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.

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