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9/11 Truth Movement: Let’s Focus on Building 7

25 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

George Washington's Blog
Saturday, August 23, 2008

The government has handed us a golden opportunity.

By admitting that building 7 was not severely structurally damaged by debris falling from the Twin Towers, by admitting that diesel stored in the building was not what caused the building to collapse, and by ridiculously claiming that thermal expansion caused the first collapse of a modern steel-framed high-rise in history because of some "new phenomenon" that hasn't been taken into account before, NIST has set itself up for easy rebuttal.

And unlike the Twin Towers, which involved fancy top-down special effects, the destruction of WTC 7 looked like a classic demolition. Anyone who is shown a clip of 7 and a controlled demolition will see the perfect similarity.

Even polls at AOL and other mainstream sites show that the public isn't buying NIST's explanation.

So even if you believe that directed energy weapons, nuclear bombs or little green men brought down the Twin Towers, can you please put that aside for a little while?

If we don't focus on building 7, its stunning parallel to known controlled demolitions, and the obvious misrepresentations by NIST about why 7 collapsed, we are hurting and distracting the momentum towards truth and justice.

This is not to say that thermite, rdx or other methods weren't also used in building 7, in addition to more old-fashion methods. But the destruction of wtc 7 looks so "normal" by controlled demolition standards that any mention of directed energy weapons is not only not necessary, but it is hugely counter-productive.

Also, I don't believe directed energy weapons or nukes were used on 9/11. But my suggestion in this essay is separate and apart from my belief, and focuses on what will be most effective to spread truth to the public.

And I am not saying that we should ignore foreknowledge and warnings, protection of patsies, wire transfers, put options, stand downs and Norad's shifting stories, Cheney saying "the order still stands", Zelikow's myth-making role on the 9/11 Commission, or any of the numerous other facts showing that 9/11 was intentionally allowed, aided and abetted by elements within the U.S. government and defense industry.

What I am saying is that we should focus on the best evidence . . . and WTC 7 and NIST's weak excuse are some of the best evidence. And WTC 7 is getting alot of attention right now, right on the heels of the FBI's lame explanation for the anthrax attacks, the fake Iraq-9/11 memo, Cheney wanting to create a false incident to start a war with Iran, Bush wanting to paint a plane then shoot it down to justify the Iraq war, and other instances of deception by the government. NIST's shallow explanation of building 7 is part of this torrent of obvious government lies leaking out at this time. Let's use it (in a couple of months, some other aspect of 9/11 will probably take focus . . . but for now, building 7 is uniquely timely).

Finally, no, I am not the leader of the 9/11 truth movement. Indeed, I don't even really believe in having leaders. My philosophy is "the best idea wins", and I don't care whether it is your idea, my idea or someone else's idea.

If you agree with this essay, please follow it. If you don't, that's fine . . . but please explain why not.

TNRA 22 August 2008

August 22, 2008, part 1 of 1.
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24 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 41
By Hereward Fenton

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement, NIST, WTC7 ]

On tonight's show we present in in-depth analysis of the NIST WTC 7 Investigation, with engineer and registered member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 TruthJohn Bursill.

Information relevant to tonight's show:

Former Chief of NIST's Fire Science Division Calls for Independent Review of World Trade Center Investigation

AE911Truth Press Conference 8/21/08 Response to NIST Final Report on WTC 7

NIST Press Release


Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment
August 21, 2008 | Related Documents

Shyam Sunder, NIST lead investigator

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.

“Our study found that the fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event,” said NIST WTC Lead Investigator Shyam Sunder. “Heating of floor beams and girders caused a critical support column to fail, initiating a fire-induced progressive collapse that brought the building down.”

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse

23 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/wtc082108.html

Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment
August 21, 2008 | Related Documents 

Shyam Sunder, NIST lead investigator

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.

“Our study found that the fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event,” said NIST WTC Lead Investigator Shyam Sunder. “Heating of floor beams and girders caused a critical support column to fail, initiating a fire-induced progressive collapse that brought the building down.”

