by Shawn Hamilton source: Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth Sep 5, 2010
It’s clear from primary sources of evidence that quite a few people believed Building 7 was going to collapse. Such perceptive anticipation might be easy to understand if it was common for modern steel-frame skyscrapers to collapse from fires. But since this had never happened prior to September 11, 2001, we have to ask ourselves why the collapse was so easy to predict. The Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth suspect foul play. Ubiquitous evidence of foreknowledge adds support to the hypothesis that explosives were used to demolish Building 7.
Witnesses on the scene included construction workers, firefighters, and police. One witness, a first-year New York University medical student named Daryl, was interviewed for WINS NYC News Radio live on the evening of September 11, 2001:
“We were watching the building [WTC 7] actually ‘cause it was on fire…. The bottom floors of the building were on fire and…we heard this sound that sounded like a clap of thunder…turned around— we were shocked to see that the building was – ah – well it looked like there was a shockwave ripping through the building, and all the windows started busted out. It was horrifying,” he said. “About a second later the bottom floor caved out and the building followed after that… We saw the building crash all the way to the ground. We were in shock.”
The “sound of a clap of thunder” and “the presence of a “shock wave ripping through the building” are indicative of an explosive blast, as is the shattering of windows.
In this startling landmark 9/11 video clip captured by CNN, a construction worker turns around after hearing an explosion from WTC 7 and notes “Did you hear that?
Keep your eye on that building. It’ll be coming down soon….” A police officer on the scene then says, “the building is about to blow up. Move it back. Flame and debris coming down.”
Apparently whoever notified this officer also warned FDNY Deputy Chief Nick Visconti who said, “We’re moving the command post over this way. That building’s coming down.”
Another person on-scene who reports being asked to move was volunteer emergency medical technician Indira Singh. In a 2005 interview on Bonnie Faulkner’s radio show Guns and Butter on KPFA, she says, “By noon or one o’clock they told us we had to move from that triage site up to Pace University a little further away because Building 7 was going to come down, or being brought down,” Singh said.
Faulkner replied, “Did they actually use the words “brought down?”
“Yeah, that’s what they said,” Singh said. “We’re going to have to bring it down.”
In yet another key eyewitness testimonial, right before the building fell, former Air Force medic Kevin McPadden reports hearing one end of a conversation, on a radio being held by a Red Cross worker, that has serious implications: “At the last few seconds he took his hand off [the radio] and you heard, ‘three, two, one…,’”
Do fires bring buildings down to countdowns? Soon after, McPadden described tremendous explosions boomed. He made it clear that these were explosions, that he was not confusing them with other loud sounds such as floors falling.
The media appeared to have advance knowledge as well. While there were reports that the WTC 7 had suffered some damage from the falling debris from the North Tower that was destroyed earlier in the morning, the BBC reported, for some reason, that Building 7 had in fact collapsed twenty minutes before it actually did collapse. TV news reporter Jane Standley stated, “The forty-seven story Salomon Brothers building close to the World Trade Center has also collapsed…due to ‘structural weakening’,” yet TV viewers saw it standing solidly behind her. The BBC apologized for this substantial error, citing the confusing events of the day. But does such confusion make reporters psychic?
CNN also reported Building 7’s collapse in advance. At about 11:07AM, well after the destruction of the twin towers, reporter Allan Dodds Frank announced on TV that moments earlier, at about 10:45AM, a “50 story building went down,” and described the scene: “the streets filled with smoke. It was like a forest fire roaring down the canyon.” But there was no high-rise that had gone down.