Banned From The Classroom: 911 Physics Scientist Who Proved Thermite Involved

Posted: January 9th, 2007 by Militant Libertarian

Banned From The Classroom: 911 Physics Scientist Who Proved Thermite Involved In WTC Demolitions
By Christopher Bollyn

Like a modern-day Galileo or Socrates, the highly respected physicist, who
has challenged with logic and scientific evidence the official explanation
for the “collapse” of the World Trade Center, has been banned from teaching
classes at his university.

On September 7, the third day of the new fall semester at Brigham Young
University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, Steven E. Jones, professor of physics and
9/11 researcher, was suddenly banned by university authorities from teaching
the physics classes he has taught for the past 21 years. Jones was
unexpectedly suspended with pay after participating in a radio show in which
he had been cunningly lured to comment on a subject outside of his field ­
the “motivation” of “the Neo-Conservatives” blamed for the terror attacks of
September 11, 2001.

Jones, a soft-spoken physicist who specializes in metal-catalyzed fusion,
archaeometry, and solar energy, joined the 9/11 research effort after being
intrigued by the unexplained collapse of the 47-story WTC 7 at 5:25 p.m. on
the afternoon of 9/11. Jones scientific interest was sparked after having
read the August 2002 report in American Free Press that molten iron had been
found in the rubble of all three collapsed WTC towers ­ including WTC 7.

As this reporter discovered in the summer of 2002, “literally molten steel”
had been found, more than a month after the collapse, at the bases of the
collapsed towers, where their load-bearing central support columns connected
to the bedrock. “Such persistent and intense residual heat, 70 feet below
the surface, could explain how these crucial structural supports failed,” I
wrote at the time.

Peter Tully, president of Tully Construction of Flushing, New York, told
this reporter he had seen pools of “literally molten steel” at the World
Trade Center, where his company had been contracted to remove debris, weeks
after the three towers collapsed.

Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI) of Phoenix,
Maryland, wrote the clean-up plan for the WTC and confirmed the presence of
molten metal at the site.

“Yes,” Loizeaux said, “hot spots of molten steel in the basements.” These
incredibly hot areas were found “at the bottoms of the elevator shafts of
the main towers, down seven [basement] levels,” Loizeaux said.

The molten steel was found “three, four, and five weeks later, when the
rubble was being removed,” he said. Loizeaux also confirmed that molten iron
had been found in the rubble of WTC 7, the tower owned by Larry Silverstein
which was neither hit by an airplane nor severely damaged, but which
collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon of 9/11.

In 2005, Jones began investigating the collapse of WTC 7 and the large
amounts of molten iron seen falling from the burning South Tower. These two
subjects remain completely unexplained in the official literature on 9/11.

“The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to
collapse remain unknown at this time,” the FEMA-sponsored WTC Building
Performance Study of 2002 concluded. “Although the total diesel fuel on the
premises contained massive potential energy, the best hypothesis has only a
low probability of occurrence,” it said. The way that the building collapsed
within its own footprint suggested that it was an “internal collapse,” the
report said.

The long awaited NIST report on the collapse of WTC 7 is supposed to be
released next year.


The question of what caused the 47 load-bearing central columns of the twin
towers to fall has been a fundamental question about the unexplained
collapses of the WTC towers. The fire-induced collapse scenario does not
explain why these crucial internal box columns would have failed.

Last summer, after obtaining pieces of the hardened molten fragments from
the WTC, Jones and other scientists at BYU conducted extensive laboratory
tests and found that the molten metal was primarily composed of iron ­ with
slight traces of structural steel. From the physical and photographic
evidence Jones concluded that Thermite, or a similar aluminothermic process,
was used to slice the central core columns and bring down the twin towers.

Jones, along with 2 other physicists and a geologist at BYU, conducted
Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Electron
Microprobe analyses on the samples.

The previously molten metal samples were predominately iron, with very
little chromium, Jones said, along with uncommon chemical elements in
abundance such as fluorine and manganese. Aluminum and sulfur were also
present, which he said would be expected from thermate reactions. Thermate
is Thermite, which is powdered aluminum and ferrous oxide, with 2 percent
sulfur added to the mixture to increase the steel-cutting effectiveness of
the reaction.