“Video and photographic evidence combined with detailed computer simulations show that neither explosives nor fuel oil fires played a role in the collapse of WTC 7,” Sunder said. The NIST investigation team also determined that other elements of the building’s construction—namely trusses, girders and cantilever overhangs that were used to transfer loads from the building superstructure to the columns of the electric substation (over which WTC 7 was constructed) and foundation below—did not play a significant role in the collapse.

According to the report, a key factor leading to the eventual collapse of WTC 7 was thermal expansion of long-span floor systems at temperatures “hundreds of degrees below those typically considered in current practice for fire resistance ratings." WTC 7 used a structural system design in widespread use.

Video -The collapse of World Trade Center 7

Citing its one new recommendation (the other 12 are reiterated from the previously completed investigation of the World Trade Center towers, WTC 1 and 2), the NIST investigation team said that “while the partial or total collapse of a tall building due to fires is a rare event, we strongly urge building owners, operators and designers to evaluate buildings to ensure the adequate fire performance of the structural system. Of particular concern are the effects of thermal expansion in buildings with one or more of the following features: long-span floor systems, connections not designed for thermal effects, asymmetric floor framing and/or composite floor systems.” Engineers, the team said, should be able to design cost-effective fixes to address any areas of concern identified by such evaluations.

The investigators also reported that if the city water main had not been cut by the collapse of World Trade Center towers 1 and 2 (WTC 1 and WTC 2), operating sprinklers in WTC 7 would likely have prevented its collapse. “Nevertheless,” Sunder said, “we recommend that building standards and codes be strengthened beyond their current intent to achieve life safety by preventing structural collapse even during severe fires like this one, when sprinklers do not function, do not exist or are overwhelmed by fire.”

Sunder identified several existing, emerging or even anticipated capabilities that could have helped prevent WTC 7’s collapse. He cautioned that the degree to which these capabilities improve performance remains to be evaluated. Possible options for developing cost-effective fixes include:

  • More robust connections and framing systems to better resist effects of thermal expansion on the structural system.
     
    Structural systems expressly designed to prevent progressive collapse, which is the spread of local damage from a single initiating event, from element to element, eventually resulting in the collapse of an entire structure or a disproportionately large part of it. Current model building codes do not require that buildings be designed to resist progressive collapse.
  • Better thermal insulation (i.e., reduced conductivity and/or increased thickness) to limit heating of structural steel and to minimize both thermal expansion and weakening effects. Insulation has been used to protect steel strength, but it could be used to maintain a lower temperature in the steel framing to limit thermal expansion.
  • Improved compartmentation in tenant areas to limit the spread of fires.
  • Thermally resistant window assemblies to limit breakage, reduce air supply and retard fire growth.

 

The 12 recommendations reiterated from the WTC towers investigation address several areas, including specific improvements to building standards, codes and practices; changes to, or the establishment of, evacuation and emergency response procedures; and research and other appropriate actions needed to help prevent future building failures.

Determining the probable collapse sequence for WTC 7, NIST found that the impact of debris from the collapse of WTC 1 ignited fires on at least 10 floors of WTC 7, and the fires burned out of control on six lower floors. The heat from these uncontrolled fires caused thermal expansion of the steel beams on the lower floors of the east side of WTC 7, damaging the floor framing on multiple floors. Eventually, a girder on Floor 13 lost its connection to a critical interior column that provided support for the long floor spans on the east side of the building. The displaced girder and other local fire-induced damage caused Floor 13 to collapse, beginning a cascade of floor failures down to the fifth floor. Many of these floors had already been at least partially weakened by the fires in the vicinity of the critical column. This collapse of floors left the critical column unsupported over nine stories.

