.” Although the report says, “most of the central part of WTC 6 suffered collapse on all floors,” it adds, “damage was consistent with the observed impact load.”
The Customs House had a huge crater in its center.
Corley told AFP that he had not seen the CNN photos before and called them “interesting.”
Corley, like other experts, thought the damage at WTC 6 was caused by the collapse of the North Tower. However, not one of the experts could recall seeing the CNN footage before.
A spokesman for the Customs Service told AFP, “It did not blow up. When the tower collapsed it caved in.”
Corley said he had not seen the photos of the extremely high-speed missile-like object seen streaking toward WTC 6 from behind the North Tower as the second plane hit the South Tower.
He noted that parts of the plane’s landing gear and an engine passed through the South Tower, and landed several blocks away.
These objects, however, had a distinctly different trajectory from the streaking missile-like object. Another investigator, Jonathan Barnett, told AFP, “The debris from Tower 2 hit Building 5, not 6.”
MOST OF WHAT THEY TOLD US ABOUT 9-11 IS FALSE
a few examples ...
THEY TOLD US: No one had anticipated jets of that size crashing into the towers, let alone "fully loaded" with fuel.
IN FACT: Each tower was designed to survive the impact and fire from a collision by a 707-340, only slightly smaller than the 767-200s used on 9-11. A 707 can carry 23,000 gallons of fuel, over twice that onboard either of the 767s at impact. The 767s were carrying less than half their maximum fuel loads. vancouver.indymedia.org/print.php?id=35245
THEY TOLD US: The fires burned with the heat of nuclear power plants inside the towers and melted the steel.
IN FACT: Jet fuel (kerosene) only burns at a fraction of the temperature needed to melt steel. In any case, the fuel did not last long, as much was consumed in the impact fireballs, and the rest would have evaporated and burned in under 5 minutes. Thereafter the fires were far less severe than other skyscraper fires (such as the 19-hour One Meridian Plaza blaze in 1991). Few flames were visible, and the black smoke indicated the fires were oxygen-starved. Survivors passed through the WTC 2’s crash zone, and firefighters who arrived there described "two pockets of fire".
THEY TOLD US: We are lucky the towers stood as long as they did.
IN FACT: If the towers survived the crashes and first 5 minutes, they should have survived indefinitely. Structural steel is a very good conductor of heat, and its strength is a function of temperature. Therefore the towers would have regained most of any strength lost once the jet fuel was used up. www.serendipity.li/wot/mslp_i.htm
THEY TOLD US: Buildings "collapse" when subjected to great stresses.
IN FACT: Excepting WTC towers 1, 2, and 7 there has never been a case of a steel-frame highrise totally collapsing because of fires or any other cause or combination of causes other than controlled demolition. home.attbi.com/~jmking/Collapse_update.htm
TO EXPLAIN THE SYMMETRY OF THE COLLAPSES THEY TOLD US: The towers’ outer walls channeled the collapses to within their footprints.
IN FACT: The outer wall was shredded before the bulk of the falling mass reached it. Only the simultaneous inflicting of symmetrical damage (controlled demolition) can bring about such a vertical collapse.
www.patriotsaints.com/News/911/Conspiracy/Collapse/uniform_demolition.htm The North Tower passed through itself in a fall that took only about 10 seconds (almost the rate of free-fall). The steel frame was shredded, and the building’s concrete and its contents were pulverized in the air to create a volcano-like flows of thick dust that blanketed Lower Manhattan. The image on the cover is of the North Tower about four seconds into its destruction. The arrow points to pieces of the steel columns hurled about 200 feet away from the building.
Destruction of Evidence is Evidence of Criminality.
Ground Zero was the site of a horrific crime -- the largest one-day massacre of American civilians in history. And it held the clues of the three largest and least-understood structural failures in history. Yet the paramount physical evidence -- the steel -- was sent overseas to be melted down with astonishing haste. It was given no systematic inspection, and no investigation was funded. Volunteer investigators complained about insurmountable barriers.
