Search for Human Remains Among 9/11 Debris Resumes
New York City medical examiner begins 10-week effort
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
In this Nov. 5, 2001 file photo workers continue to remove debris in the rubble of the remains of the World Trade Center at ground zero.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)

(Newser) – The task of sifting through construction debris from the World Trade Center site in an effort to find any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks resumed today, says the New York City medical examiner. Such sifting last occurred in 2010, and the latest work is expected to continue for about 10 weeks, reports the AP. Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said in a memo Friday that DNA testing will continue until every possible identification can be made.

As the New York Post explains, 15,781 cubic yards of debris have been previously sifted through; what's under review now is another 590 cubic yards, mostly recovered from the south end of the World Trade Center. (The AP notes that about 60 truckloads of construction debris have been collected around the site over the past two and a half years.) WNYC reports that the debris in question is being housed in a designated area in Staten Island's Fresh Kills Landfill.

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Apr 1, 2013 10:28 PM CDT
Barry Jennings, a City Housing Authority worker who had become trapped in World Trade Center Building 7, finds the building’s lobby in ruins as he is being rescued from it, and steps over what feels to him like dead bodies. [Dylan Avery, 2007] After the first plane hit the WTC, Jennings had gone up to the emergency command center on the 23rd floor of WTC 7 along with Michael Hess, New York’s corporation counsel (see (Shortly Before 9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001). [Associated Press, 9/11/2001; Dylan Avery, 2007] After heading down the stairs, the two men became trapped on the building’s eighth floor (see (Between 9:15 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.) September 11, 2001). Some time later, firefighters come into WTC 7 to help the two men out of the building. [UPN 9, 9/11/2001; National Institute of Standards and Technology, 9/2005, pp. 109-110 ] Lobby Is 'Total Ruins' - According to Jennings, when he gets down to the lobby, he is astonished to find it totally ruined. In a 2007 interview he will recall: “[W]hen I came in there, the lobby had nice escalators. It was a huge lobby.” But reaching it again, he asks the firefighter who is escorting him, “Where are we?” and the firefighter answers, “This was the lobby.” Jennings finds this “unbelievable,” and says, “You gotta be kidding me.” He will describe the lobby as being “total ruins.” 'Stepping over People' - Furthermore, Jennings steps over what may be dead bodies in the lobby. He will say: “[T]he firefighter that took us down kept saying, ‘Do not look down,’ and I kept saying, ‘Why is that?’ [He said,] ‘Do not look down.’ And, stepping over people. And you know you could feel when you’re stepping over people.” [Dylan Avery, 2007] Yet most people were evacuated from WTC 7 around 9:03 a.m., if not earlier (see (9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001). [National Institute of Standards and Technology, 9/2005, pp. 109 ] The very latest that people left the building, according to official accounts, was 9:30 a.m. (see (9:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001). [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 305] In a later interview, Jennings will clarify: “I never saw dead bodies.… [I]t felt like I was stepping over them but I never saw them.” The BBC will say, “There is no evidence that anyone died in Tower 7 on 9/11.” [BBC, 7/4/2008; BBC, 7/6/2008] According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), firefighters lead Jennings and Hess out of WTC 7 at around 12:10 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. (see 12:10 p.m.-12:15 p.m. September 11, 2001). [National Institute of Standards and Technology, 6/2004, pp. L-18 ] Entity Tags: Michael Hess, Barry Jennings Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline, 9/11 Timeline
Apr 1, 2013 10:17 PM CDT
They had to get rid of the evidence as fast as possible to make sure the crime scene was compromised, and that's what they did. This was one of the biggest cover ups in the history of the world, but everyone in the world see's the truth except the US citizens that don't want to admit they have been terrorized by their own government. Ask anyone from another country what they think happened and they will tell you the US pulled one over on the American people and the American people are stupid enough to believe it. Ask Barry Jennings what happened on 9/11. On August 19, 2008, 53 year old Barry Jennings died, two days before the release of the NIST Final Report on the collapse of WTC7. Jennings was Deputy Director of Emergency Services Department for the New York City Housing Authority. On September 11th, 2001, he saw and heard explosions BEFORE the Twin Towers fell, while attempting to evacuate the WTC 7 Command Center with NYC Corporation Counsel Michael Hess. Jennings publicly shared his experiences with a reporter on the day of 9/11/01, as well as in a lengthy 2007 video interview with Dylan Avery, a small clip of which was then released; subsequently his job was threatened and he asked that the taped interview not be included in Loose Change Final Cut.. However, after an interview with Jennings was broadcast by the BBC in their program The Third Tower ostensibly refuting what he had previously stated to Avery, Avery felt compelled to release the full original video interview to show the distortions made by the BBC. The cause of Jennings' death has not been made public, and a private investigator hired by Avery to discover the cause and circumstances surrounding his death refused to proceed with his investigation. In spite of the significance of Jennings' position with NYC on 9/11 and his controversial eyewitness testimony regarding the collapse of WTC7, the media has not investigated or reported on his death, nor reported on his statements. So much for asking Barry Jennings
Apr 1, 2013 3:31 PM CDT
A backhoe for sifting? They must be looking for preserved DNA!