Official government sources of information on 9-11


"...I learned that the 9/11 Commission Report had been included among the finalists for the National Book Awards. I would not have been shocked by this news except for the fact that the nomination was in the nonfiction category."
--David Ray Griffin, The 9/11 Commission Report : omissions and distortions, p. 291.

The 9/11 Commission Report

Table of contents:

1. "We Have Some Planes"
Inside the Four Flights -- Improvising a Homeland Defense -- National Crisis Management

2. The Foundation of the New Terrorism
A Declaration of War -- Bin Ladin's Appeal in the Islamic World -- The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988-1992) -- Building an Organization, Declaring War on the United States (1992-1996) -- Al Qaeda's Renewal in Afghanistan (1996-1998)

3. Counterterrorism Evolves
From the Old Terrorism to the New: The First World Trade Center Bombing -- Adaptation and Nonadaptation: in the Law Enforcement Community -- and in the Federal Aviation Administration -- and in the Intelligence Community -- and in the State Department and the Defense Department -- and in the White House -- and in the Congress

4. Responses to Al Qaeda's Initial Assaults
Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania -- Crisis: August 1998 -- Diplomacy -- Covert \ Action -- Searching for Fresh Options

5. Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland
Terrorist Entrepreneurs -- The "Planes Operation" -- The Hamburg Contingent -- A Money Trail?

6. From Threat To Threat
The Millennium Crisis -- Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000 -- The Attack on the USS Cole -- Change and Continuity -- The New Administration's Approach

7. The Attack Looms -- First Arrivals in California -- The 9/11 Pilots in the United States -- Assembling the Teams -- Final Strategies and Tactics

8. "The System Was Blinking Red"
The Summer of Threat -- Late Leads: Mihdhar, Moussaoui, and KSM

9. Heroism and Horror
Preparedness as of September 11 -- September 11, 2001 -- Emergency Response at the Pentagon -- Analysis

10. Wartime
Immediate Responses at Home -- Planning for War -- "Phase Two" and the Question of Iraq

11. Foresight--and Hindsight
Imagination -- Policy -- Capabilities -- Management

12. What To Do? A Global Strategy
Reflecting on a Generational Challenge -- Attack Terrorists and Their Organizations -- Prevent the Continued Growth of Islamist Terrorism -- Protect against and Prepare for Terrorist Attacks

13. How To Do It? A Different Way of Organizing the Government
Unity of Effort across the Foreign-Domestic Divide -- Unity of Effort in the Intelligence Community -- Unity of Effort in Sharing Information -- Unity of Effort in the Congress -- Organizing America's Defenses in the United States

NIST NCSTAR 1A: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7

See page 45 for NIST's statement on freefall collapse.

NIST NCSTAR 1 - Final report on the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers
See pages 150-151 for "probable collapse sequence"

WTC investigation materials (photos, videos, simulations, etc.)
Includes these reports:

Final Reports released in September 2005: NIST NCSTAR 1: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Tower

NIST NCSTAR 1-1: Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Structural and Life Safety Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-1A: Design and Construction of Structural Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-1A appendixes A-B
NIST NCSTAR 1-1A appendixes C-G
NIST NCSTAR 1-1B: Comparison of Building Code Structural Requirements
NIST NCSTAR 1-1C: Maintenance and Modifications to Structural Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-1C appendixes
NIST NCSTAR 1-1D: Fire Protection and Life Safety Provisions Applied to the Design and Construction of World Trade Center 1, 2, and 7 and Post-Construction Provisions Applied after Occupancy
NIST NCSTAR 1-1E: Comparison of Codes, Standards, and Practices in Use at the Time of the Design and Construction of World Trade Center 1, 2, and 7
NIST NCSTAR 1-1F: Comparison of the 1968 and Current (2003) New York City Building Code Provisions
NIST NCSTAR 1-1G: Amendments to the Fire Protection and Life Safety Provisions of the New York City Building Code by Local Laws Adopted while World Trade Center 1, 2, and 7 Were in Use
NIST NCSTAR 1-1H: Post-Construction Modification to Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems of the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-1I: Post-Construction Modifications to Fire Protection, Life Safety, and Structural Systems of World Trade Center 7
NIST NCSTAR 1-1J: Design, Installation, and Operation of Fuel Systems for Emergency Power in World Trade Center 7

