explosion at ground level
Is Seven WTC being blasted?
Another shot of an explosion
in the area of Seven WTC
-this time from CNN.
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animation of CNN
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The animation shows the velocity of the plume is clearly too fast
for it to be merly a swirl of dust from the collapse of one of the
towers. The towers are still standing. The direction of the plume
movement is upwards and outwards from the area of building Seven.
All this is consistent with an explosion in Seven WTC. One which
flattened it completely.
CNN IMAGES ABOVE FROM
AND THE WTC
The World Trade Center is a gold mine.
And Larry Silverstein knows it.
Silverstein already owned number Seven WTC, but he led a consortium
that just months ago signed a new $3.2 billion US, 99-year lease on
the WTC complex. That was the first time the WTC had changed hands
in its thirty year history.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey signed the deal with
the Silverstein-led Westfield America on the 26th April, 2001. Westfield
America leased the concourse mall, and Silverstein the office portion.
The deal was finalized and celebrated on the 23rd July -just seven
weeks before almost the entire complex was destroyed. Port Authority
officers gave a giant set of keys to the complex to Silverstein and
to Westfield CEO Lowy.
Silverstein was ecstatic at that time. "This is a dream come true,"
he had said. "We will be in control of a prized asset, and
we will seek to develop its potential, raising it to new heights."
An ironic choice of words, in retrospect.
The leased buildings included Numbers One and Two (the Twin Towers),
Four, Five and 400,000 square feet of retail space. The Marriott Hotel
(3WTC), U.S. Customs building (6WTC) and Silverstein's own 47-story
office building were already under lease.
Despite the transfer to private hands, the tax payments would still
come from the Port Authority -who had been making yearly $25 million
payments in lieu of taxes to New York City. The proper figure should
be more like $100 million according to city administrators.
Silversteen is undeterred by the demolition of the complex. He already
has somewhat insensitive plans to rebuild. Four towers this time.
Although the complex was not insured against an act of war, new policies
insured against terrorist damage.
Which leaves everybody financially consoled, even if not emotionally
so. The vendors still have the $3.2 billion they made on the sale.
The purchasers lease deal had spanking new insurance --with new beneficiaries-- for
capital value and loss of income.
Silverstein has insurance money to rebuild and get the $110 million
of annual rental income flowing again. Or double that with his planned
four towers. Nice money if you can get it. Can he?
Not if the insurers
could help it. They are the big losers. And they detest having to
pay a claim on a policy taken out only weeks before. Indeed, they
often delay payment to investigate cases where immediate claims are
made against brand new policies.
Graphics and maps of buildings in the
complex. Click to enlarge.
WAG THE WTC II
PART II OF EXPOSING THE WTC BOMB
by Fintan Dunne,
Research Kathy McMahon
4th October 2001
What you will discover here will
shatter any illusions you have about the reasons behind the World Trade
Center attack. This 'Wag the WTC' blockbuster is making a pile of money
FACT: The contractor whose
people were the first on the WTC collapse scene --to cart away
the rubble that remains-- is the same contractor who demolished and hauled
away the shell of the bombed Oklahoma City Murrah building. The name of
the contractor is Controlled Demolition! Their WTC cleanup contract
is worth over $7 Billion. Are you getting the picture?
FACT: The expert widely reported as certain
the WTC was demolished --who later changed his
mind-- is a demolition explosives specialist from New Mexico
Tech Institute. That's precisely where the people first on the Pentagon
crash scene were trained. Tech was also a hot tip to get the contract
for training the new Federal Air Marshals. Are you getting the
FACT: Most of the World Trade Center changed hands in
a $3.2 billion, 99-year lease deal that was concluded only seven weeks
before the attack; with a sweetheart tax deal and new insurance covering
buildings and rents -payable to new beneficiaries. Are you getting the
TALL TALES OF
THE WAG MOVIE
Let's all hold on to our emotional hats. Let's
stop reacting and stop overreacting.
We are MEANT to react in shock. The whole purpose of the audacious World
Trade Center attack was to psych us out.
Does the WTC attack feel like a movie? It does? Well of course it does!
It has been specifically written as a movie script. Are you getting the
Having studied for years how Americans react in movie theaters, the game
planners have decided we are now ready for movie spectaculars in real
You are witnessing a cathartic and intense psychological operation. It
is designed to alter your perceptions and hence your politics. It's a
classic PsyOp. Its a made-for-TV movie with all the cliché blockbuster
It has mayhem, evil warlords and subtle hints of a military coup. It has
terrorists who wrestle for control of Flight 93 with Die Hard have-a-go
Bruce Willis clones.
