Old News Not Good News About 9/11

Old News Not Good News About 9/11

Eye-Witnesses Abound, Saying Controlled Demolition Brought Down Twin Towers

By Greg Szymanski, JD
Dec 17, 2010

Let’s not forget 9/11 as the U.S. plummets into an orchestrated depression.

As former Gen. Ben Parton aptly put it, we are in a period of escalated violence, the second in a three stage plan to turn the U.S. into a fascist state.

Of course, 9/11 was a key maneuver by the Vatican-led New World Order moves us one step closer to a one world government and one world religion.

And looking at 9/11 as a mass murder crime scene, nothing about how the investigation makes any sense.

In 2007, the Arctic Beacon uncovered the following information:

There have been numerous 9/11 survivors and first responders who reported explosions going off before the Twin Towers fell, providing more than adequate eye-witness testimony that jet fuel, as reported by the government, was not the cause for the free-fall of the buildings.

However, this shocking evidence has been virtually ignored by official investigators, including the 9/11 Commission. Instead, official still cling to the flimsy theory that jet fuel from the two airliners caused the towers to topple, even though airplane collisions have never in the history of skyscrapers caused one to collapse.

Although there is plenty of physical evidence to show that towers collapsed in a free-fall due to a controlled demolition, it is this strong eye witness testimony by hundreds of witnesses that proves categorically that the government is purposely covering up its involvement in 9/11.

Years ago, the Arctic Beacon began interviewing numerous witnesses who reported explosions going off inside the Twin Towers just prior to the planes crashing into the upper floors, as well as explosions going off as the buildings came tumbling down in a free-fall.

In fact, this publication was one of the first to extensively tell the story of head janitor William Rodriguez, who along with 14 other people heard explosions emanating from the sub basement of the North Tower a split second after the impact of the jetliner on the top floors.

Rodriguez was huddled together with a group of people in a lower level office when he said:

“When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated, the walls started cracking and it everything started shaking.”

Besides the testimony of Rodriguez and the 14 others, completely ignored by the 9/11 Commission, a man by the name of Felipe David who was filling vending machines in the North Tower sub levels, suffered third degree burns from the lower level explosions occurring just seconds after the airplane hitting on the top floors.

According to Rodriguez who ushered David to safety, the burns inflicted on the dying man who miraculously survived could not have come from the airplane fuel above but had to be the result of massive explosions emanating from the sub levels.

“Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above,” said Rodriguez.  “Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion.”

But before Rodriguez had time to think, co-worker Felipe David stormed into the basement office with severe burns on his face and arms, screaming for help and yelling “explosion! explosion! explosion!”

David had been in front of a nearby freight elevator on sub-level 1 about 400 feet from the office when fire burst out of the elevator shaft, causing his injuries.

“He was burned terribly,” said Rodriguez. “The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn’t have come from the airplane above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don’t care what the government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire that was caused from an explosion below.

“I know there were explosives placed below the trade center. I helped a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a lie and a cover-up.” (Taken from earlier Arctic Beacon stories.)

Besides this harrowing account, The Arctic Beacon interviewed numerous other eyewitnesses who talked about similar explosions throughout the towers before they collapsed, one such witness being firefighter, Lou Cacchioli.

It is important to note as more and more credible witnesses came forward with similar accounts blowing holes wide open in the government’s 9/11 story, the only thing that remained constant was the stonewalling of this this testimony by the 9/11 Commission.

Alan Miller has collected revealing eye witness testimony of many survivors, family members and first responders, collected from the pages of the Arctic Beacon and other 9/11 truth telling web sites and journalists, who have tried to get at the bottom of what really happened at Ground Zero.

Here is a partial list complied by Miller, beginning with his introduction:

9/11 Survivors and Family Members

Question the 9/11 Commission Report

An estimated 2,973 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.  The death toll at the World Trade Center included 60 police officers and 343 firefighters, 87 passengers aboard American Flight 11, 60 on United Flight 175, and over 2,000 occupants and neighbors of the WTC.  The death toll at the Pentagon included 125 people from the Pentagon and 64 passengers on American Flight 77.  And 44 people lost their lives on United Flight 93.

Many 9/11 survivors and many 9/11 victim family members have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report.  Several even allege government complicity in the terrible acts of 9/11.

The public statements of many survivors contradict the Commission Report.  And the words and actions of some of the victims on that terrible day are in conflict with the Commission Report.  This section is a collection of their statements.  It should be made clear that none of these individuals are affiliated with this website.

Listed below are statements by over 100 9/11 survivors, victims and family members that contradict or are critical of the 9/11 Commission Report. Their collective voices give credibility to the claim that the 9/11 Commission Report is tragically flawed.

