NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerials

ABC News recently obtained these images after filing a Freedom of Information Act request in 2009 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which had collected as part of an investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center.


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In August ABC News saw that the NIST was asking various photographers for permission to release images they collected from the investigation, completed in 2005, into the collapse of the World Trade Centers. NIST was asking amateur, professional and freelance photographers whether the release of the pictures would be objectionable to them. (Det. Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit)

Some of the pictures have never been released before, such as this one taken from NYPD Helicopters showing the vast size of the dust cloud generated when the towers collapsed...

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Seeing the request in the Federal Register, ABC News filed a Freedom of Information Act request on August 14, 2009 to obtain the volumes of pictures and video that NIST had collected. After months of review and collection by NIST, ABC News was provided with 2,779 pictures on nine CDs.

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2,975 men, women and children died in the September 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


NIST sucks

After a year, ABC's FOIA request gains release of 2,779 pictures, some never having been released before, on nine CDs and all they can make available to the public is 12 really, really, crappy lowrez pictures. The original hirez digital images will not have a NYPD watermark and should contain important embedded EXIF info. How much more is NIST still hiding? How high the moon? How big is 28 trillion?

New aerial NYPD photos of 9/11 attack released
Feb 10 02:41 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writers

NEW YORK (AP) - Newly released aerial photos of the World Trade Center terror attack capture the towers' dramatic collapse, from just after the first fiery plane strike to the apocalyptic dust clouds that spread over lower Manhattan and its harbor.

The images were taken from a police helicopter—the only photographers allowed in the air space near the towers on Sept. 11, 2001. They were obtained by ABC News after it filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which investigated the collapse.

The chief curator of the planned Sept. 11 museum, which is compiling a digital archive of attack coverage, said the still images are "a phenomenal body of work" that show a new, wide-angle look at the towers' collapse and the gray dust clouds that shrouded the city afterward.

The photos are "absolutely core to understanding the visual phenomena of what was happening," said Jan Ramirez, chief curator at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The images of the dust clouds rising as high as some downtown skyscrapers "are some of the most exceptional images in the world, I think, of this event," Ramirez said.

ABC said the NIST gave the network 2,779 pictures on nine CDs, saying some of the photographs had never been released before.

The network posted 12 photos this week on its Web site, all taken by ex-NYPD Aviation Unit Detective Greg Semendinger, who was first in the air in a search for survivors on the rooftop. He said he and his pilot watched the second plane hit the south tower from the helicopter.

"We didn't find one single person. It was surreal," he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "There was no sound. No sound whatsoever, but the noise of the radio and the helicopter. I just kept taking pictures."

He took three rolls of film with his Minolta camera, plus 245 digital shots. Semendinger said he gave the digital images to the 9/11 Commission and believes those images were released by the NSIT. In the days after the attack, he e-mailed some of the photos to friends and several were posted on the Internet.

Later, nine of the images were published in a book called "Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of Sept. 11" without his consent. The book was a tribute to the officers who were killed that day.

The photos capture the enormous scope of the dust that enveloped the area.

In some images, the tops of the nearby Woolworth Building and other skyscrapers can be seen rising above the billowing dark plume against a clear blue sky. Buildings can hardly be seen at all in one image—just a burst of dust clouds hanging over the serene Hudson River at the southern tip of Manhattan.

A close-up image from earlier in the morning shows orange flames and black smoke rising past the antenna on top of the north tower, the first hit by a hijacked plane.

Ramirez said the museum, which is slated to open in 2012, saw a selection of the photos at police headquarters several years ago.

They are extremely important because the NYPD aviation unit had the clearance to be up in the air in lower Manhattan only "moments after the first tower was hit," and stayed in the area for the remainder of the day, she said.

Sometime after 10 a.m., she said they were able to "predict that the north tower was going to fall." It did just before 10:30 a.m.

The museum hopes to get a complete set of the photos.

"We've had our sights set on this body of visual evidence for several years," Ramirez said.

Semendinger retired from the NYPD in 2002 after 35 years, 20 of them in aviation. He said he has thought about publishing his work from those days.