Other Evidence Belies the Official Story.
Many surviving pieces of evidence expose as false the official explanation that the buildings collapsed of their own weight. These include seismic records showing maximum movement at the beginning of the collapses, rather than at the end as expected in a gravity-driven collapse; numerous eyewitness reports of sounds of explosions at the commencement of each collapse and simultaneous outages in cellphone transmissions; evidence of fires deep in the rubble pile that burned for months, and reports and photographs showing that the bases of the towers’ massive core columns had melted. http://www.rense.com/general17/eyewitnessreportspersist.htm
The Towers’ Tops Fell Without Resistance.
The towers fell at near the speed of a falling object encountering no resistance. It is generally accepted that both towers fell completely in about ten seconds -- slightly more than the 9.2 seconds it would take an object in free-fall to fall from the towers’ height. But unless the intact portion of the building were demolished before the falling portion encountered it, it would have greatly slowed the fall, as the kinetic energy of the falling mass would be tapped to crush each story encountered and accelerate its mass downward. http://www.uscrusade.com/forum/config.pl/read/984
The unimpeded free-fall of the tower’s tops is proof that the towers did not collapse of their own weight.
WE ARE BEING EXPLOITED BY A CRUEL FRAUD TO JUSTIFY THE THEFT OUR FREEDOMS, CRIPPLING MILITARY SPENDING, AND ENDLESS WAR.
Twin Towers Destruction collapse or demolition ?
IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DEMOLITION AND QUACKS LIKE DEMOLITION ...
WHY DID AUTHORITIES DESTROY THE EVIDENCE ?
BECAUSE THE OFFICIAL EXPLANATION FOR THE EVENT
THAT "CHANGED EVERYTHING" IS A FARCE. Find out why ...
subject: 9-11 Attack investigation | see also: NORAD stand down, Reichstag Fire
No steel framed structures have ever collapsed due to fire. On 9/11 three buildings collapsed, "officially because of fire, WTC 7 the third.
- The stunning lack of military response to the hijackings has yet to be explained.
- A flurry of airline stock trading occurred just days before the attacks. $2.5 million of the profits have been left unclaimed for fear of discovery.
- There was a suspicious manipulation of passenger manifests and take off times. All four trans-atlantic flights were carrying 25-30% of capacity and took off within 15 mins. of each other. No hijackers names were mentioned the manifests of either.
- A long list of warnings from many global sources about an impending terrorist hit (including jets being used as flying bombs) were essentially ignored.
- FBI and CIA agents were stone-walled in their terrorist investigations before and after the "attacks".
- A great deal of eyewitness testimony has been suppressed or ignored.
- There's been a scandalous press blackout of the roughly 200 Israeli spies arrested and exported since 9/11, the largest spy ring in history.
- Clear "events of short duration" (explosions) were recorded at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seconds before the collapse of each tower.
- The fires in the rubble burnt for two months. Why? Surely the fires would have been dispersed and smothered by the vastness of the crumbling towers debris.
- The towers fell at a speed similar to free fall. Surely each intact floor would offer some resistance slowing the rate of collapse significantly.
- Years of negotiation between the Taliban and American based oil conglomerates disintegrated several weeks before the "attacks". These big-oil plans to run a pipeline through Afganistan have since become reality in the climate of fear and paranoia since 9/11.
- There are many stunning questions surrounding the collapse of WTC 7, a building only marginally damaged by tower one's collapse.
- Flight 93 's "plunge to Earth" is clouded in contradiction. Evidence of falsified cell-phone calls, debris scattered over an 8 mile area, the last 3 minutes of the flight recorder mysteriously blank and no discernable wreckage at the "crash site" are just a few peculiarities about Fl. 93's final moments
- Very suspicious hijacker evidence conveniently found after the "attacks", including a Hijacker passport surviving the horrendous inferno of the WTC, a note found at the Fl 93 crash site (!), and passports and Korans "mistakenly" forgotten at the Florida bars where the "hijackers" loudly celebrated their last few hours with lap-dances and anti-American rants.
