1. NIST admitted they never conducted an investigation for explosives or explosive materials in violation of NFPA fire investigation protocol which NIST helped develop, publishes and maintains as a industry wide fire investigation standard. A coverup. 2. NIST admitted that they refuse to release data they used to arrive at their theory, citing that the release would jeopardize public safety. An insult to intelligence and a clear coverup. NIST eventually release the original Frankel drawings for WTC7 via FOIA request that they used for their analysis and report. It was discovered that NIST omitted several critical components in their analysis and concluding collapse initiation theory regarding the failure of column 79. NIST allegedly had little to work with other than the original Frankel drawings since NIST claimed the physical evidence was not available. 3. NIST claimed they could not analyze the steel since none was available. This was proven to be a lie since there is a photo of John Gross standing on a pile of steel smiling, at least one of which looks corroded and full of holes. A falsification of available data and a coverup. 4. NIST admitted that they didn't include stiffeners (critical to the column 79 connection) in their report. A falsification of data. 5. NIST admitted that the seat (critical to the column 79 connection) was actually 12" wide and not 11" as reported. A falsification of data. 6. It was discovered that NIST omitted several support beams (critical to column 79 connection). A falsification of data. 7. NIST originally claimed that there were shear studs, then in their final report, claimed there were none. The Frankel drawings include shear studs. A falsification of data. The above are just some examples of NIST's coverup. Tony Szamboti goes into much greater detail on most of the above: http://themindrenewed.com/transcripts/884-int-067t One might say that these were "mistakes" but that would not be realistic since the "mistakes" are numerous. So one could say that it was gross incompetence (to be kind), but that would be disingenuous since these people are highly qualified engineers. That leaves only that the above was deliberate, a scientific fraud and in this case, a criminal fraud since it's 9/11 we're talking about, the worst terrorist attack in modern US history that massacred about 3,000 innocent people. The above is of course, a regurgitation of NIST mythology. NIST claimed that neither planes, fires or both would have brought down the towers if the fireproofing hadn't been stripped. As "proof" for the stripping of fireproofing, NIST used a shotgun experiment (an insult to one's intelligence). However, even if NIST is correct, the total fireproofing that might have been stripped could only have occurred at the impact site and constitutes less than 5% of the total fireproofing, to be generous. Furthermore, the fireproofing was upgraded a couple of years earlier specifically and coincidentally around the impact site for both towers.