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Freedom of Information aint so Free

Dear Mr. Ritchey,

This email acknowledges receipt of your February 4, 2009, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in which you requested copies of ?Case B input and output from the ANSYS analysis as described on page 35 of NCSTAR 1A, "The Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.?

Your request was received at the FOIA Control Desk on February 6, 2009, and was assigned FOIA Log #09-48.

For the purpose of the FOIA, you are in the "all other requester" category. This means that you will be charged for the search and duplication of responsive documents excluding the cost of the first 2 hours of search and the first 100 pages of duplication. Upon completion of the fee estimate, I will be in contact with you as to the amount owed to process your request.

Darla Yonder
Management Analyst
Catherine S. Fletcher
Freedom of Information Act Officer

Quoting "Geoffrey Ritchey" :

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Catherine S. Fletcher, FOIA & Privacy Act Officer

NIST doesn't know how to run their simulation??

Taking the lead from Aidan I've submitted my own foia asking for instructions to run the WTC 7 collapse simulation. So far the response is that there are no records, so I've submitted an appeal. I'm hoping the instructions will include some information about absurd initial parameters.


I want step by step instructions how to run the WTC 7 collapse simulation. Is this just a matter or rephrasing the request or does NIST not have step by step instructions? Are you seriously telling me that no one either in NIST nor outside is capable of reproducing the collapse simulation because the instructions do not exist?

Billboard - comments, designs, DONATIONS welcome

----Hi Mike,

The Lubbock area is not essential; Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo would work just as well. Basically I'm looking for something that I could afford, somewhere in the area of a few hundred a month. I thought maybe a bench would be the cheapest but I don't know a lot about your industry. The message would simply be a plea for the public to investigate the web site

Is there something that may fit my needs?

----Geoffrey, There are some options we might have that will fit your needs. We occasionally have highway bulletins that may sit vacant for a while in between customers. Many of these are industry standard sized billboards in the sizes of 14’x48’ and 10.5’x22.75’. If you could get a vinyl made in either of these two industry standard sizes, we could put you up on boards in the city of Lubbock and some highways surrounding for a monthly charge of $300. You would probably move from location to location occasionally, but would always be up somewhere in the market. The only other charge would be the production of the vinyl and artwork. Does this sound like something that could work for you?

Behavioral screening -- the future of airport security?

I use CNN to get a feel for what the people in power are planning next, and the stories just seem to get stranger and stranger...

from CNN:

TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- Keep your shoes and belts on -- waiting in long airport security lines to pass through metal detectors may soon be a thing of the past.

Airport security checkpoints like this one may become opportunities for screeners to study passengers' intentions.

1 of 2 Security experts say focus is shifting from analyzing the content of carry-ons to analyzing the content of passengers' intentions and emotions.

"We are seeing a needed paradigm shift when it comes to security," says Omer Laviv, CEO of ATHENA GS3, an Israeli-based security company.

"This 'brain-fingerprinting,' or technology which checks for behavioral intent, is much more developed than we think."

Nowhere is the need for cutting-edge security more acute than Israel, which faces constant security threats. For this reason, Israel has become a leader in developing security technology.

Biological terror attack likely by 2013, panel says


From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Terrorists are likely to use a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the world in the next five years, a blue-ribbon panel assembled by Congress has concluded.

Police watch over travelers at New York's Grand Central Terminal before Thanksgiving.

They are more likely to use a biological weapon than a nuclear one -- and the results could be devastating, the chairman of the commission told CNN.

"The consequences of a biological attack are almost beyond comprehension. It would be 9/11 times 10 or a hundred in terms of the number of people who would be killed," former Sen. Bob Graham said.

He cited the flu virus that killed millions of people in 1918 as an example.

"Today it is still in the laboratory, but if it should get out and into the hands of scientists who knew how to use it for a violent purpose, we could have multiple times the 40 million people who were killed 100 years ago," he said. Watch how officials worry about a biological terror attack »

Tommy Smothers

Tommy Smothers accepting a 40 year old emmy this week. He talks about speaking truth to power in front of millions. Way to go Tommy!!!

American Intelligence turns brilliant young MIT graduate into mental vegetable.

(EDIT: the original NPR title for this piece is "Pakistani Woman's Arrest Prompts Questions". And it certainly does. - rep.)

