By Peter Duveen
PETER'S NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2008--One of the major critics of the
Ray Griffin, author of seven
books on 9-11, including his latest, "A New Pearl Harbor Revisited,"
all of which are critical of the government's 9-11 investigations, said
on the Alex Jones radio program today that he believed the
administration of incoming U.S. President Barack Obama will be more
open to the
establishment of such a commission. "With a new administration...there
really a chance" that there could be a new 9-11 investigation,
Similar commissions have been established in countries that have been beset by corruption and the human tragedy it generates. Such a body was established, for example, by the South African government in the 1990s, and offered amnesty to those who freely confessed to committing heinous crimes during the Apartheid regime. Confessions by police and other groups participating in atrocities against black citizens in the white-dominated South African government eventually revealed the scope and character of abuses.
Griffin and other critics of the
U.S. government's 9-11 storyline believe that the events of that day were far
more likely to have been carried out by those high in government circles than
by the rag tag team of 19 “hijackers” the government alleges took control of four
commercial airliners, plunging two of them into each of the twin towers of New
York City’s World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon in northern
Virginia. A fourth airliner is said to have crashed in a field in
Critics point to the virtual impossibility that the alleged hijackers would have had sufficient training to pilot commercial airliners, let alone without the support of air traffic controllers over hundreds of miles of airspace at high speeds. Many critics, who voice their concerns on web sites such as www.911blogger.com and www.911truth,org say an analysis of the government's explanation shows that it is replete with omissions, untruths and outright deception. They also insist that the report issued in 2004 by the congressionally mandated “9-11 Commission” was little more than a concocted fiction to cover up the real events of that day and their perpetrators.
Those supportive of Griffin's
viewpoint include a host of notables such as country music legend Willie
Nelson, actor Martin Sheen, former Minnesota governor and professional
wrestler Jesse Ventura, radio personality Alex Jones, former Brigham Young
University professor Steven Jones, and West Coast architect Richard Gage.
Others, such as 2008 presidential contender Ralph Nader, have embraced the idea of a new 9-11 investigation without
aligning themselves to any particular theory of what actually happened on that
fateful day. Some websites devoted to alternative theories implicate
President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and other current and former members of government in designing,
authorizing and clandestinely carrying out the attacks, ostensibly to use as a
justification for an aggressively militant
In the meantime, the
"I'm not interested in
interviewed on the same radio program today was Professor
Steven Jones, who says he and other researchers have uncovered in dust
samples from the World Trade Center site evidence that incendiary
devices were used to
trigger the collapses of the twin
towers and the 47-story Building 7 of the
"There's a lot we can learn from the hard physical evidence," Jones said, citing the existence of steel beams in the wreckage of the buildings, portions of which are known to have vaporized, as well as the existence of intact chips of unexploded thermate, a compound of iron oxide, aluminum and other accelerants that can melt steel beams when ignited. The vaporized steel demonstrates that temperatures higher than can be achieved by office fires or jet fuel combustion were present when the buildings fell, according to Jones.
Jones also points to the removal of
steel from the
As to an upcoming National Geographic special that will focus on the destruction of Building 7, Jones said he was glad to have participated in an interview that will be part of the program. "I think it's very important that we continue to reach people through the media, even if they are not entirely friendly to us,” Jones said.
Show host Alex Jones took a different tone, however, stating that he declined to be interviewed for the program because he thought it would be a “hit job” against government critics. He called such programs “intellectual quackery." Jones also said he was skeptical that an Obama administration would reinvestigate 9-11. “I think we’re going to see betrayal,” he said.###