Physicist Challenges Official
Project Censored 2007
Deseret Morning News, November 10, 2005,
Title: "Y. Professor Thinks Bombs, Not Planes, Toppled WTC",
Author: Elaine Jarvik
Brigham Young University website, Winter
2005, Title: "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?",
Author: Steven E. Jones
Deseret Morning News, January 26, 2006,
Title: "BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying
about 9/11" Author: Elaine Jarvik
Faculty Evaluator: John Kramer, Student
Researchers: David Abbott and Courtney Wilcox
Research into the events of September
11 by Brigham Young University physics professor, Steven E. Jones,
concludes that the official explanation for the collapse of the
World Trade Center (WTC) buildings is implausible according to
laws of physics. Jones is calling for an independent, international
scientific investigation "guided not by politicized notions
and constraints but rather by observations and calculations."
In debunking the official explanation
of the collapse of the three WTC buildings, Jones cites the complete,
rapid, and symmetrical collapse of the buildings; the horizontal
explosions (squibs) evidenced in films of the collapses; the fact
that the antenna dropped first in the North Tower, suggesting
the use of explosives in the core columns; and the large pools
of molten metal observed in the basement areas of both towers.
Jones also investigated the collapse of
WTC 7, a forty-seven-story building that was not hit by planes,
yet dropped in its own "footprint," in the same manner
as a controlled demolition. WTC 7 housed the U.S. Secret Service,
the Department of Defense, the Immigration and Naturalization
Service, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Mayor's
Office of Emergency Management, the Internal Revenue Service Regional
Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Many of the records
from the Enron accounting scandal were destroyed when the building
Jones claims that the National Institutes
of Standards and Technology (NIST) ignored the physics and chemistry
of what happened on September 11 and even manipulated its testing
in order to get a computer-generated hypothesis that fit the end
result of collapse, and did not even attempt to investigate the
possibility of controlled demolition. He also questions the investigations
conducted by FEMA and the 9/11 Commission.
Among the report's other findings:
* No steel-frame building, before or after
the WTC buildings, has ever collapsed due to fire. But explosives
can effectively sever steel columns.
* WTC 7, which was not hit by hijacked
planes, collapsed in 6.6 seconds, just .6 of a second longer than
it would take an object dropped from the roof to hit the ground.
"Where is the delay that must be expected due to conservation
of momentum, one of the foundational laws of physics?" Jones
asks. "That is, as upper-falling floors strike lower floors-and
intact steel support columns-the fall must be significantly impeded
by the impacted mass.
* How do the upper floors fall so quickly,
then, and still conserve momentum in the collapsing buildings?"
The paradox, he says, "is easily resolved by the explosive
demolition hypothesis, whereby explosives quickly removed lower-floor
material, including steel support columns, and allow near free-fall-speed
collapses." These observations were not analyzed by FEMA,
NIST, or the 9/11 Commission.
* With non-explosive-caused collapse there
would typically be a piling up of shattered concrete. But most
of the material in the towers was converted to flour-like powder
while the buildings were falling. "How can we understand
this strange behavior, without explosives? Remarkable, amazing-and
demanding scrutiny since the U.S. government-funded reports failed
to analyze this phenomenon."
* Steel supports were "partly evaporated,"
but it would require temperatures near 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit
to evaporate steel-and neither office materials nor diesel fuel
can generate temperatures that hot. Fires caused by jet fuel from
the hijacked planes lasted at most a few minutes, and office material
fires would burn out within about twenty minutes in any given
* Molten metal found in the debris of
the WTC may have been the result of a high-temperature reaction
of a commonly used explosive such as thermite. Buildings not felled
by explosives "have insufficient directed energy to result
in melting of large quantities of metal," Jones says.
* Multiple loud explosions in rapid sequence
were reported by numerous observers in and near the towers, and
these explosions occurred far below the region where the planes
In January 2006 Jones, along with a group calling themselves "Scholars
for 9/11 Truth," called for an international investigation
into the attacks and are going so far as to accuse the U.S. government
of a massive cover-up. "We believe that senior government
officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened
on September 11," the group said in a statement. "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."
The group is headed by Jones and Jim Fetzer,
University of Minnesota Duluth distinguished McKnight professor
of philosophy, and is made up of fifty academicians and experts
including 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.