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Article posted Sep 07 2006, 11:25 PM Category: Commentary Source: The Four Winds Print

Larry “Lucky Larry” Silverstein


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Larry Silverstein is the New York property tycoon who purchased the entire WTC complex just 6 months prior to the 9/11 attacks. That was the first time in its 33-year history the complex had EVER changed ownership.

Mr. Silverstein’s first order of business as the new owner was to change the company responsible for the security of the complex. The new security company he hired was Securacom (now Stratasec). George W. Bush's brother, Marvin Bush, was on its board of directors, and Marvin’s cousin, Wirt Walker III, was its CEO. According to public records, not only did Securacom provide electronic security for the World Trade Center, it also covered Dulles International Airport and United Airlines — two key players in the 9/11 attacks.

The company was backed by an investment firm, the Kuwait-American Corp., also linked for many years to the Bush family. KuwAm has been linked to the Bush family financially since the Gulf War. One of its principals and a member of the Kuwaiti royal family, Mishal Yousef Saud al Sabah, served on the board of Stratesec.

Now, consider: The members of a small cabal owned the WTC complex, controlled its electronic security, and also controlled the security not only for one of the airlines whose aircraft were hijacked on 9/11, but the airport from which they originated.

Another little “coincidence” -- Mr. Silversten, who made a down-payment of $124 million on this $3.2 billion complex, promptly insured it for $7 Billion. Not only that, he covered the complex against “terrorist attacks”.

Following the attacks, Silverstein filed TWO insurance claims for the maximum amount of the policy ($7B), based on the two -- in Silverstein's view -- separate attacks. The insurance company, Swiss Re, paid Mr. Silverstein $4.6 Billion — a princely return on a relatively paltry investment of $124 million.

There’s more. You see, the World Trade Towers were not the real estate plum we are led to believe. From an economic standpoint, the trade center -- subsidized since its inception by the NY Port Authority -- has never functioned, nor was it intended to function, unprotected in the rough-and-tumble real estate marketplace. How could Silverstein Group have been ignorant of this?

The towers required some $200 million in renovations and improvements, most of which related to removal and replacement of building materials declared to be health hazards in the years since the towers were built. It was well-known by the city of New York that the WTC was an asbestos bombshell. For years, the Port Authority treated the building like an aging dinosaur, attempting on several occasions to get permits to demolish the building for liability reasons, but being turned down due the known asbestos problem. Further, it was well-known the only reason the building was still standing until 9/11 was because it was too costly to disassemble the twin towers floor by floor since the Port Authority was prohibited legally from demolishing the buildings.

The projected cost to disassemble the towers: $15 Billion. Just the scaffolding for the operation was estimated at $2.4 Billion!

In other words, the Twin Towers were condemned structures. How convenient that an unexpected “terrorist” attack demolished the buildings completely.

WTC Building 7 was a part of the WTC complex, and covered under the same insurance policy. This 47-storey steel-framed structure, which was NOT struck by an aircraft, mysteriously collapsed 8 hours later that same day into its own footprint at freefall speed — exactly in the manner of the Twin Towers.

How could this have happened? Mr. Silverstein gave the world the answer when he slipped up during a PBS television interview a year later, on 9/11/2002:

"I remember getting a call from department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, 'We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.' And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse."

As anyone who knows anything about construction can tell you, “Pull” is common industry jargon for a controlled demolition.

One thing is for sure, the decision to 'pull' WTC 7 would have delighted many people. Especially because it has been reported that thousands of sensitive files relating to some of the biggest financial scams in history — including Enron and WorldCom -- were stored in the offices of some of the building’s tenants:

US Secret Service
NAIC Securities
Salomon Smith Barney
American Express Bank International
Standard Chartered Bank
Provident Financial Management
ITT Hartford Insurance Group
Federal Home Loan Bank

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed by the collapse of WTC 7. Reuters news service and the Los Angeles Times published reports estimating them at 3,000 to 4,000. They include the agency's major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divvied up hot shares of initial public offerings during the high-tech boom. ..."Ongoing investigations at the New York SEC will be dramatically affected because so much of their work is paper-intensive," said Max Berger of New York's Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann. "This is a disaster for these cases."

Citigroup says some information that the committee is seeking [about WorldCom] was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attack on the World Trade Center. Salomon had offices in 7 World Trade Center. The bank says that back-up tapes of corporate emails from September 1998 through December 2000 were stored at the building and destroyed in the attack.

