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9/11: A Coincidence Theory that will not die
Our son turns fifteen today. And we weep for the millions who have suffered the ravages of pointless military conflict.
I will always deeply respect those who risked their lives on 9/11. I honor the sacrifice of my brothers and sisters in the military who left their families under the pretense of protecting democracy around the world. I will forever mourn the millions of lives that were lost from the conflicts that erupted from the events of this day 22 years ago.
It’s incredible to me that just six years ago I had never heard the term “Conspiracy Theory”. I used to listen to the news on NPR on my way to work. My wife and I played along with the “contestants” on “Wait, wait, don’t tell me”, the comedy/news program on Saturday mornings. (We were very good at the game because we knew exactly what the facts were back then). We devoted our Sunday mornings to the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. Our friends did the same thing. We were happy.
Like most Americans on September 11th, we listen to the solemn calls to honor the first responders who lost their lives on this day in 2001. We pray for the soldiers and the innocent who died or were injured in the bloody wars that followed. However we have different ideas about who is to blame for this treachery. This is because my wife brought this video to my attention in October, 2017:
It was a building being blown up. Was it an old hotel in Vegas? It wasn’t. It was the Solomon Brothers Building in Manhattan, also known as World Trade Center 7. It fell on 9/11/2001 at 5:20 PM. It wasn’t hit by a plane. Why had I never known about this building?
Upon initial examination of the video, two things stand out. The building is falling quickly. I found out later that it fell in about seven seconds. This means it fell at a rate that approaches free-fall. If you were standing atop the building at the moment it began to collapse and dropped your keys off the side of the building you would have hit the ground a fraction of a second later than your keys. Think about that. Why did none of the hundreds of thousands of tons of steel and concrete put up any resistance to the fall?
Second, the building is falling symmetrically. This means that the building must have sustained serious and widespread damage prior to its collapse. Even if it did, why did everything give simultaneously?
Did people really think that this building could have fallen on its own from localized damage?
I never knew that there were challenges to the official story until I saw this video. This turned out to be of great benefit. I wasn’t swayed by what third parties were saying about this building. I went straight to the 9/11 Commission Report and the official technical explanations from NIST (the National Institute for Standards and Technology). What was the official explanation?
NIST says that a beam on the twelfth floor became unseated from its supporting column (column 79) due to thermal expansion from the heat of isolated fires. This led to a collapse of the building in an immediate and symmetric fashion.
What about the other columns? There were 80 in total. How could the building fall like that if there was no such process in play anywhere else in the building? How were they able to prove their hypothesis?
NIST claims that they did by building a computer simulation of the building–a finite element analysis. But the model did not behave in the same way as what we observed. How could that support their hypothesis? If anything, they proved themselves wrong! Why would anyone accept what NIST was saying about WTC 7 or anything else about the twin towers after such a claim?
I had friends in engineering and mathematics. I went to them, hoping to have a conversation about the basic principles of kinematics, about how things reliably move based on the forces that were acting upon them. They were amused that I was asking questions and were mildly surprised at NIST’s computer simulation, but as soon as they realized that I was seriously questioning the official story, their ears deafened, their eyes glossed over and their minds closed.
“He’s been watching Conspiracy Theory videos on YouTube!”, they nodded to each other.
“No I haven’t! I’m just saying that the official explanation violates at least one law of motion. What’s a ‘Conspiracy Theory’?”
Models and math didn’t matter when it came to this. It was impossible that an anesthesiologist could offer any meaningful critique of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, a branch of the Department of Commerce.
That’s when the world as I knew it changed forever. That’s when I realized that I was living in a world where skyscrapers could be blown up on a sunny morning in Manhattan and anyone who asked reasonable questions was dismissed as a wack-job by people who should know better.
I spent whatever free time I had over the next two years speaking to friends, writing about it on social media and occasionally appearing on podcasts. I made a few friends while losing many more.
By January of 2020 I finally realized that we didn’t need any more evidence that the official story around 9/11 was bunk. It seemed that we needed another massive event, one that was even more audacious than 9/11 that would wake us from our slumber and blind trust in our media and authorities. I prayed that something would happen that would open people’s eyes to the unimaginable duplicity of those we trusted the most.
Yes. It seems that I may have been responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic…
On September 11, 2019 the Collective Evolution media platform agreed to publish my ten thousand word appeal to reexamine what we have been told around the events of that day in 2001.
Here are the links to the key pieces of information that are woven together in this long and sometimes technical essay:
Human bone fragments were found more than a fifth of a mile away from Ground Zero. One victim’s body had been broken into 200 separate pieces. This was documented here: NY Times: Medical Examiner’s challenge. I have personally seen what happens to a human body when it encounters bullets, cars, chainsaws, wood chippers and yes, falling debris. Steel beams and concrete can smush and dismember. Blowing the human body into hundreds of pieces requires an enormous amount of focused energy. It requires an explosive event.
