Donald Rumsfeld and the Demolition of WTC 7

When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was asked about World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7), he claimed that he had never heard of it. This was despite the unprecedented destruction of that 47-story building and its relationship to the events of 9/11 that shaped Rumsfeld’s career. Although not hit by a plane, WTC 7 experienced free fall into its own footprint on the afternoon of 9/11—through the path of what should have been the most resistance. The government agency charged with investigating the building’s destruction ultimately admitted that it had been in free fall during a portion of its descent. That fact makes explosive demolition the only logical explanation. Considering how WTC 7 might have been demolished leads to some interesting facts about Rumsfeld and his associates.

RummyThe one major tenant of WTC 7 was Salomon Smith Barney (SSB), the company that occupied 37 of the 47 floors in WTC 7. A little discussed fact is that Rumsfeld was the chairman of the SSB advisory board and Dick Cheney was a board member as well. Rumsfeld had served as chairman of the SSB advisory board since its inception in 1999. According to the financial disclosures he made in his nomination process, during the same period Rumsfeld had also been a paid consultant to the Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet. Rumsfeld and Cheney had to resign from their CIA and SSB positions in 2001 when they were confirmed as members of George W. Bush’s cabinet.

Several of Rumsfeld and Cheney’s colleagues had access to, or personal knowledge of, WTC 7. Secret Service agent Carl Truscott, who was in charge of the Presidential Protection Division on 9/11, knew the building well because he had worked at the Secret Service’s New York field office located there. Furthermore, Tenet’s CIA secretly operated a “false front of another federal organization” from within WTC 7. That false front might have been related to the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, Rumsfeld’s Department of Defense, or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), all of which were listed as tenants of WTC 7. The SEC lost many important documents when the building was destroyed, including much of what was needed to effectively prosecute Enron and WorldCom.

Read more at Washington’s Blog.

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3 Responses to Donald Rumsfeld and the Demolition of WTC 7

  1. mikecorbeil says:

    This, imo, is a very fair and correct analysis of Rumsfeld with respect to his claim of not having known about the existence of WTC 7, and I definitely learned some new things; f.e., the DoD exercise at the WTC and that became “actual response”, as well as what the article says regarding the Secret Service.

  2. Frank says:

    I want to read even more things about it!

    • mikecorbeil says:

      Then do some Web searches. You can start with Washington’s Blog, but I’ll also suggest trying with and, possibly also, which now redirects to

      Here’s a very, very brief article:

      Donald Rumsfeld
      Cover Stories of the People in Charge

      Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was number two in the United States military command structure. He was working in the east side of the Pentagon on the morning of September 11th. Rumsfeld told Larry King on the December 5th talk show that he knew nothing about the World Trade Center attack until 15 minutes before the Pentagon was hit, and even then wasn’t told that a plane was headed for the Pentagon. 1

      The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. military, with the most advanced communications links to the NORAD control center at Cheyenne Mountain. We are supposed to believe that no one bothered to tell him that four jetliners had been hijacked, and two of them flown into the Twin Towers.


      1. Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Larry King, CNN, DefenseLINK, 12/5/01 [cached]

      End quote

      That article was found using the following search terms with Google:

      Rumsfeld WTC7

      When using “”, then I normally get many more links than links for pages at the associated website,

      Those two and are a a threesome, say; tightly associated.

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