It has final deranged exhortations from a terrorist leader. His last letter
is found bundled with a "You Too Can Fly a Plane!" instruction manual
and some autographed photos of the great enemy --the legendary Osama Bin
Gadaffi Bin Saddam-Laden.
It has whispered good-byes: the departure of the American sailors for
war, was portrayed in 'Titanic' style on network TV and in print media
It has poignant last moments: the raising of the flag on
the pile of WTC rubble is a director's steal of the classic Iwo Jima flag
scene from W.W.II. They have turned the scenes of this devastation in
New York into a movie lot to construct a cultural iconography of war.
This entire sequence of: hijack; first plane; second plane; Pentagon ;WTC
collapse; phone calls from the planes; copy of the Koran; more attempted
hijackings; arrests; plucky passengers; etc., etc., has been scripted
by a crew of cynical planners who could care less that REAL people died
in the Twin Towers --not political extras on the international stage of
The story even has the ultimate terror of imminent death in the 'reported'
(but unheard by you or I) last words of an airline stewardess. "My God,
my God, I see buildings....water!"
Well hold my emotional hat, but I don't see buildings or water. I see
a barrage of flimsy plot-bolstering fabrications.
So does award-winning British journalist Robert Fisk -if you read between
the lines of his doubts about the authenticity of Mohammed Atta's last
letter. In the London Independent, 29 Sept
2001 he questions the "weird references in the note," as he wonders
if there is "something more mysterious" going on.
Indeed. Down at the bottom of the Bargain Bin, in the pulp fiction section
of the local charity shop, I can find dime-a-dozen trashy novels with
plenty of "My God, My God..." dialogue.
But the REAL world of actual airline stewardess has people, not cartoon
dumb blondes. They KNOW what New York looks like from the air, and Duluth
and Vancouver too. Duh!
But in this "WAG THE WTC II" movie script, nobody knows they are flying
over a city for the last ten minutes. And nobody knows what New York looks
like. And the stewardess can't tell when an aircraft is descending, so
is totally surprised to see buildings and water. Totally.
She might have said something credible like: "Jesus Christ! We're gonna
But no. "I see buildings...." (...and, wait for it...) ..pause..
"...water." Check out that pregnant pause in every publication of the
quote. Does that pause feel right to you? Not to me. The whole thing feels
like a ham-fisted effort designed to make us believe certain things.
So let's us also pause, now. Let's jam our emotional hats down firmly
and take a look at the MONEY. Let's take a good HARD look at the money.
Let's follow the MONEY. Because, there is a mountain of blood-soaked money
riding on all this.
VAN THE MAN
CHANGES HIS TUNE
No, not Van Morrisson the singer. But, Van 'the man' Romero. The
man in the right place, at the right time.
Van Romero is vice president for research at New Mexico Institute of Mining
and Technology (NMTech). The Socorro university has levered itself into
one of the elite sites in the world for the study of explosives and terrorism,
attracting nearly $10 million a year in federal money for programs that
test explosives for US and foreign agencies. On the morning of the attacks,
Romero and Tech's finance vice president Denny Peterson, were near the
They had come to Washington to discuss defense-funded research programs
at Tech, leaving them very conveniently located to grab NMTech's slice
of the imminent cleanup operation. Because New Mexico Tech offers counter-terrorism
training of police and fire first responders to terrorism attacks
in the United States!
Within hours Romero was telling the Albuquerque Journal that the collapse
of the twin towers could have been caused by a small amount of explosive
put in more than two points in each of the towers.
"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," Romero said.
And Romero should know. After all Van is a demolition expert and a former
director of the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at Tech,
which studies the effects of explosions on buildings.
Nevertheless, ten days later Romero had changed his mind. Not only that,
but the Albuquerque Journal changed their story too. They altered the
original web page about Romero's views. It now shows his revised views
first. Check it here.
GREEN CHILI STEW
AT THE PENTAGON
New Mexico Tech's success is due in no small part to the advocacy
of local Republican representative Joe Skeen, who has lobbied relentlessly
on Tech's behalf to lucrative effect.
