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AE911Truth: Letter to Congressman Robert Wexler

(UPDATE: Hyperlinks added, July 1, 2008. -rep)

Richard Gage, AIA
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc.
www.AE911Truth.org

July 1, 2008

Via Electronic Mail to: lisa.white@mail.house.gov

The Honorable Robert Wexler
2241 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Wexler:

My name is Richard Gage, AIA, a 20-year licensed practicing architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. I am founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Inc.(1), and I am asking for your help in a matter of grave importance to the United States of America.

Just over a year ago, I heard on a radio program new facts and compelling arguments regarding the terrible events at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I was stunned. After completing some investigation, I realized that we had not been told the truth about the events of that day.

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth was born and we began an online petition drive for fellow architects and engineers who are also determined to learn and publicize what really happened to the three World Trade Center Towers that collapsed on 9/11.

We developed a multimedia presentation(2) that exposes the myth of the official explanation using simple, rational forensic inquiry and basic physics. I travel the country speaking to building professionals and others to expose the fallacies. The response to this presentation is the same everywhere I go. A simple show of hands before and after reveals that about 90% of those who believe the "fire-weakened steel" hypothesis come to accept the "controlled demolition with explosives" hypothesis after the presentation. The explanations of the destruction of the iconic Twin Towers and WTC Building 7(3) offered by FEMA and NIST defy laws of physics. This is easy to prove and has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The existing, prevalent physical evidence shows that the explanations offered cannot be true. That such serious inconsistencies remain unaddressed, and that additional questions remain unanswered – even unasked – is untenable. We must pursue them now.

AE911Truth.org operates an increasingly popular website that receives more than a thousand daily visits. We host over 2,000 petition signers(4), of whom more than 400 are degreed/licensed architects and engineers. Our licensed A/E's have agreed to uphold a code of ethics upon obtaining their licensure and they are meeting that obligation today by responding with great courage to the myth that we know as 9/11.

They ask the following questions and document these observations, which are just a few of many that remain unanswered or ignored by those who, at the behest ultimately of the White House, directed the official investigations:

