ACT III, PART II
Photographs reveal that when the south tower
collapse, it was definitely not in a symmetrical manner. To the
contrary, WTC2 first began to
collapse in exactly the way that one would expect a tower
to collapse after an airplane had ripped away one corner: the intact
upper portion of the building, above the point of
impact, began to tilt precariously toward the point of structural
weakness. It is perfectly obvious that this was not the onset
of a symmetrical, 'pancake' collapse.
How then did it become, literally in the blink of an eye, a
perfectly symmetrical collapse? With no other forces acting upon it,
gravity and momentum should have sent the enormous block of concrete
and steel crashing down alongside the topless tower, likely on top of
WTC4. But that isn't what happened. Instead, something very peculiar
happened -- something that can be seen in the series of photos to the
Instead of continuing to topple over, the massive block seems to
have mysteriously self-destructed. But how could that have happened?
The upper portion of the tower certainly couldn't have 'pancaked,'
unless it did so from the bottom up. And smoke and fire don't normally
cause large chunks of steel-framed buildings to suddenly blow apart.
That usually only happens when explosives of some kind are involved.
And if the top of the tower blew apart, than what was it that provided
the impetus for the 'pancaking' of the remainder of the tower?
The photo to the right reveals that the collapse of the north tower
began asymmetrically as well. As was the case with the south tower, the
upper portion of the north tower, above the point of impact, began to
tilt as a solid block toward the point of the initial structural
damage. But in a virtual instant replay, the asymmetrical collapse of
WTC1 was instantaneously transformed into a perfectly symmetrical
could have caused the tops of the towers to suddenly begin toppling
over? That would seem to require that the massive steel cores of the
towers simply snapped at the point of impact, allowing the upper
portions of the towers to completely break free from the lower portions
-- even though, in the case of the south tower at least, there was
likely minimal structural damage to the building's core from the
initial impact and explosion.
The only way to get the World Trade Center towers to drop straight
down was to eliminate the central support structure. The best way to do
that would have been to blast away a portion of each of those 47 core
columns, down near where they were anchored to the bedrock, causing the
central core of the tower to abruptly drop a given distance, which
would begin to pull each of the floors down toward the center of the
building's footprint. As this happened, the entire load of the tower
would have been transferred, instantaneously, onto the exterior shell,
which was not engineered to support such a load.
What we are looking at in the photos showing the tilting tower tops
are images captured in that very brief moment in time after the core
had dropped and the load had been transferred to the building's
exterior skeleton. In other words, although the towers still appear to
be intact, they have already begun to collapse from within. With the
core support gone, the unsupported upper shell immediately began to
toward the point of impact. But even as that occurred, the entire tower
was beginning a top-to-bottom collapse precipitated by the drop of the
Early news reports, broadcast before the official spin had set in,
acknowledged that the collapses had been assisted by explosives. NBC correspondent Pat Dawson, for
example, stated the following on the air: "The Chief of Safety of the
Fire Department of New York told me
that, uhh, 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, uhh, so
that's what we have been told by, uhh, Albert Turi, who is the Chief
of Safety for the New York City Fire Department, he told me that just
A radio broadcaster on station WLS in Chicago, whose former colleague was on the scene at the towers, reported that this colleague had witnessed an enormous fireball emanating from beneath one of the towers immediately before it came crashing down. Such a fireball would, of course, be entirely consistent with the collapse scenario just outlined. Also consistent with that scenario are the multiple reports of pools of molten steel found in the basements of the towers days after the collapses.
Evans, a correspondent for the BBC,
reported the following on the air: "I was at the base of the 2nd tower,
the second tower
that was hit. There was an explosion -- I didn't think it was an
explosion, but the base of the building shook. I felt it shake, then
when we were outside, the second explosion happened and then there was
a series of explosions. We can only wonder at the kind of damage -- the
kind of human damage -- which was caused by those explosions, those
series of explosions."
On September 24, 2001, People
Weekly published an interesting witness account provided by
Louie Cacchioli, one of the first firefighters to enter the south
tower: "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."
Teresa Veliz, who was on the 47th floor of the north tower when it was hit, told her survivor story in Dean Murphy's September 11: An Oral History (Doubleday, 2002): "The flashlight led us into Borders bookstore, up an escalator and out to Church Street. There were explosions going off everywhere. I was convinced that there were bombs planted all over the place and someone was sitting at a control panel pushing detonator buttons. I was afraid to go down Church Street toward Broadway, but I had to do it. I ended up on Vesey Street. There was another explosion. And another. I didn't know where to run."