“The results,” Jones says in a presentation he recently gave at Idaho State
University, “coupled with visual evidence at the scene such as the flowing
yellow-hot liquid metal still red after falling about 500 feet, provide
compelling evidence that Thermite reaction compounds (aluminothermics) were
used, meaning Thermite was deliberately placed in both WTC Towers and WTC


Jones’ research papers are online at


On September 5, Doug Fabrizio, executive producer of RadioWest on the
University of Utah’s public radio station invited Jones to come on his
one-hour program to discuss his 9/11 research.

Before Jones could even discuss his research, however, Fabrizio was
aggressively quizzing him on the “Neo-Conservative motivation” for the
attacks, and repeatedly pressed him to comment on a subject far outside his
field and competence ­ to explain who within the government could have been
involved in the attacks ­ if not 19 Arab hijackers with box cutters.

Because Jones is a physicist and is not engaged in the political background
of “false flag” terrorism attacks, he reluctantly responded to Fabrizio’s
question by citing the author Webster Tarpley’s analysis that individuals
such as Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, who are linked to the
“international banking cartel,” have been named, by Tarpley, as possible

Jones was careful to say that these were not his ideas, but Tarpley’s, and
that these were possible suspects that Tarpley had named.
Jones is generally reluctant to discuss the political implications of his
findings, and his comments about Wolfowitz and Perle on the radio program
created quite a “buzz on campus,” the Deseret Morning News reported.

After interviewing Jones for a brief 20 minutes, Fabrizio said goodbye to
Jones and turned the remainder of the hour over to a discussion of
conspiracy theories with two Jewish professors, a Robert Goldberg from the
University of Utah and Gary Fine from Northwestern.

The first caller was a William Tumpowsky, chairman of the Jewish Community
Relations Council and board member of the local Israeli-fund raising
organization, the United Jewish Federation. Tumpowsky charged that Jones’
was using code language to make anti-Semitic allegations. Goldberg supported
this accusation.

Starting from this outrageous allegation, Fabrizio continued the hostile
discussion with Goldberg and Fine, with frequent allegations that the
now-absent physics professor was nothing more than an anti-Semite indulging
in conspiracy fantasies. The most significant evidence brought forth by
Jones’ research was not even discussed.

Within two days, the authorities at BYU apparently caved to organized Jewish
pressure and put Jones on paid leave. Students who had already begun their
fall physics courses with Jones will be taught by other faculty members for
the rest of the semester as university administrators review his statements
and research.

Repeated calls to BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins about the banning of Jones
from the classroom were not returned. Jenkins has not responded any of my
questions left with BYU’s communications office.

“I’m not sure we did it the right way,” Fabrizio said after he accepted
responsibility for the radio program that sparked the sacking of Jones.
Asked why he had pressed Jones to make a statement about who was behind the
attacks, Fabrizio said, “I was interested in what motivated the science.”
This is, however, a less than honest answer because Jones has always
stressed in his presentations that it is the unexplained collapse of WTC 7
and the presence of molten iron in the rubble that motivate his

The American Association of University Professors criticized BYU’s decision
to place Jones on paid leave for his comments on the radio program.

AAUP general secretary Roger Bowen called BYU’s decision “distressing” and
said Jones shouldn’t be removed from teaching classes for statements made
outside the classroom.

“Academic freedom also protects extramural utterances, that is, statements
made by faculty outside the classroom when they speak as citizens,” Bowen
told the Deseret Morning News. “It’s very clear there never should be
official retribution for faculty who exercise their rights as citizens, with
the very careful disclaimer they are not speaking on behalf of the

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education joined the criticism of
the BYU decision against Jones.

“BYU is literally the example we use of a university that does not promise
strong free speech or academic freedom protections,” FIRE president Greg
Lukianoff said.

Photo: Christopher Bollyn and Professor Steven E. Jones discussing the
molten metal seen cascading from the 81st floor of WTC 2 and found under the
rubble of all three “collapsed” towers of the World Trade Center. The bag in
front of Bollyn contains samples taken from the molten metal found at the
WTC site. These samples are primarily molten iron, the end product of the
Thermite reaction along with aluminum oxide and tremendous heat release.

“The data doesn’t lie,” Jones said. “I have to speak the truth the best I
know it ­ as a scientist I feel the responsibility to speak out.”

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