While most Americans know full well the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001 fewer are aware a third building — World Trade Center Building 7 — also collapsed. This collapse occurred seven hours after the twin towers came down, even though WTC 7, or “Building 7,” itself was never struck by a plane.
by Whitney Webb edited by O Society September 24, 2019
More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative
Evidence continues to mount the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative of September 11, as it becomes ever more clear the media remains committed to prevent legitimate questions about this day from receiving scrutiny these questions deserve.
Today (article originally published 9/11/2019) the event which defines the United States’ foreign policy in the 21st century, and heralds the destruction of whole countries, turns 18. The events of September 11, 2001 remains etched into the memories of Americans and many others, as a collective tragedy that brought Americans together and brought as well a general resolve among us those responsible should be brought to justice.
While the events of that day did unite Americans in these ways for a time, the different trajectories of the official narrative relative to the independent investigations into the September 11 attacks lead to division in the years since 2001, with vicious attacks or outright dismissal levied against the latter non-official “tinfoil hat conspiracy.”
With 18 years having come and gone — and with the tireless efforts from victims’ families, first responders, scientists, and engineers — the tide appears to be turning, as new evidence continues to emerge and calls for new investigations are made.
However, American corporate media remains largely silent, preferring to ignore new developments which derail the “official story” of one of the most iconic and devastating attacks to ever occur on American soil.
For instance, in late July, commissioners for a New York-area Fire Department, which responded to the attacks and lost one of their own that day, called for a new investigation into the events of September 11. On July 24, the board of commissioners for the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which serves a population of around 30,000 near Queens, voted unanimously in their call for a new investigation into the attacks.
While the call for a new investigation from a NY Fire Department involved in the rescue effort would normally seem newsworthy to the media outlets who often rally Americans to “never forget,” instead the commissioners’ call for a new investigation was met with total silence from the mainstream media. The likely reason for the dearth of coverage on an otherwise newsworthy event likely because the resolution calling for the new investigation contains the following clause:
“Whereas, the overwhelming evidence presented in said petition demonstrates beyond any doubt that pre-planted explosives and/or incendiaries — not just airplanes and the ensuing fires — caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings, killing the vast majority of the victims who perished that day;”
In the post-9/11 world, those who make such claims, no matter how well-grounded these claims may be, are derided and attacked as “conspiracy theorists” for questioning the official claims the three World Trade Center buildings to collapse on September 11 did so for any reason other than being struck by planes and from the resulting fires.
Yet, it is much more difficult to launch these same attacks against members of a fire department who lost a fireman on September 11 and many who were involved with the rescue efforts of that day, some of whom still suffer from chronic illnesses as a result.
Another likely reason the media monolithically avoids coverage of the vote is likely out of concern it will lead more fire departments to pass similar resolutions, which would make it more difficult for such news to avoid gaining national coverage. Yet, Commissioner Christopher Gioia, who drafted and introduced the resolution, told those present at the meeting’s conclusion getting all of the New York fire districts on board is their plan anyway.
“We’re a tight-knit community and we never forget our fallen brothers and sisters. You better believe when the entire fire service of New York State is on board, we will be an unstoppable force,” Gioia said. “We were the first fire district to pass this resolution. We won’t be the last,” he added.
While questioning the official conclusions of the first federal investigation into 9/11 is treated as taboo in the American media landscape, it is worth noting even those who led the commission say the investigation was “set up to fail” from the start and they were repeatedly misled and lied to by federal officials in relation to the events of this day.
For instance, the chair and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote in their book Without Precedent not only was the commission starved of funds and its powers of investigation oddly limited, they were obstructed and outright lied to by top Pentagon officials and officials with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). These and other commissioners publicly say the “official” report on the attacks is incomplete, flawed, and unable to answer key questions about the terror attacks.
Despite the failure of American corporate media to report these facts, local legislative bodies in New York, beginning with the fire districts who lost loved ones and friends that day, are leading the way in the search for real answers even those who wrote the “official story” say were deliberately kept from them.
Persuasive scientific evidence continues to roll in
Not long after the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District called for a new 9/11 investigation, a groundbreaking university study added even more weight to the commissioners’ call for a new look at the evidence regarding the collapse of three buildings at the World Trade Center complex. While most Americans know full well that the twin towers collapsed on September 11, fewer are aware that a third building — World Trade Center Building 7 — also collapsed. That collapse occurred seven hours after the twin towers came down, even though WTC 7, or “Building 7,” was never struck by a plane.
Nearly two months after its collapse, reports reveal the CIA had a “secret office” in WTC 7 and after the building’s destruction “a special CIA team scoured the rubble in search of secret documents and intelligence reports stored in the station, either on paper or in computers.” WTC 7 also housed offices for the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, the New York Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the bank Salomon Brothers.
