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World911Truth.org | September 13, 2011

WTC Building 7 Collapse: NIST Reality Check

More than six years after starting its investigation, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce) issued its final report on Building 7, in November 2008.  The most important part of NIST’s report was a collapse model that bore no resemblance to the observed collapse. 

Let’s compare NIST official model of Building 7′s collapse  to… reality.

NIST Reality Check: Let’s Compare

Has NIST’s Analysis of Building 7 Passed Reality Check?

Building 7 was a 47-story skyscraper, the third building to collapse in New York City on 9/11 at 5:20 PM. The official reason for the collapse of this building is “normal office fires fueled by office furnishings.” (Ref: NIST Press Briefing). NIST has ruled out oil-fueled fires and explosives from the list of possible reasons for collapse. 

If this building — or any other 47-story skyscraper — had fell at free fall acceleration on any other date, a real criminal investigation would have followed, and giving the fact that this building collapsed in under 7 seconds, criminal investigators would have, and should have, tested for the possible use of explosives. The most probable cause for a free fall collapse of any building. 

We all would have wanted to know why the building collapsed the way it did. The sensation-hungry media would have played it over and over, and the final conclusions from the investigation would have led to safety recommendations, to help prevent any such collapse to happen in the future.

But for the past 10 years, most people, including journalists and pundits, have kept their heads in the sand while calling people demanding a real investigation names like conspiracy theorists. Why are we still looking the other way? Why is it that 75% of New Yorkers never saw footage of Building 7 after 10 years?

NIST Modeling Discrepancies and Secret Data

The clearest discrepancy of NIST’s model is the deformation of the external structure in the model, which does not occur in the observed collapse.

“One fact we do know about NIST’s model is it does not allow for free fall.  The best they could do is 5.4 seconds for the building to crumple down through 18 floors.  Crumpling absorbs energy, and that makes free fall impossible.  There’s nothing in the models we have been shown that even resemble a three-stage collapse with a free fall component.  After all, as Shyam Sunder puts it himself, ‘free fall happens only when there are no structural components below the falling section of the building.’  Any natural scenario is going to involve a progression of failures and these don’t happen instantaneously.

Although NIST’s model is false, based on its failure to reproduce the observed collapse, it cannot be falsified because NIST did not release its modeling data.” 

— David Chandler, Physics Teacher, Member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

NIST has never released its modeling data. In a letter response to a FOIA request asking for the release of this data (July, 2009), NIST director Patrick Gallagher clearly answered: releasing this data might jeopardize public safety.  How could this data jeopardize public safety?

More recently, in April 2011, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the complainant has no right to raw data that NIST used to model the collapse of one of the World Trade Centers (read an article about this verdict). 

NIST Failed to Fulfill Their Mission

NIST’s mission, as stated on their website, is “to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.” If a skyscraper, like Building 7, collapsed due to some normal office fires alone, shouldn’t they release this data, at least to help us build safer buildings and perhaps help fix the fragile ones which could collapse at free fall, with people in it? Wouldn’t that be in the interest of public safety?

We believe NIST has deliberately distorted facts and basic science. They have failed their mission to ensure public safety, and their work should be scrutinized by a criminal investigation with subpoena power. 

It is time for a new, independent, and real criminal investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7, that would take into account the probable use of explosives. 

Make sure to support the Remember Building 7 TV Ad Campaign led by 9/11 family members, first responders, and survivors currently calling for a new investigation into Building 7′s collapse. 

Building 7: The Experts Speak Out

Backed by 9/11 family members still calling for a real investigation, this group of more than 1,500 architects, engineers and scientists are telling us — in this newly released 15-minute video narrated by actor Ed Asner — what they think about the collapse of Building 7.

Other Important Facts About Building 7

  • Building 7’s collapse was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report.
  • Building 7 housed several intelligence and law enforcement agencies including the CIA, the DOD and the Secret Service. It was also home of the NYC Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center, more commonly known as “Giuliani’s Bunker”.
  • If fire caused Building 7 to collapse, it would be the first ever fire-induced collapse of a steel-frame high-rise.

What is your verdict? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Your Comments

  • Betsy Ross

    This opens up an whole can of worms, if one follows it out.  Can anyone say New World Order? One World Government?

