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9/11 facts and questions I’ll bet you can’t answer without being called a conspiracy theorist! PART II

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“ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES. FIRST, IT IS RIDICULED. SECOND, IT IS VIOLENTLY OPPOSED. THIRD, IT IS ACCEPTED AS BEING SELF-EVIDENT.” ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (1788 – 1860)

9/11 facts and questions I’ll bet you can’t answer without being called a conspiracy theorist! PART II

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While FEMA allocated only $600,000 for the BPAT study, and didn’t allocate any funding for independent or non-biased investigations, NIST’s “Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation” was funded with an initial budget of $16 million. NIST’s results strongly indicate a cover-up. NIST avoids describing, let alone explaining, the “collapse” of each Tower after they were “poised for collapse.” Thus, NIST avoids answering the question their investigation was tasked with answering: how did the Towers collapse? NIST describes the Twin Towers without reference to the engineering history of other steel-framed buildings, and separates its analysis of WTC 7 into a separate report. By treating them in isolation, NIST hides just how completely different the alleged collapses of these three buildings are. In its own report, NIST reveals that it “adjusted the input” of variables in tests beyond the visual evidence of what actually happened in order to reinforce and save its own hypothesis. NIST also avoids disclosing the evidence of the unexplained sulfidation documented in Appendix C of the original FEMA “Building Performance Study”, which was described by the New York Times as “perhaps the deepest mystery uncovered in the investigation.”

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The actual NIST investigation into 9/11 didn’t officially begin until Aug. 21, 2002. But the panel wasn’t official until the NCST (National Construction Safety Team) Act was signed into law on October 1, 2002, by President Bush. This act authorized the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish teams to investigate building failures. The final report on the collapses of WTC 1 and 2 was issued on Oct. 26, 2005. The investigation of the collapse of WTC 7 was completed separately in 2008. One must ask why it took over 365 days to start an official investigation into the most heinous crime in American history. The average time for starting investigations is 1 week. Just think of all the evidence that was lost and covered up in that more than 1-year time. On a personal note: I don’t think it was coincidence that it took NIST 4 and 7 years respectively to release these reports. By that time, by now, most people have or are ready to put the “whole 9/11 thing” behind them. While time doesn’t heal, it does remove the urgency. Thus, I’m sure that most people would have taken any report, no matter how improbable or ridiculous, as the official story. Not that they read it in the first place. But remember, the Patriot Acts and other tyrannical legislation, permissible torture, and indefinite detention without a trial, are law now because of this infamous event. And these laws and acts will affect every one of us eventually. And so, forgetting 9/11 or putting it behind us is not really an option now, is it?

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In March of 2007, an extensive set of detailed architectural drawings of the World Trade Center became public through the actions of a whistleblower that worked for the Silverstein Group in 2002 that proved beyond any doubt that the official reports into the collapse of the towers misrepresented their construction. The blueprints provided consist of 261 drawings, included detailed plans for the North Tower (WTC 1), the World Trade Center foundation and basement, and the TV mast on top of the North Tower. The blueprints show that FEMA’s report was inaccurate in stating that core columns were “freestanding” when in fact large horizontal beams cross-connected the core columns in a three-dimensional matrix of thick steel. The NIST report into the collapses has also been proven inaccurate by the blueprints, proving the sixteen columns on the long faces of the cores shared the same dimensions for most of each Tower’s height. These omitted and distorted facts serve to render the official reports extremely questionable and deserving of a new and impartial investigation. Translation: these beams would have to be cut for the buildings to fall with almost no resistance, like they did.

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More evidence of misleading and purposely misrepresented evidence was thus shown by FEMA and NIST. Prior to the release of the detailed architectural drawings in 2007, ‘9/11 Research’ published the Master Plan, dated December 16, 1963. This was a generic blueprint drawing of the WTC prior to its construction, which did not show structural details such as column dimensions. It did, however, show an arrangement of core columns that was later changed when the towers were constructed. The obsolete core column arrangement indicated in the “Master Plan” has been reproduced in other publications such as the book ‘Multi-Storey Buildings in Steel’. FEMA and NIST’s purposeful reference to these Master Plan drawings pre-dating construction, with the complicit knowledge of their inaccuracies and later changes are just more reasons to dismiss these investigations as fraud and fund a new independent investigation.

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James Quintiere, Ph.D. – former Chief of the Fire Science Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has called for an independent review of NIST’s investigation into the collapses of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11. Dr. Quintiere made his plea during his presentation, “Questions on the WTC Investigations” at the 2007 World Fire Safety Conference. “I wish that there would be a peer review of this,” he said, referring to the NIST investigation. “I think all the records that NIST has assembled should be archived. I would really like to see someone else take a look at what they’ve done; both structurally and from a fire point of view… I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable… Let’s look at real alternatives that might have been the cause of the collapse of the World Trade Towers and how that relates to the official cause and what’s the significance of one cause versus another.” Dr. Quintiere is considered one of the world’s leading fire science researchers and safety engineers.

