The result was said to be a monumental compendium of analytical documents, photographs, audio tapes, and videos. Public release might have prevented insurers from paying $4,550,000,000 in claims to Silverstein for his other WTC losses. But they all decided against that action. Those records remain closed to the public.
No. 7 tenants included the federal government’s major investigative departments and their records: the FBI, Department of Defense, Secret Service, IRS, and the SEC. Reportedly all but the IRS and SEC staffs had time to move records to safe quarters. The SEC lost irreplaceable documents pertaining to its ongoing investigation of ENRON.
(13) That redundant systems involving a combination of two or more of those listed above——e.g., thermate, DEWs, mini-nukes, electromagnetic forces——may have been used to ensure a successful series of destroying the three buildings.
(14) That two adjunctive and vital inquiries pertinent to most of the stipulated theories need to be resolved: a) building security; b) suppression of witness statements by authorities.
a) Security on all three buildings would have to have been breached if demolitions were the cause of the collapses. An employee of Fiduciary Trust, original tenants of the South Tower’s 90th, 94th-97th floors, reported his firm was given three-weeks notice that for the first time in the building’s history the electricity was going to be shut off from the 48th to 110th floor during the long Labor Day weekend of September 7-10, 2001.
Two other tenants told the media that there were several powerdowns as well as evacuations and, in particular, the sight of “ethnically diverse” men in overalls with tools was “unprecedented.”
As the WTC’s leaseholder, Larry Silverstein explained that the powerdowns were for a cabling upgrade to increase the Center’s computer bandwidth. Several upper-floor tenants did report finding fine dust on furnishings and equipment the following Monday morning, indications of drilling.
Yet for “powder monkeys” (demolition professionals) to prepare upper floors without arousing suspicions would have required tenants’ absence and the cooperation of the WTC’s security vendor as well as Silverstein’s approval.
b) That oral histories about the collapses, taken immediately after September 11, 2001 were sealed, unlike data from other major catastrophies in New York City’s history. Testimony about the events was given by 503 firefighters and medical workers and sealed by the City of New York from early 2002 until 2007 when a Freedom of Information suit filed by The New York Timesand families of 9/11 victims for public access was finally won in the New York Court of Appeals.
The theory in many quarters has been that the city was ordered to conceal what caused the collapses lest the public suspect the federal government was involved, not 19 terrorists with boxcutters. That the charge of “9/11 was an inside job” might appear to have substance and cause a public uproar with calls for accountability.
Other explanations have been that national security was involved. That revelations of what happened might lead other terrorists to repeat such devastation.
SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT
There is to be established an independent group known as the Science and Technological Committee to Investigate the Structural Failures of the New York City World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and Building No. 7 (in this Act referred to as the ‘Committee’).
SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP