Backers hail 9/11 theorist’s speech

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By Michael Riley

Denver Post Staff Writer

The standing ovation has finally died down, and Steven E. Jones, a soft-spoken physics professor, finds himself pinned against the stage by some of the enthusiastic fans who packed a University of Denver auditorium over the weekend to see him.

A man with a “Got truth?” T-shirt offers Jones a careful explanation for why the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center were operated by remote control.  Another quizzes him about the size of the footprint of the Pentagon crash – too small, he says, for the Boeing 757 that “officially” smashed into it on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Can I just shake your hand?” a woman in a baggy red sweater asks Jones. “You’re doing such important work.”

If anything, Jones appears embarrassed by all the attention. Quiet and self-effacing, he’s an unlikely hero for 9/11 conspiracy theorists of every stripe, but that’s exactly what he’s become.

A physicist whose background includes work on nuclear fusion, Jones was put on leave by Brigham Young University in September after publishing a paper saying that the twin towers couldn’t have collapsed solely as a result of the planes that rammed the upper floors on Sept. 11.  The paper theorizes that explosives planted inside the building must have been involved and that the buildings’ collapse was essentially a controlled demolition.

Though Jones doesn’t specify who he believes planted the charges, he concedes it would have had to be “an inside job” and likely would have included either very powerful figures on the American scene or entities inside the government.

“It’s a thought that I admit has made me lose some sleep,” Jones said.
Neither the 9/11 commission nor other extensive government reports have found any evidence of a secondary cause of the towers’ collapse.

But Jones and his work reflect the mainstreaming of a movement that has defied the Bush administration’s efforts to put it to rest and mystified people who have studied the events of that day closely: A startlingly large percentage of the population simply doesn’t believe the official explanation for the towers’ fall.
A national poll by the Scripps Survey Center at Ohio University conducted in the summer found that more than a third of people questioned believed the government either planned the attacks or could have stopped them but didn’t.

That has worried government officials enough that the State Department recently published a report titled “The Top Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories,” an effort to debunk many of them. Separately, the National Institute of Standards and Technology – the government arm that investigated why the towers collapsed – published a seven-page document in September that attempted to answer some of the skeptics.

“We’ve watched it gain momentum,” said Brent Blanchard, director of field operations for New Jersey-based Protec Documentation Services, which studies and monitors building demolitions.

“It’s really been fascinating in a way,” he said. “We’ve been able to watch the birth of the completely out-of-control allegations that could not be true for so many reasons.”

Among the most basic of those, Blanchard said, is that there’s a consensus that the collapse of the towers began at or near the point where the planes entered the buildings, rather than at the base, where traditional demolition occurs. That means that the explosives would have had to survive the initial crash and superheated fires until they were detonated – for nearly an hour in the case of one tower, 102 minutes in the case of the other.

“That’s absolutely impossible,” Blanchard said.

Beyond that, he said, planting the explosives in secret would have been an incredible logistical undertaking.
But to the growing Sept. 11 conspiracy movement, Jones provides what even advocates concede they had been lacking: a scientific approach backed up with meticulous data analysis and carefully devised experimental testing.

Jones – who has agreed to retire from BYU at the end of 2006 – said in an interview that his first doubts emerged when he saw a video of the collapse of World Trade Center 7, the 47- story office building that collapsed seven hours after the twin towers.

The collapse took just 6.5 seconds, only a half-second more than the free-fall time a ball bearing would take when dropped from that height. That simply couldn’t take account of the normal resistance of steel columns and concrete that should have slowed the collapse by at least a few seconds, he said, but it did fit the model of a controlled demolition.

The physicist said that in more than a year of investigation, he found thermite residue in samples of dust found near ground zero and on one of the steel beams used in a Sept. 11 memorial. Thermite is a compound that, when ignited, produces incredibly high temperatures and is used by the military in incendiary grenades and to cut through steel.

Some government reports have also identified a significant presence of odd substances – including sulfur and zinc – and have noted that there is no obvious explanation for their presence. Jones said sulfur and zinc are part of a typical thermite fingerprint.

“I’m not willing to say yet that this is conclusive, but it does deserve explanation. What we’re asking for is more study and a major investigation,” said Jones, who has helped organize a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

For many observers, Jones’ work says less about a hidden conspiracy behind Sept. 11 than it does an unease with the event and what has followed.
“First of all, there is the event itself,” said Christopher Farrell of the conservative think tank Judicial Watch. “It shocked, upset and offended people.
Then after the fact, there were a number of contradictions or holes in the information available.”

Blanchard is more blunt: “The government’s done a lot of things in the last couple of years that has caused people to doubt their integrity about anything, including this stuff about WMD and other problems.”

After Jones’ lecture Saturday, a distinguished man with graying hair said he came because he had heard the physicist on the radio and thought it was remarkable that a scientist from so conservative a state as Utah would be a doubter.

“As you study this whole thing more, it seems to me there are a lot of valid questions,” he said.

The man said he was a businessman and didn’t want his name in the paper.  “I’m still in the business world,” he said, “and I’d be ridiculed just for being here.”

Staff writer Michael Riley can be reached at 303-954-1614 or


Panelists raise doubts over 9/11; Speakers at CU say government deceiving citizens

Panelists raise doubts over 9/11
Speakers at CU say government deceiving citizens

By John Aguilar
Monday, October 30, 2006

The idea was to turn the concept of a conspiracy theory on its head.

