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On 9/11 a THIRD Skyscraper Plunged to Earth

Comparatively few people can recall that there was a third massive skyscraper, also a part of the World Trade Center, which fell very rapidly to the ground on that day. This was World Trade Center Building 7.
On 9/11 a THIRD Skyscraper Plunged to Earth:
The Sudden Implosion of WTC Building 7

By David R. Kimball
July 30, 2005


"It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are
apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth ... For my part, whatever
anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to
know the worst, and to provide for it." -- Patrick Henry

"The important thing is to never stop questioning." -- Albert Einstein


Everyone remembers the Twin Towers exploding at 9:59AM and 10:28AM EDT
on September 11, 2001. Comparatively few people can recall that there
was a third massive skyscraper, also a part of the World Trade Center,
which fell very rapidly to the ground on that day. This was World
Trade Center Building 7.[1]

One reason that few remember WTC Building 7's colla pse is that
after September 11th it has been treated, both in the media and in The
9/11 Commission Report, as if it didn't happen.

"The total collapse of the third huge skyscraper late in the
afternoon September 11th was reported as if it were an insignificant footnote...most people never saw video of Building 7's collapse... Incredibly, it is virtually impossible to find any mention of Building 7 in newspapers, magazines, or broadcast media reports after September 11th."[2]

"The Commission avoids another embarrassing problem - explaining how WTC 7 could have collapsed, also virtually at free-fall speed - by simply not mentioning the collapse of this building."[3]

The collapse of Building 7 at 5:20PM EDT was in itself a major event;
the sudden and unexplained fall to earth of a 47-story steel-framed
skyscraper is certainly news. Why has there been almost no mention of
this in the U.S. media, and why was there no mention of Building 7's
collapse in The 9/11 Commission Report? These are questions of great
significance, and they cry out for answers. To be able to approach any
kind of explanation, however, first some pertinent and verified facts
of the Building 7 aspect of 9/11 need to be scrutinized.

The following eleven facts have been compiled from the research of
reputable sources - those who have dared to question and h ave
devoted innumerable hours into discovering what really happened on
9/11.

FACT 1: WTC Building 7 was one of the largest buildings in downtown
Manhattan. It was 47 stories tall, about half the height of the
Towers, and took up an entire city block. It was 300 feet from the
closest Twin Tower (the North Tower, WTC 1), and was a steel-framed,
concrete structure.[4]

FACT 2: WTC Building 7 - on its 23rd floor - housed an Emergency
Command Center for the City of New York that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had
built in the mid-1990's. On the morning of September 11th, Mayor
Giuliani did not go "to his Command Center - with its clear view of the
Twin Towers - but to a makeshift, street-level headquarters at 75
Barkley Street." WTC 7 also held the offices of numerous government
agencies, including the Department of Defense, the CIA, the Secret
Service, the IRS, and the Security and Exchange Commission.[5]
Late 2001 was the time of "the height of the investigation into Enron,
so the majority of Enron's SEC filings were likely destroyed when World
Trade Center 7 came down."[6]

FACT 3: WTC Building 7 was not hit by airplane or significant debris
on September 11th. It had been evacuated after the planes hit the
towers. By the afternoon of September 11th, there were a few small
fires of unknown origin evident in the building, and these small fires
could be seen in only a few of the hundreds and hundreds of windows in
the building.[7]

FACT 4: On September 11, 2001, at 5:20PM, EDT, World Trade Center
Building 7 suddenly and rapidly collapsed. Beginning with the
penthouse, all 47 stories of it imploded into its own footprint in less
than seven seconds. Three different videos of Building 7's vertical
collapse - two from CBS video broadcasts, and one from an NBC news
camera - can be seen online at  http://wtc7.net/videos.html.

FACT 5: On September 16th, NASA flew an airplane over the World Trade
Center site, recorded infrared radiation coming from the ground, and
created a thermal map. The U.S. Geological Survey analyzed this data,
and determined the actual temperature of the rubble. This map shows
that five days after the collapse of Building 7, the surface
temperature of a section of its rubble was 1,341 F.[8] This high a
temperature is indicative of the use of explosives.

