Writing about a speech by one of the members of the 9/11 Commission, P-I columnist
Joel Connelly claimed: "Each of us needs to understand why we are doing
what we are doing." ("Sept.
11 show the flaws with protocol," May 8)
Indeed! The problem is that the "why" we have been told appears to
be a complete fiction.
Connelly seems to assume that because the 9/11 Commission was bipartisan that
we should accept its conclusions and recommendations. But is that true? Is the
commission's story credible?
The commission's conclusions and recommendations should be totally
rejected. Its story is full of lies, distortions and omissions of fact. Following
are two of the more than 40 reasons why the official story about what happened
on 9/11 is untrue.
First, who were the hijackers? We do not know. None of those named appear on
any of the passenger lists released by the airlines. Most important, six of
the men named by the government are still alive and have never even been to
the United States. We know that because European media (as reported by The Associated
Press, the London Telegraph and the BBC) have interviewed them. It is not a
matter of mistaken identity not being noticed or someone using a false passport.
The commission insists that the people they named were the hijackers but that
claim is demonstrably false.
If that most basic claim is false, and the information was available to the
commission (which it was), and the commission still claims that it has given
us "a full account" of what happened that day based on "exacting
research," it's clear that the members are lying. In his book, "The
9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," Dr. David Ray Griffin
documents all that and concludes the whole report is one long lie.
Second, in the months after 9/11 all of the surviving New York City Fire Department
personnel who were on the scene were interviewed. Those oral histories were
recorded and withheld from the public until Aug. 15, 2005. Only after losing
in court three times did the city of New York finally release them. All 503
are now posted on The New York Times Web site. Why did the city fight so hard
to keep them from the public?
It turns out those oral histories reveal details about what was happening in
the World Trade Center buildings that are completely inconsistent with the tale
told by the commission. Dozens of firefighters and medics reported hearing,
seeing and feeling explosives going off in the buildings that collapsed. Why
were there explosives, very powerful explosives by all accounts, going off in
the buildings? More disturbing, why was the pattern of those explosives identical
in some important ways with the pattern used in a planned implosion (or controlled
demolition of a building)?
In spite of Connelly's faith in what commission members say, the report seems
to be an obvious cover-up. The question that we all need to ask is: What is
the commission covering up? Was 9/11, in fact, an inside job?
Richard Curtis, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of philosophy
at Seattle University and a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth; www.st911.org.
Seattle Post Intelligencer
VIDEO: Firefighters and law enforcement officers believe
that bombs inside the WTC brought down the buildings
Compiled by www.911proof.com
(minor editing by Global Research) we bring to the attention of our readers
links to videoclips, news articles and police/firefighter reports which provide
testimony and evidence pertaining to the causes of the WTC collapse.
Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other extremely credible
witnesses have also discredited the Administration's version of why the world
trade center buildings collapsed on 9/11:
VIDEOCLIP: Reporter for USA Today stated that the
FBI believed that bombs in the buildings brought the buildings down
Fire Department Chief of Safety stated there were "bombs" and "secondary
devices", which caused the explosions in the buildings (video) ;
or high-quality audio
who witnessed attacks stated that it looked like there were bombs in the buildings
firefighter stated "On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there
was bombs set in the building"
VIDEOCLIP: MSNBC reporter stated that
police had found a suspicious device "and they fear it could be something
that might lead to another explosion" and the police officials believe
"that one of the explosions at the world trade center . . . may have been
caused by a van that was parked in the building that may have had some kind
of explosive device in it, so their fear is that there may have been explosive
devices planted either in the building or in the adjacent area"
LINKS TO REPORTS AND TRANSCRIPTS
firefighter stated "the south tower ... exploded.... At that point a debate
began to rage because the perception was that the building
looked like it had been taken out with charges ... many people had felt that
possibly explosives had taken out 2 World Trade" (pages 6 & 7)
Fire Commissioner stated “I thought ... before ... No. 2 came down, that
I saw low-level flashes. ... I ... saw a flash flash flash ... [at] the lower
level of the building [not up where the fire was]. You know like when they ...
blow up a building ... ?" -- and a lieutenant firefighter the Commissioner
spoke with independently verified the flashes (see possible explanation
below)(when, as here, there are no page numbers in the original firefighter
transcript, you can locate the text using the "find" function in your
firefighter said “[T]here was just an explosion. It seemed like on television
[when] they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way
around like a belt, all these explosions.”
