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[13] Executive Summary, World Trade Center Performance Study, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), 4

[14] Eric Darton, “The Process of Creating a Ruin,” Business Week ( [1-2]). Accessed on Oct. 9, 2008. Patrick Buchanan, “The Unspeakable Truth of 9/11,” ([1]).

Greg Szymanski, “Ground Zero Worker and 9/11 Hero Dying of Cancer From Toxins at WTC,”,

( [1]). Accessed on 10-9-08.

 “Silverstein Makes a Huge Profit off of the 9/11 Attacks,” What Really Happened. Com ( [2]). “Numerous Failures Led to Fatal Fire at Deutsche Bank,” PlanNYC: New York City Planning Information Portal, Aug. 20, 2008 ([1]).Accessed on 10-9-08. “Huge Fines, Many Violations Found at Deutsche Bank Tower,” Feb. 20, 2008, ( [1]). Accessed on 10-9-08. If dismantling expenses are significantly higher  than anticipated profits, many companies will renegotiate contracts to use demolition; some prefer arson and risking prison. In the Deutsche Bank job, unexpected expenses involved careful removal of 766 pieces of human remains on the roof and bagging and shipping 41 floors of highly toxic materials to foreign repositories (Curtis, interview, Oct. 6, 2008).

[15] Eric Lipton, “Agency Fights Building Code Born of 9/11,” The New York Times, Sept. 8, 2008 (click here [3]). Accessed on 10 – 7 - 08.

[16] Ibid., [1].

[17] The Jersey Girls are Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Lorie Van Auken, and Mindy Kleinberg. Sheryl Gay Stolberg,  “9/11 Widows Skillfully Applied The Power of a Question: Why?” The New York Times, April 1, 2004, (click here [1-2]).

[18] Paul Wolfowitz, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, Project for a New American Century, September 2000, 51. Wolfowitz wrote: "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event— like a new Pearl Harbor." Alan Bullock and William Foote Whyte, “Hitler, Adolph, “Encyclopaedia Britannica, Macropaedia, 15th Ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1979), VIII, 967.

[19] Ramon Gilsanz, Edward M. DePaola, Christopher Marrion, Harold “Bud” Nelson, World Trade Center Performance Study, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002), Chapter 5, 1, 20.

Ibid., Chapter 5, 1, 31.

[20] Ibid. Michael E. Newman, “Latest Findings from NIST World Trade Center Investigation Released
 Probable Collapse Sequences for Both Towers Finalized; Reports Issued for Three Projects,” NIST news release, April 5, 2005 ( [1]).  Fact Sheets, NIST and the World Trade Center, Aug. 30, 2006 ( [2-3]). Department of Commerce (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office: August 2006), xxxi. NIST 2008 Report (NCSTAR 1A), 43. “The Brown Building,” Landmark Preservation Commission, March 25, 2003  (, [2-3]).; William Roberts, “July 28, 1945—Plane Hits Building—Woman Survives 75-Story Fall,” Elevator World, March 1, 1996 ( [5]). One of the B-25 engines dropped into an elevator shaft.  Harold Heckle and Mar Roman, “High-Rise Office Building in Downtown Madrid, Spain Engulfed by Flames, Top Floors Collapse,” Associated Press, Feb. 13, 2005, ( [1]). “Madrid Windsor fire: the Arup view,” ND, ( [passim]).

[21] Brian Kross,“What's the melting point of steel?” Jefferson Lab, ND, ( Jim Hoffman, “The Twin Tower Demolition,” 9-11 Review,ND, ( Joan Killough-Miller, “The ‘Deep Mystery’ of Melted Steel,” WPItransformations, Spring 2002, ( Fact Sheets, NIST and the World Trade Center, Aug. 30, 2006, 4, ( World Trade Center Building Performance Study: Data Collection, Preliminary Observations, and Recommendations, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, May 2002), passim. NIST NCSTAR, 1-9, Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster, (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, August 2008), 55.  

[22] NIST NCSTAR 1A, ibid., 48.

[23] “NYC Gov’t Update On Cause Of Deutsche Bank Fire,” 4HD, ND, ( [1]).

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