Donald Trump believes that the Twin Towers were demolished with explosives as well as aircraft on 9/11, and in a telephone conversation with a local New York news station only hours after the World Trade Centre Building collapsed in 2001, a real estate personage stated that he didn’t see how a plane could tear through steel on the sides of the buildings.
The interview was 15 years before he ran for President as he appeared on rolling news coverage for WWOR/UPN 9, and gave his expert judgment as a property developer, and he implied that the towers were demolished by “bombs that exploded almost simultaneously” when the planes crashed into the towers.
He said that it wasn’t an architectural deficit because the World Trade Centre was always known as a pretty sturdy structure, and he said that when he first looked at it he couldn’t understand it because there was a hole in the steel, and the width of the windows in the World Trade Centre, if you were up there, they were pretty narrow, and in between was this thick steel, and he thought, how can a plane, any plane, even a 767 or 747 or whatever it might have been, how could it possibly go through that steel?
And then he thought about it and guessed that perhaps it had not only been a plane but that they had bombs that detonated almost simultaneously because he couldn’t picture anything being able to go through that wall.
Most buildings are built with the steel on the interior around the lift shaft, this one was built from the outside, which is the strongest structure you can have, but on the day it was almost like a can of soup, and he just believed that it was a plane with more than just fuel.
Clearly, they were really big planes, and they were flying quite quickly, but it just seemed to do that sort of damage was even more than just a big plane because you’re talking about taking out steel, but Donald Trump’s allegations are comparable to a conspiracy theory, which implies that it wasn’t planes at all that destroyed the World Trade Centre, but that the buildings were instead intentionally destroyed by explosives, although his speculations have since been ridiculed by the official investigation into the 9/11 attacks, even though he’s not alone on when it comes to conspiracy theories!
The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced its closing report on the Twin Towers in 2005 and concluded that it was the planes that brought down the towers, and in a FAQ issued in 2006, the investigators said that the extensive damage was caused by the large size of the aircraft, their high velocity and force, which severed the relatively light steel of the outer columns.
Fireproofing insulation was further weakened by the force, and the extensive amounts of blazing jet fuel weakened the supporting steel, which caused the structure on the impact floors to fail, causing the collapse of the building when it couldn’t sustain its own weight.
Donald Trump also bizarrely used the tragedy to gloat about the size of his own Trump Building in downtown Manhattan by stating that 40 Wall Street really was the second highest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Centre, the tallest, and then, when they built the World Trade Centre, it became known as the second tallest, and now it’s the tallest.
But the remark left a presenter anaesthetized, and that any opinion that Donald Trump had, in the middle of everything that was happening, was callous, and it was, and Donald Trump’s bombshell opinion isn’t the only conspiracy he’s brought himself into regarding 9/11, and during his presidential campaign he declared that he saw thousands of Muslims in New Jersey revelling soon after the attacks but gave no documentation or corroborating eyewitnesses.
It does, however, appear at times that Donald Trump isn’t playing with a full deck, but there are so many discrepancies in the official report that to accept that the towers were demolished by aircraft alone seems more far fetched than any conspiracy theory.
Did two planes bring down the twin towers? Well, we might never know, and there will always be conspiracy theorist out there, but it does look like the Americans were responsible for that day that made it look like a terror attack.
On 11 September 2001, four passenger planes were commandeered by extremist Islamist terrorists, and almost 3,000 people were killed as the aircraft was piloted into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
But just hours following the collapse of New York’s Twin Towers, a conspiracy theory surfaced online which continues more than 16 years later.
“Is it just me?” an internet user named David Rostcheck wrote, “or did anyone else recognise that it wasn’t the aeroplane impacts that blew up the World Trade Centre?
“I hope other people are actually catching this, but I haven’t seen anyone say it yet, so I guess I will. There’s no doubt that the planes hit the building and did a lot of damage. But look at the footage – those buildings were demolished,” he continued. “To demolish a building, you don’t need all that much explosive but it needs to be placed in the correct places… Someone had to have a lot of access to all of both towers and a lot of time to do this. This is pretty grim. The really dire part is – what were the planes for?”
Succeeding investigations made it clear that the tower structures were weakened by the inferno from the aircraft and felled by the weight of collapsing floors, however, even now some people refuse to accept this version of events.
On the day of the attacks, Matt Campbell was on vacation in Lanzarote with his wife and two young daughters. He watched the broadcast on television in a state of shock, as his brother Geoff, it transpired over the next few torturous hours, was in the World Trade Centre.
