A clause in Silverstein’s insurance policy for the buildings——his financial backers insisted upon $3,500,000,000 coverage——included the right to rebuild the complex in the event of another 1993 bombing. Rationale for the clause seemed to be that such an attack would require repair costs far exceeding those for demolition and replacement of the Towers.
Again, the time frame between Silverstein’s late-afternoon order to “pull” the building and its collapse would have been insufficient for demolition professionals to place explosives. Installation would have had to have been long before September 11. Foreign demolition experts have estimated it would have required weeks of planning and implementation by specialists.
Domestically, nearly 300 scientists and technology experts have agreed, stating the No. 7’s collapse was attributable to high-yield explosives, because of several markers: sudden onset and destruction at its base; demolition waves removing column supports; the 6.5-second free-fall speed removing the path of greatest resistance; chemical evidence of thermate on beams and in dust samples.
Adherents of the thermate theory have pointed out that the heat from molten metal at No. 7’s base consumed volunteers’ boots and the need to protect paws of search-and-rescue dogs.
The rapid, straight-down collapse exactly into the building’s footprint also underpinned the stockholder’s charge that Allianz had paid a fraudulent claim of millions out of reserves that would affect dividends and the company’s solvency. That no other Allianz shareholders except Mr. Leonard, or company officials took issue with the payout might suggest losses may have been covered by outside sources wanting immediate closure to further inquiries.
Mr. Leonard obviously was aware that the 26 insurance companies involved in the WTC event carried out far more thorough investigations about the collapses than FEMA or NIST. Adjusters were on site the afternoon of September 11. The Department of Defense provided insurers with powerful computer programs for classified research——but, curiously, not to FEMA.
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.