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The Toll of 9/11

People exposed to the dust cloud from the World Trade Center collapse still suffer from health problems.

By | September 11, 2011

A fireman calls for 10 more rescue workersU.S NAVY PHOTO, JOURNALIST 1ST CLASS PRESTON KERES

Ten years after the twin towers collapsed, firefighters, construction workers, and people who lived in lower Manhattan continue to face a number of health problems, due largely to exposure to airborne particles released following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

The disaster became an unprecedented public health emergency and several state and local agencies have been keeping tabs on tens of thousands of people in Lower Manhattan who were exposed to the dust cloud.

When the towers collapsed, they released a dust cloud made of 1.2 million pounds of concrete, gypsum, molten electronics, and asbestos particles, as well as burning jet fuel, and other materials, said William Rom, a pulmonologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, who has studied some of the health problems of the victims. For months after the attacks, the site smoldered, releasing a hot stew of toxic volatile chemicals and carcinogens.  The dust cloud reached all of Lower Manhattan and even into Brooklyn.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of people—firefighters, rescue workers, construction workers, and residents—inhaled a huge amount of chemical-laced dust, said olfactory scientist Pamela Dalton of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, who has studied the nasal function of exposed individuals. “The exposure itself was unprecedented.”

Breathing Troubles

Several different studies have noted increased rates of asthma, sinusitis, and acid reflux disease in exposed firefighters, rescue and recovery workers, and people living near Ground Zero. Rom and his colleagues analyzed the symptoms of 362 firefighters, most of whom were exposed to the site. By October 5, 2001, 80 percent of those present on the morning of the attack reported coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and wheezing. In the first year, lower airway lung function dropped significantly for the group, though it eventually stabilized at a lower level, he said.

The inhaled particles could have set off inflammation in the respiratory system, which likely played a large part in the symptoms people experienced, said Mayris Webber, the supervising epidemiologist for the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program. “Many disorders occurring after 9/11—including asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and acid reflux—have been associated with chronic inflammation.”

A firefighter clears soot from his eyes
A firefighter clears soot from his eyes
U.S. NAVY, PHOTOGRAPHER'S MATE 2ND CLASS JIM WATSON

More immediate respiratory problems stemmed from the dust cloud’s polychlorinated biphenyls, highly irritating organic compounds used in 1970’s electronics. Furthermore, because the pH of the material was so alkaline, similar to lye, the dust caused immediate shortness of breath and coughing as they got lodged in the small branches of the lungs, Rom said.

When Rom’s group looked at biopsies of the tissue, small particles can still be found deep in the lungs years later.

Mental Health Problems

Many people in NYC that fateful day were also burdened by post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Several years later, 19 percent of the more than 70,000 people who entered the World Trade Center Registry had some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks and trouble sleeping, compared to less than 4 percent of the overall population, said Sharon Perlman, an epidemiologist with the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene who has studied the exposed populations.

Those who worked in rescue and recovery during the earliest and most intense parts of the tragedy were likelier to experience PTSD, as well as women, Hispanics, residents of the immediate area, and those who had lower levels of support from family and friends, said James Cone, a doctor and epidemiologist with the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene who also studied these populations.

Many rescue and recovery workers also faced depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, Perlman added. And those with a mental health problem are also likelier to also have symptoms such as asthma or gastrointestinal reflux disease.

Smell Compromised

The dust cloud also wiped out the sense of smell for many workers. When Dalton and her colleagues exposed 102 WTC workers to a rose-water like scent, “some people could smell nothing,” she said, and virtually everyone had reduced sensitivity compared to similar workers who had never been exposed.

Even more troubling, 75 percent of the people couldn’t detect an irritant, something that normally caused burning and stinging in the nose.  The culprit in this case, as in the lower airways, is likely the inflammation caused by particulates, which damages the cells that contain smell receptors.

Noses also contain metabolic enzymes that convert toxic chemicals into less dangerous byproducts, but chronic inflammation can wipe out that function. So worker with impaired noses may not only be less able to detect poisonous chemicals, they may also be more vulnerable to them, Dalton said.

Losing the sense of smell also subtly affects people’s experience of life, she added. “We don’t really think our sense of smell as adding that much to our lives. But when people do lose it, it’s like everything has become sort of pastel instead of highly saturated.”

Going forward

One of the biggest lessons from the disaster is that consistent use of face masks can help reduce the health toll. Those who consistently and early wore disposable paper filters (like those used in hospitals), known as respirators, fared better than those who went without, Perlman said.