His mother had recently flown out the day before to join them for a week, and he remembers being on the beach and he believes his wife had gone up to one of the restaurants to get some food when she then came down saying that she thought something had happened in New York.
Following several calls here and there they managed to discover that Geoff was in the North Tower, and no one had heard from him.
Geoff had moved to Manhattan a few years earlier. He’d recently got engaged and worked for the Reuters news agency in Midtown. He was on the 106th floor of the North Tower for a conference, but Matt and his wife immediately assumed the worst.
But over the following few days, they tried to keep their hopes up, but they were stranded and no flights were leaving, and all they had was a kind of blurry image on the hotel’s cable TV with the news clips being repeated, showing the plane going into tower two.
The family got a flight back to the UK after a few days and then got onto a flight to New York, but they were clinging onto hope that maybe he’d been wounded and was unconscious, so they asked around several hospitals and it became apparent that there were surprisingly few people who were actually hurt.
Geoff was dead. He was 31, and an investigation into his death was not decided until 2013, though bits of his shoulder blade were identified among the rubble from the World Trade Centre in 2002, by that time, Matt was starting to question the official account of what happened.
He doesn’t subscribe to any one particular conspiracy theory, and online, there are several to choose from, but he’s convinced that there was a cover-up which was blocking him from getting answers about his brother’s death.
It started about the end of October 2001, and the more he started to look at stuff over the years, the more stuff didn’t add up.
He submitted a freedom of information requests to the FBI and other bodies which investigated 9/11, but it was frustrating because sometimes they would say that they were protected from disclosure because they couldn’t reasonably be expected to meddle with enforcement proceedings.
Seventeen years on and he can’t even get basic evidence from the authorities, and he wasn’t alone in asking questions, and it was discovered that more than half of Americans thought the government was hiding information about the 9/11 attacks, and parts of the official US government report was redacted for years, and some information is still missing.
However, that doesn’t suggest there’s any evidence for the more bizarre online conspiracy theories about the attacks, but some claim the US government was complicit, and that officials intentionally let the attacks happen or were even implicated in the planning.
And experts say part of the reason for the continuation of such conspiracy theories is the discrepancy that occurs when people hear that a comparatively tiny group of men using low-tech weapons caused such cataclysmic carnage.
But that’s quite common when something major occurs because people want an explanation, and usually, the official explanation seems pretty mundane to people and not especially gratifying, and conspiracy theories frequently arise as a consequence of this demand for an answer that’s equal to the event itself, and the reinforcing creation of the online world means that the speculations have hung around for a decade and a half.
And the news doesn’t necessarily radiate indiscriminately the way people believe it does on the internet and social media because people tend to distribute it with people who sort of think the same way as they do about these issues in the first place.
And this uncertainty and confusion of 9/11 have further boosted the conspiracies to find an audience, to take one well-known case, third tower destruction in Manhattan on 9/11, and this tower became an important focus for people who challenged the official story of what transpired.
A 47-storey building about 100 metres from the twin towers, WTC7 was never hit by an aeroplane, and two planes plus three towers have equalled lots of questions, questions coalesced by the BBC’s own reporting of the destruction of WTC7, and in the frantic, unsettling aftermath of the terror attacks, the BBC announced that WTC7 had collapsed twenty minutes before the building actually came down, and in 2007, the BBC’s The Editors blog addressed the stories and outlined how an on-air commentary about an impending collapse turned into reporting about the building really falling, shortly before WTC7 did really fall.
And any possible miscalculation was evacuated by a 2008 report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) which determined that WTC7 fell following fires on multiple levels caused a critical support column to fail, starting a fire-induced progressive collapse that brought the building down, but that didn’t change the minds of the conspiracy theorists, and AE911 Truth board member Roland Angle alleges there are notable flaws in the NIST report.
His organisation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to finance additional research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and they can say what didn’t happen that day, no matter what the government records and they conclude there’s a pressing problem there.
Matt Campbell’s also still looking for answers, and in 2016, he travelled to Guantanamo to attend a pre-trial hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man named by the 9/11 Commission Report as the principal architect of the 9/11 terror attacks.
He called the trial a bit of a farce but stated: It was the closest he was ever going to get to a trial into the murder of his brother.
There were four other families there, and one of the women there had signed a reinvestigate 9/11 petition back in 2003 or 2004. The other family members, from what he could gather, were pretty much in line with the official story, but he already expected this because some people have gone past wanting to know what transpired because they were still dealing with the never-ending consequences of losing a loved one.
But whatever it was, innocent lives were lost, and we should all remember that!