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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Two Articles - Same Newspaper

 Article 1:September 19, 2018

S&P says Massachusetts reserves too thin to weather a recession


 

Gas disaster exposes problems with Merrimack Valley pipes

Gas disaster exposes problems with Merrimack Valley pipes

Experts call replacement timeline 'aggressive'

A natural gas expert called the two-month timeline proposed for replacing 48 miles of pipeline in the Merrimack Valley "extremely aggressive."

Mark McDonald, president of NatGas Consulting, said the plan to restore gas service by Nov. 19 to all homes and businesses across the three communities affected by the gas disaster was "unrealistic, wishful thinking."

"Weeks doesn't come into my realm of possibility," McDonald said. "It would take normally one to two years to aggressively replace that level of infrastructure."

Over-pressurization of gas lines on Sept. 13 triggered a series of explosions and fires across Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that killed an 18-year-old, injured several more and destroyed or damaged dozens of homes. The incident forced the shut-off of 8,600 gas meters in the affected area, plus the shutdown of thousands more as a precaution.

Service is being restored quickly to customers in the area that was not affected by the over-pressurization -- but restoring service in the affected zone is expected to take much longer. The pressure is on to restore gas flow, as homes grow colder by the night and businesses continue to lose money by the day.

The gas disaster exposes larger issues with the Merrimack Valley's aging utility infrastructure, an antiquated system that still includes century-old pipes prone to leaks.

Governor meets with merchants to plan support, with 100 Andover businesses closed due to gas disaster,

Governor meets with merchants to plan support, with 100 Andover businesses closed due to gas disaster,



Baker meets with Andover merchants
 
Speaking after a business meeting in Andover Wednesday morning are, from left, Gov. Charlie Baker, Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan and state Housing and Economic Development Director Jay Ash.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Vote Shiva for Senate

Vote Shiva for Senate 2018!




The Clear Legal Basis that Vaccines Cause Autism


The Clear Legal Basis that Vaccines Cause Autism

GreenMedInfo exclusive excerpt from the upcoming book, How to End the Autism Epidemic.
"I also find, with a high degree of medical certainty, that the set of immunizations administered to Yates at age 11 months while he was ill was the immediate cause of his autistic regression because of the effect of these immunizations to further impair the ability of his weakened mitochondria to supply adequate amounts of energy for the brain, the highest-energy consuming tissue in the body."
—Dr. Richard Kelley, Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University (Kennedy Krieger Institute)1
There are only a few people in the world I believe could end the autism epidemic single-handedly. The director of the CDC would be one, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics probably another. Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, the former director of medical research at the prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University, would be the third.
For years Dr. Zimmerman served as a go-to expert in “vaccine court” to dispute parental claims that vaccines caused their children’s autism. And as the reigning national expert on the topic of autism in the scientific community, Dr. Zimmerman’s opinions held tremendous weight: His written testimony helped deny the claims of the families of more than five thousand children with autism during an Omnibus Autism Proceeding in 2009 in vaccine court, as I will explain in a moment.

In the late 1990s a young doctor fresh out of medical school joined the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore as a resident and worked closely with Dr. Zimmerman. His name was Jon Poling. In 2000 Dr. Poling’s nineteen-month-old daughter, Hannah, experienced a massive regression into autism after her vaccinations, much as happened to my son. Unlike my son, Hannah’s parents had access to the most sophisticated autism research center in the world, and Dr. Zimmerman and several of his colleagues, including Dr. Richard Kelley, who was serving as director of Kennedy Krieger’s laboratory, tried to figure out what had happened to her, and why.

Of course, everyone at Kennedy Krieger initially approached the idea that vaccines had played a role in Hannah’s regression skeptically, including Dr. Poling himself. He was a decidedly mainstream neurologist, having attended Georgetown to get both his MD and PhD. He and his wife Teri had fully vaccinated Hannah, and he’d explain many times over the next few years that he wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t seen it himself.

Through an unexpected series of events, Dr. Poling and Dr. Zimmerman, colleagues at the most prestigious autism research facility in the world, nearly ended the autism epidemic in 2008. Because of Hannah Poling, Dr. Zimmerman became convinced that vaccines are indeed capable of causing autism under certain circumstances, representing a change in his previously held positions. Like any good scientist, Dr. Zimmerman appeared willing to go where the evidence took him, even toward something as inconvenient as a vaccine-autism connection.

