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BYU conducts POLITICAL PURGE: places 9/11 truth professor Dr. Stephen Jones on paid leave

Another attempt to stop academic freedom, and shore up the Bush regime's lies concerning 9-11. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, WHY DO THIS? WHY ATTEMPT TO BRIBE HIM AS WELL TO SHUT UP? --- On February 1, 2006, BYU Professor Steven E. Jones first gave a public lecture on the various anomalies of 9/11. Jones is one of the two main co-founders of Scholars for 9-11 Truth.  http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/ Later, he announced that he had discovered thermate samples from both WTC7 steel as well as WTC1/2 steel, which could only have been created through planted 'steelcutter' charges of the chemical to create a controlled demolition. Silverstein admits he conducted a controlled demolition on WTC7, so it indicates that in his other WTC1/2 buildings were equally connected to him. Some claim that Homeland Security attempted to bribe Jones with a grant if he would stop talking about thermate... --- Now, by September 2006, BYU after earlier attempts to stop and change the direction of Dr. Jones research from aluminothemates, slapped him down this week in what can only be called a politial purge. I am skeptical that this came from only BYU, and it was likely was pressured upon them from outside which shows how flimsy BYU "academic freedom" is. It backs up Jones' claims and his main motivation for speaking out, that U.S. democracy is indeed hanging by a thread when right wing state politics can fire professors. This is similar to the ignorant legislator from Wisconsin and his vocal attacks (and then his cowardly retreat from debate challenges) against another member of Scholars for 9-11 Truth, Kevin Barrett at University of Wisconsin-Madison. If there is nothing to hide, why suspend Dr. Jones? He was scheduled to teach two courses this semester, and now its students who suffer as well in this TRULY POLITICAL PURGE.
Friday, September 8, 2006


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Text of BYU statement on Steven Jones

"Physics professor Steven Jones has made numerous statements about the collapse of the World Trade Center. BYU has repeatedly said that it does not endorse assertions made by individual faculty. We are, however, concerned about the increasingly speculative and accusatory nature of these statements by Dr. Jones. Furthermore, BYU remains concerned that Dr. Jones' work on this topic has not been published in appropriate scientific venues. Owing to these issues, as well as others, the university has placed Dr. Jones on leave while we continue to review these matters."


BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave
Copyright 2006 Deseret Morning News

By Tad Walch
Deseret Morning News
PROVO Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Steven Jones
BYU will conduct an official review of Jones' actions before determining a course of action, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. Such a review is rare for a professor with "continuing status" at BYU, where Jones has taught since 1985.
Jones was teaching two classes this semester, which began Tuesday. Other professors will cover those classes, and Jones will be allowed to continue to do research in his area of academic study, Jenkins said.
Jones became a celebrity among 9/11 conspiracy-theory groups after he wrote a paper titled "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?" The paper was published two weeks ago in the book "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out" and lays out Jones' hypothesis that the three towers fell because of pre-positioned demolition charges not because of the planes that hit two of the towers.
When Jones began to share his demolition theory publicly last fall, he politely declined to speculate about who set the charges other than to say terrorist groups couldn't have been the source.
Then, later, he started to speak publicly about research conducted at BYU on materials from ground zero. He said he found evidence of thermite a compound used in military detonations in the materials.
In recent weeks, after becoming the co-chairman of the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Jones seemed willing to go further, implicating unnamed government groups but not President Bush.
The Deseret Morning News requested a statement from the university Wednesday afternoon for a story it was preparing on Jones and his high-profile role in the 9/11 truth movement. University officials informed Jones of the decision to place him on leave Thursday afternoon and released a statement to the newspaper Thursday night.
"BYU has repeatedly said that it does not endorse assertions made by individual faculty," the statement said. "We are, however, concerned about the increasingly speculative and accusatory nature of these statements by Dr. Jones."
Last fall, BYU faculty posted statements on the university Web site that questioned whether Jones subjected the paper to rigorous academic peer review before he posted it at physics.byu.edu. Jones removed the paper from BYU's Web site Thursday at the university's request.
Efforts to reach Jones prior to press time Thursday night were not successful. He later declined comment. Jones told the Deseret Morning News on Wednesday that his paper had gone through an unusual third round of peer review in what is now an apparently unsuccessful effort to quell concerns on campus.
"BYU remains concerned that Dr. Jones' work on this topic has not been published in appropriate scientific venues," the university statement said.
Jenkins said BYU's reputation was a consideration, too.
"It is a concern when faculty bring the university name into their own personal matters of concern," she said.
Jones, also known for his cold fusion research, provided academic clout to the 9/11 truth movement. C-SPAN repeatedly broadcast a conference that featured Jones this summer. Recent articles about Sept. 11 conspiracy theories that focused at least in part on Jones have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian in London and other publications.
Recent rebuttals to the demolition theory have been released by the State Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which published a 10,000-page report on the towers' collapse.
A modified version of Jones' paper was scheduled to be published this week in the online Journal of 9/11 Studies. Jones is a co-editor of the journal.
BYU does not grant tenure, generally regarded as a permanent position, to professors. However, it does give continuing status to professors found worthy after six years on campus.
"Continuing status," Jenkins said, "grants the expectation that faculty members will have continuing employment at the university, although it is not a guarantee. They still need to meet satisfactory performance levels for scholarship, citizenship and teaching."
The review will be conducted at three levels by the administration, the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Physics Department.

