Monday, February 06, 2006

Letter to Dr. David Ray Griffin,

Please forward to Dr. Griffin

Re: Larry Silverstein:


"It is very puzzling, to be sure, that Silverstein, who was ready to receive billions of dollars in insurance payments for building 7 and the rest of the World Trade Center complex, on the assumption that they had been destroyed by acts of terrorism, would have made such a statement in public, especially with TV cameras running. But his assertion that building 7 was brought down by explosives, whatever the motive behind it, explains why and how it collapsed."


Dr. Griffin,

The Silverstein quote "pull it" has been widely misinterpreted. This can potentially damage credibility.

The evidence does not suggest that Silverstein is referring to controlled demolition, but to the firefighting relief effort ('pull' the men out...)


"I remember getting a call from the, er, fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, “We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.”[76] And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse. (PBS, 2002) [77]


Silverstein is referring to the "they" that precedes the "pull" statement, NOT to the "collapse" that comes later.

There is no reason to assume that Silverstein -- an investor and landlord -- would be bandying about industry jargon such as "pull" to refer to a building demolition. Nothing suggests that he would understand that term in that context.

Certainly, he had no motive to say such a thing during an interview. Therefore, the most logical explanation is the simple misunderstanding on the part of overzealous 9-11 researchers.

"Pull it," refers to pulling out the fire crews from Building 7. Simple.

Whether Silverstein had additional information that the building was wired for demolition is another story. He may have known of the impending demoltion, and therefore wanted to spare the fire crews from certain death. This is a definite possibility.

The "pull it" quote, however, is not evidence of controlled demolition, merely of Silverstein's position as an authority figure with the ability to order fire crews in and out of buildings.

John Doraemi publishes Crimes of the State, at: