Revised: October 20, 2010
Fires in high-rises are not necessarily a result of arson or conspiracy. However, on February 7, 2003, there was a fire in a 35-story high-rise office tower in River North, Chicago, which started in a heating exchange unit at the top of the building. Exactly one week later, there was another very similar fire in an 11-story high-rise office block in Schaumburg, only around 27 miles north-west of the River North high-rise. The Schaumburg fire also started in a heating unit (or HVAC unit) at the top of the building. As with the 9/11 attacks, both fires started shortly before 9am. The building automation system (B.A.S.) in each case was maintained by the same company, which in 2006 hosted George W. Bush at their headquarters where he delivered a major speech on energy.
Although there were no casualties - in contrast to a fire in Chicago's Cook County Administration Building that claimed six lives on October 17 of that year and in which debris had tested positive for gasoline - those two fires were not mere false alarms. Plenty of smoke could be seen billowing from the buildings, and flames were visible too.
The February 14, 2003 fire occurred the very day before unprecedented worldwide protests against the imminent invasion of Iraq, including a record 3 million protesters in Rome. The February 7 fire came just two days after Colin Powell told a pack of lies to the UN about Iraq's "weapons". Moreover, the February 7 fire was followed within an hour by an explosion at a Rhode Island chemical plant, at 9:30am. Because acids and cyanide salts were present at the plant, there was a worry that these might have combined in the ensuing fire to produce hydrogen cyanide, and residents and businesses were evacuated within half a mile of the facility.
Imagine the potential headlines, had the Zionist warmongers managed to frame Arab patsies for the February 7, 2003 events:
It is beyond doubt that the Israelis were trying to stage false-flag terror attacks in October 2001, in the first few days of the war in Afghanistan. There was a failed Israeli false-flag in Mexico on October 10, 2001, only three days after the launch of that war. Mossad agent Salvador Guersson Smecke and Israeli illegal immigrant Saur Ben Zvi were caught red-handed and arrested inside the Mexican Congress chamber in possession of guns, grenades, dynamite, detonators and wiring while posing as "press photographers". That operation would have been aimed at boosting Mexican support for the war. In late September 2001, a large-scale 37-nation poll of world opinion carried out by Gallup International had found Mexico to be more opposed to the war than almost any other - if not any other - nation. 94% of Mexicans favored a legal response in the form of extradition and trial, rather than military action.
On October 11, 2001, the day after the failed false-flag in Mexico, "movers" with Jewish names Moshe Elmakias, 30 and Ron Katar, 23, described as "Middle Eastern", were arrested by Plymouth Police in Pennsylvania after being found with a Sony video camera and tape with detailed video footage of Chicago's Sears Tower. That was three days after Edward A. Coburn, 31, of Fresno, California, was arrested after bursting into the cockpit of an American Airlines jetliner bound for Chicago's O'Hare airport, screaming, "We're going to crash into the Sears Tower" and that terrorists were "steering" the plane towards the Sears Tower.
More recently, in November 2009, a trainee Mossad agent was caught and arrested in a training operation in Tel Aviv, after he planted an allegedly "fake" bomb under a vehicle. Mossad agents have been caught in plenty of failed operations over the past two decades, in addition to the more well-known Jewish and Israeli offensives such as the King David Hotel bombing, the failed false-flag known as "Operation Susannah" or the Lavon Affair, and the attack on the USS Liberty. As for the 9/11 attacks, there are still a few reality deniers who refuse to face the facts.
The February 7 fire broke out in a heating exchange unit for a cooling tower on the roof of the former headquarters of Quaker Oats Company, a 35-story high-rise at 321 North Clark Street, River North, Chicago. Reports state that "flames could be seen near the top of the building", and "a tremendous amount of smoke was visible as it blew east enveloping a large part of Chicago's skyline" (see photos above). Those in the area described it as a "very scary sight", with some buildings two blocks from the fire becoming invisible in the smoke, and there was "a huge amount of smoke". One poster joked that "In three hours, President Bush will have documented proof that Saddam Hussein was responsible for this catastrophie (sic)", and another commented that "...the sky was full of black and grey smoke. I could actually see flames shooting out the top of the building, and through the windows in the north east corner. Smoke was billowing out of the roof, but the fire seemed contained to the top floors."
The fire broke out around 8:30am; emergency crews including about 100 firefighters were at the scene by 8:50 and the building was evacuated at 9:15am. The top ten floors of the Quaker Tower were being "remodeled", and were not occupied.
The February 14 fire also started in a heating or HVAC unit at the top of a high-rise office building, at 231 North Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL. Many of the workers at this 11-story building were receiving calls about the fire by their colleagues at 8:45am. The report states that at 9am "a black cloud of smoke billowed across the sky", and IBM employee Ruby Williams saw flames shooting from the rooftop. A contractor who used to work there described the scene as "one hell of a ball of smoke". The building is about 27 miles from the Willis (formerly the Sears) Tower, or less than half that from O'Hare International Airport, two of the locations associated with the Moshe Elmakias and Edward Coburn incidents. The River North high-rise is only one mile from the Willis Tower.
231 N. Martingale Road was the home of IBM Global Network Services (or IBM Global Services), and served as a data center to host websites such as the former www.e-chemicals.com. AT&T acquired IBM Global Network Services for $5 billion in a deal that closed in 1999. As of February 2003, employees of IBM Corp. and AT&T Corp. shared space in the 11-story building, and these companies moved out in 2006. The building was acquired by Keystone Property Group for about $17 million and refurbished and upgraded, and is now known as the Woodfield Pointe Office (or Corporate) Center. The renovation was carried out by Graycor Construction. The Graycor companies include Graycor Blasting Company Inc., which provides services such as concrete demolition (including removing floors and substructures), tunnel blasting, rock blasting, explosive compliance services, etc.
Shortly before the fires of February 7 and 14, 2003, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) 2003 event convened at Chicago's McCormick Place, January 27-29, 2003. The convention facility is located about four miles south of the River North building. Engineers who attend this event come from dozens of countries worldwide. In 2003, more than 58,000 HVAC&R professionals from 117 countries attended, including exhibitors from more than 33 countries. In 2006 for example, the AHR Expo also convened at the same venue, and one attendee was Gilad Lev-Shamur, a facility engineer from Haifa, Israel. There have been Mossad "art students", Mossad "moving companies", Mossad "toy helicopter sellers", Mossad "press photographers", Mossad "Palestinians" etc, so Mossad "heating / ventilation / air-conditioning / refrigeration engineers" would be par for the course.
However, when Israeli intelligence operatives attempt to stage false-flag terror attacks, they generally "pull out all the stops" and leave nothing to chance. If it goes wrong, they run the risk of being caught red-handed with dynamite, guns, detonators, phosphorus, etc, in which case they would try to feign innocence and claim that the accusations against them were due to "anti-Semitism", or they had the incriminating substances because they were merely "manufacturing dyes". Around February 2003, the Israeli "movers" who were linked to US false-flag operations were rather indisposed, facing some problems of their own with indictments on charges of fraud and extortion. Agents of the Bush administration and the CIA would not be able to play the "anti-Semitism" card, and would need to exercise caution. Having phony "HVAC engineers" sabotage heating exchange units would carry relatively little risk of exposure, whilst offering no guarantee that the results would be as spectacular as desired. On the other hand, Israeli agents would perceive non-Jews as the equivalent of "cattle", "beasts", "grasshoppers", "crocodiles", "cockroaches", etc, and would have no qualms about blowing them up or leaving them to be suffocated and burned alive in high-rise blazes.
Now there is nothing particularly improbable about a fire occurring on a particular day in a high-rise office building somewhere in the US, when the fire develops randomly and occurs in any building at random. As shown in the section on probability below, there are around 400 fires in high-rise offices in the US per year (as of 2003) - a frequency slightly higher than one per day. Although those February 7 and 14 fires did not result in any casualties, they do appear to have been more severe than the average "400 per year" type of fire, judging by the trail they have left on the internet with reports and comments of smoke and flames. Conversely, false alarms where two or three fire engines might turn up, say, because a contractor carried out some work and no one switched off the sensors, would be too numerous to be included in the "400 per year" figures. For some buildings, that type of incident could recur several times a year.
