Skip to comments.Aaron Swirski, architect, says WTC floors designed to self-seal in case of emergency.
Posted on 09/11/2001 8:12:00 PM PDT by SlickWillard
Swirski: "each floor... by itself... is designed to be a hermetically sealed unit..."
Swirski: "it's not 50,000, it's half a million people who work in those buildings"
Swirski: "that building doesn't even have sprinklers."
Swirski: "shut off ... vertical openings"
Q: "Does that also mean that people couldn't travel from one floor to another?"
"That's right. No, they couldn't"
How can "one of the architects" of perhaps the most famous modern buildings in the world be off as to their occupation capacity by a factor of 10?
Sept. 11 By afternoon, it was quiet. And that may have been the most ominous sign of all. Outside the NYU hospital in downtown New Yorkjust four or five blocks from the site of the devastated World Trade Centerstaff waited for the injured to arrive. For the most part, they didnt. Theres tons of ambulances, tons of personnel, and almost no patients, said Michele Okamoto, a registered nurse handing out face masks as protection from the pervasive dust.
An action isn't an act of war just because the insurance company says it is. War can only be declared by another state - anything else is just criminal action by, um, criminals.
Assuming it is Bin Laden: The U.S. does not recognize the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan, so it wasn't a nation that did it. Insurance companies will have to pay.
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