A team of scientists claim to have unearthed
startling data from dust and debris gathered in the days
and weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed
on Sept. 11, 2001.
In a study published by
the Open Chemical Physics Journal -- a
peer-reviewed, scientific publication -- Steven E. Jones
and Niels Harrit level a stark allegation: that within
the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center towers
lays evidence of "a highly engineered explosive,"
contrary to all federal studies of the collapses.
"We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all
the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the
destruction of the World Trade Center," reads the
paper's abstract. "One sample was collected by a
Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse
of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth
about a week later. The properties of these chips were
analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron
microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS),
and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)."
The study, however, shows that the dust was collected
from four different sites, three of which were not in
the immediate area surrounding the fallen towers. Most
of the samples are collections of dust taken from blocks
They claim their analysis has uncovered "active
thermitic material": a combination of elemental aluminum
and iron oxide in a form of thermite known as "nanostructured
Thermite, used in steel welding, fireworks shows, hand
grenades and demolition, can produce a chemical reaction
known for extremely high temperatures focused in a very
small area for a short period of time.
Navy's Small Business Innovation Research, super-thermite
"is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms
Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import
of defense-related material and services."
"This finding really goes beyond anything that has
previously been shown," said Jones
in a media advisory. "We had to use sophisticated
tools to analyze the dust because this isn't just a
typical explosive, RDX or CD4 or something -- this is a
highly engineered material not readily available to just
"The cost and production rate of super-thermite
composites has limited the use of these materials in DoD
applications," claims the Navy's SBIR.
Dr. Steven E. Jones, a
former physicist at Brigham Young University and a
founding member of Scholars
for 9/11 Truth & Justice, presented a paper in 2005
discussing alternatives to the government's theory that
massive structural damage combined with burning jet fuel
to weaken the towers' support infrastructure, causing a
rapid "pancake" collapse.
In September 2006, under heavy criticism in the media
and by several colleagues, the university placed Jones
on paid administrative leave and his paper was removed
from the BYU database.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology,
which investigated the WTC tower collapses, maintains
there was no recovered evidence of explosive materials.
An electronic FAQ to the government's theory
is available online.
"We get a lot of calls from people who have heard these
NIST spokesman Michael Newman told Newsday. "But we
conducted what was probably the most complex
investigation of a building collapse in history."
"We based our conclusion on the talents of the world's
best engineers and scientists, state of the art computer
models and 236 pieces of steel recovered from the site,"
reads the NIST FAQ.
"The collapse of the WTC towers was not caused either by
a conventional building fire or even solely by the
concurrent multi-floor fires that day," NIST says.
"Instead, NIST concluded that the WTC towers collapsed
because: (1) the impact of the planes severed and
damaged support columns, dislodged fireproofing
insulation coating the steel floor trusses and steel
columns, and widely dispersed jet fuel over multiple
floors; and (2) the subsequent unusually large, jet-fuel
ignited multi-floor fires weakened the now susceptible
"No building in the United States has ever been
subjected to the massive structural damage and
concurrent multi-floor fires that the towers experienced
on Sept. 11, 2001," the agency claims.
This latest report, Jones told
Visibility 9/11, "explodes the official story that
'no evidence' exists for explosive/pyrotechnic materials
in the WTC buildings. The red/gray chips are the 'loaded
gun' of 9-11."
Joe Byrne contributed to this report.
Editor's note: This story has been updated and
rewritten for balance and clarity.