And Finally, #5......
Well, here goes:
#5. No steel building in history has collapsed from fire damage apart from those buildings lost on 9/11. Yeah, I know what your response is, 'how many other steel buildings have been hit by commercial aircrafts filled with jet fuel?' Fair enough, but lets consider ALL OF THE FACTS before we simply assume that jet fuel + collision = completely collapsed building.
Like everyone else, I watched the planes hit the World Trade Center towers and then watched with sheer horror how the buildings collapsed straight down. Like everyone else, I believed the impact from the planes and the ensuing fires caused the collapses. But now, after much information has been revealed, I'm not so sure. Consider all of this:
a. Did you know that, in order for a building to collapse straight down, all of the load bearing elements of the building must fail at exactly the same time? Its just simple physics. If all of the load bearing elements do not fail at the exact same time, the building will simply tip over to one side. (As pictured in the image to the right and the image above left)
b. Did you know that Building 7 of the WTC, a 47 story steel structure, was not hit by any airplane but nonetheless collapsed...straight down. (See image to the left, that is WTC 7 collapsing straight down) The building was only on fire for 1 to 2 hours! (And remember, this building was not hit by any plane. It was far away from the towers.) This was the same building that housed offices for the CIA, Department of Defense, Office of the Mayor, FEMA, and a host of other curious tenants. Please check this out.
This is what Dan Rather of CBS News said "live" on the air immediately after building 7 fell down:
“Amazing, incredible pick your word. For the third time today, it’s reminiscent of those pictures we’ve all seen too much on television before, where a building was deliberately destroyed by well placed dynamite to knock it down.” (See Video here)
c. Did you know that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) stated in May of 2002 that "the specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME." (See here, Chapter 5, Page 31 of the FEMA Report)
d. Yet, WTC 7's owner, Larry Silverstein, admitted on PBS that the building was intentionally pulled down. Check this out. So why does FEMA report that the cause of building 7's collapse is "unknown at this time"? Certainly they should have known that it was pulled down intentionally, right? And lets just say that Larry Silverstein, the building's owner is lying, then how the heck do they account for the fact that the building fell straight down after only being on fire (moderate fire) for 1 to 2 hours?
As far as WTC 7 goes, there is something very, very, very fishy about that collapse. Either the owner is lying or FEMA is lying. And consider this, in order for that building to have been intentionally pulled, that building would have had to have been fitted with explosives. There was only one hour between the time WTC was completely evacuated and the time the building collapsed. Unless, of course, the building was fitted ahead of time.
e. Did you know that Fire Engineering Magazine, the premier firefighter trade magazine for over 122 years, stated the following in January of 2002:
"Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the "official investigation" blessed by FEMA and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure"
f. Did you know that all of the evidence, including the structural steel within the towers, was "cut up and sold for scrap" to China. This occurred almost immediately after the towers collapsed. They never bothered to examine the steel. What kind of investigation could there have been without, at the minimum, examining the wreckage? Wouldn't it have been useful, simply from a design perspective to examine the "hows" and "whys" of the collapse?
"Such destruction of evidence shows the astounding ignorance of government officials to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history. I have combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall." (Fire Engineering Magazine (January 4, 2002)
g. Did you know that, according to an AP article, only $600,000 was spent investigating the WTC towers collapse. The 9/11 Commission spent $15 million dollars in its entire investigation. (Compare that with the $65 million spent investigating Clinton's "affairs").
h. The prevailing theory holds that the WTC towers collapsed because the jet fuel within the planes burned so hot that it caused the steel within the WTC towers to melt, therefore causing the building to collapse. Now, even if we assume this is true, in order for the towers to collapse straight down, the steel would have had to have been compromised equally on all four corners of the building and within the four corners of the interior support columns. So if the fire raging within the towers was burning hot enough to compromise the steel (800 degrees Celsius), how come there are clear photographs of people standing in the burnt out areas of the crash? (See image to the right: Notice the woman standing in a burnt out area of the WTC tower. If its hot enough to bend steel, how the heck is she not incinerated?)
i. Did you know that prior to the collapse of South Tower, whereas floors 78-84 were alleged to have been "ravaged by an 800 degree Celsius inferno", there were firefighters on the 78th floor who were calmly preparing to move up to the 79th floor? Here is a transcript of their radio transmission:
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 Tower."
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."
j. Did you know that, for well over a year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey refused to release the audiotape of firefighters' communications from the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks?
k. Did you know that seismographs at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., 21 miles north of the WTC, recorded strange seismic activity on Sept. 11 that has still not been explained? While the aircraft crashes caused minimal earth shaking, significant earthquakes with unusual spikes occurred at the beginning of each collapse. The Palisades seismic data recorded a 2.1 magnitude earthquake during the 10-second collapse of the South Tower at 9:59:04 and a 2.3 quake during the 8-second collapse of the North Tower at 10:28:31. However, the Palisades seismic record shows that—as the collapses began—a huge seismic “spike” marked the moment the greatest energy went into the ground. The strongest jolts were all registered at the beginning of the collapses, well before the falling debris struck the Earth. (Check out this article)
l. Did you know that many witnesses, including firemen inside the building, reported "secondary explosions" prior to the collapse of each of the towers? One of the first firefighters in the stricken second tower, Louie Cacchioli, 51, told People Weekly on Sept. 24: "I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there were bombs set in the building." (I'm not going to post all of these claims, I simply suggest you go look for yourself...there are too many! But if you wish, you can check out this video of firefighters talking about the explosions.)
m. Did you know that "somehow" people were warned ahead of time that the first tower would collapse, even though prior to the first collapse, there was no reason to believe that the tower would collapse (remember, until the first tower collapsed, no modern steel building had ever collapsed due to fire...ever!!)? Check out this video
n. Did you know that in February of 2005, a 32 story steel skyscraper in Madrid, Spain (the Windsor Building) burned for days at temperatures nearing 800 degrees Celsius, yet that building, which was constructed in 1973, did what most steel buildings do when they are on fire...it simply burned. It did not collapse. Compare that with what happened to WTC 7, a building which did NOT get hit by a plane, and a building that only burned for a few hours. WTC 7 collapsed straight down!
For more info and photos on the Windsor Building fire, check this out.
Well, I could go on, but I think I've given you a lot for one sitting. :-)Like I've said before, the real conspiracy theory is the one perpetrated by the government. Sorry, but I'm not buying it at all!