Dr. Zimmerman’s professional opinion about what caused Hannah’s autism, given the tremendous weight he carried within the scientific c community and his long-time role as an expert witness, triggered a panic at both the CDC and the Department of Justice. It led to a quick twenty-million-dollar settlement with the Polings in 2010, but not before Hannah’s story became worldwide news.2

I’ve always had so many questions about the Hannah Poling case, Dr. Zimmerman, Dr. Kelley, and Dr. Poling. Soon after the news spectacle, the Polings disappeared from the public, never to be heard from again. Sources have told me that the Department of Justice made it clear to the Polings that if they wanted to receive their vaccine court compensation, they needed to keep quiet. They appear to have complied.

Very recently, however, Drs. Zimmerman and Kelley privately agreed to serve as expert witnesses in the first vaccine injury trial of any kind in a regular courtroom in more than thirty years. The trial is a medical negligence case in Tennessee, alleging that a pediatrician allowed a child to develop autism by vaccinating him when there was clearly excessive risk, based on previous reactions he’d had to vaccines. The boy’s name is Yates Hazlehurst, and he was one of three “test cases” in the aforementioned Omnibus Autism Proceeding back in 2009—only a year prior to the DOJ’s settlement with the Poling family—a case that was lost partially based on the written testimony of Dr. Zimmerman.3

Drs. Zimmerman and Kelley, under oath, provided depositions for the trial as expert witnesses. What’s significant is that in the future they would be testifying on behalf of the Hazlehurst family, confirming that in Yates’s case, vaccines caused his autism. Yes, you read that right. In 2009 the Omnibus Autism Proceeding concluded that Yates Hazlehurst’s autism was not caused by vaccination, a decision based partially on Dr. Zimmerman’s testimony—and a decision that, significantly, served as the basis for denying claims to more than five thousand other children.

Fast forward to 2017, and Drs. Kelley and Zimmerman are expert witnesses for the same child, and they are both saying, “with a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” that vaccines caused Yates’s autism.

Confused yet? I know I was. Let’s start at the beginning.



The “Vaccine Court”
If vaccines cause autism, you’d think “vaccine court” would be a great place to find the evidence for it. Compensated claims typically include extensive details about timelines, medical tests, and doctors’ opinions. They read more like case reports in medical journals than legal settlements.

Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb


Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb

SOURCE: Waste Not # 414 | September 1997 | By Chris Bryson & Joel Griffiths

Introduction: The following article was commissioned by the Christian Science Monitor in the spring of 1997. Despite much favorable comment from editors, and full documentation, the story remains unpublished by the Monitor. By any yardstick, this report was an award-winning scoop for any national paper. The report offers a glimpse into the history of fluoride, a bio-accumulative toxic that Americans ingest every day. The authors, Griffiths and Bryson, spent more than a year on research. With the belief that the information should be withheld no longer, the authors gave their report to Waste Not, and others, with a short note: “use as you wish.”
This introduction is taken from Waste Not #414 (September 1997) where the article was first published. The article went on to be nominated as the year’s 18th most censored story in the 1998 Project Censored Series.

Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb
by Chris Bryson & Joel Griffiths

Some fifty years after the United States began adding fluoride to public water supplies to reduce cavities in children’s teeth, declassified government documents are shedding new light on the roots of that still-controversial public health measure, revealing a surprising connection between fluoride and the dawning of the nuclear age.

Today, two thirds of U.S. public drinking water is fluoridated. Many municipalities still resist the practice, disbelieving the government’s assurances of safety.

Since the days of World War II, when this nation prevailed by building the world’s first atomic bomb, U.S. public health leaders have maintained that low doses of fluoride are safe for people, and good for children’s teeth.

That safety verdict should now be re-examined in the light of hundreds of once-secret WWII documents obtained by Griffiths and Bryson –including declassified papers of the Manhattan Project, the U.S. military group that built the atomic bomb.

Fluoride was the key chemical in atomic bomb production, according to the documents. Massive quantities of fluoride– millions of tons– were essential for the manufacture of bomb-grade uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons throughout the Cold War. One of the most toxic chemicals known, fluoride rapidly emerged as the leading chemical health hazard of the U.S atomic bomb program–both for workers and for nearby communities, the documents reveal.

Other revelations include:
* Much of the original proof that fluoride is safe for humans in low doses was generated by A-bomb program scientists, who had been secretly ordered to provide “evidence useful in litigation” against defense contractors for fluoride injury to citizens. The first lawsuits against the U.S. A-bomb program were not over radiation, but over fluoride damage, the documents show.

