Local activists in New York have taken to the streets to collect more than 53,000 signatures to place an “independent investigation on 9/11” measure on the Fall ballot , Raw Story reported. The group only needed 30,000, which it will present to the City Council July 3. If the council refuses to act on the proposal, the group would then gather an additional 30,000 signatures to submit in September to force the initiative onto the ballot.
The initiative has been popular raising over $190,000, used to hire a media consultant, election lawyer, and petition-gathering consultant.
The group responsible for the big push is the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN). Their Facebook profile describes the organization as a non-partisan organization comprised of 9/11 Family Members, First Responders, Survivors and concerned citizens dedicated to pursuing a independent, impartial investigation of the events surrounding September 11.
Activists are looking to uncover the truth behind the collapse of building number 7. The official National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report did not check for explosives at the scene of WTC buildings 1,2 and 7. Leaving family members of victims involved in 9/11 with a lot of unanswered questions.
The 9/11 truth movement was started by the family members of victims who perished in the attack who have not received adequate answers to what happened that day.
“The 9/11 truth movement by and large supports what we’re doing because, if we’re successful, it will lead to an investigation of Building 7’s collapse,” said executive director Ted Walter, Crain’s New York Business reported. “We’re not directly affiliated with them.”
Mr. Walter is “unsatisfied” with NIST’s report, arguing that NIST refused to release its modeling data to allow independent engineers to replicate the study.
“We’re just looking for an impartial investigation,” he said.
NIST reportedly responded via email, suggesting that since their study in 2008 into the collapse of all three World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2 and 7 “there has been no new evidence presented that would change our findings and conclusions, and therefore, nothing new that we can contribute to the discussion. NIST firmly stands behind its investigation results.”
NIST noted that World Trade Center Building 7 is the only known instance of a high-rise building being brought down by fire.
The NIST analysis has not undergone the rigors of scientific peer review – the typical pathway for validating significant scientific theories.