By Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry
According to its report, the 9/11 Commission had a “sweeping” mandate to investigate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was supposed to provide the fullest possible account of the events surrounding 9/11, and to identify lessons learned. But no matter how noble its purpose, the Commission was “set up to fail,” according to Commission Co-Chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton. The Commission was woefully under-funded, working under an unreasonable deadline, denied access to sensitive information, and faced continuous opposition and resistance from the very agencies whose cooperation was needed most.
In their book, Without Precedent, Kean and Hamilton wrote, “Fog of war could explain why some people were confused on the day of 9/11, but it could not explain why all of the after-action reports, accident investigations, and public testimony by FAA and NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command] officials advanced an account of 9/11 that was untrue.” In the end, the 9/11 Commission Report failed to address many of the public’s questions about that day.
Case in point: despite 567 pages, the report never mentions the destruction of the Salomon Brothers Building—WTC 7—much less explains how a 47-story building, never hit by a plane, with only a few reported fires, came down symmetrically on its own footprint at near free-fall acceleration only hours after the attacks.
According to 9/11 opinion polls, substantial numbers of Americans question the official story or believe the government failed to investigate or tell the public the truth.
Zogby International found that 43% of Americans are not aware of WTC 7’s collapse; 38% of those who are aware believe the 9/11 Commission should have investigated its destruction; 45% believe the attacks should be reinvestigated; and 42% believe that the government and the 9/11 Commission concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts the official story.
On April 10th, 2018, the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry—a nonprofit public interest organization supported by 9/11 victim families, architects, engineers, scientists and concerned citizens—filed a petition with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey S. Berman. Pursuant to federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 3332(a), the petition demands the Department of Justice present to a special grand jury extensive evidence that pre-placed explosives detonated at the World Trade Center on 9/11 caused the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7.
The 52-page petition and its 57 exhibits set forth in detail substantial forensic, expert, and testimonial evidence of pre-placed explosives at the WTC, including: lab analysis of WTC dust samples showing the presence of high-tech explosives; seismic evidence that explosions occurred at the WTC towers on 9/11 prior to the airplane impacts on the towers, and prior to the building collapses; technical analysis of video evidence that corroborates the use of explosives; highly credible firefighter reports of explosions in the buildings; video and eyewitness testimony that steel elements were forcefully ejected laterally at high speed from the towers, inconsistent with a gravity-driven collapse; observations of molten iron in the debris pile weeks after the attacks, and even government reports confirming sulfidation and high-temperature corrosion of the steel found in the rubble, consistent with the use of high-tech incendiaries. This evidence was never explained in the 9/11 Commission Report nor in any other official findings.
According to the petition, this evidence—coupled with the pulverization and symmetric collapse of the WTC buildings, and their free-fall and near-free-fall acceleration during collapse—constitutes incontrovertible proof that the Twin Towers and WTC 7 were destroyed by controlled demolition using pre-placed explosives.
Officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) admitted they did not even look for evidence of explosives and have refused to consider such evidence when confronted with it. A grand jury made up of ordinary citizens deserves to see this evidence and conduct a full investigation wherever it may lead.
It is time for the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan to present this evidence to a grand jury and start a serious criminal investigation into the use of explosives at the WTC; the evidence is too compelling to be ignored. The victims of 9/11 and their families, the City of New York, and our nation deserve a proper grand jury investigation.
The Petition and the evidence are available to the public at www.lcfor911.org. Visit the site and see it for yourself, and share the link. You can also donate to the Lawyers’ Committee and sign the petition online.