* Human studies were required. Bomb program researchers played a leading role in the design and implementation of the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoridating public drinking water–conducted in Newburgh, New York from 1945 to 1956. Then, in a classified operation code-named “Program F,” they secretly gathered and analyzed blood and tissue samples from Newburgh citizens, with the cooperation of State Health Department personnel.

* The original secret version–obtained by these reporters–of a 1948 study published by Program F scientists in the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that evidence of adverse health effects from fluoride was censored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) –considered the most powerful of Cold War agencies– for reasons of national security.

* The bomb program’s fluoride safety studies were conducted at the University of Rochester, site of one of the most notorious human radiation experiments of the Cold War, in which unsuspecting hospital patients were injected with toxic doses of radioactive plutonium. The fluoride studies were conducted with the same ethical mind-set, in which “national security” was paramount.

* The U.S. government’s conflict of interest–and its motive to prove fluoride “safe” — has not until now been made clear to the general public in the furious debate over water fluoridation since the 1950’s, nor to civilian researchers and health professionals, or journalists.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Voter's Guide


Let Shiva Debate

Let Shiva Debate

Freedom means you have choices. Competition and meritocracy are the foundation of the American system. In the US Senate race, three are on the ballot, but only two get to be on the debate stage? Elizabeth Warren has colluded with the University of Massachusetts to leave me off the debate stage. She would rather have a "toy boy" to be her controlled opposition than a real opponent -- somebody with 4 degrees from MIT, who started 7 companies, creating jobs in Massachusetts and a real statesman.


How is this fair to the citizens of Massachusetts, the nearly 20,000 who signed our nomination papers, and the American people that I be left off the debate stage? This is not a left or right issue, but something no American should tolerate.

I will not allow them to do this to YOU. As of last Friday, September 14, 2018, I filed a preliminary injunction against the University of Massachusetts who has colluded with Warren to keep me off the debate stage. The good news is, the court has informed my attorneys, "In light of the time-sensitivity in this matter, the court enters the following expedited briefing schedule: defendants will have 7 days after plaintiff's filing of the return of service to submit an opposition to the PI motion, plaintiff will have 3 days thereafter to submit a reply of no more than 10 pages. The court tentatively schedules a hearing on this matter for Wednesday, 10/3/2018, at 3pm."

The complaint in the federal court in Massachusetts alleges the violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Article 16 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.

To put this in perspective, independent candidates were included in the gubernatorial debates in 2010 and 2014.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Students Don't Vote Absentee Because "They Don't Know Where To Get Stamps," Study Shows

Students Don't Vote Absentee Because "They Don't Know Where To Get Stamps," Study Shows

October 5th Meat raffle


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages


Astroturf and manipulation of media messages





In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages. Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere.

For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red. Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.” In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story.

She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

U.S. Conference Of Mayors: “We Will Sue FCC If They Eliminate Local Control Over 5G Deployments”

U.S. Conference Of Mayors: “We Will Sue FCC If They Eliminate Local Control Over 5G Deployments”



The harmful and Orwellian nature of 5G is inspiring a groundswell of people getting involved. Now, an alliance of more than 300 U.S. mayors has said it will sue the FCC if they continue with plans to forcibly deploy 5G upon cities who do not want it. -JDS

According to pro-industry publication, Smart Cities Dive:
  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) said in a statement that it would sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if the commission does not change a proposed policy that would preempt local control in a bid to streamline installation of 5G wireless infrastructure.
  • The National Association of Counties is also opposing the proposal, telling POLITICO it would “effectively prevent local governments from properly examining the impact that construction, modification or installation of broadcasting facilities may have on public health, safety and welfare of the local community.”
  • The proposal from FCC commissioner Brendan Carr would bar municipal laws prohibiting deployment of 5G small cells and would set deadlines for municipalities to approve or disapprove applications to install small cells or build new poles. The plan is set for a vote on Sept. 26.
The Dive has already published articles about citizens who aren’t keen on 5G technology or “Smart Cities.” However, they are still pro-industry. Keep that in mind if/when you read their articles.
Of course, most – but not all – articles published by pro-industry publications are going to be pro-tech everything. And some – but not all – articles published by the mainstream media include inaccurate information about harm caused by exposure to technology.

Regardless, decades of research has already proven that exposure to cell towers and all sources of cell phone and wireless radiation can be harmful and in more ways than cancer risk. That’s why there are an increasing number of American children, teenagers, doctors, environmental organizations, firefighters, municipal organizations, tribal groups and more who aren’t happy AT ALL about having no control over wireless infrastructure installation in front of their homes and throughout in their communities. They are not backing down. One municipality enacted an “urgency ordinance” after it received 145 letters from concerned citizens expressing their worries over new 5G towers.



