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Letter in Houston Chronicle "WTC 7 explanation falls short"

"WTC 7 explanation falls short" {Letter to the Editor of The Houston Chronicle}

After I read Friday's Page A8 article, "Sept. 11 building enigma solved in investigation," and reviewed the National Institute of Standards and Technology Web site http://www.nist.gov/, I can only conclude that the "final" and official government explanation of why World Trade Center tower 7 collapsed is a far cry from a plausible explanation.

WTC 7, which was not struck by a plane and had only minor isolated fires, collapsed in perfect symmetry at literally free-fall speed. Prior to 9/11 no steel structured building had ever collapsed or even come close to collapsing due to fire. The official explanation that this symmetrical eight-second collapse was due to "thermal expansion" of the steel structure because of scattered and isolated fires defies common sense and the most elementary laws of physics. The computer model presented on the NIST Web site does not even match the video of the actual collapse.

Infowars article on NIST WTC 7 report available as A5 booklet PDF, with enhancements...

The Infowars article on the NIST WTC 7 Report is available in A5 booklet form as a downloadable PDF.

I have added: a brief introduction, for people new to this information.
More images, to aid comparison of WTC 7's fires with more severe ones in other steel-frame skyscrapers, which did not collapse.
A note exposing the deceptive, restricted analysis performed by NIST to support their claim re. collapse speed.
Useful comments from 9/11 Blogger members and readers at Infowars.
Links to archives of the NIST news conference, the AE911Truth one, the No Lies Radio interview with Dr Sunder, the NIST Report PDF, Arabesque's roundup of responses to the report and the Journal of 9/11 Studies.
Eye-catching title graphics.

Download, free, from www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=ac1039fd00817eecd2db6fb9a8902bda

NIST Concludes "Fire" Caused WTC 7 “Collapse” when FEMA Report Concluded Fuel Tank Explosion had "low probability”

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NIST Concludes "Fire" Caused WTC 7 “Collapse” when FEMA Report Concluded Fuel Tank Explosion had "low probability” of Knocking Down Tower

NIST claims "fire" had better chance of knocking down tower than planted explosives in bizarre response to interview question

By Arabesque

If you were Lucky Larry Silverstein would you hire the same structural engineer to rebuild WTC7?

To gain perspective on NIST's report, lets look at the new WTC 7 building. In an article published about the new WTC7 building in Architectural Record, it states: "Less apparent in the building are the structural and safety innovations that have already affected skyscraper design. Silvian Marcus, the project’s structural engineer and the C.E.O. of Cantor Seinuk, designed the original 7 WTC as a total steel structure, but this time around he developed a robust concrete core and a perimeter of redundant steel columns—to address progressive collapse concerns—that leaves the interior completely open."

This means the same guy who designed the original WTC7 building structure that according to NIST succumbed to complete structural failure in less than seven seconds due to a previously unknown and undeclared phenomenon called "thermal expansion" designed the new building long before NIST's latest analysis and recommendations were made public. I guess that must make Lucky Larry Silverstein a little nervous that his brand new skyscraper may collapse should someone light a fart in the bathroom. Not.

Scientists and scientific explanations

In light of NIST's WTC7 report, it would be good to have a look at DRG's excellent debunking of the widely held misconception that a document by scientists makes it an ipso facto scientific document. From page 23 of "Debunking 911 Debunking:"
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Having looked at two ways in which people, as illustrated by journalists, can avoid confronting the evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, I now look at a third: the assumption that if an explanation is given by scientists, it is a scientific explanation.

Bad Faith: WTC 7 and the Official Lies

Crimes of the State

With the release of the NIST final report on Building 7 we can safely say that the government remains committed to the ongoing cover-up, and that crucial evidence was simply ignored, fairy tales were manufactured, and that's good enough for a lot of media. Perhaps a super-majority of media.

As media, "the press," will not perform its function as society's government watchdog, and will not pursue the gaping holes in this wizard's curtain, it's basically left to us -- you and me -- to clear up this matter for our fellow citizens. We are at a serious disadvantage, and yet the task is not so daunting as rabid "debunkers" would have you believe.

Let's defer to one of their own, the former head of NIST's Fire Science Division (the federal government organization which produced the sham report linked above).

Malloy ain't buying it either...

http://www.mikemalloy.com/live/viewblog.php?BID=140

"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense."
-Mark Twain

Well, now we know. Thank goodness, too. For the past seven years it's just been driving me crazy. How in the world did WTC number 7 manage to collapse if it was not hit by anything during the 9/11 attack and no explosives were set deliberately. Sheesh, what a mystery . . .