"WTC 7's rubble pile continued to smolder for months."[9]

FACT 6: Fire Engineering magazine is the 125-year-old paper-of-record
of the fire engineering community. Bill Manning, editor-in-chief,
wrote an Editor's Opinion in the January, 2002 edition. His editorial,
$elling Out the Investigation, pointed out that destruction of evidence
- the hurried removal of rubble which should be examined by
investigators - is illegal. He also issued a "call to action". To
quote excerpts:

"For more than three months, structural steel from the World
Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial
evidence that could answer many questions ... is on the slow boat to China ... "

"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 has good reason to believe that the
'official investigation' blessed by FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half baked farce
[emphasis mine] that may have already been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure. Except for the marginal benefit obtained from a three-day, visual walk-through of evidence sites conducted by ASCE investigation committee members - described by one close source as a 'tourist trip' - no one's checking evidence for anything."
"The destruction and removal of evidence must stop
immediately."
"Firefighters, this is your call to action. ... contact your
representatives in Congress and officials in Washington and help us correct this problem immediately."[10][11]

FACT 7: In May of 2002, FEMA published their report #403 titled
World Trade Center Building Performance Study. This report claims that
the fires caused the building to collapse, but that the specifics of
how this is supposed to have occurred "... remain unknown at this
time."[12]

FACT 8: The collapse of WTC Building 7 shows five characteristics of
a controlled demolition:

1) It "dropped directly into its own footprint in a smooth,
vertical motion";
2) It "collapsed completely in less than seven seconds";
3) "Dust streamed out of the upper floors of Building 7 early in
its collapse";
4) "WTC 7's roof inverted toward its middle as the collapse
progressed"; and
5) "WTC 7's rubble was mostly confined to the block on which the
building stood."[13]

FACT 9: "Larry Silverstein is a rather large player within the realms
of 21st Century real e state, finance, and politics."[14] He "... had
taken out a long lease on the World Trade Center only six weeks before
9/11. In a PBS documentary entitled 'America Rebuilds', originally
aired in September of 2002, Silverstein made the following statement
about Building 7:

'I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, "We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." And they made that decision to pull, and we watched the building collapse.'"[15][16]

FACT 10: "It is inconceivable that anyone could be running around
placing explosives i n exactly the right places all within seven
hours. In fact, implosions take a minimum of two weeks and up to two
months to plan and place the charges. The fire department of New York
does not even train their personnel to do controlled demolition. They
are done by highly skilled experienced specialists who plan and test
far ahead."[17]

FACT 11: "... [George W.] Bush's brother, Marvin Bush, and his cousin,
Wirt Walker III, were principles in the company [Stratesec, formerly
named Securacom] that was in charge of security for the World Trade
Center, with Walker being the CEO from 1999 until January 2002."[18]

In summation: A major aspect of 9/11 has been excluded from the
entire U.S. media after September 11th, and was also omitted from The
9/11 Commission Report. This was the sudden fall to earth, on
September 11th, 2001, of World Trade Center Building 7. Not hit by
airplane or significant debris, 300 feet from the closest Twin Tower,
and with just a few small fires burning within it, at 5:20PM EDT this
massive concrete and steel-framed 47-story skyscraper imploded into its
own footprint in less than seven seconds. Its rapid implosion had all
of the characteristics of a controlled demolition, and the World Trade
Center leaseholder, Larry Silverstein, stated in so many words that the
building had been collapsed by demolition. It takes weeks, if not
months, to prepare the demolition of a building as large as WTC 7; this
implosion could not have been engineered and implemented in seven
chaotic hours on September 11th. Therefore, a question emerges:

Who had the means and expertise to engineer such a demolition and
acquire needed materiel, and who had access to WTC Building 7 PRIOR TO
September 11, 2001 in order to place the explosives?

An inquiry into the answer to this question might be a good place to
begin a search for the real perpetrators of 9/11. Do we, the citizens
of the United States, have the courage and honesty necessary to
initiate an actual investigation, or will we continue living a Lie -
and reap the consequences?

"Why do you notice the sliver in your friend's eye, but overlook the
timber in your own?" -- Jesus


The following books, resources, and websites are recommended, in
addition to the material listed in the footnotes:

The Secret Team - The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United
States and the World, by L. Fletcher Prouty, Col., U.S. Air Force
(Ret.), Copyright 1973, 1992, 1997 by L. Fletcher Prouty (Available
from Len Osanic at www.prouty.org, or online at
 http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/ST.html )

Understanding Special Operations - And Their Impact on The Vietnam War
Era - 1989 Interview with L. Fletcher Prouty, Colonel USAF (Retired),
by David T. Ratcliffe (rat haus reality press, 1999) www.ratical.org

