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III. FACTS ON WHICH CLAIMS FOR RELIEF ARE PREDICATED.
A. THE WTC TWIN TOWERS – AS WELL AS WTC BUILDING #7 – WERE DESTROYED BY CONTROLLED DEMOLITION, AS CLEARLY PROVEN BY THE LAWS OF PHYSICS; THIS DEMOLITION COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN AN “INSIDE JOB.”
an interview that appeared in the German press in January 2002, Andreas
von Bülow, Germany’s former research minister, said:
Plaintiff is informed and believes that the evidence compels us to add
to the exploits of the (possibly non-existent) nineteen thugs and
amateur pilots such feats as equipping one or more of the commercial
aircraft with missile pods, firing projectiles into one or both of the
Twin Towers a fraction of a second before impact, and bringing down the
Twin Towers in a controlled demolition. Under such scenarios,
“professionals must have done the overall job,” which is to say a
government, acting through “black ops” agencies, or its military,
or in collaboration with powerful corporate interests that can be trusted to
keep silence (or kill those who might not).
93. Myriad circumstances establish to a near certainty that all three of the World Trade Center buildings that collapsed on 9-11 – i.e., the Twin Towers (WTC Buildings 1 and 2) and the 47-story WTC 7 (which collapsed about 5:20 P.M. on 9-11) --were brought down in deliberate, controlled demolitions. (See below.) Controlled demolition of the World Trade Center necessarily implies unimpeded prior access to both towers, access to explosives, a high level of technical expertise in laying explosive charges, avoiding detection between the placement of the explosives sometime prior to 9-11 and the date of the attacks, and accomplices not on the planes, who detonated the demolition charges. The U.S. government can, e.g., by viewing video and consulting engineers and demolition experts, discern whether the Twin Towers were demolished (as opposed to collapsing due to the structural effects of the aircrafts’ impact, and/or fires started by burning jet fuel). If the Twin Towers were demolished, and explosives for that purpose were placed in the towers prior to 9-11, then to a virtual certainty there has been and there continues to be a cover-up, and the case for official, high-level complicity is very strong indeed.
94. The evidence for such controlled demolitions is impressive. Consider, first, that all three skyscrapers collapsed relatively tidily, symmetrically, into their respective footprints. That is the very purpose of the science of controlled implosions. Inward collapses are triggered by precision-timed explosives, placed on strategic, load-bearing columns and beams, to demolish large structures in congested areas while limiting damage to structures nearby.
95. Probably the most conclusive evidence that each of the Twin Towers fell in a controlled demolition is that the tops of the respective buildings reached the ground almost as quickly as if they had fallen in a vacuum. From a height of 1,360 feet, an object falling in a vacuum would take a little more than 9 seconds to reach the ground. As a matter of physics, if the top parts of the buildings were not speeded in their descent by explosives weakening the concrete and steel of the bottom 80 stories or so of the towers that lay in their respective paths, the towers could not possibly have collapsed as quickly as they did. Some part of the energy that, in a vacuum, would be available for falling downward at an accelerating rate would have to be expended instead in tearing through the many stories of concrete and steel that lay between the top of each WTC tower, and the street.
96. Not long after 9-11, FEMA produced a bogus study that claimed that fire produced the collapse of World Trade Center 7. Yet, a year later — although the revelation produced no significant public reaction — Larry Silverstein, head of the company that took a 99-year lease to the WTC just weeks before the attacks, admitted on television that WTC was “pulled.” In context, what Silverstein’s little-reported remarks clearly meant was that WTC 7 (landlord to the IRS, Secret Service, Securities and Exchange Commission and the CIA) was demolished. In a PBS documentary first aired in September 2002, entitled “America Rebuilds,” Silverstein said:
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 a 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.” (Emphasis added).
97. Hours after the attack, Van Romero, an explosives expert and former director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at New Mexico Tech, stated, “My opinion is, based on the videotapes, that after the airplanes hit the World Trade Center there were some explosive devices inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse.” Although he would recant days later – with some prodding, perhaps, from representatives of the Enterprise – Romero said on 9-11 that the collapses were “too methodical to be a chance result of airplanes colliding with the structures.”