In the coming years, the health toll may only grow. Instead of seeing symptoms dissipate, “we’re seeing cumulative incidence rates continue to creep up over time,” said Matthew Mauer, a physician with the New York State Department of Health who is monitoring health in exposed state employees.

A study in the September 3 issue of The Lancet found a 19 percent uptick in cancer incidence 7 years after 9/11 among 9,853 firefighters who were exposed to the site. While it’s not clear that the cancer increase is directly caused by some exposure at Ground Zero, the link is plausible, said Webber, who was involved in the study. “Inflammation could lead to cancer because of the activities of leucocytes, including the production of proteins (cytokines and chemokines) that alter the behavior of target cells, stimulation of blood vessel growth (angiogenesis), and tissue remodeling.”

And that may just be the tip of the iceberg.  Because cancer usually takes decades to develop, it’s possible that cancer rates are going to be even higher, Mauer said.

In addition, some of the respiratory problems could eventually worsen, with greater numbers of workers experiencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a disease that often plagues longtime smokers, Mauer said. And as exposed populations get older, monitoring programs may start to see a higher mortality rate in the rescue workers, he added.

“We don’t know for sure what the long term implication is,” Mauer said. “That’s the million dollar question.”

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September 12, 2011

The impact of 9-11 on those in NYC should never be trivialized.  However, beyond this group, many Americans may have suffered trauma on 9-11 and may still suffer to one extent or another.  A symptom of unreconciled post traumatic stress is anger.  It is interesting to speculate that some of the apparently irrational anger that characterizes much of current civil discourse, may stem from events ten years ago. 

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September 12, 2011

The tragedy of 9/11 is a visual scene of human cowardice executed on innocent lives housed in the buildings. The collapse of the building released materials were not only affected the health of those living nearby but also left a long trail of mental agony to be silently suffered by the kith and kin of the victims. It is a historic tombstone to show yet again the vulnerability of oridnary citizens whether American or European or Asian becoming soft targets for the venom of terror or guerilla warfare. But yet the lights of candle lit on the monument of lost ones still flickers with the hope that wisdom will dawn upon all of us to show  that living in harmony and loving each other are everlasting solution to such man made human misery and tragedy. We cannot expect another Jesus Christ to shoulder the nails of human hatred on living human crosses in America or else. May God bring peace to all the grieved families and allow them to be remembered as yet another prey to the predators of terror.

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September 12, 2011

http://www.informationclearing... - a must-see video.

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September 12, 2011

There are many radii along which have expanded the tragedy of 9/11.  The human toll is one.  The immediate loss of the false dream of security in the populace of the U.S. is another.  The money lost in an instant is another.  The costs of cleaning up the shattered bodies and other debris is another.  The costs of getting millions of trading accounts (international as well as internal) is another. Outward along each radius of costs, each expands.  Human lives lost at the scene, and compromise of the health of those who breathed the powdered debris and human remains, continues on to the human lives of Iraqi non-combatants and innocent civilians and U.S. military and civilian personnel (and to think, no Iraqi was on board any of the airliners hijacked, as most were from Saudi Arabia, our an "ally.").   Outward along the radius of monetary costs are the costs in Iraq and other places.  Outward along the radius of costs in "confidence and comfort" of U.S. citizens, and citizens of other nations, are permanent incursions into freedoms, as a consequence of deeper and wider intrusions into the privacy of all, in inter-personnal communications, for sake of the finding of needles of actual risk in veritable haystacks of that one needle of terrorist plotting.

What most U.S. citizens have never stopped to realize is that the greatest achievement of terrorism is comparable to the greatest achievement of jiu-jitsu, the ancient form of fighting that uses one's enemy's own strength and momentum to defeat him.

Anytime a terrorist organization strikes, it costs just one or a handful of lives of the suicides and a limited amount of their own financial resources, but the MORE  POWERFUL is the enemy, the more lives (tens of thousands) and money (billions or even trillions) the powerful enemy expends in retaliative and preventive measures.

A friend of mine who was a POW in WWII contracted tuberculosis.  He told me his doctors had informed him it is not the direct harm done by the causative bacillus itself that destroys the body; it is the body's responding attack upon itself that does.

The wisest measure of dealing with terrorism is to take measure of how to measure wisely one's response, to minimize self-destruction under color of getting even, or making the enemy regret it.  A measured response and maintenance of self is wise.
To strike the wrong suspects and cause the longest and most costly war in one's history, the treat every private, loyal citizen as a possible enemy may be to some degree necessary.  But not one dollar more than necessary, and not one bit more of deletion of freedom than necessary does anything more than teach the terrorist that they have struck upon the secret of making his enemy self-destruct -- if not all in a single swoop, the cumulatively, over time.

