9-11 Explosion at WTC Complex
Despite the fact
that the horrible events of Sept. 11 occurred in broad daylight and
were widely photographed, significant aspects of the attacks have
been completely suppressed by a media
Exclusive to American Free
By Christopher Bollyn
A massive explosion, witnessed by
millions of television viewers on CNN, evidently devastated World
Trade Center 6, the eight-story U.S. Customs building, although no
national newspaper, other than American Free Press, has written a
word about it.
Before the smoke had cleared from
around the stricken South Tower, a mysterious explosion shot 550
feet into the air above the U.S. Customs House at WTC
The unexplained blast occurred between
the burning North Tower and the 47-story Salomon Brothers Building,
known as WTC 7, immediately after United Airlines Flight 175 smashed
into the South Tower, at about 9:03 a.m.
The explosion at WTC 6 was shown
afterward on CNN. But because it was not broadcast as it happened
there has been some confusion about when it actually occurred.
The large amount of smoke seen
cascading around the South Tower in the video led some observers to
mistake the blast for a dust cloud from the subsequent collapse of
American Free Press contacted CNN to
determine exactly when the footage was filmed.
CNN’s Public Affairs Department
confirmed that the explosion shown in the footage occurred
immediately after the second plane had crashed into the South Tower.
When asked if the footage was taken at 9:04 a.m., the CNN archivist
said “that’s correct.”
When asked if CNN could offer any
explanation about what might have caused the blast that soared
higher than the 47-story WTC 7 in the foreground, the archivist
said: “We can’t figure it out.”
The affected space between WTC 7 and
the North Tower was occupied by the Customs House building, also
known as WTC 6. The building housed the offices of 760 employees of
the Customs Service, a part of Treasury. Other federal agencies had
offices in the building, including the Departments of Commerce,
Agriculture, Labor, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
They did not return calls to AFP about the
A spokesman for the Export-Import Bank
of the United States, which had an office with four employees on the
sixth floor of the Customs House, confirmed the time of the
explosion and told AFP that the employees had survived and been
relocated. One private company, Eastco Building Services, Inc.,
reportedly leased space in the building.
Some 800 workers from WTC 6 were
safely evacuated within 12 minutes of the first plane hitting the
North Tower at about 8:46 a.m., according to a Sept. 18 Washington
Post article by Stephen Barr.
The Barr piece is the only known
article published about WTC 6. However, Barr failed to mention the
explosion that apparently devastated the building just minutes after
the workers had escaped with their lives.
Although the Customs House apparently
exploded at 9:04 a.m., the government-sponsored investigation was
steered away from looking into what had actually happened.
The Federal Emergency Management
Agency funded an investigation by the American Society of Civil
Engineers. However, investigators were reportedly blocked from the
building by an order from the New York City’s Department. of Design
and Construction .
Kenneth Holden is commissioner of the
DDC, having been appointed by the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani on
Dec. 7, 1999.
Regarding the investigation of WTC 4,
5, and 6, FEMA’s “Building Performance” report says, “WTC 5 was the
only building accessible for observation.” But, it adds, “the
observations, findings, and recommendations are assumed to be
applicable to all three buildings.”
A spokesman for FEMA told AFP that
because the building was considered by DDC to be “very dangerous,”
there was “no data collection” from WTC 6.
Dr. Gene Corley, one of the engineers
who led the investigation, told AFP that concerns about loose gold
bullion and cash prevented investigators from entering WTC
The FEMA report says, “The buildings
[4,5,6] responded as expected to the impact loadings.” Although the
report says, “most of the central part of WTC 6 suffered collapse on
all floors,” it adds, “damage was consistent with the observed
The Customs House had a huge crater in
Corley told AFP that he had not seen
the CNN photos before and called them “interesting.”
Corley, like other experts, thought
the damage at WTC 6 was caused by the collapse of the North Tower.
However, not one of the experts could recall seeing the CNN footage
A spokesman for the Customs Service
told AFP, “It did not blow up. When the tower collapsed it caved
Corley said he had not seen the photos
of the extremely high-speed missile-like object seen streaking
toward WTC 6 from behind the North Tower as the second plane hit the
He noted that parts of the plane’s
landing gear and an engine passed through the South Tower, and
landed several blocks away.
These objects, however, had a
distinctly different trajectory from the streaking missile-like
object. Another investigator, Jonathan Barnett, told AFP, “The
debris from Tower 2 hit Building 5, not 6.”