Brian’s Column: Destruction of 9/11 Evidence

Spirit of ’76 Requires Truth of ’01
Or at least evidence not destroyed w/o penalty
by Brian Wright

Global Outlook, Issue 13As this critical Independence Day 2010 passes, Americans are at a turning point in history. For several generations, this Land of the Free that our forefathers risked all to create has been systematically turned toward tyranny. One might ask, “Qui Bono?” Well, it’s always the same small cast of rich, powerful psychos, isn’t it?

Men with hearts of common criminals, yet possessing cunning minds to deceive their way into unconstitutional power over normal (nonaggressive) humanity. In the West today, we can identify them as the ruling class, the banksters, the Pathocracy… and it’s becoming clearer every day precisely who they are. The showdown between these “legal” criminals and the people looms: nowhere more critically than in the ongoing movement to ascertain the pathocrats’ role in the 9/11/2001 attacks.

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A Matter of Evidence

In a recent column I assert there is no more important cause on the planet today than 9/11 Truth… primarily because so many Americans refuse to consider any alternative to the monstrously absurd official conspiracy theory (OCT) put forward, virtually overnight, by US Government, Inc. and its mainstream media propaganda machine.[1] By blindly accepting the OCT, these often highly respected people continue to give the Emperor cover for his continued acts of naked aggression: such as foreign wars, drug prohibition, nationalized health care, wholesale deprivation of civil freedoms, myriad corporate aggressions, ad nauseum.

But I’ve written more than enough on the subject of 9/11 Truth per se.[2] Today, I simply want to briefly discuss the concept of evidence, then point out a particularly egregious incident in which crucial 9/11 evidence has been destroyed by the bad guys.

So, Virginia, what is evidence?

Only a single paragraph here; the subject no doubt needs a separate column and a long discussion. Evidence is a fact or an existent that logically leads to or demonstratively supports a proposition. For example, in a crash of an automobile, if the driver was thrown from the car, it’s evidence he wasn’t wearing a safety belt. [Proof of a proposition occurs when evidence supports a proposition to epistemological certainty; absolute proof occurs when evidence supports a proposition to metaphysical certainty.][3]

In matters of truth, evidence (or lack thereof) is everything. Respect for evidence is humanity’s highest moral standard for the intellect in society… just as respect for the nonaggression principle is humanity’s highest moral standard for the whole person in society. So if anyone, especially a public official, destroys evidence in a crime scene, that is a moral and legal crime of immense proportions. In the case of a public official doing so, the act is one of grand or petit treason, for which the penalty in America has been public hanging.

So, Virginia, who destroyed key 9/11 evidence?

There were several actors in the play “Destroying or Covering Up 9/11 Evidence,” not only at the World Trade Center, but at the other sites and inside the military-government complex. My column today cribs a letter that members of were asked to send to the New York District Attorney regarding the destruction—under armed guard—of World Trade Center building structural steel.

To: Cy Vance, Jr. District Attorney of New York County;
Thomas Wornom, Bureau Chief, Special Prosecutions Bureau
New York County District Attorney Office
ATTN: Special Prosecutions Bureau
1 Hogan Place 7th Floor
New York, NY  10013

June 23, 2010

Dear Sirs:

Over the last three weeks you have been informed about the overwhelming evidence that World Trade Center Building 7 was demolished with explosives.  I trust that you understand the serious implications of this crime and that you are resolved to prosecute the guilty parties.  To provide a critical steppingstone in your investigation, I would like to bring to your attention the widely documented—and widely protested —destruction of physical evidence (structural steel) at the crime scene, which I contend is prosecutable pursuant to Article 205 of the New York Penal Code, § 205.50 Hindering Prosecution.

“[A] person ‘renders criminal assistance’ when, with intent to prevent, hinder or delay the discovery or apprehension of…a person he knows or believes has committed a crime he…suppresses, by any act of concealment, alteration or destruction, any physical evidence which might aid in the discovery or apprehension of such person or in the lodging of a criminal charge against him;”

I will present publicly available information on the destruction of physical evidence from the World Trade Center site, below my signature, in four sections entitled:

  1. Official acknowledgment of the destruction of physical evidence from the WTC.
  2. Control of the WTC cleanup.
  3. The decision to destroy the physical evidence.
  4. The continued destruction of evidence despite public outcry.