These individuals cannot be simply dismissed as irresponsible believers in some 9/11 conspiracy theory. Their statements are based on their intimate familiarity with and intense study of the events of 9/11.  Their criticism of the Commission Report is not inherently irresponsible or illogical,  In fact, it is based on their desire to honor the victims of that terrible day by finding the truth and bringing to justice those responsible for these terrible acts.

If you are a 9/11 survivor or family member who has concerns about the 9/11 Commission Report and would like your comment added to this website, please contact me.  –  Alan Miller

Demand a New 9/11 Investigation!

WTC STAFF, OCCUPANTS, AND NEIGHBORS

William Rodriguez

William Rodriguez – WTC survivor.  An American Building Maintenance employee for twenty years, responsible for inspection and maintenance at the World Trade Center, who held the master key for the stairs. He was the last person to leave the building on September 11 and has been credited with saving many lives.  For his efforts, he received the National Hero Award from the Senate of Puerto Rico.  Founder, Hispanic Victims Group.

Article 6/24/05: Regarding an explosion in the sub-basement of the World Trade Center North Tower on 9/11, prior to any airplane impact. “When I heard the sound of the explosion, the floor beneath my feet vibrated, the walls started cracking and it everything started shaking,” said Rodriguez, who was huddled together with at least 14 other people in the office. …[Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Rodriguez was in sub-basement B1 of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

“Seconds after the first massive explosion below in the basement still rattled the floor, I hear another explosion from way above,” said Rodriguez.  “Although I was unaware at the time, this was the airplane hitting the tower, it occurred moments after the first explosion.”

But before Rodriguez had time to think, co-worker Felipe David stormed into the basement office with severe burns on his face and arms, screaming for help and yelling “explosion! explosion! explosion!”

David had been in front of a nearby freight elevator on sub-level 1 about 400 feet from the office when fire burst out of the elevator shaft, causing his injuries.

“He was burned terribly,” said Rodriguez. “The skin was hanging off his hands and arms. His injuries couldn’t have come from the airplane above, but only from a massive explosion below. I don’t care what the government says, what scientists say. I saw a man burned terribly from a fire that was caused from an explosion below.

“I know there were explosives placed below the trade center. I helped a man to safety who is living proof, living proof the government story is a lie and a cover-up.” http://www.arcticbeacon.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Signatory: Petition requesting a reinvestigation of 9/11:

“We want truthful answers to question. …  As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:

An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.

Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.

The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.”
Signatory 11/19/04: Complaint filed with the Attorney General, State of New York for a new independent grand jury investigation of 9/11.

“We, the complainant signatories below, petition the Attorney General of New York, on behalf of millions of New Yorkers who also call for a fearless independent inquiry; for the sake of residents, workers, and business owners in New York—most particularly in and near “Ground Zero”; and also on behalf of other Americans who have lost employees, friends, and family members as well as health, business, and personal assets and civil, privacy, and other rights in the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath.

We approach your office as concerned citizens desiring to bring to light the truth about the events of 9/11.”

Phillip Morelli – WTC survivor.  Construction worker at the World Trade Center for seven years .

Video interview: “At 8:30 he says he was headed for level B-4 in Tower One [North Tower], four stories below ground.

“… As I’m walking by the main freight car of the building, in the corridor, that’s when I got blown.  I mean the impact of the explosion, from whatever happened, it threw me to the floor. And that’s when everything started happening.  It knocked me right to the floor. You didn’t know what it was.  Of course, you’re assuming something fell over on the loading dock, something very heavy, something very big.  You don’t know what happened.  And all of a sudden you just felt the floor moving. … [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Morelli was in the sub-basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

I was racing — I was going towards the bathroom.  All of a sudden.  I opened the door.  I didn’t know it was a bathroom   And all of a sudden a big impact happened again.  And all the ceiling tiles were falling down.  The light fixtures were falling, swinging out of the ceiling.  And I come running out the door and everything, the walls were down.  And I now started running towards the parking lots.”

Nearly 100 floors below where the first plane hit Phil felt the devastating impact. …

“As I ran to the parking lots, you know, I mean, everybody screaming … There was a lot of smoke down there. … You gotta go clear across the whole — from One to Two World Trade Center. That’s the way you gotta run.

And then all of a sudden it happened all over again.  Building Two got hit. I don’t know that. I just know something else hit us to the floor.  Right in the basement you felt it. The walls were caving in.  Everything that was going on.  I know of people that got killed in the basement.  I know of people that got broken legs in the basement.  People got reconstructive surgery because the walls hit them in the face.”

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers

Mike Pecoraro – WTC survivor.  Stationary Engineer who performed services in all of the buildings at the World Trade Center.

