Chutzpah, Thy Name is Silverstein! Larry Wants More Billions for Blowing Up the WTC

If you thought Andrew “assassinate Obama for Israel” Adler was the last word in chutzpah…think again.


Larry “blow up the World Trade Center for Israel” Silverstein is light-years beyond Adler.


Larry Silverstein, you may recall, is a reputed mobster who allegedly got his start in the sex services business and then oozed into real estate. Two months before 9/11, Silverstein finalized his 100-year-lease on the white elephant, condemned-for-asbestos World Trade Center complex – and proceeded to double the insurance and hardball his insurers into changing the policy to “cash payout.”

On 9/11/01, Silverstein skipped his usual breakfast at the top of the North Tower. He says his wife reminded him of an appointment with his dermatologist. Other family members also stayed away, with other excuses. All of those who breakfasted there died. Silverstein and family survived.

After confessing on national television to blowing up World Trade Center 7, Silverstein went to court and asked for – and received – double indemnity, including almost a billion dollars for WTC-7 – the very building he had confessed to blowing up. Larry had the chutzpah to claim that there were two separate, unrelated terrorist attacks (the two planes) so he should get twice the money. Somehow that worked, presumably thanks to a mobbed-up judge. “Lucky Larry” walked away with more than five billion dollars, plus rights to rebuild.

But that wasn’t enough chutzpah for Larry. For the past several years he’s been back in court, asking for 11 billion dollars from the airlines’ insurers. Now Silverstein has somehow convinced AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, to give him a special dispensation. Even though AMR has filed bankruptcy, which theoretically should stop all lawsuits against it, the company’s attorneys have – for unstated reasons – chosen to insert a special rider into their bankruptcy agreement which allows Silverstein to continue suing the company.

According to the Wall Street Journal: 

Silverstein’s company, which leased the Twin Towers and two other World Trade Center buildings from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is seeking billions of dollars in damages for alleged negligence by the airline, according to the lawsuit. It is also seeking compensation for the lost rental income; the developer had signed 99-year leases for the space just two months before the attack.

Lost rental income?! Larry, those Towers were condemned for asbestos! You would have had to spend many billions, probably double-digit billions, to scrape every bit of asbestos off the frames of those buildings to legally collect rental income. Not only that, but the Towers had a very high vacancy rate and antiquated communications infrastructure. New York City had been desperately seeking a way to demolish the Towers for at least a decade, but could not do so because of the asbestos. The WTC complex was a gigantic money-loser for the City, and it would have quickly bankrupted any private owner…had not a certain act of urban renewal by other means taken place on 9/11/01.

As if all that isn’t enough chutzpah, get this: Larry Silverstein used his 9/11 insurance fraud money to buy Chicago’s Sears Tower!

How could Lucky Larry possibly top all of his previous acts of over-the-top chutzpah?

Simple: He could blow up the Sears Tower, brag about it on national TV, and  collect more double-digit billions in insurance money on the premise that it was somehow the fault of the Muslims.

After all, Lucky Larry is on a winning streak.

Will he roll the dice one more time?

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13 Responses to "Chutzpah, Thy Name is Silverstein! Larry Wants More Billions for Blowing Up the WTC"

  1. Paul V. Sheridan  February 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Kevin: Good piece. The subtitle is not representative/accurate though. Adler never specifies Obama, his treason is much broader than that; openly declaring that “a president,” that is ANY president, etc. See:

  2. Detlef Reimers  February 5, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I had a dream last night: Larry Sliverstein was sitting in a small dark cell. Instead of food he was delivered dollars on a silver tablet.

    Then I woke up and smiled.

  3. Detlef Reimers  February 5, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Perhaps this can give you a small hint about the high concentration of Defence Contractors in relation to the ongoing practice of a greater secret service:

  4. judgment  February 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    This just blows your mind. Shall we say he did nothing illegal just very clever? Then we have trillions missing record supposedly lost by the “attack”.
    In both cases one may ask what the devil is wrong with the supposedly free and brave people of this nation? Oh they are out “occupying” but some how how come they never really hit the target just lots of theater?
    But I intend to “message” Obama that recovery of those trillion would surely held pay off some of what we owe China. All document blown up, they tell us? Well there usually is sender and a receiver, we lost the documents of the recipients but what happens with the documents of the sender?
    I intend to ask that an investigative group, to include Gordon and etc. be placed in charge to trace the source and solve that “recover” our money or lets have a trial and while we are about lets get Chaney on the stand. It is time for action, if no action what are we doing with all those discoveries?

  5. ethanallen  February 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Why did Larry get “double indemnity” and now wants more? The first (double) payout was hush money and as is usually the case blackmailers always come back for more.