NIST NCSTAR 1-2: Baseline Structural Performance and Aircraft Impact Damage Analysis of the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-2A: Reference Structural Models and Baseline Performance Analysis of the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-2B: Analysis of Aircraft Impacts into the World Trade Center Towers (Chapters 1-8)
NIST NCSTAR 1-2B: Chapters 9-11
NIST NCSTAR 1-2B: appendixes

NIST NCSTAR 1-3: Mechanical and Metallurgical Analysis of Structural Steel
NIST NCSTAR 1-3A: Contemporaneous Structural Steel Specifications
NIST NCSTAR 1-3B: Steel Inventory and Identification
NIST NCSTAR 1-3C: Damage and Failure Modes of Structural Steel Components
NIST NCSTAR 1-3C: appendixes
NIST NCSTAR 1-3D: Mechanical Properties of Structural Steels
NIST NCSTAR 1-3E: Physical Properties of Structural Steels

NIST NCSTAR 1-4: Active Fire Protection Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-4A: Post-Construction Fires prior to September 11, 2001
NIST NCSTAR 1-4B: Fire Suppression Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-4C: Fire Alarm Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-4D: Smoke Management Systems

NIST NCSTAR 1-5: Reconstruction of the Fires in the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-5A: Visual Evidence, Damage Estimates, and Timeline Analysis (Chapters 1-8)
NIST NCSTAR 1-5A: Chapters 9-appendix C
NIST NCSTAR 1-5A: appendixes D-G
NIST NCSTAR 1-5A: appendixes H-M
NIST NCSTAR 1-5B: Experiments and Modeling of Structural Steel Elements Exposed to Fire
NIST NCSTAR 1-5C: Fire Tests of Single Office Workstations
NIST NCSTAR 1-5D: Reaction of Ceiling Tile Systems to Shocks
NIST NCSTAR 1-5E: Experiments and Modeling of Multiple Workstations Burning in a Compartment
NIST NCSTAR 1-5F: Computer Simulation of the Fires in the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-5G: Fire Structure Interface and Thermal Response of the World Trade Center Towers

NIST NCSTAR 1-6: Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of the World Trade Center Towers
NIST NCSTAR 1-6A: Passive Fire Protection
NIST NCSTAR 1-6B: Fire Resistance Tests of the Floor Truss Systems
NIST NCSTAR 1-6C: Component, Connection, and Subsystem Structural Analysis
NIST NCSTAR 1-6D: Global Structural Analysis of the Response of the World Trade Center Towers to Impact Damage and Fire

NIST NCSTAR 1-7: Occupant Behavior, Egress, and Emergency Communication
NIST NCSTAR 1-7A: Analysis of Published Accounts of the World Trade Center Evacuation
NIST NCSTAR 1-7B: Technical Documentation for Survey Administration: Questionnaires, Interviews, and Focus Groups

NIST NCSTAR 1-8: The Emergency Response Operations
NIST NCSTAR 1-8: Appendixes A-L

Final Reports released in November 2008:

NIST NCSTAR 1A: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 *

NIST NCSTAR 1-9: Structural Fire Response and Probable Collapse Sequence of World Trade Center Building 7, Volume 1 and 2 *
NIST NCSTAR 1-9A: Global Structural Analysis of the Response of World Trade Center Building 7 to Fires and Debris Impact Damage *


NIST fact sheets

Questions and Answers about the NIST WTC 7 Investigation (Updated 12/18/08)
NIST Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster FAQs - Supplement (December 14, 2007)
NIST Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster FAQs (Aug. 30, 2006)
National Construction Safety Team Act
NIST's Investigation of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center Disaster--FAQ
NIST's World Trade Center Investigation Improving the Future Safety of Buildings, Occupants, and First Responders
NIST Tests Provide Fire Resistance Data on World Trade Center Floor Systems
NIST Building Fire and Structural Failure Investigations
NIST Technologies Help Improve Homeland Security
Fire, Smoke, and Simulations


updated June 2014