- George Bush has clearly stated on two separate occasions since 9/11 that he watched on a monitor the collision of the first plane into the N. tower before entering the classroom to read to children that morning. The only known footage of that event was not available until hours later on in the day.
- Donald Rumsfeld, in an interview with Parade magazine, said the following; “Here we’re talking about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filled with our citizens, and the missile to damage this building and similiar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center.”
There is growing evidence that the attack on the Pentagon was wholly or in part a missile strike.
-Rudy Giuliani told Peter Jennings that he'd been ordered out of the building he was in near ground zero because the towers were about to collapse. How could anyone have known that when there's absolutely no precedent for it in history?
- Not one Israeli national was killed in the tower collapses despite 4,000 frantic phonecalls from worried friends and relatives.
- Five young israeli agents were arrested on 9/11 as they wildly celebrated attacks from across the river. They were trained in electronics and explosives, had fake passports, $4700. rolled up in a sock, were suspected of trying to blow up the G.W. Bridge, and were disguised as furniture movers, a ruse that could've helped them gain access to the towers to plant explosives. Their van(s) had traces of explosives within and their Israeli boss at "moving Co." fled to Israel days later.
- an Israeli spy cell was set up a block or two away from the "Muslim" terrorist flight students in Hollywood, Fla. The flight school they trained at has long been a center for CIA activities.
And this is just the short list!
No one has to have an advanced degree in anything to acknowledge (or investigate) the outrageous scam of 9/11. Its all right there for anyone to see. Do not allow yourself to be silenced.
Deepthroat told Bob Woodward..." Truth is, these guys really aren't very bright, and things got out of hand." You bet they did!
Controlled Demolitions Inc made billions on the WTC cleanup and also on the Oklahoma City cleanup in the past.
BACKGROUND on the WTC Demolition by Sherman Skolnick
1. Various details analyzed and compiled by others, strongly support the view that the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, on September 11, 2001, did not suddenly collapse shortly after something---an actual airplane, or a missile disguised with a hologram projection to simulate an airplane somehow hitting the Towers and each entire plane getting somehow swallowed up inside the buildings.
Yet, aviation and engineering experts seriously doubt that a huge airplane, wings and tail, could penetrate the buildings hitting heavy reinforced pillars and such. Some question: how come the huge wings and tail, from vibration and impact, did not fall off to the ground below? How come Fire Department experts, on their walkie-talkies, stated that they got high up in one of the buildings; that the fire they saw was not that bad; and that other firemen should bring up hoses because the fire could easily be brought under control. Yet, shortly after making such a report, the buildings got pulverized and collapsed all the way down.
2. The youngest son of George Herbert Walker Bush, namely Marvin Bush, is seldom mentioned in the monopoly press. Yet, there are detailed articles available in search engines [such as www.google.com MARVIN BUSH ] that Marvin was the director of a casualty insurance company with coverage of the World Trade Center, and that the coverage was stopped sometime before 9-11. Also Marvin Bush was a director of a firm that was involved with the security of the World Trade Center.
[For more details, review the known stories about FBI Deputy Director, John P. O'Neill, an expert on counter-terrorism, who about August, 2001, quit the Bureau because the Bush White House blocked him from further investigating Osama bin Laden. Why? Clearly, because O'Neill's probe would lead to the Bush Crime Family, the Carlyle Group, and related banks and entities tied to Osama. O'Neill became the head of Security at the World Trade Center, and about his first day of work was 9-11. He was outside one of the buildings but was somehow lured inside where he perished, CONVENIENTLY.]
