Wednesday, July 8, 2009
A new report by the Government Accountability Office inadvertently discredits a claim often made by 9/11 truth debunkers – that bombs could not have been smuggled into the twin towers or Building 7 without being noticed by security.
“In the past year, investigators successfully smuggled bomb-making materials into ten high-security federal buildings, constructed bombs and walked around the buildings undetected,” reports the Washington Post.
The GAO said that Federal Protective Service security at the offices of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the State Department amongst others was easily penetrated by investigators carrying liquid explosives and low-yield detonators.
“In one instance, the GAO obtained a building security tape showing an investigator walking through a security checkpoint with bomb making materials,” according to the Post.
“We knew that the FPS was a troubled agency, but that GAO could penetrate security at these buildings and make bombs without detection is truly shocking,” said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.
Several factors would have made it easier for conspirators to smuggle bombs inside the twin towers before 9/11.
According to a September 12, 2001 Newsday report, “bomb-sniffing dogs were abruptly removed,” on the Thursday before the attacks took place. Heightened security procedures had been lifted just days before September 11.
Security for the World Trade Center complex was provided by Securacom, a company that counted amongst its directors Marvin P. Bush, the brother of President George W. Bush. The contract for security on the WTC complex ran “up to the day the buildings fell down,” according to Securacom CEO Barry McDaniel.
According to Scott Forbes, who worked in the south tower of the WTC for Fiduciary Trust, during the weekend of September 8th and 9th, there was an “unprecedented” power down which affected the top 50 floors of the south tower. The reason given for the power down was that cabling was being upgraded in the building.
The power down meant that all security cameras were not working during this period and according to Forbes, there were many “engineers” coming and going from the tower over the course of the weekend that Forbes had never seen before.
“When the South Tower collapsed, like a pillar of sand, it seemed unreal and inconceivable and I immediately thought something weird was going on. I became more suspicious several months later when the power down condition was never acknowledged and in some instances was denied by authorities,” said Forbes.
Forbes attempted to alert the 9/11 Commission to his experiences but was completely ignored.
Forbes’ statements are backed up by Ben Fountain, a financial analyst who worked in the World Trade Center, who told People Magazine that in the weeks before 9-11, There were a number of unannounced and unusual drills where sections of both the Twin Towers and Building 7 were evacuated for ’security reasons’.
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