“When this critical column buckled due to lack of floor supports, it was the first domino in the chain,” Sunder explained. “What followed in rapid succession was a progression of structural failures. Failure first occurred all the way to the roof line—involving all three interior columns on the most eastern side of the building. Then, progressing from east to west across WTC 7, all of the columns in the core of the building failed. Finally, the entire façade collapsed.”

drawing showing locations of columns of typical WTC 7 floor

Diagram 1—Typical WTC 7 floor showing locations of columns (numbered). The buckling of Column 79 was the initiating event that led to the collapse of WTC 7. The buckling resulted from fire-induced damage to floors around Column 79, failure of the girder between Columns 44 and 79, and cascading floor failures. [Download high-res version]

The investigation team considered the possibility of other factors playing a role in the collapse of WTC 7, including the possible use of explosives, fires fed by the fuel supply tanks in and under the building, and damage from the falling debris of WTC 1.

The team said that the smallest blast event capable of crippling the critical column would have produced a “sound level of 130 to 140 decibels at a distance of half a mile,” yet no noise this loud was reported by witnesses or recorded on videos.

As for fuel fires, the team found that they could not have been sustained long enough, could not have generated sufficient heat to fail a critical column, and/or would have produced “large amounts of visible smoke” from Floors 5 and 6, which was not observed.

Finally, the report notes that “while debris impact from the collapse of WTC 1 initiated fires in WTC 7, the resulting structural damage had little effect in causing the collapse of WTC 7.”

The investigation team found that the design of WTC 7 was generally consistent with the New York City building code in effect at the time. The estimated 4,000 occupants of WTC 7 on the morning of Sept. 11 were evacuated without any fatalities or serious injuries.

To reach the conclusions in its report, NIST complemented its in-house expertise with private-sector technical experts; accumulated an extensive collection of documents, photographs and videos related to the WTC events of 9/11; conducted first-person interviews of WTC 7 occupants and emergency responders; analyzed the evacuation and emergency response operations in and around WTC 7; and performed the most complex computer simulations ever conducted to model a building’s response behavior and determine its collapse sequence due to a combination of debris impact damage, fires and a progression of structural failures from local fire-induced damage to collapse initiation, and, ultimately, to global collapse.

NIST welcomes comments on the draft report and recommendations—available online at http://wtc.nist.gov—received by noon Eastern Daylight Time on Sept.15, 2008. Comments (instructions for submission are available at http://wtc.nist.gov) may be submitted via:

    * e-mail to wtc@nist.gov;
    * fax to (301) 869-6275; or
    * surface mail to WTC Technical Information Repository, Attn: Stephen Cauffman, NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8611, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8610.

The NIST investigation of WTC 7 was conducted under the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, as part of its overall building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster. The act gives NIST the responsibility for conducting fact-finding investigations of building failures that resulted in substantial loss of life or that posed significant potential of substantial loss of life. NIST has no regulatory authority under the NCST Act.

As an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7

20 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/calmed/wtc_081808.html

NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a media briefing and live public webcast on Aug. 21, 2008, in Gaithersburg, Md., on the findings and recommendations from its building and fire safety investigation of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7). WTC 7 was a 47-story building that fell nearly seven hours after the World Trade Center (WTC) towers collapsed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The NIST WTC 7 report will present the probable collapse sequence for the building and will provide recommendations for improving building and fire safety in other buildings similar to WTC 7. The draft WTC 7 investigation report released at the briefing will be open for public comment through noon Eastern Daylight Time on Sept. 15, 2008.

Shyam Sunder, director of the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory and lead investigator for the federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster, will present the report and answer questions from reporters at the briefing. The public will be able to view the briefing through a live webcast that will be accessible from NIST's WTC Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov

What: A media briefing and public webcast on the findings and recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7).
When: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 11 a.m. - Noon Eastern Daylight Time
Web Info : The WTC investigation Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov will contain links to the webcast as well as accompanying materials such as the full report, news release, and accompanying visuals at the time of the briefing.
Reporters: Credentialed journalists who wish to register for the media briefing should contact Ben Stein, (301) 975-3097, ben.stein@nist.gov

Video: Sydney Truth Action - 11 August 2008

19 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

11th August - a bright, crisp winter's day in Sydney.

