FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Victoria Ashley, STJ911 committee member
Scholars for 9-11 Truth & Justice Misrepresented in Draft Bill Sent to 8 House
Berkeley, CA, October 22, 2008 — On October 18, 2008, an OpEdNews article titled,
"8 House Members View Draft Bill on Independent Science/Tech Probe of WTC
1, 2, 7 Collapses," was published by four members of the group Scholars for
9/11 Truth & Justice (STJ911.org). The authors of the article and draft bill
are not spokespersons for Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice, and therefore
are individually responsible for it.
Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice does not endorse the draft bill due to the
inclusion of numerous unscientific claims and misrepresentations, and condemns
in the strongest of terms any associations between the organization and the claims
presented by the authors of this bill. As stated at the front page of their website,
Scholars for 9-11 Truth and Justice "take[s] care to present the strongest,
most credible research available…"
While in agreement with the authors of this bill that a new investigation into
the tragic events of September 11, 2001 is warranted, representatives of the Scholars
group note that the draft bill and article lack basic scientific rigor and credibility,
with statements such as, "the entire WTC [complex] was destroyed by directed
energy weaponry (DEW)," and the ideas that "nuclear materials, missiles
or DEW weapons were used." The sister publication of the Scholars group,
The Journal of 9/11 Studies (www.JournalOf911Studies.com), has numerous peer-reviewed
scientific articles refuting such claims.
Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice believes that a much better bill can be
crafted using the strong analysis in articles by its members, several of which
are recently published in scientific journals, including The Open Civil Engineering
Journal, The Environmentalist, and the Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
Kevin Ryan, a former Underwriters Laboratories (UL) manager who was fired in 2004
for publicly questioning the NIST report, and a committee member of the Scholars’
group, says the bill is harmful to the cause of exposing the truth. "Basically,"
he said, "asking Congress to investigate many poorly defined, and highly
implausible hypotheses minimizes the chances that Congress would be willing or
able to investigate the actual evidence for the demolition of three WTC buildings."
In fact, the bill also omits any mention of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee,
which provided hundreds of questions left unanswered by the 9/11 Commission.
Scholars’ member Dr. Steven E. Jones, a Professor of Physics, also notes that
statements attributed to him in the bill are "errors . . . misrepresenting
my published statements." Dr. Jones goes on to say, "It is unacceptable
to misrepresent my views, as is done in this document by Ellis et al., and to
ignore my published technical papers in established journals."
Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice is a non-partisan organization of over 500
independent researchers analyzing the September 11, 2001 attacks with a strong
emphasis on the scientific method.