Was 9/11 a False Flag? WTC 7 Might Be The Smoking Gun
By: Gaia Staff | Sept. 11th, 2017
“Jet fuel can’t melt steel beams,” has been an aphorism used by those who believe that the events on 9/11 were a false flag operation. It is also used pejoratively by those who believe that several steel-framed buildings fell in on themselves in Manhattan that day, due primarily to intense heat from fires, defying all historical precedence for structures of that magnitude and level of engineering.
It can be difficult to take a firm stance on either side of the argument when talking about an event that was so tragic and insidious. But no matter where one stands in their perspective of Sept. 11, 2001, it helps to keep an open mind and always question the narrative that we are fed, which is so often controlled by an underlying agenda.
9/11 False Flag
Of the horrific attacks that took place that day, there are seemingly endless postulations and conspiracies as to what really went on. Millions of dollars of United and American Airlines “put-option” stocks were traded in the week leading up to the attack. There were blatant business ties between the Bush family and Osama bin Laden. Only one flight was allowed in the air after the attacks, flying 140 Saudi nationals home to safety. And these are just a few of the conspicuous events tied to that day.
But the use of those events as justification to go to war, ostensibly makes 9/11 a false flag operation used as an imperialist grab of oil reserves, miring us in an endless conflict with no light at the end of the tunnel. Terrorism persists, Operation Iraqi Freedom created a bigger monster in ISIS, and the situation in Afghanistan is still a quagmire. But the truth behind the events of that day still remain shrouded by government cover-ups and harsh ridicule of those who dare to question that narrative. All the elements of the events that have transpired since that day are the classic building blocks of a false flag operation. And a majority of Americans believe the government is concealing information about 9/11, while 15 percent believe the towers were brought down in a controlled demolition.
Hulsey’s WTC 7 Evaluation
The most confounding discrepancy in the events that took place on 9/11 is the collapse of World Trade Center tower number seven, or WTC 7. If there is any evidence of a more sinister, underlying plot, WTC 7 is the smoking gun. While the official story behind the collapse of the main towers is similarly suspicious, the fact that they were hit by planes lends slightly more credence to the official narrative. However, WTC 7 was never struck by a plane, instead it caught fire after the collapse of towers one and two.
Prior to, and since that day, fire has never caused the total collapse of a steel-framed, high-rise building. This is the argument coming from many structural engineers and architects, most notably Leroy Hulsey. Hulsey, who is the chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been working in conjunction with a non-profit group called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. An expert in engineering and mathematical modeling, Hulsey has been leading a team of Ph.D. students in a two-year study, virtually recreating the collapse of WTC 7. Hulsey’s report will be released either this month or next, critiquing the official 2002 investigation by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and detailing his research based on the alleged reasons given for WTC 7’s collapse.
In the past, Hulsey has testified in front of the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry with the basic assertion that fires could not have caused the collapse of the building. Hulsey details the numerous flaws in the evaluation made by NIST with his process of research and scrutiny between he and his doctoral students. When asked hypothetically, if one of his students submitted an evaluation to him like the one NIST used to achieve their findings, if he would fail them, he resoundingly replied, yes.
NIST’s Faulty Evaluation
So, what was the official evaluation given by NIST that was supposed to definitively end any speculation as to why WTC 7 collapsed? According to their report, a thermal expansion of floor beams pushed an adjoining girder off its seat, which led to a subsequent collapse of eight floors. An additional failure of other girders from the same thermal expansion caused a nine-story column to collapse, followed by the collapse of the rest of the interior and then the exterior.
One of the flaws and obvious biases of NIST’s report is that it was started with a predetermined conclusion. Given the nature of the building’s collapse, it would obviously make sense to at least entertain the idea of a controlled demolition, considering that all of the tell-tale signs were there. A report published in Europhysics News, by a group of engineers and physicists, details the flaws in NIST’s report and the apparent bias in its process.
Steven Jones, one of the authors of the report who has gained notoriety in his research, even pointed out a flaw in NIST’s data that led them to change their original evaluation. Jones says this flaw was more along the lines of ignored evidence. NIST’s report ignored the fact that the building, upon collapse, went into free fall. Dr. Shyam Sunder, the lead investigator on NIST’s evaluation said that free fall wasn’t possible because of the structural resistance of the floors below. After Jones contended this issue, based on video of the collapse, NIST conceded that it did in fact go into free fall for 2.25 seconds – a clear characteristic of a controlled demolition. Dr. Sunder is also quoted as saying, “Truthfully, I don’t really know. We’ve had trouble getting a handle on building No. 7.” FEMA’s conclusion is equally as inconclusive…
“The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at this time. Although the total diesel fuel on the premises contained massive potential energy, the best hypothesis has only a low probability of occurrence.”
But aside from the debate over the physics of what happened in the collapse of the towers, there is another piece of evidence of a controlled demolition that is hard to deny, namely the presence of thermite. Thermite is a powdered amalgam of iron oxide and other alloys that can be described as the metal equivalent to kindling. This powder works as an ignitor generating extremely high temperatures. Nano-thermite is a more highly advanced version developed by the military for its customizable reaction rates and incredibly small particulate size. It releases energy much quicker than regular thermite and can be ignited by unconventional means such as laser pulses.
The presence of nano-thermite in dust from the wreckage of the towers was brought to the attention of NIST by Jones. The investigators questioned the provenance of his samples and when he invited them to look for samples of their own, they unsurprisingly declined. A stream of molten metal was also recorded pouring out of the towers before they collapsed, an indication of nano-thermite at work.
Although an increasing amount of evidence continues to be uncovered, the push back from government agencies continues with their refusal to investigate this evidence. Could WTC 7 actually have collapsed from fires and a weakening of steel girders, being the first to fall, in this nature, in the history of steel-enforced structures? And what about the BBC’s reporting that the tower collapsed, before it actually had? Why would they predict a completely unprecedented event to occur before it did, without having been fed advanced knowledge? It will be interesting to see what kind of evidence is presented when Hulsey releases his study in the coming weeks and how the government responds. Will he find incontrovertible proof or will the truth continue to be swept under the rug?