Santa Rosa Press Democrat: There's that other theory on 9/11

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There's that other theory on 9/11 -
SSU hosts discredited academic who says U.S. could have planned attack


Steven Jones had a theory about what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

So the Brigham Young University physics professor wrote a paper about it and posted it on the school's Web site.

The World Trade Center towers, he suggested, collapsed from the heat of explosive devices possibly placed by the U.S. government, and that the horrific plane crashes were orchestrated as a diversion.

In September the university where he had worked since 1985 placed him on paid leave. He retired last month during a professional review.

Now, the theory that has been condemned by scholars and other critics as groundless has found a new audience at Sonoma State University.

Project Censored, which is based at the university and publishes an annual volume of stories that it says are ignored by the mainstream media, named Jones' work one of the most important of the year.

"There is a conspiracy theory out there that 19 hijackers hit the towers, making them collapse," Jones told several hundred people gathered on campus Friday for keynote address at the start of Project Censored's two-day annual convention. "That is the official conspiracy theory."

Instead, Jones said the doomed jetliners were merely cover for a much more insidious explanation he has come to by testing molten metal at ground zero for the presence of explosives.

The impact of the planes alone, he said, could not topple the buildings.

Jones said his findings aren't definitive, but he called for further scientific investigation to test his theory along with the release of all relevant data by the government.

"Let's figure out what really happened here," he said to a receptive audience.

But his theory has drawn sharp criticism from other scholars, including members of BYU's own engineering professors, as being poorly researched.

And Sonoma State professors are questioning whether Project Censored has hurt its own credibility by presenting it as possibly true.

"It's in the same category of people who think NASA didn't really send astronauts to the moon," said Lynn Cominsky, the chairwoman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SSU.

Sonoma State President Ruben Armiñana did not return phone calls requesting comment.

Jones' theory rests on the question of whether molten metal present at the World Trade Center is evidence that a high-temperature incendiary called thermite, which can be used to weld or cut metal, was involved in the towers' destruction.

He concludes that thermite was present, suggesting someone might have used explosives to bring down the skyscrapers.

He first presented his research at a BYU physics department seminar in September 2005.

Shortly after the seminar, Jones made the paper available on the Internet. It was eventually published in a book of essays critical of the official version of the attacks, "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out."

Jones was placed on leave in September. He said he retired to devote himself to explaining his theory.

Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State sociology professor and head of Project Censored, described the hypothesis as "serious scientific work" in his remarks introducing Jones.

Phillips told the audience that the world cannot rely on mainstream media to get their information.

"We have to rely on scholars," he said. "Steven E. Jones is one of them."

But the organization's direction is open to debate.

Longtime critic David Walls, a retired Sonoma State sociology professor, said Project Censored has established itself as a sanctuary for fringe conspiracy theorists who are trivializing a serious problem like censorship.

Walls said the group ignores science and has been wrong in the past.

In the process, it discredits activists questioning the government on other fronts.

"It tends to push them over into being associated with a fringe of people who are easily disparaged," Walls said.

Do they teach this in hack journalism school?

"Now, the theory that has been condemned by scholars and other critics as groundless has found a new audience at Sonoma State University."

Condemned by whom?
Who are the other critics?

Critics like Davin Coburn? -

This is right out of the movie "Out Foxed" where teach their talking monkies to lie without exposing themselves to legal liability.

"Some out there might say that Roger Ailes snorts Meth and bones 10 year old boys on Sunday mornings." - Brit Humes

Tried to ask these very same

Tried to ask these very same questions by posting in the rag's comments section for the story. It wouldn't allow enough characters for what I was going to follow up with in response.

They don't want to know the truth. They can't handle the truth.

Fuck em!

The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists but from our political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them.
~~ Walter Williams, Nightly Business Report, September 2001

Which "plane" made WTC-7 implode in a controlled demolition???

"The World Trade Center towers, he suggested, collapsed from the heat of explosive devices possibly placed by the U.S. government, and that the horrific plane crashes were orchestrated as a diversion.

Why is the over-insured leaseholder, Larry Silverstein, on video making the absurd statement that he & the fire department decided to "pull-it"???


By whom?

That is a lie.

What an asshole.

If you would persuade,

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Ben Franklin

Paul Payne can suck it! and

Paul Payne can suck it! and I live in Santa Rosa so his job will be made easy. What an ASS!

Well that was a hit piece.

Well that was a hit piece. I hope Project Censored is ready for the attack and be prepared to stand and defend.

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[Cindy Rodriguez's column below is the most truthful and objective report on 9/11 investigation that Some Of The Above News has so far seen in the mainstream media.

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9/11 theorists are either silly or shrewd
By Cindy Rodríguez
Denver Post Staff Columnist
Article Last Updated:10/29/2006 08:22:46 AM MST

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....

....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....

....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:....

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well goddamn, that was

well goddamn, that was informative! welcome and thanks for the links.

The Franklin Cover-up

speaking of GOP pedophilia:

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Funny how these homosexual pedophile scandals....

repeatedly rear their heads when a Bush is ensconced in the White House, isn't it?....I mean, midnight White House tours given to underage male prostitutes??? (Franklin Coverup).

And then gay male prostitute Jeff Gannon mysteriously gets a White House Press Pass (yeah, they hand those out like candy...right...) under an alias....AN ALIAS, no less....