Emergency declared at Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina

Emergency declared at Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina… all personnel blocked from entering the facility as “hot shutdown” under way




Emergency declared at Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina… all personnel blocked from entering the facility as “hot shutdown” under way



Image: Emergency declared at Brunswick nuclear power plant in North Carolina… all personnel blocked from entering the facility as “hot shutdown” under way
(Natural News) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An “unusual event” has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing “hot shutdown” of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete).

Full details of the event are found at this NRC.gov nuclear power plant alert page, which states:

UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO SITE CONDITIONS PREVENTING PLANT ACCESS
“A hazardous event has resulted in on site conditions sufficient to prohibit the plant staff from accessing the site via personal vehicles due to flooding of local roads by Tropical Storm Florence.”
Notified DHS SWO, FEMA OPS, and DHS NICC. Notified FEMA NWC, NuclearSSA, and FEMA NRCC via email.

In other words, the Brunswick power facilities can no longer be accessed by workers and technicians even as they are running a “hot shutdown” which requires human oversight.
The Brunswick power plants, in other words, are running blind.


Hurricane Florence achieved a direct hit on the Brunswick power plants

As Natural News previously reported, Hurricane Florence achieved a direct hit on the Brunswick power facilities, drenching the entire area with unprecedented rain and flooding.
See the location of the Brunswick nuclear power plant in this map:



And notice where Hurricane Florence made landfall:



The hurricane hovered over the Brunswick power plant for more than two days, drenching the area with rainfall:



Natural News was one of the few media outlets in the world to point out the risk of nuclear emergencies before Hurricane Forence made landfall. This article asks whether a Fukushima-like event could unfold in North America. The answer is yes, it can.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gardner-based credit union to service recreational marijuana companies

Gardner-based credit union to service recreational marijuana companies

 

Meetings the Week of September 17, 2018

Meetings the Week of September 17, 2018
Monday    9/17/18
Conservation                       PCS Town Hall*            7:00 pm
 
Tuesday   9/18/18
Elem School $$        PCS Town Hall*                  5:00 pm 
Elem School             PCS Town Hall*                    6:00 pm
Light                            Bridge St                                  6:00 pm
Water                       Bridge St                             7:00 pm
Historical                 Boynton PL                        7:00 pm
 
Wednesday 9/19/18
BOS                                PCS Town Hall*                 6:30 pm
 


Thursday 9/20/18
Elem. Disposal                   PCS Town Hall*               5:30 pm
Adv Com                           PCS Town Hall*               6:30 pm
 
 
* Pauly Cosentino Sr. Town Hall 

Why you should OPT OUT

How Your Constitutional Right to Privacy Just Became a "Privilege" in the Eyes of Courts


A Federal Appeals Court in Illinois has ruled that “smart” meters facilitate government search – but called this practice “reasonable”. This story involves a collusion between big corporations, courts and a fake-grassroots organization

Sometimes, trusting the wrong people can hurt. Betrayal is one of the worst feelings. Especially when it comes to those who are supposed to be protecting you and your family's rights.


Over the past couple weeks, I've been hearing from several sources about this supposed “win” against utilities pushing “smart” meters. This report, disseminated by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is about a recent Federal Appeals Court ruling on “smart” meter surveillance, in Naperville, Illinois. This so-called journalism by EFF is titled, “Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data.”


But having seen how it was positioned exactly polar opposite of this report from K.T. Weaver - who lives in Naperville and has been reporting independently on “smart” meter harm for several years - I needed to figure out just what the hell is going on. The title of K.T.'s article is “Federal Court Rules against Consumers on Smart Meters and Privacy Rights.” So, why are the reports so different?

My "aha!" moment on EFF came when, in corresponding with K.T., he sent me this Brasscheck interview with Yasha Levine, a respected truth-teller and author of Surveillance Valley. I have been following some of Yasha's work for several years with great interest.

Before we get into examining Yasha’s claim that the EFF is a giant piece of astroturf, let's dive straight into the facts of the recent court ruling on “smart” meters and privacy.
This development has everything to do with our basic human rights, how legal strategies are being implemented to work against the people, and whom we can and cannot trust when seeking justice.