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September 12, 2011

The impact of 9-11 on those in NYC should never be trivialized.  However, beyond this group, many Americans may have suffered trauma on 9-11 and may still suffer to one extent or another.  A symptom of unreconciled post traumatic stress is anger.  It is interesting to speculate that some of the apparently irrational anger that characterizes much of current civil discourse, may stem from events ten years ago. 

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September 12, 2011

The tragedy of 9/11 is a visual scene of human cowardice executed on innocent lives housed in the buildings. The collapse of the building released materials were not only affected the health of those living nearby but also left a long trail of mental agony to be silently suffered by the kith and kin of the victims. It is a historic tombstone to show yet again the vulnerability of oridnary citizens whether American or European or Asian becoming soft targets for the venom of terror or guerilla warfare. But yet the lights of candle lit on the monument of lost ones still flickers with the hope that wisdom will dawn upon all of us to show  that living in harmony and loving each other are everlasting solution to such man made human misery and tragedy. We cannot expect another Jesus Christ to shoulder the nails of human hatred on living human crosses in America or else. May God bring peace to all the grieved families and allow them to be remembered as yet another prey to the predators of terror.

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September 12, 2011

http://www.informationclearing... - a must-see video.

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September 12, 2011

There are many radii along which have expanded the tragedy of 9/11.  The human toll is one.  The immediate loss of the false dream of security in the populace of the U.S. is another.  The money lost in an instant is another.  The costs of cleaning up the shattered bodies and other debris is another.  The costs of getting millions of trading accounts (international as well as internal) is another. Outward along each radius of costs, each expands.  Human lives lost at the scene, and compromise of the health of those who breathed the powdered debris and human remains, continues on to the human lives of Iraqi non-combatants and innocent civilians and U.S. military and civilian personnel (and to think, no Iraqi was on board any of the airliners hijacked, as most were from Saudi Arabia, our an "ally.").   Outward along the radius of monetary costs are the costs in Iraq and other places.  Outward along the radius of costs in "confidence and comfort" of U.S. citizens, and citizens of other nations, are permanent incursions into freedoms, as a consequence of deeper and wider intrusions into the privacy of all, in inter-personnal communications, for sake of the finding of needles of actual risk in veritable haystacks of that one needle of terrorist plotting.

What most U.S. citizens have never stopped to realize is that the greatest achievement of terrorism is comparable to the greatest achievement of jiu-jitsu, the ancient form of fighting that uses one's enemy's own strength and momentum to defeat him.

Anytime a terrorist organization strikes, it costs just one or a handful of lives of the suicides and a limited amount of their own financial resources, but the MORE  POWERFUL is the enemy, the more lives (tens of thousands) and money (billions or even trillions) the powerful enemy expends in retaliative and preventive measures.

A friend of mine who was a POW in WWII contracted tuberculosis.  He told me his doctors had informed him it is not the direct harm done by the causative bacillus itself that destroys the body; it is the body's responding attack upon itself that does.

The wisest measure of dealing with terrorism is to take measure of how to measure wisely one's response, to minimize self-destruction under color of getting even, or making the enemy regret it.  A measured response and maintenance of self is wise.
To strike the wrong suspects and cause the longest and most costly war in one's history, the treat every private, loyal citizen as a possible enemy may be to some degree necessary.  But not one dollar more than necessary, and not one bit more of deletion of freedom than necessary does anything more than teach the terrorist that they have struck upon the secret of making his enemy self-destruct -- if not all in a single swoop, the cumulatively, over time.

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September 12, 2011

The impact of 9-11 on those in NYC should never be trivialized.  However, beyond this group, many Americans may have suffered trauma on 9-11 and may still suffer to one extent or another.  A symptom of unreconciled post traumatic stress is anger.  It is interesting to speculate that some of the apparently irrational anger that characterizes much of current civil discourse, may stem from events ten years ago. 

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September 12, 2011

The tragedy of 9/11 is a visual scene of human cowardice executed on innocent lives housed in the buildings. The collapse of the building released materials were not only affected the health of those living nearby but also left a long trail of mental agony to be silently suffered by the kith and kin of the victims. It is a historic tombstone to show yet again the vulnerability of oridnary citizens whether American or European or Asian becoming soft targets for the venom of terror or guerilla warfare. But yet the lights of candle lit on the monument of lost ones still flickers with the hope that wisdom will dawn upon all of us to show  that living in harmony and loving each other are everlasting solution to such man made human misery and tragedy. We cannot expect another Jesus Christ to shoulder the nails of human hatred on living human crosses in America or else. May God bring peace to all the grieved families and allow them to be remembered as yet another prey to the predators of terror.

