Explosions BEFORE plane impact: the 9/11 account of William Rodriguez

When Bush shook hands with Rodriguez, he had no idea how damaging this WTC employee’s account of 9/11 would be.

November 30, 2010

By Craig McKee

It’s something you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. A loud, devastating explosion in the sub-basement of the World Trade Center’s North Tower BEFORE the impact of an airplane that hit between the 93rd and 99th floors.
That was the account of William Rodriguez, who was a 20-year employee of the World Trade Center when the towers were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. He was later hailed as a national hero for pulling people out of the buildings, saving a number of lives that morning. He was believed to be the last person to escape the North Tower before it fell. He was even photographed with President George W. Bush. Now, the government doesn’t want to hear anything he has to say.
No matter how well known he is within the 9/11 Truth movement (in fact he’s one of its best known figures), very few others have heard the things he has to say – things that make the purveyors of the official story very nervous.
That’s because if what he reports is true, then the official story can’t be. That official version contends that airplane impacts and the resulting fires were solely responsible for the collapse of the twin towers. But if his account of explosions in the basement of the North Tower is true, then there must be a great deal more to the story.
In the documentary 9/11 Mysteries, Rodriguez describes what happened while he was in the building’s sub-basement, level B1: “All of the sudden, we heard a huge explosion. It was an explosion that came from under my feet, meaning that it came from the sub levels between B2 and B3.”
Rodriguez adds that after the basement explosion, he heard the impact of the impact that has been reported to be Flight 11 hitting the North Tower. “And there was a huge explosion at the top of the building. You could hear the difference from the bottom and all the way to the top. The one from the top, which was actually seconds after, was very far away. The one in the basement was pretty loud and you felt your actual feet moving with the floor. There was a tremor through the walls, that the walls cracked and the false ceiling totally collapsed.”
Rodriguez says he then saw fellow WTC employee Felipe David who had been burned in the explosion. Clearly David’s injuries did not come from a crash near the top of the 110-story building. And this account has been substantiated by numerous other witnesses who were in the basements that day. Mr. David’s injuries have been documented; they certainly weren’t imaginary.
Rodriguez has become part of the Truth movement, speaking at symposiums and conferences frequently in recent years. No one has ever been able to question the reliability of his account of what happened that day. No one has been able to question his motives. All those in positions of power have been able to do is pretend he doesn’t exist.
That’s what happened with the 9/11 Commission, and it has worked for the mainstream media. Rodriguez recounted what he saw to the Commission behind closed doors, but his account was kept out of the final report. They didn’t even mention that they’d spoken to him.
“My testimony was very upsetting for the Commission,” he said in the documentary 9/11 Ripple Effect. “
He says he originally told the FBI about what he saw and heard, and he did nothing more for two and a half years, assuming that an investigation was under way. But there wasn’t.
“I realized it was just not going anywhere.”
Rodriguez did no better with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which “investigated” the reasons for the collapse of the twin towers and Building 7. He says he got no response when at a public NIST hearing he questioned whether any of his statements had been taken into consideration by them.
And that’s not all Rodriguez had to say about the events of 9/11. He also reported numerous other explosions in the building, far from the impact zone, as he was pulling people out. In this, he has dozens and dozens of others who back him up. These accounts include explosions in different basement levels as well as on various floors above ground. I’ll get into the individual accounts in a future post.
Rodriguez, who was a custodian in the Trade Center, has also talked about hearing noises on empty floors in the towers in the weeks leading up to 9/11. He mentions the 34th as being an empty floor where he heard loud construction work going on. He says there was also a great deal of dust that appeared to come from this mysterious work.
And perhaps the most intriguing thing reported by Rodriguez is that he claims to have seen one of the alleged hijackers in the World Trade Center in June of 2001, three months before the attacks.
He says he saw photos of the alleged hijackers in the newspapers and recognized Mohand al-Shehri as having been in the World Trade Center in June of 2001. Al-Shehri is alleged to have been one of the hijackers of Flight 175, which is alleged to have hit the South Tower. Rodriguez says al-Shehri showed a special interest in the buildings before the attacks, asking Rodriguez about the number of public washrooms on a particular floor.
It has since been confirmed by the Saudi embassy in Washington and the Saudi Foreign Minister (as reported in The Hidden History of 9-11, edited by Paul Zarembka, page 160) that Mohand al-Shehri is was alive and well in Saudi Arabia after the attacks.
You think maybe someone should have looked into Mr. Rodriguez’s statements? How about the statements about dozens of others who back up? Maybe it’s not too late?


    1. Mr. Republican wrote:

      Obviously the planes hit the towers.