Article Chief Engineer 2002: Mike Pecoraro and a co-worker were working in the sub-basement of the North Tower when the first airplane hit. “They had been told to stay where they were and “sit tight” until the Assistant Chief got back to them. By this time, however, the room they were working in began to fill with a white smoke. “We smelled kerosene,” Mike recalled, “I was thinking maybe a car fire was upstairs”, referring to the parking garage located below grade in the tower but above the deep space where they were working. [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Pecoraro was in the sub-basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

The two decided to ascend the stairs to the C level, to a small machine shop where Vito Deleo and David Williams were supposed to be working. When the two arrived at the C level, they found the machine shop gone.

“There was nothing there but rubble, ” Mike said. “We’re talking about a 50 ton hydraulic press? gone!” The two began yelling for their co-workers, but there was no answer. They saw a perfect line of smoke streaming through the air. “You could stand here,” he said, “and two inches over you couldn’t breathe. We couldn’t see through the smoke so we started screaming.” But there was still no answer.

The two made their way to the parking garage, but found that it, too, was gone. “There were no walls, there was rubble on the floor, and you can’t see anything” he said.  [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Pecoraro was in the basement of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

They decided to ascend two more levels to the building’s lobby. As they ascended to the B Level, one floor above, they were astonished to see a steel and concrete fire door that weighed about 300 pounds, wrinkled up “like a piece of aluminum foil” and lying on the floor. “They got us again,” Mike told his co-worker, referring to the terrorist attack at the center in 1993. Having been through that bombing, Mike recalled seeing similar things happen to the building’s structure. He was convinced a bomb had gone off in the building. Mike walked through the open doorway and found two people lying on the floor. One was a female Carpenter and the other an Elevator Operator. They were both badly burned and injured.” http://www.chiefengineer.org

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Joe Shearin – WTC survivor.  Assistant Chief Engineer at the World Trade Center.

Article Chief Engineer 2002: “That morning a note had been left for Joe by the Chief Engineer of the midnight to 8 a.m. shift telling him that a tenant on the 38th floor wanted to see him as early as possible. So after distributing the work orders to his staff, he entered one of the tower’s elevator cars and headed up into the building.

On the 38th floor, Joe Shearin exited the elevator and began his walk down the hallway to meet with the tenant who had requested to see him. About 50 feet down the hallway, he heard a loud explosion and was lifted into the air. “I can’t even tell you how far I traveled,” he recalled. When he landed, people were already coming out of their offices into the hallway. “They were screaming, hollering,” he said. “They were asking what they should do and where they should go”.  Joe directed them down the stairwells and out of the building.   [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Shearin was on the 38th floor of the North Tower, approximately 650 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

What Joe first believed was that an equipment room on the 43rd floor, which had an electrical substation, had blown up. He proceeded up the 5 floors to that level. Upon reaching the 43rd floor, “there were patches of ceiling that was just down on the floor, water pipes were broken, water was gushing like a brook or river that was just running down the corridor of the machine room.”  [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Shearin was on the 43rd floor of the North Tower, approximately 600 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]http://www.chiefengineer.org

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Unidentified WTC Survivor

Statement to reporter 9/11/01: “Me and Mr. Harrison, Corporation Counsel, were on the 25th floor.  I told him we gotta get out of here.  We started walking down the stairs.  We get to the 8th floor.  Big Explosion.  Blew us back into the eighth floor.”

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Unidentified WTC Survivor

Statement to reporter 9/11/01: “It just went ba-boom, it was like a bomb went off, and it was like holy hell coming down them stairs.  And then when we finally got to the bottom we were coming out — on the mezzanine level there and another explosion came …. sent everyone flying.  Right in front of me.  Everybody just went oomph.

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Unidentified WTC Survivor

Statement to reporter 9/11/01: “I’m from the 82nd floor. … We saw a shadow.  It looked like a plane.  The next thing we know it went ba-boom and the floor started shaking.  And then we saw debris fall down.  And the next thing we know we had to get out of the building.  We were stuck on the stairs for a while. We finally got down to the lobby, and then when we get to the lobby there was this big explosion.” http://www.whatreallyhappened.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Unidentified WTC Survivor
Statement to reporter 9/11/01: “…and then all of a sudden it started like — It sounded like gunfire.  You know, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.  And then all of a sudden three big explosions.”
Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Tom Elliot – WTC survivor.  Aon Corporation, WTC South Tower, 103rd floor.

