Wednesday, February 28, 2007

WTC7 collapse reported 30 mins before it happened

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Some people are already calling this newly distributed video "the smoking gun". In this video shown live-to-air on the morning of 9/11, the BBC reporter is telling the world that the Salomon Brothers Building (more commonly known as WTC7 or World Trade Building 7) has collapsed -- but you can clearly see it still standing behind the reporter.

If this footage is as genuine as it looks (and I'm no expert), Jane Standley, the BBC correspondent in New York, reports the collapse of the building 20 minutes before it happened. Presumably she got her info from a media release. If so, who sent that media release? Watch the video from 14:40 minutes.

The video is available for download here.

Update: BBC explains: "Sorry, we've lost the tapes"

Correction: I wrote above "live-to-air on the morning of 9/11". It was, in fact, afternoon in NYC.

Update: It has been suggested to me that Jane Standley was speaking to camera some time after the rear-projected footage was shot. This might be possible, but (a) she makes no indication that the rear scene was old footage, and everything about her demeanour suggests that she and her backdrop are live to air; and (b) the light and shadow on her face well match those of the buildings behind her.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way to know for sure is to find out when the cliup actually aired- the footage onscreen may not have been live, was probably the same footage being replayed over and over as news stations do, and this station probably didn't have updated footage yet.

3:57 AM  
Blogger Pip said...

That doesn't answer the question: if the reporter is saying the WTC7 is down, why is it not?

4:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yopu're missing the point- I'm saying it IS down, howevber, the station is announcing over old footage, a common practice. Occam's razor- makes more sense than a conspiracist too stupid to do the deed before announcing it, no?

9:36 AM  
Anonymous stickdog said...

This 9/11 BBC World News footage shows the BBC reporting that the WTC-7 building had already collapsed even though WTC-7 is clearly still standing right behind the reporter outside the window. The satellite feed goes dead about five minutes before the WTC-7 building actually collapsed -- making it the first steel frame high rise to collapse due to fire in the entire history of the world!

Here is the BBC's response to this controversy:

1. We're not part of a conspiracy. Nobody told us what to say or do on September 11th. We didn't get told in advance that buildings were going to fall down. We didn't receive press releases or scripts in advance of events happening.

So if nobody told told you this was about to happen, how did you correctly predict the collapse of WTC-7 23 minutes before it actually happened? Is Miss Cleo one of your producers?

2. In the chaos and confusion of the day, I'm quite sure we said things which turned out to be untrue or inaccurate - but at the time were based on the best information we had. We did what we always did - sourced our reports, used qualifying words like "apparently" or "it's reported" or "we're hearing" and constantly tried to check and double check the information we were receiving.

Sorry, but all of these words are noticeably missing from the report in question.

3. Our reporter Jane Standley was in New York on the day of the attacks, and like everyone who was there, has the events seared on her mind. I've spoken to her today and unsurprisingly, she doesn't remember minute-by-minute what she said or did - like everybody else that day she was trying to make sense of what she was seeing; what she was being told; and what was being told to her by colleagues in London who were monitoring feeds and wires services.

Does she not remember the building right behind her imploding into rubble just minutes after the anchor told her it had already collapsed?

And why are you blaming poor Jane Standley for this. Wasn't she simply agreeing with what the anchor told her?

Finally, if you were a reporter who confirmed to the entire world on live TV that the WTC-7 building had already collapsed 23 minutes before it actually collapsed on the most historic day of this century, would you be able to remember the source that steered you wrong?

4. We no longer have the original tapes of our 9/11 coverage (for reasons of cock-up, not conspiracy). So if someone has got a recording of our output, I'd love to get hold of it. We do have the tapes for our sister channel News 24, but they don't help clear up the issue one way or another.

So the dog ate the BBC's only copy of its 9/11 video? Do you actually expect us to believe this? Ever heard of

5. If we reported the building had collapsed before it had done so, it would have been an error - no more than that. As one of the comments on You Tube says today "so the guy in the studio didn't quite know what was going on? Woah, that totally proves conspiracy... "

OK, now you are quoting a commenter on Seriously? That's your explanation for going with a psychic prediction that the WTC-7 tower was about to collapse while the building itself is still obviously standing right behind you? And if you read the comments, how are we supposed to believe your excuse about the dog eating your video? Didn't you just see it on youtube?


This is some truly bizarre stuff. Who was pushed this story on the BBC such that they went with it without so much as fact checking the obvious fact that the WTC-7 tower was still standing in plain sight on their own camera footage while they were making this very report? Remember that no steel frame high rise has ever collapsed due to fire on any day in human history other than 9/11. So what made the BBC's source so certain that WTC-7 was going to come down 23 minutes before it actually did such that the BBC went ahead and reported that this had already occurred with the WTC-7 building still standing in plain sight in their own footage?

10:52 PM  

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