Paul Craig Roberts: World Trade Center buildings were blown up on 9-11
Comments imply government role

By Peter Duveen

PETER'S NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2009--Reagan Administration treasury official and author Paul Craig Roberts said yesterday he believes the Twin Towers of of New York City's World Trade Center did not collapse from aircraft impacts, but were taken down by explosives.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, two commercial jets collided with each of the Twin Towers. U.S. government accounts consistently assert that the buildings collapsed because they were weakened by fire and mechanical damage resulting from the jet impacts. But a growing number of critics of the government's version insist the buildings were taken down by a carefully arranged sequence of explosions known as a controlled demolition. Extensive video documentation exists of the destruction of the two buildings and surrounding structures.

"Any fool can look at those films and see the buildings aren't falling down, they're blowing up," Roberts said on the Alex Jones radio program out of Austin, Texas, in a telephone interview.

Roberts's remarks emerged during comments on the behavior of police, particularly in response to a recent event in which a defenseless man was shot in the back and killed by a policeman on a subway platform in San Francisco. "There's no accountability now, because the government got away with 9-11 and so any kind of violence is justified in terms of protecting us from terrorists or people who might have been a terrorist," Roberts said. When radio host Alex Jones remarked that Roberts was being more explicit about his view of 9-11 than in previous interviews, Roberts said: "Well, I've never tried to hide anything. I just try to say what the evidence supports. I never believed 9-11, because I had engineering training at Georgia Tech and I could tell when a building was being blown up by explosives."

Roberts, 68, served as assistant treasury secretary during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan . In more recent years, he has been an outspoken critic of the policies of the Administration of George W. Bush, and of the American invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan in particular. Roberts is author of a number of books, and is a nationally syndicated columnist.