Missing WTC Evidence
Evidence of the WTC Attack Suppressed by Authorities
Each the five major destructive events of the September 11th attack on Lower Manhattan produced huge amounts of evidence of the crime. However, each of the three building-destroying events erased huge amounts of evidence. It also created a scene of destruction that was tightly controlled by agencies not protecting the evidence but destroying it. Therefore this missing evidence section includes unavailable evidence of the first installments in the attack that might or might not have been destroyed by later installments. Some of the main types of missing evidence are:
There has been a continuing struggle by independent investigators to obtain documents relating to the World Trade Center disaster. Blueprints of the Twin Towers, long kept under wraps by officials for more than five years, were finally published thanks to the efforts of a whistleblower. Blueprints of WTC 7, and other information about the construction of the World Trade Center remain hidden. That information is essential, not only for understanding how the buildings were destroyed, but also to public health, since we know that vast quantities of asbestos were released during the Towers' destruction.
In July 2002, the New York City government decided that many of the written records and audio recordings documenting the Fire Department's actions on September 11 should never be released, rebuffing a lawsuit filed by the New York Times. 1 In February 2003, New York County Supreme Court upheld a denial a Freedom of Information Law request in which the Times had sought transcripts of interviews with Fire Department employees. The decision ordered that the transcripts be disclosed only after being redacted to remove "opinions and recommendations" of the employees. 2 "Opinions and recommendations" would include any observations by the firefighters that there were bombs in the buildings.
The New York Times continued to fight for access to transcripts, putting the case in New York State's highest court in early 2005. 3
2. Matter of New York Times Co. v City of New York Fire Dept., New York State Law Reporting Bureau, [cached]
3. Court to decide access to 9/11 tapes, 2/9/05 [cached]