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9/11: "Lucky Larry" Silverstein and World Trade Tower 7

With a down payment of $124 million, Larry Silverstein entered a 99 year lease of the World Trade Center buildings only 2 months before the 9/11 attacks. Although thousands of people lost their lives in the attacks, Larry may do well in the end as he is fighting for over $7 billion in insurance claims.

His insurers might do well to question the collapse of World Trade Tower 7, however. The official 9/11 commission report was not able to explain why the tower collapsed and the National Institute of Standards and Technology has so far delayed officially reporting its views.

So how did Tower 7 collapse? As this photo taken around 3 PM shows, there were fires in the building. These fires, according to popular narrative, caused the collapse. As this series of photos shows, however, other towers that had more fire damage, and were much closer to where the jets hit, did not collapse.

Videos of Tower 7's collapse show a sudden vertical collapse, reminiscent of a controlled demolition. How could fire damage cause such a collapse in a steel building? Never in history has a steel building collapsed due to fire, let alone in such a quick, symmetrical fashion.

During a video interview in the 2002 PBS documentary "America Rebuilds", Larry Silverstein shed some light on the mystery. According to Silverstein:
"I remember getting a call from the, uh, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, 'You know we've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is, is pull it.' Uh, and they made that decision to pull and then we watched the building collapse."

"Pull" is construction jargon for "demolish", short for "pull down". Silverstein was saying that the fire department demolished Tower 7. This naturally raised a lot of questions. Does the fire department normally perform demolitions? How could the fire department have wired a building for demolition that quickly (especially seeing as there were fires in the building)? There is little to confirm Silverstein's account, other than this short video clip, supposedly from 9/11, of a fireman warning journalists away from the site and warning of a bomb.

After two years of refusing to answer questions about the PBS interview, Silverstein has issued a clarification. Silverstein now claims "pull it" meant to clear firefighters from the building. In that context the proper terminology would be "pull out". During the original interview Silverstein said "They made that decision to pull and then we watched the building collapse." Why would the decision to pull firefighters out cause the building to collapse?

The official explanation for 9/11 doesn't wash, but rather than issue clarifications the administration (and supportive pundits) are working to marginalize skeptics. For more about Tower 7, check out this article. For a good run-down on many other unanswered questions about the offical 9/11 narrative, check out this article by James H. Fetzer, founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

How could the fire

How could the fire department have wired a building for demolition that quickly (especially seeing as there were fires in the building)?

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It was wired previously. The loss of structural support, which caused the building to kink and eventually collapse, was identified to have occurred between floors 8-12. The only possible explanation researchers found was that a 350gallon diesel tank, located within the American Express offices on that floor that served to fuel a backup generator, could have caught fire and weakened the supports. The problem with this argument is that the heat generated by this fuel would not have been likely to cause significant buckling of the steel supports. The New York Times later revealed in a investigative piece on WTC7 that America's largest CIA field office was also located on those floors.

it was bad...

I couldn't believe this event, still can't to this day... did you see the news lately about more bombers??? :/

Ain't this a little weird?

Ain't this a little weird? He leased the building for 99 years (of which he'll live to see only 20 at most) and after two months the buildings were down. How can this be?

I am sorry 2

we will never forget. i am still wondering how/why these towers really collapsed

I am quite shocked about it.

I am quite shocked about it. This can't be more than a coincidence. I am sorry.

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