• Why did more than 100 FDNY first responders describe, in great detail, the sounds of explosions and flashes of light that they saw and heard at the onset, and during, the collapse? Why did we not know about these 10,000 pages of FDNY "oral history" evidence until August, 2005 – and only then after a court order for their release? FDNY's own Chief of Safety, Albert Turi, and FDNY's nationally recognized Chief, Ray Downey, the "premiere collapse expert in the country" according to a fellow chief, both spoke of the presence of explosives in the Towers prior to their failures. More than 100 testimonies referring to multiple, violent explosions(5) were ignored by the 9/11 Commission, NIST and FEMA.
• What was the energy source, and through what mechanism was it applied, that pulverized 400,000 cubic yards of concrete(6) into a fine powder that blanketed Manhattan? Calculations show that the energy requirement for this was greater than the available gravitational potential energy of the structures. Is this the same energy source that is responsible for the complete obliteration of more than 1,100 human bodies that were never found?
• How were massive structural steel members hurled(7) from the Twin Towers at 70 mph – some of them landing 600 feet away?
• Why were most windows within 400 feet of each tower blown out?(8)
• Why were virtually no floors found at the base of either Twin Tower?(9) There were originally 110 floors – each of them one acre in size. What explains the disappearance of 220 acres of four-inch thick concrete and steel decking?
• Why were there explosive ejections of dust & gases(10) (squibs) 20, 40 and 60 stories below the rapidly descending "collapse" in each tower? These can be seen in many publicly available videos and show rapidly ejecting pulverized building materials – over 200 feet a second.
• How did the elevated building mass destroy 80,000 tons of structural steel at near free-fall speed(11), and with such radial symmetry?(12) Given the asymmetrical structural and fire damage and the tendency of any disorder to grow over time (as described by the Second Law of Thermodynamics), the falling building sections should have "rolled off" of the intact sections below, resulting in only partial collapses.
• Given that open-air jet fuel fires and normal office fires both burn at a maximum of around 1,500° F., and the melting point of steel is around 2,700° F., what thermal energy source produced the tons+of+molten+metal+observed+flowing+out+of+the+South+Tower(13) shortly before its collapse – and also seen for weeks after 9/11/01 in the basements(14) of the Twin Towers and Building 7 by numerous witnesses, including the WTC structural engineer, Leslie Robertson.
• What explains the chemical evidence of thermite(15), an incendiary material found on the ends of steel beams? In Appendix C of its BPAT Report, FEMA documented that "evidence of a severe high temperature corrosion attack on the steel, including oxidation and sulfidation with subsequent intergranular melting, was readily visible in the near-surface microstructure." This is clearly not a feature of gravitational collapse, or jet fuel or office fires.
• What is the source of the billions of microspheres consisting of previously molten iron(17) in all the pulverized concrete of the World Trade Center? The United States Geological Survey, in its "Particle Atlas of World Trade Center Dust Report," and RJ Lee Group, Inc., in its December 2003 WTC Dust Signature Report: Composition and Morphology, both document these once-molten drops of metal without explanation. These microspheres also contain the chemical signature of thermite, an incendiary material used to cut through steel like a hot knife through butter.
• Why did Building 7 start its sudden and uniform collapse(18) at an acceleration rate nearly that of a body in free fall? Video analysis shows the upper portion of the structure accelerating at the maximum rate gravity allows. This can only mean that the structure below offered no resistance. What mechanism can account for the simultaneous failure of the critical number and distribution of columns required to produce this rate of acceleration? NIST now attributes the catastrophic collapse of Building 7 to "normal office fires," with little to no contribution from falling debris or diesel fuel. At this suggestion by NIST, are we to suddenly accept that our understanding of fire science, materials and structural behavior has been deeply flawed? The American Institute of Architects has steadfastly resisted changes to the building codes after 9/11! Here is the potent 5-minute AE911Truth executive summary testimony delivered to NIST(19) on Dec 18, 2007.

On behalf of the more than 2,000 petition signers at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth – and of the thousands of citizens becoming aware of this deception regarding the destruction of these three high-rises on 9/11 – I urge you to spend ONE HOUR of your undivided attention to review the stunning evidence that answers these crucial questions.

Joel Hirschorn, Ph.D., Senior Staff Member of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and AE911Truth.org petition signer, states "First, let the technical truths emerge. Then, if necessary, cope with the inevitable political and conspiracy issues."

We have the technical expertise to support your own research into the collapses of the 3 World Trade Center high-rise "collapses" on 9/11, and we offer ourselves in service to you.

Respectfully,

Mr. Richard Gage, AIA

cc: Members of the Board, AE911Truth.org, Inc.

References:

1. http://www.ae911truth.org/.
2. http://www.ae911truth.net/ppt_web/slideshow.php.
3. http://www.ae911truth.org/wtc7.php.
4. http://www.ae911truth.org/signpetition.php.
5. http://www.journalof911studies.com/articles/Article_5_118Witnesses_WorldTradeCenter.pdf.
6. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/concrete.html.
7. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/mushrooming.html.
8. http://911research.wtc7.net/talks/wtc/expulsion.html.
9. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/steel.html.
10. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/squibs.html.
11. http://www.journalof911studies.com/articles/Journal_5_PTransferRoss.pdf.
12. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/collapses/symmetry.html.
13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_jiCyMkrRM.
14. http://www.journalof911studies.com/volume/200609/Why_Indeed_Did_the_WTC_Buildings_Completely_Collapse_Jones_Thermite_World....
15. http://www.journalof911studies.com/volume/200704/JLobdillThermiteChemistryWTC.pdf.
16. http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/metallurgy/WTC_apndxC.htm.
17. http://www.journalof911studies.com/articles/WTCHighTemp2.pdf.
18. http://www.journalof911studies.com/volume/200611/911-Acceleration-Study-Proves-Explosive-Demolition.pdf.
19. http://www.911blogger.com/node/13263

Outstanding!!

