April 2009 Newsletter



April, 2009


Dear Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice,

We are very proud to make the announcement this month of a ground breaking new paper just published in The Open Chemical Physics Journal and authored by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley and Bradley R. Larsen.  The paper is the long-awaited formal publication of the findings of red/grey chips in the WTC dust, which Steven Jones first presented in 2007 in Boston, and details the extensive analyses conducted to conclude with the finding of active thermitic material in the dust.

Additionally, Jim Hoffman has written two essays to help non-scientists understand the findings in the paper, and one essay describing a hypothetical scenario.

Congratulations to all who helped make this happen!

We urge members to help spread the word about this paper.

A press release is now posted on the STJ site which can be distributed to your local news outlets, or write your own article or announcement and email it to your lists.  Sending the paper along to any scientists, architects, engineers or others at universities is also important.

This month’s newsletter also includes a few other updates on other work being done by our members.

Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice now has over 700 members and is continuing to grow every day with increasing numbers of prominent people signing onto the challenges to the official story of 9/11/01.

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Recent Member Events, Presentations and News

a) New paper on red/grey chips by Steven Jones and authors just published!

Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe

Authors: Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley, Bradley R. Larsen

The Open Chemical Physics Journal, 2009, 2, 7-31

Abstract: We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all four of the separately collected samples of dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center. The chips in these samples show marked similarities. One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later. The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The red material contains grains approximately 100 nm across which are largely iron oxide, while aluminum is contained in tiny plate-like structures. Separation of components using methyl ethyl ketone demonstrated that elemental aluminum is present. The iron oxide and aluminum are intimately mixed in the red material. When ignited in a DSC device the chips exhibit large but narrow exotherms occurring at approximately 430 ?C, far below the normal ignition temperature for conventional thermite. Numerous iron-rich spheres are clearly observed in the residue following the ignition of these peculiar red/gray chips. The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

Also see the statement by Steven Jones on the paper posted at the STJ Blog.


b) 9-11 Research Essays On Aluminothermics Use at the WTC

Explosives Found in World Trade Center Dust

Scientists Discover Both Residues And Unignited Fragments
Of High-Tech Metal Incendiaries In Debris From the Twin Towers

Wake Up and Smell the Aluminothermic Nanocomposite Explosives

As Documentation of Thermitic Materials in the WTC Twin Towers Grows,
Official Story Backers Ignore, Deny, Evade, and Dissemble

A Hypothetical Blasting Scenario:

A Plausible Theory Explaining the Controlled Demolition of the Twin Towers
Using Aluminothermic Incindiaries and Explosives with Wireless Detonation Means


c) Visibility 9-11 Interviews with Dr. Steven E. Jones & Kevin Ryan

Special Report: Thermite Fingerprint

Our talks today with Dr. Jones & Kevin Ryan feature an in-depth discussion on a new paper which has been formally published and peer reviewed by The Open Chemical Physics Journal titled Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe.  In this revolutionary new research paper, discoveries made in the World Trade Center Dust, particularly the red/gray bi-layered chips, are examined in great detail and include evidence of the thermite fingerprint at every juncture.

Download these important episodes of Visibility 9-11 and here and here.


d) Interview with Kevin Ryan in American Buddhist Net

Truth & Deception: An Interview with Kevin Ryan on 9/11

Kevin Ryan

American Buddhist Net News, 2/14/09

In this interview Kevin Ryan discusses the science and psychology of 9/11. He also mentions an upcoming paper that provides strong evidence of incendiary residues found in the World Trade Center dust. Ryan, who is one of the co-authors of the paper, says that it is “…much more conclusive than anything we’ve published before, and is supported by considerable physical testing.”

KR: In my experience, there has not been much of a discussion between those who support the official story and those who do not. My colleagues and I have tried to get the official investigators to meet with us for discussion or debate, but with little success. My local group did meet with Lee Hamilton last year, since he was the congressman from our area and still keeps an office here in Bloomington. He gave us many excuses for why his 9/11 Commission report was not adequate, and has stated in his book that he felt he was set up to fail (see the revealing interview here Mr. Hamilton also told us that he was not opposed to a new investigation, as long as it was not intended to simply find fault with his investigation. We have since invited him to several events but he has not agreed to join us in public.


d) David Chandler Analyzes NIST Final Report on Building 7

9/11: Speak Out

The recent videos by David Chandler — a high school math & physics teacher — have been highly popular for their detailed yet easily accessible examinations of the absurdities buried in the NIST Final Report on WTC Building 7, and in front of our eyes in the videos of the acceleration of the Twin Towers’ downward destruction.  We recommend everyone take a look at David’s websites and videos.


WTC7 in Freefall

WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (Part I)

WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (Part II)

WTC7: NIST Finally Admits Freefall (Part III)

Downward Acceleration of the North Tower New

Visibility 9-11 also interviewed David Chandler in December of 2008.  The direct download of that interview is here: visibility911_chandler.mp3


e) AE911Truth at the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco, April 30th – May 2nd

24,000 Architects To Confront the Evidence!

One of the most exciting and promising AE911Truth developments has been the acceptance of our application to have a booth on the floor of the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition! This prestigious architectural convention will be held in San Francisco April 30 through May 2, 2009.

Twenty-four thousand architects are expected to attend. This is an unprecedented opportunity for professional exposure for AE911Truth.

We will have a 10′ x 10′ booth at a cost of $4,000 on the floor of the convention.

Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice urges members to DONATE toward the cost of this critically important outreach. The overall costs will approach $10,000 for display equipment, DVD’s, brochures and handouts.  Please help make this happen for Richard and the AE911 Team!


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Recent Member Contributions

The Journal of 9/11 Studies

Volume 24 – January 2009
The Missing Jolt: A Simple Refutation of the NIST-Bazant Collapse Hypothesis
Prof. Graeme MacQueen and Tony Szamboti


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9/11 in the News

a) 9/11 Widow Dies on Buffalo Plane Crash

Beverly Eckert, a well respected co-founder of “Voices of September 11,” an advocacy group for survivors and 9/11 families, died tragically on February 13th, 2009, in a plane crash in Buffalo New York.

Beverly Eckert became a member of the Family Steering Committee, the group of relatives who in 2002 and 2003 spearheaded the public fight for a 9/11 commission, against resistance from the White House.

One of the questions asked by the 9/11 Family Steering Committee was of particular relevance to Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice, which focuses on the use of the scientific method to expose the truth of the events of 9/11/01.  Here was a question they proposed to be asked of the 9/11 Commission, a question that was never asked —

13. On 9/11, no aircraft hit WTC 7. Why did the building fall at 5:20 PM that evening? Larry Silverstein is heard on a PBS tape saying “I remember getting a call from the, E.R., fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, “We’ve had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it.” And they made that decision to pull and we watched the [WTC 7] building collapse,” said Larry Silverstein, WTC Leaseholder. – PBS (9/10/02) Does “pull” mean demolished? What do you know about this?

Beverly Eckert participated in a number of lawsuits around Sept 11th, with the express purpose of gaining discovery and accountability about the events of the day. As the deadline for filing claims with the Victims’ Compensation Fund passed in Dec. 2003, she published the following statement in USA Today:

Friday, December 19, 2003
My Silence Cannot Be Bought
by Beverly Eckert


b) Beijing Hotel Tower Fire (2009)

What can be learned about the behavior of tall buildings on fire from the CCTV Mandarin Oriental Hotel fire?

While several examples exist of buildings structurally similar to the WTC Towers having withstood similar or larger fires for longer, the CCTV Headquarters building was highly unique in both design and structure, and did involved some amount of concrete reinforcement of the structural steel.

Importantly, however, no part of the CCTV hotel building collapsed from the fire, which was reported to have lasted from between 3-6 hours.  And unlike the WTC Towers, in which the vast majority of each Tower was untouched by any fire damage at all, the CCTV Hotel Tower was entirely engulfed in flames from top to bottom.

Fire images are here –

After the fire images are here —

Building conceptual images

Engineering firm, Arup East Asia

CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China: Building the structure – Engineering firm, Arup East Asia [PDF]


c) STJ member Earl Staelin interviewed on PBS about unanswered questions of 9/11

Colorado 9-11 Visibility on KBDI Channel 12 in Denver. . . Again!

On March 5th 2009 the local PBS station, KBDI, in Denver Colorado broadcast the groundbreaking expose, America: Freedom To Fascism to raise funds for the station. They invited volunteers from Colorado 911 Visibility to run the phone bank. In this clip trial lawyer Earl Staelin is interviewed about the points of that day in September that we still don’t have answers for.


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What Can You Do?

New members often write in and ask “What can I do?” Here are some suggestions.

Contribute an Essay or Write Content for the Website
If you’ve written a 9/11-related essay or article or letter to the editor which you would like to contribute to the website, please pass it on to us and we will consider it for publication.

Host an Event
Please consider hosting an event featuring members of STJ911 to present a scientific argument of truth of the attacks on 9/11/01. Hosting an event may seem like a daunting task but can be tremendously rewarding both for a local 9/11 group and its community, as well as the movement itself. Several events in 2006 and 2007 were extremely successful and focused on science, were held on university campuses and garnered important news coverage (see: Those who have hosted events involving Scholars members would be glad to give pointers and recommendations for your event. Campuses are one of the best locations for credible educational events.

Participate in the Information War Online
While the mainstream media typically refuses to cover the unanswered questions of 9/11/01, or simply present ad hominem-filled diatribes, dozens of discussion forums all over the Internet are raging in an information war to keep the facts away from the public or distort the ones already available. If you enjoy debate and discussion and are online often, we urge you to get involved on forums and post links and strong arguments to make the case for our work. Many debates are time-wasting, but some are worthwhile, so choose how to spend your time best. Always include links to your favorite websites when you post, using phrases that people are likely to search for in the visible text of your link. This helps the search engine ranking of the page you are linking to.

Participate in the Information War Offline
Letters to the editor, calls to radio shows, emails to representatives, and roadside actions are some of the most important work we can engage in because we take our message directly to the public and our public officials. A single banner on a multi-lane highway for just minutes can be read by thousands of individuals who never get online at all. Participate in an action, letter or call-in and report back on a discussion forum, ours or any of the others.

Edit a 9/11 Page on Wikipedia
Recently, more 9/11 activists have been contributing to Wikipedia and have managed to gain new ground for pages there. Please consider editing one of these pages:


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Upcoming Events

David Ray Griffin Speaking Tour — April 2009

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 1:00 PM
David Ray Griffin – ‘Time for a Second Look’ Speaking Tour

Wayne, PA  USA
also . . .
Vassar College on April 8th
Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 9th
Keene, New Hampshire on April 10th

Saturday April 11, 2009, 7:00 pm
David Ray Griffin at Boston University

Boston University’s Morse Auditorium
602 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
The 11th Day of Every Month Street Action
On the Eleventh Day of Every Month, Truth Action calls on activists everywhere to take to the streets in the name of truth. In every town and every city – and by any nonviolent means necessary – we will reach out together to our fellow citizens and spread the word. The Time is Now On the Eleventh Day of Every Month We Unite in Action for Truth until Justice.

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Thank you,

The STJ911 Committee

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