  • roger morris

    To think that NIST could conceivably offer this fantasy to cover WTC7 . What pill is Pinocchio Sunder on I wonder. Offering a ‘probable’ collapse scenario, totally ignoring streams of eyewitness explosive evidence, to have the initial cascade collapse down at level 12/13 around column 79 caused by “office furnishings fires”, already out, somehow reaching impossible temperatures[FEMA evaporated steel] to snap shear studs, in a model parameter not heating the concrete floor slabs[NCSTAR1-9:352]in order to get the critical SNAP – suddenly causes complete internal destructive collapse- an inside job if ever we saw one- whereby, in the animation, the inside core structure totally disintegrates in a second or two without any discernible drag/stress/crackle or pop showing anywhere over the entire 47 storied outer walls; so that we are told to believe the inner core destruct would not pull all internal beam/girder connections with EXTERNAL structure observable ? Hundreds of tons of steel beam internal/external column connections just break off inside without a window crack?
    Maybe thats why NIST proviso their animated theory with a caution not to expect real life correlation with the model[NCSTAR1-9:378] Well. They got THAT right.
    A Model program design held in SECRET, just like everything else in this false flag FIASCO. No peer review. No independent study. No cross-examination by a furious expert public ready to roast their miserable arse. An unproven THEORY written into history as fact avoiding 2.25second free-fall evidence OF controlled demolition just as GROSS avoided all evidence of molten steel by simple method of denial.

  • Anonymous

    re: “Patrick Gallagher clearly answered: releasing this data might jeopardize public safety.  How could this data jeopardize public safety?”

    Because if the public knew the truth, angry mobs would descend on Washington DC and burn the place down.

  • http://twitter.com/micnolmad Michael N. Madsen

    Has anyone noticed how the last poster aka the first post one reads is from a person who is on the side of the government?

  • Mr Mardigan

    This would be funny if it wasn’t so stupid. I mean really. REALLY! This website is stupid 100% dumb.

  • Anonymous

    If we really need someone to center the blame on… I suggest the passengers of flight 77 are quite possibly still alive and very well off, (or at least they probably didn’t die on 9-11-2001)… perhaps Mr. Cheney and others would be forthcoming under their own interrogation methods, (God please forgive me, but let it be in the name of truth and jUStice in the face of such evil).

  • Yourname

    …(National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce) …

    The reason this building was targeted was to stop the Federal investigations being conducted into the malfeasance of corporations like Enron, WorldComm, Wall Street insider trading and the like…

    I read an article back then that alluded to the fact that the Pentagon was targeted in that specific section of the building because the individuals working in that office space were part of that Federal investigation. 

  • Yourname

    …(National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce) …

    The reason this building was targeted was to stop the Federal investigations being conducted into the malfeasance of corporations like Enron, WorldComm, Wall Street insider trading and the like…

    I read an article back then that alluded to the fact that the Pentagon was targeted in that specific section of the building because the individuals working in that office space were part of that Federal investigation. 

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  • Citris1

    NY Firefighters are no fools. They know
    buildings, they know fires. They walked up to the burning floors
    completely confident that the building would stand as other burning
    high rise buildings have in the past. There was something fishy about
    the way the WTC buildings fell. Nothing aflame in those buildings
    could have caused them to fall the way they did. They must have been
    destroyed some other way.