As always the encounter with passers by was interesting, informative and very worthwhile.

For information about public events planned for September 2008, please visit this page: http://www.911oz.com/weblogid/168

Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczZLSybs_s

Four Principles of Disinformation

16 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

After several years reading and studying, I have come to the realisation that there are some key principles to the art of disinformation, and that these principles need to be understood in order to ultimately defeat it.

1. Disinfo is a weapon
This is often the hardest principle to grasp and it is also the most important. Disinfo is, and always has been, a tactic used in war. When it is used in "apparent peacetime" it is still a weapon of war, for war encompasses far more than just bullets and bombs. Disinformation is indeed one of the most important tools in the military arsenal.

2. Disinfo is aimed at a designated enemy
This principle follows naturally from the first. Disinfo is rarely omni-directional or generic - in order to work at all it must have a vector. As with conventional weapons, this vector is in the direction of the group/individual designated as enemy. When directed at an individual, disinformation is often used as part of a scam - think of the Nigerian chain letter or those emails telling you that you have won the lottery.

In the case of the internet scam the goal is to rob the enemy/victim, but the basic tactic is more or less the same when conning a citizen into supporting a war based on a false flag terrorist attack, only in this case the concept of "enemy" must be expanded to include both the citizen and the perceived external enemy.

3. Disinfo succeeds by disguise.

Since disinfo is rooted in deception, it must be disguised as something other than disinfo in order to fulfill its function. Conversely, once disinfo is exposed it no longer "works" to the same degree. An example of this might be the disinfo claim that "no plane" hit the WTC on September 11.

This claim works as disinfo only to the extent that most people believe that the view is genuinely believed by those who promote it. If, by contrast, it could be proven that the "no plane" theory was concocted in by the CIA in Langley Virginia, then it would lose its effectiveness. Perhaps surprisingly, the observation that the "WTC no plane" theory is flawed does not neutralise it as disinfo, since it is quite common for people to believe things in good faith which turn out to be false. In order for the disinfo to be fully neutralised it must be exposed as a deliberate reverse propaganda operation orchestrated for the purpose of weakening a designated enemy.

4. Disinfo sews division and confusion in the enemy
As a weapon, effective disinfo has the combined effect of creating/exacerbating division and confusion in the enemy. This, of course, weakens the enemy, which is the military objective. As an example of how disinfo weakens and divides, let us return again to the "no plane hit the WTC" proposition. To start with, this proposition potentially has the effect of creating a schism within the 9/11 movement. It also has the effect of creating confusion or the perception of confusion when mixed up with the quite distinct proposition that "no plane hit the Pentagon".

The latter proposition, although controversial, is not (in the writer's opinion) to be discarded, for the simple reason that the authorites have refused to release the video which would prove their case. But, the "no plane hit the WTC" proposition unfortunately gets conflated with the "no plane hit the Pentagon" proposition, creating a fog of confusion which may lead the uneducated outsider to conclude that all alternative theories are crazy. This of course achieves the goal of weakening the enemy (ie. the people's movement seeking truth about 9/11).

I hope you found this exposition of four principles of disinformation helpful.

Hitler, the big lie and 9/11

14 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

"... in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie..."

(Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p.134)

The above quote explains many things about why the official 9/11 conspiracy theory is not investigated or questioned even by those who in other situations would sieze on any opportunity to attack the status quo.

Perhaps Hitler was merely describing how cognitive dissonance coupled with extreme violence works in the favour of power elites.

Possibly this stategy of violence + deceit exploits a deep instinctive mechanism which humans have evolved in order to preserve group cohesion: when your tribe is attacked you rally around your leader - for good or ill.

An interview with Glen Clancy (Fool Me Twice)

08 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

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On 1st August Truth News Radio Australia interviewed Glen Clancy, creator of the film Fool Me Twice, which explores evidence that the 2002 Bali Bombings were orchestrated by intelligence operatives, while the governments of Australia and Indonesia looked the other way.