  6. AntiZ  February 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I always believed American Airlines was in on it , now I am certain ! A lot of preparation was needed to prepare those planes and SOMEONE at AA would have known about it going on .

    I am also skeptical of the whereabouts of the majority of passengers allegedly on the planes . It’s WAY to unbelievable that the 4 planes involved were only booked at one third their capacity when all the other flights were booked at 100% . The list of passengers is also hinky , WAY to many people working for Defense Contractors etc in relation to the small number of passengers . Did these people need to disappear to far away places for some reason or were they involved in the coordination of the attacks and were duped into getting on these planes thinking they were to be flown out of town to get new identities , or am I too skeptical ? Barbara Olsen is supposedly still getting around , she was allegedly found trying to get across some border with a huge amount of money and a fake passport ??? If she is still alive , it throws out the story of the phone call about the hijackers and the box cutters she was supposed to have made to hubby (George Bush’s first best friend) .

  7. Stewart Ogilby  February 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    To blame the largest known multiple “Jewish lightning” phenomenon on Arab terrorists was a stroke of pure genius. It is more than chutzpa. These guys are remarkable in their ability to work together.

    Hitler’s criminal government reached power on the heels of a decade of internal mysery and consisted of anti-Semites. The Fuehrer and his henchmen were in total control, militarily and of the media, new technologies of radio and of film, powerful propaganda tools but far less so than our modern TV. Dr. Goebbels, the propaganda minister characterized all Jews as “predators with a cold intellect”. A brilliant academic, he was a bigot and we do not want the likes of him in command of US media, regardless of ethnicity.

    Serious students would do well to read Saul Friedlander’s two volume work, “Nazi Germany and the Jews”, available online: Vol. 1, “The Years of Persecution” is at and Vol. 2, “The Years of Extermination”, at

    In our country today the tables of power, government and propaganda, are turned. It may or may not turn out to be a good thing. A US government restricted by its founders’ Constitution and protective of the rights of all through its initial amendments would never mirror Nazi Germany’s acts. Perhaps ideal in principle, to establish something that never was, in reality, and may never be until the character of humanity changes radically is improbable. Our political documents and philosophy are, however, very much extant.

    All Jews are not predators with a cold intellect. Education goes a long way and we may hope that the bulk of America’s Jews have grasped, both through their success here as well as through studying their cousins’ European history, that tribal intolerance of any kind is hugely destructive to human civilization.

    I personally deplore the political spin of 911, but then again I deplore a lot of other things politically. We must not let actions by the Silversteins of the world form the basis for a broad indictment of Jews any more than those of the Mafia to characterize Italian Americans. Karma has a way of catching up with even “Lucky Larry”.

  8. grandmacaesar  February 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    7 weeks before 9/11/01, lucky larry put down $14 million to purchase the lease on the wtc complex. and though he tried to claim the loss as 2 separate attacks (which would’ve given him $7 billion), he was finally rewarded $4.55 billion for the loss of the twin towers—over 320 times what he put down.

  9. Tom Valentine  February 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Harold, read the protocols on lawyering.

  10. haroldsmith  February 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What I want to know is: Notwithstanding the obvious criminal demolition of the buildings, and Silverstein’s obvious foreknowledge and probable involvement, how can he collect far more in insurance payouts than the buildings were inherently worth? I mean, what was the value of the buildings for property tax purposes? Insurance is supposed to cover a loss, not to make you rich, isn’t it?

  11. The Rahnameh  February 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    PS – what good is Larry’s money when his family is destroyed worse than Madoff’s when the truth revealed?

    Think again Silver peddler.

  12. The Rahnameh  February 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Larry Silverstein’s winning lawsuit brought to you by the office of Latham & Watkins LLP (law firm) in Newark that Michael Chertoff himself started. That’s right, L&W Newark was defending Larry Silverstein and respective insurance companies against everyone else while Michael Chertoff was DHS Director.

    Being DHS Director, Chertoff had access to all sorts of things a normal defendant, Larry Silverstein, would not have. There was a huge conflict of interest at play. Circa 2006, 80%+ of the staff made a mass exodus from L&W to start a completely different firm’s branch in Newark. Why? They saw something in their work product that shook their conscience as Americans, but could do nothing about it but commit a public act of suicide against monsters already imbedded in really high places.

    Coincidences…kwinky dinks…ya…

  13. Brian  February 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    To put these events in perspective, imagine that a person leases an expensive house, and immediately takes out an insurance policy covering the entire value of the house and specifically covering bomb attacks. Six weeks later two bombs go off in the house, separated by an hour. The house burns down, and the lessor immediately sues the insurance company to pay him twice the value of the house, and ultimately wins. The lessor also gets the city to dispose of the wreckage, excavate the site, and help him build a new house on the site.

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