Not to mention the seemingly daily outing of an Anti-gay gay member of the GOP (Gay Old Pedophiles) party lately. The hypocrisy of these people is unbelievable.

and dont forget, that

and dont forget, that Haggard preacher guy who just got caught in a homosexual relationship had almost weekly calls to the White House and many visits with W himself. i have aboslutely no problem with gay people at all, its hypocrites that bother me. this Haggard jackass takes the cake there. and if you believe the storys floating around, Jeff Gannon is Johnny Gosch, the same little kid who was kidnapped and used by sick old men at the White House as a sexual object.

What a joke of a hit piece

"But his theory has drawn sharp criticism from other scholars, including members of BYU's own engineering professors, as being poorly researched."

I love how this guy makes a claim and supports it with ambiguity. From what I've read, I haven't seen a single BYU engineering prof. question Jones. I could be wrong but this fool hasn't cited any names for support of his claim.

Check out the physics professor who resorts to belittling those who think Jones work is valid:

"It's in the same category of people who think NASA didn't really send astronauts to the moon," said Lynn Cominsky, the chairwoman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at SSU.

Why would someone who heads a physics department resort to attacking people when she should be fully qualified to give us a logical scientific rebuttal of Jones claims. She has acted irresponsibly by commenting on this issue in this manner. It is highly unprofessional of her and I hope she gets called out on it by students at the school.

"... In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual." (Galileo Galilei, 1564 - 1642)

Note how all the sentences

Note how all the sentences are about eight words long.

That is, the article, and

That is, the article, and meaning that they're Dick and Jane-style reading level.

Letter To The Editor

To the editor of the The Press Democrat, and Paul Payne,

I recently read Paul's article entitled, "There's that other theory on 9/11: SSU hosts discredited academic who says U.S. could have planned attack." To my knowledge, Steven Jones has never been "discredited." BYU did not like his, "increasingly speculative and accusatory nature" towards elements within our Government according to Deseret Morning News, but as a professional, he has never been "discredited." Considering that only 16% of Americans believe the official story of 9/11 according to the latest CBSNews/NYTimes poll, it's safe to say the Professor would have a right to counter BYU's position as "increasingly speculative and accusatory" towards Muslims. That is, after all, who we're murdering by the 1000's in Afghanistan and Iraq. All because of 9/11.

They were also, "concerned that Dr. Jones' work on this topic has not been published in appropriate scientific venues." By "appropriate scientific venues", do they mean a venue that conforms to the official account, and doesn't dare to question what the Government is telling them? Professor Jones was VERY brave to come forward, as have millions of others. I suggest you listen to Professor Jones' last debate with Leslie Robertson.

Also, I guess you're not aware, but the original members of the 9/11 Truth Movement have been busy as of late.

On August 4th, 2006, 9/11 family members Lorie Van Auken, Patty Casazza, Mindy Kleinberg, and Monica Gabrielle released a statement that questioned the "entire veracity" of the 9/11 Commission's report.

On September 5th, 2006, a documentary endorsed by the families that fought for the creation of the 9/11 Commission was released entitled, "9/11: Press For Truth."

On September 11th, 2006, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., family members Donna Marsh O'Connor, Michelle Little, and Christina Kminek asked for, "a new investigation into the events of September 11th, and this time, a truly bipartisan, global, with families invested from the beginning, middle, and throughout the end."

On October 14th, 2006, Monica Gabrielle, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, and Patty Casazza released a petition that calls for, "the immediate declassification and release of all transcripts and documents relating to the July 10, 2001 meeting that took place between former CIA Director George Tenet and then National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice" as well as "the declassification and release of both the redacted 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (JICI) and the CIA Inspector General’s report, "CIA Accountability With Respect To The 9/11 Attacks." In the span of three days, they managed o get 2041 signatures.

I think Paul needs to take a few more courses in journalism.


Jon Gold

"It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The president saying ‘Go find me a way to do this."

dishonesty is old hat for payne

apparently mr. payne has a history of this sort of dishonest yellow journalism:

"Press Democrat reporter Paul Payne did visit Resource Green before writing his March 16 story on cannabis clubs, titled "SR Medical Marijuana Club Leaves Neighbors Fuming." The problem is that Payne, according to allegations by three individual sources who were at the club, failed to identify himself as a reporter when he first showed up outside. One patient, disturbed by the incognito journalist's questions, immediately notified a Resource Green security guard, who escorted Payne off the premises.

But the incident was not mentioned in Payne's story, which voiced the unsubstantiated claims of several neighbors that lax security at the club had led to, in the words of one resident, "wholesale drug trafficking in my neighborhood."

If these were the only discrepancies in the Press Democrat's coverage, they might be forgiven as honest mistakes. Unfortunately, they're just the tip of the iceberg. For example, in Payne's first story, one resident complains about "healthy twenty-something customers," and a subsequent Press Democrat editorial mentions "streams of young people coming and going." Editorial director Pete Golis, in a March 23 opinion piece, comments on "the astonishing number of young men coming and going at one pot club," and jokes that an "unexplained health menace threatens young men in Santa Rosa; health officials launch investigation."

The unspoken assumption is that people in their 20s couldn't possibly be sick enough to qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation. This is of course an erroneous assumption.

"The twenty-something thing is deceptive," says Doc Knapp, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Alliance for Medical Marijuana (SAMM) who's been surprised at the Press Democrat's recent bias. "You really can't judge a book by its cover."