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 9/11 doubting scholars
Unusual news item on Yahoo: Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax:
A group of distinguished experts and scholars, including Robert M. Bowman, James H. Fetzer, Wayne Madsen, John McMurtry, Morgan Reynolds, and Andreas von Buelow, have concluded that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11.

They have joined with others in common cause as members of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" (S9/11T), because they are convinced, based on their own research, that the administration has been deceiving the nation about critical events in New York and Washington, D.C.

These experts suggest these events may have been orchestrated by elements within the administration to manipulate Americans into supporting policies at home and abroad they would never have condoned absent "another Pearl Harbor."
Unusual not because I haven't heard all of their points before, but because it appears in a major news outlet. ...Oh, I get it, it is a press release, but still. And those guys might not be scholars in the right fields to actually make any difference. Like, the contact person, James Fetzer, is a professor in philosophy. Robert M. Bowman maybe looks a bit better. Retired Air Force Colonel, aerospace engineer, the former director of Reagan's Star Wars program. And today Archbishop of the United Catholic Church, hm, a little odd. Andreas von Bülow was German Minister of Research and Technology. An odd collection of people, but they have some prominence, so they might somehow succeed in getting somebody to listen.

And, just to remind you, there's still no reasonable official explanation for a number of the aspects of 9/11. Like these guys say:
Since the melting point of steel is about 2,700°F, the temperature of jet fuel fires does not exceed 1,800°F under optimal conditions, and UL certified the steel used to 2,000°F for six hours, the buildings cannot have collapsed due to heat from the fires.
The official explanation is that, well, some of insulation sprayed on the steel had rubbed off, and all that paper was really hot, so it somehow melted anyway. But changing the laws of physics requires a bit more than a conclusion by a committee.
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