Saturday, January 28, 2006

BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11

"Last fall, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones made headlines when he charged that the World Trade Center collapsed because of 'pre-positioned explosives.' Now, along with a group that calls itself 'Scholars for 9/11 Truth,' he's upping the ante.

" 'We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11,' the group says in a statement released Friday announcing its formation. 'We believe these events may have been orchestrated by the administration in order to manipulate the American people into supporting policies at home and abroad.'

"Headed by Jones and Jim Fetzer, University of Minnesota Duluth distinguished McKnight professor of philosophy, the group is made up of 50 academicians and others. They include Robert M. Bowman, former director of the U.S. "Star Wars" space defense program, and Morgan Reynolds, former chief economist for the Department of Labor in President George W. Bush's first term. Most of the members are less well-known.

"The group's Web site (www.ST911.org) includes an updated version of Jones's paper about the collapse of the Twin Towers and a paper by Fetzer that looks at conspiracy theories. The government's version of the events of 9/11 — that the plane's hijackers were tied to Osama bin Laden — is its own conspiracy theory, says Fetzer, who has studied the John F. Kennedy assassination since 1992."
-- Elaine Jarvik, Deseret Morning News, full article here.

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