Even with distortions in the officially manipulated media record of the disaster all that's left for us to study, the sorting out of available facts can sometimes lead us to a subjective gleaning of truth from falsehood. For instance, by comparing inconsistencies and contradictions in the fireman's oral histories, an individual will singularly damn himself through just his own efforts. And in no way will the collected storyline that comprises the official history of 9/11 hold together any longer, or be taken seriously by rational people.
There is clear evidence that surviving members of Engine 10 and Ladder 10, firemen like John Schroeder and John Moribito, functioned as foreknowledged participants within this vast secret undertaking---and not just by being so obviously and grossly incompetent in doing their overt jobs as firemen.
We can't spare a charge of collusion from those who "died" that day either. Former Ladder 10 Captain James J. Corrigan, who retired from his city job in 1994, and became the fire safety director for Building 7 until shortly before 9/11, when Larry Silverstein assumed the lease for the entire complex, and instead of conducting a nationwide search for the best qualified candidate to handle the bigger responsibilities, Corrigan, at age 60, was elevated to serve that role.
On September 11th, Corrigan, along with five of his deputy directors, ignored the fire-law mandate, leaving unmanned the safety stations in the six-building complex, to collectively engage in a highly improbable and unnecessary, but highly publicized, "rescue" of 30 children from a ground-level nursery school located at the far corner of Building 5. After indulging in this transparently cheap and contrived sentiment, Corrigan, with five of his men---including two other retired city firemen--inexplicably join the roster of dead responders, deep within the bowels of the complex.
One of his deputies was responsible for the public announcement advising occupants of the South Tower to stay in their offices, while in the North Tower, Corrigan failed to assist firemen in working with the repeater radio system, and didn't advise them that some of the elevators were operating, so Corrigan can be said to have personally been responsible for at least several hundred of the civilian and departmental deaths that occurred that day.
But before I get fully into exploring these characters, I wanted to start with a fresh line of inquiry---in a new category that I've named: the Wanton, Unnecessary, but Apparently Purposeful Destruction of Still Further Private Property, Following the Attacks of September 11th.
An insight into the quirky nature of the conspiratorial mindset came after I discovered an online photo archive posted by somebody named Robert Segal, of images he took at ground zero a couple of days after the attack. His shots were mostly from along the corridor of Church Street, with many showing Buildings 4 and 5, but they gave off such a markedly lighter impression than those usually found of the vicinity---where a gestalt of gloom and chaos and destruction was pervasive.
In a blog, Robert Segal & Masayuki Nagare, I highlighted the visual evidence Segal provided, which documented the fact of a major art work from the Port Authority collection---perhaps the most important and valuable piece located at the Trade Center site---had survived the tower's collapses, seemingly unscathed, only to then be destroyed four days later during the recovery effort. I hazarded the guess that this was done to visually expand the debris field, and sense of area-wide destruction, as we saw in other images.
This opened the door for me to consider that previously had been unthinkable: how, or why someone, anyone, would---could---casually, or deliberately, bulldoze such a significant work of art as Masayuki Nagare's 250-ton, black-granite sculpture, "Cloud Fortress," into complete oblivion. But, I guess I learned, needs sometimes justify the means. Like a million dead Muslims, it's called collateral damage, if it's mentioned at all.
Of course, given its monetary value, and since no evidence for its destruction ever turned up---the piece may have been spirited away with a mega-Caterpillar, Shanghai-ed into some illicit art-appreciating underworld, where it serves as talisman, or reminder of all the dirty deeds done tat day in the name of slaughter and war profit.
From this, I started to gather with assurance the sense that all of the images of collapse debris had been faked for specific purposes: to exaggerate the amount of steel that logically might be expected to be the remainders of towers. This also supported a long-held theory of mine that some unknown technology of energetic weaponry had dissolved much of the actual steel structure.
But could there be any other reasons to want to expand the debris field?
Well, of course, Building 7, which had fallen, we were told, as a consequence to the destructive impacts from collapsing debris off the North Tower. Hmmm...I wondered, did all that steel really land on the Winter Garden then? (Like the damage to Fitterman Hall as seen in public imagery, can now be detected as poorly done Photoshop.)
Then I saw this document: FEMA 403 Building Performance Report chapter 6: Bankers Trust Building (Deutsche Bank/130 Liberty) and things began to get clearer.
But I confused that document with a a different one, entirely different in style and tone:
Volume II Section 1: WTC Event ec1_052903 - 1 WTC EVENT1, Quick View
From that document I gathered some special search terms:
Mike Davis, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, 130 Liberty Documents, Property Damage Claim of DB, Volume II Sec 1, WTC, 130 Liberty Street, R.J. Lee Group for Deutsch Bank,
Those words led me to these other documents from a series:
Volume II Section 5: Detailed Building Description, 12 pages Quick View
Damage Assessment 130 Liberty Street Property, WTC Dust Signature Report, Quick View
Concrete Assessment, 130 Liberty Street Property, May 2004, Quick View
Signature Assessment, 130 Liberty Street, WTC Dust Signature, Quick View
But it was the one document with the weird code in its title, that I found to be an emotional polemic, with its plea for sympathy and justification for more good insurance money after bad. I could even hear the wail in a photo caption:
Figure 1-4. WTC-1 collapses. The collapse releases WTC Dust containing WTC Hazardous Substances. The toxic, asbestos containing WTC Dust is driven by tornado force winds into almost every crack and crevice of the Building that was ripped open and exposed to the outside environment by the previous collapse of WTC-2. The collapse of WTC-2 ripped a gash into the north face of the Building, crushed the plaza, and opened both basement Levels A and B and the Lobby area to the contaminated outside environment.Now, at this point, here is the makings for an absolutely terrific blog about the relationships in the stories of two former next-door neighbors on Liberty Street: the 10 & 10 firehouse and Deutsch Bank, the details of which are irreconcilably at odds
In these documents, we see consultants hired by Deutsch Bank's attorneys claim that the trade tower collapses so damaged their steel-framed headquarters building that they were unable to restore it. The falling steel from the collapse of the South Tower had carved a big gash in the front of their structure, opening their building up to a massive environmental contamination hazard.
Even worse apparently, pieces of steel had fallen onto the open, second-story promenade that fronted the building on Liberty Street, collapsing it down to ground level, and even further, pushing debris into the basement and sub-basement which extended out from their building under the wide, overhanging terrace roof. This was especially damaging, because in the far north-west corner of the site, nearest to the South Tower, an underground 20,000 gallon fuel oil tank stood, the reserve fuel serving their emergency generators.
Deutsch's environmental consultants concluded that a fire resulted in the basement that compromised the structural integrity of the building's concrete foundations, and it was this factor, more than the gash, broken windows, and pollution, which circulating throughout the building that led to it's having to be demolished, at a cost to remove of over $160 million.
However, none of the details of Deutsch's debacle are to be found in the histories of those who were stationed so close-by. In fact, their stories contain rather contradictory information about how events unfold that day.
I found twenty-three members of the 10 & 10 house referenced by name in the public record, as having participated in the events of September 11th, 2001, with less than half of those being officially on duty that morning.
Only five men have transcripts from the fire department task force oral history project.
FF John Moribito, who was relieving the scheduled Ladder 10 chauffeur, Eddie Thompson, who instead was in court out on Long Island; and FF Terrance Rivera of Engine 10, who was just getting off duty, and standing outside of headquarters when the first plane hit, both responded immediately to the North tower. We'll save their stories for later.
The other three were all off-duty officers. Captain Eugene Kelty, was the "Company Commander" for Engine 10. He was on the golf course when his pager went off, and he made it back to headquarters about 9:30 a.m. Lieutenant Sean O'Malley, of Engine 10, was at home on the Upper West Side when he saw the fire on television and he rode his bicycle down to Liberty Street. Captain Paul Mallery, of Ladder 10, had just gotten off duty from a 24-hour shift, and he was showering when the first plane hit.