God, I hope this gets "legs".

I hope Wexler isn't a coward like the rest of them.

He is Randi Rhodes' congressman. I'm going to post this on her blog, too.

Richard........

Has one hell of a power point presentation. You would have to be a brain dead moron not to see the obvious.
The sad fact of this there are very few honest politicians. This coupled with our unfederal no reserve bank, and controlled media means America better wake the hell up fast !
I am not saying we should give up, but i find it hard to get excited about this knowing the major majority of are elected officials lack a spine or a set of balls.
I think Richard is one fantastic asset to the truth movement. I think we would be better off helping him by e mailing his information to every architect & engineering company we can find on line.

Richard Gage, Kevin Ryan & Jason Bermas - Media

Friday March 14, 2008
Richard Gage, AIA broke into mainstream radio last Friday morning March 7th at midnight in a one-hour interview on the Christine Craft show on KGO-810
(San Francisco ABC)

http://www.radiodujour.com/people/gage_richard

Saturday March 8, 2008
Peter B Collins stands tall in the 9/11 truth saddle and interviews Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

http://www.radiodujour.com/people/gage_richard

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Alex Jones, Kevin Ryan and Richard Gage discuss Dr. Ryan's recent investigation/finding regarding high-tech explosives used in the controlled demolitions of WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7 on September 11, 2001

http://www.radiodujour.com/people/ryan_kevin/

Monday, June 23, 2008
Barry Jennings,described as a big fan of the movie Loose Change, makes a half hearted recantation on the most recent BBC 9/11 Conspiracy series episode. Jason Bermas Alex Jones and Mark Dice discuss how the official story continues to become unhinged.

http://www.radiodujour.com/people/bermas_jason/

Thank you Richard...

Now really, don' the We Are Changers see this as an opportunity to bullhorn buildings and to walk down streets yelling "WAKE UP SHEEPLE" and confront anything that even moves?

Instead of SCREAMING at fellow citizens that: "Richard Gage has got the stuff...", how about we consider being out in public...being respectful...being pateint...answering as many questions as we can...sending as many citizens to Gage's website [and others] as we can...

...and of course, NEVER conversing long with the 25% distrurbed group wandering our streets...the "John Dean" authoritarian clan.

Just BELIEVE that we have the stuff and that the HI PERPS and our "rulers" require an ignorant citizenry in order to manipulate and SCARE them so that they remain in power.

R. Gage, S. Jones, DRG, Peter Dale Scott, K. Ryan, Jim Hoffman, and SOOO many fantastic others are "taking it to the hoop" in respectful and scholarly ways in arenas in which they flourish.

How about we ramp up our end and take it to the streets where WE can learn to flourish...ALSO, in respectful ways.

The reason that the HI PERPS have placed so much energy into refining its cointelpro ops is because they work so very well. But, cointelpro ONLY works when there is disruption, confrontation, law breaking, disinformation and thuggery...which represent ALL the tools in cointelpro's equipment bag.

Its informed citizenry that will fuel any change in the relationship between the 2% ruling class, versus the 98% ruled class.

Viva The 98% Solution!

These HI PERPS fear information and the truth, have NOT A CLUE about how to deal with the truth...and they cannot stop these two from moving ahead. Its only the 9/11 Truthers that can accomplish this by being vulnerable towards cointelpro actions and that's solely because of their OWN negative actions and behaviors.

Try more CI...Civil Informationing...because its virtually UNHACKABLE by cointelpro and its very effective.

CI actually can be very, very rewarding and alotta fun. Check out www.911civilinfo.blogspot.com for some ideas and concepts behind CI.

Richard, thanks again...its such awsome work...I'm glad you are on OUR SIDE!

Love, Peace and Progress with:

PUBLICALLY FUNDED ELECTIONS using HAND COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS on a NEW PAID FEDERAL VOTING HOLIDAY

...just for starters...