  • Crfiii

    National Liars Day
    by Charlie Ray Fetty III on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 8:30am
    To me, this is national liars day… when we as a nation try to convince ourselves that some Muslims came over here and killed a bunch of US… just so we could go to other nations, (that had nothing to do with them), and steal their oil and pipelines… and destabilize the regions for our new American empire.Hitler’s Germany had their Reichstag Fire… we have our 9-11… the oldest tactic of war is false provocation to unite the people toward the common cause of war… and you have to break some eggs to make an omelet…3000 of our people were killed… and hundreds of thousands have died since… and millions more will die as the lie goes on…It’s true that we should never forget 9-11… but it’s a shame that we didn’t remember to find out who actually perpetrated it on US…We listen to liars… who we know have lied and lied to US… and because their lies appeal to US more than the terrible truth… we go on listening to their lies.:~(Do you know that there was at least a half dozen national military, FEMA, FAA, CIA and first responder “anti-terrorist” and massive casualty drills and excercises going on that very morning… in that same place… drills and exercises simulating terrorists hi-jacking planes and flying them into buildings… notably the World Trade Center and the Pentagon… what are the odds… how could Al CIAda have known that this was the perfect morning to attack US?… for US anyway…Do you know that the dust from WTC buildings 1 and 2 is saturated with thermate residue… thermate is a military explosive used to detonate and implode buildings… how could Al CIAda have planted so many explosives as to completely essentially vaporize WTC buildings 1 and 2 and implode WTC building 7?…Speaking of Building 7… no plane hit it… it had sustained some damage to one side of the building… but instead of toppling over like a tree that has had it’s side chopped out, it collapsed straight down into its own basement… in a very neat little pile in which very little of it even crossed the roads around it… all in pieces small enough to be loaded onto trucks for a nice quick clean-up… did you know that the residents of Building 7 included the CIA, the Secret Service, and the Office of Emergency Mgmt… and the Securities and Exchange, where most of the evidence in the Enron and Worldcom scandals and other corporate investigations was kept… all of that was destroyed…Did you know that Larry Silverstein had just purchased WTC buildings 1 and 2?… he already owned building 7… he put out 50 million and got buildings 1 and 2 for a bargain… because they were both packed with asbestos and it was going to be a billion dollar job to have it removed… less than 6 months after he bought them they were hit by airplanes and exploded into dust… he didn’t have to worry about the asbestos any more… and in fact he got 4-5 billion from his “terrorist insurance” policy… how lucky can you get?…That was the same asbestos that all the rescue workers and volunteers inhaled and are dying from today… do you remember that the EPA immediately issued a statement that the air was safe to breath?…Then there was the Pentagon… the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, had just the day prior reported that they were missing 2 trillion dollars… 2 trillion was a lot of money back then, though by the Department of Defense budget since that day it’s chickenfeed… did you know that the “terrorist” flew around the front portion of the building where all the main offices of all the really big-wigs like the Secretary of Defense office were at, and instead absurdly flew around the building and hit the portion of the building where all the accountants were looking for the missing 2 trillion… what are the odds?… and where are all the seats, wings, tail section, luggage and bodies?… there was none to be seen at the crash site… did you know that the passenger list for flight 77 included a who’s who list of military contractors and contacts… and not one Muslim?… in fact, not one of the 4 hi-jacked flight manifests from that morning listed one of the “terrorists”…How about the pilot of flight 77, Charles Burlingame… on his side job, he worked at the Pentagon… consulting on “anti-terrorist” drills and exercises… like planes being hi-jacked and crashed into the Pentagon… what are the odds?…This is just a beginning of the mountain of very troubling facts in our nations conspiracy theory that 19 Muslims came over from caves on the other side of the planet and perfectly overcame our whole national defense… the greatest national defense that the world has ever known.Like I said, it’s our national liars day… about half the nation knows that it’s a lie… the other half refuses to look at the evidence and continues to believe the lie… and no one knows the whole truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1441429939 Kevin Kirkpatrick

    I would welcome an independent investigation and analysis of the evidence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1441429939 Kevin Kirkpatrick

    I would welcome an independent investigation and analysis of the evidence.

  • Luigi Grandi

    Dear team,

    thank you for your work!

    I did my best to diffuse “the message” in these days, please, don’t
    stop!

    best regards.

    Dott. Arch. Luigi Grandi

  • Robert Brausch

    This image represents the extent to which psychological manipulation of fact has successfully deceived the American people. The NYPD, FDNY, and the entire American press! Would all have us believe this building just fell down. Why? We have entered into War, surrendered Constitutional Rights, for which our forefathers fought and died, and now are witnessing the dismantling of our middle class. The Building 7 evidence demonstrates a strong case that it is not ” UNPATRIOTIC” to question the necessity that the truth be pursued. Even more, why the manipulation of facts. It’s brilliantly Evil, and unconscious able. Evidently, the American people are either not ready, or are unwilling to hear the truth, why? It’s UNPATRIOTIC! Where did they come up with that one! We need a trusted, reputable source, that can investigate, thoroughly, re-assess the facts, present them to the American people. A true hero to the people. But who would? If not the Justice Department, who could? What organization has the power, desire, and authority to prosecute a crime of this magnitude! And without political intervention (interruption)? As with most crimes, one has to ask? Who gained? Then follow the money! It shouldn’t be that hard. God bless us Americans, because I think we’ll be needing it!

    • Johnward154

      Who could you trust to get to the truth? In the network video of the collapse of Building 7, I noted Windows blowing out on the right face ,yet the ‘official’ explanation suggests the internal collapse was down the left side? So far this mess has cost 6.7 trillion, including the missing defence monies on 9/10.          the world has been sent broke by corporate pirates and corporate socio-paths like Cheney and Rumsfield.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iain.carstairs Iain Carstairs

    The problem is that Silverstein got greedy.  He blew up WTC1 and WTC2 and could hardly believe his luck that he’d even saved the cost of cleaning it all up, and couldn’t resist doing the same to WTC7.  If he’d only held himself back, he might have got away with it.  As it is, he’ll be the first one they come calling for, to find a nice loose balcony on an 18th floor somewhere.  You wonder how these people can sleep at night!  By the way, NY’s Dept of Buildings say no requests or permission for elevator modifications was ever requested, or granted, for WTC in the 1990′s or 2000′s.  None.

