- Note to the reader: The following is a critique of the
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the World
Trade Center (WTC) collapse. The 43 volume NIST report was the result of
a 3 year investigation, and was released in September 2005. It remains
the official US government explanation for why the WTC collapsed on 9/11.
As you are about to discover, the report itself collapses under scrutiny.
There is no doubt that the NIST investigation was politically controlled
by limiting its scope. This is one way to kill an investigation.
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- Fires raged at ground zero for many weeks after 9/11.
In fact, it was not until December 19, 2001 that the NYC fire marshall
declared the fires extinguished.
- The fires burned long into the cleanup. The removal of
steel beams and debris from the top of the pile allowed oxygen to reach
the fires smoldering below. As a result, the flames often flared up, hampering
worker on site. Joel Meyerowitz, a photographer, made note of this in his
2006 retrospective book, AFTERMATH. Armed with his trusty camera Meyerowitz
roamed ground zero for months following the attack. Police repeatedly ejected
him, but he kept returning in order to document what had happened. Eventually
Meyerowitz amassed an impressive photographic record. In his fine book
he remarks that the ground in places was so hot it melted the workmen's
- But Meyerowitz was hardly the first to comment on the
pile's incredible residual heat. The first accounts of molten steel came
just hours after the attack: from the search and rescue teams who were
among the first on the scene. Sarah Atlas, a member of New Jersey Task
Force One Search and Rescue, was one of these emergency responders. Sarah
reported seeing molten steel in the pile even as she searched in vain for
- Many have denied the existence of molten steel at ground
zero. But there are too many eyewitness accounts to dismiss, including
the testimony of engineers, city officials and other competent professionals
who toured the ruin. One of these, Dr Keith Eaton, Chief Executive of the
London-based Institution of Structural Engineers, later wrote in The Structural
Engineer about what he had seen, namely: "molten metal which was
still red-hot weeks after the event," as well as "four-inch thick
steel plates sheered and bent in the disaster."
- A similar account came from Leslie E. Robertson, an engineer
who helped design the WTC. He is currently a partner at Leslie E. Robertson
Associates, a structural consulting firm that was under contract to the
WTC at the time of the tragedy. In a keynote address Robertson reportedly
told the Structural Engineers Association of Utah that: "...as of
21 days after the attack the fires were still burning and molten steel
still running." Public health officials/experts also toured the
scene of destruction. Alison Geyh Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Environmental
Health at Johns Hopkins, was with one of these teams. She wrote that "In
some pockets now being uncovered they are finding molten steel."
The fact was even reported to the 9/11 Commission by Kenneth Holden, Commissioner
of the city of New York. He told the panel about seeing "molten metal"
during a walkthrough.
- The evidence accumulated even as the cleanup progressed.
Work crews removing the mountain of debris, piece by piece, discovered
pools of molten steel beneath the pile, where the towers had stood. One
pool was found at the bottom of the elevator shafts. Some of the pools
were not found until 3, 4, even 5 weeks after 9/11.
- Contractors working on site confirmed these discoveries.
Such as Peter Tully, president of Tully Construction of Flushing New York,
who was one of four contractors engaged by New York City to handle the
cleanup. During an August 2002 interview Tully told the American Free Press
that indeed workmen had seen the molten pools. The same interview included
a statement by Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Inc.,
who, years before, ramrodded the cleanup of the bombed Federal Building
in Oklahoma City. Loizeaux was called in by Tully to draft the cleanup
plan for the WTC site. Loizeaux said, "Yes, hot spots of molten steel
were seen in the basements." Molten steel was also found under WTC
- These pools of molten metal have never been explained.
Loizeaux told the American Free Press that the continuing fires were fueled
by "paper, carpet and other combustibles packed down the elevator
shafts by the tower floors as they 'pancaked' into the basement."
Manuel Garcia, a physicist, has suggested that cars left in parking garages
under the WTC contained gasoline that may have fueled the fires. Both
are probably correct. But none of these fires were hot enough to melt steel.
Indeed, none of the combustibles in the wreckage burned anywhere near the
melting point of construction grade steel beams (2800 °F). As noted,
the smoldering fires for the most part were oxygen-starved.
- The persistence of molten steel under the WTC for many
weeks is extraordinaryand anomalous. Evidently, the hot
spots under the wreckage were not in the least fazed by heavy rain on September
12, nor by the millions of gallons of water that firemen and cleanup crews
sprayed on the smoking ruins. Five days after the attack the US Geological
Survey (USGS) found dozens of "hot spots" in the wreckage via
remote sensing, i.e., an infrared spectrometer (AVIRIS). The two hottest
spots were under WTC 2 and WTC 7. The USGS recorded surface temperatures
as high as 1020°K (1376°F)). The molten pools below the pile
were at least twice that hot hot enough to evaporate
the rain and water sprayed on the pile long before it ever reached the
- The Official Reports
- In its official report the 9/11 Commission never once
mentions the molten pools despite the testimony of the New
York city commissioner.
- In its 43-volume report about the WTC collapse released
in September 2005, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
does indeed mention the molten pools, but only in passing, to dismiss them.
The NIST report not only fails to identify the energy source that melted
steel beams and piers under the WTC, it states categorically that NIST
inspectors found no evidence of any molten steel at ground zeroa
dismissal that is directly contradicted by the eyewitness accounts of the
emergency responders, engineers, officials, and health experts already
cited, not to mention the lead contractors who accomplished the cleanup.
After brushing aside the issue as irrelevant to the WTC collapse, the
NIST report then suggests that:
- Under certain circumstances it is conceivable for some
of the steel in the wreckage to have melted after the buildings collapsed.
Any molten steel in the wreckage was more likely due to the high temperature
resulting from long exposure to combustion within the pile than to short
exposure to fires or explosions while the buildings were standing. [my
- The NIST never clarifies what the "certain circumstances"
might be that produced molten steel after the collapse. Its statement about
"long exposure to combustion" is absurd on its face, given that
there was no energy source in the pile of wreckage remotely capable of
melting steel. In fact, the NIST's above statement is an affront to our
intelligence, since the hot spots identified by the US Geological Survey
immediately after 9/11 and the molten pools were surely one and the same.
There is no way to avoid the conclusion that the molten materials under
the wreckage, as well as the smoldering fires, were a residual product
of whatever caused the collapse of the WTC. Something on September 11,
2001 burned hot enough to melt steel in the basement of both towers. But
such a deduction is too simple, evidently, or too provocative for the NIST,
which made a decision not to go there.