American Intelligence turns brilliant young MIT graduate into mental vegetable.

Until last month, Aafia Siddiqui had been the most wanted woman in the world.

The FBI accused her of being an al-Qaida operative, a fixer for the terrorist organization in the U.S. Now she sits in a prison in New York at the center of a mystery about what she has been doing — and where she has been — for the past five years.


Whitfield Sharp says her client is tremendously confused. She has lost track of time. She doesn't know how long she has been gone. She is very passive. She is "like a person who has been excessively institutionalized," she said.

911 Dude

This guy calls up CSPAN and speaks truth to power. I've seen a couple of videos with him and like his style. This one is classic.

Telling it like it is

I don't know who Suheir Hammad is but this really spoke truth to me.

Letter to National Public Radio

On Wednesday on "The World" I heard a story on UFO's. GEEZ. When will the nonsense stop.

I use to think when I heard these ridiculous stories on otherwise serious news that this must be indeed a free society where even the nuttiest stories have a chance to be heard. With the omission of such a serious story as WTC7, I now have a very cynical view about the value of all of your stories.

Do you not agree that the collapse of a 47 story tall building on 911 that cannot be explained 6 years later by the best government scientists at NIST is an incontrovertible truth and that many people still do not even know that this building existed? Do you not agree that a story of this magnitude should be covered by the news?

I don't know why you have ignored this story. Many reasons come to mind. Is it too politically sensitive? Will the truth, and what it may lead to, turn away too many listeners? Are you unwilling to admit that this is an important story? Are you simply unable because of what your bosses will let you do?

Get on TV

I was recently wondering how to get the 911 truth message on TV - this being a free country and all - and it struck me that an infomercial may be the ticket. I keep seeing the guy telling me about 'cures they don't want you to know about'. He gets away with selling medical advice (not legal for him) by only selling a book (legal).

How about someone selling the DRG book? That's 30 minutes of TV time to go over, and over, and over the material. Who even really cares if even one book gets sold, but who knows, maybe it could even be self sustaining.

Does anyone know how I could get started with this idea; who to contact?

Romney: 'Dramatic' retaliation to nuclear attack


NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that if terrorists detonated a nuclear bomb in a U.S. city while he was president he would retaliate "in a very dramatic and clear way."

Posed that scenario while campaigning Friday in this early primary state, Romney said he didn't want to say much more.

"The answer is you would retaliate and you'd retaliate in a very dramatic and clear way. I don't want to be terribly more specific than that," the former Massachusetts governor said.

Open Source Government

I have come to the point now where I don’t believe 90% of what is on the news. This site has become one of my most trusted sources of information. With so many questions about 911 completely ignored, how can the MSM be trusted?

Our media has a bias but it’s not liberal as I’ve heard so often, it is corporate/government bias. People in Peru who are struggling to survive the earth quake are ‘looting’ stores for food and water, just as the people of New Orleans. It would be OK for troops to commandeer rations, but for individuals struggling to survive it’s called ‘looting’.

Now the Iowa straw poll has declared Mitt Romney winner. Mitt who? I just don’t believe it.

In the software community we have a concept called open source. Programs are written by a co-operating group of programmers and given free to the public. Everything is open. The source code can be viewed by everyone so you can see exactly what the program is doing and why. Complete transparency. If there is a better way to do something, someone in the community can write modifications.

Peace Train

I've just re-discovered a song I loved back when I really thought we really could see world peace someday (I guess I've become more cynical lately). It is Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) singing "Peace

When you look at the user comments, you can see how far the 911 lie has led us down the path of blind hatred; and yet listening to the song with is simple message is still so uplifting:

"now I've been crying lately"
"thinking about the world as it is"
"Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss"
"Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train..."

Only One Kind of Science

I found a wonderful article talking about the science of 911 here:

In a letter titled "Daylight exacerbates warming" on the April 16 editorial page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, a lady from Hot Springs noted March 2007 as the warmest on record. To "any reasonable person" this should come as no surprise, she says, because Daylight Saving Time was started almost a month early this year. Congress should have known what a warming effect an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate...or maybe our liberal Congress did know, and it’s part of a plot to make us believe that global warming is a genuine menace? Of course implicit in this rationale is the solution to global warming. Would it take a scientist to realize we only need to set our clocks back a few hours, and the decrease in daylight the planet receives will be our deliverance?