  • Alexmonty

    Was NISTs  report ever peer reviewed and validated by a real scientific or engineering body.

    • Admin

      No. and they won’t release their modeling data so we can try to reproduce it. 

      • Albenme

        How transparent is our government? In this instance not very. Do they represent us well? I don’t think so. If we can’t communicate about these kinds of things and get a real dialogue going to resolve these issues, they have effectively stonewalled us.

      • Albenme

        How transparent is our government? In this instance not very. Do they represent us well? I don’t think so. If we can’t communicate about these kinds of things and get a real dialogue going to resolve these issues, they have effectively stonewalled us.

  • Patrick Collette

    I have been saying since 2005 that we must concentrate on building 7 and establish the truth.

  • Len Fagan

    For god sakes! The owner of building number 7 ADMITTED, on film that day, that he did order the building to be “pulled”!!!!! Ya don’t see that film clip anymore! No aircraft hit that building. And, to be pulled (exploded), the dynamite would have to have been placed there days BEFORE 9/11. How much proof do people need? Or are people just too afraid to admit that their government is behind this, and other events? For many people, it would totally alter their thought process and belief system, and they would have to question their entire lives, up to this point.

  • William Collingwood

    WTC7 was a first class demolition job. Beautifully brought down!

    Such a symmetrical collapse would require explosives used in a balanced way at the basement, not just one section collapsing though fire which would have spilled the building out in an unbalanced manner.

    It is unclear where the NIST data came from.

  • enrico napolitano

    911 WAS a INSIDE JOB , the george bush regime officials Organised Orchestrated And Executed the Controlled Demolitions Explosions that blow up the World Trade Center

  • blubonnet

    I’ve heard someone say before, and I will reuse the statement. “What is apparent, is that all you need to do, now to create a perfect, symmetrical, neatly collapsing into itself, is fire”. Like magic.

  • http://sunshine-translations.com Harry_B

    The NIST model is not fully ridiculous, it depends on how you look at it: I would use it as an evidence that a fire/damage induced collapse would look clearly different from the filmed one. :-) )

  • Jay Gil

    “…that they lied is a preposterous statement and the only way you can attempt to justify your fantastic belief that explosives were planted beforehand…”

    Arthur, I am sure that were you to have a little look, you would find that there are very many many inconsistencies in the official account that point to only one terrible conclusion. You could however, if you wish, do as NIST et al, and not look for the evidence because you already somehow know it’s not there and therefore why waste time looking. Huh? Get me?

  • arthur scheuerman

    You are right no steel framed building should collapse from fire. There is a problem with long-span, steel, open web bar joists under thermal expansion. Its called thermal bowing where the bottom chord expands faster than the top chord because its being heated to a higher temperature. The expansion of the bottom chord allows the top chord to sag into a catenary (like a cable in suspension). Just like a suspension bridge it causes high pull-in forces. Thats why a suspension bridge has massive concrete anchors to hold this pull-in tension. In the towers the pull-in tension of three or more bar joist floors sagging into suspension pulled in the outside column walls on the long span sides of each tower. That’s why the City has banned long-span, bar joist floors in high-rise office buildings.

  • arthur scheuerman

    If NIST were lying they would have had the computer generated collapse follow the actual video more faithfully. The inaccuracy actually proves they were honest. As the computer generated collapse progresses it gets more and more inaccurate due to random happenstance so as the comparison progresses they differ more and more. If you built two buildings exactly the same and subjected them to the same fire they would fall differently every time due to random inconsistencies in the building or fires.

    Your insistence that they lied is a preposterous statement and the only way you can attempt to justify your fantastic belief that explosives were planted beforehand in a building that was randomly hit by pieces of Tower 1 as it collapsed, set on fire and let the fire burn because the FD had no water available and it burned out of control for 7 hours without setting off the alleged explosives. Preposterous!

    • JF Ranger

      Arthur, the problem with your argument saying that with the same fires two buildings would collapse differently is that no steel-framed, fire-protected building should ever collapse due to random fires. It never happened before in history. That’s the problem with Building 7. Also, fire cannot account for the molten metal found in the basement of Building 7. Something else happened and NIST has covered it up with lies.

  • http://zelikow.wordpress.com Erik Kamfjord

    The NIST-model is ridiculous. Laughable. Pathetic. …and like Toy Story – it has nothing to do with 9/11.

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