From an interview with Lee Hamilton, co-chair of the faith-based 9/11 commission.
"""Don't take our word on that: the engineers and the architects have studied this thing in extraordinary detail, and they can tell you precisely
what caused the collapse of those buildings. What caused the collapse of the buildings, to summarize it, was that the super-heated jet fuel melted the
steel super-structure of these buildings and caused their collapse. There's a powerful lot of evidence to sustain that point of view, including the
pictures of the airplanes flying into the building.
Now, with regard to Building 7, we believe that it was the aftershocks of these two huge buildings in the very near vicinity collapsing. And in the
Building 7 case, we think that it was a case of flames setting off a fuel container, which started the fire in Building 7, and that was our theory on
Now we're not the experts on this, we talked to the engineers and the architects about this at some length, and that's the conclusion we reached.
Solomon: Let me just ask you one more question on that. One counter-argument - or there's two, I guess - one is that that fire very rarely, and has
never, forced buildings constructed like the World Trade Centers to ever collapse, because steel doesn't melt at temperatures that can be reached
through a hydro-carbon fire, and that there's other.. in other words, there are countless cases of other buildings that have been on fire that have
Hamilton: - but not on fire through jet fuel, I don't think you have any evidence of that. But here again, I'm not the expert on it. We relied on
the experts, and they're the engineers and the architects who examined this in very great detail.
Solomon: A question which has remained: Why did the debris of World Trade Center 7, of which nobody died there, so there was no real urgency to move
the debris away, and that there have been questions: why wasn't it examined closer? Why was essentially evidence from what could have been a crime
scene - or was a crime scene - removed very quickly from there?
Hamilton: You can't answer every question when you conduct an investigation. Look, you've to got to remember that on this day, chaos and confusion
were the mark, and peoples' overwhelming concern was to try to save as many lives as possible, not to explain why a particular building collapsed. So
it's not unusual to me that we, and the Commission - and anybody else, for that matter - cannot answer every question. I go back to what I say
earlier: whenever you conduct an investigation, you cannot answer every question.
Solomon: But should the Commission have .. I guess the question some people keep asking, should the Commission have asked more questions about the
removal of the debris?
Hamilton: Look, you can say that about almost every phase of our investigation, 'you should have asked this, you should have asked that, you should
have spent more time' - you're conducting an investigation, you have a time limit, you don't have unlimited time, you have a budget limit, you
cannot go down every track, you cannot answer conclusively every question."""
Monday, August 21 2006 - 9/11 Commission
Truth, Lies and Conspiracy - Interview with Lee Hamilton