Article Christian Science Monitor 9/17/01: “Tom Elliott was at work in his office at the Aon Corp., an insurance brokerage firm, on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s other, south tower. …

He was just typing in a response when a bright flash of light startled him, and a rumble shook the structure [First plane impact on the North Tower]. Flames appeared to be crawling up the outside of the building, along with dark smoke and debris, burning paper and ash. …

“I don’t know what’s happening, but I think I need to be out of here,” he remembers thinking. …

Elliott and two others headed down the building stairwell, a narrow beige corridor with a yellow stripe painted down the middle of concrete steps. …

They had descended three more floors [to the 67th floor] when United Airlines Flight 175 slammed into their own south tower like an arrow from a giant crossbow. It was 9:03 a.m. [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Elliot was on the 67th floor of the South Tower, approximately 150 feet below the airplane’s center of impact on floors 78 to 84.]

Although its spectacularly televised impact was above Elliott, at first he and those around him thought an explosion had come from below. An incredible noise – he calls it an “exploding sound” – shook the building, and a tornado of hot air and smoke and ceiling tiles and bits of drywall came flying up the stairwell.

“In front of me, the wall split from the bottom up,” he says.”

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Edna Cintron Close-up

Magnified photo of impact

Airplane Impact at North Tower

Edna Cintron – WTC victim.  Administrative Assistant, Marsh & McLennan, WTC North Tower

Editor’s note: The appearance of Edna Cintron, looking out of the hole in the North Tower caused by the airplane impact, raises doubts about the existence of raging fires at the impact point hot enough to substantially weaken steel, which according to the official account caused the collapse of the Twin Towers.  Note also the near absence of smoke.  See also Chief Orio Palmer.

Frank A. DeMartini

Frank A. DeMartini – WTC victim.  WTC Construction Manager, North Tower, 88th floor.  Demartini first worked at the World Trade Center when Leslie E. Robertson Associates hired him to assess damage from the terrorist truck bombing in 1993.

Video interview 1/25/01: “The [Twin Tower] building was designed to have a fully loaded 707 crash into it. That was the largest plane at the time. I believe that the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door. This intense grid  and the jet-plane is just a pencil puncturing that screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting.”

Editor’s note: The Boeing 767-200s that impacted the Twin Towers on 9/11 were only slightly larger than 707s and DC 8s, the types of jetliners whose impacts the World Trade Center’s designers anticipated.  The maximum takeoff weight of the 707 is 17% less than the 767.

Janette MacKinlay

Janette MacKinlay – WTC survivor. An artist who witnessed the WTC collapse from her home, which was immediately across the street, facing the WTC.  Displaced from her home due to damage from the collapse.

Letter 2/06: “Immediately after 9/11 I wanted to join the army to save my country! After the 9/11 Commission’s obvious cover-up, I knew I had to join the “9/11 Truth” movement, in order to help save my country.

It seems like everyday someone else has the courage to stand up and speak out about the issues that our mainstream media have been “blacking out”.

Dr. David Ray Griffin continues to work fearlessly to examine the events of that day. He authored a second book, The 9/11 Commission Report, Omissions and Distortions, in which he skillfully refutes the findings of the 9/11 Commission.”
Speech 11/11/06: “I work on trying to educate people about 9/11 literally every day because I was so personally affected that it really never goes away for me. It stays with me 100 percent of the time. … I was a victim and a survivor …

It really takes a lot to step outside of your comfort zone and, even for a second, imagine that your government did this to you.” http://youtube.com

Member: Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice   Association Statement: “Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice is a non-partisan organization consisting of independent researchers and activists engaged in uncovering the true nature of the September 11, 2001 attacks.”

Personal Diary of 9/11: http://www.theneedtoremember.com

Bio: http://www.theneedtoremember.com/artist.html

FIRE, POLICE, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Chief Frank Cruthers

Chief Frank Cruthers – WTC survivor.  Chief of Department, FDNY.  Incident commander on 9/11.

Statement recorded by FDNY 10/31/01: “And while I was still in that immediate area, the south tower, 2 World Trade Center, there was what appeared to be at first an explosion. It appeared at the very top, simultaneously from all four sides, materials shot out horizontally. And then there seemed to be a momentary delay before you could see the beginning of the collapse.” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Chief Albert Turi, Jr.

Chief Albert Turi, Jr. – WTC survivor.  Currently serves as Chief of the Bureau of Training, FDNY.  On 9/11, served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Safety, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 12/10/01: Chief Turi arrived at the WTC just prior to and witnessed the second airplane impact.  He entered the North Tower lobby shortly after the second impact, where a temporary command post was located.

“Q: Let me stop you there for a second, chief.   When you were in the lobby of 1 World Trade, can you describe the interior and the condition of the lobby?

Chief Turi: Yes. I was surprised that all the glass was mostly out. I wasn’t sure how it got out. I didn’t think we took it out. I just assumed that it was the vibration of the aircraft hitting it. And I did notice some pieces of marble that looked like it was dislodged from the core area. … [Editor’s note: At this point, Chief Turi was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s impact point at floors 93 to 98.]

