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News :: Globalization
BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11
29 Jan 2006
Last fall, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones made headlines when he charged that the World Trade Center collapsed because of "pre-positioned explosives." Now, along with a group that calls itself "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," he's upping the ante.
"We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11," the group says in a statement released Friday announcing its formation. "We believe these events may have been orchestrated by the administration in order to manipulate the American people into supporting policies at home and abroad."
Headed by Jones and Jim Fetzer, University of Minnesota Duluth distinguished McKnight professor of philosophy, the group is made up of 50 academicians and others.
They include Robert M. Bowman, former director of the U.S. "Star Wars" space defense program, and Morgan Reynolds, former chief economist for the Department of Labor in President George W. Bush's first term. Most of the members are less well-known.
The group's Web site ( includes an updated version of Jones's paper about the collapse of the Twin Towers and a paper by Fetzer that looks at conspiracy theories. The government's version of the events of 9/11 — that the plane's hijackers were tied to Osama bin Laden — is its own conspiracy theory, says Fetzer, who has studied the John F. Kennedy assassination since 1992.
"Did the Bush administration know in advance about the impending attacks that occurred on 9/11, and allow these to happen, to provoke pre-planned wars against Afghanistan and Iraq? These questions demand immediate answers," charges a paper written collectively by Scholars for 9/11 Truth. The group plans to write more papers, and present lectures and conferences.
"We have very limited resources and no subpoena powers," Fetzer said. "What you have is a bunch of serious scholars taking a look at this and discovering it didn't add up. We don't have a political ax to grind."
Fetzer has doctorates in the history and philosophy of science. "One of the roles I can play here," he said, "is to explain why a certain line of argument is correct or not."
In his original message to potential members last month, Fetzer warned that joining the group might make them the subject of government surveillance and might get them on various lists of "potential terrorists."
The group's charges include:

• Members of the Bush administration knew in advance that the 9/11 attacks would happen but did nothing to stop them.

• No Air Force or Air National Guard jets were sent to "scramble" the hijacked planes, which were clearly deviating from their flight plans, although jet fighters had been deployed for scramblings 67 times in the year prior to 9/11. The procedure for issuing orders for scrambling was changed in June 2001, requiring that approval could only come from the Secretary of Defense, but Donald Rumsfeld was not alerted soon enough on 9/11, according to Scholars group.

• The video of Osama bin Laden found by American troops in Afghanistan in December 2001, in which bin Laden says he orchestrated the attacks, is not bin Laden. The Scholars for 9/11 Truth compared the video with a photo of the "real" bin Laden and argue that there are discrepancies in the ratio of nose-length to nose-width, as well as distance from tip-of-nose to ear lobe.
The Scholars group hopes that media outlets around the world will ask experts in their areas to examine the group's findings and assertions. If this were done, they argue, "one of the great hoaxes of history would stand naked before the eyes of the world."
The group also asks for an investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings, following up on points made in Jones's paper, "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?" That paper, recently updated, has been posted on Jones's BYU Web site since last November.
Jones argues that the WTC buildings did not collapse due to impact or fires caused by the jets hitting the towers but collapsed as a result of pre-positioned "cutter charges." Proof, he says, includes:

• Molten metal was found in the subbasements of WTC sites weeks after 9/11; the melting point of structural steel is 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature of jet fuel does not exceed 1,800 degrees. Molten metal was also found in the building known as WTC7, although no plane had struck it. Jones's paper also includes a photo of a slag of the metal being extracted from ground zero. The slag, Jones argues, could not be aluminum from the planes because in photographs the metal was salmon-to-yellow-hot temperature (approximately 1,550 to 1,900 degrees F) "well above the melting temperatures of lead and aluminum," which would be a liquid at that temperature.

• Building WTC7 collapsed in 6.6 seconds, which means, Jones says, that the steel and concrete support had to be simply knocked out of the way. "Explosive demolitions are like that," he said. "It doesn't fit the model of the fire-induced pancake collapse."

• No steel-frame, high-rise buildings have ever before or since been brought down due to fires. Temperatures due to fire don't get hot enough for buildings to collapse, he says.

