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Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth | Wikipedia audio article

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth | Wikipedia audio article


Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth)
is an American non-profit organization promoting a controlled demolition conspiracy theory,
disputing accepted conclusions around the September 11 attacks, including the 9/11 Commission
Report, as well as FEMA’s “WTC Building Performance Study” (2002). Founded in 2006, the group calls for “a truly
independent investigation” into the September 11 attacks as they believe government agency
investigations into the collapse of the World Trade Center have not addressed what it calls
“massive evidence for explosive demolition.”Their theories lack support among the relevant professional
communities.==Activities==Richard Gage, a San Francisco Bay area architect,
founded Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth in 2006. Gage’s website states that he is a member
of the American Institute of Architects and that he worked as an architect for 20 years
and was involved in the construction of numerous fireproof steel-frame buildings. He became convinced of the need to create
an organization that brings together architects and engineers after listening to an independent
radio station interview with theologian David Ray Griffin.Gage has given speeches at conferences
organized by supporters of the 9/11 Truth movement in various locations in the United
States and Canada, and has presented his multimedia talk “9/11 Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture
of Destruction” in 14 countries. His presentations focus on the sequence of
events leading to the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings and include videos
of their collapses alongside footage of controlled demolitions. He went on a tour of European countries in
2008 and gave speeches in Australia, New Zealand and Japan in 2009. In 2009, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
had a booth at the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects. AIA media relations director Scott Frank has
stated that “We don’t have any relationship with his organization whatsoever.”The controversial
two-hour movie 9/11 Blueprint for Truth, popular among members of the 9/11 Truth movement,
is based on a presentation given by Richard Gage in Canada. Gage was also interviewed for an episode of
the BBC television program The Conspiracy Files, an episode of the ZDF’s series History,
based on a co-production of the BBC and the ZDF, as well as for a documentary produced
by the Canadian television news magazine The Fifth Estate.The organization is the main
constituent of the ReThink911 coalition, which ran an advertising campaign putting up signs
and billboards in seven U.S. cities, as well as in Vancouver, Toronto, London, and Sydney
in 2013.==Advocacy==Members of the organization argue that the
buildings of the World Trade Center could not have collapsed only because of the impact
of the planes, or as a result of the fires that had been caused by them. On the one hand Gage has said that avoiding
speculation on the attacks on the Pentagon or on the involvement of the Bush administration
is critical to the mission of the organization. But on the other hand, Gage has said that
if the destruction of the World Trade Center was the result of a controlled demolition,
this would mean that part of what happened on September 11, 2001, would have been planned
by “some sort of an inside group”. According to Gage, an elevator modernization
program that had taken place before the attacks would have provided an opportunity to get
access to the core areas of the WTC towers without creating suspicion.Investigations
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) have concluded that the buildings collapsed as a result of the impacts
of the planes and of the fires that resulted from them. In 2005, a report from NIST concluded that
the destruction of the World Trade Center towers was the result of progressive collapse
initiated by the jet impacts and the resultant fires. A 2008 NIST report described a similar progressive
collapse as the cause of the destruction of the third tallest building located at the
World Trade Center site, the 7 WTC. Many mainstream scientists choose not to debate
proponents of 9/11 conspiracy theories, saying they do not want to lend them unwarranted
credibility. The NIST explanation of collapse is universally
accepted by the structural engineering, and structural mechanics research communities.===World Trade Center towers===
Gage criticized NIST for not having investigated the complete sequence of the collapse of the
World Trade Center towers, and claims that “the official explanation of the total destruction
of the World Trade Center skyscrapers has explicitly failed to address the massive evidence
for explosive demolition.” In particular, Gage argues that the buildings
of the World Trade Center could not have collapsed at the speed that has been observed without
tearing apart several columns of their structures with the help of explosives. To support its position, Architects & Engineers
for 9/11 Truth points to the “free fall” acceleration of 7 WTC during part of the collapse, to “lateral
ejection of steel,” and to “mid-air pulverization of concrete.” Gage also said that the absence of “large
gradual deformations” associated with the collapse would indicate that the buildings
have been destroyed by controlled demolition. That the three buildings of the World Trade
Center “fell through what should have been the path of greatest resistance” would, according
to the organization, require “precisely timed removal of critical columns, which office
fires cannot accomplish”. As the mass of the top of the North Tower
had been blown outward during the collapse, there was “nothing left to drive this building
to the ground,” Gage says.Gage maintains that the “sudden and spontaneous” collapse of the