And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I was looking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction was there was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right around the building blew out. I later realized that the building had started to collapse already and this was the air being compressed and that is the floor that let go. And as my eyes traveled further up the building, I realized that this building was collapsing …” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Statement of Firefighter Timothy Julian, conducted by Chief Turi, recorded by FDNY 12/10/01:

Firefighter Julian: … that’s when I heard the building collapse.

First I thought it was an explosion.  I thought maybe there was a bomb on the plane, but delayed type of thing, you know, secondary device.

Chief Turi: I was convinced for a week it was secondary devices.

Firefighter Julian: You know, and I just heard like an explosion and a then a cracking type of noise, and then it sounded like a freight train, rumbling and picking up speed, and I remember I looked up, and I saw it coming down … ” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

NBC report 9/11/01:

NBC Anchor: NBC’s Pat Dawson is close to the scene of that attack. Pat?

Pat Dawson: Just moments ago, I spoke to the Chief of Safety for the New York City Fire Department. The chief, Albert Turi, he received word of the possibility of a secondary device, that is, another bomb going off. He tried to get his men out as quickly as he could. But he said that there was another explosion, which took place. And then an hour after the first hit here, the first crash that took place, he said there was another explosion that took place in one of the towers here. He thinks that there were actually devices that were planted in the building. The second device, he thinks, he speculates, was probably planted in the building.” video segment at 39:05 of the 89 minute version of Loose Change, 2nd Edition.

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Chief Orio Palmer

Chief Orio Palmer – WTC victim.  Chief of Battalion 7, FDNY, Manhattan.

Transcript of FDNY radio communications on 9/11: Battalion Chief Orio Palmer took an elevator to the 41st floor of the South Tower, then climbed the stairs to the 78th floor. With him was Fire Marshal Ronald Bucca, who had climbed the stairs from the ground floor. They were the first firefighters to reach an airplane impact zone in either the North or South Tower. According to the 9/11 Commission Report, United Flight 175 impacted the South Tower, “crashing through the 77th to 85th floors”.

9:52 a.m.

Chief Palmer: “Battalion Seven … Ladder 15, we’ve got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock it down with two lines. Radio that, 78th floor numerous 10-45 Code Ones.”

Ladder 15: “What stair are you in, Orio?”

Battalion Seven Aide: “Seven Alpha to lobby command post.”

Ladder Fifteen: “Fifteen to Battalion Seven.”

Chief Palmer: “… Ladder 15.”

Ladder 15: “Chief, what stair you in?”

Chief Palmer: “South stairway Adam, South Tower.”

Ladder 15: “Floor 78?”

Chief Palmer: “Ten-four, numerous civilians, we gonna need two engines up here.”

Ladder 15: “Alright ten-four, we’re on our way.”

9:52 a.m.

Battalion Seven Aide: “Seven Alpha for Battalion Seven.”

Chief Palmer: “South tower, Steve, south tower, tell them …Tower one.”

Chief Palmer: “Fifteen.”

Chief Palmer: “I’m going to need two of your firefighters, Adam stairway, to knock down two fires. We have a house line stretched we could use some water on it, knock it down, kay.”

Ladder 15: “Alright ten-four, we’re coming up the stairs. We’re on 77 now in the B stair, I’ll be right to you.”

Ladder 15 Roof: “Fifteen Roof to 15. We’re on 71. We’re coming right up.”

9:57 a.m.

“Division 3 … lobby command, to the Fieldcom command post.”

Chief Palmer: “Operations Tower One to floor above Battalion Nine.”

Battalion Nine Chief: “Battalion Nine to command post.”

Battalion Seven Operations Tower One: “Battalion Seven Operations Tower One to Battalion Nine, need you on floor above 79. We have access stairs going up to 79, kay.”

Battalion Nine: “Alright, I’m on my way up, Orio.”

Two minutes later, at 9:58:59, the South Tower collapsed in 10 seconds.   http://911research.wtc7.net

Editor’s note: Chief Palmer’s calm assessment of the situation and his confidence that the “two isolated pockets of fire” can be controlled with two more firefighters raises doubts about the existence of raging fires at the impact point hot enough to substantially weaken steel, which according to the official account caused the collapse of the South Tower two minutes after his last radio message.  See also Edna Cintron.

Bio: http://www.ladder12fdny.com/oriopalmernewsday.html

Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory

Assistant Fire Commissioner Stephen Gregory – WTC survivor.  Bureau of Communications, FDNY

Statement recorded by FDNY 10/3/01: “I don’t know how valid this is with everything that was going on at that particular point in time, but for some reason I thought that when I looked in the direction of the Trade Center before it came down, before No. 2 [South Tower] came down, that I saw low-level flashes.  In my conversation with Lieutenant Evangelista, never mentioning this to him, he questioned me and asked me if I saw low-level flashes in front of the building, and I agreed with him because I thought — at that time I didn’t know what it was. I mean, it could have been as a result of the building collapsing, things exploding, but I saw a flash flash flash and then it looked like the building came down.