98. Indeed, there are multiple sites on the Internet on which one can see videos of the collapses of the towers, displaying “squibs” (lateral explosions, blowing out windows at intervals of roughly 5 stories, descending just ahead of the dust cloud) and other visual indicia of controlled demolitions.
99. Plaintiff notes also that there was a “power down” condition in the South Tower, ostensibly due to the need to carry out a “cabling upgrade,” on the weekend of September 8-9, 2001. This could have afforded Enterprise demolition agents the opportunity to implant explosives in the South Tower, without being recorded on security cameras. Plaintiff notes further that Stratesec, a company of which Marvin Bush, the President’s brother, was formerly a director, provided security in the WTC Complex.
100. Never in the history of steel reinforced concrete skyscrapers have such buildings collapsed due to fire – except, we are supposed to believe, in three separate (if coordinated) occurrences on 9-11. Implausible, also, is that the towers did not merely fail structurally, but produced mushroom clouds of fine powder, supposedly as a result of the fires. It can be demonstrated -- again using laws of physics not subject to distortion by Enterprise-friendly Supreme Court Justices -- that the energy needed to produce mushroom clouds of the dimensions seen on 9-11 was more than could have resulted from collapses due to fire, without powerful explosives being present as well.
101. There are also multiple incongruities with claims of the “Official Story” that burning jet fuel so weakened floor trusses or angle clips that the towers “pancaked” and fell as a result. Many skeptics have pointed out that the WTC, when constructed one of the world’s tallest buildings, was built with a safety factor of at least 600%. Molten steel was found at bedrock, seven stories below street level and 80 stories or more beneath the points of impact, although the melting point of steel is on the order of 1500 degrees Celsius, and burning jet fuel does not produce flame temperatures higher than about 1000 degrees Celsius. While steel may be weakened sufficiently short of melting to fail, claims that “infernos” led to the towers’ collapses (among other flaws) confuse flame temperatures, and the temperature of the steel coming into contact with it. Upon information and belief, it is not likely that the structural steel of the WTC reached temperatures higher than approximately 360 degrees Celsius – far short of the approximately 550 degrees Celsius which is a threshold temperature in that, at that temperature, steel starts losing its elasticity. Even at the higher temperature, however, the WTC steel would have retained about 60% of its structural strength – sufficient to support three times its rated load.
102. Accounts supportive of the Official Story indicate that the design of the WTC included no significant lateral support for the walls against wind loading, whereas in reality, at about 13’4” intervals the perimeter walls were affixed to 24” x 18” metal plates covered with shear studs, and set in the concrete slab. In addition, pairs of foot6-foot long, flat steel bars connected directly on the perimeter columns. Thus, owing to the composite action between the concrete and the steelwork, achieved by extending the diagonal web members of the joists through the steel decking, and embedding them in the slab of each floor, it is not true that nothing more than the so-called “angle clips” held up each floor. In addition, a number of “mechanical floors” in each tower, stories that would be subjected to extraordinary loads for things such as air conditioning equipment, used solid steel beams in their flooring. Moreover, the embedding of the tops of the trusses in the concrete slab means that, even had the trusses been heated to the point of failure, the concrete slab would have held the trusses up. Had one truss failed, its load would be redistributed to the concrete slab, and all remaining trusses associated with that slab. So the failure of one, or even many, trusses would not lead to overall failure, and it is impossible that the trusses collapsed one after the other, as the Official Story supposes.
103. In addition, even if we suppose that fires within the building could have heated the bolts or flanges sufficiently that they fell apart, or tore through the steel, for each of the Twin Towers to have fallen symmetrically, presumably all of the joints between the platter and the central columns would have to have been heated at almost exactly the same rate, in order to collapse tidily, at the same time, and at the same rate as the joints with the outer columns on all sides.
