"There's another reason why the conspiracy theories won't go away (aside from my rant about the absence of a recognisably independent investigation into 9/11 and the towers). This from Cannonball:i think damien's general point is valid - but i think he is making some leaps of faith here that I wouldn't necessarily make. For one, if I'm not mistaken, I think this conversation took place in 1999 - and perhaps the plane plan wasn't fully conceived - and, again if I'm not mistaken, Glass was in the process of negotiating to sell nuclear material (heavy water?) to Abbas at the time (per Sander Hicks?). And we know (I may not have published this yet) that David Albright strongly suspects that 'al-qaeda' was trying to acquire plutonium from Pakistan - so it's conceivable that 'al-qaeda' literally wanted to nuke Manhattan.
Before 9/11, R.G. Abbas, a key agent of Pakistan's ISI -- that nation's CIA, closely tied to our CIA -- told an FBI informant that "those towers are coming down," indicating the Twin Towers.
Now, think. Either Randy Glass made this story up about Abbas, or it's true. Abbas was the ISI's arms trader. He was their man. We know Pakistan assisted the terrorists, at least financially. On the face of it, Glass's reporting about Abbas' remarks are probably true. If what Abbas said is true then the bombs-in-the-buildings theory is back on the table. Why? How would Abbas-ISI-the 911 terrrorists know that the impact of the planes would bring down the towers? That's an ambitious engineering assesment for anybody to make - unless, of course, the group involved had studied the building plans closely - and decided to assist the process. After all, Silverstein wasn't buying a couple of lemons and taking out all that insurance on a maybe, was he?"
Further, I'm not sure that we can equate "those towers are coming down," with "the planes would bring down the towers" - I know that the WTC was supposed to be able to 'withstand' a collision with an airliner - but I'm not sure what the plan was after that. Were they hoping that they could repair the building in situ post-attack? Or (more likely) were they simply hoping that the building would be ok till they evacuated everyone?
btw - Glass is in 911 Press For Truth - which you can still see here. Or buy the DVD. Host a house party. The film-makers have done a great service, and they are massively in hock - show them some love.
and once you've seen it, report back in here and tell me what you think, and show it to your friends, and take notes on their reaction, and post that info here too.