Q. Was that on the lower level of the building or up where the fire was?

A. No, the lower level of the building. You know like when they demolish a building, how when they blow up a building, when it falls down? That’s what I thought I saw. And I didn’t broach the topic to him, but he asked me. He said I don’t know if I’m crazy, but I just wanted to ask you because you were standing right next to me. He said did you see anything by the building? And I said what do you mean by see anything? He said did you see any flashes? I said, yes, well, I thought it was just me. He said no, I saw them, too. ….

Q. On the television pictures it appeared as well, before the first collapse, that there was an explosion up on the upper floors.

A. I know about the explosion on the upper floors. This was like eye level. I didn’t have to go like this. Because I was looking this way. I’m not going to say it was on the first floor or the second floor, but somewhere in that area I saw to me what appeared to be flashes. I don’t know how far down this was already. I mean, we had heard the noise but, you know, I don’t know.” http://graphics8.nytimes

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Assistant Fire Commissioner

James Drury

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Assistant Fire Commissioner James Drury – WTC survivor.  Bureau of Investigations and Trials, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 10/16/01: “When the dust started to settle [from the collapse of the South Tower], I headed back down towards the World Trade Center and I guess I came close to arriving at the corner of Vesey and West again where we started to hear the second roar. That was the north tower now coming down. I should say that people in the street and myself included thought that the roar was so loud that the explosive – bombs were going off inside the building. Obviously we were later proved wrong. …

That’s basically what my memories are of the day. The sight of the jumpers was horrible and the turning around and seeing that first tower come down was unbelievable. The sound it made. As I said, I thought the terrorists planted explosives somewhere in the building. That’s how loud it was, crackling explosive, a wall. That’s about it.” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Captain Dennis Tardio

Patrick Zoda

Captain Dennis Tardio – WTC survivor.  Engine 7 FDNY

Firefighter Patrick Zoda – WTC Survivor.  Engine 7 FDNY

Documentary film, 9/11 by Jules and Gedeon Naudet recorded 9/11/01:

Tardio: What do we do? We made it outside. We made it about a block.

Zoda: We made it at least two blocks.

Tardio: Two blocks.

Zoda: And we started running

Tardio: Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.

Zoda: Floor by floor, it started poppin’ out.

Tardio: It was like, it was if, it was as if they had detonators.

Zoda: Yeah, detonators.

Tardio: You know, as if they were plannin’ to take down a building.  Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.

Zoda: All the way down. I was watchin’ it and running.  And then you just saw this cloud of shit chasing, chasing you down.” video segment at 47:35 of the 89 minute version of Loose Change 2nd Edition.

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Captain Karin DeShore

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Captain Karin DeShore – WTC survivor.  Battalion 46, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 11/7/01: After having survived the collapse of the South Tower by taking shelter behind a large pillar near Ground Zero, Captain DeShore found temporary safety in a small shop. “I went outside to see what I could do, when I saw the second building of the World Trade Center [North Tower], still unbeknown to me the first one had collapsed.

Somewhere around the middle of the World Trade Center, there was this orange and red flash coming out. Initially it was just one flash. Then this flash just kept popping all the way around the building and that building had started to explode. The popping sound, and with each popping sound it was initially an orange and then a red flash came out of the building and then it would just go all around the building on both sides as far as I could see. These popping sounds and the explosions were getting bigger, going both up and down and then all around the building.

I went inside and I told everybody that the other building or there was an explosions occurring up there and I said I think we have another major explosion. I don’t know if we are all going to be safe here. I told them I can’t force you, but I don’t know if we are going to be safe here.  I’m going to try to get as far aware from this building as possible.”  [Editor’s note: The North Tower collapsed shortly thereafter.]  http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Lou Cacchioli

Firefighter Lou Cacchioli – WTC survivor.  Retired 20-year veteran of FDNY, Company 47, Harlem.  Injuries on 9/11 and toxic dust inhalation forced retirement.

Article Arctic Beacon 7/19/05: “When he finally entered the North Tower lobby, Cacchioli recalls elevator doors completely blown out and another scene of mass chaos with people running, screaming and being hit with debris.

“I remember thinking to myself, my God, how could this be happening so quickly if a plane hit way above. It didn’t make sense,” said Cacchioli. … [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Cacchioli was in the lobby of the North Tower, approximately 1,100 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98.]