Well, a report by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in suburban Washington was released today and the cause was . . . a fire 400 feet away. Yeah. There you go. A fire up the street a ways. Got it. Wow. So simple. How'd I miss it? I'm embarrassed. According to the New York Times today " . . . investigators determined that debris from the falling twin towers ignited fires on at least 10 floors at 7 World Trade Center, which was about 400 feet north of where the city’s two tallest buildings once stood. The blazes burned out of control for six hours, as the city fire department, devastated by the collapse of the twin towers, abandoned its efforts to extinguish the fire, and the sprinkler system was incapacitated."

NIST Discovers Fire

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/08/nist-discovers-fire.html

NIST has solved the mystery of WTC 7, explaining that a brand "new phenomenon" was discovered, namely, that "thermal expansion" of the thick structural steel of WTC 7 led to its weakening.

In the process of discovering this new phenomenon, NIST also discovered another new phenomenon it calls "fire". (NIST explained that fire is hot). It was this new thing - fire - which led to the "thermal expansion".

In addition, NIST has discovered a third new phenomenon called "gravity". Gravity, NIST explains for the rapt press, makes things "fall down and go boom" really fast.

Flash-Video of NIST WTC7 webcast available

I have grabbed and reencoded The NIST WTC7 webcast, and made it available here:

http://agenda911.dk/article.php?story=nistaug2008

(I have not had time to follow all the pertaining discussion here, so my apologies if this has already been handled.)

Cheers, Jakob

Debunking NIST's Conclusions about WTC 7: Easy as Shooting Fish in a Barrel

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/08/debunking-nists-conclusions-about-wtc-7.html

Debunking NIST's conclusions about WTC 7 is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Symmetrical Collapse

NIST lamely tried to explain the symmetrically collapse as follows:

NY Times quotes Richard Gage on WTC7 "collapse"

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/22/nyregion/22wtccnd.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1219464000&en=920506ca2f959545&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

August 22, 2008
Report Says Fire, Not Explosion, Felled 7 W.T.C.
By ERIC LIPTON

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Fires in the 47-story office tower at the edge of the World Trade Center site undermined floor beams and critical structural columns, federal investigators concluded Thursday, as they attempted to curb still-rampant speculation that explosives or fuel fires were responsible for the building’s collapse of Sept. 11, 2001.

The long-delayed report by engineers here at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in suburban Washington is intended to solve one of still lingering central questions about the 2001 attacks: Why did 7 World Trade Center fall, if it was not hit by an airplane.

“Heating of floor beams and girders caused a critical support column to fail,” said Shyam Sunder, the lead investigator. “Video and photographic evidence combined with detailed computer simulations show that neither explosives nor fuel oils played a role in the collapse that brought the building down.”

NIST: "Then a Miracle Occurs"

http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/08/nist-then-miracle-occurs.html

NIST's explanation for the collapse of World Trade Center 7 on September 11th follows the logic in the cartoon above.

Specifically, NIST claims that the collapse of building 7 is "the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building".

But then goes on to argue:

"The fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event"

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse

Source: http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/wtc082108.html

NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse
Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment

August 21, 2008

CONTACT: Ben Stein, NIST
(301) 975-3097
ben.stein@nist.gov

Michael Newman , NIST
(301) 975-3025
mnewman@nist.gov

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.

Collapse of Building 7 News Conferences Thursday, August 21. Both Broadcast Live on No Lies Radio.

Richard GageWTC7NISTNoLiesRadio.org
Click Here To Listen -- http://noliesradio.org

Coming up Thursday, August 21st -- 2 Live News Conferences on Collapse of WTC7 - Building 7
8am Pacific - 11am Eastern - 15:00 GMT -- N.I.ST News Conference - Final Report on Building 7
9am Pacific - 12 noon Eastern - 16:00 GMT --- AE911Truth.org News Conference - Response showing flaws in the N.I.S.T report
Repeated Saturday, August 23rd at 11am Pacific - 2pm Eastern - 18:00 GMT
Will be archived here after the broadcasts.

NIST to Release Report on B7 via Public Webcast - Thurs, Aug 21st

It seems odd to be using a webcast format for this, but I guess they're expecting all the "internet conspiracy theorists" to tune in.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 18, 2008 CONTACT:
Ben Stein
(301) 975-3097
NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World
Trade Center Building 7
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/calmed/wtc_081808.html

*** Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21 ***

Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a media briefing and live
public webcast on Aug. 21, 2008, in Gaithersburg, Md., on the findings
and recommendations from its building and fire safety investigation of
the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7). WTC 7 was a
47-story building that fell nearly seven hours after the World Trade
Center (WTC) towers collapsed following the terrorist attacks of Sept.
11, 2001.

The NIST WTC 7 report will present the probable collapse sequence for
the building and will provide recommendations for improving building
and fire safety in other buildings similar to WTC 7. The draft WTC 7