More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative

Whitney Webb – Mint Press News Sept 11, 2019

A bluish smoke, laden with toxic ultra-fine particles, rose from the pile for three months after 9/11. Click to enlarge

Today the event that defined the United States’ foreign policy in the 21st century, and heralded the destruction of whole countries, turns 18. The events of September 11, 2001 remains etched into the memories of Americans and many others, as a collective tragedy that brought Americans together and brought as well a general resolve among them that those responsible be brought to justice.

While the events of that day did unite Americans in these ways for a time, the different trajectories of the official relative to the independent investigations into the September 11 attacks have often led to division in the years since 2001, with vicious attacks or outright dismissal being levied against the latter.

Yet, with 18 years having come and gone — and with the tireless efforts from victims’ families, first responders, scientists and engineers — the tide appears to be turning, as new evidence continues to emerge and calls for new investigations are made. However, American corporate media has remained largely silent, preferring to ignore new developments that could derail the “official story” of one of the most iconic and devastating attacks to ever occur on American soil.

For instance, in late July, commissioners for a New York-area Fire Department, which responded to the attacks and lost one of their own that day, called for a new investigation into the events of September 11. On July 24, the board of commissioners for the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which serves a population of around 30,000 near Queens, voted unanimously in their call for a new investigation into the attacks.

While the call for a new investigation from a NY Fire Department involved in the rescue effort would normally seem newsworthy to the media outlets who often rally Americans to “never forget,” the commissioners’ call for a new investigation was met with total silence from the mainstream media. The likely reason for the dearth of coverage on an otherwise newsworthy vote was likely due to the fact that the resolution that called for the new investigation contained the following clause:

Whereas, the overwhelming evidence presented in said petition demonstrates beyond any doubt that pre-planted explosives and/or incendiaries — not just airplanes and the ensuing fires — caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings, killing the vast majority of the victims who perished that day;”

In the post-9/11 world, those who have made such claims, no matter how well-grounded their claims may be, have often been derided and attacked as “conspiracy theorists” for questioning the official claims that the three World Trade Center buildings that collapsed on September 11 did so for any reason other than being struck by planes and from the resulting fires. Yet, it is much more difficult to launch these same attacks against members of a fire department that lost a fireman on September 11 and many of whose members were involved with the rescue efforts of that day, some of whom still suffer from chronic illnesses as a result.

Searching for clues amid the WTC rubble. Click to enlarge

Another likely reason that the media monolithically avoided coverage of the vote was out of concern that it would lead more fire departments to pass similar resolutions, which would make it more difficult for such news to avoid gaining national coverage. Yet, Commissioner Christopher Gioia, who drafted and introduced the resolution, told those present at the meeting’s conclusion that getting all of the New York fire districts onboard was their plan anyway.

“We’re a tight-knit community and we never forget our fallen brothers and sisters. You better believe that when the entire fire service of New York State is on board, we will be an unstoppable force,” Gioia said. “We were the first fire district to pass this resolution. We won’t be the last,” he added.

While questioning the official conclusions of the first federal investigation into 9/11 has been treated as taboo in the American media landscape for years, it is worth noting that even those who led the commission have said that the investigation was “set up to fail” from the start and that they were repeatedly misled and lied to by federal officials in relation to the events of that day.

For instance, the chair and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote in their book Without Precedent that not only was the commission starved of funds and its powers of investigation oddly limited, but that they were obstructed and outright lied to by top Pentagon officials and officials with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). They and other commissioners have outright said that the “official” report on the attacks is incomplete, flawed and unable to answer key questions about the terror attacks.

Despite the failure of American corporate media to report these facts, local legislative bodies in New York, beginning with the fire districts that lost loved ones and friends that day, are leading the way in the search for real answers that even those that wrote the “official story” say were deliberately kept from them.