- When asked about what caused the molten pools Peter Tully
suggested that perhaps jet fuel was responsible. But on this point, at
least, the NIST report is surely correct. It's easy to show that jet fuel
was not the causative agent. There were reports that burning jet fuel leaked
into the WTC elevators moments after the first impact. A descending fireball
possibly caused explosions many floors below. Witnesses saw critically
burned people emerging from elevators. Something ripped through the WTC
1 concourse lobby at about the time of the impact, blowing out windows
and crumpling steel doors like they were paper. The same blast knocked
marble slabs off the walls in the lobby. Custodians also heard explosions
in the WTC 1 basement. A machine shop was wrecked, as well as a car garage.
- But as serious as these explosions and fires were, jet
fuel simply does not burn with sufficient energy to melt steelnot
even close. Many of the early reports by the US and world press erred in
this respect. Indeed, in the emotional aftermath of the 9/11 attack the
press often mangled the science as badly as the twisted steel beams of
the WTC. One report posted by the BBC on September 13, 2001 quoted experts
who stated matter-of-factly that the burning jet fuel actually melted the
central columns, leading to the collapse. Another report on The History
Channel, The Anatomy of September 11th, claimed that the inferno turned
the steel piers in in the WTC to "licorice." A 2002 PBS NOVA
special "Why the Towers Fell" showcased a similar theory, and
suggested that the fires reached 2000°F, which caused the steel columns
to lose 80% of their strength.
- Even trained professionals jumped on the bandwagonand
got it wrong. The day after the attack the Sunday Times interviewed Hyman
Brown, a civil engineering professor at the University of Colorado: "Steel
melts," Brown said, "90,850 liters of aviation fluid melted the
steel. Nothing is designed....to withstand that fire." Years before,
Brown had been involved in the construction of the WTC as a project engineer.
(He was later shown to be wrong about the amount of jet fuel. The NIST
determined that the planes actually carried no more than 10,000 gallonsabout
- The same day NewScientist.com asserted that "raging
fires melted the supporting steel struts." On September 13, 2001
BBC radio interviewed Chris Wise, an engineer who explained that...
- "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 the other."
- Elmer Obermeyer, the president of an Ohio engineering
firm, also endorsed the meltdown theory in a story in the Cincinnati Business
Courier. The paper noted that Obermeyer was a "guru in his field."
In October 2001 Scientific American.com posted an article summarizing the
results of a 9/11 panel of MIT experts, one of whom, Eduardo Kausel, stated
"that the intense heat softened or melted the structural elements-floor
trusses and columns-so that they became like chewing gum, and that
was enough to trigger the collapse.
- This is but a small sampling of many such reports that
appeared in those first days. All of them were wrong. As Frank Gayle, one
of the NIST's lead scientists, later pointed out: "Your gut reaction
would be [that] the jet fuel is what made the [WTC] fire so very intense.
A lot of people figured that's what melted the steel. Indeed, it did not,
the steel did not melt." Gayle was seconded by Thomas Eagar, a
professor of materials engineering at MIT:
- "The Fire is the most misunderstood part of the
WTC collapse. Even today the media report (and many scientists believe)
that the steel melted. It is argued that the jet fuel burns very hot, especially
with so much fuel present. This is not true....The temperatures of the
fire at the WTC were not unusual, and it was most definitely not capable
of melting steel."
- When trained professionals get it wrong we should not
be surprised by the mistakes of journalists, few of whom are trained in
physics. The fact is that jet fuel, which is essentially kerosene, will
not burn in air in excess of about 1,000°C (1,832°F)nowhere
near the 2,800°F melting point of steel. Even this 1,000°C upper
limit is very difficult to achieve, since, as Thomas Eagar pointed out,
it requires the optimal mixing of fuel with oxygen during combustion, which
can only be achieved in a laboratory. In fact, the clouds of black smoke
that poured out of the twin towers on 9/11 were an obvious sign that the
WTC fire burned at much lower temperatures, probably around 650°C (1,202°F)
range, or even lower. This was due to the inefficient mixing of oxygen.
It's why most building fires burn no hotter than around 500-650°C.
- To date, no one, including the NIST, has identified an
energy source in the WTCor in the Boeing 767scapable
of melting steel.
- The NIST Report
- Since the primary stated objective of the NIST 9/11 investigation
was to determine the cause of the WTC collapse, the NIST should have conducted
a forensic examination of the full spectrum of evidence. Ground zero
was a crime scene, was it not? Yes, and because many credible eyewitnesses,
including firemen who were on duty that fateful day, reported that they
heard and/or saw explosions, the NIST should have investigated this without
bias. It should have viewed this testimony as hard evidence: a starting
point in its investigation. Instead, the NIST did a gloss. It posted a
statement on its web site asserting that it had considered a number of
hypotheses, including a planned demolition, but had found no corroborating
evidence. This disclaimer was no more than a last-minute attempt to
deflect criticism, since a close reading of the NIST report shows that
the agency never entertained other alternatives. It certainly never investigated
the eyewitness accounts of explosions.
- The NIST report assumes, start to finish, that the Boeing
767s were responsible for the collapse of the twin towers. The agency took
it for granted that the impacts set in motion a chain of events leading
to catastrophic structural failure. The assumption is even stated explicitly
in the Executive Summary:
- The tragic consequences of the September 11, 2001 attacks
were directly attributable to the fact that terrorists flew large jet-fuel
laden commercial airliners into the WTC towers. Buildings for use by the
general population are not designed to withstand attacks of such severity;
building codes do not require building designs to consider aircraft impact.
- The 43 volume NIST report confines itself to the sequence
of events from the first plane impacts to the onset of collapse; and is
governed throughout by ipso facto reasoning. Because the agency never entertained
the possibility of a planned demolition, it never bothered to look for
evidence of same. For example, it never tested steel samples recovered
from ground zero for telltale traces of explosives. These omissions were
irresponsible and smack of political interference, since in addition to
the eyewitness accounts two scientific papers, one published in 2001, and
another by FEMA in May 2002, had already detected sulfur residues on samples
of WTC steel. As Dr. Steven Jones, a physics professor at BYU, has
pointed out, sulfidation of steel can be an indicator of the use of thermate
(or other closely related compounds) developed by the military and commonly
used to cut steel in demolitions work. The possibility needed to be
checked, if only to rule it out; but the agency, again, chose not to go
- Let us now examine the NIST report in detail.
