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Silverstein cleared of blame for 7 World Trade’s fall on 9/11

December 04, 2013 04:50PM

From left: Larry Silverstein and the new 7 World Trade Center

Larry Silverstein and the new 7 World Trade Center

Silverstein Properties cannot be held responsible for the collapse of a third World Trade Center tower that tumbled a few hours after the twin towers were struck in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A group of plaintiffs led by Con Edison and several insurance companies brought a suit against Larry Silverstein’s company, blaming alleged structural deficiencies for the fall of 7 World Trade Center. As the north tower plunged, debris fell into neighboring No. 7 and touched off a fire that firefighters were unable to contain, the court said.

It would be “simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of Sept. 11, 2001,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan said.

The decision reaffirmed Manhattan federal Judge Joseph Hellerstein previous ruling along similar lines. [NYDN]Julie Strickland

  • Paul Battaglia

    But he said to pull it!!!! …….oh, nevermind…

    • Albury Smith

      “I remember getting a call from the 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.’ And THEY [THE FDNY] made that decision to pull and then we watched the building collapse.”
      –L. Silverstein

      “We have never, ever heard the term ‘pull it’ being used to refer
      to the explosive demolition of a building, and neither has any blast team we’ve spoken with.” -Brent Blanchard of Protec in A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF WTC TOWERS 1, 2, & 7 FROM AN EXPLOSIVES AND CONVENTIONAL DEMOLITION VIEWPOINT

      (Check it yourself on any C/D contractor’s web site.)

      If Larry Silverstein publicly admitted to blowing up his own property, why did Swiss Re, Lloyd’s, Zurich Financial, Copenhagen Re, and 8 other major insurers all pay him a total of $4.68 BILLION? They all fought his 2
      planes = 2 incidents claims, and most of them won in court.

  • Glenn Krasner

    The building continued to burn because Mayor Guilliani had his emergency control bunker at the base of the building, despite the area being a target since the ’93 attacks. The bunker had diesel emergency generators that continually pumped diesel fuel into the fire. That is why the FDNY let the fire burn, since the building was 100% evacuated and there were severe water supply problems at that point. Silverstein should not be responsible, and the insurance companies should just pay Con Ed and call it a day. Glenn in the Bronx, NY.

    • Dan Bland

      I quit reading your comment Glenn because it just isn’t right. I don’t care what kind of fire was burning in the building it wouldn’t make the building fall as it did. Building 7 is just one of the NUMEROUS anomalies of 9/11. The real perpetrators are getting away with mass murder and comments like yours are allowing this to continue. Thank goodness that there are other commenters here with enough sense to figure this out.

      • Getreal

        Indeed it is mass murder. One of the largest crime scenes (evidence cleaned up, shipped overseas, destroyed) ever on U.S. soil. 10,000 first responders sick, dead, and still dying yet the wolves still walk among us.

      • Albury Smith

        LIMITED, LLOYDS UNDERWRITERS (Syndicates 1255 and 1511), and ConEd to your long list of “real perpetrators,” Dan. They all sued 7World Trade Company, Silverstein Properties, Tishman Construction Corp., and Irwin Cantor, WTC 7′s SE of record for $314.5 million in 2004, and STILL haven’t mentioned anything about this secret explosive demolition. Be sure to include the FDNY too.

  • Getreal

    Oopsie. Like Lincoln Logs WTC1 goes kerplop. WTC2 goes kerplop. Then WTC7 goes kerplop. Just like the houses of the Three Little Pigs except the Big Bad Wolf gets away.

  • Mister Eddie

    What a shameful day for truth.

    • Albury Smith

      ConEd and half a dozen insurance companies all sued Silverstein Properties for $314.5 million without even mentioning this alleged secret explosive demolition, so it’s another shameful day for your 9/11 “truth movement.”

  • Dave Mason

    He and others knew it was coming down. Including the BBC who reported it to be down 20 minutes before it imploded from preplanted thermite. He may not have thrown the switch but he owned all 3 buildings and the judgement on this and the Judge needs investigated and prosecuted or dis barred. This dolt wants to collect insurance money for acts of terrorism. Cleanup of the asbestos would be to expensive eh Larry? Asshat. 3 small fires and not hit by a plane brought it down in just over 6 seconds. The diesel theory people need to be slapped til they get it. This was the smoking gun of a conspiracy. Men that talked the truth ended up dead. Wtf? Pull this mutha f……!

    • Getreal

      Larry, if you have a soul or even a glimmer of humanity you must come clean now. Tell the truth. Get if off your chest. Yeah, they may kill you, but you’ll rest in peace.

    • Albury Smith

      WTC 7′s total collapse took at least 16 seconds, and the exterior portion took ~8.5 seconds. If the ~5:21 PM collapse is such a big secret, why did your imaginary perps tell the media about it at least 20 minutes BEFORE it happened?
      There was no asbestos problem in ANY WTC building, and it was outlawed ~16 years before WTC 7 was built.

  • Ricky_Ricardo

    Let the JOO witchhunt begin!

  • human with a common sense

    the ignorance and bigotry in these comments is appalling. TRD, you should be ashamed of yourself for allowing this.

  • Terence Sommer

    It’s been reported that there are eerie sounds coming from WTC 1. Granted, it may be just the wind, but I pray that place is haunted to the core. I hope that whole area becomes SO creepy that people will not be able to work there due to larry’s evil will. He’ll pay after this life, that is for certain.

    • Albury Smith

      For what? Losing billions of dollars in the al Qaeda suicide attacks of 9/11?

      From OBL’s 1998 (second) fatwa: “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies-civilians and military-is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty God, “and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together,” and “fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God [blah, blah, blah...]“

  • obfuscator

    of course its not his fault! he didnt wire the bldg for controlled demolition at some point prior to 9/11

  • 777American

    For absolute proof that fires did not bring down any of those towers just go to any gas stove, turn it on, and time how long it takes to melt into a puddle on the floor, Never Happen!! Don’t believe the government lies, it was controlled demolition.

  • Best Intentions
  • Agenda Much?

    Why hasn’t the repugnant vulture Silverstein sued the architects and developers who built WTC building 7? Remember, NO PLANE hit this building, and it fell down in a symmetrical free fall collapse because of office fires?!? Wouldn’t that fall under the category of suspect structural integrity? Of COURSE it does.

    He won’t ever do that because if he were to go after the builders engineers and architects, they would defend themselves by introducing EVIDENCE into the public record as to the REAL REASON the buildings collapsed. Office fires and jet fuel (kerosene) don’t create temperatures that LIQUIFY STEEL which was plainly seen POURING out of the towers and found in pools under ALL THREE BUILDINGS weeks after their collapse.

    No Larry, you vile subhuman reptile…you know full well that if you don’t have NIST, BIBI and the rest of the corrupt politicians protecting you the real truth will come out…that you, your son and daughter, your business partner Frank Lowy, and none of his family members were present at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 because you all KNEW what was going to happen…and you let all those people DIE LIKE DOGS so you could collect the INSURANCE MONEY.

    You sir, are the lowest possible form of humanity, and I PRAY for your Karmic judgment to come to you in the most horrible way possible….which is EXACTLY what you deserve.