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“Spoliation of a fire (crime) scene is a basis for destroying a legal case in an investigation. Most of the steel was discarded, although the key elements of the core steel were demographically labeled. A careful reading of the NIST report shows that they have no evidence that the temperatures they predict as necessary for failure are corroborated by findings of the little steel debris they have. Why hasn’t NIST declared that this spoliation of the steel was a gross error?” – Question posed to NIST by James Quintiere, Ph.D.

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Each of the Twin Towers was pulverized, turned to dust, and totally destroyed in a matter of seconds. In the history of the world there has never been another instance of a steel framed building or skyscraper collapsing from fire. The first and second instance of this was recorded on September 11, 2001 with the collapse at freefall speed of the twin towers. The third instance of this was when WTC 7 collapsed at freefall speed into its own footprint that evening. No airplane had hit WTC 7. Explosions described by firefighters and eyewitnesses as bombs were reported just prior to the WTC 7 collapse.

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In addition to the Twin Towers and WTC 7, the World Trade Center complex held buildings 3,4,5, and 6. All of these buildings were severely damaged, first by falling rubble from the twin tower collapses, and then by fires that burned for many hours throughout the entirety of the buildings. Though these buildings were severely thrashed almost beyond recognition, they did not collapse. Yet before collapsing, WTC 7 was hardly damaged at all from debris, and its fires were only sporadic on a few floors, and were oxygen starved (low temperature) throughout the building itself. How is this possible?

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Prior to the 9/11 attacks, insiders trading “put options” were placed on United and American Airlines stocks between September 6th and September 10th 2001, at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. “Put options” are bets that a stock will fall in value in the near future. The owner has the option of buying the stock at a lower rate and then selling them at the highest rate, thus earning a quick windfall profit. Also, a stock option usually costs only a fraction of the actual current stock price due to the risk of a total loss. The put options placed on the two airline stocks were reportedly six to eleven times higher than normal on these days. Other unusual “put option” activity was registered with three European reinsurance firms, Germany Re, Swiss Re, and AXA of France, in addition to World Trade Center occupant Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. This either means that these companies had insider information about the events of 9/11, or were told that their values would drop soon. Either way, this is illegal and treasonous. Martha Stewart has got nothing on these crooks!

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At least 17 countries warned the United States regarding intelligence about an imminent attack on America prior to 9/11/01. The cover of the FEMA response manual printed in 1997 and titled, “Emergency Response to Terrorism: A Self-Study”, depicted the World Trade Centers’ twin towers in cross hairs. The Military District of Washington D.C. planned for and simulated a plane crash just like the Pentagon Attack in their “Operation Mascal” planning exercise on October 24, 2000. A Minnesota FBI agent investigating Zacarias Moussaoui testified that he notified the Secret Service weeks before Sept. 11 that a terror team might hijack a plane and “hit the nation’s capital.”

• “There, ah, were, ah, no warning signs that I’m aware of…” – Robert S. Mueller, FBI Director under Bush, September 17, 2001, in a press conference.

• “I don’t think anybody could have predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile; a high-jacked airplane as a missile…” – Condoleezza Rice, as National Security Advisor in a press conference shortly after 9/11.

• “Nobody in our government at least, and I don’t think the prior government that could envision flying airplanes into buildings.” – George W. Bush, as President of the United States in a press conference, shortly after 9/11.

• “No specific threat involving really, ah, domestic operation or involving, ah, what happened obviously, ah, the cities, the airliners and so forth…” Dick Cheney, as Vice-President, September 16th, in a television interview.

• “Regrettably, the tragic events of 9/11 were never anticipated or exercised.” – Gen. Ralph Eberhart, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and N.O.R.A.D. commander, as reported to USA Today.

“USA Today reports that in the 2 years before the attacks of September 11th, N.O.R.A.D conducted exercises using high-jacked airliners as weapons, and one target was the world trade center.” – Peter Jennings, ABC News.

“What the subject has in his mind is that he will board any American commercial aircraft pretending to be an ordinary passenger. Then he will hijack [the] said aircraft, control its cockpit and dive it at the CIA headquarters. Other buildings targeted: the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.” – Report dated January 20, 1995. Philippine police say this document and others outlining three terrorist plots were given to the FBI in 1995 after investigators here busted a terrorist cell. Two attacks — to assassinate the Pope and to bomb U.S. planes — were foiled, but parts of the last and most ambitious plan, Philippine police say, became reality six years later. Reported on CNN March 11, 2002.

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