Given the number of office buildings and the incidence of actual fires, the frequency of fire in any particular building ranges from around once every twelve years to once every six hundred years, depending on the building and its usage. If we assume once every twelve years for a high estimate of frequency and probability, then the probability for a fire to occur at a particular building on a particular day - e.g., the day before unprecedented, massive worldwide antiwar protests - would be 1 in 12 x 365.25 = 1 in 4,383. If there are ten days that are deemed to be "significant", the probability becomes 1 in 438. And even with a hundred "significant" days, the chance of no fire is still up at 97.72%.
A Taiwan paper states: "Fire occurrences in a particular building are really rare events."
Even without taking into account the explosion at a chemical plant that followed within an hour of the February 7, 2003 fire at River North, and similarity of the high-rise fires, it gets very interesting when we consider that Christopher Bollyn used to work at IBM Global Network Services, the old IBM data center at Schaumburg and scene of the February 14, 2003 fire.
Christopher Bollyn, formerly of Hoffman Estates near Schaumburg, used to work for IBM Global Network Services, before he was brought to write for The Spotlight (and subsequently the American Free Press) in 2000 under bizarre circumstances by a self-described Khazar. Bollyn poses as an "anti-Zionist journalist" who exposes Zionist crimes such as 9/11. However, he:
There is clearly something very wrong with Christopher Bollyn. A person who was not only smart enough to see through the lies and deceptions of the official 9/11 story, but could also supposedly dig at the facts exposing Israel's central role in 9/11, would not be silly enough to imagine that yelling at the police that he was going into his house to get "reinforcements" was a smart move. And when someone proposes a conspiracy theory in which they dialled 911 to call the police to their home, and the police turned up as part of a plot to get them involving the ADL, the Department of Homeland Security, American Free Press, Republic Broadcasting Network, the entire Hoffman Estates police department, Jewish prosecutors, etc, it is clear that their material is aimed at people to whom logic is an anathema. If you call the police out to your home, that is why they turn up ten minutes later. An operative who pretends to "expose" Zionism, calls the police to his home on some pretext, becomes belligerent so that he gets arrested and possibly Tasered, then deceptively claims the whole thing was part of a conspiracy in retaliation for his "exposing" of criminals, is working on the knowledge that some readers will make the logical error post hoc ergo propter hoc and confuse the real cause of events with the bogus cause. The same as the view that "planes hit Towers, therefore Towers collapsed.
This phenomenon of a bogus "truth teller" setting himself up as a "martyr" is hardly limited to Christopher Bollyn. Others include Mike Delaney (who once tried to gain kudos by provoking a Jew into punching him), and the Australian Brendon O'Connell (a proven liar who gets himself into confrontations with Jews and into trouble with the police). Another little clue is that all three of them are strongly associated with Eric Hufschmid, the self-styled "anti-Zionist" who is the half-brother of the wife of James Murdoch, son and heir apparent to billionaire Zionist media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The Hufschmid Liars' Club is a liability to any truth movement.
Bollyn's allegations, such as his claim that Michael Piper has been "attacking" Bollyn "since December 2001" and trying to stop him from speaking out, are easily shown to be lies, as can be seen from a look at the historical record. At the Piper talk show archives for 2006, it may be seen that throughout most of that year, Piper and Bollyn were on friendly terms with each other. Piper had Bollyn as a guest on his show several times, and even allowed Bollyn to stand in for him on at least thirteen occasions in June when Piper went on a trip to Malaysia.
Or similarly, if Bollyn's absurd claims about Mark Lane being a "Zionist" who has "owned" and "controlled" Liberty Lobby and the American Free Press since 1993 were true, that is inconsistent with his claim that "some of [Bollyn's] best articles are printed in that magazine", unless Mark Lane had been sleeping on the job of running a "controlled opposition". Alternatively, if "Zionist controller(s)" did not even censor Bollyn's "best" articles, then all his articles must have been Zio-friendly, and it doesn't say much for the quality of his not-so-good articles. And if Liberty Lobby / AFP really were a "controlled opposition" and "owned" by a man who worked for a "Jewish intelligence organization", then why did Bollyn spend six years writing for them?
If Bollyn really were an honest truth teller and genuine investigative journalist, he would not be lying like this. And if a supposedly honest journalist is known to be lying about some matters of fact, how can his word be trusted on anything? Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.
All the evidence indicates that Bollyn is an intelligence operative who was assigned the job of posing as a researcher-cum-journalist in advance of 9/11. Rather like Trojan malware that is designed to appear benign, the controlled opposition operative will ingratiate himself with certain "truth seekers" who place intuition above logic, telling them what they want to hear and "pressing all the right buttons" with mention of Israel, the Mossad, molten steel, explosives, etc, whilst providing little or no evidence for his claims. His mixing of disinformation with truth is designed to tarnish the truth movement and harm its prospects of gaining mainstream acceptance, at the same time provoking an internal split with the truth "movement" between those who demand supporting evidence and those who are content with unsubstantiated sound bites.
The Judas Goat operative is provided with information that he can supposedly expose, and in return will ask for "donations" to fund his "research", or will sell DVDs, books, stickers or other merchandise. This "flypaper operation" serves to create a list of names of donors to be passed on to the government and the intelligence agencies. If the latter are planning false-flag attacks, they might decide to make further use of their operative, who could possibly exploit his local knowledge to advise on which high-rise is poorly constructed, has doors that don't close, has underground diesel tanks and diesel fumes, and on how to get past its security - e.g. by posing as an "engineer".
Listen to this clip of Bollyn denying any knowledge of the fire at 231 N. Martingale Road. Bollyn says, "I didn't know about that fire, right?", sounding rather like a guy in a drugs bust who says, "I didn't know about that substance, right?". The cop might well reply, "Try telling that to the judge!"
This longer clip shows more of Bollyn's evasive techniques. He tries to distance himself from the fire by introducing a false dichotomy between IBM and IBM Global Network Services. However, it was IBM Global Network Services (aka IBM Global Services) where Bollyn worked, and the 231 North Martingale Road building was occupied by IBM Global Network Services at the time he worked for them. Moreover, 231 North Martingale Road had a battery room which a contractor who used to work at the building describes as "impressive as hell". Bollyn wrote a disinformation piece about thermite "disguised" as batteries in computer rooms at the World Trade Center, and his knowledge of the IBM battery room would have provided the inspiration for his article.
A person who worked on Floor 7 describes the IBM Global Network Services building as "really poorly constructed, many of the office doors don't shut tight because of angle issues and when the diesels are running, the scent of diesel permeates the building...". If it was poorly constructed, it could have been a more appealing target for arson. There were three 15,000 gallon underground diesel tanks, although as WTC7 showed, igniting the diesel would not be easy.
Bollyn was in Switzerland on Sunday, January 19, 2003, just before he posted about "chemtrails over Switzerland", describing himself as an "American journalist based in Europe". The AHR Expo of 2003 convened from January 27-29, and the Chicago high-rise office fires followed soon after. He was supposedly working for American Free Press, yet over six years from 2000-2006 he claimed almost $60,000 expenses from AFP / Liberty Lobby, in addition to being paid $266,000 - a total of well over $300,000 as revealed by Mike Piper on his show of April 6, 2007 [4:26]. AFP eventually decided they had to cut back on his expenses, since they had found he was mostly just getting his articles from the internet and using the expenses to fund other activities. And considering his trips to Switzerland, including his Brussels - Central France journey which included a mysterious detour to Geneva, all indications suggest that one of his other activities included acting as a courier for Swiss banks or their clients.
Bollyn was supposedly going from the 17-18 November 2005 Axis For Peace conference in Brussels (attendees of which included David Shayler, Thierry Meyssan and Phil Berg) to visit Daryl Bradford Smith slightly west of central France on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005. However, he traveled via Geneva, offering some feeble 'explanation' about having a $30 pass for travel on German trains. His story didn't hold water, since he still had to drive west across the mountains to get to Daryl's home. The more direct route would have been to drive southwest to Paris, and continue sou'-sou'-west to the destination, a 694 km trip (431 miles). Brussels to Geneva is 786 km by the shortest route via Luxembourg and France - or longer via Germany, and then he had to drive west for more than 500 km.
