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History Channel "Expert" Spins Conspiracy Yarn
Contradicts official story, claims WTC 7 fires began before either tower had collapsed


Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet
Thursday, August 23, 2007

One of the experts the History Channel cited to debunk claims that the collapse of WTC 7 was a controlled demolition during its 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction special Sunday night, spun a wild conspiracy yarn of his own, claiming that Building 7 burned for eight hours having caught fire before either of the twin towers collapsed.

Matthys Levy, P.E. is a structural engineer and also author of the book Why Buildings Fall Down.

He was one of the chief engineers for a study commissioned by WTC leaseholder Silverstein Properties Inc. to support a $7 billion insurance claim for the destruction of the World Trade Center complex. The investigation concluded that the twin towers collapsed as a result of the failure of support columns but the study did not touch upon why Building 7 fell.

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Regarding WTC 7, "The initial fires started around 9:30 in the morning, so the building was allowed to burn for eight hours," Levy told the History Channel during Sunday night's broadcast.

However, according to the FEMA report and the official story, the fire broke out an hour later, immediately following the collapse of the north tower, having survived largely unscathed the collapse of the south tower over 30 minutes earlier.

At 10:29 a.m., WTC 1 (the north tower) collapsed," reads Chapter 5 of the FEMA report, "Sending its debris into the streets below. The extent and severity of the resulting damage to WTC 7 are currently unknown. However, from photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts discussed below, it was assumed that the south side of the building was damaged to some degree and that fires in WTC 7 started at approximately this time."

The report concludes by stating, "Approximately 7 hours after fires initiated in WTC 7, the building collapsed."

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Levy's wild conspiracy theory, that fires in WTC were initiated before the collapse of either tower at around 9:30am and that the building burned for eight hours, seems to hint at some kind of sabotage, since the official story dictates that the cause of the fires was debris from the collapse of the north tower at 10:29am.


Levy: Someone find a tin foil hat for this guy because he's out to lunch.

For the fires to have started half an hour before the collapse of the first tower, which was located on the opposite side of the complex, and a full hour before the collapse of the closer second tower, Levy seems to be hinting that some kind of foul play was involved.

To make such an assertion defies common sense, directly contradicts the official FEMA investigation into the collapse of WTC 7, and is also hurtful to the family members of the victims of 9/11.

Why the History Channel gave a platform to this nonsense and failed to point out the blatant factual inaccuracy of Levy's claim is baffling.

Perhaps Popular Mechanics' "experts" James Meigs, Benjamin Chertoff and their tea boy Davin Coburn should shift the full weight of their Hearst Publishing yellow journalism empire behind a move to debunk this kook!

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