"I almost didn't realize what I was seeing that day," he said. "Looking at it now it's amazing I took those pictures. The images are ... stunning."

"But truthfully, I don't really know. We've had trouble getting a handle on Building No. 7."
~Dr. Shyam Sunder - Acting Dir. Bldg. & Fire Research Lab. (NIST)
"We are [still] unable to provide a full explanation of the total collapse." (NIST)

Cloud Zero

Funny how pancaked buildings create a sea of cauliflower-shaped dust clouds just like planned demolitions. The aerial shots are unbelievable. Any fool can see that Ground Zero was blown apart and pulverized..

It produced pyroclastic-like dust clouds and pools of molten steel flowing like lava from a volcano. Was THIS one of Silverstein's buildings too? LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaChWgbn18Y

Dust Clouds are a Small Piece of the Puzzle

These photos are obviously consistent with controlled demolition but do not represent the strongest evidence. Don't let the mainstream media mischaracterize the demolition hypothesis as being based on dust clouds.

The strongest evidence for controlled demolition is:

1. Laboratory investigations of WTC dust showing active thermitic material.
2. Video analysis using basic physics principles.
3. Firefighters testimony of explosions at WTC.

Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

In the MSNBC slide show for

In the MSNBC slide show for their article, there are several slides with very interesting captions:


Slide #3
"The first World Trade Center tower begins to implode."

Slide #4
"A World Trade Center tower implodes."

Slide #11
"A view of lower Manhattan after the implosion."

Did they just forget about the word "collapse"?

"But truthfully, I don't really know. We've had trouble getting a handle on Building No. 7."
~Dr. Shyam Sunder - Acting Dir. Bldg. & Fire Research Lab. (NIST)
"We are [still] unable to provide a full explanation of the total collapse." (NIST)

No Shit!

"A view of lower Manhattan after the implosion."

Someone slipped some TRUTH into the machine.

Giuliani also said the buildings imploded.

For those who didn't catch this when it was first posted in 2007, here it is:

National Geographic

It looks like National Geographic is still pushing the "Official Story". http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/inside-911/2811/Overview#ta... What crap. I guess the preps own that rag also. Here is another link I just spotted on Yahoo. More BS. Boy they are really pushing the "Official Story". I think they are getting a little scared. http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/18070510
Lets keep putting the heat on. They are bound to crack. All our hard work is starting to pay off.

Who owns National Geographic?


A group

of capitalists.

according to wilkapedia FOX NEWS

owns 50% of National Geographic.

Can that be true?

Rupert Murdoch

has a lot to answer for.

The incredible destructive power of airplanes

Here is a National Geographic photo after a plane hit Mount St. Helens.


Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.




One of the funniest things I've heard in a long time! Somebody has to make a sign or a flyer with that. PHOTO AFTER A PLANE HIT MOUNT ST HELENS!

Absolutely brilliant :D

With you in the struggle,
WeAreChangeLA - http://www.wacla.org
I work for the 9-11 First Responders, the 9-11 victims, and all those who are being slaughtered and tortured because of 9-11.

Material Explosively Ejected Outward

Wow, if that first photo isn't a "smoking gun" I don't know what is. Is there a location to download these images in their full resolution? I'd like to make a 30 x 40 poster of that first one for street actions. Any was there any explanation why these were kept secret for so long? I think it obvious to us here why- it's the exact opposite of those few Pentagon frames... Such crystal clear detail.

Lateral Ejections Spraying

ALL the way over to Building 7. Otherwise, with a downward pancake collapse 7 would not have been injured.

After all, the N. Tower didn't topple over and hit Building 7. Lateral ejections of material did, which contradicts pancaking by definition. In this sense, 7 is a smoking gun for the very fact that it was damaged--- in addition to it being a controlled demolition itself.

Are the rest of the photos available?

Are the 2,779 photos ABC received available to the public or do we have to file our own request?