Robin Hordon

I'd like to see more criticism of NIST in these petitions

I'd like to see more criticism of NIST in these petitions. These are blatant and obvious issues that are just as compelling as the evidence for demolition.

Examples:

1. The NIST report is only a PRE-collapse report.
2. The NIST FAQ called molten steel "irrelevant to the investigation". (I'm not making this up.)
3. The NIST report used exaggerated computer models to "prove" that collapse could START--they did not explain the total collapse of the buildings.
4. NIST's own steel tests PROVED that the towers should have remained standing.
5. The NIST report is deceptive and unscientific. See here: http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/kevin_ryan/newstandard.html

As well, the building designer claims are further compelling evidence that is often underemployed in criticism of the official story. These are the experts who built the buildings, and they were designed to survive 9/11.

See here: http://arabesque911.blogspot.com/2007/05/world-trade-center-building-des...
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Arabesque: 911 Truth

Excellent point

Thanks Arabesque - will do!

Richard Gage, AIA, Architect

Exemplary!

Exellent letter Mr.Gage! I thought the final sentence...("We have the technical expertise to support your own research into the collapses of the 3 World Trade Center high-rise "collapses" on 9/11, and we offer ourselves in service to you.")...was a superb way to close your letter.

Although there are only a "few" politicians (compared to voters)...maybe this will persade Wexler to come out and say something?....................we'll see.

C'mon Wexler, ...be one of the "few", ..."the proud" ...join with the "ones" who ask questions.

Help email architects.

Let's help Gage.

Very creative video editing!

Thanks Tom! This is a great AE911Truth action compilation! May we use it on our site?

Richard Gage, AIA, Architect

Absolutely Richard !! No need to ask...We will get the word out.

Richard, you can do whatever you want with the videos. No need to ask.

I have been hearing your requests for help over the past year. And you are so right!!! ae911truth.org needs the support and backing of the entire truth movement.

ae911truth.org is one of our best chances at breaking through the mainstream media blockade with our 9/11 Truth message.

You and some others recognize this. One thousand architects on ae911truth.org can become a juggernaut of proportions that could march over any opposition to the 9/11 Truth.

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WILLIAM PEPPER :
"It is you who are the torch-bearers with respect to that truth. And you have to continue to bear that torch and try to get it into the mainstream, and not be discouraged when you don’t…."

"I ask you not to mourn the passing of democracy and of liberty in this country…don’t mourn the passing of democracy – Organize. Organize to restore it wherever it is possible to do so. Steel your spines. Inspire your children. Then when the moment is right, rise again as though from the ashes, and rebuild this great land. "

Let's build a juggernaut!!!!

Let's help Richard Gage.
BUILD A JUGGERNAUT !!!

Richard Gage is desperately asking us to please, please email architects (and engineers). This is simple. He explains it on ae911truth.org. Let's support Gage !!! Let's help him out.

The action is simple.
Get the email address of an architect or an engineer.
*Email one individual at a time.

Email a message similar to this:

"I know that you are an expert on these kind of things. I ran across this short TV interview with an architect http://www.ae911truth.net/omnitv_interview.htm And I also visited this website supported by many architects. www.ae911truth.org
What do you think about Building 7? "

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Getting the names of architects is easy. Go to the yellow pages. Google their firm. Go to a University website and get the email addresses of those architects who teach. There are many resources. *Email one individual at a time so it does not look like spam.

You can also send INDIVDUAL emails to Professors, Construction Firms, Scientists, City Building Inspectors, Association and Agency department heads, etc.

Go to www.ae911truth.org

http://www.ae911truth.org/actions/4
http://www.ae911truth.org/actions/

http://www.ae911truth.org/sustain.php

Great Letter.

Great letter Richard - it's time to make 9/11 Truth,or a lack thereof, a campaign issue.

Great letter

Richard Gage and David Griffin will go down in USA history (if there's any left to come) as two of the greatest patriots.

