Thursday, July 13, 2006

9/11 World Trade Center Collapse Was a “Controlled Demolition?”

The 9/11 conspiracy theorists, such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Kevin Barrett, believe the Twin Towers were brought down by a “controlled demolition.”

Of course, they believe this was the work of the U.S. government, and not Islamic terrorists.

There are certain things they won’t tell you about, however.

In the first place, the buildings were showing evidence of structural failure before they actually came down.
June 18 (Bloomberg) — Federal engineering investigators studying the destruction of the World Trade Center’s twin towers on Sept. 11 said New York Police Department aviation units reported an inward bowing of the buildings’ columns in the minutes before they collapsed, a signal they were about to fall.

“No evidence has been found to suggest the information was communicated to all emergency responders at the scene,” said an executive summary of a progress report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is conducting the study.

Investigators also found evidence that the south tower, which fell 56 minutes after it was struck by terrorists in a hijacked commercial jet, had less fire proofing than the north tower, which held up for about double the time after it was hit. The buildings were about a third full when the planes struck, and had they been fully occupied with 50,000 people, a complete evacuation would have taken four hours, probers found.

“The NYPD aviation unit reported critical information about the pending collapse of the building,” said Sivaraj Shyam- Sunder, who heads the institute, at a press briefing in New York. “Any time that information could have been communicated faster to the emergency responders in the buildings, it would have helped save lives.”
Of course, there can be no evidence of a “pending collapse” if the buildings were brought down by a “controlled demolition.”

A description of the report from the NIST can be found here.

And here is the Final Report of the NIST.

Yea, we know. Reading this kind of stuff is a lot less fun than the juicy conspiracy theories.

But sometimes one really, really wants to know the truth of what happened.


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