The similarly named Mallery and O'Malley are very important to this narrative, and it is my luck that they were both much more forthcoming, and frank in their testimony than that given by the usual firefighters, where they seem loath to mention any details, or implicate any names, lest the get forced into some sort of trap. Perhaps it was because both Mallery and O'Malley were outside the strict planning confines guiding those who played more central roles inside the towers for those 102 minutes.
It's not as if these two don't also spout the same across-the-board bromides and disseminated talking points as are found in almost every single firemen transcript. But the two remain unguarded in their speech; not fearing that they'll give something or someone away---together they mention the names of an additional 23 firemen with whom they interacted that day. Men who don't give official testimony for the record, but who can be placed at the scene by a single mention of their names in the testimony of others.
So I'll stop beating around the bush and let O'Malley go first, starting at a point sometime after the South Tower had fallen:
"I went upstairs to my locker. I changed into my work duty uniform, came back down, collected up these three or four probies and made up a BF4 with their names, explained to them how we were going to be operating. I put on my helmet. I directed them to each put on each of their helmets. Take a look at me, take a look at each other. I said if we get masks, we are going to be putting them on. You are not going to recognize one another. We are going to stay together. We are going to go over as a team, we are going to operate as a team."
"The pile out in front of the fire house, which began actually inside the front door, was so high that I actually climbed out a window in the house watch rather than try to make my way out the pile into the street...When I went out the window of the house watch, there was absolute silence.
"I have since seen video tapes of the north side up towards Chambers Street, with the pass alarm, firemen stumbling around. By Liberty Street and Greenwich Street there wasn't a single sound. There wasn't a creature moving, there was no pass alarms, there was no sirens, there was no yelling for help. There was no one in the street. It was absolutely dead silence.
"We made our way directly across the street from the fire house, the address is 130 Liberty Street. Prior to -- there had been like a public space, like a second floor garden area that came from the second floor mezzanine of 130 Liberty Street. It had a foot bridge that extended across Liberty Street and went into the plaza of the World Trade Center complex. It went through like 4 World Trade Center. It actually exited between number 2 and number 4, from 130 Liberty Street across the street and also in between building two and building 4.
"Underneath that there was a wide entranceway with a fountain and a wide sweeping steps that led up to the public space. If it was a fire building we would be looking at the corner of where exposure one and exposure two came together, inside what had been a cafe or like a coffee shop for the building employees. I found Lieutenant Keith Ruby, who was lying on the floor underneath what had been like a counter rail where you could stand up and eat your coffee and donuts."
"His head was facing towards the Trade Center. His feet were pointing away. He was in a great deal of pain, although he wasn't badly buried, it was just light debris. He was lucid and not -- from the look of him, he didn't look that bad, but he was in a great deal of pain and he pointed to the middle of his right leg and said that he had a great deal of pain there. He felt that he had surely broke it. He said he heard it snap.
"So I suspected that to be a mid shaft femur fracture. I applied traction. Just followed the protocols for that sort of an injury, but I also knew that was -- he was in pretty deep trouble, owing to where he was. I sent this proby I mentioned earlier back to the fire house and I told him to raid that ambulance and to come back with oxygen and a backboard if he could, and apparently he had some EMS training, because he had the wherewithal to bring back a traction splint, so we were able to properly traction splint and package this Lieutenant as well as supply him with some oxygen therapy right away.
"But still in all it took us a fair amount of time to do that. I had two or three other probies working with me and I believe a police officer came over to help as well. Captain Mallery came out and Captain Kelty -- he was yelling over to me. I could still hear him directing civilians away from the area.
"While we were doing that we heard small explosions, rumblings, which sounded like additional collapses. When one of those would happen some of the people that were helping us, would run for positions of cover, but I was holding traction so I had to stay with the patient and the probationary Firefighter Dino, whatever his name was. Maintaining traction on the Lieutenant's head and supplying with the oxygen. He stayed his ground as well."First we can dispense with the obvious lies O'Malley was mandated to detail in any account he was to give. As to the amount of debris that he confronted in the street, it's silly for him to say he climbed out a window rather than walking out one of the open apparatus doors. If he didn't specify that he left out of the backdoor, on Cedar Street near the corner with Greenwich Street, then he was likely to face similar debris along the whole stretch on his corner, and regardless of what piles he may have confronted at windows of doors, the debris didn't stop anybody from making "our way directly across the street," to the Deutsch building.