But what a shame that on receiving a thoughtful, intelligent letter such as this on such an urgent issue, any recipient in any position of power will IMMEDIATEY react as follows:

"Just another asshole nutcase." ==> *shrugs" ==> *throws away*

I guarantee it. That's how they think.

Not so

Karen Johnson of Arizona

"Just another asshole nutcase." ==> *shrugs" ==> *throws away*

I don't think so. I think by now they all know but feel must maintain the charade.

William Pepper

throwing his hat in the ring

http://www.actofstate.org

I mailed Wexler about 4 DVDs plus info cards, info....

During the fax campaign, I mailed a big packet of information along with 4 or 5 "9/11 Truth DVDs". Included was the ae911truth DVD and Improbable Collapse DVD and 9/11 Mysteries DVD. With all the focus on 9/11 coming to his office, it is a good bet that someone will raise their eyebrows.

Public opinion

It would be nice if an organization like Gallop would conduct a poll in the US to determine what percentage of citizens support the need for a new investigation into the events of 9/11. It doesn't have to be conducted by Gallop - although they are one of the most respected polling organizations in the US, if not the world.

The last nationwide 9/11-related poll that I'm aware of was the one conducted by Scripps back in 2006. There's nothing wrong with that poll (aside from some dodgy wording), but it was almost two years ago now - a lot has changed since then. The results of a recent, well-respected poll could potentially influence public opinion all by themselves, but they would be especially influential in convincing politicians to take a stand.

Why did Wexler's jaw hit the desk?

great job, Richard- you are a steamroller of facts, i'm glad i'm not a compromised public servant in your path

Hopefully Wexler's impeachment spine is real

9/11 Family Steering Committee Review of the 9/11 Commission Report:
http://911truth.org/images/resources/Family%20Steering%20Cmte%20review%2...

Complete 9/11 Timeline
http://cooperativeresearch.org/project.jsp?project=911_project

Great job Mr. Gage!

Hey everyone, sign the petition at ae911truth.org if you haven't done so yet!

http://www.ae911truth.org/signpetition.php

With you in the struggle,
Bruno
WeAreChangeLA - http://www.wacla.org

Have you sent this to all members of Congress?

Wexler is good, but especially Waxman and other so-called committee chairs?

Additional accounts of Molten Metal at WTC

Title: Serving on 'sacred ground'
Date: 12/1/2001; Publication: National Guard; Author: Lounsbury, Guy
…Smoke constantly poured from the peaks. One fireman told us that there was still molten steel at the heart of the towers' remains. Firemen sprayed water to cool the debris down but the heat remained intense enough at the surface to melt their boots. Massive steel girders were sandwiched in with crushed concrete. Someone told us that they weighed 1,000 pounds a foot. The collapse left them all blackened and twisted. They are among the few recognizable items in the rubble. You find scant evidence of the hundreds of offices that were once part of the twin towers. Most the furniture and equipment was pounded into dust.

Title: Rescue-dog handlers share strong bond with their canine charges
Date: 12/10/2006; Publication: Oakland Tribune; Author: Candace Murphy -
…Each story has its differences. Some told of 10-hour car drives and arriving in the black of night, the same calendar day as the towers were hit. Others remembered taking military transport - a C- 141 in Deeds' case - a few days later. Others remember molten metal still dripping under the Pile more than a week after the attack.

Title: Memories.(firefighters and others who aided recovery efforts at World Trade Center site)
Date: 9/2/2002; Publication: U.S. News & World Report; Author: McDonald, Marci
… Slowly, the task force won them over. They threaded their fiber-optic cameras down whisker-size cracks probing for signs of life. And their four search dogs worked so hard unearthing cadavers that Turner's Aussie shepherd, Tough, was on the brink of burnout. Turner himself crawled through an opening and down crumpled stairwells to the subway, five levels below ground. He remembers seeing in the darkness a distant, pinkish glow--molten metal dripping from a beam--but found no signs of life. Back on the surface, he knew there had been a breakthrough in trust when he heard a New York firefighter shout, "Hey, we need a yellow shirt over here."

