Experts Speak Out: Structural Engineer Steve Dusterwald Calls for Real 9/11 Investigation Print
Written by Melinda Coyle   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 20:00
Structural Engineer Steve Dusterwald is one of 43 technical experts who appear in the documentary, 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

Recently, I had the great fortune to have a revealing conversation with 37-year structural engineer Steve Dusterwald, one of more than 50 experts featured in the new AE911Truth DVD, 9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out.

Dusterwald grew up in Woodhaven, a middle-class neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York. “After high school, I had a full four-year scholarship to Cooper Union College in Manhattan, a small school with an acceptance rate of about 8% of those who take the application test,” he said. Dusterwald was always interested in engineering; one of his favorite pastimes as a youngster was building with his erector set.

Dusterwald remembered feeling that something was really odd about the way the WTC skyscrapers fell on September 11, 2001. “It did not fit what I know from my 37 years experience as a licensed structural engineer,” he said.

It takes real courage to stand up for the truth…

The lack of preservation of evidence was the most egregious thing Dusterwald noted early on. In his past experience, every event involving an aircraft crash or a building failure was investigated carefully with systems put into place developed to protect forensic evidence. “First they would cordon off the whole area, take pictures and carefully mark all material removed from the site, so that the forensic experts could determine how the failure happened,” he recalled. “After 9/11, they were just carting stuff away as fast as they could.”

BEFORE                         DURING                     AFTER
Dusterwald referred to the massive fire engulfing almost every floor of the 44 story Beijing CCTV high-rise as one of almost a hundred in these types of buildings that prove that steel-framed skyscrapers cannot collapse due to fire

Although the WTC catastrophe left Dusterwald feeling something was just not right, doubting the official story required letting go of some very deeply held beliefs. Thus, like many other people, he pushed those doubts to the back of his mind and went on with his life.

A few years later, he was persuaded by a friend to watch the film, 911: Blueprint for Truth – The Architecture of Destruction with Richard Gage, AIA. After watching the demise of WTC Building 7, the third skyscraper to be destroyed that day, Dusterwald realized that its destruction was unquestionably the result of a controlled demolition. He signed the petition for a new investigation immediately.

AE911Truth interviewed Dusterwald last Summer for the “Experts Speak Out” film that will be released in its final version this month. In that interview, Dusterwald discusses how modern structures are designed with the characteristics of elasticity and plasticity to prevent building failure. “An office fire, even one consuming several stories, should not harm the structure of a modern steel-framed building,” he explained.

“It would be impossible for an airplane impact, or the resulting fire, to cause fatal structural damage to a modern steel-framed high-rise building,” Dusterwald added. “Airplanes are as light as possible, a thin metal shell over ribs with holes cut in them to eliminate all unnecessary material.”

The latest ad campaign, saturating NY TV airwaves, from features Dusterwald and other technical professionals questioning the official 9/11 story

We also discussed the biggest obstacles to getting an unbiased investigation of the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. Dusterwald noted that many people refuse to even look at the evidence. “It takes real courage to stand up for the truth right now,” he said. “If we accept the science and doubt the official story, we are likely to be called nut cases.”

Despite the personal attacks, Dusterwald remains undeterred. “I can’t NOT stand up! What is happening is too outrageous, and [the perpetrators] have to be brought to justice.”