8 House Members to Mull 2nd Draft Bill on Science/Tech Probe of WTC Destruction Causes

By BARBARA ELLIS, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher, Legislative Division

WTC Research Alliance

A second draft bill setting up an independent science and technology investigation into the World Trade Center destruction was presented March 16-17 in Washington D.C. to science/technology aides of eight House members for action this year.

The bill continues to propose a 25-member committee with subpoena power, chosen from the national and international community of renown scientists of Nobel laureates, as well as structural engineers, architects, and other technological specialists—those in demolition, advanced weaponry, and 9/11 first-responders.

Text of Bill is posted here.

The bill’s aim is to investigate nearly a dozen major theories about the cause(s) of the WTC destruction that have been widely circulated nationally and internationally on the Internet, in films, on CDs, print mediums, and at public events since September 12, 2001.

Three points were emphasized in Alliance presentations:

That the proposed bill will satisfy most of the continuous groundswell of national and international demands for a substantive science and technology investigation by an independent group of experts in those fields to determine the cause(s) of the WTC destruction.

That previous investigations were significantly limited, unscientific, and/or controlled by the Bush Administration. They include the 9/11 Commission in 2002-04, the Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA) in 2002, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2005 on WTC buildings 1/2 and 2008 on WTC 7.

That growing national and international suspicions about the WTC portion of the 9/11 attack will finally be laid to rest by a substantive investigation by expertise from renown and trustworthy scientists and those in technology.

Aside from the most recent Scripps-Howard poll showing 51% of Americans demand Congress truly investigate the 9/11 attacks, legislative aides were reminded that demands for action toward that end has been sharply rising since January: At least 12 New Hampshire towns will vote in spring elections for a resolution demanding Congress institute a second investigation. The NYC CAN’s organizers got 80,000 New York City residents to sign petitions putting a NYC investigation on the November 2009 ballot. Blocked by city officials and a judge, the group is in midst of an intense campaign to get the 50 Council members “to take measures to open an investigation into the collapse of WTC 7.”

Further, nearly 1000 members of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth completed a petition in mid-February exhorting Congress to stage a second investigation focused on the possible use of explosives at WTC 1, 2, and 7. After all, former President George Bush did make a press- conference statement in mid-September 2006 that “explosives” might have been planted in the three buildings.

NIST’s chief of Fire Science Division, James Quintiere, Ph.D., resigned over the research quality in the agency’s 2005 report and joined 1,550 peers calling for a second “real” investigation. They ranged from the military, intelligence agencies and pilots to scientists, engineers, architects, scholars as well as first-responders and 9/11 victims’ families.

The “Jersey Girls,” whose powerful lobbying of Congress resulted in the 9/11 Commission, want a substantive investigation to do what that group was supposed to accomplish. They’ve been joined by a tsunami of other strong supporters: 9/11 Commission co-chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, writer Gore Vidal, actor Ed Asner, former Senators Lincoln Chafee and Mike Gravel, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (a demolition expert in the Navy Seals), Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, anti-war luminary Cindy Sheehan, Daniel Ellsberg, MD (of Pentagon Papers fame), the Green party, and Arizona state senator Karen S. Johnson. President Barack Obama evenvowed during his 2008 campaign that he would take action “…if I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in cover-ups of those crimes with knowledge forefront.”

Additionally, international critics also have agitated for a second investigation in the last three years. Italy’s former president Francesco Cossiga told a major Rome daily newspaper in late November 2007 that it was common knowledge among international intelligence agencies that the Central Intelligence Agency and Mossad, Israel’s counterpart, had designed and committed the WTC attacks to give Western powers control of Iraq and Afghanistan and their resources.

Japan’s minority party leader Yukihisa Fujita was televised nationally in the Diet in January 2008 insisting it conduct an investigation because 24 nationals who died in the Towers. In Canada, the New Democratic Party Deputy House Leader, Libby Davies, presented a petition from 500 Canadians to launch its own investigation on behalf of 24 dead nationals, and to “pursue the guilty parties in the international courts.” That was the view also of an Italian member of the European Union’s Parliament, Giulietta Chiesa, who proposed an international tribunal such as one now being used by Spain for alleged perpetrators of war crimes.

