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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Title: BYU Prof's WTC Demolition Theories on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson - 9/11 Truth Hits Mainstream
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.
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.
SEE VARIOUS VIDEOS of Dr. Jones talking about his thermate findings:
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