September 11, 2001. It is a day that most Americans, indeed people all over the planet, won’t forget anytime soon. On that morning,four hi-jacked aircraft were used as guided missiles with three of them hitting their targets and the fourth going down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Two of the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City and the other plane crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia.
The aftermath of the crashed were that the World Trade Center complex was detroyed and the Pentagon suffered heavy damage.
The World Trade Center, which consisted of seven buildings, was mostly destroyed early in the morning when both of the Twin Towers collapsed as a result of the two planes crashing into them. When those towers came down, the debris from them crushed much of the complex, including the hotel at the base. The last building, Building 7, collapsed nearly eight hours later.
According to the official investigation, the four aircraft were hi-jacked by members of Al-Qaeda and were to be flown into significant landmarks, including the Trade Center, the White House and Pentagon. Of course, the plane bound for the White House was seized by the passengers and the hi-jackers deliberately flew it into the ground. While the report blames a ‘failure of imagination’ for the attacks, many do not believe it happened that way at all. Their imaginations have not failed them and one favorite subject, supposedly proving beyond doubt, is Building 7.
Building was a 47 story tower built in 1987. It was home to numerous agencies, including the FBI and the City of New York. Fuel tanks were also stored in the building, in the basement and several levels up. The building design featured an open floor plan and load bearing supports were not in the typical areas one might find them. Indeed, the load bearing support did not fully encompass the building, instead, it jutted inward and down rather than the traditional straight from top to bottom as in the Twin Towers themselves. The design was sound and it worked. Worked until most of the southwest corner was removed, that is.
When the towers collapsed, they sheared away massive parts of surrounding buildings, many of which have had to be demolished or were severely damaged. Building 7 suffered a major blow with the removal of the southwest corner. However, just the corner sustaining damage was not fatal blow itself. No, that was the thousands of gallons of fuel that was now burning. At some point, in the late morning, the building was evacuated and allowed to burn, uncontrolled, for the next five or so hours. The fires in the building, coupled with the now weak load bearing support, doomed the building and around 5:20pm, the building began to collapse.
Firefighters had noticed, two hours earlier, that there were signs that the building might collapse. Rescue operations were halted and the remaining firefighters left. There were no known casualties as a result of the collapse.
One convenient thing about the collapse is the lack of clear photos showing the destruction of the southwest corner. There are photos and some video, but it is really difficult to see anything. They point to this as proof. They also continue to state that no steel structure has ever been destroyed by fire. What they fail to say is that the steel structure, in the case of building 7, was allowed to burn for nearly eight hours, thus softening the steel, and the support-which was already compromised. To me, it is easy to understand and see, but to someone who has already made up their minds, it is damn near impossible.
While I generally agree with the government’s explanations, I do think the attacks could have been stopped. The lack of communication between the FBI and CIA, while deliberate and following proper protocol, was ludicrous, Those two organizations should be sharing information, especially about suspected terrorists and what they are doing. Ask a “truther”, however, and they will tell you all about controlled demolition and missiles rather than aircraft hitting those buildings. Failure of imagination for the government, maybe, but not for others. I’d say to call Building 7’s collapse a controlled demolition is from an overly active imagination.