- Why the WTC Survived the 767 Impacts
- Everyone, including the NIST, agrees that the twin towers
survived the initial Boeing 767 impacts on September 11, 2001despite
serious damage. The buildings survived because the WTC was hugely overbuilt:
redundant by design. The towers simply transferred the load from the severed/damaged
members to other undamaged columns.
- Upon its completion in 1970 the World Trade Center was
not only the world's tallest twin-skyscraper (1,368 feet), it was also
a state-of-the-art achievement of modern construction. Although the
WTC's soaring lines gave the impression of a relatively light frame, in
fact, the towers were extremely rugged, engineered to withstand hurricane-force
winds and to survive a direct hit by a Boeing 707, the largest commercial
jetliner of the day. In a 1993 interview the WTC's principal structural
engineer, John Skilling, stated that prior to construction he performed
an impact analysis of a 600 mph Boeing 707 impact, and concluded "that
the building structure would still be there." The architectural
firm that worked with Skilling described his 1,200 page structural analysis
as "the most complete and detailed ever made for any building structure."
Frank A. Demartini, onsite manager during the construction of the WTC,
seconded this view during a January 25, 2001 interview, in which he noted
that the study involved "a fully loaded 707." Demartini even
declared that "the building probably could sustain multiple impacts
of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your
screen door, this intense grid, and the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing
that screen netting." Demartini kept an office in the North Tower
and was last seen on 9/11 assisting evacuees on the 78th floor.
- The original WTC design, the work of architect Minoru
Yamasaki, was one of the first architectural plans to call for open space
within a steel-frame building. This meant doing away with the forest of
columns so typical of the steel high-rise buildings of former years. Chief
engineer Skilling achieved the objective with a double support system:
a dense array of 236 columns around the perimeter, and a network of 47
massive piers at the core. The creation of large expanses of unobstructed
floor space within the WTC was a novel idea in the 1960s, but is commonplace
- The weight of each building was distributed about equally
between the two sets of columns. The outer wall shielded the building from
high winds, and was reinforced with broad steel plates known as "spandrels,"
which girdled the building, like ribs, at every floor. The core contained
the elevators, stairwells, and utility shafts. Both sets of columns were
joined together by an innovative system of lightweight steel trusses. Each
story was supported by a truss assembly covered with a corrugated steel
deckthe bed for a poured slab of lightweight concrete.
Probably Skilling's greatest innovation was to extend the truss diagonals
up into the concrete floor, which added stiffness and strength. Each truss
assembly/concrete floor behaved as a single unit.
- Prefabrication and the overall modular design were other
innovations that allowed for speedy constructionand kept
costs down. The advent of new high-strength steels made it all possible.
In fact, the WTC had tremendous reserve capacity. An early article about
the project in the Engineering News-Record declared that "live loads
on these [perimeter] columns can be increased more than 2,000 percent before
- After a three-year investigation the NIST concluded that
the World Trade Center would have survived on 9/11 if the impacts had not
dislodged the buildings' protective fireproofinginstalled
at the time of construction to protect the steel columns from fire-generated
heat. Construction-grade steel begins to lose its tensile strength at 425°C
(~800°F), and is only about half as strong at 650°C (1,202°F).
The lightweight truss assemblies were especially vulnerable, since they
consisted of rather thin steel members. During construction they were coated
with spray-applied insulation. The much larger steel piers and columns
had a fire-barrier of gypsum wallboard.
- NIST's Official Explanation
- The NIST concluded that the impact of the jetliners damaged
or dislodged 100% of the protective insulation within the impact zone,
while also spilling many thousands of gallons of jet fuel over multiple
floors. The resulting 800-1,000°C (1,440-1,800°F ) blaze seriously
weakened the now-exposed steel trusses. The trusses and floors saggedthey
arguedwhich pulled the perimeter columns inward, causing
them to buckle. The fires also weakened the central piers. The combination
of these effects destabilized the structures and at a critical point the
towers simply collapsed. The NIST concluded that the WTC would have survived
the fires if the Boeing 767 impacts had not dislodged/damaged the fireproofing
material, which, therefore, according to the NIST, was the critical factor
- There are a number of serious problems, however, with
this official narrative. In the first place, it is sharply at odds with
the video record, which plainly shows that during each collapse perimeter
columns and other structural members didn't simply fall to the ground.
In many cases they were ejected up and out of the disintegrating structure
at nearly a 45 degree angle: a cascade that hurled steel beams weighing
20 tons or more as much as 600 feet from the base of the buildings. One
remarkable photo of ground zero taken from above shows that entire sections
of WTC 1's western perimeter wall were thrown 500+ feet toward the Winter
Garden. Could a gravitational collapse do this?
- Photos of the mountain of wreckage taken by Joel Meyerowitz
and others also show very few, if any, large chunks of concrete. The rubble
pile almost exclusively consisted of twisted steel beams, pipes, aluminum,
etc. Concrete was conspicuous in its absence. This is remarkable when you
consider that the 500,000 ton towers were made up largely of concrete.
Each floor of the 110-story WTC, roughly one acre in size, consisted of
a 4-inch thick slab of poured concrete on a deck of 22-gauge steel. During
the collapse somethingsome forcepulverized
nearly all of this concrete into fine dust. Many have attributed this to
the brute hammer of gravity, but the videos clearly dispute this. The buildings
weren't pulverized as they hit the ground, but rather, in midair as the
buildings disintegrated. Much of the dust settled a foot or more deep on
the 16-acre WTC site. The rest was deposited across lower Manhattan. Nor
was this pulverization limited to concrete. Many other materials also
disappeared without a trace on 9/11; such as office furniture and thousands
of computers, not to mention the many victims who died in the collapse.
It's a fact that less than 300 corpses were recovered in the wreckage.
Yet, strangely, many months later, during the demolition of the Deutsch
Bankbadly damaged in the 9/11 attackworkers
found more than 700 body parts, e.g., slivers of bone, on the roof and
within the doomed structure. The question is: why? This bizarre report
remains a mystery.
- The videos of the collapse also reveal another anomaly,
one that I find personally disturbing. The towers did not pancake in the
usual fashion of concrete buildings. When large buildings drop during powerful
earthquakes each story tends to fall more or less intact upon the floors
beneath. The building itself serves to brake the fall from above. Photographs
taken after earthquakes typically show a succession of concrete slabs piled
one on top of another, each plainly discernible in the rubble. But nothing
like this happened on 9/11. The collapse of WTC 1 and WTC 2 were nearly
a free-fall. If the towers had pancaked from above the inertial mass of
the lower floors would have resisted and slowed the fall considerablyeven
arrested it. But this didn't happen. The towers plummeted as if there were
no resistance whatsoever. From start to finish they fell in only about
12 seconds, just 2 seconds longer than the time for a billiard ball to
drop from the WTC roof to the plaza below. The question is why?
