THE FEMA INVESTIGATION
This initial investigation was described as a ‘half-baked farce’ by the chief editor of Fire Engineering magazine. It operated on a shoe-string budget with panel members working voluntarily in their spare time. It had no access to the site for the first 25 days after the event, and then only limited access thereafter. It had no authority to stop critical evidence being removed from the site. The Port Authority delayed giving the panel the blueprints for the towers for three months and required a legal indemnity to be signed.
The FEMA WTC Building Performance Study
The World Trade Center and Pentagon Tragedy
Complete timeline of NIST/FEMA releases
“The week of October 7, as soon as the rescue and search efforts ceased, the Building Performance Study Team [FEMA/ACSE] went to the site and began its assessment. This was to be a brief effort, as the study team consisted of experts who largely volunteered their time away from their other professional commitments. The Building Performance Study Team issued its report in May 2002…”
NIST NCSTAR 1, WTC Final Report (Preface, p. xxix)
Leaders of the ASCE team that investigated the World Trade Center “collapses” were Paul Mlakar, Gene Corley, Mete Sozen, and Charles Thornton. Also a member of the Oklahoma City engineering investigation team along with the same individuals.
“Why do the same five or so individuals turn up in investigations relating to terrorist attacks, when, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), there are 1.5 million engineers in the US? The authors of the official report on the Murrah Federal building – Gene Corley, Charles Thornton, Paul Mlaker, and Mete Sozen – were all among the initial team of the ASCE WTC investigation.”
About 80% of the structural steel from the World Trade Center was scrapped without being examined by even one fire expert, mostly because investigators did not have the authority to preserve the wreckage as evidence […]
“The lack of significant amounts of steel for examination will make it difficult, if not impossible, to make a definitive statement as to the specific cause and chronology of the collapse,” said Glenn Corbett, a fire science expert from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan […]
The lead investigator in the case, Gene Corley of the American Society of Civil Engineers, said the Port Authority refused to hand over blueprints for the twin towers – crucial for evaluating the wreckage – until he signed a waiver saying his team would not use the plans in a lawsuit against the agency.
“This is the first time I have signed something like that,” Corley said
Corley leads a team of engineering experts empaneled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but his team lacks the power to subpoena witnesses or order the preservation of evidence.
WTC Probe Ills Bared, Daily News, 7 March 2002
The Giuliani administration started to send World Trade Center steel off to recycling yards before investigators could examine it to determine whether it might hold crucial clues as to why the buildings fell. The full investigative team set up by FEMA was not allowed to enter ground zero to collect other potentially critical evidence in the weeks after the attack, and it did not get a copy of the World Trade Center blueprints until early January, a delay House members found infuriating. […]
None of the investigators, for example, had subpoena power, meaning that they could not order the city to stop sending the steel off for recycling or demand a copy of the building blueprints.
Building Standards, New York Times, 7 March 2002
120 Trucks Full Of WTC 7 Steel Removed (9_12 10am)
For more than three months, structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap. Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on the slow boat to China […]
Fire Engineering has good reason to believe that the “official investigation” blessed by FEMA and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers is a half-baked farce that may already have been commandeered by political forces whose primary interests, to put it mildly, lie far afield of full disclosure. Except for the marginal benefit obtained from a three-day, visual walk-through of evidence sites conducted by ASCE investigation committee members — described by one close source as a “tourist trip” — no one’s checking the evidence for anything.