"That happened 3 or 4 times during the course of our trying to get them out of there. Then we heard jets overhead and we were concerned that there was another plane coming in to attack us. We just about finished packaging him when we heard that same roaring rumble that preceded the first collapse and the probationary Firefighter at the Lieutenant's head leaned down over him and covered him with his body over the Lieutenant's head and chest and I leaned down from the other end and covered the remainder of him as best as I could with my body and we just crossed our fingers and waited for the other collapse.
"Again the shock wave that came through and the cloud of dust and some more lightweight debris had fallen on us, but we were just very fortunate that we happened to be inside the building itself, because the two story balcony that had been a garden, the following morning when I came out, which was extended from exposure one towards Liberty Street from the front of 130 Liberty Street out toward the street, it was probably 200 feet long and about 40 feet wide. The following morning when I went back, that had collapsed down to within 5 or 6 feet of where we were."
"By the time we had finished packaging the Lieutenant, we knew it was time to just get him out of there. I had, as I said, this probationary fireman, I think he said his name was Vinnie. He was from Ladder 5, probationary firefighter Dino from the academy, Firefighter Kerry Horgan from Ladder 10, Captain Mallery, Captain Kelty from Ladder 10 and myself, we started moving this Lieutenant south on Greenwich Street towards Battery Park. We could see flashing lights and we thought there might be an ambulance down there."
"At that point firefighters operating on the west side of West Street yelled to me that the scaffolding surrounding 90 West Street was shaking. So I dropped the line where I was and ran across to the other side of the street."
O'Malley is careful to parse the tense he means to indicate in the following line, but I think the transcriptionist is also careful to note his meaning when he makes a pregnant pause---by using the dash:
"Prior to -- there had been like a public space, like a second floor garden area that came from the second floor mezzanine of 130 Liberty Street. It had a foot bridge that extended across Liberty Street and went into the plaza of the World Trade Center complex."He doesn't say one way or another if the second-floor mezzanine was destroyed by the first tower's collapse, and he follows that up by using more vague language. But the fact of the matter is---he entered into a retail food establishment in the base of Deutsch's headquarters, most likely fronting onto Liberty Street:
"Underneath that there was a wide entranceway with a fountain and a wide sweeping steps that led up to the public space. If it was a fire building we would be looking at the corner of where exposure one and exposure two came together, inside what had been a cafe or like a coffee shop for the building employees. I found Lieutenant Keith Ruby, who was lying on the floor underneath what had been like a counter rail where you could stand up and eat your coffee and donuts."O'Malley then uses the trade center to reference his position, saying "[h]is head was facing towards the Trade Center." which would indicate an open vista in that direction. After escaping down Greenwich Street, O'Malley has moved around to West Street, where he says,
"At that point firefighters operating on the west side of West Street yelled to me that the scaffolding surrounding 90 West Street was shaking. So I dropped the line where I was and ran across to the other side of the street."which clearly indicates that the scaffolding around 90 West Street hadn't been knocked down by the first collapse, and maybe even by the second. This means that the scene had to be art directed later on to appear as it does in the images we see, and that the great piles of structural steel we see lined up against buildings down the length of Liberty Street is a complete and total Photo-shop manipulation.
Sean O'Malley's most grammatically clear-cut statement concerning the timing of the collapse of Deutsch Bank Building's balcony is the following
"Again the shock wave that came through and the cloud of dust and some more lightweight debris had fallen on us, but we were just very fortunate that we happened to be inside the building itself, because the two story balcony that had been a garden, the following morning when I came out, which was extended from exposure one towards Liberty Street from the front of 130 Liberty Street out towards the street, it was probably 200 feet long and about 40 feet wide. The following morning when I went back, that had collapsed down to within 5 or 6 feet of where we were."It seems to be clear that while he was present, during, and the following aftermath of two collapsing towers, that O'Malley hadn't experienced the collapse of this pretty major major feature, at least until he returned to ground zero the next day. That says to me it was deliberately destroyed [pulled] late at night, under cover of darkness.