George Pataki, then Governor of NY, was mystified about why there was so little concrete left at ground zero yet lower Manhattan was covered with a blanket of pulverized concrete three inches deep. Not only were victims’ bodies blown to smithereens, the twin towers were too. Here he is on CNN describing the puzzling dearth of any large pieces of building material:
CNN also reported that it took more than three months to put out the fires despite that Ground Zero was flooded with millions of gallons of water. The idea that the fires could continue to burn for months underwater because of the intense heat generated by the friction of the collapse is ludicrous. Fires need an oxygen source to burn. Fires can only burn underwater if a chemical reaction involving oxygen is taking place:
Then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and General Richard Meyers (Joint Chiefs of staff Chairman) confirm that four very large military exercises involving our air defenses were taking place exactly when the hijacked planes were headed to their targets. The exercises were designed to simulate hijacked planes being used as weapons to fly into buildings. The public was asked to accept this as unfortunate, unlucky and a freak coincidence...
NIST never explains what happened during the collapse of the twin towers themselves. They instead refer to a speculative paper written by an independent civil engineer on September 13, 2001: “Why did the World Trade Center collapse? A simple analysis”. This analysis conjured up 48 hours after the event makes two enormous and unfounded assumptions. The author’s hypothetical explanation demands that in order for the collapse to initiate, every single column on the floors that were struck failed instantly, simultaneously and completely, allowing the top of the building to fall upon the bottom unimpeded. It is obvious that this did happen, but why did it happen if each plane struck one side of a twin tower, critically damaging the external facade while leaving the majority of the 287 columns on each floor largely untouched. The twin towers sustained asymmetric damage, yet this “simple analysis” requires every column to have failed at the same time in exactly the same way. A critical quantity in the analysis is the weight of the top part of the building. The author uses a number that is 40% more than NIST’s own estimate. NIST did not challenge the analysis but neither did any NIST engineer sign off on it. This allowed them to offer the explanation without officially sanctioning it. NIST is the National Institute for Standards and Technology, which is part of the Department of Commerce. The public was forced to accept NIST as the only objective arbiter of the facts in this crime. If our government was an accomplice, the conflict of interest cannot be ignored.
Perhaps one of the most compelling pieces of evidence is David Chandler’s narrated slow motion video of the North Tower collapsing. It clearly shows that large portions of the building were being destroyed below the so-called “crush zone” as the building was demolished. The 12 stories at the top of the building, which NIST says was responsible for crushing the 95 floors below it, is conspicuously absent. Moreover, if the top portion of the building was indeed crushing a much larger portion that had supported it, it must get crushed in the process. If we buy the official story we must then accept that we are watching Newton’s third law of motion get violated in front of our eyes. I wonder why the footage of the collapses was banned from mainstream broadcasts just a few days after the event. Was it out of respect for those who lost their loved ones in the “collapses”? Or was it because it revealed several things about the real mechanism of destruction?
The Twin towers underwent a massive elevator renovation in the months prior to 9/11. Destruction of the central columns was necessary to destroy the twin towers in this manner. The central columns housed the elevator shafts: Twin tower elevator renovation. If explosives were used to bring the towers down it would have taken months to set up. How could so much stuff be brought into each twin tower without being discovered? This could have been easily accomplished under the guise of an elevator renovation. Very few people outside of the demolitionists and WTC security would have to be in on it.
Official testimony of 118 Firefighters who all saw, heard or felt explosions prior to the collapse of the twin towers. NIST never bothered to check if there were explosive residues in the dust despite these eye-witness testimonies, yet they unequivocally stated that there were no reports of explosions: Firefighter testimonies. How comfortable are we in ignoring eye-witness accounts from the heroes of that day? If NIST had found evidence of explosives in the ubiquitous dust, the 9/11 Commission would have the difficult task of explaining to the public why terrorists would choose to fly suicide missions into the buildings when they could have simply blown them up. Is this why they ignored the firefighter testimonies?
Dozens of Mainstream media platforms reported explosive events in the buildings that morning. By the early afternoon none ever mentioned these reports again:
Below is the essay which served as the backbone of a book I wrote and published in 2020, “WOKE. An Anesthesiologist’s View”. It was my earnest attempt to find a way through the distortions around this event. Here it is in its original form on substack:
Note: Links to some of the citations in it are now dead. As we turn our gaze to more calamities that are unfolding around us history, it seems, is being quietly rewritten…