What happened to William Rodriguez the morning of 9/11 is a miracle. What happened
to his story after-the-fact is a tragedy.
But with miracles and tragedies comes truth. And truth is exactly what Rodriguez
brings to the whole mystery surrounding 9/11.
Declared a hero for saving numerous lives at Ground Zero, he was the janitor
on duty the morning of 9/11 who heard and felt explosions rock the basement
sub-levels of the north tower just seconds before the jetliner struck the top
He not only claims he felt explosions coming from below the first sub-level
while working in the basement, he says the walls were cracking around him and
he pulled a man to safety by the name of Felipe David, who was severely burned
from the basement explosions.
All these events occurred only seconds before and during the jetliner strike
above. And through it all, he now asks a simple question everybody should be
asking? How could a jetliner hit 90 floors above and burn a man’s arms
and face to a crisp in the basement below within seconds of impact?
Rodriguez claims this was impossible and clearly demonstrates a controlled
demolition brought down the WTC, saying "Let’s see them (the government)
try to wiggle out of this one."
Well, they haven’t wiggled out of it because the government continues
to act like Rodriguez doesn’t exist, basically ignoring his statements
and the fact he rescued a man burnt and bleeding from the basement explosions.
His eye witness account, ignored by the media and the government, points the
finger squarely on an official cover-up at the highest levels since the government
contends the WTC fell only from burning jet fuel. And after listening to Rodriguez,
it’s easy to see why the Bush administration wants him kept quiet.
Bush wants him quiet because Rodriguez’s account is ‘proof positive’
the WTC was brought down by a controlled demolition, not burning jet fuel. And
Bush knows if he’s caught lying about this or caught in a cover-up, it’s
just a matter of time before the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.
In fact, Rodriguez’s story is so damaging – so damning –
it literally blows the lid off the government story, literally exposing the
whole 9/11 investigation as a sham and a cover-up of the worst kind.
And it appears the cover-up also extends to the media.
NBC news knew about his story several years ago, even spending a full day at
his house taping his comments. But when push came to shove, his story was never
His eyewitness account, backed up by at least 14 people at the scene with him,
isn’t speculation or conjecture. It isn’t a story that takes a network
out on a journalistic limb. It’s a story that can be backed up, a story
that can be verified with hospital records and testimony from many others.
It’s a story about 14 people who felt and heard the same explosion and
even saw Rodriguez, moments after the airplane hit, take David to safety, after
he was burnt so bad from the basement explosion flesh was hanging from his face
and both arms
So why didn’t NBC or any other major news outlets cover the story? They
didn’t run it because it shot the government story to hell and back. They
didn’t run it because "the powers at be" wouldn’t allow
Since 9/11, Rodriguez has stuck to his guns, never wavering from what he said
from day one. Left homeless at times, warned to keep quiet and subtly harassed,
he nevertheless has continued trying to tell get his message out in the face
of a country not willing to listen.
Here is his story:
It’s a miracle Rodriguez, 44, who worked at the WTC for 20 years, is
even alive. Usually arriving to work at 8:30am, the morning of 9/11 he reported
30 minutes late. If he’d arrived on time, it would have put him at the
top floors just about the same time the jetliner hit the north tower.
"It was a miracle. If I arrived on time, like always, I’d probably
be dead. I would have been up at the top floors like every morning," said
Rodriguez about the quirk of fate that saved his life.
But since he was late, Rodriguez found himself checking into work in an office
on sub-level 1 when the north tower was hit, seemingly out of harms way. However,
the sound and concussion of a massive explosion in the sub-levels right below
his feet changed that.
"When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated,
the walls started cracking and it everything started shaking," said Rodriguez,
who was huddled together with at least 14 other people in the office.
Rodriguez said Anthony Saltamachia, supervisor for the American Maintenance
Co., was one of the people in the room who stands ready to verify his story.
"Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still
rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above," said Rodriguez.
"Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the
tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion."
But before Rodriguez had time to think, co-worker Felipe David stormed into
the basement office with severe burns on his face and arms, screaming for help
and yelling "explosion! explosion! explosion!"
David had been in front of a nearby freight elevator on sub-level 1 about 400
feet from the office when fire burst out of the elevator shaft, causing his
"He was burned terribly," said Rodriguez. "The skin was hanging
off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn’t have come from the airplane
above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don’t care what the
government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire
that was caused from an explosion below.
"I know there were explosives placed below the trade center. I helped
a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a
lie and a cover-up.
"I have tried to tell my story to everybody, but nobody wants to listen.
It is very strange what is going on here in supposedly the most democratic country
in the world. In my home country of Puerto Rico and all the other Latin American
countries, I have been allowed to tell my story uncensored. But here, I can’t
even say a word."
