During an ongoing discussion with a physicist from Canada, he told
me he had watched my London symposium presentation and was not
convinced by some of my arguments. One concerned the tilt of the
top 30 floors of the South Tower, which I and Steven Jones have both
argued pivoted and turned to dust. Reviewing videos available today,
it looks to me as though both of us may have formed beliefs that are
somewhat exaggerated about this phenomenon. Indeed, the link at
the bottom of the page refers to an extended, frame by frame analysis,
where the link is not longer operative, which leads me to suspect that
it may be the case that substitutions are being made of some of the
"raw data". I would welcome research from any of you on this issue.
Here is what Steve Jones wrote in "Why indeed did the WTC Buildings
Collapse?", in Griffin and Scott, eds., 9/11 AND AMERICAN EMPIRE,
on pages 47-48 (where the word "collapse" does not fit the data):
"Those who wish to preserve fundamental physical laws as inviolate
may wish to take a closer look at the collapse of the south tower.
We observe that approximately 30 upper floors began to rotate as a
block, to the south and east. The began to topple over, as favored
by the Law of Increasing Entropy. The torque due to gravity on this
block was enormous, as was it angular momentum. But then--and I am
still puzzling over--this block turned mostly to powder in mid-air!
How can we explain this strange behavior, without explosives? This
is a remarkable, amazing phenomenon, and yet the US government-funded
reports failed to analyze it. The NIST reports analysis, as we have
seen, "does not actually include the structural behavior of the tower
after the conditions for collapse initiation were reached". Nothing
could better illustrate the fact that a serious official analysis of
the collapses still remains to be carried out."
Indeed, as I explain in the 20 basic findings I have also forwarded
to you, the NIST was never even able to establish the conditions for
any form of "collapse initiation". Here are some videos of the ST:
Reviewing these, I now think that Steve and I may have exaggerated
the extent of the "tilt" of the top 30 floors and of the extent to
which we can see it turn to dust. I argued that, since it turned
to dust, it no longer existed to exert any downward force. From
some of these clips, you can see it dropping after having reached
an incline closer to 15*, I would guess, far from as much as 40 or
more. Of course, once it tilts, it is exerting asymmetrical force
on the floors below, which are already turning it dust themselves.
Both towers are destroyed below ground level, which was essential
to preserve the integrity of the bathtub. But I appreciate that
you forced me to review this argument again. The next time that
I address this issue, I will make a more qualified statement. So
I already appreciate our conversation of earlier today, no matter
how much I may have resisted your suggestions at the time. Thank
you for that. And I look forward to further exchanges between us.
I want to find the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but about
9/11, even if that means correcting my own views from time to time.