This might make for thin evidence if not for a backup testimony provided by Paul Mallery:
"I said it sounds just like this, this is exactly what it sounds like, here's another one, thinking it was a third plane. Meanwhile the sound to me was four distinct events. They all sounded the same. The two plane crashes and the two collapses, except the collapses lasted longer."
"Then I hear help help. Lo and behold, it's in the coffee shop of the Banker's Trust. I make my way over there, up and over all this debris and it was the lighter debris of the Trade Center, the aluminum fascia and a lot of paperwork and a lot of stuff...[t]hen tower one collapses. That was the fourth event in the sound department. The sound was the same thing again. Sounded like a plane to me. Sounded like another plane, but it was the collapse of the tower one, which geographically is further away from us, so we said well, we couldn't run anywhere, because there was debris all over the street."
"[W]e go across the street through the Cedar Way, which is the middle of Bankers Trust. I see a guy named Paul at Bankers Trust, building engineer guy, how you doing. He said, 'We evacuated on the first plane crash.' He said, 'All I got is five essential personnel. They are on the 7th floor by the machinery'...We go through Cedar Way, come out on Washington, right by the Amish market. There we see heavy duty red steel. This is the Trade Center. We said, 'Holy shit, this is - ' We only saw the light stuff on Greenwich. Washington had the heavy stuff. We were like this is it. The fucking thing came down.
Likewise, the following reference from a once estimable FireEngineering.com magazine puts the lie to any possible rational for there not to have been an immediate evacuation of the South Tower following the explosion in the North Tower.
"During the early stages of the WTC attack, a full building evacuation was taking place at 37-story Deutsche Bank (130 Liberty Street), directly across the street from the South Tower. The building sustained heavy collateral damage from falling debris. A large section of the WTC tubular exterior wall had pierced through nine floors, and the spearing section was hanging precariously over the street for the first few weeks of the incident." 'WTC: Actions of Fire Safety Directors and Fire Warden Teams,' FireEngineering.com, Nov 1, 2002, by Jack J. Murphy Jr.,It is clear that in the final report FEMA 403 -- Chapter 6 that it was the first collapse of the nearer by South Tower that caused the balcony extension to collapse below the street level.
"Debris from WTC2 fell along the north side of the building. This debris completely crushed the single-story extension of the building, north of line 8, and collapsed it into the basement in this area. A column section from WTC2 was embedded in the north edge of the floor slab of the 29th floor. It also appears that one section, or perhaps several sections, of exterior column trees from the south wall of WTC2 plunged through the north wall of the building above the 23rd floor."Yet not a single firefighter, has to my knowledge, publicly acknowledged this startling fact in their local reality--if only as a possible hazard to navigation in the neighborhood.
At this point I'd like to dispose of a "loose thread" consisting of Fireman John Schroeder. Schroeder has become something of a celebrity in truth circles; picked up by "Victim Family Member" Manny Badillo; engaged in faux dialectics with JREF Gravy Truther Mark Roberts; and with any number of YouTube videos available online. Do I sound jealous? Your damned straight I am.
