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FAQ - Resulting from the Democracy Now Program of May 25, 2004 on Claims in the Griffin Book

 

Where can I find engineering studies concerning the World Trade Center that refute the claims that it was demolished by bombs or "controlled demolition?"

Where can I find engineering studies that offer evidence that structural steel from the World Trade Center was collected for analysis?

Where can I find evidence that refutes the claim that World Trade Center Building 7 was "pulled" down intentionally by some official order?

Where can I find engineering studies concerning the Pentagon that refute the claims that it was hit by a guided missile?

Where can I find out more about the concept of Conspiracism?

Who is Chip Berlet?

What is Political Research Associates?

 


 

Where can I find engineering studies concerning the World Trade Center that refute the claims that it was demolished by bombs or "controlled demolition?"

There are a number of different studies by experienced forensic engineers, and some of the studies reach slightly different conclusions. The websites listed here offer different perspectives on the exact chain of events, but all reach the conclusion that it was jet aircraft alone -- not along with bombs or "controlled demolition" -- that collapsed both towers. There seems to be a contention among some 9/11 skeptics that if one fire chief or one structural engineer argues that there is a flaw in a report, that the report has been refuted. In the scientific method, this is not how things work.



Executive summary of the study by
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Structural Engineering Institute of America
American Society of Civil Engineers

http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/fema403_execsum.pdf

 

Articles on FEMA Study:

http://wtc.nist.gov/media/Structural_Fire_Response_and_Collapse_Analysis.pdf

http://www.firehouse.com/news/2002/4/30_APwtc.html


RESULTS OF WTC INVESTIGATION;
FUTURE PLANS FOR STUDIES AND LEGISLATION
TO BE UNVEILED AT SCIENCE COMMITTEE HEARING


At a House Science Committee hearing on May 1st, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will announce the results and recommendations of their investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. In addition, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unveil its plans for a more extensive follow-up investigation, and the Committee will release and get reaction to draft legislation regarding future building collapse studies.


This is the second in a series of hearings held by the Science Committee on the investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. Background information on the first hearing and recent information on the issue can be found at http://www.house.gov/science at the link, “Lessons Learned from Ground Zero.”


WHAT: Hearing on: "The Investigation of the World Trade Center Collapse: Findings,
Recommendations and Next Steps"


WHEN: Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 12:00 P.M.
WHERE: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building


Witnesses expected on the panel include:


Mr. Robert Shea, Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency


Dr. Arden Bement, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology


Dr. W. Gene Corley, P.E., S.E., American Society of Civil Engineers, Chair of the Building Performance Assessment Team currently reviewing the WTC disaster


Professor Glenn Corbett, Assistant Professor of Fire Science at John Jay College, NYC


http://www.house.gov/science/press/107/107-203.htm

Testimony files linked at:
http://www.house.gov/science/hot/wtc/


Flash multimedia on collapse:


http://www.usatoday.com/graphics/news/gra/wtccollapse/flash.htm


Forensic Engineering study by Weidlinger Associates

3/2004 - World Trade Center Forensic Study Wins ACEC National Engineering Award


The engineering industry's top national award has been given to Weidlinger Associates of New York City for its forensic study of the World Trade Center collapse. The study dispelled several theories about the collapse, including those that questioned the structural integrity of the buildings, and found that the structure actually held up remarkably well to the airplane impacts, saving thousands of lives, but eventually succumbed to subsequent structure-weakening fires.

http://www.ewire.com/display.cfm/Wire_ID/2051

Story based on Weidlinger study:

http://www.cnn.com/2001/COMMUNITY/09/13/rittenhouse.cnna/


More information:

http://architecture.about.com/library/weekly/aawtc-collapse.htm

http://www.icivilengineer.com/News/wtc.php

http://www.icivilengineer.com/News/WTC/structure.php

http://enr.construction.com/news/buildings/archives/021104.asp

http://web.mit.edu/civenv/wtc/

http://www.icivilengineer.com/News/WTC/Fire.html

http://www.asce.org/pdf/3-6-02wtc_testimony.pdf

http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/0112/Eagar/Eagar-0112.html

http://www.civil.usyd.edu.au/latest/wtc.php#why

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wtc/resources.html

http://www.house.gov/science/hot/wtc/

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Where can I find engineering studies that offer evidence that structural steel from the World Trade Center was collected for analysis

An argument can be made that more structural steel from the World Trade Center should have been saved for forensic analysis, but the claim that there was no analysis of structural steel is simply false.

Steel being analyzed:

http://wtc.nist.gov/media/gallery.htm#recover
http://wtc.nist.gov/media/gallery2.htm
http://wtc.nist.gov/media/Structural_Fire_Response_and_Collapse_Analysis.pdf

http://members.fortunecity.com/911/wtc/WTC_apndxD.htm


Where can I find evidence that refutes the claim that World Trade Center Building 7 was "pulled" down intentionally by some official order?

 

Firefighters were "pulled" from the structure when it was determined it was no longer safe to work in or near the building, and the building was allowed to continue burning until it collapsed. This is a common procedure when the structural safety of burning buildings is in question, and it is designed to prevent the death of firefighters in catastrophic building collapses such as that which happened in Worcester, Massachusetts, December 1999, where six firefighters died. Read details of the Worcester tragedy here. Building 7 collapsed by itself.

An Initial Microstructural Analysis of A36 Steel from WTC Building 7
J.R. Barnett, R.R. Biederman, and R.D. Sisson, Jr.

http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/0112/Biederman/Biederman-0112.html


Where can I find engineering studies concerning the Pentagon that refute the claims that it was hit by a guided missile?

 

Here are several of the many studies on the Pentagon. The Purdue simulation is especially impressive:

http://www.icivilengineer.com/News/WTC/pentagon.php


http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/cmh/simulation/phase1/


http://www.asce.org/responds/


Where can I find out more about the concept of Conspiracism?

The Conspiracism Collection:

The Sucker Punch Collection


Who is Chip Berlet?


What is Political Research Associates?

 

 

 

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