Persuasive scientific evidence continues to roll in

Not long after the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District called for a new 9/11 investigation, a groundbreaking university study added even more weight to the commissioners’ call for a new look at the evidence regarding the collapse of three buildings at the World Trade Center complex. While most Americans know full well that the twin towers collapsed on September 11, fewer are aware that a third building — World Trade Center Building 7 — also collapsed. That collapse occurred seven hours after the twin towers came down, even though WTC 7, or “Building 7,” was never struck by a plane.

It was not until nearly two months after its collapse that reports revealed that the CIA had a “secret office” in WTC 7 and that, after the building’s destruction, “a special CIA team scoured the rubble in search of secret documents and intelligence reports stored in the station, either on paper or in computers.” WTC 7 also housed offices for the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, the New York Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the bank Salomon Brothers.

Though the official story regarding the collapse of WTC 7 cites “uncontrolled building fires” as leading to the building’s destruction, a majority of Americans who have seen the footage of the 47-story tower come down from four different angles overwhelmingly reject the official story, based on a new poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and released on Monday.

That poll found that 52 percent of those who saw the footage were either sure or suspected that the building’s fall was due to explosives and was a controlled demolition, with 27 percent saying they didn’t know what to make of the footage. Only 21 percent of those polled agreed with the official story that the building collapsed due to fires alone. Prior to seeing the footage, 36 percent of respondents said that they were unaware that a third building collapsed on September 11 and more than 67 percent were unable to name the building that had collapsed.

Ted Walter, Director of Strategy and Development for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, told MintPress that the lack of awareness about WTC 7 among the general public “goes to show that the mainstream media has completely failed to inform the American people about even the most basic facts related to 9/11. On any other day in history, if a 47-story skyscraper fell into its footprint due to ‘office fires,’ everyone in the country would have heard about it.”

The fact that the media chose not to cover this, Walter asserted, shows that “the mainstream media and the political establishment live in an alternative universe and the rest of the American public is living in a different universe and responding to what they see in front of them,” as reflected by the results of the recent YouGov poll.

Another significant finding of the YouGov poll was that 48 percent of respondents supported,  while only 15 percent opposed, a new investigation into the events of September 11. This shows that not only was the Franklin Square Fire District’s recent call for a new investigation in line with American public opinion, but that viewing the footage of WTC 7’s collapse raises more questions than answers for many Americans, questions that were not adequately addressed by the official investigation of the 9/11 Commission.

The Americans who felt that the video footage of WTC 7’s collapse did not fit with the official narrative and appeared to show a controlled demolition now have more scientific evidence to fall back on after the release of a new university study found that the building came down not due to fire but from “the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.” The extensive four-year study was conducted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska and used complex computer models to determine if the building really was the first steel-framed high-rise ever to have collapsed solely due to office fires.

WTC7 collapse

The study, currently available as a draft, concluded that “uncontrolled building fires” did not lead the building to fall into its footprint — tumbling more than 100 feet at the rate of gravity free-fall for 2.5 seconds of its seven-second collapse — as has officially been claimed. Instead, the study — authored by Dr. J. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Feng Xiao and Dr. Zhili Quan — found that “fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] and private engineering firms that studied the collapse,” while also concluding “that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global [i.e., comprehensive] failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.”

This “near-simultaneous failure of every column” in WTC 7 strongly suggests that explosives were involved in its collapse, which is further supported by the statements made by Barry Jennings, the then-Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for the New York City Housing Authority. Jennings told a reporter the day of the attack that he and Michael Hess, then-Corporation Counsel for New York City, had heard and seen explosions in WTC 7 several hours prior to its collapse and later repeated those claims to filmmaker Dylan Avery. The first responders who helped rescue Jennings and Hess also claimed to have heard explosions in WTC 7. Jennings died in 2008, two days prior the release of the official NIST report blaming WTC 7’s collapse on fires. To date, no official cause of death for Jennings has been given.

Still “crazy” after all these years?

Eighteen years after the September 11 attacks, questioning the official government narrative of the events of those days still remains taboo for many, as merely asking questions or calling for a new investigation into one of the most important events in recent American history frequently results in derision and dismissal.

