People say they want to see a smoking gun for evidence. That means evidence so fresh, so incontrovertible and conclusive that people can’t argue with it. Political crimes seldom offer evidence like that, as these acts emerge from processes and decisions that emphasize secrecy and deniability.
Some smoking guns are actually smoking guns. On Sunday, November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby walked up to Lee Oswald in the basement of a Dallas police station and shot him in the stomach. The country watched him do it on television. Ruby said he shot Oswald to spare the Kennedy family the pain of a trial. Something was not right about that murder. It created a suspicion that Ruby had silenced Oswald for a reason that had nothing to do with the Kennedy family.
The controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7 – passed off as an uncontrolled collapse – appeared equally implausible. No one could witness the destruction of this third skyscraper – on film or otherwise – and think it was anything other than planned. No forty-seven story skyscraper constructed of heavy steel could fall to the ground in just under seven seconds due to some scattered fires. Just as governnment offered pablum to explain why Ruby shot Oswald, it offered essentially no explanation for the destruction of World Trade Center 7. The building fell down, people. That’s all you need to know.
Why has the destruction of World Trade Center 7 become significant in the search for truth about 9/11? Investigators suggest these reasons:
- It demonstrates the government is lying. The lie in this case is not a minor prevarication, but a Big Lie.
- NIST’s investigation into WTC7’s collapse shows how government officials cook evidence to reach conclusions conceived in advance.
- World Trade Center 7 contained information the government wanted to keep secret.
- If government cannot come clean about World Trade Center 7, what else about 9/11 does it have to hide?
Here is something to consider in the case of World Trade Center 7. People near WTC7 during the afternoon of 9/11 knew the building would come down before it happened. A great deal of other evidence exists to show that the building’s demolition was planned, not accidental. To read about this evidence, see David Ray Griffin’s The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False. His treatment of this piece of what happened that day is masterly.
The short film below discusses the destruction of World Trade Center 7: