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An Open Letter to The Economist Magazine

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Message Stephen Demetriou

Your At a glance piece of Feb 19, 2008, The hidden hand, shows just how obvious truths CAN be difficult to face, even for The Economist. Take for instance the molten iron found in the basements of all three World Trade Center buildings that disintegrated into piles of rubble and pulverized dust in the unprecedented manner they did. This molten iron "flowed like lava" according to eyewitness firefighters who saw the Dante-esque scene. Such an obvious truth, seen and publicly commented on by the following, yet ignored and remaining unreported except by those trying to investigate one of the arguably most significant conspiracies in the modern age:

Peter Tully, president of Tully Construction of Flushing, N.Y told AFP that he saw pools of "literally molten steel" at the World Trade Center.

Abolhassan Astaneh, the first structural engineer given access to the WTC steel, remarked, "I saw melting of girders in [the] World Trade Center."

Leslie Robertson, the structural engineer responsible for World Trade Centers 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and all sub-grade levels, stated, "As of 21 days after the attack, the fires were still burning and molten steel was still running."

A NYC firefighter described steel flowing at ground zero. "You'd get down below and you'd see molten steel — molten steel! — running down the channel rails. Like you're in a foundry... like lava... from a volcano."

The owner of Controlled Demolition Inc., Mark Loizeaux stated the molten steel was found "three, four, and five weeks later, when the rubble was being removed," He said molten steel was also found at 7 WTC, which collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon. (You know, the one the BBC correspondent stood in front of reporting live that it had collapsed, all the while, with Building 7 standing in plain view immediately behind her...)

Fires burned and molten steel flowed in the pile of ruins still settling beneath her feet. -Sarah Atlas of New Jersey's Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue

"Fires are still actively burning and the smoke is very intense," reports Alison Geyh, PhD. "In some pockets now being uncovered, they are finding molten steel."

"They showed us many fascinating slides" he continued, "ranging from molten metal which was still red hot weeks after the event, to 4-inch thick steel plates sheared and bent in the disaster." -Dr Keith Eaton

"Smoke constantly poured from the peaks. One fireman told us that there was still molten steel at the heart of the towers' remains. Firemen sprayed water to cool the debris down but the heat remained intense enough at the surface to melt their boots." -Guy Lounsbury of New York Air National Guard's 109th Air Wing

A NY Department of Sanitation spokeswoman said "for about two and a half months after the attacks, in addition to its regular duties, NYDS played a major role in debris removal - everything from molten steel beams to human remains...."

"…the ominous groaning of weakened structures overhead, or, in the early days, the streams of molten metal that leaked from the hot cores and flowed down broken walls inside the foundation hole." –William Langewiesche

He remembers seeing in the darkness a distant, pinkish glow–molten metal dripping from a beam–but found no signs of life. -Lee Turner of The Boone County Firefighters

"In the first few weeks, sometimes when a worker would pull a steel beam from the wreckage, the end of the beam would be dripping molten steel," Fuchek said.

As late as five months after the attacks, in February 2002, firefighter Joe O'Toole saw a steel beam being lifted from deep underground at Ground Zero, which, he says, "was dripping from the molten steel."

“…numerous fires were still burning and smoldering. Underground it was still so hot that molten metal dripped down the sides of the wall from Building 6.” 911 Commission report

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