Setting the record straight regarding the accelerated fall of WTC building 7
I am incorrectly quoted (to put it mildly) in http://911booger.blogspot.com/2007/05/steven-jones-on-wtc-7-collapse-we.html :
"Steven Jones (above, left) admitted today that he and other 9/11 researchers "screwed up on the collapse time of WTC 7. We blew it."
No, I never said that. The blog goes on with its despicable misrepresentations, putting words in my mouth that I never said:
"Responding to the overnight controversy, Steven Jones announced this morning that WTC 7 did indeed take over 13 seconds to collapse. 'We screwed up. We had never seen the CBS video when we claimed that it took WTC 7 6.5 seconds to collapse. We only relied on the street video that does not show the Penthouses. By the time we saw the CBS video, we had so much invested in the 6.5-second collapse time, we could not disappoint our supporters who were successfully using the 6.5 free fall time to push 9/11 Truth. We just ignored the evidence.' "
I supposedly said this in May, 2007. No, I never said that and it is simply not true. I first saw this CBS video in 2005 and I have shown it many times, starting in 2005. I have repeatedly noted that I began timing when the corner of the roof begins to move, and that is how I derived the near-free-fall time of 6.5 seconds for the WTC7 roof-fall. To have me say, "We just ignored the evidence" is grossly incorrect, unfair and despicable.
I really am appalled that someone (the blog is ascribed to a "B. J. Edwards") would stoop to putting fallacious words in my mouth, inventing his deception whole cloth.
The false and defamatory blog continues: "Asked how his revelation would affect 9/11 Truth, Jones said it would enhance and strengthen it."
No, I was not "asked" about this alleged "revelation" (so the statement is itself a lie) -- indeed, I never made the statements and do not agree with them. To understand what I have actually researched and said, please refer to the peer-reviewed papers which bear my name, linked here: http://journalof911studies.com/
I wish to add that the fall-time argument has now been corroborated and augmented by free-fall acceleration data, which I find especially compelling. A graph of the velocity versus time for the WTC 7 roof by David Chandler demonstrates free-fall acceleration for over 100 feet. David Chandler and I both publicly challenged NIST on their initial WTC 7 report in August 2008, and NIST correspondingly made a major correction and admitted in their final report that indeed Building 7 demonstrates free-fall ACCELERATION -- which means nothing in the way impeding the motion -- for over 100 feet. Physicist Chandler explains this very well in his videos, here: http://www.911speakout.org/ See especially the video, "WTC7: NIST finally admits free fall."
Chandler's paper this year on the downward acceleration of WTC 1 (North Tower) is also relevant and a great piece of physics-detective work: http://journalof911studies.com/volume/2010/ChandlerDownwardAccelerationOfWTC1.pdf