- The NIST report failed to address any of these anomalies.
In fact, it didn't even try. The NIST sidestepped the ejection of material,
the vast pulverization of concrete, the many testimonials and other evidence
of explosions, and the near-free fall by limiting its investigation to
the sequence of events from the Boeing 767 impacts to the onset of the
collapse. Incredibly, the NIST chose not to examine the collapse itself.
The report makes reference to the "global collapse" of the WTC,
but we never learn what this means because the NIST report never tells
us. Once again, the agency decided not to go there. Evidently we are supposed
to assume that gravity alone was responsible. But could gravity transform
enormous slabs of concrete, hundreds of thousands of tons of material,
into fine dust, in midair? Extremely doubtful. The NIST's decision not
to investigate these important questions add up to more grave omissions.
- But we haven't yet examined the NIST report itself. Let's
do that, now.
- The Special Projects
- The NIST investigation incorporated eight separate projects,
all of which, together, produced 42 volumes of supporting documentation;
all told, some 10,000 pages. The projects included an impact analysis,
metallurgical studies, a reconstruction of the fires, and a computer model
of the probable sequence of events leading up to collapse of each tower.
Some of the agency's investigative work was of excellent qualitysome
wasn'tbut very little of it lends credence to the NIST's
final, and official, explanation of the cause of the WTC collapse.
- One of the most serious and persistent problems NIST
investigators faced was the admitted lack of information about conditions
at the core of the towers. To be sure, thousands of photographs and
hundreds of hours of videotape made it possible to study in detail the
damage to the WTC exterior, and to gain a reasonable understanding about
conditions in the outer offices. Fires were often visible through the windows,
despite dense smoke, and sagging floors and other structural damage was
discernible through gaping holes in the damaged exterior. However, as the
NIST report states, "Fires deeper than a few meters inside the building
could not be seen because of the smoke obscuration [sic] and the steep
viewing angle of nearly all the photographs." Thus, except for
steel samples gathered after the fact the NIST had almost no other information
about the dynamic conditions at the core of the WTC on 9/11.
- The agency sought to overcome this shortfall of information
with computer simulations. This was problematic from the outset, since
computer models are no better than the quality of input and the accuracy
of the programmer's assumptions. As architect and critic Eric Douglas
points out in his 2006 analysis of the NIST report: "a fundamental
problem with....computer simulation is the overwhelming temptation to manipulate
the input data until one achieves the desired results." Did the
NIST investigators fall prey to this insidious tendency? And did this lead
them to overestimate the impact damage to the WTC interior? Let us now
consider this question.
- NIST's Global Impact/Collapse Analyses
- In one of its most important projects (NCSTAR 1-2), NIST
scientists developed a global impact analysis: to estimate the structural
damage to the WTC caused by the Boeing 767s. In this study the NIST considered
three different scenarios. These ranged from less damage to extreme damage,
with a moderate alternative (described as "the base") in the
middle. As it happened, all three scenarios accurately predicted the impact
damage to the WTC exterior at the point of entry; although with regard
to WTC 1 the moderate case was a slightly better match. The three differed
greatly, however, in predicting the number of severed columns at the WTC
core, a datum obviously of great importance. In the case of WTC 1 the lesser
alternative predicted only one severed core column, the moderate alternative
predicted three, while the extreme alternative predicted five to six. In
the case of WTC 2 the disparity was even greater: The lesser alternative
predicted three severed columns, the moderate five, and the extreme case
no less than ten.
- Although the NIST never satisfactorily resolved these
differences, it immediately threw out the less severe alternatives, citing
two reasons in the Executive Summary report: first, because they failed
to predict observable damage to the far exterior walls; and second, because
they did not lead to a global collapse.
- On 9/11 the first tower sustained visible damage to its
opposite. i.e., south wall, caused by an errant landing gear and by a piece
of the fuselage, which were later recovered from below. Also, at the time
of the second impact a jet engine was seen exiting WTC 2's opposite wall
at high speed, after passing through the building. It was later found on
Murray Street, several blocks northeast of the WTC. In its summary report
the NIST leads us to believe that it used the observable damage to the
far walls caused by these ejected jet plane parts to validate its simulations.
Yet, in one of its supplementary documents the NIST admits that "because
of [computer] model size constraints, the panels on the south side of WTC
1 were modeled with a coarse resolution...[and for this reason] The model....underestimates
the damage to the tower on this face." Butnoticethis
means that none of the alternatives accurately predicted the exit damage.
- This admission, deeply buried in the 43 volume report,
is fatal to the NIST's first rationale for rejecting the lesser alternative,
since it was no less accurate than the moderate and extreme cases. (Or,
put differently: It was no more inaccurate.) Which, of course, means that
the NIST rejected the lesser alternative for only one reason: because it
failed to predict a global collapse. The simulations for WTC 2 suffered
from the same modeling defect. As the supplementary documentation states,
"None of the three WTC 2 global impact simulations resulted in a large
engine fragment exiting the tower." Yet, here again, the NIST
rejected the lesser alternative. We can thank researcher Eric Douglas for
digging deeper than the summary report. Otherwise, this flaw, tantamount
to the devil lurking in the fine print, might never have come to light.
- But biased reasoning did not deter the NIST. Later, it
also tossed out the moderate (base) alternatives, ultimately adopting the
most extreme scenarios in its subsequent global collapse analysiseven
though, as noted, the moderate alternatives were no less accurate, from
a predictive standpoint, than the extreme cases. In fact, with regard to
predicting the entry damage to WTC 1, as noted, the moderate alternative
was actually a better match.
- The NIST report offers no scientific rationale for this
decision, only the pithy comment that the moderate alternatives "were
discarded after the structural response analysis of major subsystems were
compared with observed events." And what, pray tell, were these
"observed events"? The report explains that "structural
models....indicated that....the buildings would have continued to stand
indefinitely." Here, at least, the NIST is more forthright than
in the case of the lesser alternatives.
- Things only get worse.
