First Response to Recent NIST Report

NIST and the WTC: "Science" at the Service of an Empire
This is the first article I have seen in response to the recently released NIST report. It was just sent to me from a 9/11 site in Finland. I have quoted a small section of it below, but it is definitely worth the read.

"Thorough, open, independent." This is how the National Institute of Standards and Technology characterizes [1] its 10 000-page, 750-Mb WTC draft study [2]. The tactics is clear: to drown the weak points of the official 9/11 story in an enormous amount of redundant information. However, those who know what they are looking for can soon find their way to the critical omissions in the reports.
Incredibly, the progressive collapse of the Twin Towers has been left out of the computer models used: "The global models of the towers extended from several stories below the impact area to the top of the structure." [4] Thus the structurally intact floors 1-91 of WTC 1 and floors 1-77 of WTC 2 were excluded from the so called "global" models of the towers.

[NIST quote]
The parts of structures below the impact zones (Floor 89 to Floor 91 in WTC 1 and Floor 73 to Floor 77 in WTC 2) contributed little to the overall behavior of the buildings. Previous analyses of subsystem models and preliminary global models showed that the elements below the impact zone did not experience plastic deformations or buckling. Therefore, they were eliminated to further reduce the size of the models. With this modification, the global model for WTC 2 was truncated at Floor 77 just above the mechanical floors and at Floor 91 for WTC 1."

In other words, "Even without the modeling of the progressive collapse we had to postpone the publication of the reports four times so we just didn't have time to do that. And besides, the lower parts of the buildings simply did not slow down the collapse, as everyone could see from TV, so why bother?"
"Thorough, open, independent?"

One of the things that struck me about the initial version of the NIST report was that the entire report focused only up to the point of 'global collapse'. Apparently 70+ intact floors and the 47 steel core columns contained therein were not worth discussing, despite the lack of any resistance provided by the remaining intact super-structure.

It should be noted that the NIST is looking for people to submit comments about their report. I am hoping that not only are Jim Hoffman and Jeff King submitting responses, but also all concerned citizens who find fault in their studies and what was and was not covered.

Special thanks to the international site for the article, and to Hannu in Finland for the submission!