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Further exploration of the alternative 9/11 theories

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Love him or hate him, Steven Jones has helped carve out a niche for peer reviewed academic scholarship into alternative 9/11 theories. For anyone looking to get a start in the world of the unofficial 9/11 account, Jones recommends two sites.

The first is his current group, The Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice. The site provides a whole curriculum of articles talking about the science of 9/11 as well as accounts of the suspicious stock trades prior to 9/11, evidence of government knowledge prior to the attacks, and more. Also available is “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse,” the paper Jones did at BYU that eventually got him “retired” early.

Jones’ also recommends, which focuses specifically on the research surrounding the collapse of World Trade Center 7, which was not hit by a plane. On this site are links to the research Jones and his colleagues recently published in the Open Chemical Physics Journal regarding the red-chip substance they found in dust samples from the WTC sites that matches up to the military grade explosive residue called nano-thermite.

For some counterpoint it’s worth checking out the article “Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report” published in a 2005 edition of Popular Mechanics. The article makes the case for “pancaking,” which is the idea that the collapse of one floor onto another could blast out debris just from the force of the air pressure from the dropping floor. The irony of using this argument to debunk myths is that federal investigators with the National Institute for Standards and Technology ruled out the possibility of pancaking.

For more conclusions and concessions from government investigators, there is the “Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction.” This was published by Jones and his colleagues in the Open Civil Engineering Journal in 2008.

There are critics of Jones, such as Canadian professor Frank Greening, who says that Jones’ research about nano-thermite ignores a more plausible possibility—that the chemical reaction that caused the buildings collapsed could have been the result of sulphur in the buildings. He makes an argument for this hypothesis here.

And finally, there is the site Jones was originally connected to that has a pantheon of alternative 9/11 theories. These theories range from holographic planes to directed energy beam attacks to even mini-nukes. All of them can be found at Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

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