3. Notice this strange series of events. A group of purported German and Austrian artists apparently smuggled their way into the World Trade Center. THEY LIVED FOR SOME TIME ON THE 91st FLOOR of one of the twin towers.
[What may or may not be relevant: the U.S. authorities tried their best to torpedo a criminal action in Germany, following 9-11, as to purported Moslem "terrorists" being implicated or in some way blameable for the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings. Yet, the head of the U.S. FBI and other top U.S. officials refused to show up to testify as requested. The apparent reason? German counter-intelligence was apparently pursuing an angle troubling to the U.S. Namely, that certain Saudis, living for a while prior to 9-11 in Germany, were part of a high-level U.S. government diversion to what really happened on September 11, 2001. That is, that Osama and his cohorts were NOT actually involved. And because of the data uncovered by German authorities, the supposed Moslem "terrorists" were merely on what is known in espionage, as a "parallel track", a trick to disguise the real events and make them like Lee Harvey Oswald, a patsy, falsely blamed.]
The German and Austrian purported artists were working on a book while living on the 91st floor of one of the Twin Towers, in an area that had been a warehouse, where they built a balcony.
"In short, the book belies the extravagance of the feat it seems to document: the covert installation, and brief use of a balcony on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center, 1,100 feet above the earth. Eight photographs---some grainy, all taken from a great distance--depict one tower's vast eastern facade, marred by a tiny molelike growth; a lone figure dressed in a white jacket, standing on a lectern-size box."
"Balcony Scene (Or Unseen) Atop the World; Episode at Trade Center Assumes Mythic Qualities", by Shaila K. Dewan, Metropolitan Desk, New York Times, Saturday, August 18, 2001 (1645 words to story).
More from the same article:
"Still, how did a balcony escape the notice of one of the most security-conscious office towers in the world? An examination of the security system revealed that it was focused on the ground floor and basement. Mr. Janka [one of the "artists"] said, adding, "There's no surveillance on the facade itself".
And more from the lengthy article:
"Yet, since the Sunday morning in March 2000, when the balcony was allegedly installed, and, 19 minutes later, dismantled, the affair has taken on the outlines of an urban myth, mutated by rumors and denials among the downtown cognoscenti."
The four purported artists, "...the four, wearing harnesses, unscrewed the aluminum moldings that hold the window in place and used two large suction cups to remove the glass (air pressure adds about 300 pounds to the effort). As warm air streamed past, they outfitted the window with a cantilevered box, big enough for only one person at a time."
The World Trade Center security apparently at first denied to the New York Times and others that there was anyone living inside one of the Twin Towers on the 91st Floor.
4. So, questions remain:
===were the purported "artists", escaping notice of the WTC security and living on the 91st floor, a diversion for certain persons who wired up the towers for internal explosions, to concide with something striking the towers on 9-11? Did they know, or see anything, while living inside one of the towers, by which they could be witnesses to foul play? The "artists" may deny the whole thing as merely a "prank". And vigorously deny any complicity in any dirty business to bring down the towers. Until more facts are elicited, we must consider the possibility that they may be entirely innocent. To prove they lived in the building, the artists produced a bill proving a helicopter, paid for by them, was used to photograph their occupancy of the 91st floor, photos made from the outside through a window.
===the firm that got the contract to clear up the debris after the collapse of the towers was Controlled Demolition, Inc. Is it a mere coincidence that they are the same one specializing in taking down old hotels and such, by internal explosives causing such buildings to fall down on themselves. The firm was involved with what some contend was a cover up in the rapid way in which the FBI wanted to remove all evidence of what brought down the Federal Office Building, April 19, 1995, by multiple explosions in Oklahoma City. The building was quickly smashed down and the site covered up with cement, courtesy of the FBI and apparently with the demolition firm. We are making every effort to attach a copy of the New York Times article to this story.
“The contractor whose people were the first on the WTC collapse scene --to cart away the rubble that remains-- is the same contractor who demolished and hauled away the shell of the bombed Oklahoma City Murrah building. The name of the contractor is Controlled Demolition. Their WTC cleanup contract is worth over $7 Billion.