In mid-December 2001, USA Today
revisited the collapse of the towers in a compelling series of articles
written by Dennis Cauchon. The first of the articles, published
December 18, included an account of survivor Ronald DiFrancesco's
encounter with a fireball at the base of the south tower: "As he left
the building, he 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."
(Dennis Cauchon "Four Survived by Ignoring Words of Advice," USA Today, December 18, 2001
The second article focused on an interesting, if not necessarily
directly relevant, aspect of the tower attacks: "When the World Trade
Center was bombed in 1993, Otis Elevator's mechanics led the rescue of
500 people trapped in elevators. Some mechanics were dropped onto the
roofs of the twin towers by helicopter. Others, carrying 50-pound
oxygen tanks on their backs, climbed through smoke to machine rooms
high in the towers. On Sept. 11, the elevator mechanics - many of the
same men involved in the rescues in 1993 - left the buildings after the
second jet struck, nearly an hour before the first building collapsed
... The departure of elevator mechanics from a disaster site is
(Dennis Cauchon "Mechanics Left Towers Before Buildings Collapsed," USA Today, December 19, 2001
The third article, published December 20, was an analysis of who
survived the collapses, and who did not. It was by far the most
compelling article in the series. Among the revelations was that the
twin towers were very sparsely occupied that day: "USA Today estimates 5,000 to 7,000
people were in each tower when the attack began. Earlier estimates
ranged from 10,000 to 25,000 per tower. But company head counts show
many desks were empty at 8:46 a.m."
(Dennis Cauchon "For Many On Sept.11, Survival Was No Accident ," USA Today, December 20, 2001
Some 185,101 tons of structural steel have been hauled away from Ground Zero. Most of the steel has been recycled as per the city's decision to swiftly send the wreckage to salvage yards in New Jersey. The city's hasty move has outraged many victims' families who believe the steel should have been examined more thoroughly. Last month, fire experts told Congress that about 80% of the steel was scrapped without being examined...
(New York Daily News, April 16, 2002)
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... 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.
(Fire Engineering Magazine, January 2002)
As it did with all aspects of the September 11 attacks, the Bush
administration chose to go with the appearance
of an investigation.
In addition to the suppression of the firefighter tape and the
willful destruction of the forensic evidence, an invaluable source of
information on the collapses was destroyed when WTC7 collapsed. Housed
on the twenty-third floor of the building was Mayor Giuliani's Office
of Emergency Management, a state-of-the-art command center designed to
serve as a base of operations during times of crisis. On
September 11, 2001, the command center was monitoring the situation in
lower Manhattan -- at least it was until the personnel staffing the
center received an order to evacuate.
One of the officials manning the command center that day told
filmmakers from The History Channel
that, "to this day, we don't know who gave
("The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon," The History Channel, September 8, 2003)
Excuse me? How could they
not know who gave that order? How many people, other then the mayor,
were authorized to issue such an order? The city's emergency command
center, the very entity set up to advise others how to proceed in times
crisis, was itself ordered to shut down in the middle of
the worst crisis the city
had ever faced, and no one knows who
gave that order?! Am I the only one who finds that a little hard
The History Channel also
spoke with a Colonel John O'Dowd, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
O'Dowd, who is no
stranger to disaster scenes, said that he had never seen anything like
what he saw
at the site where the towers had once stood. "At the World Trade Center
sites," he said, "it seemed like everything was pulverized." Other than
the miles of twisted steel beams and columns, there was
nothing recognizable in the debris pile -- nothing to indicate that the
pulverized debris had been, just seconds earlier, a functioning
10,000,000-square-foot office building.
Colonel O'Dowd had also been present at the scene of the partially
Oklahoma City Federal Building. Though the collapse of the Murrah
building was definitely facilitated by at least one powerful explosive
charge, O'Dowd noted that the debris from that collapse was not
pulverized to the degree
that it was at the site of the WTC
towers. And the towers, according to the official story, were acted
nothing more than the effects of fire and gravity.
Curiously enough, the contractor hired to finish off the Murrah
building, and then haul all the debris off to an unmarked desert grave,
was the same contractor brought in to oversee the clean-up/cover-up of
the WTC tower debris. That contractor is Controlled Demolitions, Inc.,
which happens to be the biggest name in the controlled demolition
industry, begging the question of whether CDI's WTC contract included
payment for more than just cleaning up the aftermath of the collapses.
If the World Trade Center towers were brought down with explosives,
which is the only reasonable explanation for what the world witnessed,
then a considerable amount of advance work would have had to be done.