• Jones points to a recent article in the journal New Civil Engineering that says WTC disaster investigators at NIST (the National Institutes of Standards and Technology) "are refusing to show computer visualizations of the collapse of the Twin Towers despite calls from leading structural and fire engineers."

Neither Jones nor other members of the Scholars group suggests who would have planted the explosives, but they argue that the devices could have been operated by remote control.
Jones says he has received thousands of e-mails from people around the world who either support his ideas or think he's "nutty," and he still gets about 30 e-mails a day on the topic.
He continues to do research on cold fusion, which he prefers to call metal-catalyzed fusion "to distinguish it from the claims" of former University of Utah chemistry professors B. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishmann, "which we do not accept as verified." He reports that his metal-catalyzed fusion work is going well, with three scientific papers published last year.
Jones will present a talk entitled "9/11 Revisited: Scientific and Ethical Questions" at Utah Valley State College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
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Re: BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11
29 Jan 2006
this scholars should be giving speaking tours, especially at colleges, across the country.
if they don't build up substantial publicity, support, and credibility these will remain fringe theories and it will be easier for the government to silence them.
Re: BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11
30 Jan 2006
More sorry X-Files trash. It's scary that you would even post nonsense like this. I thought that I read "news" was reported on here and not fictional nonsense. Waste of time!
Veteran, this is real news!
30 Jan 2006
Veteran, this is real news! There is much information today that proves 9/11 was an inside job. Ask yourself why Bush sat for over seven minutes listening to children in an elementary school AFTER he knew conclusively that the country was under attack. Also, why did the secret service not whisk him away when they knew that Bush (and the children) could be targets as the school event was publically promoted weeks in advance?

Also, the smoking gun is World Trade Center Building 7. Osama's gang never touched building 7 with either planes or box cutters, yet 7 hours after the twin towers collapse, it magically falls down in what Dan Rather called looking like "a controlled demolition." Why did he say that? Because that is exactly what it was.

Take the red pill and see the criminality of the people in charge:
Re: BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11
31 Jan 2006
Yes, Veteran, it seems just a tad anti-American to dismiss the obvious existence of a conspiracy on the part of the people in the administration--many of them signatories to the statement of the Project for a New American Century that pined for a "catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor" and then magically got EXACTLY that. Hmmm. Hmmmmmmm. See Veteran, the real American patriots are the ones trying to save us from these lying and profiteering sacks of dung. Only a gullible child would still be in the dark about these issues. I hope for our country's sake that you wake up and get on the correct side or this issue before we are tricked into invading Iran. Where exactly do your loyalties lie otherwise??
Re: BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11
31 Jan 2006
WOW! You guys really beleive that nonsense? You honestly have my pity. I can;t even imagine what it must be like to wake up everyday nad have to look under your bed to see if their is anyone lurking under their. It must be a frightening world for you. Please, please seek help! Life is to short and wonderful to go through it scared and miserable.

Does it really matter if Bush sat for 7 mintues or seven seconds? I would bet my next paycheck that as any good leader would do, he made many calculated decisions in those seven minutes. Additionally, look at his setting! That day we were attacked changed our lives forever, would it have done anything but scare a group of children to have the Secret Service pull out their SIG's and MP-5's and tackle him and whisk him away? Don't think so.
Dan Rather compared it to a controlled demolition because that was what it looked like! You guys are silly! He was only reporting what he saw. The additional buildings that fell or were damaged AFTER the fact were due to the structural integrity of the ENTIRE area being compromised due to the vast amount of damage and destruction caused by thsoe two beautiful buildings coming down. Any first year engineering student could tell you that.

Again, you have my pity and sorrow for feeling so scared and distrustful. The world is not out to get you guys.

PS - My loyalties need not be questioned. They lie in my family, my community and my country! Have a great day and don't forget to smile!
What Really Happened
02 Feb 2006
What Really Happened was that the Pentagon was attacked too. Some people forget that part. They forget about the WTC news loop that was used to box out the D.C. state of emergency.

This invalidates the conspiracy theory about the WTC demolition.

This conspiracy theory is just communist propaganda.