In the case of Oklahoma building, Controlled Demolition carted off the remains and buried them in a hole in the desert before the smoke had stopped rising from the ruins. Then the rubble was covered over, surrounded by a security fence and guarded.
That was an investigative fiasco -given that there is no way an ammonium nitrate-fuel oil ('ANFO') bomb could have blown away a third of the structure. Furthermore, according to retired blast expert General Ben Partin, the blast velocity of ANFO bombs is incapable of the specific damage observed in the Murrah Building. Military explosive ten times more powerful would be needed to rip concrete away and leave steel reinforcing rods exposed.” (for source see below)
Does this show complicity in any way for 9-11? No. But it doesn’t build my confidence either, or anyone else who is aware of all of the sordid details of the Oklahoma city bombing and cover-up of the seismic reports, eye-witness reports, local media broadcasts, and extensive surveillance video.
Anyway, if 9-11 was an orchestrated, covert attack, in addition to controlling the investigation, or lack thereof, you would also want to control outsiders who might put forward conjecture that might challenge the official story:
“Van Romero is vice president for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMTech). The Socorro university has levered itself into one of the elite sites in the world for the study of explosives and terrorism, attracting nearly $10 million a year in federal money for programs that test explosives for US and foreign agencies. On the morning of the attacks, Romero and Tech's finance vice president Denny Peterson, were near the Pentagon.
They had come to Washington to discuss defense-funded research programs at Tech, leaving them very conveniently located to grab NMTech's slice of the imminent cleanup operation. Because New Mexico Tech offers counter-terrorism training of police and fire first responders to terrorism attacks in the United States!
Within hours Romero was telling the Albuquerque Journal that the collapse of the twin towers could have been caused by a small amount of explosive put in more than two points in each of the towers.
"My opinion is, based on the videotapes, that after the airplanes hit the World Trade Center there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse," Romero said.
And Romero should know. After all Van is a demolition expert and a former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at Tech, which studies the effects of explosions on buildings.
Nevertheless, ten days later Romero had changed his mind. Not only that, but the Albuquerque Journal changed their story too. They altered the original web page about Romero's views. It now shows his revised views first.”
From Dr. Frederick W. Mower, associate professor in the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland:
"I find the speed with which potentially important evidence has been removed and recycled to be appaling." (New York Times, 25 Dec 2002)
"Officials running the 'cleanup operation' took pains to make sure the structural steel didn't end up anywhere but in the blast furnaces. The installed GPS locator devices on each of the trucks hauling loads from Ground Zero at a cost of $1000 each. One driver who took an extended lunch break was dismissed." ( http://www.wtc7.net.steeldisposal.html )
$elling Out the Investigation By Bill Manning
Did they throw away the locked doors from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire? Did they throw away the gas can used at the Happyland Social Club Fire? Did they cast aside the pressure-regulating valves at the Meridian Plaza Fire? Of course not. But essentially, that's what they're doing at the World Trade Center.
For more than three months, structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China, perhaps never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car.
Such destruction of evidence shows the astounding ignorance of government officials to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history. I have combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall.
Hoping beyond hope, I have called experts to ask if the towers were the only high-rise buildings in America of lightweight, center-core construction. No such luck. I made other calls asking if these were the only buildings in America with light-density, sprayed-on fireproofing. Again, no luck-they were two of thousands that fit the description.
Comprehensive disaster investigations mean increased safety. They mean positive change. NASA knows it. The NTSB knows it. Does FEMA know it?
No. Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the "official investigation" blessed by FEMA and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure. Except for the marginal benefit obtained from a three-day, visual walk-through of evidence sites conducted by ASCE investigation committee members- described by one close source as a "tourist trip"-no one's checking the evidence for anything.