On August 16, 2018, your 4th Amendment right to privacy in your home just became a "privilege"

Saturday, September 15, 2018

August 16, 2018...Lawrence Gas Leak

August 16, 2018...Lawrence Gas Leak

Residents near Lawrence gas leak warned to avoid area


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Looking down Jackson Street towards Knox Street fire crews from Lawrence and Methuen assess a massive gas leak apparently caused by construction at the intersection. The odor of natural gas could be detected up to a half-mile away.

LAWRENCE — Residents in the neighborhood affected by the Knox Street gas leak are being asked to avoid the area for a few hours long as crews continue to work to cut off gas flow to the area.

The gas leak in Lawrence near the Methuen line forced the evacuation of a number of homes around midday Thursday.

A road construction crew hit an 8-inch gas line on Knox Street, according to Lawrence fire Deputy Chief John McInnis.

Lawrence fire crews were at the scene, as were several ambulances. Columbia Gas crews located the valve to shut off the gas line shortly after 5 p.m.

With residents unable to access their homes and power cut off to several blocks as temperatures soar over 90 degrees, officials opened the Lawrence Senior Center as a cooling center for the time being.

Police have blocked off a several-block radius of Jackson Street, spanning from Swan Street on the Methuen line to Berkeley Street in Lawrence. Access to Jackson Street via crossroads from Prospect Street has been blocked off as well, including Custer, Logan and Sheridan streets.

Lawrence police Chief Roy Vasque said that even though the gas leak has been stopped, it will still be several hours before people are allowed to return to their homes. Officials said gas levels will need to be checked in each building in the neighborhood.

Two blocks from the scene where crews were working, the rush of escaping gas could be heard.

There was a strong odor of gas in the area. Three city blocks were evacuated and electricity was shut off in a four-block area, McInnis said.

The biggest concern right now is keeping the gas away from ignition sources, McInnis said. Firefighters are also worried about gas getting into sewer lines and then seeping into homes.

It is unclear at this point how many homes or residents were involved in the evacuation. Residents were being evacuated to Swan Street in Methuen.

McInnis said residents would not be allowed to return to their homes until the gas levels were checked in each building.

Electricity also appeared to be shut off at several businesses on Jackson Street shortly before 1 p.m. The portion of Jackson Street near Knox Street was closed.

Electricity was also shut off to 931 homes in Methuen as a precaution.

Friday, September 14, 2018

‘It Looked Like Armageddon’: 1 Dead After Gas Explosions, Fires





LAWRENCE (CBS) – One person is dead and dozens more were injured in a series of gas explosions and fires that damaged homes in three communities north of Boston Thursday afternoon.

An issue with a high pressure gas main impacted South Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. Anyone who has gas service from Columbia Gas was told to leave their homes until further notice. Teams consisting of gas technicians, fire and police personnel were going door-to-door to make sure the gas is shut off to about 8,000 meters.

In Lawrence, a man was killed when a home exploded on Chickering Road. The Essex District Attorney says 18-year-old Leonel Rondon was inside a car in the driveway of the home when a chimney fell on it. Rondon was pronounced dead at Mass General Hospital.

explosion3 It Looked Like Armageddon: 1 Dead After Gas Explosions, Fires
A home on Chickering Road in Lawrence exploded (WBZ-TV)

Power was shut off in large sections of the three communities as a precaution. Images from WBZ-TV’s Skyeye helicopter Thursday night showed huge areas of darkened neighborhoods, illuminated only by the lights of police cruisers, dispersed to keep the peace and direct traffic.

According to MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz, emergency crews responded to between 60 and 80 fires, and three explosions within a very short time frame.

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Leonel Rondon (Image from Facebook)

There were a total of 38 fires in Andover alone. All fires were extinguished by 6:45 p.m. At peak, 18 fires were burning at the same time.

Fluoride Fundamentals #3: Margin of Safety

Fluoride Fundamentals #3: Margin of Safety



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dick Cheney and Rudy Giuliani: The First Government Officials to Dismiss the Idea of Controlled Demolition on 9/11


One of the more perplexing aspects of 9/11 is how the public was so quickly and thoroughly convinced that the airplane impacts and ensuing fires—and not the explosions that so many witnesses reported—had caused the destruction of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers.

People who have only a passing familiarity with the historical record of 9/11 might assume, understandably, that everyone has always believed, from day one, that the towers came down as a direct result of the airplane impacts.

Closer examination of the record, however, shows that officials in at least three government agencies responsible for responding to the attacks—the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)—said they suspected that the buildings had been brought down with explosives. In addition, many individuals in the news media commented throughout the morning that explosives appeared to be involved.

