Experts agree that to implode a building from the top down, as in the case with the Towers, the central core and foundation need to first be pulled and destroyed. Then the building can be brought down from above with well-timed explosives. Are the underground explosions reported and detailed above evidence of the core foundation being pulled? We don't know. However, this, and all other speculative conjectures, could have easily been put to rest if experienced, un-biased investigators were allowed to examine the remains of the WTC site. Steel beams could have been tested for evidence of explosives. Girders and joists could have been analyzed for damage patterns. Residue from incendiary and explosive devices could have been investigated. But the necessary evidence was destroyed.
In direct violation of federal law regarding crime scene protocol, the WTC debris pile was virtually locked down and illegally cleared of all pertinent evidence. No FEMA, industry experts, fire/arson investigators, nor any structural engineers were allowed to gather evidence for later laboratory investigation. They were given limited access to walk around segments of ground zero, to observe and take notes on the debris pile. But to suggest that this cursory review was sufficient examination to comprehensively detail the reason for the Towers' collapse, or to lucidly comment on perhaps the greatest crime in our nation's history, is scientifically absurd.
In fact, this is why all the NIST, Popular Mechanics and FEMA investigations used only computer models to confirm their collapse hypotheses. They had no source material to work from. Instead, in direct contradiction of standard scientific methodology, these computer model investigations worked from a conclusion first approach; i.e. they were convinced the towers were felled from fire and airplane damage, so they worked backwards through the facts to create computer models that would support their assumed conclusion. This is not entirely their fault. They were forced into this methodology because the steel beams, and the story they would have told, were immediately shipped off to China and India where they were melted down and promptly recycled. For a peer-written critique of these investigations, go here.
This story of evidence destruction and mishandling was reported in the New York Daily News in the early winter of 2002. And it so enraged the editor of the country's leading Fire Fighting Industry trade journal that he tried to get the unsupervised cleanup to be stopped. He failed and wrote a scathing article in his journal detailing the operation. "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." Again, it is key to remember that because of the clearing of the WTC site, all subsequent 'official investigations' into the collapse of the Towers depended not upon hard physical evidence to build their case, but upon theoretical computer modeling assigned to legitimize the working conclusion that the buildings were felled by fire and plane impact.
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