9/11 Synthetic Terror - Made in USA, by Webster Griffin Tarpley
(Progressive Press, 2005) www.tarpley.net

Global Outlook magazine, available at many book and magazine outlets
www.globaloutlook.ca

Peace Resource Project, P.O. Box 1122, Arcata, CA 95519
www.peaceproject.com (707)822-4229

Questioning the War on Terrorism - Carol Brouillet's website:
 http://www.communitycurrency.org/9-11.html

Copyright 2005 by David R. Kimball


1) Jim Hoffman,  http://wtc7.net
2) Jim Hoffman,  http://wtc7.net/silence.html
3) David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report - Omissions and
Distortions (Olive Branch Press, 2005), 28
4) Don Paul and Ji m Hoffman, Waking Up From Our Nightmare
(Irresistible/Revolutionary, 2004), 5-20
5) Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, 18
6) Barry Zwicker, The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw, Global
Outlook magazine (Issue 9, Fall/Winter 2005), 19
7) Eric Hufschmid, Painful Questions - An Analysis of the September
11th Attack (Endpoint Software, 2002), 62-65
8) Eric Hufschmid, 69-70
9) Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, 10
10) Eric Hufschmid, 5-6
11) Fire Engineering magazine, January 2002
12) Eric Hufschmid, 7-8
13) Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, 8-10
14) Don Paul and Jim Hoffman, 20
15) David Ray Griffin, 28
16) For video footage of Silverstein's statement, see Eric
Hufschmid's video Painful Deceptions, edited and narrated by
ReOpen911.org (911busters.com, www.EricHufschmid.net)
17) Narration from Eric Hufschmid's video Painful Deceptions, edited
and narrated by ReOpen911.org
18) David Ray Griffin, 31-32
Thanks David R. Kimball 14.Dec.2005 12:29

Burro

This is a fine summation of the facts regarding Building 7. If we all rallied around the issue of the collapse of Building 7, instead of bouncing all over the place - talking about military drones, pods, missing airplanes, and missiles - maybe we could wake up others to these very real and very rational facts.

I am not disregarding the possibility that other aspects of 9-11 could be real. It just looks to me, and many others, that the facts about the collapse of Building 7 especially, and the Twin Towers in general, are the strongest reasons to demand a further investigation into the events of 9-11.

We should present these facts to our so-called representatives in Congress and demand that they respond to our questions concerning the collapse of Building 7. No rational, thinking person can look at these facts and deny that a further investigation is needed.

The best evidence so far: Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?
 http://www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Sherlock Holmes

Check out the video footage 14.Dec.2005 13:43

Insider

goto:  http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/videos/

Scroll down to the "Videos of Building 7's Collapse" section.
Two things make it obvious that this was a controlled demolotion.

1) The roof of the air-condditioning shed on top of the building collapses BEFORE the roof of the building collapses.

2) As the building descends there is a visible kink exactly in the middle. This is a signature of controlled demolitions and is done so that the walls fall inward.

For added "well how bout that!" factor watch the video labelled "CBS video of Building 7 collapse". Dan Rather is doing the voice over and says it reminds him of a "controlled demolition"

If you read this article and agree -- 14.Dec.2005 14:07

Burro

please send your congressperson an e-mail. I just sent one to Darlene Hooley. She says (in an automatic response) that she will be contacting me about my concern. We'll see. I will post her response when, and if, I receive it.

Following is my e-mail to her. Use it as a guide if you want. Thanks.

Dear Congresswoman Hooley,

I am seeing more and more stories of late that dispute the findings of the official investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. Some folks are being caught up into various theories ranging from missing airplanes to military drones and missiles to other more bizarre "facts". My concern is based solely upon the strange collapses of the three WTC buildings - especially Building 7, which was not hit by an airplane.

My feelings are that any thinking, rational person - after viewing the facts - would
demand a further investigation as to why Building 7 collapsed. There are still too many unanswered questions to the events surrounding 9-11. Again, my focus is on the mysterious collapse of Building 7.

Would you be so kind as to provide me with your thoughts on this very important matter? After looking at a summation of the facts (provided below), would you agree that a further investigation is needed?

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,
Name, Address & Phone #


Primary Source:
Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse? by BYU Professor Steven E. Jones
 http://www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html

Summation of Facts:
FACT 1: WTC Building 7 was 47 stories tall, and took up an entire city block. It was 300 feet from the closest Twin Tower (the North Tower, WTC 1), and was a steel-framed, concrete structure.