Another firefighter stated "it
almost sounded like bombs going off, like boom, boom, boom, like seven or eight"
(page 4; original is .pdf; Google's webpage version is here
Paramedic said "at
first I thought it was -- do you ever see professional demolition where they
set the charges on certain floors and then you hear pop pop pop pop pop -- thats
exactly what because thought it was" (page 9)
Police officer noted "People
were saying, 'There’s another one and another one.' I heard reports of
secondary bomb explosions . . ." (page 61, which is page 3 of a hand-written
Firefighter stated "there
was an explosion in the south tower, which . . . just blew out in flames . .
. One floor under another after another and when it hit about the fifth floor,
I figured it was a bomb, because it looked like a synchronized deliberate kind
of thing. I was there in '93" (referring to 1993 bombing of world trade
center; pages 3 & 4)
VIDEOCLIP: A firefighter stated "it
looked like sparkling around one specific layer of the building ... Then the
building started to come down. My initial reaction was that this was exactly
the way it looks when they show you those implosions on TV."
VIDEOCLIP Dan Rather said that collapse
was "reminiscent of those pictures we've all seen [when]a building was
deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite to knock it down" (CNN's
Aaron Brown and a Fox News reporter also made similar comments)
NEWS REPORT: British newspaper stated "some
eyewitnesses reported hearing another explosion just before the structure crumbled.
Police said that it looked almost like a 'planned implosion' "
VIDEOCLIP: One ABC reporter stated it
looked like a controlled demolition ; another ABC reporter stated "anyone
who has ever watched a building being demolished on purpose knows that if you're
going to do this you have to get at the under-infrastructure of the building
to bring it down "
A reporter for WNYC radio said "The
reporters were trying to figure out what had happened. We were thinking bombs
had brought the buildings down " (page 203 of Running Toward Danger:
Stories Behind The Breaking News of 9/11)
NEWS REPORT: A Wall Street Journal reporter said "I
heard this metallic roar, looked up and saw what I thought was just a peculiar
site of individual floors, one after the other exploding outward. I thought
to myself, "My God, they’re going to bring the building down."
And they, whoever they are, HAD SET CHARGES . . . . I saw the explosions"
A facilities manager
in the north tower "was convinced that there were bombs planted all over
the place and someone was sitting at a control panel pushing detonator buttons"
VIDEOCLIP Indeed, Larry Silverstein, the leaseholder of the
World Trade Center, said in a PBS documentary that Building
7 was "pulled" on September 11th. "Pulling" is a construction
industry term for "intentionally demolishing", as shown in this
PBS interview discussing the demolition of world trade center building 6
many weeks after 9/11.
VIDEOCLIPS: Moreover, there is evidence that substantial
explosions occurred well BELOW the area impacted by the planes, and -- according
to some witnesses -- they occurred BEFORE the plane had hit: 9/11
hero, who was the last person out of the north tower , said that there was a
massive explosion in the North Tower BEFORE the plane hit (see also this
interview and also this
POLICE REPORT: A police report states World Trade Center
Desk reporting an explosion on the lower level" 8 minutes after plane crash
(page 17, which is page 2 of the Chronological Report of the WTC Radio Transmissions
NYC firefighter stated “It actually gave at a lower floor, not the floor
where the plane hit. . . [W]e originally had thought there was like an internal
detonation, explosives, because it went in succession, boom, boom, boom, boom,
and then the tower came down.”
Police Officer described events which occurred inside Tower One after the
second plane hit and well before that tower collapsed: "We
went back up to the sixth floor . . . . Then there was an eerie silence and
it was like you knew something was going to happen. There just seemed to be
one explosion after another. I was separated from the guys from the bridge .
. . by another explosion, massive again, sucking the air out of your lungs and
then just a wind more intense this time with larger pieces of debris flying."
