Mon, May 28, 2007
Hawkins holds a poster for an event that examines a theory about the
terrorist acts of September 11, 2001. (Marcel Cretain/Sun Media)
Conspiracy buffs are in for a big treat.
California architect Richard Gage will be in Winnipeg this week to
offer his explanation of why the World Trade Centre towers collapsed on
Sept. 11, 2001.
Gage has become a leading figure of the
so-called 9/11 truth movement, an informal campaign from people all
over the world who challenge official accounts of what happened that
He argues that a deliberate, controlled
demolition using explosive devices is what really destroyed the twin
towers that day, along with another skyscraper known as WTC 7 or
Building 7. Speaking to Sun Media from his Bay Area home this weekend,
Gage said few people are even aware of the third building.
"It's the smoking gun of 9/11," he said. "It was a 47-storey building,
not hit by an airplane, that came down into its own footprint in 6.5
seconds, at nearly freefall speed -- symmetrically, smooth, straight
Gage says Building 7 fell after sustaining
relatively minor damage due to the collapse of one of the twin towers
hours earlier, with small fires on its fifth and 12th floors.
Explosions were heard around its base as
it collapsed and a large amount of molten metal was found in the
basement area, said Gage. He claims the only good explanation for the
presence of the metal is that it came from certain kinds of incendiary
"Two small fires -- even large,
hot-burning, long-lasting fires -- have never brought down a steel
frame highrise building, ever," said Gage.
By all official accounts, the 9/11 attacks
were the work of the al-Qaida terrorist network but Gage is trying to
spur the U.S. Congress to launch a new investigation into who was
responsible. "We don't know who did it and we don't know why," he said.
"That's why we need an investigation."
Gage is scheduled to address a public
audience tomorrow at 1 p.m. with a free lecture in University Centre at
the University of Manitoba. At 7 p.m. he'll conduct a seminar at the
Fort Garry Hotel.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Gage will give a
presentation at the Gas Station Theatre on what he calls the mainstream
media's "code of silence" about the 9/11 "inside job."
Joe Hawkins, a Winnipeg chiropractor
helping arrange the seminars, says no one wants to talk about who's
really behind the 9/11 attacks.
"Clearly it points to elements within the
government," he said. "If it's an inside job, it has to be inside the
military-industrial government complex."
Hawkins says he's on hiatus from his
practice, in part because he's been busy the past few years trying to
get information out about 9/11.
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