Title: The aftermath: Reservists respond
Date: 11/1/2001; Publication: The Officer; Author: Caviness, Susanne; Haskell, Bob; Pullen, Randy; Marcus, Chester; Et al
…From a firefighter who has seen too much: "Two weeks after the attack, the rubble, the Pile, is still seven stories tall. Below, in the Pit, it burns like the gates of hell. It is 1200 degrees, so hot that the iron lifted by the grapplers comes out soft. I've never seen anything like this."
…I am told by a firefighter resting in the clinic: "The fires are so hot in pockets on the Pile that some of the firefighters change boots three or four times a day. Smoke and flame come up from the Pit, deep within the Pile, when a piece of heavy equipment with a huge grappler pulls out a mass that allows a swish of oxygen inside."

Title: Rituals of Mourning and National Innocence
Date: 3/1/2005; Publication: The Journal of American Culture; Author: Lawrence, John Shelton
…Ferer was one of several people in a visiting United Services Organization (USO)-Tribeca group who had lost family members. As they visited troops, they carried Port Authority pins, baseball caps, and a piece of molten steel from the WTC. Ferer found numerous soldiers carrying 9/11 memorabilia, and one showed her a "metal bracelet engraved with the name of a victim he had never known and that awful date none of us will ever forget." Ferer reported that "some wanted to touch us, as if they needed a connection to our sorrow, and living proof of one reason why we "were there" (Ferer).

Title: Answering the call from ground zero Suburban residents explain why they had to visit New York after Sept. 11.(News)
Date: 9/11/2003; Publication: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL); Author: Fuller, James
Byline: James Fuller Daily Herald Staff Writer
No matter when they went, the odor of molten steel, pulverized concrete and charred flesh burned their throats, lingering in their lungs.

"Condition of the steel... irrelevant to the investigation"

NIST: “The condition of the steel in the wreckage of the WTC towers (i.e., whether it was in a molten state or not) was irrelevant to the investigation of the collapse since it does not provide any conclusive information on the condition of the steel when the WTC towers were standing.”

http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/nist/WTC_FAQ_reply.html#13

Fraudulent statements like the above need to be exposed and emphasized by the 9/11 truth movement. THIS is the official story!

NIST CANNOT offer an explanation for molten steel, hence it is forced to claim that it is "irrelevant to [THEIR] investigation". Since normal fires CANNOT melt steel, NIST cannot explain how this was caused by "jet fuel fires" or "normal fires". Only a chemical reaction (like thermate) could explain molten steel.

This is critical.

The clause "since it does not provide any conclusive information on the condition of the steel when the WTC towers were standing” is a blatant deception. NIST is unable to explain molten metal PERIOD, and they have not offered an explanation.

This statement shows us that NIST's report is "irrelevant', since it pretends that the CONDITION of the steel members (you know, the things that SUPPORT the towers?) is "irrelevant". The NIST report can be dismissed for this reason alone.

Was there molten steel?

"The results of the examination are striking. They reveal a phenomenon never before observed in building fires: eutectic reactions, which caused "intergranular melting capable of turning a solid steel girder into Swiss cheese." [Remember, according to NIST, this is "irrelevant to their investigation"] The New York Times described this as "perhaps the deepest mystery uncovered in the investigation." 2 WPI provides a graphic summary of the phenomenon.
A one-inch column has been reduced to half-inch thickness. Its edges--which are curled like a paper scroll--have been thinned to almost razor sharpness. Gaping holes--some larger than a silver dollar--let light shine through a formerly solid steel flange. This Swiss cheese appearance shocked all of the fire-wise professors, who expected to see distortion and bending--but not holes."

http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/metallurgy/index.html

Petitions like the above are much more effective when they show how weak the official investigations really are.
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Arabesque: 911 Truth