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http://www.informationclearing... - a must-see video.

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September 12, 2011

There are many radii along which have expanded the tragedy of 9/11.  The human toll is one.  The immediate loss of the false dream of security in the populace of the U.S. is another.  The money lost in an instant is another.  The costs of cleaning up the shattered bodies and other debris is another.  The costs of getting millions of trading accounts (international as well as internal) is another. Outward along each radius of costs, each expands.  Human lives lost at the scene, and compromise of the health of those who breathed the powdered debris and human remains, continues on to the human lives of Iraqi non-combatants and innocent civilians and U.S. military and civilian personnel (and to think, no Iraqi was on board any of the airliners hijacked, as most were from Saudi Arabia, our an "ally.").   Outward along the radius of monetary costs are the costs in Iraq and other places.  Outward along the radius of costs in "confidence and comfort" of U.S. citizens, and citizens of other nations, are permanent incursions into freedoms, as a consequence of deeper and wider intrusions into the privacy of all, in inter-personnal communications, for sake of the finding of needles of actual risk in veritable haystacks of that one needle of terrorist plotting.

What most U.S. citizens have never stopped to realize is that the greatest achievement of terrorism is comparable to the greatest achievement of jiu-jitsu, the ancient form of fighting that uses one's enemy's own strength and momentum to defeat him.

Anytime a terrorist organization strikes, it costs just one or a handful of lives of the suicides and a limited amount of their own financial resources, but the MORE  POWERFUL is the enemy, the more lives (tens of thousands) and money (billions or even trillions) the powerful enemy expends in retaliative and preventive measures.

A friend of mine who was a POW in WWII contracted tuberculosis.  He told me his doctors had informed him it is not the direct harm done by the causative bacillus itself that destroys the body; it is the body's responding attack upon itself that does.

The wisest measure of dealing with terrorism is to take measure of how to measure wisely one's response, to minimize self-destruction under color of getting even, or making the enemy regret it.  A measured response and maintenance of self is wise.
To strike the wrong suspects and cause the longest and most costly war in one's history, the treat every private, loyal citizen as a possible enemy may be to some degree necessary.  But not one dollar more than necessary, and not one bit more of deletion of freedom than necessary does anything more than teach the terrorist that they have struck upon the secret of making his enemy self-destruct -- if not all in a single swoop, the cumulatively, over time.

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September 13, 2011

My brother succumbed after 9 years of suffering effects of exposure to the dust and debris of the World Trade Center. He was one of the first responders who grabbed a ride on a firetruck in from Brooklyn. Afterwards he spoke of the burning eyes and choking air.

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September 13, 2011

It is pretty obvious to anyone there was an abundance of asbestos and heavy metals in the dust. The silence has been deafening and you all embarrass me to no end.  
They have shown iron to be involved in the problems caused by asbestos."In humans, mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure,especially crocidolite and amosite asbestos, which contain high amounts of iron."They have shown targeting iron relieves the symptoms of iron in the lung."Case of interstitial lung disease possibly induced by exposure to iron dust""After treatment with N-acetyl cysteine effervescent tablets, the patient’s symptoms gradually improved."

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September 13, 2011

It is pretty obvious to anyone there was an abundance of asbestos and heavy metals in the dust. The silence has been deafening and you all embarrass me to no end.  
They have shown iron to be involved in the problems caused by asbestos."In humans, mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure,especially crocidolite and amosite asbestos, which contain high amounts of iron."They have shown targeting iron relieves the symptoms of iron in the lung."Case of interstitial lung disease possibly induced by exposure to iron dust""After treatment with N-acetyl cysteine effervescent tablets, the patient’s symptoms gradually improved."

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September 13, 2011

My brother succumbed after 9 years of suffering effects of exposure to the dust and debris of the World Trade Center. He was one of the first responders who grabbed a ride on a firetruck in from Brooklyn. Afterwards he spoke of the burning eyes and choking air.

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September 13, 2011

My brother succumbed after 9 years of suffering effects of exposure to the dust and debris of the World Trade Center. He was one of the first responders who grabbed a ride on a firetruck in from Brooklyn. Afterwards he spoke of the burning eyes and choking air.

