Connecting the Dots

Bombs in the World Trade Center

by Victor Thorn

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, New York City firefighters seemed to have the World Trade Center fires under control. Take, for instance, this excerpt from one of their radio transmissions after they had reached the uppermost floors at the point of impact: “Battalion seven … Ladder fifteen, we’ve got two isolated pockets of fire. We should be able to knock it down with two lines.” Two of the men’s voices on these tapes – Battalion Chief Orio J. Palmer and Fire Marshal Ronald P. Bucca, had reached the South Tower’s 78th floor. From all accounts, those who had heard these New York Fire Department tapes said that the firefighters judged the blazes to be manageable. Excerpts:

1) “The voices of the firefighters showed no panic, no sense that events were racing beyond their control.”
2) “The veteran firefighters had a coherent plan for putting out the two pockets of fire.”

If jet fuel didn’t possess the physical capabilities of melting construction-grade steel, and the firefighters felt confident that they had the situation under control – even at the point of impact – then what actually brought down the WTC towers? For an answer, let’s turn once again to the NYC firefighters who went on to become the undoubted symbols of heroism that day – many of whom selflessly gave their lives to save others in their rescue efforts. Louie Cacchioli, a firefighter on Harlem’s Engine 47, told People magazine on September 12, 2001: “We were the first ones in the second tower after the plane struck. I was taking firefighters up in the elevator to the 24th floor to get in position to evacuate workers. On the last trip up a bomb went off. We think there was bombs set in the building.”

This sentiment is confirmed by Paul Isaac, Jr., an auxiliary lieutenant fireman and former auxiliary public officer who told journalist Randy Lavello: “Many of the firemen knew there were bombs in the buildings, but they’re afraid for their jobs to admit it because the ‘higher ups’ forbid discussion of this fact.” He also went on to say, “There were definitely bombs in those buildings. Those buildings were supported by reinforced steel. Buildings don’t just implode like that; this was a demolition.” (Source: Bombs in the Building: World Trade Center 'Conspiracy Theory' is a Conspiracy Fact)

Ladies and gentlemen, these words are coming from New York City firefighters – men who were inside the World Trade Center towers on the morning of September 11th. But don’t just take their word for it. In the documentary, “9/11” by Jules and Gedeon Naudet, Engine 7 fireman Joe Casaliggi told the filmmakers how he was one of the workers assigned to look for survivors, and while he foraged through the wreckage, he found that everything, including chairs, electronic equipment, desks, and even the telephones have been utterly pulverized to dust. Transcript from the movie: “You have two 110-story office buildings: you don’t find a chair, you don’t find a telephone, a computer … the biggest piece of a telephone I found was half a keypad, and it was this big (holds up thumb and forefinger). The buildings collapsed to dust.”

Jim Marrs, an award-winning journalist and author on the New York Times bestseller list, relays these words from Ross Milanytch, who stared in horror from the 22nd floor of a building near the WTC: “I saw small explosions on each floor.” (Source: The War on Freedom: The 9/11 Conspiracies) Likewise, Teresa Veliz, a facilities manager who fled from the 47th floor of the North Tower, described the scene as she made it down to street level: “There were explosions going off everywhere. I was convinced that there were bombs planted all over the place and someone was sitting at a control panel pushing detonator buttons.” (Source: September 11: An Oral History by Dean E. Murphy – Doubleday Books, 2002)

Phillip Morelli, a construction worker, told reporters at a New York television station (NY1 News) that on the morning of 9-11 when the North Tower was struck, he was thrust to the ground by two explosions in the fourth sub-basement. Somewhat later, another explosion (which made the walls explode) once again hurled him to the ground. Morelli then exited that building and went inside the South Tower’s sub-basement, where once again he felt the same type of underground explosions.

In this same vein, The Christian Science Monitor reported on WTC office worker Tom Elliott, who was employed by the Aon Corporation on the 103rd floor of the South Tower. After the North Tower was struck, he naturally left his post, reaching the 73rd floor when Flight 175 barreled into the South Tower. “Although it’s spectacularly televised impact was above Elliot, at first he and those around him thought an explosion had come from below. An incredible sound – he calls it an ‘exploding sound’ – shook the building, and a tornado of hot air and smoke and ceiling tiles and bits of drywall came flying up the stairwell.” (Source: A Changed World by Peter Grier, September 17, 2001)

Chief Engineer magazine also ran an article in their We Will Never Forget commemorative issue on those who were eyewitnesses to the 9-11 terrorist attacks. One of these men was Stationary Engineer Mike Pecoraro, who worked in the WTCs second sub-basement. After hearing some loud explosions, they ventured to a machine shop and found, much to their amazement, “There was nothing there but rubble. We’re talking about a 50-ton hydraulic press – gone!” Pecoraro then went on to say that “he was convinced a bomb had gone off in the building.”

Lastly, Larry Klein, producer of Why the Towers Fell, recounted the wreckage that he witnessed. “There was not a discernable piece of furniture anywhere. No computers or books or anything that would identify this massive wreckage field as having once been several million square feet of office space. … I didn’t need anyone to tell me that the gray-brown matter was the contents and insides of the World Trade Center vaporized by the collapse.”

Now, do the above testimonials sound like something that would be caused by two contained fires 90-stories above ground level? Van Romera, an explosives expert and former director of Energetic Materials Research and Testing at New Mexico Tech didn’t think so, for he told The Albuquerque Journal that bombs, not fire, brought down the World Trade Center towers. “My opinion is based on videotapes; that after the airplanes hit the WTC there was some explosive device inside the buildings that caused the towers to collapse.” He continued by saying that it was “too methodical to be a chance result of airplanes colliding with the structures,” and that, “It would be difficult for something from the plane to trigger an event like that.” Finally, Romero concluded, “It could have been a relatively small amount of explosives placed in strategic points.” (Source: Explosives Planted in Towers, N.M. Expert Says – Olivier Uyttebrouck, September 11, 2001)


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