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MUNSTER | An architect who questions the official story behind the collapse of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke to a receptive audience Monday night at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.

Richard Gage, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, appeared at the behest of Liberty Straight Up, an activist group and social organization in favor of limited government. It has members who live in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

Gage is on tour to promote his group's position that the fall of the World Trade Center in New York City during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had all the earmarks of a controlled demolition. Neither fire nor the impact of two airplanes was enough to bring down the Twin Towers, he said.

During a multimedia presentation, Gage said he was less concerned with the motives for the destruction and the people behind it than with what he said is the science behind the collapse.

“We want a new investigation that incorporates all the evidence,” he said.

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The 1,500 architects and engineers who belong to the group have gone public with their concerns because "we're called to, and we care very much about our country," Gage said.

"It's important we know the whole truth about an event that served as pretext for the invasion of two countries (and) the loss of hard-won civil liberties," Gage said.

His presentation incorporated news footage and interviews with survivors, video of the buildings' collapse and commentary from experts.

Gage said the official story doesn’t hold up to the scientific method, and the collapse of both buildings, as well as that of World Trade Center Building 7, fits the pattern of a controlled demolition. Building 7 collapsed later that day.

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