Inside WTC 7 was the US Secret Service's largest field office with more than 200 employees. "All the evidence that we stored at 7 World Trade, in all our cases, went down with the building," according to US Secret Service Special Agent David Curran.

What a neat, complete, and fortuitous turn of events was 9/11.

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that one of Lucky Larry’s closest friends — a person with whom it’s said he speaks almost daily by phone — is none other than former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

More on that cozy little relationship later.

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Posted: Jan 05 2008, 2:00 PM

72229 Interestingly enough, in addition to the plethora of facts and logical assertions, it is important to fathom that in 2/28/1998, Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 "Global Hawk" initiated its very first flight. It was a mach-speed unmanned aircraft that flew over the CIA's Edwards Airforce Base in California. During the test run, the plane flew at altitudes of 32, 000 feet - which is the standard for nearly all commercial airliners. According to NASA, it is merely a "reconnaissance aircraft."
No what does an unmanned aircraft have to do with 9/11?
There have been quite a lot of eyewitness accounts and rumors that the CIA used non-commercial airliners to crash into the towers and fabricate the hijackers and "dead souls" of the atrocity. NORAD stood down because one of their own was in the process of "completing" the mission. That is, to sculpt the US into a police state and hearken NAFTA.

Posted: May 06 2008, 3:19 AM

70169 Buildings topple. Whenever one, or three in this case, come down the way WTC did, they were made to do it. It amazes me that so many people think that it is possible for that to happen randomly. And 3 in 1 day, at the same location. It boggles the mind.

Posted: Jun 16 2008, 2:25 AM

6811 Obviously you guys have no proislamic feelings.
treovr pickering

Posted: Jul 31 2008, 1:56 PM

8236 larry silverstein had 4.6 billion from the insurance payout, he now stands to gain a urther 12.3 billion for losses as told by the NY Times larry is not going to be out of pocket on this deal as some may lead you to belive.


Posted: Jul 31 2008, 3:14 PM


Posted: Jul 01 2009, 9:06 PM

68204 Why is it that those people who say there is no conspiracy almost always resort to brutal personal attacks and name calling against the person and not the idea?

I mean I am trying to examine both sides with an open mind and there is a peculiar pattern of behavior against those who try to present the idea that we have not been told the truth.

It seems to only happen in the news media and online. Not on the street when discussing with the common man.

Why is this?

Posted: Jul 14 2009, 10:59 AM


The New York Port Authority originally planned to use 5,000 tons of asbestos fireproofing. The fireproofing, trademarked Blade-Shield, was manufactured by United States Mineral Products of Stanhope, N.J. It was 20% asbestos mixed with mineral wool — a concrete-like substance made from melted rock.

By 1971, medical studies began to show the cancerous effects of asbestos, and New York City banned its use in construction — but not before asbestos-containing Blade-Shield was sprayed on the beams and supports of the first 40 floors of the Twin Towers.

The structural integrity of the massive World Trade Center Towers was contingent upon the combined -value of *both* the internal, perimeter STEEL columns and the adjoining ALUMINIUM Fascia panels.

Over the years, the process known as 'galvanic corrosion' had structurally degraded these buildings beyond repair. Supporting statements to this effect had been compiled, and were presented by the engineers to the building owners during the time-frame that I have described. Subsequently, both Mayor Giuiliani's Office, and the New York Port Authority, had allegedly received an order for the buildings to be completely dismantled, by 2007."

Through the continual effects of wind-sheer and [flex-fatigue] this process had eroded the bolt-holds at roughly floors #7 through #25, that fulcrum-point where the lateral pressures were inherently sustained. Photographs, taken after the disaster, reveal that it was only those lowest exterior column sectional groupings which do not appear to have shown severe de-coupling of the joinery, therein. This is evidenced by the bright 'shiny,' cage-like forms that served to contain the bulk of the physical contents among a burning rubble.


Posted: Nov 05 2009, 11:43 PM

17420 Just glad to be able to comment with out jeopardizing my Anonymous status in this world.

When will we get the @#$ truth of this to come to light, I will not raise my hand to the Flag again until this is bought to light.

ban the pledge until the truth is told.

Posted: Mar 22 2010, 9:55 AM

17381 Why does this article have the erroneous information that Silverstein bought the lease on the WTC complex "6 months" before 9/11? He signed it on July 24, 2001 - SIX WEEKS before 9/11 - not 6 months.

