UAF, AE911Truth Release All Data from WTC 7 Study — Time for NIST to Do the Same
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is pleased to announce the release of all input data, results data, and simulations that were used or generated during the University of Alaska Fairbanks World Trade Center Building 7 study.
Because the release of these files was delayed by two weeks, the deadline for the public comment period has been moved from November 1 to November 15, 2019.
Help Ensure an Open and Transparent Scientific Process Regarding WTC 7
The files contained in this download will enable any person with the requisite software tools to examine and replicate all of the computer analyses performed during this study.
Unfortunately, while the UAF research team has made all of its data available to the public, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has so far refused to practice the same level of transparency regarding its taxpayer-funded investigation into the collapse of WTC 7.
In 2009, then-NIST Director Patrick Gallagher issued a “Finding Regarding Public Safety Information” stating that the disclosure of certain information related to the NIST WTC 7 investigation “might jeopardize public safety.” Since then, NIST has cited this public safety exemption as grounds for withholding key portions of its modeling data and other information from members of the public — including from licensed engineers, whose foremost duty is to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
In response to one engineer’s appeal of NIST’s decision to withhold this information, the U.S. Department of Commerce subsequently claimed that, if released, the withheld information “might provide instruction to groups and individuals that wish to learn how to simulate building collapse and devise ways to destroy buildings.”
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which represents thousands of professionals who are tasked with ensuring the public’s safety, vigorously objects to the withholding of any information related to the NIST WTC 7 investigation. It should be clear to all observers that the risk of anyone using this information to devise ways to destroy buildings is infinitesimal to zero and that the withholding of this information has merely served to prevent the public from scrutinizing the analyses performed by NIST.
We therefore encourage every member of the public who cares about ensuring an open and transparent scientific process regarding the collapse of WTC 7 to email NIST Director Walter Copan at email@example.com and respectfully ask him to annul the 2009 “Finding Regarding Public Safety Information.” This simple action would allow NIST to disclose any information related to its WTC 7 investigation that members of the public request in the future.
In your email to Director Copan, please copy Catherine Fletcher (firstname.lastname@example.org), NIST’s FOIA officer, and Gail Porter (email@example.com), director of NIST’s Public Affairs Office, as well as firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can track how many requests Copan receives.
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) is a nonprofit organization of architects, engineers, and affiliates dedicated to establishing the truth about the events of September 11, 2001.
We pursue our mission by conducting research and educating the public about the scientific evidence related to the destruction of the threeWorld Trade Center towers and by working with victims’ families and other activists to advocate for a new investigation.
At the heart of our work is our deeply-held conviction that establishing the truth is essential to achieving justice for the murder of nearly 3,000 people that day. Furthermore, we believe that an honest public accounting of 9/11 is the onlyway to bring about genuine and lasting change to the system that enabled this atrocity to take place and to the sweeping policies enacted in its aftermath.