The Tri-Valley Democrats met this week in Dublin to hear Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth speak on the structural physics of the collapsed twin towers. His goal is to bring about further investigation.
"The public bought the 911 story hook, line and sinker. But the idea of questioning is very important," said Danville resident Ellis Goldberg, who is president of the club.
Gage provided scientific data and video footage to prove his hypothesis that the impact of the plane and the fire could not have taken down the steel frame buildings. He suggested the 110-story buildings were destroyed by controlled demolitions but did not speculate who was responsible for them.
"You have to get under the infrastructure to bring a building like this down," he said.
Now is the time to review the subject, he said, because the country can look at the situation more objectively.
Those skeptical of the "911 Truth" movement say footage is easily doctored up and quotes from witnesses are often taken out of context to prove a point. But Gage says there is no denying science.
Structural steel melts at about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, while plane fuel only burns up to 1,600 degrees. Knowing this, there is no way the heat could have caused the immense building frame to collapse, Gage said. He then made several references to steel frame high rise fires that have burned for up to 17 hours without melting the building's frame.
"It doesn't add up," Goldberg said.
In addition, Gage showed that the towers hit the ground in around nine seconds - free fall speed.
"Acceleration (of the towers) encountered no resistance from steel columns designed specifically to resist gravity. This defies the laws of physics," Gage said.
The first plane's impact crashed into the top sixth of the north tower. Even with that segment demolished, the weight would not have been enough to crumble the rest of the building, he said.
"Is a mass of one kilogram, placed on top of a mass of five kilograms going to crush it? No," Gage said.
In controlled demolitions, explosives are timed on each floor to crumble the building on top of itself without damaging surrounding buildings. Gage provided up-close video footage of puffs of smoke - working from top floors down - coming from the rubble. This is direct evidence of explosives on each floor, he said.
"Your eyes are not deceiving you," he told the audience after he showed the footage.
He also presented interviews with firefighters who were on scene and described hearing the bangs and explosions.
One firefighter who cleaned up the rubble noted it didn't make sense that in a crushed office building the fire department would find no pieces of desks, chairs or keyboards - even on the bottom floors. The reason for this, Gage said, is because explosives pulverized everything.
"This is the lynchpin. It's important we open our minds and look at what's there," said Abby Martin, a 911 Truth activist who said she flew in from San Diego to hear his speech.
The evidence Gage said he found most compelling is perhaps also the most disturbing. Centimeter-long fragments of bones were found on the tops of surrounding buildings, catapulted hundreds of meters. Parts of the building were also found up to 800 meters from the towers, suggesting a higher explosion force than what any plane could administer, he said.
At the beginning of the speech, he asked the audience of 40 to raise their hands if they believed explosives were used in the towers. About 60 percent of the audience raised their hands. At the end of his speech, he asked the same question and about 90 percent of the audience raised their hands.
"We need an investigation based on all of this evidence," Gage said.
To find out more about Architects and Engineers for the 911 Truth, visit ae911truth.org.