104. Further fallacies inherent in the “jet fuel inferno” elements of the Official Story include that:
“Infernos” are inconsistent with the sooty (oxygen-starved and hence not very hot) fires observed (especially in the North Tower);
Much of the planes’ jet fuel burned outside the buildings (especially in the case of the South Tower, which was struck at an oblique angle, producing an orange fireball which, although impressive visually, consumed much of the fuel outside the building);
The jet fuel fires would have been brief – most of it burning off or evaporating within 30 seconds, and all of it within about 2-3 minutes. The energy produced by the burning jet fuel, not absorbed by the concrete and steel within this brief period, would have been vented to the exterior; Had temperatures over any appreciable area within either tower climbed to 700 degrees Celsius, the glow produced by such temperatures would have been clearly visible (and nothing of the sort may be seen in the videotapes available); Official Story historians neglect that, on February 23, 1975, the North Tower experienced a fire that burned for 3 to 4 hours, demonstrating the truss-slab combination’s survivability in such circumstances;
The Official Story does not explain how the 47 massive central core columns, which held up the greater part of the weight of each building, failed; and
It has been calculated that if the entire 10,000 gallons of jet fuel from the aircraft was injected into just one floor of the WTC, and the jet fuel was then burned with perfect efficiency, no hot gases leaving the single story of the building and no heat escaping by conduction, the jet fuel would have raised the temperature to a maximum temperature of 280 degrees Celsius.
105. The existence of “infernos” is disproved also by eyewitness testimony. Whereas the Official Story has it that temperatures were hot enough to cause the trusses of the South Tower to fail, eyewitness-survivors state, to the contrary, that temperatures were cool enough for them to walk away:
The impact floors of the South Tower were 78 through 84. Donovan Cowan was in an open elevator at the 78th floor sky-lobby. He stated, “We went into the elevator. As soon as I hit the button, that’s when there was a big boom. We both got knocked down. I remember feeling this intense heat. The doors were still open. The heat lasted for maybe 15 to 20 seconds I guess. Then it stopped.”
Ling Young was in her 78th floor office. She said: “Only in my area were people alive, and the people alive were from my office. I figured that out later because I sat around in there for 10 or 15 minutes. That’s how I got so burned.”
Photographs of the aircraft impact area of the North Tower show a survivor peering out – hardly consistent with an “inferno” of 800 degrees Celsius;
Although, suspiciously, certain segments of the same have been classified, FDNY audiotape from 9-11 reveals that the fires were believed to be under control (far from “infernos” capable of melting steel) and that firemen on the scene had no indication that either of the towers were unstable or might fall, or of their own impending doom.
106. Jet fuel fires as the effective cause of the Twin Towers’ collapses are discredited also by seismic evidence. The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York (in Rockland County, roughly 21 miles or 34 km north of the WTC) recorded seismographs on 9-11 that show seismic events at the beginning of the collapse of each of the Twin Towers. There was a 2.1 magnitude earthquake just as the South Tower began its 10-second collapse at 9:59:04, and a 2.3 magnitude earthquake as the North Tower began its collapse at 10:28:31. Jet fuel – most of which was burned off or evaporated at levels 80 stories or more above the ground level, within a few minutes following the impacts – cannot account for the fires that continued to burn, deep in the pile of rubble within the buildings’ footprints, for 100 days after 9-11. The only reasonable explanation for the earthquakes as the buildings began to fall, and for the long-lasting fires, is that the true perpetrators of the attacks placed and detonated explosives below ground level beneath each of the towers, where the columns were affixed to bedrock. This also helps explain how the towers fell so quickly (almost as fast as if in an unimpeded free fall) and almost entirely within their respective footprints.
107. The obvious difficulty that the seismic recordings present to the believer in the Official Story, however, is that, in addition to having the resources and the skill to pull off the hijackings and the flying of the planes into buildings, for the Official Story to be credible the hijackers had to have, first, obtained explosives sufficient to produce the massive explosions recorded. Then, they would have had to gain access to sub-basement areas of each building, some seven stories below street level. They would have had to know how and at what locations to place the explosives in advance of 9-11, so as to produce the effect of blowing out massive steel columns connected to bedrock. They would have had to have the cunning to prepare and place the explosives without being detected, and to detonate or cause the detonation of the explosives 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours after their “martyrdom.”
