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9/11 probers skipped key forensics tests

Federal scientists ruled out controlled demolitions of three World Trade Center towers but declined to test debris for traces of explosives or incendiaries, a review of National Institute of Standards and Technology publications shows.

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Noted feminist links Reichstag fire, 9/11

The noted feminist writer Naomi Wolf, in an article warning of imminent tyranny in America, draws a parallel between the Reichstag fire, which was an inside job terrorist act used to justify the Nazi suspension of democracy, and the attacks of 9/11.
Wolf, who served as a campaign adviser to Bill Clinton, sounds as if she is writing for the Sons of Liberty or the Minutemen of the Revolutionary era in her piece, which was first published by Britain's Guardian newspaper and reprinted by the Huffington Post blog.
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Though Wolf does not directly promote any particular conspiracy conjecture as to who might have been responsible for 9/11, certainly her piece describes a well-laid plot for the suppression of democracy.

GOP insider: 9/11 fit White House plan

The attacks of 9/11 fit in well with a White House plan for war against Iraq, says a former speechwriter
for George H.W. Bush in a scathing denunciation of the current Bush administration.

In his book, "Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the holy rollers and neo-cons destroyed the GOP"
[Sourcebooks, 2007], Victor Gold says the war hawks around Bush were highly motivated to arrange a
pretext for war and drew comparisons to the use of the explosion on the Maine to instigate the Spanish-American
war and President Lyndon Johnson's use of a minor incident in the Gulf of Tonkin to escalate the Vietnam conflict
into full-blown war.
Gold, a Goldwater conservative, does not directly accuse the neo-cons of complicity in the attacks of 9/11, but he leaves the reader
in little doubt about his suspicions.
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Weapons lab scientist backs official 9/11 story

Manuel Garcia, a national weapons lab scientist, has attempted to debunk 9/11 skeptics with a defense of the NIST appearing in Alexander Cockburn's leftist magazine, Counterpunch.
Garcia's analyses of the fall times and heat issues in the trade center collapses is quite skimpy and mostly irrelevant. I have talked with more than one physicist who is extremely skeptical of the government claims and hence wary of Garcia's analyses.
Cockburn also writes a column for the progressive magazine The Nation, which recently ran a lead article by English professor Christopher Hayes accusing 9/11 skeptics of fomenting paranoia. Physicist Josh Mitteldorf has publicly questioned Hayes' reasoning.
Garcia, who has championed the cause of Wen Ho Lee and fought polygraph testing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has a PhD in aeronautical and mechanical engineering from Princeton University and has done plasma physics research for the weapons lab, where he has worked since 1978.
Previously, the noted scientist and socialist Noam Chomsky has pooh-poohed 9/11 conspiracy theories.
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