      No, not so obviously. By planes, do you mean small military aircraft, cruise missiles with wings, or commercial aircraft?
      Yes, I agree that some flying objects hit the towers.
      Yes, I agree that I & the world saw pixels representing commercial aircraft hit the towers.
      Eye witnesses were stating it was a small aircraft or missile, before (doctored?) footage fed through the video production control room to the news anchors themselves who started convincing their own on-the-street reports and the world — including eye witnesses — about the “correct” story of what we are to believe hit the towers.
      Such a pity that the video forgery had errors. Aside from being inconsistent with one another regarding the flight path, aside from glitches from center-line drift of the hovering platform that caught the 2nd strike, and aside from the pixels moving faster than a real commercial aircraft could fly at sea level & be controllable if not breaking up due to the increased air resistance, the faked videos do not accurately represent the crash physics of deceleration and deformation (and complex modeling task) and what us to believe in cartoon character cut-outs in the form of weaker & lighter aircraft materials being able to slice up stronger & heaver building materials.

      You SHOULD, and I mean, SHOULD, know that!

      Because perceiving the depth of the corporate media conspiracy sheds light on the drums they beat for war, for increased homeland security, and for public approval of Constitution shredding measures, from rendition to torture, from black ops to black sites.

      1. Well, you’re touching on another of those “taboo” 9/11 subjects: video fakery. That’s one of the subjects that get people banned from the largest 9/11 site, 9/11 Blogger. Some in the truth movement seem to ridicule this theory in the same way that non-truthers ridicule the idea that 9/11 was an inside job. I see tremendous hypocrisy in this. Yes, I agree that what we saw hit those towers was a deception. It was, as you say, a military plane, missile or some other flying object, but it was not, I believe, two hijacked airliners flown by Islamic fundamentalists.
        The video evidence goes beyond suspicious. This aspect of the 9/11 deception is the most disturbing of all. Yes, it would involve a lot of people, and yes, it would require incredible planning. But those aren’t reasons to rule it out. In fact, the perpetrators of this event use the sheer scale of the operation to keep people from believing it.

        1. it WAS two hijacked airliners that were flown by Islamic fundamentalists.Actually 4 of them now that I remember. The government were NEVER “behind” this they have far too much to lose dumbass. You are the one who’s a LIAR. Dont believe me- look at these pictures of what REALLY happened on 9/11 https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=9/11+planes+crashes&rlz=1C1TEUA_enGB510&espv=2&biw=1093&bih=514&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIvpfX9f2ZxwIVBLPbCh2KGQmR
          NONE of you are “experts” let me tell you that right now!! I’m not going to doubt Mr R’s statement because I know this. Al Qaeda members ALWAYS check out a building prior to a attack it’s a well known fact. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

          1. Holly should be displayed at Christmas time and remain silent the rest of the year.
            Her “well known facts” are her delusions embedded by MSM propaganda.
            “dumbass”? “LIAR”? “ashamed of” ourselves? Someone needs to show you what that mouth is for…

          2. The government lost a lot of money because of 911. But what about those in government that a hand in it, that received a huge chunk of untaxed cash for looking the other way? Or the lobbyists who funded 911? The companies that made a huge amount of money from the war 911 caused? Yah the government went broke from it all, but the actual people who conducted the inside job got a huge pay off. Who cares about the government when you’re rich as hell from killing 2000 people

  1. I don’t know if the government was behind this, or if they’re just covering up what happened because they’re so embarrassed by how much got past them. I don’t know if they were commercial planes with people in them or the government “got rid of” the people on the planes and they remotely flew planes into buildings. I don’t know if the Pentagon was hit by a plane or a missile.. but i do know the government is lying their asses off about what happened. That is an undeniable fact to anyone that’ looked into this. It takes very little looking into 9/11 to know that. The fact someone says they heard/felt explosions in the basement of the first tower BEFORE the plane hit, and the fact that is proven fact by a seismometer proves enough to me to know they’re lying.

    1. My current stance is exactly the same as yours Jeremy. I don’t know what it was but in the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 the part where they show George W. Bush supposedly being told about the incident that look in his eyes there’s just something uncanny and very Satanic to me (and I’m a nonbeliever so that kind of stuff is just all passé) but I think what I saw deep when I looked at his eyes in that the moment is just incredibly unnerving revelation of a really guilty malicious liar. It is one of the most creepy few seconds of my life I can remember, because I felt some sort of energy coming from somewhere else saying “that person on that screen right there, is the embodiment of absolute evil.” Again this is in the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 9/11. I really appreciate that Richard McManus is staying on this!

