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Can a thousand architects be wrong?

Hamilton, 9-11This anniversary of the tragic attacks on the World Center complex, the Pentagon and a deserted field in Shanksville, PA looks like it is not passing gently. There seems to be a renewed interest in the 9/11 Truth movement as well as a call by former Senator Mike Gravel and American Institute of Architects member, Richard Gage to reopen the 9/11 investigation.

At a press conference at the National Press club in Washington yesterday, Richard Gage called for the indictment of the officers of  NITS (and presumaby FEMA) who filed the standing reports on the collapse of the WTC buildings.  I have just spent the past half hour attempting to Google information or a transcript of the press conference, without success. It seems to have disappeared from the ADD press.

I have been conducting a lively conversation with many members and supporters of both the 9/11 Truth movement and Richard Gage’s AE9/11 group (that boasts over a thousand architects and engineers as members who support a "controlled demolition" theory).  You can follow my initial essay and subsequent comments at MWCNews.

I must warn you the conversation with the 9/11 Truthers generated far more heat than light.  Many seem abysmally ignorant of elementary rules of empirical evidence gathering and logic, as well as universally accepted principles of debate procedures.
 
Here is the last response to my article at MWC News followed by my answer:

Dr. Brian Horsfield (one of the more civil and intelligent responses I received):

Bob, I am glad you agree there are unexplained causes connected with the collapse of WTC7. This is why Senator Gravel and Richard Gage yesterday (Thursday Sept. 9) asked for a new investigation. They suggest the evidence indicates controlled demolition. But for you to say that's not "proof" is a facile argument. Nobody has said it is "proof". What we are asking for is a new investigation. There are 100's of thousands of Afghani and Iraqi citizens killed as well as the 3,000 victims on 9-11, and all the allied soldiers killed and injured. To all of these we owe a proper investigation of 9-11.

Dear Dr. Horsfield:

I think that one thing all independent observers can agree on is the need to re-open the whole 9/11 investigation.

"Unlike the first investigation, this commission should be granted subpoena power and full access to all governmental files and personnel," Gravel wrote. "George Bush should be forced to testify ALONE."—Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.

(Former) Senator Gravel here indicated where I think the major thrust of the investigation should focus, which is the involvement of the Bush administration in all the events that occurred in the build up to the 9/11 events, his and other administration operatives behavior on the day of the disaster, subsequent actions in the cover up 9/11 related events.   

“The official FEMA and NIST reports provide insufficient, contradictory, and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers' destruction," Gage said. "We are therefore calling for a grand jury investigation of NIST officials."  American Institute of Architects, Richard Gage.

I would really like to see page and line references to this allegation that NIST (and FEMA?) reports were “fraudulent” or “insufficient.”

Even though I am still confident a reinvestigation of the destruction of the three WTC buildings will not result in any reversing of the original conclusion (that it was planes that were responsible for ALL the damage).  If a new comprehensive investigation by truly objective, credentialed investigators will finally shut up the Truthers, once and for all, I am all for it.  All this focus on the so-called “controlled demolitions” (as well as a grand jury attempt to indict FEMA and NIST officers) is, as I said in my initial comments, a real distraction from Bush’s real crimes—a distraction that only serves the dirty little rat and his cronies.

Frankly, I would not hold your breath waiting for the government or anyone else to properly investigate all the horrors of the Bush Administration, least of all Obama.  Our current Nobel President stands too much to lose by a revelation of how Bush used 9/11 to lay the foundation of an Imperial Presidency with rights and powers resembling more the Divine Right of Kings than the checked and balanced executive enshrined in our Constitution.  Powers acquired by government officers are rarely voluntarily surrendered.  Such is the case with our latest little black tyrant, Obama.  I use “black” here to describe the content of his character, not the color of his skin.


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