Written by Simon Falkner and Chris Sarns
12 December 2014
Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth

Editor’s Note: This fascinating and provocative technical piece on NIST’s manipulation of the WTC 7 evidence is broken down into a series of six articles. The second installment (below) is PART 1: NIST and Popular Mechanics Fabricate Myth About WTC 7’s “Scooped-Out” 10 Stories. The first installment was the INTRODUCTION. Stand by for the next four installments, to be published monthly.

WTC7 blueprint Figure 2. We will be showing this “Plan View of Collapse Progression” graphic in three installments of this series of articles, starting with this installment, where we have labeled it “A.” The identical graphic will be labeled “B” and “C” in the next two installments. NIST’s 2004 Progress Report depicts a mythical hole supposedly “scooped out” of the center of the bottom 10 floors of Building 7. Figure L-31 in Appendix L of the report refers to the hole as the “Approximate Region of Impact Damage by Large WTC1 Debris.” Since this damage did not exist in reality, NIST backpedaled and did not include its discredited Figure L-31 in the final 2008 report.

In its infamous 2005 article, “Debunking the 9/11 Myths,” Popular Mechanics quoted NIST director Shyam Sunder asserting that falling debris from the North Tower poked a huge “gouge” in the front of WTC 7: “The most important thing we found was that there was, in fact, physical damage to the south face of building 7.” Sunder went on to say, “On about a third of the face to the center and to the bottom ― approximately 10 stories ― about 25 percent of the depth of the building was scooped out.” [Emphasis added]

Remarkably, Sunder made this definitive statement despite having no solid evidence to back it up. In fact, a careful reading of its 2004 preliminary report reveals that NIST simply cherry-picked one eyewitness statement, even though other witnesses refute this dramatic, specific, and provably false claim of damage.

Specifically, the statement about the 10-story gouge appears on page 18 of NIST’s 2004 report, but NIST conveniently ignored two other comments on the same page that are in conflict with its conclusion:

“No heavy debris was observed in the lobby area as the building was exited, primarily white dust coating and black wires hanging from ceiling areas were observed.” This is no small detail. A 10-story gouge created by external debris being thrown into the building at “the bottom” would have left a huge pile of rubble in the lobby. Any legitimate investigator would go back and check to see if the lone witness reporting a 10-story gouge was perhaps referring to other damage to Building 7 or even to another building entirely.

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