by Scott Creighton
For months I have been taking hits from my colleagues in the Truth movement for my stand on the Jones, Harrit, Roberts paper “Active Thermetic Material…“.
I have stated, for the record and in no uncertain terms, that their “nano-thermetic material” could not have been what pulverized the floor systems and was probably not what was used as cutter charges.
I have theorized a rational, logic based hypothesis for exactly what kind of explosive was used as the primary high-explosive in the demolition of the Trade Centers, and have even produced detailed drawings and schematics to illustrate my point.
Now guess who agrees with me? Prof. Steven Jones does. Well, at least partly.
Too bad he didn’t listen a year and a half ago, to me or the others who also suggested more conventional explosives were used to bring down the towers. Think of where we would be now.
For months I have been raked over the coals for daring to question the viability of Jim Hoffman’s ridiculous “Plausible Demolition Hypothesis” paper, in which he theorized hundreds of illegal immigrants ran around at break neck speeds setting 1.8 million “nano-thermite ceiling tile bombs” and scores of high-explosive cutter charges cleverly disguised (in active offices) … as fire extinguishers.
My contention has been, as it is now, that the Twin Towers were professionally demolished by an accomplished demolition contractor using conventional high explosives commonly used in the industry. My contention has always been, as it is now, that we MUST test for residual trace elements of the most commonly used high explosives FIRST in a rational and scientific manner.
And though this is certainly not the stuff of your standard ‘disinformation” agent hypothesizing about “TV Fakery” and “Ray beams from Space”, I have been demonized as such for simply suggesting this kind of logic based direction for a new investigation.
I have stated that “Nano-thermite”, if it even exists in any kind of real, stand alone, high-explosive commercial grade form, could not have been used to demolish the floor systems of the Twin Towers. The “Super Match” that Jones continually refers to is nothing more than an incendiary triggering device for fireworks and explosives. But unto itself, it is NOT a high explosive, and therefore incapable of creating a concussion wave. Simply doesn’t burn fast enough.
The intriguing studies Jones and others offer as to the mixing of the nano-thermite with organics in order to help create the concussion wave effect is certainly interesting, but, with all the elements that were involved in a demolition such as this one, and all the things that were to hang in the balance, I said before a year and a half ago to Prof. Jones, and I will say again now… no demolition expert would ever put such an untested and unreliable material into this equation with so much riding on it. The point of a controlled demolition is ‘control”. Without that, you have nothing.
I have stated time and time again that this Jones, Roberts, Harrit paper is NOT what they themselves have labeled “the Loaded Gun” of the Truth Movement (a little humility next time, perhaps?). Testing for explosives residues in the dust samples is imperative to the Truth movement. For this I have been relegated to the fringes of the fringe.
Well, perhaps an email that Jones himself wrote in March to a National Geographic producer and published this afternoon on 9/11 Blogger would be of interest to my detractors.
… Next, if you succeed in getting a few of the “super-thermite matches,” I propose to send you the complete paper that we have — which includes a discussion of these matches along with their potential usage on 9/11. I think that super-thermite “matches” of this type could very well have been used to trigger more conventional explosives such as C4 in the WTC buildings.
… A real demonstration would involve a C4 shaped charge applied to a steel column, with the cutter charge ignited by a highly-reliable super-thermite match (in turn triggered using a remote radio signal).
These experiments would test my hypothesis.
… About C4, we have not yet looked for residues and indeed these will be difficult to find UNLESS there was a taggant, which is unlikely (if my hypothesis of out-sourced production of C4 and probably super-thermite matches is correct…) J0nes from email he published on 9/11 Blogger…
Now it would appear that Prof. Jones is suggesting that he and Harrit and Roberts (remember, Gregg Roberts flat out refused my requst a year ago to test for these very same residual trace elements that Jones is trying to tell the producer of the National Geographic show HE should test for…) found 10 tons of these in the dust from Ground Zero… 10 tons at least. Neils Harrit recently has claimed in a Russia Today interview that there were “hundreds of tons” of this material, still unexploded mind you, in the dust at Ground Zero.
As a side note, the Harrit, Jones, Roberts paper appears to suddenly be “unavailable” on the Bentham site.