What all of his conversations with his straw-men interlocutors simply overlook is one small fact: John Schroeder is one of the few plot participants with a demonstrably provable foreknowledge on 9/11, and he revealed it coming out of the gate. Here's Fireman Mike Cancel of Ladder 10 tarring the dirty dog for eternity:
"Ladder 10/Engine 10 are located on the south side of Liberty Street across from Tower 2. Before the 1993 bombing, we would respond 15-20 times a day to the World Trade Center. After the bombing it dropped to four or five runs a day. Each building has an individual fire command station. I was working 24 hours. I went upstairs to wash up. I heard a boom. It sounded like a steel plate shifting in the street. John Schroeder yelled out that a plane just went into the World Trade Center." FF Mike Cancel - Ladder 10, in an interview with Firehouse.com magazineBacking him up, if not with the use of his proper nouns, is Firefighter John Moribito, also of 10 House:
"When I finished my sentence, the house watchman ran in, and he apparently was very very startled. He was very afraid, and he was yelling that a plane had just hit the trade center. A plane just hit the trade center. He repeated it twice. We all jumped up from the table, we ran up to the front of our quarters out to the apparatus door...We couldn't tell at that point which building was involved with the crash, which one was on fire, but we could see smoke, and we could see debris falling from the building." Task Force Transcript: Firefighter John Moribito, of Ladder Company 10I'll never known exactly what Schroeder could really see on 9/11 from his spot on Liberty Street, since the trade towers no longer exist, so how can I prove I'm right? Easy:
"I was standing outside the quarters about to go home when the first plane hit. I heard a loud noise and then all of a sudden an explosion, looked up. I couldn't even tell really which tower was hit. There was debris flying. There was a lot of smoke and fire. I ran back inside, let everybody know we knew there was an explosion...We pulled out of quarters, we made a left and went towards West Street. We stopped on Liberty Street at first to see if we could see which tower exactly was hit. That's when we determined it was the northern most tower." Firefighter Terence RiveraThis reminds me...have I said anything nice recently? If not, I'll take the opportunity to introduce you to my personal dream team of hot first responders, taken right off the Ladder 10 roster and the Engine 10 roster. Shout it out Clean Fourteen!! I'm a sugar daddy sweet enough for all of you! Everything will be forgiven!
FF Mark Dulski
FF Patrick O'Donnell
FF Frank Noto
FF Bob Buckley
FF Rob Favata
FF John Moore
FF Steve Maxwell
FF Nick Castellano
FF Aaron Burns
FF Vinny Fennimore
FF Sal Cotrona
FF Jimmy Kasyjanski
FF Kyle Rowe
FF Ernie Acosta
"...there were a few individuals that were civilians that were outside that were burnt. There was a -- he wasn't a regular security guard. He had a weapon on him. I don't know if he was FBI or Secret Service and he was trying to put the pants out on one individual that was conscious...At that time, I had asked him where did this individual come from. He told me when the plane had hit, a fire ball had shot down the elevator shaft and had blown people out of the lobby."
"Sometime while we were doing that, that same individual that was -- when we first got there, that was trying to put the pants out, he came over and he is saying to us that it's a terrorist attack. You guys are too close. It's a terrorist attack. So once we got hooked up, I kept that in the back of my mind...Then I went -- that same individual, the security or -- he told me to go over to the command post and let them know it's a terrorist attack. There are more planes in the air. So I went across the street where they were starting to set up. I told them. They said we know."
"So I went to go back to go find 10 Engine chauffeur to tell him let's go down here. This is where they are staging, and he didn't want to leave the rig. He said, I got to stay by the rig. Just get me some water. So I got him some water and sometime when I was getting the -- put in the back or getting out, that's when the second plane hit."
Q. Okay, I have some questions. When you first responded, do you know who the truck officer was?
A. Lieutenant Harrell, he was the company officer.
Q. He is okay?
A. No. Dead, both officers.
Q. Yes, I know, Lieutenant Atlas.
"We had food, we had -- Tony Konczynski got a hand line and back fed the quarters to feed water into quarters. He had a flushing toilet. I venture to say we had the only flushing toilet south of Chambers Street for the first two days. It was incredible. People that were here know what was here and people that weren't here wouldn't believe it anyway, so why bother telling them. Captain Paul Mallery
Kelty Jr., Eugene (pdf file) "Company Commander" for Eng. 10
"After pretty much the towers came down and there was some sense of no more collapse happening, Engine 10's quarters started to get used as a triage station and a general focal point. Throughout the whole time Engine 10's quarters emergency generator was working we had some type of lighting system and some type of electricity. That's why they used it as a focal point. Throughout the whole time Engine 10's quarters emergency generator was working we had some type of lighting system and some type of electricity. That's why they used it as a focal point. The EMS people were in there, they were triaging a lot of people."