by Scott Creighton (archived from Feb. 2009)
While attempting to find out who the “special engineer” was that accurately predicted the collapse of Building 7 five hours before it fell, I ran across an article written by Brett Blanchard, Director of Field Operations for Protec Documentation Services. In that article, he lets it slip that “several” demolition teams were on site at Ground Zero before building 7 came down.
The article itself is here:
… and the site for Protec is here:
Once again, the article is of the typical “whitewash the controlled demolition theory” garden variety. Not hard at all to run through line by line and debunk. Blanchard’s piece is full of unsupported misinformation like “The fact is many steel structures have collapsed due to fire.” which, of course stands in direct contrast to NIST’s report as well as even the latest BBC hit piece which agrees with the conclusion that Building 7 and the Towers were the first steel framed buildings in history to collapse due to fire.
But then, on page 9, Blanchard offers this little tidbit of information;
“5. Several demolition teams had reached Ground Zero by 3:00pm on 9/11, and these individuals witnessed the collapse of WTC 7 within a few hundred feet of the event.”Demolition teams were on site prior to Building 7’s “collapse”…
He doesn’t try to explain why “demolition teams” all rushed to the site on Sept. 11th nor does he name the “witnesses” he spoke with for the paper. But he is very specific when he says that demolition “teams” were on site BEFORE the “collapse” of Building 7 ad they didn’t think it was a controlled demolition.
Why don’t you think Popular Mechanics or the BBC or even NIST would chose to use their expert testimony to debunk the “sounds of explosives” testimony? Perhaps because it’s a little difficult trying to explain why “demolition teams” were there in the first place?
But leave it to a over zealous contractor trying to help dispell the controlled demolition theory to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.
By the way, who is Protec you ask? They just happen to do seismic recordings and documentations of demolition projects for clients like Bechtel, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the US Army Corp of Engineers to name a few.
I should note, in order to give you a better understanding of the piece, it is full of self contradictory statements.
In summation Blanchard writes “Finally, we have not dicovered or been presented with any physical evidence indicating explosives were used to fell the structure.”
But on page 7 he writes “These beams apparently tested positive for thermite, which led Dr. Jones to conclude thermite was used on 9/11 by unkown parties…”
So, in fact, Blanchard was presented evidence, by Dr. Jones (who Blanchard admits he was in extensive communications with prior to writing this piece) that shows explosives were used.
Again, we must consider the source. But, one very useful bit of information leaks out of this silly work by Blanchard: demolition “teams” were on site hours before building 7 collapsed.
Protec, a company that uses siesmic equipment to monitor demolitions, and has extensive government contracts, was also there. That much we can gather from Blanchard’s useful article.