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September 13, 2011

It is pretty obvious to anyone there was an abundance of asbestos and heavy metals in the dust. The silence has been deafening and you all embarrass me to no end.  
They have shown iron to be involved in the problems caused by asbestos."In humans, mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure,especially crocidolite and amosite asbestos, which contain high amounts of iron."They have shown targeting iron relieves the symptoms of iron in the lung."Case of interstitial lung disease possibly induced by exposure to iron dust""After treatment with N-acetyl cysteine effervescent tablets, the patient’s symptoms gradually improved."

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Anonymous

September 15, 2011

I expect that if the WTC owners could be sued over this (the producer of toxic waste is liable for the waste for eternity) the feds would be much quicker in funding the health bills for all of the first responders.

It is a shame upon us all that such heroes have not been taken care of; and due to no treatment many are dead or going to the grave earlier than need be.

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September 15, 2011

I expect that if the WTC owners could be sued over this (the producer of toxic waste is liable for the waste for eternity) the feds would be much quicker in funding the health bills for all of the first responders.

It is a shame upon us all that such heroes have not been taken care of; and due to no treatment many are dead or going to the grave earlier than need be.

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September 15, 2011

I expect that if the WTC owners could be sued over this (the producer of toxic waste is liable for the waste for eternity) the feds would be much quicker in funding the health bills for all of the first responders.

It is a shame upon us all that such heroes have not been taken care of; and due to no treatment many are dead or going to the grave earlier than need be.

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September 20, 2011

The fireproofing had been abated and replaced with non-ACM material.  However, there are many locations where there would not have been direct access to remove ALL of the ACM containing fireproofing.  Unfortunate as the original ACM (asbestos containing material) fireproofing may have held up the integrity of the steel being protected.

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September 20, 2011

Glaring omissions in this article involve particular chemicals in the dust (nanothermite) which is affirmed by ten US and European scientists and described in a peer-reviewed paper.  (Jones Harrit Nanothermite Bentham<--these words should find the scientific paper on the web) 

Nano-thermite is an exotic explosive/incendiary to which first responders were exposed.  The medical manifestations of these 'workplace exposures' would be better documented and linked to particular chemistries IF government and private sector health agencies would pool their information about ground zero workers.  Like asbestos-->mesiothelioma, exposure to nano-thermite and byproducts of the nano-thermite combustion may have specific, identifiable pathologies that are characteristic of this group.

The problem with official acknowledgement that nano-thermite was present is that this finding along undermines the official "conspiracy theory" about 19 radical Islamics.  There is no way the muslims could have rigged the buildings with the nano-thermite AND the straight-forward medical evaluations will never be done to assure the cover-up continues as long as possible.

Yes, exposure to 'dust' at ground zero IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG--and when that iceberg is met head on, a revolution will happen.  Hopefully, this will be sooner, rather than later--as you point out--for the well-being of all of us who have been traumatized by 9/11 and the subsequent big lies which have been used to justify a world of sins.

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September 20, 2011

The fireproofing had been abated and replaced with non-ACM material.  However, there are many locations where there would not have been direct access to remove ALL of the ACM containing fireproofing.  Unfortunate as the original ACM (asbestos containing material) fireproofing may have held up the integrity of the steel being protected.

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September 20, 2011

Glaring omissions in this article involve particular chemicals in the dust (nanothermite) which is affirmed by ten US and European scientists and described in a peer-reviewed paper.  (Jones Harrit Nanothermite Bentham<--these words should find the scientific paper on the web) 

Nano-thermite is an exotic explosive/incendiary to which first responders were exposed.  The medical manifestations of these 'workplace exposures' would be better documented and linked to particular chemistries IF government and private sector health agencies would pool their information about ground zero workers.  Like asbestos-->mesiothelioma, exposure to nano-thermite and byproducts of the nano-thermite combustion may have specific, identifiable pathologies that are characteristic of this group.

The problem with official acknowledgement that nano-thermite was present is that this finding along undermines the official "conspiracy theory" about 19 radical Islamics.  There is no way the muslims could have rigged the buildings with the nano-thermite AND the straight-forward medical evaluations will never be done to assure the cover-up continues as long as possible.

Yes, exposure to 'dust' at ground zero IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG--and when that iceberg is met head on, a revolution will happen.  Hopefully, this will be sooner, rather than later--as you point out--for the well-being of all of us who have been traumatized by 9/11 and the subsequent big lies which have been used to justify a world of sins.

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September 20, 2011

Strangely, it is not asked what caused nearly everything but the steel to turn to unusually fine dust, the concrete, the office equipment including filing cabinets computers, and desks, and even the personnel. 