Though the official story regarding the collapse of WTC 7 cites “uncontrolled building fires” as leading to the building’s destruction, a majority of Americans who see the footage of the 47-story tower come down from four different angles overwhelmingly reject the official story, based on a new poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and released on Monday.
This poll finds 52 percent of those who see the footage are either sure or suspect the building’s fall was due to explosives as a controlled demolition, with 27 percent saying they don’t know what to make of the footage. Only 21 percent of those polled agree with the official story the building collapsed due to fires alone. Prior to seeing the footage, 36 percent of respondents say they were unaware a third building collapsed on September 11 and more than 67 percent were unable to name the building that collapsed.
Ted Walter, Director of Strategy and Development for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, told MintPress the lack of awareness about WTC 7 among the general public “goes to show that the mainstream media completely failed to inform the American people about even the most basic facts related to 9/11. On any other day in history, if a 47-story skyscraper fell into its footprint due to ‘office fires,’ everyone in the country would have heard about it.”
The fact the media chose not to cover this, Walter asserts, shows “the mainstream media and the political establishment live in an alternative universe and the rest of the American public lives in a different universe and responds to what they see in front of them,” as reflected by the results of the recent YouGov poll.
Another significant finding of the YouGov poll is 48 percent of respondents support (and 15 percent oppose) a new investigation into the events of September 11. This shows not only is the Franklin Square Fire District’s recent call for a new investigation in line with American public opinion, viewing the footage of WTC 7’s collapse raises more questions than answers for many Americans, questions not adequately addressed by the official investigation of the 9/11 Commission.
The Americans who feel the video footage of WTC 7’s collapse does not fit with the official narrative and appears to show a controlled demolition now have more scientific evidence after the release of a new university study finds the building came down not due to fire but from “the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.”
The extensive four-year study conducted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska uses complex computer models to determine if the building really is the first steel-framed high-rise ever to collapse solely due to the effect of office fires.
The study, currently available as a draft, concludes “uncontrolled building fires” did not lead the building to fall into its footprint — tumbling more than 100 feet at the rate of gravity free-fall for 2.5 seconds of its seven-second collapse — as officially claimed.
Instead, the study — authored by Dr. J. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Feng Xiao, and Dr. Zhili Quan — finds “fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] and private engineering firms twho studied the collapse,” and also concludes “the collapse of WTC 7 was a global [i.e., comprehensive] failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.”
This “near-simultaneous failure of every column” in WTC 7 strongly suggests explosives were involved in its collapse, which is further supported by the statements made by Barry Jennings, the then-Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for the New York City Housing Authority. Jennings told a reporter the day of the attack he and Michael Hess, then-Corporation Counsel for New York City, heard and saw explosions in WTC 7 several hours prior to its collapse and later repeated these claims to filmmaker Dylan Avery. The first responders who rescued Jennings and Hess also claimed to have heard explosions in WTC 7. Jennings died in 2008, two days prior the release of the official NIST report blaming WTC 7’s collapse on fires. To date, no official cause of death for Jennings has been given.
Still “crazy” after all these years?
Eighteen years after the September 11 attacks, questioning the official government narrative of the events of those days still remains taboo for many, as merely asking questions or calling for a new investigation into one of the most important events in recent American history frequently results in derision and dismissal.
Yet, this 9/11 anniversary — with a new study in conflict with the official narrative on WTC 7, and a new poll showing more than half of Americans doubt the government narrative on WTC 7, and with firefighters who responded to 9/11 calling for a new investigation — is it still “crazy” to be skeptical of the official story?
Even in years past, when asking difficult questions about September 11 was even more “off limits,” it was often first responders, survivors and victims’ families who ask the most questions about what really transpired that day and who lead the search for truth for nearly two decades — not wild-eyed “conspiracy theorists,” as many claim.
The reason it remains taboo to ask questions about the official narrative, whose own authors admit it is both flawed and incomplete, is the dominant forces in the American media and the U.S. government successfully convinced many Americans doing so is not only dangerous but irrational and “un-American.”
However, as evidence continues to mount the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative, it becomes ever more clear the reason for this media campaign is to prevent legitimate questions about this day from receiving the scrutiny deserved, smearing even victims’ families and ailing first responders to do so. For too long, “Never Forget” is nearly synonymous with “Never Ask Questions.”
Failing to ask these questions — as more Americans now favor a new investigation and discount the official explanation for WTC 7’s collapse — is the ultimate injustice, not only to those who died in New York City on September 11, but to those killed in their names in the years followed.