  2. Fact 1: William Rodriguez IS a 9/11 Hero; he saved many people on 9/11 & his expert eyewitness testimony Must become common knowledge in the US & taught in schools, because what Rodriguez did on 9/11 is the highest ideal anyone could aim for in life & incredibly he lived to talk about what happened.
    Fact 2: You guys need to see the documentary “Pilots for 9/11 Truth” made “9/11: Intercepted,” about: The alleged four planes on 9/11; the facts show: “No T class air frame could manage the: Speeds, G-Forces, Accuracy, Damage… that occured on 9/11.” and much more (Pentagon NO FLY Zones & their own AA missile systems; Truth about the “patsy” hijackers & the transponders…) that will put the debate on Commercial Airliners to bed.
    Also see: *Proof: Bin Laden Death A Gov’t Lie*; *September 11-the New Pearl Harbor*; “9/11: Explosives Evidence; 9/11: False- Flag Terrorism; 9/11 Painful Deceptions; 9/11 Suspects- Explosive Connections (Updated); 911-Conspiracy Solved; 911 The Last Man Out; Debunking 911 Debunking; 911 The Myths & the Reality; *Loose Change 1-3*; 9/11 The Birth of Treason; 9/11: Blueprint for Truth; *9 11 Documentaries-9/11/2001-7/7/2005;* 9/11-The Great Illusion; 9-11 WTC biggest Gold Heist in History; *9/11 Key CIA Connections*; Osama Bin Laden a CIA asset; …
    Also go to: Architects & Engineers for 911 Truth (AE911) & Pilots for 9/11 Truth, 911Truth.org, Journal of 911studies.com, 911Research.com, 911Research.wtc7.net, Scholars for9/11Truth & Justice, 9/11Blogger.com, High Rise SafetyNYC.org, William911.com…
    Read the 116 Published Peer Reviewed Papers, the books on 9/11 by David Ray Griffin, Webster Tarpley… and Many More Papers, Articles, Books, FACTS… supporting 9/11 Truth & supporting a NEW 9/11 Investigation. You will be Experts by then 😉

  3. “In the documentary 9/11 Mysteries, Rodriguez describes what happened while he was in the building’s sub-basement, level B1: “All of the sudden, we heard a huge explosion. It was an explosion that came from under my feet, meaning that it came from the sub levels between B2 and B3.”
    Rodriguez adds that after the basement explosion, he heard the impact of the impact that has been reported to be Flight 11 hitting the North Tower. “And there was a huge explosion at the top of the building. You could hear the difference from the bottom and all the way to the top. The one from the top, which was actually seconds after, was very far away. The one in the basement was pretty loud and you felt your actual feet moving with the floor. There was a tremor through the walls, that the walls cracked and the false ceiling totally collapsed.”
    CNN interview with Willie Rodriguez around noon on Sept 11th 2001
    AARON BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: William Rodriguez (ph) is a maintenance worker at the Trade Center, I believe. In any case, he’s on the phone with us now.
    Mr. Rodriguez can you hear me?
    BROWN: Tell me where you were when — which of those two buildings were you in?
    RODRIGUEZ: I work in building one. The one that got hit the first time.
    BROWN: Tell me what happened.
    RODRIGUEZ: I was in the basement, which is the support floor for the maintenance company, and we hear like a big rumble. Not like an impact, like a rumble, like moving furniture in a massive way. And all of sudden we hear another rumble, and a guy comes running, running into our office, and all of skin was off his body. All of the skin.

    1. Yes, John, the ” …basement explosions COULD have been created by other terrorists … .” — And the moon COULD have been created on a whim by an all-powerful deity. Unfortunately, neither of these notions is supported by any evidence. And if we are ever to get to the bottom of what really happened in New York City on 9/11/01, we are going to have to follow the evidence, and only the evidence, to reach a valid conclusion. Your opinion, my opinion, anyone’s opinion (no matter how “expert”) is worthless unless supported by the evidence.
      Saying this, by itself, of course does nothing to furnish the courage, discipline, knowledge and patience required to pursue the truth of 9-11 in a good way. Those qualities have to be developed in each of us through diligent study, practice and honest, respectful dialogue. This site, so far, seems as good a place as any, and better than most, to begin that process. There are some here who are a bit impatient with those of us who come puffing along months or years behind the patriotic heroes who are “on point” and taking fire on our behalf. OK, let the impatient work on their patience; our job is to work on that courage, discipline and knowledge. That way in the long run (and it’s going to be a VERY long run) we can go forward together to the truth, and to some measure of justice for the many, many thousands of lives blighted and destroyed by the actual perpetrators of the “Day that Changed Everything.”

  4. Musical Commentary on William Rodriguez, which was posted on 9/11/18 by William Rodriguez on his Facebook page. I interviewed him in July 2005 to write this song. I met him in person in New York City on 9/11/2005 when I first sang this song in public at a rally outside the UN in Dag Hammarskold Plaza. Willie is the real deal in my opinion! Ballad of William Rodriguez (5:18) 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs CD by Vic Sadot on CD Baby’s YouTube Playlist. Song #1 of 16.

  5. There was a TV camera on the sidewalk/pavement that bounced when a big explosion went off, it had a very precise clock on it, align that with the siesmic recordings that day and you get the exact time of when there were explosions. It seems as just before the planes hit, there were massive explosions, these are facts.

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