International Center for 9/11 Studies Secures Release of Thousands of Photos and Videos from NIST

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International Center for 9/11 Studies Secures Release of Thousands of Photos and Videos from NIST

The International Center for 9/11 Studies has secured the release of hundreds of hours of video footage and tens of thousands of photographs used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. This material is being released to the Center under the Freedom of Information Act, in response to a lawsuit the Center filed against NIST.

The Center filed a FOIA Request with NIST on January 26, 2009, seeking production of “all of the photographs and videos collected, reviewed, cited or in any other way used by NIST during its investigation of the World Trade Center building collapses.” Following several unsuccessful attempts to get NIST to even acknowledge receipt of the Request, the Center was forced to file a lawsuit on May 28, 2009. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Request was assigned a reference number, and NIST began periodically releasing batches of responsive records. To date, the Center has received over 300 DVDs and several external hard disk drives that contain responsive records - more than 3 terabytes of data so far – and NIST has indicated that additional records will be released in the future.

We are currently looking at the best ways to distribute these materials to interested researchers and journalists around the world. It has taken NIST more than 8 months so far to produce a partial archive of photographs and videos in their possession, but we hope to be more efficient in our efforts. Because of the huge volume of data, we are working on a wiki-style website to facilitate review and discussion of any interesting items that are discovered by researchers.

Justin Keogh, our Chief Technical Officer, is preparing the website and materials for release. The first batch of materials we are releasing is a group of video clips sent to us on an external hard disk drive labeled “NIST WTC Investigation Cumulus Video Clips.” We believe NIST entered these clips into a searchable database called the Cumulus database, and used them as the basis for the investigation and reports. Researchers may be interested to see which video clips NIST determined were important to its investigation, and compare these clips to the raw footage we release at a later date. Justin will be posting more details about the data release in the next week or two. Any questions about the FOIA Request, lawsuit, or data release should be submitted via the Contact Us page at the Center’s website: http://www.ic911studies.org/Contact_Us.html

Although the Center has extremely limited resources with which it can review this mountain of data, several interesting items have already been discovered. Below are five items the Center has uncovered so far. The items below have not been altered from the original provided by NIST, except in three cases where a short section of footage was extracted from a much longer video. Otherwise, no alterations have been made to the video or audio. For the best viewing experience, you should watch all of the videos below in the highest resolution available. We will supplement the list below in the coming days and weeks.

1. Video Footage of Explosion Before Collapse

In the video below, at about the 0:59 mark, a high-pressure explosion occurs in one of the Twin Towers, below the impact zone, while the building is still standing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne1FJBVkh4s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne1FJBVkh4s

In the final report on the collapse of the Twin Towers issued by NIST, it appears to attempt an explanation for this explosion by suggesting it is a smoke puff resulting from a pressure pulse inside the building, perhaps from a collapsing wall or ceiling, or sudden opening of a door. (See NCSTAR1-5A, p. 52) However, as can be seen from the screen capture below, it isn’t merely smoke and dust being ejected. There appears to be a massive object being ejected along with the explosion.



2. Audio Evidence of Explosions During Collapse

Several videos released to the Center have clear audio tracks that contain distinct sounds of explosions occurring at the World Trade Center. These audio tracks provide support to the many eyewitness statements referring to explosions occurring when the buildings collapsed. Explosions can be heard at the initiation of the South Tower collapse in the following two videos. The explosions are clear enough at normal volumes, but turning your speaker volume up a bit can help provide a full appreciation of the sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0a3Iz6Z0tg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0a3Iz6Z0tg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-8kmnnEjr0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-8kmnnEjr0

The video below contains distinct sounds of explosions occurring throughout the collapse of the North Tower. The native audio track is at very low volume, so your speakers should be turned up enough to hear the explosions. (Please be careful to turn your volume back down after watching this video.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e6KTRh92wM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e6KTRh92wM

In the next video, a loud, low-frequency boom can be heard just before the east penthouse of WTC 7 falls.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrnmbUDeHus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrnmbUDeHus

3. Visual Evidence of Explosions During Collapse

Several videos also have clear visible explosions that occur above the airplane impact/collapse zone in the South Tower. In the video below, the collapse begins at about the 3:45 mark. If you watch the corner of the South Tower nearest the camera, at a point about halfway between the airplane impact zone and the top of the building, you will see puffs of smoke and a flash at about the 3:49-3:50 mark. The corner of the building also appears to lose structural support (or “kink”) at this same location. These are the obvious result of explosive charges severing the steel structure at the near corner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMlMqGwGwGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMlMqGwGwGc

In the next video, a similar phenomenon can be seen, but from a different angle and not quite as clearly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=170XJFF2KTQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=170XJFF2KTQ

The video below is raw footage from a news outlet of the South Tower exploding. Explosions can be seen ahead of the collapse front. The newscaster even calls it a “huge explosion.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE7fWV2qUVU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE7fWV2qUVU