I thank you again for your attention to this most important matter and trust that you will use the information provided below my signature to begin an investigation into the destruction of Building 7.


Brian Wright
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
(via US Mail, with hundreds of others)

(1) Official acknowledgement of the destruction of physical evidence from the WTC.
  • Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives, March 6, 2002:

“In the month that lapsed between the terrorist attacks and the deployment of the [FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT Team)], a significant amount of steel debris—including most of the steel from the upper floors—was removed from the rubble pile, cut into smaller sections, and either melted at the recycling plant or shipped out of the U.S. Some of the critical pieces of steel—including the suspension trusses from the top of the towers and the internal support columns—were gone before the first BPAT team member ever reached the site. Fortunately, an NSF-funded independent researcher, recognizing that valuable evidence was being destroyed, attempted to intervene with the City of New York to save the valuable artifacts, but the city was unwilling to suspend the recycling contract.”

      • Joseph Crowley, U.S. Congressman, 7th District, New York:

“[T]here is so much that has been lost in these last six months that we can never go back and retrieve.  And that is not only unfortunate, it is borderline criminal.”

  • Jonathan Barnett, PhD, FEMA BPAT Investigator:

“Normally when you have a structural failure, you carefully go through the debris field looking at each item – photographing every beam as it collapsed and every column where it is in the ground and you pick them up very carefully and you look at each element. We were unable to do that in the case of Tower 7.”

(2) Control of the WTC cleanup.
  • In the aftermath of the attacks, protocol for disaster cleanup and investigations was not followed.  According to the New York Times:

“In other disasters, FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies have played a more central role in making decisions about cleanup and investigations. But from the start, they found that New York had a degree of engineering and construction expertise unlike any they had encountered.

“‘They wanted to do a lot of things on their own,’ said Charles Hess, who is in charge of civil emergency management for the Army Corps.”

  • New York City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) took control of the site as a result of Mayor Giuliani’s “back-room decision to scrap the organization charts, to finesse the city’s own Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and to allow the DDC to proceed”:

“[T]here was a shift in power in their direction that was never quite formalized and, indeed, was unjustified by bureaucratic logic or political considerations.  The City’s official and secret emergency plans, written before the attack, called for the Department of Sanitation to clean up after a building collapse.  A woman involved in writing the latest versions – a midlevel official in the OEM – mentioned to one of the contractors a week after the Trade Center collapse that she still did not quite know what the DDC was.”   

  • DDC Deputy Commissioner Michael Burton showed complete disregard for the need to preserve the evidence:

“Burton, who had become the effective czar for the cleanup job, had made it clear that he cared very little about engineering subtleties like the question of why the towers first stood, then collapsed on September 11.  ‘We know why they fell,’ he said. ‘Because they flew two planes into the towers.’  But he was deeply immersed in the details of hauling steel out of the debris pile.”

  • By September 28, 2001, 130,000 tons of debris had already been removed from the site, in what one journalist with unrestricted access to the site called, “the most aggressive possible schedule of demolition and debris removal.”
(3) The decision to destroy the physical evidence.
  • According to New York Times reporters James Glanz and Eric Lipton:

“[O]fficials at the Department of Design and Construction, including Michael Burton, had decided to ship virtually all of the steel to scrap yards, where it would be cut up, shipped away, and melted down for reuse before it was inspected… Burton cleared the decision with Richard Tomasetti of Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers. Months later, Tomasetti would say that had he known the direction that investigations into the disaster would take, he would have adopted a different stance.  But the decision to quickly melt down the trade center steel had been made.” [Underline added for emphasis]

  • However, Mr. Tomasetti’s alleged ignorance of the need to save the steel is questionable given his knowledge of engineering investigations, and given that his business partner, Charles Thornton, was a lead member on the team of engineers initially assembled by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to investigate the cause of the collapses.  The ASCE team, which later became the FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT), reportedly requested early on that the steel be saved.  According to Times reporters Glanz and Lipton:

“[O]n September 28, the New York Times learned that the city was recycling the steel.  When the Times contacted Kenneth R. Holden, commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, he said that no one from the investigative team had asked him to keep or inspect the steel.  The ASCE, it turned out, had faxed a request, but to the wrong fax machine.  Late that afternoon, after reporters shuttled the correct fax number to the ASCE, Holden said that a request had finally reached him.”       

    • By September 28, the DDC is publicly known to have been aware of the BPAT’s request for the steel to be saved, however, the decision to recycle the steel stood.
    • Of course, Mayor Giuliani – previously a U.S. Attorney – and the DDC had to be fully aware of the illegality of destroying the physical evidence prior to their decision to recycle the steel. Their refusal to desist from recycling the steel when asked by the investigative team to do so – still less than three weeks into the cleanup effort, with hundreds of thousands of tons of steel still salvageable, and relatively negligible revenue from selling the steel was not an issue because there was virtually unlimited federal funding for the cleanup effort – strongly suggests their contravention of the law was deliberate and motivated by intent to prevent the discovery of a crime they knew had taken place.
(4) The continued destruction of evidence despite public outcry.
  • In the months that followed, the city ignored mounting calls from the public to halt its recycling of the steel. According to Times reporters Glanz and Lipton:

“The decision to go on with the recycling program fueled outrage among the victims’ families.  On December 14, nearly three months after the program had been disclosed, Sally Regenhard was standing in a drizzle outside City Hall protesting the recycling decision.  Her son, Christian, a firefighter, had died in the towers’ collapse. ‘We’re here today to call for a stop to the destruction of evidence, composed mainly of steel,’ she said.”

  • The outcry was echoed by prominent voices in the fire-engineering community. Fire Engineering editor Bill Manning wrote on January 1, 2002:

“For more than three months, structural steel from the World Trade Center has been and continues to be cut up and sold for scrap.  Crucial evidence that could answer many questions about high-rise building design practices and performance under fire conditions is on a slow boat to China, never to be seen again in America until you buy your next car.  Such destruction of evidence shows the astounding ignorance of government officials to the value of a thorough, scientific investigation of the largest fire-induced collapse in world history.  I have combed through our national standard for fire investigation, NFPA 921, but nowhere in it does one find an exemption allowing for the destruction of evidence for buildings over 10 stories tall… As things stand now and if they continue in such fashion, the investigation into the World Trade Center fire and collapse will amount to paper- and computer-generated hypotheticals.”

  • Calls to halt the recycling fell on deaf ears. According to Times reporters Glanz and Lipton:

“Officials in the mayor’s office declined to reply to written and oral requests for comment over a three-day period about who decided to recycle the steel and the concern that the decision might be handicapping the investigation.  ‘The city considered it reasonable to have recovered structural steel recycled,’ said Matthew G. Monahan, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Design and Construction, which is in charge of debris removal at the site.”

  • Why didn’t the city simply stop recycling the steel? Again, the outright refusal of city officials to desist from recycling the steel strongly suggests their contravention of the law was deliberate and motivated by intent to prevent the discovery of a crime they knew had taken place.

For the entire letter including footnotes, please access the Word version of the letter by at this link.

So the crime of the century has been accompanied by another crime: the willful and intentional destruction of physical evidence under orders of the Mayor of New York City, Rudolph Giuliani. He was undoubtedly following orders from someone else higher in the 9/11-attack operation food chain. Regardless, Rudy must be prosecuted for this felony forthwith.

[1] Restating the OCT: “Nineteen Arab Muslims with box cutters, managed by a former CIA operative undergoing dialysis from a cave in Afghanistan, using airplanes, penetrated the strongest military defense in history to commit mass murder at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They presumably also targeted the Capitol.” There is no credible evidence for the OCT. As for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the FBI Website still does not consider them suspects.

[2] For perhaps the best synopsis of the case against the OCT and the case for the attacks being an “inside job,” I recommend David Ray Griffin’s “9/11: Let’s Get Empirical.” Please, if you download this PDF file from my site, make a small donation using the PayPal button on the bottom left corner of this page. [The editors of Global Outlook 13 (probably the best overall book on state-sponsored false-flag operations… which includes the “Empirical” article), with the approval of Dr. Griffin, extracted the article and sent it to the Coffee Coaster for posting. I intend to split all donations with Global Outlook.]

[3] Epistemological certainty means extremely likely based on everything we know, i.e. “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Metaphysical certainty means absolutely true by virtue of the laws of existence, identity, and causality. For example, in our car accident example, it would be absolutely proven that the driver were not wearing a seat belt if it is a fact that the automobile did not contain a seat belt.

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