Friday, October 2, 2015

About the NIST World Trade Center Investigation


    On August 21, 2002, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced its building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster.1 This WTC Investigation was then conducted under the authority of the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, which was signed into law on October 1, 2002. A copy of the Public Law is included in AppendixA.

    The goals of the investigation of the WTC disaster were:

    To investigate the building construction, the materials used, and the technical conditions that contributed to the outcome of the WTC disaster after terrorists flew large jet-fuel laden commercial airliners into the WTC towers.

    To serve as the basis for:

    Improvements in the way buildings are designed, constructed, maintained, and used;

    Improved tools and guidance for industry and safety officials;

    Recommended revisions to current codes, standards, and practices; and

    Improved public safety

    The specific objectives were:

    Determine why and how WTC 1 and WTC 2 collapsed following the initial impacts of the aircraft and why and how WTC 7 collapsed;

    Determine why the injuries and fatalities were so high or low depending on location, including all technical aspects of fire protection, occupant behavior, evacuation, and emergency response;

    Determine what procedures and practices were used in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of WTC 1, 2, and 7; and

    Identify, as specifically as possible, areas in current building and fire codes, standards, and practices that warrant revision...

    ...NIST found no corroborating evidence for alternative hypotheses suggesting that the WTC towers were brought down by controlled demolition using explosives planted prior to September 11, 2001. NIST also did not find any evidence that missiles were fired at or hit the towers. Instead, photographs and videos from several angles clearly showed that the collapse initiated at the fire and impact floors and that the collapse progressed from the initiating floors downward, until the dust clouds obscured the view...

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    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    HOPE 9: William Binney Keynote

    Judge dismisses 9/11 charges against Saudi Arabia

    By Julian Hattem - 09/30/15 09:51 AM EDT

    A federal judge has dropped Saudi Arabia from a lawsuit brought by family members of people killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack who had sought to implicate the country in the attack.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in New York declared that the families had failed to provide enough evidence linking Saudi leaders to the incident, closing one chapter in what has been a years-long legal effort to implicate the kingdom.

    “The allegations in the complaint alone do not provide this court with a basis to assert jurisdiction over [the] defendants,” Daniels wrote in a filing on Tuesday.

    “The broad allegations turn in large part on speculative opinions.”

    The families failed to show that people acting on behalf of Saudi Arabia funneled money to al Qaeda ahead of the attack, Daniels concluded, and as such could not overcome the country’s sovereign immunity.

    Daniels also dismissed charges against the Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a charity group controlled by Saudi Arabia.