Skeen has contacted Israeli representatives about the prospect of having
a detachment of fighter aircraft stationed in New Mexico. Israel’s
request is under review by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Meanwhile, Tech's terrorism first responder training is under the auspices
of the public /private National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (i.e.
You can find Tech-trained first responders right now at the Pentagon scene.
They are busy cleaning-up, in every sense of the word. Skeen has 'hung
out with the guys' back at their training camp in the NMTech counter-terrorism
facility. So naturally he soon followed Romero to Washington, where he
called by the Pentagon crash scene to encourage the NMTech crew.
Skeen asked if there was anything he could do to make their task easier
and the crew responded by asking if there was any green chili in the D.C.
area. Skeen said yes and had New Mexico green chili stew delivered to
the hotel where the crew is staying.
"These are the people who have the toughest duty in cleaning up the devastation
left by the barbaric acts of terrorists last week," Skeen said. "We owe
the people involved in the clean up... a great deal of thanks and gratitude."
Indeed. We owe them a great deal of money also.
Tech will gain substantially from domestic counter-terrorism
if Joe Skeen has his way. He wrote to President George Bush and relevant
federal government agency officials thus: "Guarding against terrorist
attacks must be the centerpiece of our plan and New Mexico, particularly
New Mexico Tech University, has excellent technical resources in counter-terrorism."
Skeen proposed that the university triple within 60 days its domestic
preparedness first responder training. Skeen said New Mexico Tech is prepared
to initiate training for Sky Marshals at Roswell Airpark which has a variety
of commercial jet liners ranging from 737 to 747 for hands-on training
"Dr. Dan Lopez, the President of New Mexico Tech has assured me, that
all of these resources and any others identified by the government can
be made available immediately to our government and I will do all in my
power to help you and our country in managing this crisis,'' Skeen noted
in his letter to the president.
Are you getting the picture?
BOOMING BUSINESS IN
Cleaning up the estimated 1.2 million tons of rubble left by the destruction
of the World Trade Center could take up to a year and cost $7 billion,
according to Associated Press, 28th September, 2001.
"The New York cleanup will be a gargantuan undertaking, whose scale and
magnitude will go beyond the customary types of disasters," said J. Mark
Loizeaux, president of Maryland-based Controlled Demolition, who brought
down the remains of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
Controlled Demolition Group, specializes in building demolition
worldwide. They are one of a handful with the expertise to demolish a
structure like the World Trade Center.
"We probably have more experience than anyone on the planet about how
to handle this type of debris, and I will tell you right now we don't
have all the answers," said Loizeaux. "It is going to be a learning curve
for all of those involved, and it is going to take a very long time."
Given the public's suspicions about the World Trade Center collapse, the
presence of Controlled Demolition at the site will hardly assuage their
concern. Quite the reverse.
A company with vast demolition smarts has handled the cleanup of the two
greatest terror bombings in the US to date.
In the case of Oklahoma building, Controlled Demolition carted off
the remains and buried them in a hole in the desert before the smoke had
stopped rising from the ruins. Then the rubble was covered over, surrounded
by a security fence and guarded.
That was an investigative fiasco -given that there is no way an ammonium
nitrate-fuel oil ('ANFO') bomb could have blown away a third of the structure.
Furthermore, according to retired blast expert General Ben Partin, the
blast velocity of ANFO bombs is incapable of the specific damage observed
in the Murrah Building. Military explosive ten times more powerful would
be needed to rip concrete away and leave steel reinforcing rods exposed.
A report written by an investigative committee was released
earlier this year by the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee. Leading
member Charles Key, a former Oklahoma state representative, said the report
contains volumes of evidence citing inconsistencies and omissions in the
government's official version of events.
"There is sufficient evidence to confirm that law enforcement agencies
in Oklahoma City, as well as Washington, DC, had sufficient prior knowledge
of the impending disaster, yet took minimum measures to avert the bombing,"
the report said. "Documents and witnesses support this conclusion."
The committee's report also documents "at least four sightings of [additional]
bombs inside the [Murrah] building," said Key.
THE PLOT THICKENS
As evidence has mounted, our concerns about the events at the WTC have
grown. Yet, at this time there is no credible investigation by any official
U. S. agency of the possibility of additional bombs in the World Trade
Center. Neither has there been a call by any leading U. S. politician
for an official inquiry into these events.
President Kennedy's death in Dallas at least spawned the Warren Commission
investigation. But, so far the only examination of the WTC incidents is
taking place on alternative web sites such as this.