108. Finally, in addition to the resources and the skill to accomplish all of the foregoing, it seems the “terrorist hijackers” wouldi need to have had the influence to prevent, and to continue to prevent for more than 3 years following the attacks (throughout which time they have been the object of nationwide revulsion) widespread disclosure of the full extent of their deeds (i.e., the placement and detonation of huge explosive charges beneath each of the towers). In fact, the evidence was whisked away with astonishing speed. (See below)
109. As, clearly, the entire approach of the Bush II Administration since 9-11 has been to maximize public fears of terrorism, not to assuage them, a cover-up of the facts of the explosions and of the demolitions of the Twin Towers can only indicate that the Defendants intend that such facts remain little-known because they are fatal to the Official Story, and argue powerfully that the WTC attacks were an “inside job” done by, or with the complicity of, the U.S. government. Were this not so, the government would be trumpeting these facts, with the aim of showing that “Muslim terrorists” are even more frightful than supposed, and as justification for more surveillance, more military spending, and more abridgements of Constitutional rights.
110. Finally, there are video images that appear to depict each of the supposed “Flight 11” and “Flight 175” shooting projectiles into the North Tower and the South Tower, respectively, just prior to impact. The North Tower video is from the Naudet Brothers’ “Fireman’s Video” which became the basis of the television documentary “9-11.” Allegedly, those who taped the documentary on home VCR machines, or purchased the VBS videotape, can see the “flash” of the projectile ejecting from the plane just before it hit the North Tower. The later, DVD “collector’s edition” of the documentary allegedly was digitally edited to remove the “flash.”
111. Evidence wholly independent of video images purporting to show missiles being fired into the WTC towers amply shows (1) that the planes’ impact and jet fuel fires do not sufficiently explain the collapse of the towers; and (2) there is abundant evidence of high explosives at the foundations and controlled demolitions. Even more shocking than the consumer-quality videotape of the Naudet Brothers are the images that can be seen on HYPERLINK "http://www.letsroll911.org" www.letsroll911.org. These images from major news sources show “Flight 175” as it strikes the South Tower on 9-11. When slowed down, the images appear to show (albeit not very distinctly) (a) an apparatus on the underside of “Flight 175,” believed to be a missile pod, not normally found on the Boeing 757; and (b) a bright object projected from the location of the pod preceding (by perhaps 1/3 second) the plane into the South Tower. No major media outlet has reported on these images, as the same are presented on the HYPERLINK "http://www.letsroll.911.org" www.letsroll.911.org website. As the website owner himself admits, many thousands of copies of the “Flight 175” images from CNN and other major media outlets must exist on Americans’ shelves, as the second strike occurred when millions had their TV sets on and, no doubt, many people taped the terrible events as they occurred. Thus, as the HYPERLINK "http://www.letsroll911.org" www.letsroll911.org webmaster, Phil Jayhan, states by way of a challenge, if the images presented on that website are not genuine, refuting them ought to be an easy task.
112. The “letsroll911” video images remain controversial even within the growing community of 9-11 skeptics, and perhaps they are insufficiently clear to establish the “missile and pod” theory beyond a reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, the number of “hits” on the website and other evidence suggests that many agencies of the U.S. government and the media claiming to have produced the images have repeatedly visited the HYPERLINK "http://www.letsroll911.org" www.letsroll911.org website, and certainly the images are convincing enough at least to demand careful examination. One would think, certainly, that if some activist were attracting huge attention (if only on the internet) by publicizing major media images from 9-11 that had been doctored to add a missile being fired from “Flight 175,” the media would have reacted publicly, or sought a court injunction to disavow and discredit the doctored images. Upon information and belief, none of the media have claimed the images appearing on the website to be anything but genuine. If they do show the firing of a missile, and they are genuine, then clearly the Official Story— although “alive and well” as Enterprise, CNN, Fox News and other captive media propaganda sources — is, in objective fact, a dead letter.
113. From the foregoing, missiles firing or not, Plaintiff submits it is evident that the Twin Towers were demolished, and that the “jet fuel inferno” account is disproved as a sufficient cause of the collapses. The discrediting of such critical elements of the Official Story, coupled with the lack of any true investigation of the actual events, establishes a cover-up. Moreover, if the Twin Towers were demolished, unless the 19 alleged hijackers were superhuman, then some element of the United States government, some secret service, some extremely powerful actors were participants in the attacks.
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