As he made his way up along with men from Engine Co. 21, 22 and Ladder Co. 13, the doors opened on the 24th floor, a scene again that hardly made sense to the seasoned fireman, claiming the heavy dust and haze of smoke he encountered was unusual considering the location of the strike.

“Tommy Hetzel was with me and everybody else also gets out of the elevator when it stops on the 24th floor,” said Cacchioli, “There was a huge amount of smoke. Tommy and I had to go back down the elevator for tools and no sooner did the elevators close behind us, we heard this huge explosion that sounded like a bomb. It was such a loud noise, it knocked off the lights and stalled the elevator. …

“I somehow got into the stairwell and there were more people there. When I began to try and direct down, another huge explosion like the first one hits. This one hits about two minutes later, although it’s hard to tell, but I’m thinking, ‘Oh. My God, these bastards put bombs in here like they did in 1993!’

When Cacchioli entered the 23rd floor, he found a “little man” holding a handkerchief in front of his face and hiding under the standpipes on the wall, used for pumping water on the floor in case of fire.

Leading the man by the arm, he then ran into a group down the hall of about 35 to 40 people, finding his way down the 23rd floor stairwell and beginning their descent to safety.

“Then as soon as we get in the stairwell, I hear another huge explosion like the other two. Then I heard bang, bang, bang – huge bangs – and surmised later it was the floors pan caking on top of one another. … [Editor’s note: At this point, Mr. Cacchioli was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor of the North Tower, approximately 850 feet below the airplane’s point of impact at floors 93 to 98 and approximately 300 feet above ground level.  The entire collapse of the North Tower occurred in only 11 seconds.  It’s unlikely the sounds referred to here by Mr. Cacchioli were floors pancaking since it took him several additional minutes to exit the building.]

When the group led by Cacchioli finally made it to the lobby level, he was unable to open the door at first, the concussion of the explosions or perhaps the south tower falling, jamming the lobby door.

Finally jarring it loose, the group entered the lobby finding total devastation with windows blown out and marble falling from the walls, but strangely no people. …

Cacchioli was called to testify privately [before the 9/11 Commission] … “My story was never mentioned in the final [9/11 Commission] report and I felt like I was being put on trial in a court room,” said Cacchioli. “I finally walked out. They were trying to twist my words and make the story fit only what they wanted to hear. All I wanted to do was tell the truth and when they wouldn’t let me do that, I walked out.

It was a disgrace to everyone, the victims and the family members who lost loved ones. I don’t agree with the 9/11 Commission. The whole experience was terrible.” http://www.arcticbeacon.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Firefighter Richard Banaciski

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Firefighter Richard Banaciski – WTC survivor.  Ladder 22, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 11/7/01 12/6/01: Prior to the collapse of either Tower, Firefighter Banaciski reported to the Command Center on West Street, near the intersection of Vesey.  “We were there, I don’t know, 10, 15 minutes and then I just remember there was just an explosion. It seemed like on television they blow up these buildings. It seemed like it was going all the way around like a belt, all these explosions. Everybody just said run and we all turned around and we ran into the parking garage because that’s basically where we were. Running forward would be running towards it. Not thinking that this building [South Tower] is coming down. We just thought there was going to be a big explosion, stuff was going to come down.” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Firefighter Kenneth Rogers

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Firefighter Kenneth Rogers – WTC survivor.  Ladder 16, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 12/10/01: “Meanwhile we were standing there with about five companies and we were just waiting for our assignment and then there was an explosion in the south tower, which according to this map, this exposure just blew out in flames. A lot of guys left at that point. I kept watching. Floor after floor after floor. One floor under another after another and when it hit about the fifth floor, I figured it was a bomb, because it looked like a synchronized deliberate kind of thing. I was there in ’93.” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Firefighter Edward Cachia

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Firefighter Edward Cachia – WTC survivor.  Engine 53, FDNY.

Statement recorded by FDNY 12/6/01: “As my officer and I were looking at the south tower, it just gave.  It actually gave at a lower floor, not the floor where the plane hit, because we originally had thought there was like an internal detonation explosives because it went in succession, boom, boom, boom, boom, and then the tower came down.” http://www.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Joseph W. Montaperto

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Firefighter Joseph W. Montaperto – FDNY, Engine 280 and Ladder 132, Prospect Park.

Signatory: Petition requesting a reinvestigation of 9/11:

“We want truthful answers to question. …  As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:

An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.

Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.

The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.” http://www.911truth.org/article.php

Daniel Rivera

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Daniel Rivera – WTC survivor.  Paramedic, Battalion 31, Station 36, FDNY, Brooklyn.

Statement recorded by FDNY 10/31/01: Paramedic Rivera arrived at the WTC prior to the second airplane impact.  “I kept on walking close to the South Tower and that’s when that building collapsed.