- As it happened, even the extreme alternatives required
further tinkering to be acceptable. The report informs us that "Complete
sets of simulations were then performed for cases B and D [the extreme
alternatives]. To the extent that the simulations deviated from the photographic
evidence or eyewitness reports, the investigators adjusted the input, but
only within the range of physical reality."[my emphasis] In other
words, NIST scientists worked backwards from the collapse, tweaking the
extreme alternatives until their computer model finally spat out the desired
result consistent with their assumption, which never wavered, that the
767 impacts ultimately were at the root of everything on 9/11. Of course,
the NIST report never tells us what the "additional inputs" were.
- That the NIST's impact study and subsequent global collapse
analysis were biased, hence, unscientific, ought to be obvious. But I
will go even further: The impact simulations were very nearly a waste of
time, since by its own admission the NIST had almost no information about
actual conditions at the WTC core. The NIST had no sound basis for rejecting
the lesser and moderate impact alternatives; both were at least as plausible
as the extreme alternative. Why were they not given equal weight? The reason
is obvious: That would have compelled NIST investigators to entertain the
unthinkable, i.e., the possibility that some other causative agent was
responsible for the WTC collapse. Still, one has to admire, in a perverse
sort of way, the NIST's triumph of circular reasoning..
- The Metallurgical Studies
- The NIST's metallurgical and fire studies were among
the most important projects, and involved testing 236 samples of steel
columns, panels, trusses, and other smaller parts recovered from ground
zero. Thanks to the original labeling system used during the construction
of the WTC, the NIST was able in many cases to identify individual steel
members, and thus to determine their exact locations in the WTC. As it
happened, some of the samples were from the impact zones and fire-damaged
areas. The collection represented only 0.25 - 0.5 % of the 200,000
total tons of structural steel used the two towers. But the NIST believed
it had enough samples to determine the quality of the steel and evaluate
its performance on 9/11.
- The NIST's findings decisively refuted the pancake theory
of collapse that had been widely reported in the media. According to this
theory the WTC collapse on 9/11 was due to failure of the WTC truss assemblies.
A number of vocal experts had claimed that the weak link was the point
of attachment: where the trusses connected with the inner and outer columns.
These junctions, often referred to as angle-clips, were made of relatively
lightweight steel and were secured by steel bolts. During a 2002 NOVA specialbefore
the NIST ran its metallurgical/fire testsThomas Eagar, the
MIT engineer already cited, summed up the view of many about how and why
the trusses failed on 9/11:
- "...the steel had plenty of strength, until it reached
temperatures of 1,100º to 1,300ºF. In this range, the steel started
losing a lot of strength, and the bending became greater. Eventually the
steel lost 80 percent of its strength, because of this fire that consumed
the whole floor....then you got this domino effect. 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.
If you look at the whole structure, they are the smallest piece of steel.
As everything begins to distort, the smallest piece is going to become
the weak link in the chain. They were plenty strong for holding up one
truss, but when you lost several trusses, the trusses adjacent to those
had to hold two or three times what they were expected to hold."
- Eagar's collapse model sounded plausible enoughbut
the NIST investigation didn't bear it out.
- Because the NIST did not have the necessary facilities,
it contracted Underwriter Laboratories to conduct a series of fire endurance
tests on trusses like those in the WTC. (The recovered truss samples were
too badly deformed during the collapse to test them directly, so NIST fabricated
new trusses identical in design.) The purpose of the tests was to establish
a baseline, and the results were surprising. Not one of the truss assemblies
failed during a series of four tests, not even the truss sprayed with the
minimum amount of fireproofing. "The floors continued to support the
full design load without collapse for over two hours." The investigative
team cautiously noted that the exposure of the floor systems to fire on
9/11 was "substantially different" than the conditions in the
test furnaces, which was true enough. Yet, the team noted that "this
type of assembly was capable of sustaining a large gravity load without
collapsing for a substantial period of time relative to the duration of
the fires in any given location on September 11." The UL tests
not only laid to rest the theory that the trusses were the cause of the
collapse on 9/11, if anything, the tests demonstrated the fundamental soundness
of the WTC truss design.
- Another finding: The WTC steel turned out to be significantly
stronger than expected. Tests showed that the yield strengths of 87% of
the perimeter/core columns, and all of the floor trusses samples, exceeded
the original specifications by as much as 20%. "The yield strengths
of many of the steels in the floor trusses were above 50 ksi, even when
specifications required 36 ksi." (1 ksi = 1,000 lb/per square
inch) The NIST performed similar tests on a number of recovered bolts,
and found that these too were "much stronger than expected, based
on reports from the contemporaneous literature." Noticenone
of these findings support the NIST's official explanation for the WTC collapse.
On the contrary.
- The Fire Tests:
- Core Weakening?
- Another series of tests sought to address the alleged
weakening of the WTC support columns. During a first-run investigators
placed an uninsulated steel column in a 2,012ºF (1,100ºC) furnace
and measured the rise in its surface temperature. Notice, this laboratory
furnace was significantly hotter than the fires on 9/11 caused by jet fuel
or any other combustible in the WTC. The column reached 600ºC in just
13 minutesthe temperature range where significant loss of
strength occurs. When the test was repeated again with an insulated column,
the steel did not reach 600ºC even after ten hours. The NIST concluded
that "the fires in WTC 1 and WTC 2 would not be able to significantly
weaken the insulated....columns within the 102 minutes and 56 minutes,
respectively, after impact and prior to collapse."[my emphasis]
- The NIST interpreted these results as validating its
favored hypothesis that the critical factor on 9/11 leading to the global
failure of the WTC's support columns was the damage to the fireproofing
insulation caused by the Boeing 767 impacts. But was this an unwarranted
leap? It certainly was not supported by the NIST's metallurgical analyses,
which showed that not even one of the 236 steel samples, including those
from the impact areas and fire-damaged floors, showed evidence of exposure
to temperatures in excess of 1,110ºF (600ºC) for as long as 15
minutes. In fact, out of more than 170 areas examined on 16 recovered
perimeter columns, only 3 reached temperatures in excess of 250ºC
(450ºF) during the fires. And why ? Well, perhaps, in part, because,
as Shyam Sunder, the lead NIST investigator, admitted, "the jet fuel....burned
out in less than ten minutes." Also, NIST scientists made another
surprising discovery: The actual amount of combustibles on a typical floor
of the WTC turned out to be less than expected, only about 4 lbs./sq. foot.
Furthermore, "the fuel loading in the core areas....was negligible."