The answer is in an April 2009 paper in the Open Chemical Physics Journal by Niels Harrit, et al.: Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade
Center Catastrophe. Unmistakable evidence was found in all 4 dust samples of a new high-tech super-explosive, nano-thermite in a special form adapted for spraying upon surfaces. Further proof of this is their also finding microspheres of iron in the same dust.  Politics is preventing acknowledging the WTC towers were exploded rather than the official story of their collapsing from structural failure as result of airliner impact and fire.  The buildings were taken down by controlled demolition, thermate cutting charges placed on the supporting core columns and nano-thermite sprayed between ceilings and the floors above them, all accomplished by crews riding atop elevators with easy access to the core columns in the corners of the elevator shafts.  This explains the molten iron that remained so hot at ground zero for several weeks, molten iron at 4500 F being the chemical byproduct of the thermate reaction.

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Anonymous

September 20, 2011

Strangely, it is not asked what caused nearly everything but the steel to turn to unusually fine dust, the concrete, the office equipment including filing cabinets computers, and desks, and even the personnel. 

The answer is in an April 2009 paper in the Open Chemical Physics Journal by Niels Harrit, et al.: Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade
Center Catastrophe. Unmistakable evidence was found in all 4 dust samples of a new high-tech super-explosive, nano-thermite in a special form adapted for spraying upon surfaces. Further proof of this is their also finding microspheres of iron in the same dust.  Politics is preventing acknowledging the WTC towers were exploded rather than the official story of their collapsing from structural failure as result of airliner impact and fire.  The buildings were taken down by controlled demolition, thermate cutting charges placed on the supporting core columns and nano-thermite sprayed between ceilings and the floors above them, all accomplished by crews riding atop elevators with easy access to the core columns in the corners of the elevator shafts.  This explains the molten iron that remained so hot at ground zero for several weeks, molten iron at 4500 F being the chemical byproduct of the thermate reaction.

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September 20, 2011

The fireproofing had been abated and replaced with non-ACM material.  However, there are many locations where there would not have been direct access to remove ALL of the ACM containing fireproofing.  Unfortunate as the original ACM (asbestos containing material) fireproofing may have held up the integrity of the steel being protected.

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September 20, 2011

Glaring omissions in this article involve particular chemicals in the dust (nanothermite) which is affirmed by ten US and European scientists and described in a peer-reviewed paper.  (Jones Harrit Nanothermite Bentham<--these words should find the scientific paper on the web) 

Nano-thermite is an exotic explosive/incendiary to which first responders were exposed.  The medical manifestations of these 'workplace exposures' would be better documented and linked to particular chemistries IF government and private sector health agencies would pool their information about ground zero workers.  Like asbestos-->mesiothelioma, exposure to nano-thermite and byproducts of the nano-thermite combustion may have specific, identifiable pathologies that are characteristic of this group.

The problem with official acknowledgement that nano-thermite was present is that this finding along undermines the official "conspiracy theory" about 19 radical Islamics.  There is no way the muslims could have rigged the buildings with the nano-thermite AND the straight-forward medical evaluations will never be done to assure the cover-up continues as long as possible.

Yes, exposure to 'dust' at ground zero IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG--and when that iceberg is met head on, a revolution will happen.  Hopefully, this will be sooner, rather than later--as you point out--for the well-being of all of us who have been traumatized by 9/11 and the subsequent big lies which have been used to justify a world of sins.

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September 20, 2011

Strangely, it is not asked what caused nearly everything but the steel to turn to unusually fine dust, the concrete, the office equipment including filing cabinets computers, and desks, and even the personnel. 

The answer is in an April 2009 paper in the Open Chemical Physics Journal by Niels Harrit, et al.: Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade
Center Catastrophe. Unmistakable evidence was found in all 4 dust samples of a new high-tech super-explosive, nano-thermite in a special form adapted for spraying upon surfaces. Further proof of this is their also finding microspheres of iron in the same dust.  Politics is preventing acknowledging the WTC towers were exploded rather than the official story of their collapsing from structural failure as result of airliner impact and fire.  The buildings were taken down by controlled demolition, thermate cutting charges placed on the supporting core columns and nano-thermite sprayed between ceilings and the floors above them, all accomplished by crews riding atop elevators with easy access to the core columns in the corners of the elevator shafts.  This explains the molten iron that remained so hot at ground zero for several weeks, molten iron at 4500 F being the chemical byproduct of the thermate reaction.

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September 21, 2011

The following quote from a New York Times article could provide a clue to at least some of the health effects from 9-11, as it was later found that very high temperatures persisted in the rubble for several months.