(pages 94 & 95, which is page 2 & 3 of a hand-written memorandum)
states "this, huge incredible force of wind and debris actually came UP
the stairs, knocked my helmet off, knocked me to the ground"
Similarly, employee of an insurance company in south tower heard
an explosion from BELOW the impact of the airplane, an "exploding sound"
shook the building, a tornado of hot air, smoke and ceiling tiles and bits of
drywall came flying UP the stairwell, and the wall split from the bottom UP
stated "my lieutenant said he looked down at the first floor, and he could
see the first floor of the south tower like exploding out" (page 5;
Google's web version is here )
said "I was distracted by a large explosion from the south tower and it
seemed like fire was shooting out a couple of hundred feet in each direction,
then all of a sudden the top of the tower started coming down in a pancake ....
It appeared somewhere below [the area where the plane had hit]. Maybe twenty
floors below the impact area of the plane" (pages 3 & 4)
ground level explosions" (page 29)
Detective for the Port Authority reported, long before the collapse of the
we reached the 15th floor, the building began to vibrate and shake. I heard
loud explosions and rumblings in the background. The stairwell shifted and gave
out a large metal on metal groan. The stairwell then twisted back into place
with another loud groan. The lights went out. At that point the stairwell became
filled with smoke and dust." (pages 58 & 59, which is page 2 &
3 of a memo from the Office of Inspector General)
A fire department batallion chief stated "
it actually looked -- the lowest floor of fire in the south tower actually looked
like someone had planted explosives around it because the whole bottom I could
see (redacted) I could see two sides of it and the other side, it just looked
like that floor blew out" (what was in the redacted portion?)
discover that the lobby of one of the twin towers suffered explosive damage
with blown-out windows
Firefighter stated "the
Maydays started coming in to vacate the north tower . . . westarted going down.
At that point, we proceeded down . . . Made it down to the lobby. There were
about maybe 30 firefighters that were with us. Made it to the lobby, and the
lobby was like a war zone. All the windows were blown out, and the command post
wasn't there. We made it to the corner of West and Vesey when the building came
down." (pages 5 & 6)
World trade center employee stated "the bottom
of our building was blown out"
who worked in the basement of north tower witnessed explosion in basement at
around the same time the plane hit far above
VIDEOCLIP: CBS News reporter stated "All
of a sudden I heard a roar and I saw one of the towers blow ... I saw from street
level as though it exploded up, a giant rolling ball of flame..." .
(same reporter stated "I
hear simultaneously this roar and see what appears to be a gigantic fireball
rising up at ground level . . . I remember seeing this giant ball of fire come
out of the earth as I heard this roar" (pages 119 & 239))
VIDEOCLIPS: A Port Authority Police Department officer, who
was intimately familiar with the World Trade Center from his years of police
duties patrolling there, described
how the hallway began to shudder as a "terrible deafening roar" swept
over him, then a giant fireball exploded in the street seconds before the south
Worker in one of the twin towers discusses
explosion on the 8th floor
Another worker in the twin towers states "when we get to the lobby, there
was this big explosion"
Stationary engineer who worked in world trade center one described
tremendous damage in the basement of the building more consistent in nature
and timing with a bomb than with damage from an airplane
Construction worker discusses
explosions in the sub-basement of tower 1 ; same worker talks about explosions
in the basements of tower 2
Firefighter describes elevators "blown
off the hinges" which only went to lower floors (page 7)
MORE VIDEOCLIPS PROVIDING TESTIMONY
In addition, there are many eyewitness accounts of phenomena consistent with
the use of explosives in the world trade center buildings:
captain stated "somewhere around the middle of the world trade center there
was this orange and red flash coming out initially it was just one flash then
this flash just kept popping all the way around the building and that building
had started to explode the popping sound and with each popping sound it was
initially an orange and then red flash came out of the building and then it
would just go all around the building on both sides as far as could see these
popping sounds and the explosions were getting bigger going both up and down
and then all around the building" (pdf file; Google's web version is
). Compare this
authenticated tape of a controlled demolition by a leading demolition company
-- can you see the orange and red flashes on the near side of the building?
