A 9/11 first responder has shed new light on how he heard a countdown
before the demolition of Building 7, how he was told to "shut up" by
superiors when he tried to report secondary explosions and why "vicious security"
measures were enacted to prevent people from accessing certain areas of ground
Former Air Force Special Operations for Search and Rescue expert, Kevin
McPadden traveled to ground zero completely of his own accord and spent the
next four days searching through the rubble and nearby buildings for survivors.
In a video interview with Alex Jones, McPadden describes the moments before
the collapse of WTC 7.
"When we saw the firemen pick up their equipment and start bustling
back and forth they were getting ready to do something, we started asking questions,"
Despite numerous attempts to glean information from Red Cross officials,
McPadden and other first responders were told nothing while one official, shortly
after talking to firemen, held his hand over his radio and told them to "just
sit tight" and "calm down" before admitting "they're thinking
about bringing the building down."
McPadden and his colleagues were miffed as to what the official meant by this
statement, initially thinking the building next to them was possibly being brought
"He took his hand off for the last three seconds of it - and you
hear three, two, one," said McPadden, adding that the official then gave
a heartfelt look and told the first responders, "just run for your life."
McPadden got the impression that the Red Cross official had been ordered not
to give the first responders a warning that the building was coming down.
"And you heard - boom, boom, boom," said McPadden, describing
the sound of bombs tearing down the building.
McPadden explained that the reason Democracy Now host Amy Goodman and
others were captured on video (watch above) running from the scene and reaching
stationary onlookers as the building started to collapse is that they were able
to hear the full countdown on the radio further own the street.
Later in the interview, McPadden reveals how he witnessed up close steel beams
from the twin towers that had been symmetrically cut at perfect angles as is
shown in this image - a clear sign that explosives were used. McPadden said
that officials were acting very suspiciously and subsequently prevented people
from getting near the beams.
He also highlighted the fact that "vicious security" was quickly
set up around certain areas of ground zero and that people were barred from
accessing certain areas for no reason and also had their cameras confiscated.
When McPadden attempted to report that secondary explosions were heard by numerous
people, he was harshly ordered to "shut up" and "don't repeat
it" by superiors.
He also talked to numerous firefighters who acknowledged that they also heard
secondary explosions, but said that "Obviously somewhere in their command
structure, they were told to shut up."