towers would have been impossible without a controlled demolition, that pools of molten
iron found in the debris of the buildings were evidence of the existence of thermite,
and that researchers had found unignited nano-thermite in the dust produced by the collapse of the
World Trade Center. Gage argues that this material “is not made
in a cave in Afghanistan”. Iron-rich micro-spheres, which, according
to the organization, have been found in the dust of the World Trade Center buildings by
independent laboratory analyses, would indicate temperatures during the collapses much higher
than temperatures that would result from hydrocarbon fires. A DVD produced by the group contains eyewitness
accounts of claimed explosions and flashes seen in the buildings.In 2008, Zdeněk P.
Bažant, professor of civil engineering and materials science at Northwestern University,
published with three coauthors a paper to examine whether allegations of controlled
demolition might be scientifically justifiable. They found that the available video records
are not consistent with the free fall hypothesis, that the size of the concrete particles is
consistent with comminution caused by impact, and that the high velocity of compressed air
explains why material from the towers were ejected to a distance of several hundred meters
from the tower. The authors conclude that the allegations
of controlled demolition do not have any scientific merit. A spokesman for NIST said that any sightings
of molten metal, including metal seen pouring from the South tower, were likely molten aluminum
from the airplane, an explanation disputed by Gage who stated that the color of the molten
metal rules out aluminum. “Basically, gravity and the utter force of
the upper floors forced the towers down,” said NIST spokesperson Michael Newman.===7 World Trade Center===
According to Richard Gage, 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC), a 47-story high-rise building that
was part of the World Trade Center complex and collapsed in the afternoon on September
11, 2001, is the “smoking gun” of September 11, providing the most compelling evidence
that something was suspect about the building’s collapse that had not been told to the public. Gage also described 7 WTC as “the most obvious
example of controlled demolition.” According to Gage, the only way to bring a
building down with free-fall acceleration would be to remove its columns, which provide
resistance to the force of gravity. Scott Grainger, a fire protection engineer
and member of the group, told the BBC that the evidence he had seen indicated the fires
in 7 WTC were scattered about on the floors and would have moved on as they would have
found no more combustibles. He thus claims that the fires could not have
developed enough heat to cause the collapse of the building.Gage dismisses the explanation
of the collapse of 7 World Trade Center given by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST), according to which uncontrolled fires and the buckling of a critical support
column caused the collapse, and argues that this would not have led to the uniform way
the building actually collapsed. “The rest of the columns could not have been
destroyed sequentially so fast to bring this building straight down into its own footprint,”
he says. Gage argues that skyscrapers that have suffered
“hotter, longer lasting and larger fires” have not collapsed. “Buildings that fall in natural processes
fall to the path of least resistance,” says Gage, “they don’t go straight down through
themselves.” Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth also
questions the computer models used by NIST, and argues that evidence pointing to the use
of explosives had been omitted in its report on the collapse of 7 WTC.The community of
experts in structural mechanics and structural engineering generally supports the explanation
of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings provided by the investigation conducted
by NIST. The appearance of a controlled demolition
can be explained by an interior failure of the building, which is suggested by the sequence
of the collapse of 7 WTC that shows roof elements sinking into the building while the façade
remained intact.===Criticism of the official investigations
===Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth has
expressed concerns that evidence related to the destruction of the World Trade Center
could have been distorted and covered up by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST), which conducted a building and fire safety investigation, one of the official
investigations into the event. According to the group, and NIST themselves
who considered it unnecessary, NIST did not look for physical evidence of explosives and
did not include the eyewitness accounts from first responders and from people who escaped
the buildings in their investigation. The organization also alleges that much of
the physical evidence, apart from a few selected samples of the steel, would have been destroyed. Gage says that taped eyewitness interviews
that were released to the New York Times in August 2005 had been “hidden by the city of
New York”.After the publication of the results of NIST’s inquiry into the collapse of 7 WTC,
Gage called a news conference, and leaders of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth dismissed
NIST’s investigation as flawed. When told of the claims, Shyam Sunder, lead
investigator from NIST, responded: “I am really not a psychologist. Our job was to come up with the best science.” A spokesperson for NIST said the agency’s
computer models were highly reliable in assessing the amount of fireproofing dislodged, a factor
that would not be present in other steel buildings cited by Gage.The organization supports Matt
Campbell, brother of victim Geoff Campbell, who believes that the official investigation
is as bogus as the official narrative on Bloody Sunday (1972), which was ultimately reassessed

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