|Popular Mechanics Ignores Its Own Historical Records of Thermite Demolition: Destruction of Skyride Towers, Reichstag Dome Set Incendiary Precedent|
|Written by Eli Rika|
|Friday, 04 November 2011 13:41|
The editors at Popular Mechanics have made a name for themselves as ardent defenders of the official 9/11 story. Editor-in-Chief James Meigs and contributing writers have presented articles in the magazine that dismiss the scientific evidence of controlled demolition of the WTC skyscrapers and characterize the discovery of thermitic residue in the WTC dust as insignificant. However, a recent review of the Popular Mechanics archives has revealed that this “world-renowned” publication reported on the use of thermite to bring down steel structures over 75 years ago.
Huge “overshoes” in the form of cupolas made of steel and lined with firebrick were constructed around two legs of the tower and filled with 1,500 pounds of thermite, a mixture of aluminum and iron oxide. When fired by electricity, the thermite generated a temperature of more than 5,000 degrees about the two legs, melting the ten-foot sections almost instantly, causing the tower to tip and then to crash.
Unfortunately, today’s Popular Mechanics heads have failed to acknowledge this demolition in their defense of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory. In an NPR interview that aired last August, Meigs admitted that “in certain applications, [thermite] can actually burn through metal,” but he then dismissed the discovery of thermitic residue in the WTC dust, stating that “the notion that you could rig a building with thermite to bring it down… every demolition expert we talked to just laughs at the whole idea.”
A search through national news archives has brought up another famous example of thermite-assisted demolition that contradicts Meigs’ claims. The steel-framed roof of the German Reichstag, which survived arson in 1933 and Allied bombardment during World War II, was felled by thermite charges in 1954.
In addition, analysis of the WTC dust shows that more sophisticated forms of thermite have been developed over the decades. The research conducted by Dr. Neils Harrit, along with an international team of scientists, has revealed that the composite materials are microscopic in scale, with particle sizes in the nanometer range. This level of precision results in a compound more accurately referred to as nano-thermite, which has a lower ignition temperature and a more energetic reaction.
Another key distinction is that the destruction scenario that best addresses the explosive sounds and flashes reported at the WTC, the violent ejection of building materials, and the discovery of molten iron microspheres in the dust, is a demolition that uses some combination of thermitic incendiaries and explosive material. The thermitic residue may be the most apparent forensic evidence that the WTC skyscrapers were intentionally demolished.