Paul Mlakar

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Paul F. Mlakar, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE. of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is notable for his work on investigation of a number of disasters, including the 9-11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing and the failure of the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

'Investigations'

Mlakar's investigations have been widely criticized by a number of independent investigators, and he has a remarkable continuity of co-workers.

Murrah Building, Oklahoma City, 1995

Full article: Oklahoma City bombing

Paul Mlakar worked under Charles Thornton, (together with Gene Corley and Mete Sozen) on the collapse of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma.

WTC, 9-11

Full article: 9-11/WTC Controlled demolition

Mlakar, again with Mete Sozen under Gene Corley, developed an explanation of the collapse of the World Trade Center which denied the evidence of bombs in the buildings and suggested that the three towers collapses as a result of the two plane impacts.

Pentagon, 9-11

Full article: 9-11/Pentagon

As Lead Technical Director, Mlakar headed the six-member Pentagon Building Performance Study team after 9-11, which also included Mete Sozen.[1][2] Mlakar is granted “limited access” to the Pentagon attack site for a week from September 14-21, and on October 4, the full team is given "controlled access". They meet Gene Corley and inspect the site "for approximately four hours." All airplane debris has been removed by this time, as well as most of the loose debris from the impact and collapse. Along with interviews and technical information provided by the Pentagon Renovation Project, the photos and data gleaned on these visits are the basis of the team’s analysis of the building’s response to the impact of Flight 77. The study is completed in April 2002, though the report will not be released for another nine months.[3]

Hurricane Katrina

Mlakar lead the Army Corps of Engineers' investigation into the breakage of levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.[4] Professor Raymond B. Seed of the of the UC Berkeley department of Civil and Environmental Engineering wrote a powerful and detailed 42 page letter alleging corruption, connivance, collusion, obfuscation, retaliation etc.

"...Larry Roth had explained to me back in early September that ASCE had been ingloriously kicked out from the 911 investigation of the World Trade Center, and that they had learned their lesson and would never again make those same mistakes... ...What he meant was that a non disclosure clause that had been inserted into ASCE’s health and safety waiver/form for forensic investigations... ...Buried...was a very strong and binding non-disclosure clause..."[5]



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