How about at the base of this
building, the Kingdome? Both of these tapes are posted at the "World
Records" section of Controlled Demolition, Inc.'s website)
Police office stated "you
would hear a loud boom go off at the top of tower one. As the building continued
to burn and emergency equipment kept on responding stirring up the dust and
debris in the streets. After approximately 15 minutes suddenly there was another
loud boom at the upper floors, then there was a series of smaller explosions
which appeared to go completely around the building at the upper floors. And
another loud earth-shattering blast with a large fire ball which blew out more
debris and at that point everyone began to run north on West Broad Street."
(page 5, which is page 2 of a hand-written memorandum)(what caused loud explosions
many minutes apart, a series of smaller explosions going "completely around
the building", and a "large fire ball"?)
Chief of NY Fire Department (Citywide Tour Commander) said "there
was what appeared to be at first an explosion. It appeared at the very top,
simultaneously from all four sides, materials shot out horizontally. And then
there seemed to be a momentary delay before you could see the beginning of the
collapse" (page 4) (why was material shooting out from all four side
before the collapse?)
Police offer stated "we
kept hearing explosions that would shake the whole room"
REPORT: Police sergeant said "Within
a short period of time (approximately ¾ of an hour) one of the buildings
to the World Trade Center collapsed. During this time period there were numerous
explosions, causing us to leave and re-enter the incident area" (page
88, which is page 1 of a memorandum)
Fire department batallion chief said "You
could see the windows pop out just like in the picture, looked like a movie.
I saw one floor of windows pop out, like poof, poof. I saw one and a half floors
popout. It looked almost like an explosion" (pages 7 & 8)
Firefighter stated "the
collapse hadn't begun, but it was not a fire any more up there. It was like
-- it was like that -- like smoke explosion on a tremendous scale going on up
there" (page 17)(what caused the "smoke explosion on a tremendous
scale" before the collapse?)
Fire chief from a nearby town heard a "high-pitched
noise and a popping noise" right before the collapse of the South Tower
VIDEOCLIP: MSNBC reporter stated "I
heard a second explosion ... And then a fire marshal came in and said we had
to leave, because if there was a third explosion this building might not last"
. The same reporter stated that
the force of the explosion overturned cars and set them on fire
REPORTS: Paramedic said “Shortly
before the first tower came down, I remember feeling the ground shaking. I heard
a terrible noise, and then debris just started flying everywhere. People started
running" (pages 5 & 6) (why was there ground shaking before the
Same paramedic stated "by
the time the debris settled from the first collapse we started to walk back
east towards west street and few minutes later – really don’t remember
the time frames because we were so busy in trying to account for who was in
the staging area and who wasn’t we basically had the same thing the ground
shook again and we heard another terrible noise and the next think we knew the
second tower was coming down and again we were running for our lives . .
. . ." (pages 6 & 7)(why did the ground shake before the start of the
"terrible noise" of the collapse?)
mentioned explosion and the fact that "the whole building bellied out
" (why did the building "belly out", as opposed to falling over?)
VIDEO: CNN producer stated "every
few minutes you'll hear like a small sort of a rumbling sound, almost like an
explosion sound and another chunk of it will come flying down into the street
"; same producer stated "there
was just a huge ... [explosion? word apparently erased from original CNN video]
and enormous pieces of debris just falling - one right after the other"
(what caused the "rumbling sounds" and the chunks flying down every
couple of minutes)
Highly-reputable astrophysicist wrote
in an email that, immediately before the collapse of each of the twin towers,
he heard explosions and low-frequency rumbles (he also uses the phrase "demolition-style
witness interviewed on television stating "it sounded like gunfire ...
bang bang bang bang bang ... and then three big explosions"
See also these tape
recordings of firefighters showing that they thought fires in the south tower
were small and easily containable, even immediately before the collapse ; this
overview of the collapse of trade center building 7; this short video discussion
on collapses ; and compare this
footage of a controlled demolition and also this
footage of controlled demolition with this
footage of the start of the collapse of tower 1 (it is also interesting
world trade centers are pulverized in mid-air into massive dust clouds ,
similar to controlled demolitions); this
short essay about why and how bombs might have been planted in the Twin
Towers; this contest offering
a million dollars to anyone who can prove that the trade centers were brought
down without explosives;
video containing additional evidence (made by a 21-year old, so you'll have
to ignore the music; also contains some speculative opinions by the filmmaker)