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Were ‘Mini-Nukes’ Used to Bring Down WTC?


By Victor Thorn

Could New York City’s World Trade Center (WTC) have actually been nuked on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? The possibility of such a scenario arose during this writer’s Aug. 23 interview with aerospace and chemical engineer T. Mark Hightower. As a member and petition signer of
Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, Hightower has studied the works of military explosives experts, investigators from Finland, the UK and Russia, along with various physicists, both named and anonymous.

While not claiming to have all the definitive answers, Hightower also doesn’t fall into the category of researchers who stake out unbending “either-or” claims and refuse to budge. Rather, he remains open-minded to new developments and their analysis.

Utilizing this approach, he shared his best evidence for the use of miniature nuclear devices inside the WTC’s twin towers. From Hightower’s perspective, high-tech explosives known as nano-thermites and more conventional explosives could well have been used in conjunction with an even more lethal energy source to produce not only a controlled demolition, but also a veritable “China Syndrome” directly in the heart of lower Manhattan.

Hightower explained the phenomenon, which would have been similar to the Chernobyl meltdown. “If nukes were used to disintegrate the World Trade Center’s immense inner core, only a small percentage actually reacted when these devices were detonated. The leftover materials subsequently continued to react, and therefore kept producing tremendous amounts of heat. This continual source of energy explains the molten steel discovered beneath ground level weeks after 9-11.”


A point of contention arises over this concept. Nano-thermites may explain how the towers were pulverized in midair and largely turned to dust prior to ever impacting the ground. But the possible vaporization (as opposed to mere melting) of these massive internal metal columns required something intense, on the level of a nuclear reaction.

Some skeptics—some of them establishment supporters—question the possibility of molten steel beneath each tower, yet its existence has been confirmed by a number of people, including: journalist William Langewiesche, WTC structural designer Leslie Robertson, paramedic Lee Turner and construction company president Steve Tully, in addition to firefighters, health advisers, Air

National Guard members and sanitation workers who removed the debris.

Further evidence of energy sources magnitudes beyond typical cutting charges can be found in reports from NASA and an article in GCN (Government Computer News). In the weeks and months following 9-11, both described “hot spots” that exceeded 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Hightower commented on their findings. “These heat signature images recorded from space couldn’t be produced by simple detonations.”

Another anomaly involves the numerous automobiles near ground zero that were roasted beyond recognition. Diane Sawyer of ABC News conducted an on camera interview with firemen who described cars and buses being “twisted and melted into nothing.”

Although unable to arrive at irrefutable answers, Hightower weighs in on this subject. “Some have speculated that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) caused the devastation to these vehicles. Whatever the case, the destruction resulted from much more than a common office fire.”

He added in regard to unproven energy sources, “There are technologies in existence beyond anything the general public knows about.”

One final suppressed news item must be considered. How can authorities explain the proliferation of respiratory disease and deaths surrounding first responders at ground zero? Sicknesses undoubtedly afflict those at any toxic cleanup site. But the rapid onset of blood and organ cancers more closely resemble those who were subjected to government radiation tests, or the tragic survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Is there any correlation between these dying workers and the phenomenon of instantaneous dust clouds, and steel being reduced to a molten state?

Hightower provided a theory: “Regular detonators and nano-thermites were potentially used as incendiary devices to cut through metal on the WTC’s exterior sections. But if mini-nukes were located at the building’s core and shielded from view, no one would have seen their extremely bright flashes and superheated explosions. The release was so energetic that it may have momentarily reached millions of degrees.”

Imagine, it took NewYork City’s finest a full 100 days to extinguish all the fires at ground zero. A 50-ton press in the WTC’s basement wasn’t found crushed; it was found melted. Ground zero chaplain Herb Trimpe may have provided the most riveting firsthand account. “The fires burned up to 2,000 degrees [Fahrenheit] underground before they actually got down to those areas and they cooled off. I talked to many contractors, and they saw trapped molten metal. Beams had totally been melted because of the heat.”

Were “only” simple cutting charges and conventional explosives used, or something more ominous?

Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of many books on 9-11 and the New World Order. These include 9-11 Evil: The Israeli Role in 9-11 and Phantom Flight 93.

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