$ELLING OUT THE INVESTIGATION, Fire Engineering, January 2002
“With the information and time available, the sequence of events leading to the collapse each tower could not be definitively determined.” FEMA BEPAT, Executive Summary, p.2
FEMA will offer no firm conclusions about the possible role fires play in causing WTC 7 to collapse. In its 2002 report it will state, “The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at this time.” [FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, 5/1/2002, PP. 5-31]
“It is believed that almost all of the jet fuel that remained on the impact floors was consumed in the first few minutes of the fire.” fema.gov 2-22
FEMA’S “SWISS CHEESE” “FEMA APPENDIX C
Limited Metallurgical Examination
“The severe corrosion and subsequent erosion of Samples 1 and 2 are a very unusual event. No clear explanation for the source of the sulfur has been identified. The rate of corrosion is also unknown. It is possible that this is the result of long-term heating in the ground following the collapse of the buildings. It is also possible that the phenomenon started prior to collapse and accelerated the weakening of the steel structure. A detailed study into the mechanisms of this phenomenon is needed to determine what risk, if any, is presented to existing steel structures exposed to severe and long-burning fires.” FEMA, C-13, Appendix C.6
FEMA describes the corrosion of the steel samples as “a very unusual event” in the report. FEMA does not take a position as to why the corrosion occurred, proffering it could have happened before the collapse or after. The Report also shows evidence of a high temperature corrosion of the steel and the formation of a sulfide eutectic.
FEMA found the Nano Thermate just chose to ignore it and instead called it a “very unusual event.” They found the bi products of Nano Thermite.
Now compare it to this paper…
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
= Fe2 O3 + 2Al (Iron Oxide and Aluminum)
Now mix in a little Sulfur and it becomes Thermate!
“9/11 Evidence, About the Sulfur”
World Trade Center Building 7: Melted Steel
THE “DEEPEST MYSTERY”
“Perhaps the deepest mystery uncovered in the investigation involves extremely thin bits of steel collected from the trade towers and from 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story high rise that also collapsed for unknown reasons. The steel apparently melted away, but no fire in any of the buildings was believed to be hot enough to melt steel outright.” New York Times (February 02, 2002)
The “Deep Mystery” of Melted Steel
The 9/11 “Deep Mystery” and the Crazy Engineers
Expert Report Disputes U.S. on Trade Center Collapse
“Experts commissioned in a $4 billion insurance case involving the World Trade Center have come to conclusions that fundamentally contradict a federal investigation into what caused the twin towers to collapse. The new analysis, according to several experts who have examined the confidential findings, holds that the unusual engineering design of the towers did not contribute to the collapses, and that the damage caused by the planes and the resulting fires made the failures of the buildings inevitable.”
“Many engineers have pointed out that the floors not only held up acres of office space, but also gave crucial lateral support for the columns — a sideways brace, almost like a flying buttress on a Gothic cathedral — that prevented them from buckling. The federal study concludes that the performance of the floor trusses during the fire was “likely critical to the building collapse,” but it conceded that the finding was preliminary.”
FEMA WTC 7 REPORT
report concludes specifics of WTC 7 fires and how they caused it to collapse remain unknown and call for further investigation and also says the facade was ‘pulled downward’, suggesting an internal failure and ‘implosion’.
“WTC 7 collapsed on September 11, 2001, at 5:20 p.m. There were no known casualties due to this collapse. The performance of WTC 7 is of significant interest because it appears the collapse was due primarily to fire, rather than any impact damage from the collapsing towers. Prior to September 11, 2001, there was little, if any, record of fire-induced collapse of large fire-protected steel buildings.” – FEMA: WTC Study, Chp 5 (05/02)
Was there a high-pressure gas main in the building that could have contributed to it’s collapse?
“The fuel tanks were not the only highly flammable materials in the building. But while some engineers have speculated that a high-pressure gas main ruptured and caught fire, there was none in the area, said David Davidowitz, vice president of gas engineering at Consolidated Edison. The building was served only by a four-inch, low-pressure line for the building’s cafeteria, Mr. Davidowitz said.” -New York Times (11/29/01)
“Early news reports had indicated that a high pressure, 24-inch gas main was located in the vicinity of the building; however, this proved not to be true.” -FEMA: WTC Study, Chp 5 (05/02)
What are the odds that a fire could implode the east mechanical penthouse on top of the WTC 7 before it implodes the rest of the building
“5:21:03 p.m. Approximately 30 seconds later, Figure 5-21 shows the east mechanical penthouse disappearing into the building. It takes a few seconds for the east penthouse to “disappear” completely.” – FEMA (05/02)
Do you see an “out-of-control” fire engulfing the 47-story WTC 7 like a “giant torch”, or just a few floors on fire?