Good question

Can we FOIA ABC News to release ALL the photos? We should act fast so they don't have time to touch any up like Time did after buying the Zigroder film. Maybe NIST shoud be petitioned to release the same 9 disks that were given to ABC.

peace all

"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear."
-- Douglas MacArthur


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If you go to Ask and put in - pancake collapse building photos, several bona fide collapse photos come up and then from Debunking 9/11, they already have one of the new aerial photos up and it's so obvious that it isn't a collapse. The knives are already out.......

But this one is not new

While not new, people seeing this for the first time may reevaluate their position after hearing
the talk of "inside job" and "controlled demolition".

Anti-truth agents in force...sigh.

As I was reading the commentary at CNN, I couldn't help but notice that there are those that have what seems to be a mission to attempt discounting every Truth comment. Ithionk it ought to be siad that they are on a mission attempting to discount it.. For some reason, I had problem gettiong an account there, so, I was hoping someone would counter the anti-truth plant with that comment "on a mission" or some such remark.to let it be known, in some subtle way that there are anti-truth agents in operation. Too much commentary on that point though would be counter-productive. Subtlties work better. After all, why should that person be working so hard to discount the plethora of Truthers? Please, someone do that. Thanks.

The most severe form of learning disorders are owned by those that "already know everything."

Hey these pics are NOT new!

No, they've all been in the public domain for quite a while ...

The LA Times noted in its report "ABC initially said some of the photographs posted had never been seen before, but later backed off that assertion"

Yes, but...

... So, what? Means next to nothing with the exception of what I suggest below.

As far as I can tell from searching news articles, it's only the LA Times and the AP (in a wire story published by ABCNews) saying that ABCNews had backed off that assertion. I can't be 100% sure that ABCNews hasn't backed off in something that they have published but, nowhere have I been able to find it coming directly from them.

Both the LA Times and AP wire article published by ABCNews contained the exact same title and, at least, the exact following sentence without attributing it to anyone at ABCNews:

"ABC initially said some of the photographs posted had never been seen before, but later backed off that assertion."

Chilling aerial photos of 9/11 attack released

Chilling Aerial Photos of 9/11 Attack Released
Associated Press/ABCNews

With about 110,000 hits returned by google for the above title, it's probably safe to assume that the LA Times just regurgitated the AP wire story. Additionally, there were about 13 unique google hits for the sentence quoted above without naming anyone at ABCNews actually saying it..

ABCNews has published a second set of images in another suck-ass slide show that's even worse than the first set. Obviously, the NYPD helicopters flew much closer than the points from where most of these images were obtained. I suspect that they want the mildly curious to see this set and mooooove on, thinking that there aren't any new close-up shots possibly revealing "explosively incriminating" evidence:

ABC News 9/11 Photos: Exclusive Sept. 11 Photos Obtained on World Trade Center Aftermath
New set of images obtained by ABC offer perspective on WTC collapse of 9/11.

NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerial Photos
NYPD releases new World Trade Center 9/11 aerials.
(This one was originally linked by Orangutan)

The AP is the suspicious party here. The AP made the statement, without attribution, and it has been regurgitated in over 100,000 news articles. Is the AP trying to cover for NIST? Seems so to me.

If he's not on the list of suspects for further investigation yet, I suggest adding Glenn Corbett, a fire science at NIST.

Also regurgitated ad nauseum:

"Glenn Corbett, a fire science expert who sat on an advisory committee during the NIST probe, said the photos did not yield any new information for investigators.

"I don't see anything here that's new," he said. "These are common photos. ... It just reinforces things we know, that debris spread over a large area and the resultant dispersion of toxins and human remains.""

Release the fucking photos and anything else you fucks at NIST are sitting on Corbett! The credibility of your entire organization is shot. Independent investigators can decide whether or not the additional information might yield anything new and perhaps incriminating. America can then decide where to park your asses for the rest of your miserable lives.

"But truthfully, I don't really know. We've had trouble getting a handle on Building No. 7."
~Dr. Shyam Sunder - Acting Dir. Bldg. & Fire Research Lab. (NIST)
"We are [still] unable to provide a full explanation of the total collapse." (NIST)