Such an operation presumably would have had to be run through the WTC's
since that is the entity given unrestricted access to the buildings,
of equal importance, the entity with the authority to restrict the
access of others.
A business entity now known as Stratesec, Inc. began performing
work at the World Trade Center in 1993. In 1996, the company, then
was awarded an exclusive contract to provide security for the World
Center complex. Stratesec/Securacom also provided security for United
and Dulles International Airport, two other key players in the 9-11
story. Sitting on Stratesec's board of directors, from the time the
began working at the WTC, was a major shareholder by the name of Marvin
Marvin, like Jeb and Neil, is a brother of George W. Bush. Small world,
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In what parallel universe would a building owner casually suggest to the fire department that his building be brought down in a controlled demolition, as if such a thing can be engineered on the spot? And how exactly would collapsing an intact building save lives? At least one researcher claims that proof that the phrase "pull it" refers to demolishing the building can be found in the same PBS documentary in the statement of a rescue worker who recalled "getting ready to pull building six."
Apparently, triggering the controlled demolition of highrise buildings is a fairly common tactic during rescue operations. Everybody seems to be familiar with it and everyone speaks rather openly about it. Who knew?
There is one little problem with the 'proof,' unfortunately: WTC6 wasn't actually brought down in a controlled demolition. Like WTC7, it was completely evacuated. It was also damaged beyond repair by debris from the north tower. But it did remain standing. It is quite clear then that "pull," in this context, refers to pulling firefighters out of the building, since there was no reason for anyone to further risk their life in a building that couldn't be saved.
Far from candidly admitting that he had ordered the demolition of WTC7, what Silverstein was actually doing was lying to explain why no effort was made to control the easily controllable fires that purportedly brought the building crashing down.
Another morsel of disinformation that can be found in the skeptics'
literature is exemplified by Michael Ruppert's claim that "WTC Building
7, which was not struck by an aircraft at all ... collapsed faster than
gravity would permit." WTC7, along with WTC1 and WTC2, fell at nearly the speed that gravity would
permit, indicating that the building offered virtually no resistance to
the collapse. It did not, however, fall "faster than gravity would
permit," which would be a physical impossibility. The only function
served by inserting such absurdities into the narrative is to discredit
the body of research that has been developed.
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We are left then with the problem of identifying a fuel source that could have allowed the fires to continue burning for a significant amount of time at the extreme temperatures required to cause the complete failure of structural steel. In a modern commercial office building, such fuel sources are hard to come by. The cores of the WTC towers, which contained elevator shafts, stairwells, and mechanical shafts, were constructed largely of concrete, steel and drywall. The exterior skeleton was a lattice work of structural steel elements. The exterior facade was constructed of aluminum and glass. The floor slabs were composed of steel trusses, corrugated steel decking, and lightweight concrete. Interior walls were constructed of light-gauge steel studs and fire-resistant drywall. Ceilings typically consist of a steel grid system and fire-resistant mineral fiber panels.
As a general rule, none of those building materials provide much
fuel for a
fire. The only readily available fuel would have been some of the
decorative construction materials, such as carpet and draperies, and
whatever was provided by the building's tenants, primarily office
furniture and paper products. None of that would
have come close to sustaining a fire of sufficient intensity to cause
the collapse of the
towers, which were, by the way, retrofitted with fire-sprinkler systems
capable of handling routine office fires.
Even if we accept the claim that fires raged in the towers with
to cause the spontaneous failure of structural steel elements, and even
that those elements failed in a uniform, perfectly symmetrical manner,
and even if we
ignore the fact that the cores of the towers were inexplicably
pulverized, we still are left with no explanation of how WTC7 - which
did not have an open floor plan that could have rendered it susceptible
to 'pancaking,' and
which was not hit by a fuel-laden airplane - imploded in essentially
manner as the towers, and on the very same day.
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Let's just suppose, for the moment,
that a decision was made, at some point in time, to rid New York City
of the World Trade Center towers. Under normal circumstances, that
would have been nearly impossible to accomplish. Even with the most
carefully controlled demolitions, it simply would not be possible to
bring the gargantuan towers down without doing a considerable amount of
collateral damage to surrounding buildings. And it's a fairly safe bet
that the toxic clouds of dust that blanketed much of Manhattan would
not have been well received.
But if those collapses could be
packaged into the Hollywood-style production known as the September 11
terr'ist attacks, then two birds could be killed with one stone: the
towers could be brought down, and it could be done in the most
spectacular way possible, thus traumatizing the nation and properly
conditioning the people to accept the prepackaged, post-911 agenda.
If that was indeed the plan, then it
appears to have been a successful one.