“One eyewitness who saw the building from a 30th floor apartment approximately 4 blocks away to the northwest noted that fires in the building were not visible from that perspective.” – FEMA: WTC Study, Chp 5 (05/02)
“The performance of WTC 7 is of significant interest because it appears the collapse was due primarily to fire, rather than any impact damage from the collapsing towers.” -FEMA: WTC Study, Chp 5 (05/02)
9/11 WTC Steel FEMA/ASCE Inspection Nov. 2001 – Jan. 2002. (2 hour video)
MISINFO: FEMA ARRIVES EARLY???
Did Tom Kenney slip and admit FEMA was in New York the night before 9/11 or was it a misquote?
“Rather: “Tom Kennedy… Kenney, a rescue worker with the National Urban Search and Rescue, it’s part of FEMA… ”
Kennedy: “We’re currently one of the first teams that was deployed to support the city of New York for this disaster. We arrived on late Monday night, and went into action on Tuesday morning. And not until today did we get a full opportunity to work the entire site.”
9-11 Net rumor finally put to rest
““We’re currently one of the first teams that was deployed to support the City of New York for this disaster,” Kenney said. “We arrived on late Monday night and went into action on Tuesday morning, and not until today did we get a full opportunity to work the entire site.”
Information provided through FOIA requests, however, show that FEMA had no personnel in place Sept. 10, 2001 – the day before Sept. 11, 2001 – which would have suggested the agency had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks.”
CBS – FEMA arrived in New York the night before 9/11
September 10, 2001: FEMA Representatives Arrive in New York, Ready for Training Exercise
“The exercise, called “Tripod,” is set to take place at Pier 92 on the Hudson River.”
“… the reason Pier 92 was selected as a command center was because on the next day, on September 12, Pier 92 was going to have a drill, it had hundreds of people here, from FEMA, from the Federal Government, from the State, from the State Emergency Management Office, and they were getting ready for a drill for biochemical attack. So that was gonna be the place they were going to have the drill. The equipment was already there, so we were able to establish a command center there, within three days, that was two and a half to three times bigger than the command center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center. And it was from there that the rest of the search and rescue effort was completed.”
Page 68 talks about a drill that they were running in New York City that changed to an actual response as the attacks happened.
“At 0800 on 11 September 2001 a group of volunteers assembled at the Fort
Monmouth Expo Theater to participate in a three-day force protection exercise
involving law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel at all levels, from
Fort Monmouth firefighters to the NJ State Police. The exercise included simulating
a biochemical terrorist attack at Fort Monmouth and studying the emergency
response that would take place after such an attack.
The group pretended to be horrified and upset when, just after 0900, the director of
the exercise informed them that a plane believed to have been hijacked by terrorists
had crashed into one of World Trade Center towers. The volunteers assumed this
was part of the simulation. They quickly realized, however, that this was not so.
The three-day exercise that took months to plan was cancelled in a matter of
minutes. Volunteers were instructed to return to their offices and stay there.”
FEMA RECORDING WARNING
“WARNING! No Cameras or video equipment permitted. VIOLATORS will be prosecuted and equipment seized.” FEMA news Photo
WTC CROSSHAIRS (FEMA)
August, 1997: The cover of FEMA’s emergency response to terrorism depicts the World Trade Center in cross-hairs.
“September, 2000: The Project for a New American Century, a neo-conservative thinktank, whose members include Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and Paul Wolfowitz, releases their report, entitled “Rebuilding America’s Defenses.” In it, they declare that the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.”
The Emergency Response to Terrorism: Self-Study
– Emergency Response to Terrorism – Self Study (June 1999)