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article imageArchitects, engineers take 9/11 concerns to Congress

By Bob Gordon     Feb 25, 2010 in Politics
Opponents of the official version of events on 9/11 continue to object to the official government explanation and are trying to take their fight to Congress.
The official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report on the collapse of the World Trade Center, the World Trade Center Building Performance Study places the blame for the disaster on explosions that followed, and were caused by, hijacked aircraft crashing into the buildings.
According to the "Executive Summary", heat generated by burning jet fuel caused the buildings to collapse: The large quantity of jet fuel carried by each aircraft ignited upon impact into each building. A significant portion of this fuel was consumed immediately in the ensuing fireballs....This heat induced additional stresses into the damaged structural frames while simultaneously softening and weakening these frames. This additional loading and the resulting damage were sufficient to induce the collapse of both structures.
Critics of this official explanation have persistently argued that other events were to blame for the structures' collapses. According to "Inside the Beltway" an insider's column in the Washington Times the official explanation is unacceptable to these individuals who are "convinced that the World Trade Center towers were 'artificially exploded outwards.'" They are taking their concerns and unanswered questions to Congress.
Opponents of the official view are led by Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, and founder of the nonprofit Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. "In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards," says Gage.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor he concurs with Gage's doubts and has frequently reported on the problems with the official story for His doubts were initially awakened by the lack of wreckage at the Pentagon and he argues that simply dismissing doubts about the official explanation as nothing but a conspiracy theory are unjustified:
When it comes to the people who instantly call it `conspiracy theory," I truly question what they are thinking, or what sense of logic they are applying to it. The original story that I published was not a full-blown research piece, it was the first article of what will surely be many, on this most disturbing question: If a 757 aircraft, more than a football field long, crashed into the Pentagon, where is the wreckage?
Mr. Gage and 1,000 of his peers have requested that Congress initiate a Grand Jury inquiry to resolve these doubts: ""The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction. We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials."
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