Schaumburg has a high-rise office fire that is an almost carbon copy of a Chicago high-rise office fire that broke out almost exactly a week ago, with both fires occurring just as the Zionist warmongers are anxious to drum up support for the invasion of Iraq. Not only that, but the Schaumburg fire breaks out on the very day before millions are due to protest against the imminent invasion. And, out of 31 high-rises in Schaumburg, and an estimated 78,280 high-rise offices in the US, the fire just "happens" to be at the former employer of suspected Judas Goat and intelligence asset Christopher Bollyn.
The perpetrators would have had their own controlled opposition "journalist" who conveniently happened to have first-hand knowledge of the building, just as he similarly happened to be in New York City on 9/11. By handing the scoop to this "journalist", they could rely on him to foul up and obfuscate efforts to expose the truth about the event. He would write that, yes, the fire was a false-flag staged by Zionists to implicate Muslims in order to boost support for the invasion of Iraq. But, the plant would claim, the fire wasn't staged by the Bush administration, it was perpetrated by Ehud Barak, or Ariel Sharon...
If a building was deemed a "significant" target for a false-flag attack merely because it could be linked to the government or to Jews, there would be few remaining buildings that would not qualify and the term "significant" would become a misnomer. The IBM Global Network Services building clearly stands out because it is linked to an operative whose job is to assist the perpetrators of false-flag terror in their information war with honest truth seekers. However, there are plenty of points of interest regarding the River North building.
321 North Clark Street, the 35-storey 896,000 square feet Quaker Tower, was built in 1987 and acquired in 1989 by Japan-based Shuwa Riverfront LP. The building was subsequently acquired in 2000 for a reported $133.3 million in a joint venture by Houston-based real estate development firm Hines and New York State Teachers Retirement System, the latter advised by JPMorgan Chase. In April 2006, Hines Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), a Houston-based public real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines that commenced operations in November 2004, acquired 321 North Clark Street for $247.3 million from the joint venture.
The operating contracts for 321 North Clark Street (see Exhibit C at this link) show that the contractor for maintenance of the Building Automation System (B.A.S.) was Johnson Controls, Inc., a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company with 133,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations and more than 150 countries including Switzerland. Their Building Efficiency business unit is a service provider of systems that control and monitor heating, ventilating, air-conditioning (HVAC), building management systems, lighting, security and fire detection and alarm systems in non-residential buildings. Johnson Controls provides full-time, on-site Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) staff for more than 600 million square feet of building space around the world. This just happens to include IBM's facilities in 28 countries across five continents, along with US Government facilities, e.g. in Cape Canaveral, although Johnson sold its Cape Canaveral-based World Services subsidiary in 2005.
In February 2006, Johnson Controls hosted George W. Bush for a major energy speech at their Building Efficiency headquarters in Milwaukee. Johnson's Washington, DC office has a "Government Relations" division, of which Mark Wagner is Vice President.
321 North Clark's cooling tower (SE corner unit) had a warranty from the manufacturer, Baltimore Aircoil Company. It only covered original equipment components, and expired March 10, 2008.
321 North Clark's 2nd and 35th (top) floors were mechanical floors (Exhibit B at the same link here). Equipment on these floors included an arc welder and oxy-acetylene and propane torches.
In 2000, the Quaker Oats Company leased some 475,000 square feet, and the next biggest tenant, law firm Gardner Carton & Douglas, leased 200,000 square feet of prime space at the top of the tower. However, Quaker Oats was going to relocate to a new building in August 2002, and Gardner Carton & Douglas planned to move in December 2002 to another Hines development nearby. Some observers considered that Hines could have trouble finding tenants who would pay high enough to justify the purchase price.
The American Bar Association wanted to consolidate their staff under one roof, and Hines were eager to sign up their first major tenant. Hines made an offer at below-market rent, and the ABA signed a lease for 225,000 square feet in the tower.
On May 14, 2002, law firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP announced that they had signed a major new lease for 50,000 square feet encompassing the top three floors of the Quaker Tower. The initial lease was for seven years with a five-year option. Agents for the deal were Todd Lippman (sometimes incorrectly shown as "Lippmann"), David Tropp and Kyle Kamin of the now defunct Insignia ESG which was sold to CB Richard Ellis. On March 31, six weeks prior to the deal, Insignia ESG's managing director Ken Zakin said that the World Trade Center deal was the deal of the year for the commercial property industry, and the deal of a lifetime for Larry Silverstein.
Coincidentally, it happened to be six weeks prior to the WTC's destruction in terror attacks that Benjamin Netanyahu's friend Silverstein, in partnership with billionaire Australian Frank Lowy who fought "in the Jewish underground", took control of the WTC lease and insured the buildings against terror attacks for billions of dollars, with a clause stating that in the event of a terrorist attack, the partners could not only collect the insured value of the property, but would also be released from all of their obligations under the 99-year lease. The sixth cardinal number 6 appears to be perceived as lucky by Jews. The sixth letter "vav" in the Hebrew alef-bet is a picture of man, there are six points on the Star of David, and the Mishnah consists of six major orders.
William Bradford Reynolds of Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP was nominated by George W. Bush (and previously by Ronald Reagan in 1981) to serve as Assistant Attorney General, which connects Reynolds and hence Howrey LLP to Michael Chertoff via the US Department of Justice. The Howrey - Chertoff association has recently strengthened, with Chertoff actually taking up offices at Howrey in Washington DC. Reynolds is on the board of visitors (formerly the board of trustees) of the Federalist Society, which was set up by a group including Ted Olson. Olson, who claimed his third wife Barbara Kay Olson née Bracher made "cell phone calls" on the plane that is alleged to have crashed into the Pentagon, met his fourth wife Lady Booth of Kentucky in 2002. They married in 2006, and she has contributed to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Rudi Giuliani.
William Bradford Reynolds, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Leonard Garment, were named by Bill Clinton as three Republican attorneys who supported the application to pardon convicted tax fraudster and illegal trader Marc Rich. Clinton's office later admitted that the three were not involved in the pardon process, but had developed the underlying legal case that Rich's criminal indictment was "flawed". One of the reasons offered for Rich's pardon was his support for "the Mossad's efforts to rescue and evacuate Jews from hostile countries". Reynolds was also part of a legal team representing Chabad Lubavitch in their attempt to retrieve religious books from Russia. And Reynolds wrote commentary that was strongly in support of Irving Kristol.
John W. Nields, Jr. of Howrey has "particular expertise in criminal appeals and cases involving the US Congress". In 1987 he was "Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran". In the Iran-Contra affair, $8 million from arms sales remained in Swiss bank accounts controlled by General Secord and his partners, and only $4 million had been diverted to the Contras.
The American Bar Association rated Michael Chertoff as "well qualified" for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, even though Chertoff is a proven liar with statements such as "in the period prior to September 12, 2001, it was a regular, routine issue to have American aircraft hijacked or blown up from time to time".
Insignia ESG Property Management Group of 311 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, was a subsidiary of Insignia Financial Group Inc., which sold its multifamily business to Apartment Investment and Management Company for $1.4 billion in 1999. The remainder of Insignia was sold for approximately $120 million to CB Richard Ellis in 2000.
CB Richard Ellis is a possible link between the Quaker Tower and 231 North Martingale Road. As shown above, Jewish agents acting for Insignia ESG / CB Richard Ellis were involved in the 2002 Howrey lease deal at the Quaker Tower. They would have been aware that the top ten floors were being remodeled and were not occupied during the interim period around February 2003 in advance of the Iraq war, as Quaker Oats and Gardner Carton & Douglas had already moved out, and the new tenants were due to move in after the refurbishment had been completed. Many companies share space at the Woodfield Preserve Office Center at 20 North Martingale Road. One of them just happens to be CB Richard Ellis, which has its Schaumburg office there, and describes itself as "the only major firm with a full-service commercial real estate office in the dynamic suburb of Schaumburg", adding that "Since its inception in 1982, the Schaumburg office has steadily grown now encompassing over 151 employees". And the page informs us that "Schaumburg is also home to several major corporate headquarters including Motorola, Sears, United Airlines and Zurich Insurance". (United Airlines, which was based in adjacent Elk Grove Township, about six miles east of 231 N. Martingale, announced 2006 that it would be moving to 77 West Wacker Drive in Chicago.) The staff at CB Richard Ellis could not have failed to notice the 11-story IBM Global Network Services building less than a mile away.
In 2003, Kenneth L. Zakin, the former managing director of Insignia ESG / CB Richard Ellis who recognized Larry Silverstein's "deal of a lifetime", joined Newmark Knight Frank as Senior Managing Director. His transactions include the Bank of America Tower, Miami, FL (47 stories, 625 feet); the Great American Tower, Phoenix, AZ (24 stories, 320 feet); and the Hato Rey Tower, Puerto Rico. Zakin became a Senior Vice President of Lehman Brothers in November 1988, and was Director and President of NY Real Estate Services 1 Inc., a Delaware Corporation and affiliate of Lehman Brothers. Barbi A. Zakin and Kenneth L. Zakin made a donation to the 92nd Street Y of New York, which was founded in 1874 as the Young Men's Hebrew Association.
CB Richard Ellis Group, ranked at 464 in the 2009 Fortune 500 list of top American Companies, has its corporate headquarters at 11150 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. That is 1.9 miles from an address that was associated (by a maiden name search) with Bosmat Merimsky, an Israeli military intelligence officer who married Christopher Bollyn in order to gain entry to the US. She now lives in New York with Jacob "Cobi" Babchuk, who also used to live in Los Angeles. Babchuk works at Platinum Funding Group, whose 1992 founder, Chairman and CEO Eyal Levy specializes in "financing and restructuring unconventional transactions worldwide and has been working for over 25 years with government contracts and agencies, including financing government contracts, credit analysis and sales to the U.S. armed forces, NASA, the FBI and the CIA". Platinum is financed by JPMorgan Chase and N M Rothschild & Sons.
CB Richard Ellis, Platinum Funding Group, and the Swiss bank Credit Suisse all use the services of Larry Sharpe's New York-based Neo Sage, which advises organizations on how to have an edge over their competitors - or advises individuals on how to succeed and influence others. Credit Suisse has offices located around the world, including Chicago and Northbrook in Illinois, and Tel Aviv in Israel. UBS locations include Herzliya Pituach in Israel and Chicago and Barrington in Illinois.
In November 2002, Stephen F. Olsen was appointed managing director of CB Richard Ellis' investors program Global Net Lease Partners, working from offices in New York.
On March 3, 2003, Kyle B. Kamin was promoted from associate director to director with Insignia ESG's Office Brokerage Group. On March 15, 2007, Kamin was promoted to Senior Vice President at CB Richard Ellis. At 30, he was the youngest SVP in their Chicago region. David S. Tropp, who in 2001 was Broker of the Year in the Midwest Region, became a Senior Vice President with CB Richard Ellis, joining the firm following its merger with Insignia/ESG. Todd S. Lippman, who had a number of Broker of the Year awards, became an Executive Vice President at CB Richard Ellis. He was made part of the Colbert Coldwell Circle 2008 in recognition of his work as an elite sales professional.
Like CB Richard Ellis, Hines is a possible common link between the Quaker Tower and the 231 North Martindale Road high-rise, albeit not a very significant one. As of 2000, the Hines portfolio included "more than 660 properties". However, some of these other Hines projects were located in North Martingale Road, Schaumburg. Hines managed the Woodfield Corporate Center (as opposed to Woodfield Pointe). The six-building complex includes 200 N. Martingale Road, a few hundred yards from IBM Global Network Services. These buildings are high-rises under the seven or more stories qualification, ranging from seven to twenty stories. 425 and 475 are twenty and twelve stories above grade respectively. Hines' management of 425/475 N. Martingale won them an award in 2004. Hines' portfolio also included the Woodfield Preserve Office Center Phase II, a 342,000 square feet 6-story "low-rise office tower" in the Chicago suburb at Schaumburg, and completed in 2001. This low-rise is located at 20 North Martingale Road, still only 0.7 of a mile from the 11-story high-rise headquarters of IBM Global Network Services at 231 North Martingale Road.
The IBM Global Network Services high-rise was the best choice for a false-flag terror attack, since the others evidently lacked a suitable pseudo-journalist intelligence asset who could be exploited as a controlled opposition.
Hines has dealt with the US private equity firm The Carlyle Group. In March 2000, Hines announced that on behalf of a joint venture between the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and Hines, it had acquired Woodside Technology Centre in Redwood City, California. The property was purchased from The Carlyle Group. Chris Jacobs of CB Richard Ellis served as broker for the transaction. In August 2007, The Carlyle Group sold One Wilshire to Hines REIT. One Wilshire is a 30-story data center in Los Angeles that is home to many telecoms service providers.
In 2006, Hines, in a joint venture with RREEF, the real estate investment arm of Deutsche Bank, acquired the Fort Halstead office park located near Sevenoaks, Kent, in the UK. The 300-acre facility was purchased from QinetiQ, the UK defense technology company which also offices there. The facility is leased on a long-term basis to QinetiQ, and to Defense Science Technology Limited (DSTL), which is part of the UK's Ministry of Defense. Ex–CIA Director George Tenet served as an independent non-executive director to QinetiQ's Board between October 2006 and January 2008. Tenet told George W. Bush it was a "slam dunk" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. In February 2003, The Carlyle Group acquired a 33.8% share in QinetiQ for £42m. Prior to stock market flotation, ownership was split between the MoD (56%), Carlyle Group (31%) and staff (13%).
David LeVrier was the primary influence in the formation of Hines Government Services, Inc., which specializes in federal government contracting.
Mesirow Financial, which announced in August 2001 that it was expanding its presence in the Quaker Tower at 321 N. Clark Street, from 50,000 to 75,000 square feet, includes people such as Vice President David S. Israel; Richard S. Mesirow, a past board member of the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Chicago; Richard H. Bergman, affiliated with the Jewish United Fund, and Paul H. Blumberg, a past member of the Jewish Council for Youth Services. In 2006 Mesirow announced that it would be consolidating staff in two locations at 321 and 350 North Clark into a newly constructed building at number 353.
In July 2006, David Zwick, a senior managing director at Mesirow Financial, was placed on paid administrative leave after a New York jury ruled that he participated in an unlawful kickback scheme when he ran Florida-based bond brokerage firm SunCoast Capital Group. Todd Cohen, who had already settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission by paying more than $130,000 in disgorgement and fines, co-founded SunCoast with David A. Zwick.
In September 2009, Credit Suisse Group A.G. was in talks with Mesirow Financial. The Swiss bank, which oversees assets of $14.5 billion, was interested in buying Mesirow Advanced Strategies, an $11 billion unit that, like Credit Suisse, places client money in hedge funds. In October 2009, a group of investors led by Mesirow Financial's CEO James C. Tyree purchased the Chicago Sun-Times and a group of 58 local newspapers.
Albert M. Friedman, President of Friedman Properties, has earned the nickname "Mayor of River North" owing to the number of properties in the area that he has invested in and restored or redeveloped. One notable example is the historic Medinah Temple and Tree Studios block. The Medinah Temple was built in 1912 as headquarters for the Chicago chapter of the Shriners. Both the Medinah Temple and Tree Studios were saved from demolition, but the former was adapted for use as commercial space, as a home and furniture store. The Shriners' full title is Ancient Arabic Order Noblea Mystia Shrine, and the initials of those words may be rearranged to form "a mason". Friedman, contributed to the federal campaigns of a number of Democrats, including Rahm Emanuel in October 2001. In August 2006, Friedman Properties acquired Mesirow's headquarters at 350 North Clark Street for about $19 million. Friedman also had an investment in the nearby site of the new Mesirow tower.