Yet, this 9/11 anniversary — with a new study demolishing the official narrative on WTC 7, with a new poll showing that more than half of Americans doubt the government narrative on WTC 7, and with firefighters who responded to 9/11 calling for a new investigation — is it still “crazy” to be skeptical of the official story?

Even in years past, when asking difficult questions about September 11 was even more “off limits,” it was often first responders, survivors and victims’ families who had asked the most questions about what had really transpired that day and who have led the search for truth for nearly two decades — not wild-eyed “conspiracy theorists,” as many have claimed.

The only reason it remains taboo to ask questions about the official narrative, whose own authors admit that it is both flawed and incomplete, is that the dominant forces in the American media and the U.S. government have successfully convinced many Americans that doing so is not only dangerous but irrational and un-American.

However, as evidence continues to mount that the official narrative itself is the irrational narrative, it becomes ever more clear that the reason for this media campaign is to prevent legitimate questions about that day from receiving the scrutiny they deserve, even smearing victims’ families and ailing first responders to do so. For too long, “Never Forget” has been nearly synonymous with “Never Question.”

Yet, failing to ask those questions — even when more Americans than ever now favor a new investigation and discount the official explanation for WTC 7’s collapse — is the ultimate injustice, not only to those who died in New York City on September 11, but those who have been killed in their names in the years that have followed.

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism


4 responses to “More Americans Questioning Official 9/11 Story As New Evidence Contradicts Official Narrative”

  1. On the Moshe Solomons hour we had as a guest one of the 5 dancing israelis, and he
    explained why israel had to do 9 11,
    He said only America had the night to clear the Middle East of Arabs etc, so the jews could build greater israel, all on stolen American money of course.
    Its a shame we dont have any proper leaders in the US or UK who would stand up to the jews

  2. “THE JEWS DID 9 11 “

  3. The next day after the ‘attack’ my mentor and best friend who had insider information told me that it was an inside job and that the guy who owned the building was in on it. He told me his name was Silverstein. I had never heard of him before. I can’t remember exactly how he worded it, but he let me know that the Zionists were the perpetrators of the whole scam.

    So I’ve known about this for eighteen years. I tried telling people but most of them responded to me as if I was either crazy, or a traitor, or both. For a long time I felt like I had no use for most of them, but eventually I realized that brainwash is very similar to mental illness, and that crazy people can’t help being the way they are. But to this day I hardly ever talk about what I know about the 911 charade, mainly because it doesn’t do any good. But now people are starting to figure out that they’ve been had, and they’re angry about it, and they want a new ‘investigation.’ My thinking about that is that it’s too little too late, seeing as how thanks to the 911 charade, the Zionist cancer has fully metastasized throughout the American government.

  4. A good piece on 9/11, and the bullshit surrounding it. Also, a very well articulated comment above by Jim Yost. Jim’s analysis “My thinking about that is that it’s too little too late, seeing as how thanks to the 911 charade, the Zionist cancer has fully metastasized throughout the American government” is one of my fears as well, but we have a duty to soldier on in our efforts to enlighten people to the truth and demand a valid public investigation.

    I was there, at ground zero. taking part in the initial rescue effort in the days immediately following the attacks, the bombing and demolition of the buildings. My girlfriend at the time, a Manhattanite living on the Lower East Side and working on 5th Ave near 12th St., was an eye-witness to the planes plowing into the buildings and personally knew over 40 people murdered that day. If it were a Thursday rather than a Tuesday, she would have been inside one of the towers, as she taught a fitness class there on Thursday mornings. I can’t really give details of my background, training, and professional experience, for the sake of discretion, but I can tell you I have held some “in-the-know” positions (and my step-father was a well-connected career spook who felt comfortable letting me in on the joke) and spent some time in, umm “information acquirement”, and as a well-respected investigator.

