Sunday, March 04, 2007

9/11 Rosetta Stone

A BBC reporter, Jane Standley, did a live story on the horrific collapse of the 47-story Salomon Brothers building, also known as WTC 7. Strangely, Standley started her presentation 20 minutes before it fell, with that very building visible, still standing, behind her left ear and shoulder. If a building could talk, it would've been saying, "Wait! Reports of my demise are being greatly exaggerated. Umm, do you know something I don't??" Fortunately for the reporter's career, her video feed to the BBC's London studio was lost 5 minutes before WTC 7 would have actually collapsed behind her air-filled head. As the BBC has noted in response to people who point out the discrepancy, "there was much confusion on that day."

Explaining WTC 7's collapse a few days after the event, the World Trade Center's owner said something interesting on TV: "maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." Industry slang for demolishing a building is to "pull" it. The free-speaking owner's full quote:
"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 [WTC 7] collapse."
Larry Silverstein, Owner, World Trade Center
The implications of his statement were later vigorously re-butted, but Mr. Silverstein was unable to collect on his insurance policy. And really...what team of professionals could prepare a burning 50-story building for demolition over the course of a few hours in the 9/11 disaster area?
A job like that would normally take weeks of nit-picking engineering analysis prior to ever laying explosives and wiring them together. So it's impossible he was referring to a controlled demolition, right? WTC 7 is the key to understanding what happened on 9/11; if you watch video of the building fall neatly in its own footprint at 5:20 PM, the right questions arise. This BBC video is, as they say in Texas, the piece o' resistance.

Most Americans believe 9/11 was an inside job. To dispel the debilitating miasma of ant-patriotic skepticism, the US government simply has to de-classify all its videos and recordings from that day. Once it does, those who doubt 19 foreign bozos took a few Cessna lessons, evaded the most sophisticated, bristling air defenses in the world and flew jumbo jets like fighter pilots, can start to regain confidence in their leaders.

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