There is no clear Church of Scientology link to the buildings. The Church has a Mission at 2720 S. River Road, Suite 45, Des Plaines, IL 60018 (Northwest Chicago Mission), which is about 14 miles from 231 N. Martingale Road. Its Center at 410 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 (Scientology Center of Michigan Avenue) is just over a mile from 321 N. Clark Street.
On Thursday, January 30, 2003, Tony Blair traveled to the US, stopping over in Madrid for talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. On January 31, Blair and George W. Bush held a summit on Iraq at Camp David and at the White House. Details of the two-hour White House meeting emerged three years later in a memo seen by Phillipe Sands, a QC and professor of international law. The memo, known as the "Manning memo", revealed that Bush made clear the US intended to invade Iraq even if there was no further UN resolution, and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of an Iraqi illegal weapons program. Bush told Blair that the US was considering a way around the failure to find evidence of banned weapons. This would involve "flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours", in the hope that Saddam could be provoked into firing on the aircraft. The warmongers would then be able to cite Iraq's "breach of UN resolutions" as another pretext for the invasion. Blair is quoted as saying he was "solidly with the president and ready to do whatever it took to disarm Saddam".
(The "Downing Street memo", which is more of a "smoking gun" referred to a secret July 23, 2002 meeting of senior British government, defence and intelligence figures discussing the build-up to the war. But at the end of November 2009, a new memo from 2002 surfaced at the Iraq War Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot. This showed that on July 29, 2002, six days after the "Downing Street memo" meeting, the then attorney-general Lord Goldsmith wrote to Tony Blair advising him that "regime change" was not a legal basis for war, and that Britain could not justify an invasion on grounds of self-defense because Iraq was not a threat to the UK. Lord Goldsmith, who is Jewish, was eventually "persuaded" to change his mind by Blair's cronies and enforcers. Goldsmith lost three stone in that period, and behaved relatively honorably in contrast to the treacherous Blair, who denied that Goldsmith ever told him the war would be illegal.)
On February 5, 2003, Colin Powell addressed the UN General Assembly. His claims included: "We know that Iraq has at least seven of these mobile biological agent factories. [...] There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons. [...] Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. [...] We also have sources who tell us that, since the 1980s, Saddam's regime has been experimenting on human beings to perfect its biological or chemical weapons. [...] there is no doubt in my mind, these elicit (sic) procurement efforts show that Saddam Hussein is very much focused on putting in place the key missing piece from his nuclear weapons program, the ability to produce fissile material."
Powell and the warmongers hoped that their lies about "weapons" would bring about a new UN resolution. On Thursday February 6, Bush declared that "the game is over" for Saddam Hussein. On February 7, Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Italy to begin a series of meetings with European officials. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Russia did not see any grounds for passing a new resolution authorising the use of force against Iraq. By February 10, the warmongers' plans to sway opinion were not faring well, with France, Germany and Belgium blocking proposals to increase Turkey's defenses in case of a war.
On Saturday February 8, 20,000 anti-war protesters demonstrated peacefully in snowy Munich, as 3,500 police were needed to protect a security conference attended by Donald Rumsfeld and others. Demonstrators carried signs such as "Rummy go home". Around this time, more than 700 women posed nude on a hillside in Australia, forming the words "NO WAR", and about 30 women stripped off in the snow in New York to spell the words "NO BUSH". There were plenty of protests over the next days, including a "die-in" at the University of South Florida. By February 12, the ground swell of public anti-war opinion had surprised many campaigners in Britain, and it was already expected that a million protestors could arrive in London on the following Saturday morning. More than 450 organisations and groups including Greenpeace, Americans Against the War and Britons versus Bush - a group of Bedford cabdrivers - joined 11 political parties including the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, and affiliated themselves to the Stop The War Coalition.
By February 13, city and county officials had headed for Washington, DC, for anti-war protests. On February 14, United for Peace and Justice, a US-based campaign group, estimated that 603 anti-war protests had been organized across the globe. The crescendo of opposition culminated with an estimated six to thirty million people demonstrating worldwide on Saturday, February 15. The BBC's lower estimate of "six million" is likely to be too low, since the estimate for Rome is a record three million, verified by the Guinness Book Of Records in its 2004 edition and in a special ten-year edition. Up to 375,000 protested in New York, with the demonstration featuring a giant puppet depicting President Bush holding buckets of blood and oil. The low turnout in Israel, a mere 1,500 to 3,000, confirms that Israeli Jews were strong supporters of a US military attack on Iraq.
Wikipedia's page on the preparation for war has this summary for the period from February 5 to Saturday February 15, which encompasses both high-rise office fires of February 7 and 14:
In February 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations General Assembly, continuing US efforts to gain UN authorization for an invasion. Powell presented evidence alleging that Iraq was actively producing chemical and biological weapons and had ties to al-Qaeda. As a follow-up to Powell’s presentation, the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Japan, and Spain proposed a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, but NATO members like Canada, France, and Germany, together with Russia, strongly urged continued diplomacy. Facing a losing vote as well as a likely veto from France and Russia, the US, UK, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Italy, Japan, and Australia eventually withdrew their resolution.
With the failure of its resolution, the US and their supporters abandoned the Security Council procedures and decided to pursue the invasion without UN authorization, a decision of questionable legality in international law. This decision was widely unpopular worldwide, and opposition to the invasion coalesced on February 15 in a worldwide anti-war protest that attracted between six and ten million people in more than 800 cities, the largest such protest in human history according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
In the second week of February the anti-war protests were organised to peak on the Saturday, February 15, 2003. So the ideal time to stage a false-flag incident that could sway public opinion and deter people from turning up at the protests would have been Friday, February 14, with February 7 being a little less ideal but still potentially useful for gaining support for a new UN resolution.
On October 17, 2003, six people were killed in a fire at the Cook County Administration Building. This 460 feet and 36 stories above grade level high-rise is located at 69 West Washington Street, Chicago. The fire started on the 12th floor in a 6 ft by 18.3 ft by 8.7 ft high storage room in Suite 1240, in the office of the Secretary of State's Business Services Division. The fire safety director left the building at 4pm on the day of the fire, an hour before it started, and there were no sprinklers above the lobby. Officially, it was ruled that the evidence was inconsistent with arson, although the cause was classed as "undetermined". But there was evidence indicating arson, since debris was found that tested positive for gasoline, although a dog did not detect gasoline.
The Fire Department ruled that a person had set off the fire with gasoline, but the testimony of an "independent expert" with a Jewish name - Jeff Eaton - contradicted this and said there was "no evidence" of arson. However, the police said they were "unable to determine the actual cause of the fire". Those that died were trapped in the smoke-filled southeast stairwell because doors were locked.
The NIST report on the Cook Country Administration Building fire was authored by Daniel Madrzykowski and William D. Walton. However, the scope of this study only started after there was a small, flaming fire in a storage room, and ended 16½ minutes later as the Chicago Fire Department started to fight the fire. NIST ignored the question of how the fire started. Daniel Madrzykowski was also lead NIST investigator for the Rhode Island Station Nightclub fire of February 2003.
The first fire alarm signal was at 17:00:16. At 5pm, an occupant of Suite 1240 smelled smoke, alerted other occupants, and started to evacuate. Another occupant went to investigate, and found a small fire on the top of a set of wall shelves in a storage room, under a ceiling-mounted light fixture. Various office stationery items - principally paper, forms, brochures and boxes of envelopes - were stored on the shelves.
A slightly different account is given on page 363 of the 1183-page full report, prepared by James Lee Witt Associates of Washington, DC. According to this timeline, one of the female occupants smelled smoke, mentioned it to her colleagues, looked at her watch and noticed it was 4:57pm. She went to investigate and saw a yellow-orange flame on the top shelf of a bookcase inside a storage room that always had its door open.
The writer conducted an experiment in which a single A4 sheet of paper was held directly beneath a 100 watt incandescent bulb, at a distance of half an inch or less. After more than a minute, the paper was still in pristine condition, feeling merely very slightly warm to the touch.
