posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 06:37 PM
In America we hold truths to be self evident
I expected the National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would participate in an investigation that I surely thought
would follow the Sept. 11 attacks. The ATF has the authority to investigate arson involving interstate commerce. Certainly, these horrendous attacks
should be construed as arson. I later learned that the ATF was told it would not be needed.
I expected the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to head the investigations. It's noted for its thoroughness, objectivity and know-how with
respect to large-scale disasters. But it was relegated to flight issues dealing with the two hijacked aircraft and the aircraft debris. The buildings
were not to be within the scope of their investigation.
There is an ad hoc investigative group, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Society of Civil Engineers. But
it does not have the full resources that might be made available, nor does it control the site.
The evidence needed to identify the cause of the collapse and intensity of the fire was being lost. Had the NTSB or ATF been involved, the site would
have been secured, evidence documented and protected.
Remember how the pieces of TWA Flight 800 were brought up from the ocean bottom off Long Island and restored to preserve structural evidence essential
to identifying the cause of the 1996 crash?
High-rise buildings are required to survive the impact of a modern commercial aircraft. Why shouldn't that include survival from the fire that would
erupt? Building codes require that the structural elements of high-rise building withstand a three-hour test in a furnace. Why did the buildings
collapse in less time? Was this terrorist attack an isolated event that had no bearing on high-rise vulnerability or on the consequences of fire in
Another question about the fire and structure, where was the sprinkler system in such a high building and what about the fire retardent called
asbestos should not both of these have some bearing in the fires and their destruction of the so called theory of support system destruction.