Edited by Peter & Ben
It’s been over a year since I sat down to review another part of Dr Judy Wood’s book ‘Where Did The Towers Go?’ so I thought it’s about time I put on my tin foil hat and dived in. This time, let’s look at the seventh chapter, ‘Conventional Controlled Demolition: Bombs in the Buildings’ which, unbelievably, I found myself agreeing with for the most part.
The chapter is basically a critical look at the popular conspiracy theories regarding the collapse of the World Trade Centre twin towers. This really took me by surprise as the majority of the people who have promoted this book to me are hardcore 9/11 conspiracy theorists who believe in these popular theories. The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing with Dr Wood’s conclusion on this subject. Don’t get me wrong – the chapter is still peppered with some very strange claims relating to the events of that day. For example, the chapter starts by saying that the World Trade Centre towers fell faster than they could in a “gravity-driven collapse”. At first I was thinking what you probably are – that she is referring to the speed at which a building may be destroyed without the help of explosives; but she is in fact referring to the speed at which an object falls to the ground in a vacuum. The reason she believes the towers fell at such speed is because in a previous chapter she misinterpreted seismic data collected by Columbia University – mistaking the peaks when the first debris hit the floor to be the beginning of the collapse. What’s very disappointing with this chapter is that Wood never gives her explanation of this speed of collapse – instead she hints that answers are coming later. One thing she does do, however, is poke holes in other theories regarding the collapse.
Dr Wood does an OK – not fantastic, but OK – job at debunking many of the theories regarding the collapse of the towers. She discusses everything from the use of thermite to bring them down to a “mini-nuke”. Unlike in the rest of the book, her arguments here are somewhat sound, but are bloated and contain worthless information. When reading it, I got the impression that she was trying to impress me with her level of research but, in reality, it came off as if she was trying to pad a book out that is already mostly padded with pictures. For example, she talks about one of the bomb sniffing dogs (Sirius) stationed at the twin towers, and how it and other dogs were unable to detect any explosive material in the building. This is a fair point, but she goes off on a tangent about how Sirius died that day, when his remains were found, and the last thing his master said to him. She also found it necessary to add a picture of the dog. I would have liked it better if she would have stuck to her core points. That it’s difficult to rig a building with explosives for demolition and almost impossible to rig up two quarter-mile tall skyscrapers without anyone knowing. That explosives have a shelf life and that their reliability diminishes with time, so it would have been unwise to build the building with the explosives pre-installed. And that just because you hear an explosion does not mean that there were explosives.
“Many witnesses reported hearing explosions. But the sound of an explosion does not necessarily mean that a bomb was detonated. Everything that goes “boom” is not necessarily a bomb” – Dr Judy Wood
Perhaps the most fascinating section in this chapter is Wood’s rebuttal to those who say that thermite was used to bring the towers down. In my opinion, this is one of the more popular theories and is based on the paper published by Bentham Open journals, who have been heavily criticised in the scientific community for claiming to be peer reviewed, but accepting and publishing a fake paper generated using SCIgen. The paper the conspiracy is based on is called ‘Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 Word Trade Centre Catastrophe’ and claims that in the dust following the attacks, they were able to isolate and identify thermitic material that may have been used to bring the towers down. Wood, however, does not agree and points out the impracticality of using thermite and that the authors of the paper never found thermite in the first place. Instead, they found the ingredients of thermite which are very common – which Wood clumsily rebuts by saying that if we were to find “chocolate, sugar, and nano-wheat (flour) in the dust that would not prove that chocolate-chip cookies turned the buildings to dust”.
Overall I am both impressed with this chapter and confused why so many who believe that explosives, thermite, or a mini-nuke brought down the twin towers would promote a book that contradicts their theories. And for those of you thinking that this book may actually be worth the paper it’s printed on, DON’T. This chapter is an island of sanity in a sea of crazy and, although she hinted in this chapter at what is to come, I don’t think you will believe what she says actually happened that day in later chapters.