Q: How did you know that it [the South Tower] was coming down?

Paramedic Rivera: That noise. It was noise.

Q:. What did you hear? What did you see?

Paramedic Rivera: It was a frigging noise. At first I thought it was—do you ever see professional demolition where they set the charges on certain floors and then you hear ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop’? That’s exactly what–because I thought it was that. When I heard that frigging noise, that’s when I saw the building coming down.” http://graphics8.nytimes.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Megan Bartlett

Megan Bartlett – WTC survivor.  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-D).  Founder of Ground Zero for Peace.  2003 Recipient of New York City’s Pax Christi Local Peacemaker Award.  Victim of Toxic Dust Exposure.

Signatory 11/19/04: Complaint filed with the Attorney General, State of New York for a new independent grand jury investigation of 9/11.

“We, the complainant signatories below, petition the Attorney General of New York, on behalf of millions of New Yorkers who also call for a fearless independent inquiry; for the sake of residents, workers, and business owners in New York—most particularly in and near “Ground Zero”; and also on behalf of other Americans who have lost employees, friends, and family members as well as health, business, and personal assets and civil, privacy, and other rights in the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath.

We approach your office as concerned citizens desiring to bring to light the truth about the events of 9/11.” http://www.justicefor911.org

Kevin Shea

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Kevin Shea – WTC survivor.  FDNY Hazmat Operations.  Sustained major injuries on 9/11, which forced retirement.

Signatory: Petition requesting a reinvestigation of 9/11:

“We want truthful answers to question. …  As Americans of conscience, we ask for four things:

An immediate investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Immediate investigation in Congressional Hearings.

Media attention to scrutinize and investigate the evidence.

The formation of a truly independent citizens-based inquiry.” http://www.911truth.org/article.php

Officer Craig Bartmer

Officer Craig Bartmer – WTC survivor.  NYPD officer.  9/11 first responder and rescue worker.  Disabled from respiratory illness caused by inhalation of toxic dust..

Video interview: “I was real close to Building 7 [570 feet tall, 47 stories, and not hit by an airplane] when it fell down. … That didn’t sound like just a building falling down to me while I was running away from it.  There’s a lot of eyewitness testimony down there of hearing explosions.  I didn’t see any reason for that building to fall down the way it did — and a lot of guys should be saying the same thing.  I don’t know what the fear is coming out and talking about it?  I don’t know — but it’s the truth. …

I think we’re being lied to.  The only answer to get to the bottom of that lie is a new investigation.  I think that the 9/11 Commission Report is a farce.  I think that the members that conducted it had conflicts of interest directly relating to not just our government but corporations intertwined with our government.  I think it’s a farce; that we’re being lied to.  There’s not a word in it about Building 7.  Why? …

I think it’s time to demand a real investigation of the experience and let the truth come out in the wash.  Because I tell you what, if something, to use a police department term, if something hinky is going on, it will come out in a real investigation, not a farce like the 9/11 Commission Report. …

I walked around it (Building 7).  I saw a hole.  I didn’t see a hole bad enough to knock a building down, though.  Yeah there was definitely fire in the building, but I didn’t hear any — I didn’t hear any creaking, or I didn’t hear any indication that it was going to come down.  And all of a sudden the radios exploded and everyone started screaming ‘get away, get away, get away from it!’…  It was at that moment … I looked up, and it was nothing I would ever imagine seeing in my life.  The thing started peeling in on itself… Somebody grabbed my shoulder and I started running, and the shit’s hitting the ground behind me, and the whole time you’re hearing boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.

I think I know an explosion when I hear it.  So, yeah, I want to know what took that building down.  I don’t think it was the fire and it certainly wasn’t a plane.  Yeah, it had some damage to it, but nothing like what they’re saying. — Nothing to account for what we saw. — I am shocked at the story we’ve heard about it, to be quite honest.” http://www.prisonplanet.com

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Det. Thomas M. Inman

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Detective Thomas M. Inman – WTC survivor. Port Authority Police of New York.  Awarded the Harry Myers medal (1992).

Written statement 1/22/02: “We arrived at the Command Post located at West and Vesey streets at approximately 0935 hours.  As a roll call was being taken of the responding Detectives, Tower #2 began to collapse. This occurred after a secondary explosion on the west side of the tower that appeared to take place in the area of the high 60’s. The area above the secondary explosion actually leaned to the west and then the collapse took place.  The order to evacuate the area was given by D/Sgt. Ftizgerald and the undersigned rapidly retreated from the area, fleeing north on West Street, so as not to be engulfed in the ensuing debris field caused by the collapse.” (page 6 of .pdf) http://www.thememoryhole.org

Editor’s note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions.  Graeme MacQueen’s analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers

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