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 http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,645199800,00.html


Other Jones posts:

Title: BYU Physics Prof Finds Thermate in WTC Physical Samples, Building Collapses an Inside Job
Author: Jacob Hamblin
Date: 2006.06.17 02:50
Description: Based on chemical analysis of WTC structural steel residue, a Brigham Young University physics professor has identified the material as Thermate. Thermate is the controlled demolition explosive thermite plus sulfur. Sulfur cases the thermite to burn hotter, cutting steel quickly and leaving trails of yellow colored residue.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/341238.shtml

Title: VIDEOS: Scholars for 9/11 Truth Under Attack, by FOX and by physical threats
Author: kudos watch
Date: 2006.07.12 05:53
Description: ..though the group is fighting back successfully, and Kevin will keep his job of course. "These are the tactics of brown-shirts and totalitarians who fear the discussion of controversial questions that threaten the government's control over the governed. This is a despicable act and we are not going to back down!" Additionally, this is a post on all the intellectually dishonest tactics being used against the Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Below, are links to both FOX News video with Fetzer as well as the other one with Barrett. Note that FOX simply regurgitates the same questions and tact that it askes one of them later!
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/07/342456.shtml

Title: BYU Prof's WTC Demolition Theories on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson - 9/11 Truth Hits Mainstream
Author: repost
Date: 2005.11.15 01:40
Description: Unfortunately it appeared the Professor had never had such an interview before and was not prepared for the short time of the interview (5 min) or the fact that they wouldn't run the video he sent of the WTC collapse, or the types of questions being asked (i.e., don't you think this will be offensive to people to say that Muslims aren't to blame?). Nonetheless, he DID get some key points out there and has a great deal of courage and we should all thank him for that.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/11/328884.shtml

Title: VIDEO and review: Feb. 1, BYU Prof. Steven E. Jones packed presentation on 9-11 anomalies
Author: repost and grouping
Date: 2006.02.09 02:53
Description: On February 1, 2006, BYU Professor Steven E. Jones gave a public lecture on the various anomalies of 9/11. The lecture took place at the Utah State Valley College in Orem, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics, co-sponsored with the School of Science and Health, at UVSC. The seminar revolves around various anomalies concerning the events of 9/11, notably, the rapid collapses of the WTC Towers, and specifically, WTC7, that comes under special scrutiny. The seminar also touches on political responses to the events of 9/11. BE THERE: See Jones presentation for yourself on .avi video at the below link, or audio MP3 at another link. Prof. Stephen Jones's lecture is very visual--driven by a multimedia slide presentation of text, photos and video clips. The 150-seat auditorium was filled to capacity, with every seat occupied, and people sitting in the aisles from the stage floor to the back of the room. Video cameras on tripods lined the back row. Two documentary film crews were in attendance, plus the school's camera crew, and various independent journalists. Seven "spill-over" rooms, seating 40-50 each, were also filled to capacity.
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/02/333621.shtml