    As I would leave, or about to enter, the broad security perimeter around the ground zero site, I would be approached by desperate family members of those missing, those murdered, clutching photographs of their loved one, or homemade “Missing” flyers. They would be asking, pleading actually, if I/we have seen their husband, their wife, their son, their daughter, their father, their mother…all while that unforgettable aroma blanketed the lower half of the island. I looked into the eyes of those people and the emotion I felt was indescribable. I have seen mayhem, experienced death, in many parts of the world and held my emotions and performed well, often almost flawlessly despite the chaos or fear and I didn’t shed a tear when my father died, but I cried looking into the eyes of those desperate family members. Their desperate pleas haunted me at night when I would go back to my girlfriend’s Manhattan apartment overlooking the East River and their desperate please haunted me for years, continuing to this very day. I so wanted to be able to give at least one of them some good news, but it became crystal clear with each passing day in the toxic rubble there was nobody left to find alive and they were most likely ground, burned, or exploded into unrecognizable pieces.

    I didn’t immediately think “inside job” during the first few days there, of course, as there was a critically important task at hand, but I did note that some things I saw in that same toxic rubble, much of it nearly powderized actually, just didn’t add up to the story being told on the “news” channels. My college degree was in the sciences, biology specifically, so I had an understanding of physics and thermodynamics. I spent some time in a special services sort of role, so I had some understanding of explosives. There were several times I directly observed or experienced things in and around the toxic rubble that just didn’t seem to correlate or reconcile truthfully or factually with the narrative. Clear signs of demolition, huge steel support columns obviously sliced days before the welders came in with their cutting torches, talk amongst those that were there there THAT morning, 9/11, of the explosions they heard or witnessed. Then there was the large building in the complex which collapsed, totally and uniformly, from small fires that was being ignored on the “news” channels, seemingly already being stuffed down the memory hole.

    My intuition and honed investigative senses gnawed at me more and more and those things were filed in my mind. I could not un-see what I had seen. I couldn’t un-smell that which I smelled. I couldn’t un-feel that which I felt.

    And there were the eyes I looked into; those desperate, pleading eyes of the loved ones of the missing, the murdered, the photographs and home-made flyers they clutched.

    My life took different directions from that point, different motivations catalyzed from different perspectives and direct experiences. With each passing day, I heard and saw the narrative shifting, the conditioning and brain-washing go full-speed-ahead. And I knew what the people were being told was bullshit, a huge disturbing lie. As the weeks went on, the lies multiplied and increased in their intensity. And I, and many other truth-seekers, made it a mission, a calling in some cases, to pick apart and point out those lies, dig for the truth, speak truth to power, and try to push the lies and conditioning from the minds of so many. We can never retreat from that effort, that fight.

    I taught a class on this most recent September 11, to a room full of law enforcement personnel no less. The person organizing the class played a 9/11 tribute video at the start of the day which quickly shifted into intolerable jingoistic bullshit, perpetuating some of the worst parts of that big lie, and giving some false justification to all the meathead veterans in the class (as far too many law enforcement people are also military people) all the immoral and illegal killing they’ve done in countries that had NOTHING to do with 9/11. I shook my head the whole time listening to that putrid bullshit. Then it was my segment to teach and, before I got into the topic I was there to teach, I Iaid it on them, my direct “I was fucking THERE” experiences. The eyes on a few of them went very wide as I related my experiences and informed them most of what they were told about 9/11 was a complete lie. I told them it was a coup that day, an inside job. I told them it turned into the biggest, most exhaustive investigation of my life. As I was there to teach on a class on investigation techniques, as a sort of expert in the field, the message should have carried some weight. I was the only one in that room who served at ground zero. The only one who was there. The only one who literally breathed in every single 9/11 New York murder victim. I told them I’d be happy to share my experiences with any of them later, to answer any of their questions on 9/11, and it seemed to resonate with some of them but only one or two of them had any questions at all later. One military meathead present in the class who literally butchered people in Iraq via machine gun fire questioned my patriotism and I laughed, shook my head, and threw some facts his way. That same brainwashed meathead got up in class the next day and started by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and asking for time to tell a story about 25 misguided idiots who got killed in an operation in Afghanistan. I listened, I gave my respects to the dead, and then I told him “I’m very sorry they died for a lie. It’s that kind of story, that kind of tragedy, which makes it so important the truth is told about 9/11”.

    And our fight continues.