- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2014

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee brushed aside the notion Thursday that the World Trade Center 7 building was brought down by “controlled demolition” in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“I disagree with the assessment,” Rep. Adam Smith, Washington Democrat, said on C-Span’s “Washington Journal” in response to a caller who suggested it was an inside job. “I have seen the evidence. I think that is just completely and totally wrong about what happened on 9-11.”

Conspiracy theorists have long held that a government insider planted explosives and orchestrated the “controlled demolition” of the 47-story office tower, which was not hit by the airplanes and collapsed nearly seven hours after the second of the twin towers fell.

Federal investigators have attributed the building’s collapse to fires, saying they weakened the floor beams and a structural column.