SEE VARIOUS VIDEOS of Dr. Jones talking about his thermate findings:

 http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=jones+thermate
. 13.Sep.2006 17:55

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i think the central themes of the whole 911 thing is: why did tower 7 fall and how were pilots who were taking cessna school in august able to fly jetliners to the limit of their technical capacity in september?

jones is very brave to conduct the research he has done. i saw him on c-span last month when he spoke at the 911 truth summit in california. his tests, he said, prove that thermite/thermate was found in his analysis.

he said that some lady had sent him the sample of the steel that he had conducted his experiments on. he said the lady told him the steel had come from one of the towers. he did not say how or whether she was able to prove the source of the sample. (he may have written about this or discussed it elsewhere, but i have not read much of his stuff.)

is it possible that jones IS finding thermite/thermate on the sample he was given because it came from some unrelated, legitimate controlled demolition. maybe someone thought it would be a good joke (or an effective way of discrediting the 911 truth movement) to send a scientist a small piece of steel from another demolished building where thermate was used.

or, is this sample really from one of the towers and does it prove 911 was an inside job, or at least unrelated to muslim terrorists?

i notice that the statement from byu said that jones would be permitted to continue his research during the 'investigation'. maybe this will free him up to nail down these and other facts.

maybe jones will fade away as a mis-guided nutcase. or maybe he will prove conclusively that the towers were brought down on purpose.

good questions, though read a bit more and you would have answered 13.Sep.2006 20:49

them all yourself...

quoting:

"he said that some lady had sent him the sample of the steel that he had conducted his experiments on. he said the lady told him the steel had come from one of the towers. he did not say how or whether she was able to prove the source of the sample. (he may have written about this or discussed it elsewhere, but i have not read much of his stuff.)"

Yes, its all written down the origins of the samples and in the multiple videos.

"is it possible that jones IS finding thermite/thermate on the sample he was given because it came from some unrelated, legitimate controlled demolition. maybe someone thought it would be a good joke (or an effective way of discrediting the 911 truth movement) to send a scientist a small piece of steel from another demolished building where thermate was used."

Er, interesting spin, though no, It was FEMA itself that found sulfurated steel at WTC7, instead of only Jones. No cookie for you I think you would agree. :-<

"or, is this sample really from one of the towers and does it prove 911 was an inside job,"

Actually, the samples--plural--show FEMA quoted sulfurated steel of WTC7 and WTC1/2 steel with the same sulfuration...virtually proving Silverstein blew up his whole WTC complex of seven buildings that day.

"does it prove 911 was an inside job,"

Silverstein himself admits he was part of an inside job to wire up his WTC7 long before 9-11 and sit and wait for an alibi to blow it up. Silverstein admits to inside job. Jones' physical information only corroborates Silverstein's glaring admittal.

The terrorist is Silverstein and his backers.

Jones has gotten samples from a number of sources 13.Sep.2006 23:37

Fred Bauer

Including monuments to 911 constructed from some of the debris. It is interesting to note that the government has not repeated the tests to challenge Jones conclusion. Obviously they know damn well what they'ld find.

chemical contaminants 14.Sep.2006 08:28

Al Kimia

Twin Towers, USA
Time's running out to get a piece of World Trade Center wreckage for your local memorial.
By Peter C. Beller

If you're still hoping to get your very own piece of the World Trade Center, you're probably out of luck. That's the word from the mayor's office, which has only four or five steel chunks left to dole out to those wishing to use <A HREF=" link to history-bytes.blogspot.com wreckage</A> in their 9/11 memorials.

Shortly after recovery efforts began <A HREF=" link to history-bytes.blogspot.com ground zero</A>, the city started donating metal pieces, usually an I-beam section, to pretty much anyone who signed an affidavit agreeing not to profit from the piece of history and not to sue.
(Recipients also have to acknowledge that the steel could include chemical contaminants.)
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 link to newyorkmetro.com

tell President of BYU he is entering acessory after the fact criminal status... 15.Sep.2006 06:24

link to contact him