4. Missing Video

Several clips from the Cumulus database show signs of editing. In the two video clips below, the collapse of the penthouse of World Trade Center 7 is cut out of the video. These videos happen to have been filmed from close to WTC 7, and have a high quality soundtrack that would have picked up explosion sounds from the charges that severed the columns supporting the penthouse, especially the explosion heard in the last video clip presented in item 2 above.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH_Lv_sevwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH_Lv_sevwY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhMTOdRnRo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhMTOdRnRo

Another clip from the Cumulus database (below) begins after initiation of the WTC 7 collapse. The soundtrack is curiously silent during the entire collapse, only to turn on after the collapse has already finished.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT3ea4AC2K8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT3ea4AC2K8

In the next video, the camera catches the South Tower collapse from very close to the building. The initiation of the collapse is missing and appears to have been cut from the original.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YoQb4_awRA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YoQb4_awRA

The video clip below also begins after collapse initiation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3vX2kmLpXw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3vX2kmLpXw

There are many video clips in the Cumulus database that do not show collapse initiation – the only event even purportedly explained in the final report from NIST on the Twin Towers.

5. Footage of WTC 7 Before Collapse

The video below is a series of clips taken near World Trade Center 7 after at least one of the Twin Towers has collapsed. This video shows Michael Hess yelling for help from the 8th floor window, beginning at about the 1:09 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZduP7HTM3cg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZduP7HTM3cg






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September 2nd, 2010, 3:21 am #2

shure wrote:5. Footage of WTC 7 Before Collapse

The video below is a series of clips taken near World Trade Center 7 after at least one of the Twin Towers has collapsed. This video shows Michael Hess yelling for help from the 8th floor window, beginning at about the 1:09 mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZduP7HTM3cg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZduP7HTM3cg





here's my comment from the youtube page - what do you folks think about the voice heard at about 20 seconds?




[megaphone]

"...iority. I come in the building to look for two of my people, my (condo? operator?)"

[cut]

"...we went on to forty-four the building was partially collapsing again."

Partially collapsing? On 44? I doubt he means WTC7, so he must mean WTC1 or 2. Partial collapse on 44 sounds very odd.
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September 2nd, 2010, 12:48 pm #3

Re - 3. Visual Evidence of Explosions During Collapse

There are 2 flashes, one at 3.49 and again at 3.50 as the disintegration is under way.
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September 2nd, 2010, 4:39 pm #4

broken sticks wrote:Partially collapsing? On 44? I doubt he means WTC7, so he must mean WTC1 or 2. Partial collapse on 44 sounds very odd.
I take it as meaning the 44th floor.
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September 2nd, 2010, 5:23 pm #5

brocken sticks wrote:"...iority. I come in the building to look for two of my people, my (condo? operator?)"
Majority? Mortality? Or "I commited...". Push?. Sounds like "my personal/personell operator".
shure wrote:
broken sticks wrote:Partially collapsing? On 44? I doubt he means WTC7, so he must mean WTC1 or 2. Partial collapse on 44 sounds very odd.
I take it as meaning the 44th floor.
Nope. It sounds like "34 or 44".
Or more likely "30th floor or 40th floor".

There are just too many ways to interpret it. The man is too excited.
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September 2nd, 2010, 7:02 pm #6

Here's the YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/IC911STUDIES

And here is the Wiki site that is under development:
http://911datasets.org/

By the way... I just talked to Justin Keogh, he said he has at least 250 of the 1GB Archive.org video files from the television archive which he plans to put up at some point...
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September 2nd, 2010, 10:42 pm #7

why would he be on a megaphone? i wonder if he was the first ever 911 protestor...
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September 3rd, 2010, 5:23 am #8

broken sticks wrote:why would he be on a megaphone? i wonder if he was the first ever 911 protestor...
Maybe it's Alex Jones?

I thought he said "turnstile operator" ...is that fire fighter lingo for a ladder company?
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September 3rd, 2010, 2:31 pm #9

shure wrote:The video below is raw footage from a news outlet of the South Tower exploding. Explosions can be seen ahead of the collapse front. The newscaster even calls it a “huge explosion.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE7fWV2qUVU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE7fWV2qUVU
Some interesting events at the WTC 2 north side (set the mark at 0:29).




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September 4th, 2010, 12:49 am #10

Examine911 wrote:Here's the YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/IC911STUDIES

And here is the Wiki site that is under development:
http://911datasets.org/

By the way... I just talked to Justin Keogh, he said he has at least 250 of the 1GB Archive.org video files from the television archive which he plans to put up at some point...
Exciting. There's so much video that a plan has to be formulated for its dissemination. Ideas for distributing 3 TB of data? Probably cutting it down in size, first. Sorting has to be a priority. Finding important stuff in hundreds of hours of video will unfortunately take months for a few people.

I think some of the files are being converted from mpg or avi to mp4 for compression ... from looking at the site quoted above, that said "Cumulus is a database that consists of approximately 6,988 video clips and 9,515 photos. It is 942GB. Likely solution: mencoder -oac copy -ovc x264." For this database I would hope not. For the dozens of DVDs I can understand... but finding those important files to NOT compress is key. It would suck to permanently encode the field interlacing lines... like the ones preventing a good look at the object being expelled from the window of WTC 2.

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