The New York Times, Sept. 18, page F2"Dust is a Problem, but the Risk Seems Small"by Andrew C. Revkin"Agency officials and independent experts tried to quell rumors about other hazards, including the possibility that the fires might have turned freon from air-conditioners into a poisonous gas called phosgene."The chemical reaction that generates phosgene is possible in extremely hot flames, but not in fires like those still burning, agency officials said. Any gas generated by the initial inferno has dissipated, they said."

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September 21, 2011

The following quote from a New York Times article could provide a clue to at least some of the health effects from 9-11, as it was later found that very high temperatures persisted in the rubble for several months.

The New York Times, Sept. 18, page F2"Dust is a Problem, but the Risk Seems Small"by Andrew C. Revkin"Agency officials and independent experts tried to quell rumors about other hazards, including the possibility that the fires might have turned freon from air-conditioners into a poisonous gas called phosgene."The chemical reaction that generates phosgene is possible in extremely hot flames, but not in fires like those still burning, agency officials said. Any gas generated by the initial inferno has dissipated, they said."

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September 21, 2011

The following quote from a New York Times article could provide a clue to at least some of the health effects from 9-11, as it was later found that very high temperatures persisted in the rubble for several months.

The New York Times, Sept. 18, page F2"Dust is a Problem, but the Risk Seems Small"by Andrew C. Revkin"Agency officials and independent experts tried to quell rumors about other hazards, including the possibility that the fires might have turned freon from air-conditioners into a poisonous gas called phosgene."The chemical reaction that generates phosgene is possible in extremely hot flames, but not in fires like those still burning, agency officials said. Any gas generated by the initial inferno has dissipated, they said."

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September 22, 2011

Could some of these "inhaled particles" be carbon nanotube structures? It appears so. For Ms. Ghose's edification, this case study may be directly related to your article. You may wish to investigate it further. From Environment Health Perspectives;

Case Report: Lung Disease in World Trade
Center Responders Exposed to Dust and Smoke: Carbon Nanotubes Found in
the Lungs of World Trade Center Patients and Dust Samples:

http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/art...

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September 22, 2011

One wonders what kind of mental disorders can see this kind of phantasmagoria in the vast array of video evidence of the operation of gravity and jet fuel in the burning and collapsing towers?

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September 22, 2011

Video evidence of controlled demolition of the WTC is in abundance on the internet for those open to the truth, particularly the website of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, AE911Truth.org and videos they offer of experts criticizing the official story.

The main video evidence of controlled demolition is the speed of the collapses of the Towers, and WTC Building 7, each falling quite close to the speed of gravity, like falling unrestricted thru the air, as if all the supporting steel turned to wet noodles in less than 12 seconds.

Additionally, there are telltale "squibs", puffs of smoke indicating preliminary ignition of explosions several stories in advance of the actual collapsing that are pointed out in many online videos, like Loose Change and 911 Mysteries. There are the revealing billowing clouds of a multitude of explosions, as if a volcano erupted, and videos of witnesses recounting hearing many explosions. There are to be seen heavy steel beams thrust upward and outward at very high speed.

Apparently the poster who suggests I suffer a mental disorder has not yet  bothered to check out the Harrit paper with the unmistakable evidence of super-explosive nano-thermite ---and microspheres of iron--- in all the examined dust samples, nor these suggested videos. Please check out in particular Figure 9 of the Harrit paper, an electron microscope photo of many nano size rhomboids of Fe2O3 nestled with matching tiny hexagonal plates of aluminum in a protective silicon matrix.

As Hitler and Goebbels noted, the bigger the lie that people are led to swallow, the harder it is for them to cough it up. The one chosen as executive director of the 911 Investigation Commission, Philip Zelikow, describes himself as an expert in the “maintenance of public myth."

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September 22, 2011

Come on bro, take your ridiculous conspiracy theory elsewhere.  Here is a handy link so you can illuminate your mind: http://www.debunking911.com/th...

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September 22, 2011

Come on bro, take your ridiculous conspiracy theory elsewhere.  Here is a handy link so you can illuminate your mind: http://www.debunking911.com/th...

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September 22, 2011

Could some of these "inhaled particles" be carbon nanotube structures? It appears so. For Ms. Ghose's edification, this case study may be directly related to your article. You may wish to investigate it further. From Environment Health Perspectives;

Case Report: Lung Disease in World Trade
Center Responders Exposed to Dust and Smoke: Carbon Nanotubes Found in
the Lungs of World Trade Center Patients and Dust Samples:

http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/art...

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September 22, 2011

One wonders what kind of mental disorders can see this kind of phantasmagoria in the vast array of video evidence of the operation of gravity and jet fuel in the burning and collapsing towers?

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September 22, 2011

Video evidence of controlled demolition of the WTC is in abundance on the internet for those open to the truth, particularly the website of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, AE911Truth.org and videos they offer of experts criticizing the official story.

The main video evidence of controlled demolition is the speed of the collapses of the Towers, and WTC Building 7, each falling quite close to the speed of gravity, like falling unrestricted thru the air, as if all the supporting steel turned to wet noodles in less than 12 seconds.

Additionally, there are telltale "squibs", puffs of smoke indicating preliminary ignition of explosions several stories in advance of the actual collapsing that are pointed out in many online videos, like Loose Change and 911 Mysteries. There are the revealing billowing clouds of a multitude of explosions, as if a volcano erupted, and videos of witnesses recounting hearing many explosions. There are to be seen heavy steel beams thrust upward and outward at very high speed.

Apparently the poster who suggests I suffer a mental disorder has not yet  bothered to check out the Harrit paper with the unmistakable evidence of super-explosive nano-thermite ---and microspheres of iron--- in all the examined dust samples, nor these suggested videos. Please check out in particular Figure 9 of the Harrit paper, an electron microscope photo of many nano size rhomboids of Fe2O3 nestled with matching tiny hexagonal plates of aluminum in a protective silicon matrix.

As Hitler and Goebbels noted, the bigger the lie that people are led to swallow, the harder it is for them to cough it up. The one chosen as executive director of the 911 Investigation Commission, Philip Zelikow, describes himself as an expert in the “maintenance of public myth."

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Anonymous

September 22, 2011

Come on bro, take your ridiculous conspiracy theory elsewhere.  Here is a handy link so you can illuminate your mind: http://www.debunking911.com/th...

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September 22, 2011

Could some of these "inhaled particles" be carbon nanotube structures? It appears so. For Ms. Ghose's edification, this case study may be directly related to your article. You may wish to investigate it further. From Environment Health Perspectives;

Case Report: Lung Disease in World Trade
Center Responders Exposed to Dust and Smoke: Carbon Nanotubes Found in
the Lungs of World Trade Center Patients and Dust Samples:

http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/art...

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September 22, 2011

One wonders what kind of mental disorders can see this kind of phantasmagoria in the vast array of video evidence of the operation of gravity and jet fuel in the burning and collapsing towers?

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September 22, 2011

Video evidence of controlled demolition of the WTC is in abundance on the internet for those open to the truth, particularly the website of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, AE911Truth.org and videos they offer of experts criticizing the official story.

The main video evidence of controlled demolition is the speed of the collapses of the Towers, and WTC Building 7, each falling quite close to the speed of gravity, like falling unrestricted thru the air, as if all the supporting steel turned to wet noodles in less than 12 seconds.

Additionally, there are telltale "squibs", puffs of smoke indicating preliminary ignition of explosions several stories in advance of the actual collapsing that are pointed out in many online videos, like Loose Change and 911 Mysteries. There are the revealing billowing clouds of a multitude of explosions, as if a volcano erupted, and videos of witnesses recounting hearing many explosions. There are to be seen heavy steel beams thrust upward and outward at very high speed.

Apparently the poster who suggests I suffer a mental disorder has not yet  bothered to check out the Harrit paper with the unmistakable evidence of super-explosive nano-thermite ---and microspheres of iron--- in all the examined dust samples, nor these suggested videos. Please check out in particular Figure 9 of the Harrit paper, an electron microscope photo of many nano size rhomboids of Fe2O3 nestled with matching tiny hexagonal plates of aluminum in a protective silicon matrix.

As Hitler and Goebbels noted, the bigger the lie that people are led to swallow, the harder it is for them to cough it up. The one chosen as executive director of the 911 Investigation Commission, Philip Zelikow, describes himself as an expert in the “maintenance of public myth."

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September 23, 2011

Don't let the murders of your brother get away with it.Demand to know what really happened.All the fireman who died in the towers should be honered with the truth whatever it is.And whereever it leads.

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September 23, 2011

Don't let the murders of your brother get away with it.Demand to know what really happened.All the fireman who died in the towers should be honered with the truth whatever it is.And whereever it leads.

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September 23, 2011

Don't let the murders of your brother get away with it.Demand to know what really happened.All the fireman who died in the towers should be honered with the truth whatever it is.And whereever it leads.

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