The ignition temperature of paper is popularly known to be around 451 °F. Taking the low end of Wikipedia's range of autoignition temperatures for paper, we have 424 °F which is 218 °C. A4 size paper is 210 x 297 mm = 0.0624 square meters. Assuming the full 100 watts was directed at the paper - which it wasn't, since the light radiates in almost all directions (almost 4π steradians) - the heat absorbed could be up to 1,602 watts per square meter, assuming none was reflected away.
From the Stefan-Boltzmann Law for a gray body radiator, radiative heat transfer is given by:
P / A = e σ (T4 - Tc4)
...it may be seen that assuming an emissivity of 1, a radiator temperature of 218 °C and ambient temperature of 100 °C, we obtain:
P / A = 0.0000000567 (4914 - 3734) ~ 2,198 W/m2
...as the heat emitted by the paper, which is greater than the 1,602 W/m2 maximum absorbed as obtained above. The light bulb does not heat the surrounding air to as high as 100°C, so that underestimates the heat emitted by the paper. Since the paper is not a black body radiator, it will not radiate as much as if its emissivity were 1, but similarly, it will not absorb the full 100 W energy consumed by the light, and not all of that energy would be incident on the paper in any case. Thus, it may be seen that the paper will reach an equilibrium temperature that is considerably below its autoignition temperature.
The Cook County Administration Building fire occurred the day after the release (in Germany and Austria) of the film Baltic Storm, with Helje Kaskel and the Bollyn children Christopher Jr. and Catherine amongst the cast. It was also just as a State Department study was released showing that many of the problems with the occupation of Iraq had been predicted, but were ignored by the Pentagon.
Fazlur Khan, employed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and regarded as the "father of tubular design for high-rises", designed a concrete tube structure for the Cook County Administration Building, later going on to use a modified version of the concept for the Sears (now the Willis) Tower, and the framed tube structure was used for the World Trade Center. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill were the architects for 321 North Clark Street, River North as well as the Cook Country Administration Building at 69 West Washington and the Willis Tower.
Within an hour of the River North high-rise fire on February 7, 2003, there was an explosion at a chemical plant in Cranston, Rhode Island. One worker was critically injured and lost some of his vision when a plastic vent blew up in his face after he tapped it with a small hammer. According to the report on the incident at Technic, Inc., the production of silver cyanide salts had been temporarily suspended on the day of the explosion due to employee absence. As a result, management had instructed remaining employees to clean up their work areas. The worker who was severely injured told investigators that he was cleaning on mezzanine 2 when he heard a whistling sound coming from the exhaust duct connected to tank 8. He said it sounded as though the duct was blocked. After tapping on the duct with a small hammer, he thought he heard some loosened material fall into the tank. However, because the duct still sounded blocked, he tapped on it again. An instant later, at approximately 9:30am, the duct exploded, knocking him to the floor. There was a secondary explosion and fire, and businesses and residents were evacuated over a half-mile radius.
As of the day after the explosion, investigators had "found no easy answers" as to why a plastic exhaust duct would have burst and caught fire. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigation was headed by lead investigator Randy McClure, and included Dr. Isadore (Irv) Rosenthal who was nominated by Bill Clinton in November 1998. Rosenthal was one of the ten members of the James A. Baker III-led investigation into the March 23, 2005, British Petroleum Texas City refinery accident. Baker is a member of the Pilgrims Society and Bohemian Grove.
A hypothetical conspiracy in which the Technic explosion was staged as an attempted false-flag might start by proposing that absent worker(s) were part of the plot. The absentee(s) would have been aware that employee absence could result in suspension of production of a particular product, with the remaining workers having to clean up their areas. An absent infiltrator might have planted highly shock-sensitive material into an exhaust vent to block it in the hope that the next day, a worker involved in cleaning and maintenance would discover the blockage and try to clear it, with violent results.
This type of false-flag would have the advantage of little risk of exposure. Given a wise choice of explosive mixture, the investigators could conclude, as in the official report for the Technic incident, that "through years of accumulation of solids [...] and mixing, many materials could have resulted in violent reactions such as the one that caused this incident". After the investigators allowed for the fact that "tapping of the hammer would produce significantly less energy than a lighted cigarette, electrical spark, or open flame", they would narrow the list of suspects to unstable compounds that could have been formed from silver nitrate and ammonia such as silver azide and silver amide, or silver nitrate reacting with ammonium citrate or sodium hydrosulfite. The disadvantage is that there would be no guarantee of success, so the perpetrators would have to conduct several such acts of infiltration and sabotage on the principle that one or two of them would probably work.
Technic is the exclusive North American distributor for the Japanese-patented Mazerustar planetary mixers / deaerators. Even back in 1992, one application of these planetary mixers would be mixing of "highly exothermic mixtures" such as iron oxide and aluminum. Technic's Engineered Powders Division's products include atomized silver powders and alloys, atomized gold powders and alloys, and atomized silver-palladium powders. The photo of their atomized silver powder 625 shows that particle diameters are mostly in the 1 to 10 micron range. However, assuming there was no foul play and the incident was due to a natural build-up of materials over several years, the February 7 incident shows how even these materials are capable of reacting with explosive force.
A very interesting woman happened to be on hand at Rhode Island to provide any required "aid" after the explosion: Jimmie Carol Oxley, PhD chemistry and Professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, with sixteen years' experience in "energetic materials". She is an explosives expert, having published several papers such as "Non-Traditional Explosives: Potential Detection Problems", published in Terrorism and Political Violence, 1993. She organized an explosives course attended by NAVSEA (Indian Head), WES (Army), Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, etc, and collaborates with people from the Weizmann Institute, Hebrew University, and the Israeli police. She also advises on Aviation Security, and is an advisor to Homeland Security. In this file, she has listed the explosives allegedly used at major terror incidents from Beirut (1983) to Mumbai (2006). An explosives expert who was rather naive about Zionist terrorism need not be part of the conspiracy, but could have been exploited after being briefed with the type of explosives that "Muslim terrorists" were "known to use".
Although the idea of a number of conspirators infiltrating chemical plants and conducting acts of sabotage in the hope that they would get lucky is highly infeasible, it is not quite so ridiculous as the idea of a conspiracy involving the ADL, Homeland Security, the entire Hoffman Estates Police Department, Jewish prosecutors, the American Free Press, Republic Broadcasting Network - and possibly the CIA for good measure - to arrest and Tase an "anti-Zionist journalist" who calls the police to his home and then tells them he is going to get reinforcements. When the police turn up at your home ten minutes after you dialled 911 and told them to call, and when you get Tasered and arrested after yelling that you are going inside to get reinforcements, the explanation for the events is already patently obvious - no conspiracy theory required. And when the conspiracy theory requires that the plotters be capable of mind control in order to induce the subject into calling them out, and secondly to induce the subject to become belligerent, in order to provide the pretexts both for arriving at the home and using the Taser, the conspiracy theory may be dismissed as the product of a nut - or an intelligence operative and disinformation agent.
Since any honest investigation must take account of the laws of logic and causality, it must be concluded that there is no compelling reason to prefer a conspiracy over the official version of events for the Technic plant explosion. And dust explosions kill or injure every year, with minor blasts even more frequent. In fact, it has been estimated that about 35 major dust explosions occur each year in the US, with about 40 fatalities. If the Technic incident is the type that recurs about every ten days, then the probability of an incident on the same day as either the River North or IBM fires is as high as 1 in 5, and the probability of occurrence within an hour - either way - is 1 in 60.
Back on December 14, 1785, there was a flour dust explosion in Turin, Italy.
On February 7, 2008, 14 were killed and 36 injured in a sugar dust explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery at Port Wentworth, Georgia. Three-inch thick concrete floors in the south packing building heaved and buckled from the force of the explosion, and violent fireballs erupted for more than 15 minutes. Small fires continued burning for many days. The granulated sugar had a mean particle size of 286 microns, with the powdered sugar at 23 microns, and cornstarch at 10 microns. On the dust deflagration index Kst, even the cornstarch samples had a value of only 189 bar m/s, which just about places them in the ST 1 "weak explosion" hazard class. An overheating bearing is believed to have caused a spark which triggered a primary explosion of sugar dust, with this being followed by “a powerful cascade of secondary dust explosions”. The incident was described as "the deadliest industrial dust explosion in the United States in decades". Sugar dust accumulated to an explosive concentration after a conveyor system had been enclosed with steel panels, creating a confined, unventilated space.
