The WTC Investigations
A Series of Investigations Purported to Explain the Collapses of the World Trade Center Buildings
The total collapses of three skyscrapers on 9/11/01 were arguably the largest unintended failures of engineered structures in the history of the world (based on the logic of the official explanation that the buildings collapsed from plane crashes and fires). Certainly they were the most mysterious such failures in history, given that no steel-framed high-rise building has ever collapsed due to fires, before or since 9/11/01. Even if one accepts the idea that some combination of plane crash damage and fire stress caused the collapse of the Twin Towers, despite evidence to the contrary, that rationale does not explain the collapse of Building 7, which was not hit by an aircraft.
Despite the proliferation of collapse explanations in the wake of the attack, the reaction to the collapses at the time was almost universally one of shock and amazement. Certainly this new phenomenon -- the total progressive collapse of steel-framed buildings -- should have triggered the most painstaking and fully resourced investigations. The structural steel parts, whose failures were blamed for the collapses, should have been documented on-site before being removed to warehouses for further study. That is the procedure used in archaeological digs and in normal crime scene investigations.
The actual treatment of the Ground Zero crime scene by authorities was diametrically opposed to the approach demanded by the logic of the official story. It was characterized by the rapid destruction of evidence, and the use of volunteer investigators who were denied access to the crime scene.
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