During the interview we get into an interesting discussion of the physics of the explosions which devastated a large area of Kuta Beach, and the coverup of vital information such as the alteration of flight log data at Bali's International airport.

We also examine the Howard Government's willful deceptions in regard to the East Timorese independence campaign which led to many deaths, culminating in the Australian led military intervention (INTERFET) in 1999.

Glen currently lives and works in Japan, but he is planning to return to Australia soon. We look forward to his next project.

Fool Me Twice is a must see film, and you can watch the whole production for free on Google Video.

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Wayne Hall,

I’m sure you will find information and good discussions about climate change on one of these pages:
http://www.truthnews.com.au/web/channel/category/climate_change

Here we are discussing a different topic. Just in case you did not notice.

By Josh on 2012 08 05 - 23:50:44
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

I will take a look, but Skywatcher’s remark about unicorns and leprechauns seems pertinent.

The intellectual battle is not on the contrails vs chemtrails front. It is on the front where you yourself have admitted that you are uncertain. You don’t know whether you are against geoengineering, but you have felt pretty certain of your position on the climate change debates i.e. that the ecologists are wrong. You won’t notice it when the goalposts have been shifted and all the climate change sceptics have become supporters of geoengineering as the answer to anthropogenic climate change.

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 23:38:52
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

I should add that If you want to know how professional pilots view the chemtrail question, go to PPRUNE.org and do a search there. There are a multitude of posts dedicated to the subject… Every one uniformly scornful.

By Mike Glynn on 2012 08 05 - 23:26:17
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

I am really more interested in knowing whether climate change sceptics want to oppose geoengineering (because on their assumptions if there is no climate change there is no need for geoengineering).

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 23:22:41
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

I think he is a pilot but anyone who pads his resume with “thousands of hours of command instrument time”, sounds like a light aircraft pilot to me. Command instrument time means nothing.. Except that you have an instrument rating. if he had any jet time, he would have said so.

As far as Highbreedo is concerned, the consensus is that he filmed his lawn sprinkler. If what he filmed was a common occurrence after an alleged “spray”, it would have been picked up by now

By Mike Glynn on 2012 08 05 - 23:18:32
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

I don’t know whether or not he is a pilot. I take him at his word. I have spoken to him on the telephone but I didn’t ask him if he is a pilot, any more than I would ask Pat Mooney if the moratorium on geoengineering is being observed or if chemtrails are contrails. People who want to ask these questions can ASK THEM!

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 23:03:27
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Speaking of copy/paste,

here is a copy of my post about Carl Needham (see comments page 1).
May save some time for anyone lookin at Wayne Hall’s reference.

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Christine,

the link you gave points to a person named Carl Needham. The only hint of him being a pilot is his claim on his Flash-heavy web site: “... thousands of hours of command instrument flying ...”.

You can do this in a single-engine Cessna, flying through Cumulus clouds, but never come even close to the flight levels where commercial jets are cruising. There is no hint of him being a commercial pilot. See his LinkedIn page.

As for his claims, regrettably he is quoting “sources” in his paper which are long debunked inside and out, like Cliff Carnicom, Michael J. Murphy and others. His main point is “[these clouds] can not be satisfactorily explained in terms of either common jet vapour contrails or supersaturated persistent contrails”.

While he does not give any explanation for that claim, it’s worth to note that he is aware of the existence of persisting contrails - which is the whole point of the article on the top.

By Josh on 2012 08 05 - 22:30:34
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Do a copy and paste.

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 20:03:24
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

That should be:
http://media.cigionline.org/geoeng/2009 - Virgoe - International governance of a possible geoengineering intervention to combat climate change.pdf

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 20:02:00
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Some more Australian input:
http://media.cigionline.org/geoeng/2009 - Virgoe - International governance of a possible geoengineering intervention to combat climate change.pdf

Do chemtrails activists and climate change sceptics share any common ground that can help us deal with these attitudes, which people can get away with in academia.

Look at the great intellectual Clive Hamilton. He has his knickers in a twist in the face of the geoengineers.

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 05 - 19:57:54
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

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