The shocking fact is that the World Trade Center was fuel-poor, compared
with most other buildings. The NIST estimated that a fire in a typical
area of the building would have burned through the available combustibles
at maximum temperatures (1,000ºC) in about 15-20 minutes. Not
nearly long enough even at that temperature to cause exposed steel to lose
80% of its strength.
- Nor is this all. I searched the NIST report in vain for
any acknowledgment that here, as in the case of the truss assembly test,
the actual fire conditions on 9/11 were substantially different from the
UL laboratory furnace. In fact, with respect to the columns the differences
were at least as significant as with the truss assembly test, and call
into sharp question the NIST's conclusion that damaged insulation was the
critical factor. Although the NIST took the position that "temperatures
and stresses were high in the core area," as I've noted the investigation
suffered from a persistent lack of information about real conditions at
the core. The NIST had no hard evidence about the actual amount of protective
insulation damaged/dislodged during the impacts. The NIST report acknowledges
this, then goes on to assume that all structural members in the debris
path at the time of impact suffered 100% loss of insulation. Surely,
we are safe to conclude that the Boeing 767 impacts did cause damage to,
or strip away, a substantial portion of the fireproofing material. Exactly
how much is not knowable. But even if the NIST estimate of total loss of
fireproofing is correct, there is virtually no chance that the fires on
9/11 weakened the WTC's core piers within the allotted span of time: 56/103
- A Vast Heat Sink
- The reason for this, nowhere acknowledged in the NIST
report, ought to be obvious: The WTC's support columns did not exist in
isolation. This was no laboratory furnace. The columns in each tower were
part of an interconnected steel framework that weighed at least 100,000
tons; and because steel is known to be an excellent conductor of heat this
massive steel superstructure functioned on 9/11 as an enormous energy sink.
The total volume of the steel framework was vast compared with the relatively
small area of exposed steel, and would have wicked away the fire-caused
heat almost as quickly as it was generated. Anyone who has repaired a copper
water pipe with a propane torch is familiar with the principle. One must
sit and wait patiently for the pipe temperature to rise to the point where
the copper finally sucks the solder into the fitting. While it is true
that copper is more conductive than steel, the analogy holds, regardless.
The fact that only three recovered steel samples showed exposure to temperatures
above 250ºC indicates that the steel superstructure was indeed behaving
as a heat sink. The fires on 9/11 would have taken many hours, in any event,
much longer than the brief allotted span of 56/103 minutes respectively,
to slowly raise the temperature of the steel framework as a whole to the
point of weakening the exposed members.
- And there are other problems. Since in a global collapse
all of the columns by definition must fail at once, this implies a more
or less constant blaze across a wide area. But this was not the case on
9/11. As already noted, the NIST's lead investigator, Shyam Sunder, admitted
that the jet fuel was consumed within minutes. Also, the NIST found that
the unexpectedly light combustibles in any given area of the WTC were mostly
consumed in about 15-20 minutes. At no point on 9/11 did the fires rage
through an entire floor of the WTC at the same timeas Thomas
Eagar implied in his interview. The fires in WTC 1 were transient.
They flared up in a given area, reached a maximum intensity within about
10 minutes, then gradually died down as the fire front moved on to consume
combustibles in other areas. But notice what this means: As the fires moved
away from the impact zone to areas with little or no damage to the fireproofing,
the heating of the steel columns and trusses in those areas would have
been negligible. The NIST's own data showed that, overall, the fires on
floor 96where the collapse beganreached a
peak 30-45 minutes after the impact and waned thereafter. Temperatures
were actually cooling across most of floor 96, including the core, at the
moment of the collapse. But if this is true, the central piers were not
losing strength at that point but regaining it. How, then, did they
collapse? Finally, the NIST's insistence that "temperatures and stresses
were high in the core area" is not consistent with their finding that
the fuel load of combustibles in the core was negligible. On this
point the NIST contradicts itself.
- In short, the NIST report fails to explain how transient
fires weakened WTC 1's enormous central piers in the allotted span of 103
minutes and triggered a global collapse.
- The Fires in the Second Tower
- The NIST concluded that in WTC 2 the fire behavior was
substantially different: more continuous (rather than transient), especially
on the east side of the building where the impacting Flight 175 allegedly
piled up combustibles. Thiswe are informedin
addition to more extensive impact damage of the core columns, helps to
explain why WTC 2 fell first, even though it was impacted after WTC 1.
Videos filmed on 9/11 do show inward bowing of WTC 2's eastern wall, although
its actual extent and significance remain disputed. But perhaps the most
serious challenge to the official view that fires were gravely weakening
WTC 2 comes from an audiotape released in August 2002 by the Port Authority
of New York. The tape, which was lost or neglected for more than a year,
is the only known recording of firefighters inside the towers. When city
fire officials belatedly listened to it they were surprised to discover
that firemen actually reached the impact/fire zone of WTC 2 about 14 minutes
before the building collapsed. On climbing to the 78th floor sky lobby
Battalion Chief Orlo J. Palmer and Fire Marshall Ronald P. Bucca found
many dead or seriously injured people, but no raging inferno. The audio
transmission between Palmer and another fireman shows no hint of panic
or fear, as the following transcript shows:
- Battalion Seven Chief: "Battalion Seven ... Ladder
15, we've got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock
it down with two lines. Radio that, 78th floor numerous 10-45 Code Ones.
- Ladder 15: "Chief, what stair you in?"
- Battalion Seven Chief: "South stairway Adam, South
- Ladder 15: "Floor 78?"
- Battalion Seven Chief: "Ten-four, numerous civilians,
we gonna need two engines up here."
- Battalion Seven Chief: "Tower one. Battalion Seven
to Ladder 15."
- Battalion Seven Chief: "I'm going to need two of
your firefighters Adam stairway to knock down two fires. We have a house
line stretched we could use some water on it, knock it down, okay."
- Ladder 15: "Alright ten-four, we're coming up the
stairs. We're on 77 now in the B stair, I'll be right to you."
- Battalion Seven Operations Tower One: "Battalion
Seven Operations Tower One to Battalion Nine, need you on floor above 79.
We have access stairs going up to 79, kay."
- Battalion Nine: "Alright, I'm on my way up, Orio."
- Here, Battalion Chief Orlo Palmer calls for hoses to
be brought up to put out the fires. His expression "10-45 Code Ones"
is a reference to dead bodies, of which, evidently, there were many. The
tape shows that the firemen were not turned back by heat, smoke, or a wall
of flames. They were able to function within the impact zone and were prepared
to help the injured and combat the small fires they found. Palmer even
mentions that the stairwell up to the next floor, i.e., 79, was passable.