I will give Jones credit for this much, his paper did have one paragraph where they clearly state that it is possible that the “nano-thermite” was used as an electric match to ignite other conventional explosives. Of course, he did go on to say they didn’t test for conventional explosive residues because they “didn’t think it looked like a conventional demolition”.
However, Jones’ letter to the National Geographic producer then takes a rather disturbing turn for the worst.
Perhaps Jones suggests a means by which to test his hypothesis once again. This time, he suggests sending some of these electric matches to one of his co-authors of the original “Active Thermetic Material” paper (just HAPPENS to be at BYU (where Jones himself enjoys and early retirement)) as an “independent” lab…
Ask two independent laboratories to do SEM/EDS and DSC analyses as described in our paper on the super-thermite material contained in these matches. The results would then be compared carefully with those already obtained on red chips found in the WTC dust.
One of these labs could be BYU/Dr. Farrer if you wish, since he has analyzed the red chips found in the WTC dust and could act very quickly. (BYU requires that he be paid for any 9/11 research now.) Such analyses are worthy of scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal (unlike placing bags of commercial thermite next to steel columns) Jones
Now how on earth would that be considered an “independent” lab, Professor Jones?
And lets jump into another thing here Professor Jones. Though I am quite pleased that you seem to be moving toward freeing your babbling herd from parroting the “nano-thermite” only talking point (I just got raked by a site that swears that your super-duper-magic-thermite is the ONLY thing used to blow up the towers… thanks to your equally ridiculous “sol gel” application theory. Honestly… “spraying” high explosives on the ceilings of buildings and then ramming jets into just those floors? Was that a joke, or what? Well, I guess it was better than 1.8 million “ceiling tile bombs”.), your attempt to direct the Truth movement to the relatively unused in commercial demolition, “C4”, is a little upsetting.
For those of you who don’t know, C4 is primarily a military grade explosive, mostly RDX, with a plasticizer to make it more malleable. But of course, there is no reason for that kind of aspect to demolitions charges.
RDX is used in linear shaped charges in the demolition industry and testing for the residual trace elements of RDX in the dust that Jones himself is in possession of, would be a good idea.
Also a good idea would be to test for the presence of the residual trace elements of PETN, the most commonly used high explosive in the demolition industry, and one of the most powerful high explosives around.
Of course, I have suggested this course of action to Jones himself several times, and to his associate, Gregg Roberts as well to no avail. At that time they seemed to think, at least Roberts did, that a “political” solution was the more usefull direction to take.
“However, our detractors could be counted on to do their best to use a negative result against us for P.R. purposes. They would say that we have a non-scientific belief, since a negative outcome from an experiment fails to shake it. Thus, the potential costs of doing what you’re proposing and coming up empty-handed, or worse, must be considered.” Roberts
Perhaps the good professor will now reconsider my requests, now that he has gone so far as to openly admit the “smoking gun’ they are looking for is in fact trace residual elements of more conventional high explosives.
Perhaps the good professor would be so kind as to address this discussion here, as that 9/11 blogger banned me from discussion on their site months ago when I suggested nano-thermite alone couldn’t have brought down the towers.
I suppose that is just wishful thinking.
But just so the good professor knows, there are independent labs (I mean, really “independent”, Prof Jones) connected with the mining industry that could test the Ground Zero dust for trace elements of explosive residues.
Not only does the mining industry have to test for these kinds of things, but so to does the fire investigations units of nearly every single county and city in this country. Explosives and accelerants are commonly used in criminal activities such as insurance fraud (hi there Mr. Silverstein…) and therefore testing facilities are not hard to come by.
I would suggest perhaps to the good professor, that these are the first types of tests that need to be conducted. Don’t worry so much about matching the electric match to your “red/grey” chips. That would simply be yet another waste of 6 months. 6 months we just don’t have anymore.
In fact, these little distractions are starting to sound like the efforts of the Bush administration to keep us in the Iraq more… “just 6 more months”… “just 6 more months”… “give the surge time to work”…
But I digress…
It should be enough for me to bask in the moment that I may have heard the very last of the “sol gel” spray on high-explosive nano-thermite impact zone crap. Another “ray-beam from space” story bites the bullet with the “illegal aliens planting nano-themite ceiling tile bombs” tale.
Of course now I still have to deal with “100s of tons” of unexploded electric matches… but at least we’re headed in the right direction.