As the United States government ponders its response to the global jihad, especially with the likes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now tearing through Iraq, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) squeezing the life out of Yemen, Al Shabaab terrorizing both Somalia and Kenya, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Nusra Front leading the charge in Syria and other Islamist groups, the news media are focusing attention on what's commonly referred to as the 9/11 Truth Movement.
During the days following the devastating destruction and death that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, there were a number of Americans who questioned the media's coverage of what actually happened to the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon.
While in the midst the President George W. Bush administration there were several media outlets that gave credence to the voices from the 9/11 Truth Movement -- of Truthers, for short -- but when President Barack Obama took office, those same news media voices were no longer interested in pursuing the story and theories put forward by the so-called Truthers.
However, on April 3, 2014 the well-respected and relatively unbiased C-Span cable television show "Washington Journal" invited the usually bombastic Democratic congressman, Representative Jim McDermott who appeared to have opened up the 9/11 controversy once again.
McDermott (D-WA), while a guest on "Washington Journal" took a question via telephone from a member of the television audience about the destruction of New York City's World Trade Center's Building 7 on 9/11. The caller addressed the evidence by several architects and structural engineers who believe that explosives of some kind brought it down. The Congressman McDermott surprised many when he said that after seeing videos covering the issue and "the questions surrounding it are legitimate, meriting further investigation."
"...one day we will have further examination of that issue...I think the sooner the better, but that's just my personal view." said McDermott during his C-Span interview.
With that, a few months later, the host of "Washington Journal," Peter Slen invited the leader of a group of engineers, architects and building construction experts onto his show to discuss the allegations that, in essence, the 9/11 tragedy that destroyed an entire Manhattan building complex and killed close to 3,000 innocent people, was in fact an inside job.
Slen's guest, Richard Gage, explained that his group of experts, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, believes that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosive demolition on September 11, 2001 and not because of aircraft flying into the Twin Towers. Gage founded his group of highly credentialed experts in 2006 and said its mission was to “expose the official lies and cover-up surrounding the events of September 11, 2001 in a way that inspires the people to overcome denial and understand the truth.” Mr. Gage spoke via video link from San Francisco, California.
According to Gage, AE911Truth has studied the available information regarding the destruction of World Trade Center's Buildings 1, 2, and 7. He stated that the evidence gathered includes video and audio recordings, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and physical evidence.
"As building and technical professionals, we research and comment on only this forensic and recorded evidence, which has led us to the inevitable conclusion that the three skyscrapers were willfully destroyed by controlled demolition using explosives and incendiaries. That is why we have concluded that the hypotheses for the buildings' destruction given in the official reports published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an arm of the U.S. government, are seriously flawed and scientifically impossible," Gage told the C-Span's audience.
One of the important questions answered by AE911Truth is: how were the demolition charges installed at the WTC without anyone noticing it? According to Gage and the experts:
“The simple answer is by disguising the equipment as normal building components, so that not even the workers installing the components are aware of the concealed pyrotechnics. Three aspects of the Hypothetical Blasting Scenario that facilitate this are: the stability and specificity of ignition conditions achievable with aluminothermic pyrotechnics, minimization of the required access to steelwork, and the use of a completely wireless ignition control system.
“Perhaps the plane crashes did trigger some of the charges. If so, their blasts were lost in the jet-crash fireballs, and their damage was insufficient to budge the Towers' tops. Thermite incendiaries in the core ignited by the crash would not be visible over the fires, unless dislodged to the building's exterior, as apparently happened in the South Tower. However, this probably wasn't an issue because, in contrast to conventional explosives, thermite has a very high ignition temperature -- above 900ºC.”