In the period around early February 2003, another notable dust explosion in the US was at West Pharmaceutical Services in Kinston, North Carolina, on January 29, 2003. Six were killed and 36 injured. Windows were broken at a distance of 1,000 feet, debris was propelled for up to two miles, and the blast could be heard 25 miles away. Rubber strips were conveyed through a tank containing very fine polyethylene powder mixed with water, to reduce the stickiness of the rubber. The coated rubber strips were blown dry with fans, with the result that polyethylene dust became airborne. Dust that settled on visible areas was continuously cleaned off, but a quarter-inch to a half-inch of the dust built up above the ceiling, on ceiling tiles, beams, light fixtures and conduits. Investigators said that as much as a ton of combustible powder could have settled above the ceiling, a few feet over the heads of unsuspecting workers.
West Pharmaceutical was one of three fatal dust explosions in 2003. Another
occurred on February 20 when phenolic resin powder exploded
at the CTA Acoustics plant in
On January 25, 2003, a massive explosion destroyed the Bestcare pet food factory and injured two in Gunnedah, New South Wales. Fortunately, the factory had closed for the Australia Day long weekend. Investigators believed a spark set off a series of dust explosions along with the resulting fire. In a more recent report, a propane leak triggered a small primary explosion, which was followed by a secondary, much more massive dust explosion. Twenty giant roller doors were blown out on a building nearly a hundred yards away, at least thirty homes and ten factories were damaged, windows were broken in homes two miles away, the blast was heard twelve miles away and a firefighter more than forty miles away claimed to have seen the explosion which looked like "the mushroom of a little nuclear blast". The scene was described as like a war zone. Bestcare moved to a new facility in Dubbo, which was acquired the next year by Bush's International. Receivers were appointed for the company in June 2009.
On the night of Wednesday February 12, 2003, two University of Illinois at Chicago students were arrested in the College of Medicine building on robbery charges. The suspects, Omar Sheikh, 22, and Santosh Soparawala (occasionally shown as Soparawalla), 21, allegedly were in the process of stealing computer equipment when the police arrived. The suspects later informed police that a locker in the College of Pharmacy contained a flammable liquid. At about 8am on the following Thursday morning, the Chicago Police Department Bomb and Arson Unit and the Chicago Fire Department's hazardous materials team inspected the building. It was evacuated, and the substance was removed 90 minutes later. It was found to be non-hazardous n-n-dimethylformamide, which is similar to rubbing alcohol. UIC Police Lt. Michael Cherry said there was no reason to believe a link to terrorism.
Omar Sheikh, of Calumet City, subsequently had his pharmacy technician license revoked due to his arrest and being charged with three counts of burglary. Santosh Soparawala, of Evergreen Park, had his pharmacy technician license placed on two year definite probation for being arrested and charged with three counts of burglary. In 2005, Soparawala was involved in a study into products containing rhenium - a metal so rare that its price has exceeded $12,000 per kg - at the Governors State University, IL, along with Jan Wazio, Sam John, and Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Gregory A. Moehring.
On February 20, 2003, 100 people were killed and some 230 injured in a fire at The Station nightclub, West Warwick, Rhode Island. This was the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in American history, and was set off when the tour manager of the evening's headlining band, Great White, set off pyrotechnic sparks that ignited flammable sound insulation foam. The club was almost instantly engulfed, and one of those killed was the band's guitarist Ty Longley. Daniel Biechele, the tour manager, was sentenced to 15 years including 11 years suspended for setting off the fire. This incident is easily ruled out as a failed false-flag.
The E2 nightclub stampede, in which 21 people were killed and more than 50 injured, occurred in Chicago on February 17, 2003. Pepper spray was used to break up a fight, and panic ensued given the still relatively recent anthrax and 9/11 attacks. The timing and location are quite close to the February 7 and 14 Illinois high-rise fires, yet the outcome was unpredictable and would have been very hard to blame on Saddam Hussein. But as an attempted false-flag, although quite improbable, it's not quite so easily ruled out as the Station nightclub fire. Some people are reported to have shouted "poison gas!", "terror attack!", and someone said, "I'll bet it's bin Laden".
On February 21, 2003, there was an explosion at a refinery in Staten Island. The explosion, which could be heard several miles away, was reported shortly after 10am. The FBI said there were no indications of terrorism, although a refinery would be a likely terrorist target.
On Tuesday January 21, 2003, the Rev. Al Sharpton formally entered the Democratic presidential race, as the sixth person to open a presidential exploratory committee. The next day, his National Action Network's headquarters in Harlem was gutted by an electrical fire that started in an overloaded extension cord near boxes of leaflets. The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, which regards American Blacks as "descendants of the Twelve Tribes of Israel", occupied the third floor. An unidentified member was there at the time of the fire, and was treated for smoke inhalation. The timing of the fire was seen as suspicious, particularly since on April 10, 1997, a fire had destroyed Sharpton's mayoral campaign headquarters in Harlem. The earlier fire was also believed to be suspicious, since an accelerant such as gasoline was believed to have been used, but this fire was started on the floor below the campaign office to throw investigators off the scent. As a conspiracy, the January 22 fire is quite feasible, but it's not a false-flag. The New York Times reported on these suspicions, but described them as a "conspiracy theory".
Here are a couple of relatively recent fires that broke out in cooling towers located around Chicago, with no known reason to suspect them of being failed false-flag operations. On July 9, 2009, there was a small fire that started at a cooling tower at the Argonne National Laboratory in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago. The laboratory's Advanced Photon Source provides X-ray beams to scientists around the world. And on November 3, 2009, a fire broke out in a cooling tower on the roof of a 48-story residential building at 233 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago. An eyewitness said there was a "very dense cloud of smoke".
Bret Darren Lee, an American-born Muslim whose Muslim name is Umar ben-Livan, was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri, early Sunday, February 9, 2003. He was questioned about his "anti-war activities", and asked whether he planned any attacks against the US government. St. Louis is about 300 miles from Chicago. Lee, who calls himself Umar Lee for simplicity and now writes a blog under that name, converted to Islam around 1992. He was awakened by loud knocking on his door about 5am on Sunday, and several police officers barged in with weapons drawn. He was handcuffed and taken to a squad car. Police spent 45 minutes searching his apartment and removed documents which were later returned. About noon Sunday, FBI agents returned to Lee's apartment and questioned his wife for 30 minutes, asking whether Lee was a "terrorist", what he thought about the Taliban, etc. FBI agents and a police "investigator" asked Lee similar questions for a half-hour, and also asked him about his friend Tim Kaminski, who is also an American-born Muslim. Lee was released late Sunday on $4,500 bail after being arrested on a fugitive warrant, supposedly for a probation violation but which was evidently a pretext for the arrest and interrogation.
In 2007, for example, Umar Lee visited Illinois to attend the annual Muslim American Society - Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont.
An alleged connection between Missouri and the so-called "al Qaeda" is that Ziyad Sadaqa, who briefly lived in St. Louis and also worked for a charity in Columbia, MO, supposedly bought a satellite phone that Osama bin Laden was said to have used to plot the bombings of two US embassies in 1998. But Sadaqa was alleged to have purchased the satellite phone under an alias, Ziyad Khaleel, in 1996. There is also a claim that a St. Louis bank account was connected to bin Laden's "deputy", Ayman Al-Zawahiri. A terrorist organization that calls itself "the base" or "the toilet" can spend $7,500 on a phone, bin Laden can get dialysis treatment and dye his beard whilst encircled by Nato forces in an 8-year-long manhunt, yet they cannot even buy a decent video recorder, or hide the paper trail when they buy a phone. A Jewish fiction writer and lawyer has even compiled a novel about Zawahiri having "infiltrated" US biodefenses, which is one possible source where the scriptwriters obtain ideas for their "modern-day Emmanuel Goldstein" horse manure.