Moreover, new evidence that the Bush Administration’s official version about WTC’s destruction is questionable began to surface and undergird much of the speculation about the causal agent(s). These discoveries, accompanied by the rising tide of demands for a second, substantive, investigation, were largely responsible for the Alliance’s decision to research, revise, and lobby the new bill.

For example, the City of New York was forced by a FOI request from The New York Times to make public all statements of 503 First Responders about their 9/11 observations. Too many of these eyewitnesses substantiated indications of basement explosions and communication disruptions happening simultaneously with aircraft impacts to the Towers’ upper stories. They revealed signs of electro-magnetic pulsations and thermobaric bombs, fire temperatures never exceeding 1200ºF inside WTC 1, 2, and 7 while heat at Ground Zero clean-up for 99 days rose to nearly 3000ºF.

Videos of the eyewitness account of city official Barry Jennings’ immediate emergence from WTC 7 that morning revealed a major explosion had taken place in WTC 7’s basements and that its lobby was not only destroyed, but littered with bodies.

More recently, 3000 revealing aerial photographs of the WTC’s demise were forced from NIST vaults by ABC under the Freedom of Information Act. They were taken by a NYC police photographer in a department helicopter, the only aircraft permitted in the immediate airspace on 9/11.

Too, the American Civil Liberties Union has just released a leak of a secret memo of July 6, 2004 to the Commission from three key Bush officials—Attorney General John Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet. It warned the Commission not to probe too deeply, claiming such efforts might affect national security.

To illustrate several of the bill’s theories, House aides were shown revealing points in the NYPD aerial photographs. Others included pictures of 20- 30-ton beams and cladding thrust from WTC 2 into upper floors of the Deutsche Bank building and the American Express building across from WTC 1; widespread vapors rising from street grates blocks away from the Center. Also, transformation of concrete into dust for two-thirds of the North Tower’s upper stories, the close similarities of basal-surge characteristics in Bikini Atoll atomic testing to dust-cloud formations pouring into surrounding streets from the Towers, and NOAA/U.S. Army aerial lidar photographs of the huge circular roof-to-basement holes in WTC 6, 5 plus the six-floor crater remaining of WTC 4’s cleanly sliced southern wing.

Documents shown included the Richter-scale records of underground explosions recorded by Columbia University’s seismic station across from the Center; the significantly elevated elements of strontium, barium, zinc, and uranium discovered in the U.S. Geological Survey’s WTC 35 grab-samples taken six days after 9/11; and the NIST exhibit showing fire alarms on 9/11 in WTC 7 were switched off at 6:47 a.m. and back on at 2:48 p.m. despite the agency’s explanation that fires caused the 6.5-second collapse of that 47-story, steel-framed building.

The bill’s 11 major theories about causal agents were divided into five categories for the proposed committee to rule in or out, as customary in scientific testing methods. The legislation is open to any theories the committee may discover. Those listed were:

Aircraft Impact or Fires

Missiles or Aerial Bombardment

Chemicals or High-Yield Explosives

Directed Energy Weapons or Laser Beams

Nuclear-based Explosions

If this proposed bill—with a suggested $11 million appropriation—is accepted by one or several House members in concert with Senate colleagues for joint action, it will be revised for hoppering in the second Congressional session and presumably assigned to Science and Technology committees for hearings and a vote. If passed, it will move to both houses for floor votes and, from there, to President Obama’s signature. The committee will have a six-month deadline to issue a report on findings and recommendations to Congress.

The bill provides Congress and the Obama Administration with a second chance to rectify the heavily discredited, significantly flawed previous investigations and to explore the Bush Administration’s seemingly questionable and self-serving deeds to conceal most of the definitive data about the WTC’s destruction on the pretext of protecting national security. It also will stave off international investigations and tribunals from performing work that should be done in the United States.

But most important, such an substantive investigation will finally settle for most people here and abroad the truth about what happened on September 11, 2001 to cause the WTC’s destruction.

The bill’s text in pdf form is below the line.

The WTC Research Alliance is independent of other organizations. Its primary purpose is research, with its findings employed by the organization’s legislative division.

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