Minutes later the building came down on their heads.
- Inexplicably, the NIST never considered this important
evidence. The question is why? Their omission is especially damning, since,
as I've stressed, the NIST investigation suffered from a persistent lack
of information about actual conditions at the core. Here was real-time
testimony from firefighters who were on the scene, and the NIST simply
- Of course, it's possible that more intense fires were
raging several floors above the two brave firemenfires that
did cause fatal weakening of columns. This is possible, but the available
evidence does not support it. Among the steel samples recovered by NIST
investigators were two core columns (C-88a and C-88b) from higher up in
the impact zone. Actually, these were two different pieces from the same
column (801). The NIST pinpointed their location on floors 80 and 81, several
floors above the firemenvery near but just outside the path
of Flight 175. Both samples were physically damaged, but the NIST reported
no evidence of the kinds of distortion, i.e., bowing, slumping, or sagging
that are typical of heat-weakened steel. Nor was the NIST able to glean
any evidence of high temperatures from the columns. On what, then,
do they base their conclusion that "Dire structural changes were occurring
in the building interior"? If anything, the paucity of evidence
calls into question the NIST's declaration that their sampling effort was
- Moreover, as we've already noted, the NIST's computer
simulation predicting extreme damage to the core of WTC 2 is dubious, since
it is also unsupported by hard evidence. In fact, the NIST's preferred
extreme alternative was, from a predictive standpoint, no better than the
lesser alternatives, which the NIST rejected. Even the extreme alternative
failed to predict a global collapse, without "additional inputs."
As for the inputs, it would be interesting to know more about them. Unfortunately,
the NIST's global collapse analysis is so highly technical as to be almost
incomprehensible to a non programmer. I was struck by the number of assumptions
it makes, one piled on another.
- The Issue of Reserve Capacity
- In order to show just how weak the official 9/11 narrative
is, let us assume, for the sake of argument, that local fires did burn
long and hot enough to weaken exposed columns in the impact zone of WTC
2. As I will now show, even if this did occur it still fails to account
for the global collapse of the second tower. As the NIST report states,
- both towers had considerable reserve capacity. This was
confirmed by analysis of the post-impact vibration of WTC 2, the more severely
damaged building, where the damaged tower oscillated at a period nearly
equal to the first mode period calculated for the undamaged structure.[my
- The data showed that WTC 2, the more seriously damaged
tower, gave no hint of instability after the initial impact. Unfortunately,
although the NIST summary report provides a wealth of information it fails
to clarify this important matter of the WTC's "considerable reserve
capacity." I scoured the full summary report, as well as the preliminary
2004 reportin vainfor any discussion of the
issue. I then called the NIST for assistance and was guided to several
of the project reports and supplementary documents. I also consulted with
experts at the International Code Council (ICC) and with a leading structural
engineer. I learned that estimating the overall reserve capacity of a steel
structure is no simple task. Numerous factors are involved. Moreover, there
are different ways to approach the problem.
- Perhaps the simplest measure of reserve capacity are
the standards for the material components of a building. In the late 1960s
when the WTC was constructed the applicable standard was the New York City
Building Code, which required a builder to execute computations for the
various structural members to show that they met the specified requirements.
However, the code also allowed for actual testing of members, in the event
that computations were impractical. The testing standards applicable in
1968 give a good idea of the required level of reserve strength in the
steel columns and other materials used in the WTC. For example, in the
most stringent test a steel member had to withstand 250% of the design
load, plus half again its own weight, for a period of a week, without collapse.
- Factor of Safety
- Another widely used measure of reserve capacity is the
so called "factor of safety." This varies for different structural
elements, but for steel columns and beams typically ranges from 1.75-2.0.
The NIST report actually breaks this more general figure down into two
separate and slightly different measurements for stress: yielding strength
(1.67) and buckling (1.92). For our purposes, however, the more general
figure is adequate. So, for example, a steel column with a factor of safety
of 1.75 must support 1.75 times the anticipated design load before it begins
to incur damage. While this value is typical of steel beams in general,
the actual reserve strength of the steel columns in the WTC was higher.
When the NIST crunched the numbers for the 47 core columns of WTC 1 (between
the 93rd and 98th floors) it found that the factor of safety ranged from
1.6 to 2.8, the average value being 2.1. This means that the average
core column in WTC 1 could support more than twice its design load before
reaching the yield strength, i.e., the point where damage may begin to
- Notice, the factor of safety is not a threshold for collapse,
but a value beyond which permanent damage may occur. As the NIST report
states, even "after reaching the yield strength, structural steel
components continue to possess considerable reserve capacity."
This is why steel beams and columns do not typically fail in sudden fashion.
The loss of strength is gradual. No doubt, this helps to explain why,
although fires have ravaged many steel frame buildings over history, not
a one had ever collapseduntil 9/11nor has
any since. So we seeit should be obviousthat
even in the highly improbable worst case, in which many of the WTC columns
lost half of their strength, there was still plenty of reserve capacity
to support the building.
- The Perimeter Wall
- With regard to the WTC's perimeter columns, the factor
of safety varied from day to day and even from hour to hour, because, in
addition to supporting about half of the WTC's gravity load, the perimeter
wall had to withstand the force of windwhich is highly variable
given the whims of Mother Nature. A single face of the WTC presented an
enormous "sail" to the elements, which is why John Shilling vastly
overbuilt this part of the structure. According to the NIST report, the
wall's factor of safety against wind shear on 9/11 was extremely high,
i.e., 10-11. Why so high? The reason is simple: On the day of the
attack there was almost no wind. As a result, nearly all of the perimeter
wall's design capacity was available to help support the gravity load.
As the NIST report states, "On September 11, 2001 the wind loads were
minimal, thus providing significantly more reserve for the exterior walls."
Of course, because wind is mostly a lateral force the additional capacity
that was available to help support the gravity load was less than one-to-one.
