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Study: Scientists Discover Active Thermitic Material in WTC Dust
Berkeley, CA, April 3, 2009 --
A new study by independent scientists and researchers
suggests the cause behind the catastrophic destruction
of World Trade Center Towers on September 11th
can be seen in the dust itself:
active thermitic material, a highly engineered explosive.
The study, published today in
The Open Chemical Physics Journal,
describes a finding of "red/gray bi-layered chips" in samples
of dust taken from vicinity of the World Trade Center
following its destruction.
Using tools such as a scanning electron microscope (SEM)
and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS)
to analyze the material, the study authors concluded that,
"the red portion of these chips is
found to be an unreacted thermitic material
and highly energetic."
The study's finding lends new support to the demolition theory
put forth by critics of the official reports.
At a time when
the American public is finding it difficult
to understand the full story
behind the current economic crisis,
findings of a demolition raise new questions
about how the 'War on Terror' --
an enormous source of recent American spending -- was started.
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
charged with establishing the cause of the buildings' destruction,
have stated that they
"did not test for the residue of these compounds in the steel,"
and that thermite, "or another incendiary compound,"
would be too difficult to have placed in the buildings
NIST has stated that such difficulties make demolition unlikely.
They concluded that aircraft impacts and the subsequent fires
led to the building failures.
Dr. Steven Jones, physicist and author on the paper,
says that NIST has refused to test the dust for thermite,
super-thermite, or any other accelerant or explosive.
"We've repeatedly asked them
to follow standard investigative procedure,
to perform these tests and release the results. They haven't."
Jones says such tests may be required by fire protection codes.
Kevin Ryan, chemist and co-author on the paper,
explained why he thinks NIST is wrong.
"What we've discovered is not conventional thermite --
which is what NIST continues to refer to --
but a highly engineered thermitic material, or 'super thermite',
probably designed for just this type of application."
Pre-planned demolition, supporters say,
is the 'best-fit' model for the many unusual and
unexplained characteristics of the building failures,
such as the speed and symmetry of the collapses,
and the extreme pulverization of the materials
leading to clouds of micron-sized dust particles,
described in one
as behaving similar to a "volcanic eruption".
"One of the unusual features that piqued my
interest," Jones said,
"was the pools of molten metal seen in
all three rubble piles, WTC 1, 2 & 7."
NIST officials have published a response stating that
the condition of the steel was
"irrelevant to the investigation of the collapse."
Jones, formerly a Professor of Physics
with Brigham Young University
and known for his work in muon-catalyzed fusion,
Journal of Physical Chemistry,
began researching the 9/11/01 attacks in 2005.
Jones discovered the curious thermitic material in 2007,
when he ran a magnet over a dust sample given to him
by a Manhattan resident survivor of the attack,
and found that some particles were attracted to the magnet.
"That was very odd to me," he said.
Those particles turned out to be iron-rich microspheres,
partially described in a 2001 USGS study of the dust.
But to fully analyze, describe and report
on the thermitic material would take longer.
Jones was joined in that effort by several others
Dr. Niels Harrit,
a chemistry professor with the University of Copenhagen
for over 30 years and author of numerous research papers
in journals such as
Journal of the American Chemistry Society,
Journal of Physical Chemistry A.
Harrit says that he is frequently asked why
he researches the September 11th attack,
and says has two answers.
"First, I am opposed to crime,
and second, when my 6 grandchildren ask me,
'Grandfather, which side were you on?'
I will be able to answer them, 'I was on your side'."
Co-author Dr. Jeffrey Farrer,
a materials scientist and Director
of the TEM (Transmition Electron Microscopy)
laboratory at BYU, says he hopes the paper will
"change the way the 9/11 truth movement
is viewed by the mainstream public and media."
And chemist and co-author Kevin Ryan,
a former Underwriters Laboratories manager,
challenged the NIST report in public statements in 2004,
and was consequently fired.
"This finding really goes beyond anything that has
previously been shown," says Jones.
"We had to use sophisticated tools to analyze the dust
because this isn't just a typical explosive,
RDX or CD4 or something --
this is a highly engineered material
not readily available to just anyone."
with Deseret News, Jones noted that
commercial explosives must contain
but that no law requires tagging of
advanced forms of thermitics.
In 2008, several of these authors published
three articles challenging the official reports in US scientific journals,
The Open Civil Engineering Journal,
The Journal of Engineering Mechanics
Dozens of other papers making similar challenges have been published
in the sister publication of the Scholars group,
The Journal of 9/11 Studies
Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice is a non-partisan organization
of over 700 independent researchers analyzing the September 11, 2001 attacks
with a strong emphasis on the scientific method.
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