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A puzzle - Why office buildings in Europe and Asia never collapse when burning like those in NY City?

(July 14, 2013) Is it because the King actually has no clothes? Of course it was just an accident that during total confusion and chaos someone had their video camera pointing solidly to this special building

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Building 7 was one of New York City's larger buildings.

A sleek bronze-colored skyscraper with a trapezoidal footprint, it occupied an entire city block and rose over 600 feet above street level. Built in 1985, it was formerly the headquarters of the junk-bond firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, which contributed to the Savings and Loans collapse, prompting the $500-billion taxpayer-underwritten bailout of the latter 1980s.

At the time of its destruction, it exclusively housed government agencies and financial institutions. It contained offices of IRS, Secret Service and SEC.

  1. Salomon Smith Barney 1,202,900 sq ft GRND, floors 1-6,13,18-46
  2. IRS Regional Council 90,430 24 sq ft, floor 25
  3. U.S. Secret Service 85,343 sq ft, floors 9,10
  4. CIA. N/A N/A
  5. American Express Bank International 106,117 sq ft, floors 7,8,13
  6. Standard Chartered Bank 111,398 sq ft, floors 10,13,26,27
  7. Provident Financial Management 9,000 sq ft, floors 7,13
  8. ITT Hartford Insurance Group 122,590 sq ft, floors 19-21
  9. First State Management Group, Inc 4,000 sq ft, floor 21
  10. Federal Home Loan Bank 47,490 sq ft, floor 22
  11. NAIC Securities 22,500 sq ft, floor 19
  12. Securities & Exchange Commission 106,117 sq ft, floors 11,12,13
  13. Office of Emergency Mgmt 45,815 sq ft, floor 23
The above list is based on a table published by CNN.com, which did not include CIA, whose tenancy was disclosed after the attack.

One of the most interesting tenants was then-Mayor Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management, and its emergency command center on the 23rd floor. This floor received 15 million dollars worth of renovations, including independent and secure air and water supplies, and bullet and bomb resistant windows designed to withstand 200 MPH winds. The 1993 bombing must have been part of the rationale for the command center, which overlooked the Twin Towers, a prime terrorist target.

It is an interesting coincidence that on the day of the attack, Guiliani and his entourage set up shop in a different headquarters, abandoning the special bunker designed precisely for such an event.

It is also unknown what archives were stored in these buildings and if copies of the material was stored elsewhere.

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