When the NIST crunched the numbers for a representative perimeter column
in WTC 1 (column 151 -- between the 93rd and 98th floors), they arrived
at a factor of safety of 5.7. If we take this average figure as a
typical value we arrive at an accurate estimate of the perimeter wall's
amazing reserve strength. Even if we subtract the columns severed/damaged
by the impact of Flight 175, and the lost capacity due to buckling along
one perimeter wall, there was still a wide margin of safetymore
than enough by several times over to support half of the structure's gravity
load, which overall did not change. Of course, the wrecked jetliner added
substantial mass. On the other hand, due to the successful evacuation of
people the live load, i.e., the total body mass of the occupants, was reduced
- I have just shown that the NIST's own data casts grave
doubt on its conclusions about the cause of the global collapse of WTC
2. The official theory requires the fatal weakening of both sets of columns:
at the core and along the perimeter walland falls short
on both counts, due to insufficient evidence. Indeed, I would go further
and call the evidence woefully insufficient.
- Some Fire History:
- For Sake of Comparison
- As mentioned, fires have ravaged many steel frame structures
in the pastand in some cases these fires were much more
severe than on 9/11. Even so, not a one of them produced a global collapse.
Let us briefly consider one example. In February 2005, the 32-story Edificio
Windsor in Madrid was destroyed by a disastrous fire that burned out of
control for 18-20 hoursnoticemuch longer
than the WTC fire on 9/11. The Edificio Windsor was a ferro-concrete structure,
thus, was different in design, but it had a perimeter of steel columns
and floors supported by steel beams. The blaze started on the 21st floor,
spread to the entire building, and left the superstructure gutted. The
Windsor was in compliance with the Spanish building code when constructed
in the 1970s, but the code in those days did not require fireproofing.
In fact, at the time of the disaster the building's steel beams and columns
were being retrofitted with fireproofing insulation. However, only the
bottom 17 floors had been completed. At the time of the blaze the upper
15 floors had no fire protection whatsoever. According to Javier Sanz,
the Madrid fire chief, the fire reached temperatures of 800°C (1,472°F)sufficient
to collapse the upper concrete floors. Numerous steel beams also sagged
and columns buckled. But the overall superstructure, which was largely
unprotected, never collapsed. The steel framework withstood the disaster,
though gravely weakened. By contrast, most of the WTC's massive central
piers and perimeter columns were never even touched by the fires of 9/11,
which were confined to a few upper floors.
- The Cardington Fire Tests
- There are good reasons why fire-ravaged steel buildings
typically do not collapse. In a series of fire tests completed in 1996
at the Cardington Lab in the UK the Building Research Establishment (BRE)
showed that even unprotected steel frame buildings have large reserves
of stability during extreme fire events. In physical tests lasting 2-4
hoursconsiderably longer than the fires of 9/11lab
scientists subjected steel beams, columns and composite steel/concrete
floors to fires that at times exceeded 1,000°C. In test after test
the unprotected steel beams or columns bowed, buckled and sagged, but not
a one of them collapsed. The tests demonstrated that steel buildings are
more than the sum of their parts. The lab found that fire resistance is
not only a property of individual members, but of the interconnected structure
as a whole: For most of the duration of exposure thermal expansion and
warpingand not material degradationgoverned
the steel's response to heat. The Cardington fire tests had relevance to
the WTC collapse. The results were readily available and might have informed
the NIST investigation. But to the best of my knowledge NIST scientists
never considered the Cardington lab test data.
- Back to the Future
- The Cardington fire tests help to explain why no steel
frame structures had collapsed, before 9/11nor since. Yet,
we are expected to believe such a scenario unfolded three times on a single
day. I say "three times" because, notice, I have not even discussed
the case of WTC 7, which was not hit by a plane, hence, had no spillage
of jet fuel, and suffered only some exterior damage and minor fires. Yet,
at 5:20 PM on the afternoon of 9/11 the building suddenly collapsed in
the manner of a controlled demolition. The video of this, captured on film
for the world to see, clearly shows that the 47-story steel-frame structure
dropped from the bottom up, into its own footprint. The collapse has never
been explained, certainly not by the NIST, which has yet to release a final
report about WTC 7.
- In conclusion, my reading of the NIST report left me
slightly agog, in a state of mild shock at the disparity between the NIST's
research and its conclusions. I agree with whistleblower Kevin Ryan that
the report simply does not add up. Notice, this brings us back to the
beginninghopefully a little wiser. I hereby join with Kevin
Ryan, Dr. Steven Jones, and others who have called for a NEW and truly
independent 9/11 investigation, one empowered with the necessary resources
and with subpoena authority. It's the only way we will ever finally answer
the important question: Why did the WTC collapse? Only the truth about
9/11 can free us from the current tyranny of secrecy, lies and deceit which
today is a far greater threat to our liberty than any foreign enemy.
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- 1. Penn Arts and Sciences, Summer 2002. www.sas.upenn.edu/sasalum/newsltr/summer2002/k911.html
- 2. Dr Keith Eaton, The Structural Engineer 3, September
- 3. James Williams, "WTC a Structural Success,"
SEAU NEWS, The Newsletter of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah,
October 2001, #3.
- 4. Magazine of Johns Hopkins Public Health, late fall,
2001. When I contacted Dr Geyh she confirmed the report. She stated that
people involved in the clean up effort told her they had seen molten steel
in the debris.
- 5. Commissioner Holden's testimony before the 911 Commission
is posted at http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/library/congress/9-11_commission/030401-holden.htm
- 6. Christopher Bollyn, "Seismic Evidence Points
- Explosions Causing WTC Collapse" American Free
Press, August 28, 2002.
- 7. Manuel Garcia, "The Thermodynamics of 9/11,"
November 28, 2006. posted at http://www.counterpunch.org/thermo11282006.html
- 8. The results are posted at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2001/ofr-01-0429/thermal.r09.html
- 9. NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the Department
of Commerce. The NIST investigation/report of the WTC collapse was conducted
under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team Act, which
was signed into law on October 1, 2002.
- 10. See question 13, Frequently Aasked Questions, posted
- 11."We Will Not Forget, A Day of Terror", The
Chief Engineer, October 26, 2006. http://www.chiefengineer.org/article.cfm?seqnum1=1029
- 12. Sheila Barter, "How the World Trade Center Fell",
BBC news, September 13, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1540044.stm
- 13. A summary of the points presented in the NOVA special
are still posted at PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wtc/dyk.html
- 14 Kamikaze attackers may have known twin sisters' weak
spot," Sundaytimes.com posted at http://911research.wtc7.net/cache/disinfo/collapse/sundaytimes_kamikaze.html
- 15. Kamikaze attackers may have known twin sisters' weak
spot," Sundaytimes.com posted at http://911research.wtc7.net/cache/disinfo/collapse/sundaytimes_kamikaze.html
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