Maybe we should live and work in planes. That way, if disaster strikes, we will at least be sure that a thorough investigation will help find ways to increase safety for our survivors.
As things now stand and if they continue in such fashion, the investigation into the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticals.
However, respected members of the fire protection engineering community are beginning to raise red flags, and a resonating theory has emerged: The structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not enough to bring down the towers. Rather, theory has it, the subsequent contents fires attacking the questionably fireproofed lightweight trusses and load-bearing columns directly caused the collapses in an alarmingly short time. Of course, in light of there being no real evidence thus far produced, this could remain just unexplored theory.
The frequency of published and unpublished reports raising questions about the steel fireproofing and other fire protection elements in the buildings, as well as their design and construction, is on the rise. The builders and owners of the World Trade Center property, the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, a governmental agency that operates in an accountability vacuum beyond the reach of local fire and building codes, has denied charges that the buildings' fire protection or construction components were substandard but has refused to cooperate with requests for documentation supporting its contentions.
Some citizens are taking to the streets to protest the investigation sellout. Sally Regenhard, for one, wants to know why and how the building fell as it did upon her unfortunate son Christian, an FDNY probationary firefighter. And so do we.
Clearly, there are burning questions that need answers. Based on the incident's magnitude alone, a full-throttle, fully resourced, forensic investigation is imperative. More important, from a moral standpoint, for the safety of present and future generations who live and work in tall buildings-and for firefighters, always first in and last out-the lessons about the buildings' design and behavior in this extraordinary event must be learned and applied in the real world.
To treat the September 11 incident any differently would be the height of stupidity and ignorance.
The destruction and removal of evidence must stop immediately.
The federal government must scrap the current setup and commission a fully resourced blue ribbon panel to conduct a clean and thorough investigation of the fire and collapse, leaving no stones unturned.
Firefighters, this is your call to action. Visit WTC "Investigation"?: A Call to Action, then contact your representatives in Congress and officials in Washington and help us correct this problem immediately.
From TSGordon 3:23am Sat Mar 1 '03 firstname.lastname@example.org comment#240991 I was involved with the architectural comittee that worked for a period of over 10 years to evaluate the 'soundness' of the buildings at the WTC. To date, you will not see one word of this in print. The results of our findings are shocking, to say the least! About 2 months after the first bombing attempt, our group was legally 'disbanded' yet we were just weeks from finishing the client's- "Final Report." Some of you are aware that various 'tabs' had been welded to the suspect trusses during various renovation efforts, particularly in the South Tower, where they were applied on several dozen floors. Both buildings eventually received this treatment in sectional groupings of 5 or 6 flooors. To my knowledge, there is nothing 'suspect' about any of this work since it was well doccumented by dozens of firms at the time. 'Strength' was an important issue, up until about 1991, when these efforts were said to have been effectively resolved. Seismic analysis conferred. We were fully convinced, and we had to work there. I mention it because this 'moot issue' will have no real future relevance in any 'viable' procedings... What we learned is that the buildings would only have a total life-span of 50 to 60 years. This established its effective 'half-life,' defining a very important 'date' in insurance terms. Across the street,'the competetion' was attracting our Premier tenants at an astounding rate, some were moving to NJ, which we could observe from our office suite. One group worked on a future 'de-construction'-plan, while ours worked on its 'preservation.' The problem we uncovered, was that every conceivable 'legitimate' approach to destroy these properties, would have cost its owners about 5 times more than they could have possibly recovered in leases! We had no knowledge of any 'association' between the owners and the 'terrorists' who had attempted to bomb it at the time, but this event did signal the end of our research. It is clearly inconceivable that anyone could justify [9/11] as a simple case of 'jewish lightning,' particularly the US State Dept., but I am sure that those who were in financial control were well aware of our figures. I am eager to provide additional info about this to those parties involved in the legitimate investigation of this event. (No George W., I'm not speaking to you!) -Peace