...(see above article)

Who had the means and expertise to engineer such a demolition and acquire needed material, and who had access to WTC Building 7 PRIOR TO September 11, 2001 in order to place the explosives?

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/12/330358.shtml

I saw it go down that day 14.Dec.2005 17:06

gk

I was very distraught at work that day (9-11), so I went home sick at noon. I turned on the tv coverage, and I indeed saw building #7 go down, without any airplanes. The news commentators remarked about it, also. We deserve the TRUTH! Everything was planned, it seems, and allowed to happen and explosives used. Hidden evidence, it's also too much.

For your info, Silverstein admitted it 15.Dec.2005 02:04

Rese

 link to www.thenation.com

Plan to attack Trade Center 1975 by the military:  http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/22580.htm The Perfect Terrorist Plan to Level The Twin Towers Created In 1976 Our own U.S. Army devised a plan commissioned by Congress to bring down the WTC using commercial airliners and box cutters as weapons

 http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/29110.htm other workers report bombs going off  http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/29110.htm other workers report bombs going off  link to www.arcticbeacon.com Black boxes found, not released

 http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/17860.htm smoke below WTC reported by Firemen and transit

Physicist reports WTC7 , not hit by an airliner, falls in 6.6 seconds: Evidence of demolition of WTC  http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/37168.htm

 http://www.arcticbeacon.com/articles/article/1518131/37124.htm

Not to mention the evidence presented at Larry Silverstein, the owner of the WTC complex, admitted on a September 2002 PBS documentary, 'America Rebuilds' that he and the NYFD decided to 'pull' WTC 7 on the day of the attack. The word 'pull' is industry jargon for taking a building down with explosives.

Look also to Dear Mr Newman: I fail to find in your report the rational for the collapse of building 7 which was not hit by a plane. But if you search the internet there is a PBS Documentary in which the owner admits it was pulled, or intentionally demolished by his orders and the fire department.Subseqently a person died iin that collapse. How was it possible to rig the building so quicky? Comparing the photos of it and the Twin towers gives further evidence all the buildings were demolished, especially because the Mayor was told to get out because the buidlings were going to collapse.See Home Contents About Articles Store Sites Links Events

"Pulling" Building 7 A PBS documentary about the 9/11/01 attack, America Rebuilds, features an interview with the leaseholder of the destroyed WTC complex, Larry Silverstein. In it, the elderly developer makes the following statement:


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I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, "We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.

This statement seems to suggest that the FDNY decided to demolish the building in accordance with Silverstein's suggestion, since the phrase "pull it" in this context apparently means to demolish the building. This interpretation is supported by a statement by a Ground Zero worker in the same documentary:

... we're getting ready to pull the building six.

Building 6 was one of the badly damaged low-rise buildings in the WTC complex that had to be demolished as part of the cleanup operation.

An alternative interpretation of Silverstein's statement is that "pull it" refers to withdrawing firefighters from the building. However, according to FEMA's report there were no manual firefighting operations in Building 7, so there would not have been any firefighters to "pull".

That Silverstein would admit that officials intentionally demolished Building 7 is bizarre for a number of reasons. Silverstein Properties Inc. had already won an $861 million claim for the loss of the building in a terrorist incident. FEMA's report states that the cause of building's collapse was fires. Presumably FEMA and the insurance company would be interested in knowing if the building was instead demolished by the FDNY. Moreover, the logistics of rigging a skyscraper for demolition in the space of a few hours would be daunting to say the least, particularly given that demolition teams would have to work around fires and smoke.

A third explanation is less obvious but makes sense of the non-sequiturs in the above explanations: perhaps Silverstein's statement was calculated to confuse the issue of what actually happened to Building 7. By suggesting that it was demolished by the FDNY as a safety measure, it provides an alternative to the only logical explanation -- that it was rigged for demolition before the attack. The absurdity of the FDNY implementing a plan to "pull" Building 7 on the afternoon of 9/11/01 will escape most people, who neither grasp the technical complexity of engineering the controlled demolition of a skyscraper, nor its contradiction with FEMA's account of the collapse, nor the thorough illlegality of such an operation. Thus the idea that officials decided to "pull" Building 7 after the attack serves as a distraction from the inescapable logic that the building's demolition was planned in advance of the attack, and was therefore part of an inside job to destroy the entire WTC complex.

 http://home.comcast.net/~skydrifter/exp.htm

 link to www.the7thfire.com 1--Opening_Statement.htm

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