Scholarship Failures of Dr. James Fetzer

Scholarship Failures of Dr. James Fetzer

Fetzer is a 9/11 Activist, not a 9/11 Scholar or Expert

by Rolf Lindgren

Dr. Fetzer is a good friend of mine, but I am very disappointed with the quality of his scholarship.

There are six areas of scholarship which Dr. Fetzer needs to shore up to become a credible leader in the 9/11 Truth Movement and a true 9/11 Expert. This analysis is based on one thousand conversations and one hundred personal meetings with Dr. Fetzer in the past two years.


Dr. Fetzer has not read and/or is unfamiliar with the material in five fundamental books about 9/11. These books are:

a) The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson

b) The 9/11 Commission Report

c) The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions by Dr. David Ray Griffin

d) Debunking 9/11 Myths by Popular Mechanics

e) Debunking 9/11 Debunking by Dr. David Ray Griffin

Dr. Fetzer needs to read these books and digest the material to become a true expert on 9/11. To be an expert on any subject, you need to be familiar with both sides of the story, and possess a broad knowledge of all the evidence.


Dr. Fetzer had not read and/or shows no evidence that he had read any of the 47 articles published at the Journal of 9/11 Studies. To be a real 9/11 scholar, you need to keep up on the latest research. You also need to publish peer-reviewed papers.

Journal of 9/11 Studies


Dr. Fetzer has not studied the NIST or FEMA reports on the collapse of the WTC, nor the critiques of these reports by Jim Hoffman, Dr. Stephen Jones, Gordon Ross, Richard Gage, and Kevin Ryan.


Dr. Fetzer has put in little time studying the debunking arguments against the 9/11 Truth Movement. The best place to study these arguments is at the JREF conspiracy theories forum.


Dr. Fetzer seems to accept virtually every conspiracy theory uncritically. When it appears that you believe every conspiracy theory, you lose your ability to persuade.


Since Dr. Fetzer has a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science, that should assist him in his study of 9/11. However, Dr. Fetzer appears to have never read and/or is unfamiliar with the writings of Galileo Galilei and his times. Galileo is considered the Father of the Scientific Revolution and inventor of the Scientific Method. The birth of science has striking parallels to today regarding 9/11, as they impact science, philosophy, politics, and religion.

Ironically, one such relevant book from Galileo's time is called 'A Defense of Galileo' by the Italian Philosopher Tommaso Campanella, published in 1622. Campanella wrote this book while sitting in prison for "heresy". This book explains the qualifications for a good scholar who wants to investigate whether the earth moves.

A Defense of Galileo the Mathematician from Florence
by Thomas Campanella

Dr. Fetzer has the academic credentials, organizing ability, and intelligence to be a true 9/11 Scholar and 9/11 Expert. But until he puts in the study time, he will be nothing more than a 9/11 Activist.


Rolf Lindgren
Barrett Campaign Adviser

PS - I apologize for the harshness of this short essay. However, it is critical that leaders of the 9/11 Truth Movement be held to higher standards. Without excellent in 9/11 Truth leadership, the Bush Administration may escape justice.