After Rodriguez escorted David to safety outside the WTC, he returned to lead
the others in the basement to safety as well. While there, he also helped two
other men trapped and drowning in the basement elevator shaft, another result
he says of the explosives placed below the tower.
In fact, after leading these men to safety, he even made another trip back
into the north tower, against police orders, in order to rescue people from
the top floors.
"I never could make it to the top, but I got up to the 33rd floor after
getting some of my equipment and a face mask out of the janitor’s closet,"
said Rodriguez, adding he heard a series of small explosions going off between
the 20th and 30th floors, unrelated to the airplane strike, while making his
way through the stairwell to the top floors.
"Also, when I was on the 33rd floor, I heard strange sounds coming form
the 34th floor, loud noises like someone moving and thumping heavy equipment
and furniture. I knew this floor was empty and stripped due to construction
work so I avoided it and continued to make my way up the stairs."
Rodriguez said he finally reached the 39th floor before being turned back by
fire fighters and then, reluctantly, started his dissent back down and his own
flight to safety while, at the same time, hearing explosions coming from the
The concerted effort by the media and the government to silence Rodriguez is
the tragedy behind this American hero’s story. And there is no question,
Rodriguez is a "silent hero" for saving so many lives and for having
the courage to continue telling his story against tremendous odds.
In an effort to open a fair and honest investigation as to why the WTC collapsed,
Rodriguez has been ignored by government officials, the 9/11 Commission and
the National Institute of Safety and Technology (NIST).
NIST, an independent investigative group funded by the government, put the
finishing touches this week on its 2 year $35 million 9/11 investigation. This
week Rodriguez made his final plea to have his story heard while testifying
at the final public hearing held in New York.
" I disagree 100%with the government story," said Rodriguez. "I
met with the 9/11 Commission behind closed doors and they essentially discounted
everything I said regarding the use of explosives to bring down the north tower.
"And I contacted NIST previously four times without a response. Finally,
this week I asked them before they came up with their conclusion that jet fuel
brought down the towers, if they ever considered my statements or the statements
of any of the other survivors who heard the explosions. They just stared at
me with blank faces and didn’t have any answers.
"Also, The FBI never followed up on my claims or on the other part of
my story when I told them before 9/11, I encountered one of the hijackers casing
the north tower."
Besides the explosions, Rodriguez also has provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission
that he stumbled across one of the supposed 19 Arab hijackers inside the WTC
several months before 9/11
"I had just finished cleaning the bathroom and this guy asks me, 'Excuse
me, how many public bathrooms are in this area?'" Rodriguez told the 9/11
Commission. "Coming from the school of the 1993 [Trade Center] bombing,
I found it very strange. I didn't forget about it"
Rodriguez, claims he saw United Airlines Flight 175 hijacker Mohand Alshehri
in June 2001, telling an FBI agent about the incident a month after the attacks.
Never hearing back from the bureau, he later learned agents never followed up
on the story.
"I'm very certain, I'll give it 90%" that Alshehri was casing the
towers before the attacks," said Rodriguez.
Regarding the media’s apathetic approach to his story, Rodriguez said
immediately after 9/11 some newspapers picked it up but his words were never
taken seriously and quickly forgotten.
"During the 9/11 hearings, NBC brought a crew out to my house and spent
a day taping my story but they never did air a word of it," said Rodriguez.
"Since then, some reporters and commentators have subtly warned me to keep
quiet, told me my life could be in jeopardy and warned me that I really didn’t
understand who I was dealing with.
"I have been receiving this type of subtle harassment for years, but I
keep telling everybody I can’t be intimidated because I am on a mission.
Whenever someone asks why I keep talking or warns me that I could be killed,
I just tell them I have nothing to lose.
"I tell them I lost 200 friends and I am their voice now. I tell them
I will do everything in my power to find out the truth since I am living on
borrowed time since I probably should be dead anyway."
Besides trying to tell his explosive story, Rodriguez has been active raising
money for 9/11victims, being involved with charity groups that have raised more
than $122 million. He says he has used over $60,000 of his own money, originally
earmarked to buy a new house, in order to get at the truth behind 9/11.
Also seeking justice at the highest level, Rodriguez is the lead plaintiff
in a federal RICO lawsuit filed against President Bush and others, alleging
conspiracy to commit murder and other crimes in the deaths of more than 3,000
at the WTC.
The case, filed last November in a Philadelphia federal district court, recently
was moved to New York in a change of venue after a government’s motion
to dismiss was overruled, allowing legal discovery to continue.
"Even if the case goes no farther, I feel we have scored a victory by
winning this first battle," said Rodriguez. "At least the judge seems
willing to listen which is a victory of sorts. However, I sincerely hope we
can eventually take the case all the way to trial and reveal the truth to the
American people about 9/11."