Scientific American

Open Letter to Editors of Scientific American

A letter to the editor in Scientific American (April 2015) questioned Michael Shermer's derogatory use of the term "conspiracy theory" with regards to people questioning the official story of 9/11.  It pointed out that there are at least two 9/11 conspiracy theories and Dr. Shermer espouses one of them.  In the Letters section of the magazine Shermer has the last word, saying in effect that he has debunked the other conspiracy theory.  Below is a response I sent to the editors(editors@sciam.com) when I was auto-Logged out after submitting a comment to the Letters section.

Scientific American says "electrons unlocked post-9/11 anthrax mail mystery"

Seven Years Later: Electrons Unlocked Post-9/11 Anthrax Mail Mystery
A key part of the FBI's early investigation was finding whether the germ that killed five people in late 2001 was weaponized. Although they found the answer, scientists had to keep mum until the agency completed its inquiry

By Larry Greenemeier

When materials scientist Joseph Michael and his team at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., trained their high-powered electron microscope on anthrax spore samples the FBI had sent them in February 2002, they made two crucial discoveries: The first confirmed previous findings that the Bacillus anthracis spores mailed to U.S. Senate offices and various media outlets (shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks) contained silicon, a substance used to turn anthrax-causing spores into a biological weapon.