As to the central question of whether these building fires were, as Occam's Razor suggests, spontaneous fires due to normal wear and tear of heating equipment, or part of a failed plot to incriminate the Iraqi regime, it will be worthwhile to consider the ignition frequency of structure fires for the particular class of building. "Ignition" in this case would exclude very small fires that, e.g. were extinguished by the occupants, and did not necessitate calling the fire department.
According to the John R. Hall, Jr. report High-Rise Building Fires of June 2009, reported structure fires in high-rises, defined as seven or more floors, averaged 13,400 annually from 2003-2006 in the United States. For offices only over that period, the annual average is 400 for high-rises, compared with 3,550 for offices of 1 to 6 stories. Across all the major classes of usage, the number of fires in high-rises was relatively low when taking into account exposure, i.e., the total area of floor space.
For office buildings, the high-rise share of exposure is estimated at 25-46% with a middle estimate of 38%.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA), in its Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey from 2003, counted a total of 4,859,000 commercial buildings of more than 1,000 square feet in the US. Where the principal building activity is classed as "office", the total is 824,000.
If we assume the average high-rise of seven or more stories has four times the floor space of the average low-rise, then high-rises would only need to account for 9.5% of the 824,000 total - that is, 78,280 - in order to comprise the 38% middle estimate above for their share of exposure or total floor space. 400 fires per year in 78,280 office high-rises indicates a probability of 400 / 78,280 or around 1 in 196 for a fire to occur in a particular office high-rise per year. Over a period of, say, three months in the run-up to the Iraq war, the probability of a fire would be 1 in 783. And if there are ten days - e.g. before some significant event such as a massive anti-war protest - that we specify that a particular building is to catch fire, the probability is only 1 in 196 x (365.25 / 10) = 1 in 7,159.
Fire protection engineer Pierre Palmberg said: "For example the danger in measuring the probability of fire occurrence as once in 1000 years, when the actual probability is once in 100-200 years, is clear."
That is consistent with the above calculations. However, to be fair to the spontaneous fire hypothesis, these estimates do not allow for the fact that the 11-story former IBM building has a total floor space of some 330,000 square feet (31,000 square meters), or 30,000 ft^2 per floor. In the case of small buildings the probability of ignition increases with the exposure (area). But it was found, e.g. by Dr. Ganapathy Ramachandran, that the probability did not continue to increase with the area when the buildings were large. Ramachandran used the equation:
F(A) = kA to the power of alpha
F(A) = kAα
...where A is the total floor area of the building and k and alpha are constants for a particular type of building. The index alpha required a value of less than unity, and it would be lowered if the building had sprinklers. F(A), the probability of fire for a particular building usage and total area, is usually expressed on an annual basis.
This was developed, e.g. Tillander, 2004, into a model that used a sum of two power laws to determine the ignition frequency of buildings with a total floor area in the range 100 to 20,000 square meters. For buildings of greater size, e.g. the IBM Global Network Services building at 31,000 square meters, data is sparse.
According to Tillander, a building classed as "office" usage and 30,000 m^2 would have an ignition frequency of 2.5x10^-6 expressed in 1/m^2a, which is the probability of ignition per floor area and time unit (annum a) (see Figure 10 at this link).
0.0000025 times 31,000 m^2 would indicate an ignition frequency of 0.0775 per annum for the IBM building, which would be once every 12.9 years. But see Table 6 for the probability of ignition per building (1/a), in which Holborn et al (2002) found a value for office buildings in London (1996-99) of only 0.0017, indicating that an average office building would only be expected to catch fire once in 588 years.
Suppose the 2.5x10^-6 in 1/m^2a ignition frequency applied in the case of buildings as large as the WTC's Twin Towers. Each tower had a footprint around 4,020 m^2, and multiplying this by 110 stories and seven basement levels obtains 470,340 m^2 of floor space. When this is multiplied by 0.0000025, the value 1.176 would indicate fires every 10.2 months in each tower. And these are not just false alarms in which the fire department is called. They would be actual fires that produced a smoke plume, although damage could be relatively minor. The North Tower did have a serious fire in February 1975 that burned for three hours, in which flames could be seen pouring out of 11th floor windows on the east side of the building, in contrast to the 9/11 fires. And six people were killed in the February 1993 bombing at the WTC.
But a fire every 10.2 months in each Tower (plus regular fires in WTC7) would appear much too high a frequency, suggesting that the 2.5x10^-6 value becomes increasingly too high for large buildings, and the one fire every 13 years and a 1 in 475 chance of a fire starting on one of ten significant days is too high a probability.
Of course, fire-induced total collapse of any building is an extremely rare event, and any conspirators would have been really pushing their luck had they decided to demolish the IBM or other buildings and blame it on fires started by Iraqi saboteurs. A project conducted for NIST listed twenty-two cases of "collapse" in "multi-story" buildings, and seven cases of "no collapse", four of the latter being steel-framed buildings. Their definition of "multi-story" included all buildings of 4 stories and up. Except for WTC 1, 2 and 7, the only other total collapses occurred in buildings of wood-frame (and also still under construction), concrete, reinforced concrete and "unknown" construction. Most of the so-called "collapses" were only partial collapses. Apart from the WTC, the other steel-framed buildings either did not collapse at all, or the "collapse" was very minor.
International Zionism's successful false-flag of 9/11 left smoking gun evidence (molten metal including molten steel, iron spherules) and loaded gun (active thermitic material). There is no similar smoking gun evidence at the scene of the February 2003 incidents. However, the improbability of two similar high-rise fires exactly a week apart with the final incident occurring one day before unprecedented worldwide anti-war protests and at a building closely associated with a known intelligence asset and disinformation agent makes it unlikely that foul play was not involved in any of these incidents.
This does not mean that Bollyn was necessarily briefed on what was going to happen, just that the perpetrators selected the building of his old employer so that they could exploit him to damage attempts to expose the truth, by feeding him with false data such as "Ehud Barak did it". He has similarly been used to damage the efforts of 9/11 truth by deliberately discrediting himself and posting disinformation.
The irony for supporters of Christopher Bollyn is that if we were to adopt his cavalier disregard for the laws of logic and causality, we could dismiss any difficulty with the concept of perpetrators installing a highly shock-sensitive powder in a plastic vent and then predicting that a worker might tap the vent with a small hammer because the perpetrators' agent(s) who had infiltrated the company and placed the powder knew that their absence on the designated day might lead to a temporary suspension of production and a cleaning of work areas by remaining employees. In this case, the Technic plant blast becomes a likely false-flag, along with both of the high-rise fires, and many of the other events.
If, as should be the case, we do not dismiss the laws of logic and causality, then the chemical plant explosion looks a very unlikely false-flag. The lower the number of hypothetical failed false-flags, the higher the probability that none would have succeeded. The first high-rise fire at River North has Jews who handled a leasing deal in the months before the event, who knew the top floors of the building were not occupied, and whose managing director said that the World Trade Center deal was the deal of a lifetime for Larry Silverstein. Of all the events detailed above, the IBM Global Network Services building would be the most likely failed false-flag, with the River North building a second choice, following on from the AHR Expo 2003 event that convened at Chicago's McCormick Place, January 27-29, 2003, and the January 31 Bush-Blair Iraq summit at Camp David and at the White House.
Apart from the February 7 and 14 fires, there is no compelling reason to suspect any of the other events. Some of them can be ruled out, but they are detailed here for research purposes. Whether or not the February 7 River North fire was an attempted false-flag, the Iraq warmongers would surely have been aware of the chemical plant explosion that followed at 9:30am that day, and of the immense political benefit of what could be passed as a "synchronized terror attack on a high-rise and a chemical plant involving cyanide" perpetrated by "Muslims linked to Saddam Hussein". This would have spurred them on to have a go, or another go, at a false-flag attack at a high-rise office linked to a known intelligence asset, to be carried out one day in advance of unprecedented anti-war protests.
Note: Contrary to any disinformation you may have seen elsewhere, this article was not written by Michael Collins Piper.