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No-one that I knew of knew they [Twin Towers] were going to implode. That came as a complete surprise. Rudy Giuliani, television interview
Where did they go? ... It was mostly air. Philippe Petit
'I think I love them [Twin Towers] from the inside ... I love their strength and their arrogance.' New York: Centre of the World I, Philippe, PBS 2003
For nearly thirty years they stood at the foot of Manhattan. Two of the tallest and most instantly recognisable structures on Earth. ibid.
His elder brother Nelson was sworn in as governor of New York State. ibid.
The Rockefeller brothers had managed to make a half billion real estate capital not only plausible but inevitable. ibid.
The Port Authority prevailed on every front. ibid.
In early January 1974 he [Philippe Petit, High-Wire Walker] flew to New York for the first time. New York: Centre of the World II
‘I actually find myself trespassing.’ ibid. Philippe Petit
‘The Towers – the more I got to know them the more they are alive ... my friends.’ ibid.
The hour of the coup finally arrived: at six o’clock on the evening of Tuesday August 6th 1974 ... Three heavy crates of equipment. ibid.
And a bow and arrow. ibid.
Petit was immediately taken into custody and rudely manhandled down into an underground police station ... No less than fourteen misdemeanours. ibid.
The astonishing feat of high-wire poetry was the highest point in Philippe Petit’s life and in many ways in the lives of the Twin Towers themselves. ibid.
An instant folk hero. ibid.
Petit himself would never lose his love of the Towers. ibid.
He would return to the high perch whenever he could. ibid.
A day of seemingly infinite visibility, one man later said. ibid.
The machinery of the largest media apparatus in the world began to focus on the sixty-acre site. ibid.
Paper on that day was a constant presence. ibid.
High up in both towers the raging fires were now generating three to five times the heat of a nuclear power plant. And the interior temperature had soared in places to nearly 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. ibid.
The floor trusses on the 80th floor of the South Tower began to give way, columns along the east wall began to buckle outwards, and the entire building began to come down. ibid.
Chaos on some mathematical level ... Hurtled into the ground at a virtual freefall ... A surreal landscape of smoke and flames. ibid.
Early morning September 11th 2001 at Logan Airport Boston: a group of radical extremists board two passenger flights. 9/11: Mass Murder in the Sky, Channel 5 2014
September 11th 2001 began as a very normal day. Two hours later two thousand eight hundred people were dead. And two of the most famous buildings in the world lay in ruins. Horizon: Fall of the World Trade Centre, BBC 2002
Was the collapse of the buildings inevitable? And need so many people have died? ibid.
It began in 1966 with a radical dream. The World Trade Centre Towers were designed to be more modern, more at the cutting edge, and taller than any skyscraper ever built. They would launch a new wave in modern building methods. The head structural engineer on the project was Leslie Robertson who was then just thirty-four years old ... To support most of the downward weight of the building Robertson created a separate inner core made of steel girders. The core also housed the lifts and emergency skeletons. But neither the outer skeleton nor the inner core could stand alone. So Robertson used steel floor trusses to knit the whole thing together ... The floor trusses had a vital structural role. They held the Towers firm, bracing the outer skeleton against the inner core. Without the trusses the Towers could not stand. Their performance is now at the heart of the investigation into what happened. Their performance is now at the heart into the investigation of what happened. ibid.
The Towers were the first skyscrapers ever built explicitly to survive the impact of a plane. ibid.
In fact in 1993 they seemed to pass the ultimate test. Terrorists exploded a huge bomb underneath the World Trade Centre Complex. It blew a ninety foot hole through five floors, killing six people. But the Towers stood completely firm. ibid.
The plane had dislodged or destroyed many of the floor trusses. And those still in place had most of their fire-proofing blown off. ibid.
Initially the South Tower responded well. And seemed capable of standing. But in one vital respect it had been hit in a more critical place than the North Tower: it had been struck far lower down which meant the damaged structure was having to bear a much heavier load. Inside the Tower the plane had again destroyed many floor trusses, and striped the fire protection off others. ibid.
On 9/11 one company – Morgan Stanley – managed to evacuate nearly all its staff. One of the reasons is that for years the Head of Security – Rick Rescoria – had been subjecting his colleagues to frequent fire drills. Horizon: How to Survive a Disaster, BBC 2009
The book My Pet Goat has been banned because of its ritualistic undertones dedicated to the satanic entity Pan ... The words of the book were the ones being chanted by the classroom as the attacks were taking place. The Arrivals, 2009
In their definition, in a numerological sense 10 is the alpha and omega or God. 11 is a step above God ... 9 + 1 + 1 or 9/11 is the skipping of God. It is the ultimate challenge. It is going from #9 which has a specific meaning to #11 without going through God – it’s skipping God. ibid.
I walked up to the president, I leaned over and I whispered into his right ear: ‘A second plane hit the second tower: America is under attack.’ Andrew Card, White House chief of staff
I need deep psycho-analysis to fully understand and respond to that question. Larry Silverstein, in response to question about why he put down payment on lease to buy World Trade Centre, cited Josh Reeves, 9/11 New World Rising director’s cut
As the president ends his run, a team of hijackers is passing through airport security. Another team, including the terrorist leader Mohamed Atta, has started its journey from Portland Main to Boston ninety minutes earlier. 9/11 Day that Changed the World, ITV 2011
More than two hundred people jumped to their deaths. ibid.
Since the end of the Cold War ten years earlier America’s air defences have been dramatically cut. The north-east sector has just four fighters to defend twenty-three states and a hundred and thirty million people. ibid.
President Bush is isolated on Air Force One. ibid.
Many of the systems and attitudes governing the defence of America are stuck in the Cold War. ibid.
I remember slowly walking down to the World Trade Centre. What really sticks in my mind is passing by the people and filming them, filming their astonishment. And the eyes saying, This is not happening. Gedeon Naudet, 9/11 the documentary
But all you had to do was look around. It was obvious. Something had happened right there in the lobby. ibid.
Most of the people in Tower One came out on the Mezzanine above the lobby. Then they’d get out through another building. The Chiefs didn’t want anyone going through the lobby doors. First, it was because debris was falling outside. Then it was people falling. ibid.