Posted: Jun 08 2011, 9:07 AM

7135 And so, the civil war has begun
Voo Doo

Posted: Sep 06 2012, 11:24 AM

24196 9/11 was an inside job. Period.
There is no doubt in my mind
Michael Otto Carl H. von Pallutz

Posted: Nov 24 2012, 12:09 AM

98182 Anonymous
Posted: Sep 08 2006, 7:39 AM....yes this article is full of flaws,but so is your response to it, nope i didn't owe 7 or something Billion , he bought the complex for 3.2 Billion,paid 124 Million,insured it for 7 Billion and received 4.6 Billion ,still owed 3.Billion and 76 Million ,which left him a nice win of 1 .524 Billion that is what i call a " fat cat ",if you( like you said ) are so familiar with Real Estate Investments ,than you surely know that phrase well ?! So whatever reason you had to point out the poor research quality here, well, you not correct sir is not common business to do what Silverstein did here ,this is more the ethics of an insider speculation ,so the article does raises some questions here again ,.... how far it goes of course is up to in which view points you believe in.....

Posted: Jun 18 2013, 3:15 AM

130216 he put $124million deposit on the "$3.2billion complex" and got $7billion worth of payouts which equates to $4billion. There is no error or loss for the property. I believe that Silverstein may have used his superior position to make a few lucrative dollars. He has been in the RE Development game for a while and what more tempting to own than a building that was condemned? If you asked me, I believe that he wanted to go into retirement with, dare I say, a BANG!!


Posted: Dec 13 2013, 6:36 PM

204116 We were all dooped. By the time most of us realized what really happened (many many year later) the people involved were out of sight out of mind.

Posted: Jan 18 2014, 2:46 PM

76189 Regardless if he owed 7 billion dollars, receiving even one billion dollars in a terrorist scam is making money; business men are not concerned about debt when they realize that debt has little to do with momentary enjoyment. A businessman is concerned only about moving forward and making enough money to have more power; power is only relevant to the moment, so 7 billion dollars in debt doesn't matter. If he hadn't faked the 9/11 attacks, he would still owe 7 billion dollars and wouldn't have the $5+ he received in insurance and lawsuits. Additionally, dealing with asbestos and demolition have some major setbacks:
1) Eventually with asbestos poisoning, the buildings will find themselves relatively useless and at some point the collective voice to tear those buildings down would overwhelm the owners of the property and be forced to do so—not to mention having to face lawsuits for delayed demolition and prolonged toxic poisoning with decreased value in real-estate.
2) Tearing a building down, let alone two sky-scrapers known for being some of the tallest and largest buildings in the world and certainly the city, would be a controversial and incredibly expensive task; with such toxic asbestos poisoning and the dangers of falling debris, it would be nearly impossible to demolish these buildings safely and environmentally, making it impossible to do at a cheap and reasonable cost. Paying for a manual break down of the towers would be incredibly expensive—although certainly a requirement—and not lucrative; however, a terrorist attack (and mirroring a 1993 "terrorist" event) could be a plausible method for creating insurance fraud. In this case, an individual would not need to deconstruct a building manually and pay its overwhelmingly expensive costs, losing more momentary dollars, but instead simply stage an attack and actually be paid an astronomical amount of money for nothing.
3) Even 5 million dollars in insurance, terrorist fraud (not to mention 5+ BILLION) comes with the added benefit of a cheap demolition and a payout to go toward any debt still owed. Having to deconstruct a building from top-to-bottom and pay for it without making any money is, for a sociopath, a no-brainer: Although, in God's realm—a no-hearter.

Posted: Jan 18 2014, 2:50 PM

76189 Additionally, the desire to rebuild would cost money; in order to rebuild you must first destroy what you have. Here, the cost to deconstruct and then the cost to rebuild would be absolutely impossible ... Unless, of course, you stage an attack and scam the insurance companies and the country for enough money that you don't have to deconstruct and pay out of pocket for it, and yet you also receive money to rebuild.

The Pentagon being hit is a ridiculous scam; the towers falling is obviously a planned demolition ... And the entire event is a hoax. Not to mention the war
George Bush

Posted: Apr 24 2014, 4:39 PM

207161 Ok ok, you got me guys!
I blew up the towers!

Posted: Aug 23 2014, 12:55 PM

68224 Flt. 93 should have ended up at bldg. 7, if it did we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Posted: Feb 24 2015, 4:33 PM

70162 So, as we know, no passenger planes hit any of the buildings.... where are those people??

Posted: Jul 13 2015, 1:55 AM

7184 Great article. An accurate portrayal of everything. The ones attacking it are clearly a problem.....9/11 is the litmus test.
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