A panel of scientists and scholars, gathered in a classroom Sunday afternoon at the University of Colorado at
Boulder, suggested to several hundred vocal supporters that the true conspiratorial types when it comes to the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are the federal government and the mainstream media.
“They pounded a script into our heads that we now know is backed by zero evidence,” said Kevin Barrett, a
professor of Islamic studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Barrett was one of a trio of speakers who came to CU to lay out their case that the World Trade Center towers
didn’t collapse as a result of jet fuel melting and softening of the buildings’ steel structure, but rather from a
deliberate demolition effort perpetrated by the United States government to justify its invasion of Afghanistan
and Iraq and assert its power around the world.
“Three thousand lives were lost at the World Trade Center as a means to global domination,” Barrett said.
He characterized the 9/11 attacks as a “false flag operation” carried out by the United States with the intention
of stirring up the passions and buying the allegiance of its people.
“A false flag operation is a contrived event — shocking and spectacular — used to achieve political ends,
start wars and justify suppression,” he said.
The two other speakers focused on the structural and chemical analysis of the buildings’ ruins and enumerated
the inconsistencies or errors that came out of the government’s 9/11 investigations.
Kevin Ryan, a chemist who said he was fired from Underwriters Laboratories after he challenged the lab’s
analysis of the performance of the World Trade Center’s steel, took to task the National Institutes of Standards
and Technology for its investigation of the collapse.
NIST has offices in Boulder.
He said the temperatures of the fires in the buildings were never high enough to cause the collapse of the
towers, as NIST contends.
“Neither jet fuel nor office furnishings can cause that kind of fire,” he said.
Steven Jones, a retiring physics professor at Brigham Young University in Utah, questioned NIST’s
conclusion that the molten metal seen pouring out of a window on the 80th floor of one of the towers shortly
before its collapse was the melted remnants of the aircraft’s aluminum shell.
Instead, he said, his own tests at BYU indicated that the liquid metal bore the signs of a high-powered,
sulphur-laced explosive meant to “cut through steel like it was butter.”
The speakers, presented by the group Colorado 9/11 Visibility, didn’t have many detractors in the audience.
“I happen to be an engineer and the facts just don’t add up,” said Steven Dunbar, a Lafayette resident who is
dubious of the government’s innocence in the 9/11 attacks. “The scientific evidence is not adding up.”

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9/11 theorists are either silly or shrewd

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By Cindy Rodríguez

Denver Post Staff Columnist

They have been meeting in the basement of Hooked on Colfax bookstore for a year, piecing together facts they have learned about what they consider to be the biggest cover-up in American history.
They believe the federal government had a hand in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
You think they’re crazy? Some of their friends think so too.
“This is hard for people. They don’t want to believe our government could do this,” said Dorothy, one of the regulars. “They call you crazy and nuts, and it gets to you.”
But here in the basement, a capacity crowd of 30 people, sitting on oversized couches and wooden chairs, they find solace among other believers.
Members of include psychologists, lawyers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, an aerospace engineer, physicists and lots of people with doctorates and master’s degrees in the sciences.  They’re well-read people, and
they understand why people want to dismiss them.  They say people want to attack them as messengers because it’s too disturbing to believe the government that is supposed to protect us would orchestrate the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans.

Tim Boyle, one of the organizers, invited three scholars to speak yesterday in Denver and today in Boulder to “take this out of the realm of conspiracy theory.” (Get details at denverpost

The year-old group has an e-mail list of about 350 people. Among them is Earl Staelin, a 66-year-old civil litigator who lives in Littleton.
He started attending the meetings, held at 7 p.m. the third Friday of every month, after watching a film about 9/11 at his church, First Universalist Church of Denver.
He said the movie made convincing arguments why researchers believe the World Trade Center towers fell by controlled demolition. About an hour after the planes hit the towers, a series of explosions was seen and heard in floors below the crash areas, and then both towers came down, each in less than 10 seconds and in a free-fall manner consistent with planned demolitions.
“It’s the kind of thing that is very disturbing if it’s true,” Staelin told me. “The responsible thing for us to do is ask questions, but it takes a long time to get familiar with all the information to understand what happened.”
He said many of his friends who are engineers didn’t believe the official story, that the towers fell because burning fuel from the planes caused the steel beams of the buildings to buckle. After he showed films, such as “9-11 Mysteries: Demolitions,” they came to the same conclusion: demolition experts must have planned this in advance.
Why would the government do it? The explanations are plentiful, as is the evidence that groups such as this one, which exist throughout the nation, pore over and share on such websites as
And for those who say these groups are wacko fringe groups, think again: According to a poll by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University taken this August, 36 percent of Americans believe the government was either complicit in the 9/11 attacks or knew about it and didn’t try to stop it. And 16 percent believe explosives were used to bring down the towers.
To Fran Shure, another organizer of the group, the poll is proof that a growing number of people are seeing the inconsistencies of the official story. Still, she said people want to dismiss them as conspiracy theorists.
“The term ‘conspiracy theory’ is derogatory. It labels us as people who are not worth being listened to,” said Shure, a 63-year-old psychotherapist. “It’s a strategy of attack the messenger so you don’t have to listen to it. It’s a way of psychologically protecting one’s world view.”
Cindy Rodríguez’s column appears Tuesdays and Sundays. Read Cindy’s blog at rodriguez


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