For anyone attempting to quell suspicions that explosives were used, the simplest tactic would have been to trust that as soon as Al Qaeda was blamed for the attacks—which it was, within hours after the event—members of the media and government would conclude that Muslim terrorists would not have been able to plant explosives in the buildings without being detected; ipso facto, explosives could not have been used to bring them down.

The clearest example of someone ignoring their initial observation after learning the official narrative was structural engineer Ronald Hamburger, who worked for FEMA on the first official investigation of the collapses. Hamburger told The Wall Street Journal on September 19, 2001, “‘It appeared to me that charges had been placed in the building.’ . . . Upon learning that no bombs had been detonated, [Hamburger said,] ‘I was very surprised.’”

But in response to all those people who early on voiced their suspicion that explosives had brought down the Twin Towers—before the official narrative was promulgated—anyone needing to quell suspicions about controlled demolition would find it necessary to gently dismiss such concerns.

‘It just pancaked’

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Dick Cheney and Eric Edelman converse in the PEOC on 9/11.
 
One government official who openly speculated about the possibility of explosives being used at the World Trade Center was Eric Edelman, Vice President Dick Cheney’s Deputy Chief of Staff on 9/11.

He was in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) with his boss as the events unfolded that morning. In a little-known interview with Newsweek Magazine on October 25, 2001, he gave this account of his and Cheney’s reaction to watching the Twin Towers go down:

“Some of us, when the Trade Center came down, and then the second one came down, some of us I think were a bit stunned by how, the way it came down. As you recall from seeing the tapes, it almost looked like (inaudible) charges on each floor to bring it to the ground. Some of us were speculating that maybe, you know, there was some kind of charge on the ground or in the building. You know, we were dealing with all sorts of speculation.
“But [Cheney] basically said, well, just the way it looks to me, it just pancaked and (inaudible), top (inaudible) came down; just pancaked the rest of the building. His sense of all this was pretty impressive, I have to say—not just because I work for him.”

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FBI Director Robert Mueller in the PEOC on 9/11.
 
It is impossible to know whether Cheney had inside information on the Twin Towers’ demolition and was intentionally steering his colleagues away from that suspicion or whether he was reacting genuinely to what he observed. Either way, given that he had unprecedented power in the White House and that he was the man in charge on 9/11, his instant dismissal of the possibility of controlled demolition undoubtedly had some effect on the direction of various investigations that were just getting underway.

Of course, one of those investigations was being conducted by the FBI. Later that day, FBI Director Robert Mueller would join Cheney in the PEOC. It just so happens that the FBI’s “working theory” of the attacks was that explosives had been used to bring down the Twin Towers. We know as much, because USA Today correspondent Jack Kelley provided this report on the day of 9/11:


Kelley: “Apparently, what appears to have happened is that at the same time two planes hit the building, that the FBI most likely thinks that there was a car or truck packed with explosives underneath the building which also exploded at the same time and brought both of them down.”
USA Today Anchor: “Now that’s the first time we’re hearing that. So two planes and explosives that were in the building, is that correct?”
Kelley: “That is the working theory at this point. That is still unconfirmed, but that is what the FBI is going on at this point.”
But at some point and for some unexplained reason, the FBI apparently abandoned its “working theory.”

‘We don’t know of an additional explosion’

Had the FBI continued to pursue the explosives theory, it would have been corroborated by many officials and firefighters in the FDNY. Consider that at around 11:55 AM, approximately 90 minutes after both towers had disappeared from the New York skyline, NBC’s Pat Dawson gave this extensive report on his conversation with the FDNY’s Deputy Assistant Chief of Safety, Albert Turi:



Dawson: “Just moments ago I spoke to the Chief of Safety for the New York City Fire Department, who was obviously one of the first people here on the scene after those two planes were crashed into the side—we assume—of the World Trade Center towers, which used to be behind me over there. Chief Albert Turi told me that he was here just literally 10 or 15 minutes after the events that took place this morning, that is, the first crash. . . . [He] told me that shortly after 9 o’clock he had roughly 10 alarms, roughly 200 men in the building trying to effect rescues of some of those civilians who were in there, and that basically he received word of a possibility of a secondary device—that is, another bomb going off. He tried to get his men out as quickly as he could, but he said that there was another explosion which took place. And then an hour after the first hit here, the first crash that took place, he said there was another explosion that took place in one of the towers here. So obviously, according to his theory, he thinks that there were actually devices that were planted in the building. One of the secondary devices he thinks, that took place after the initial impact, he thinks may have been on the plane that crashed into one of the towers. The second device he thinks, he speculates, was probably planted in the building.”