BYU places ‘9/11 truth’ professor on paid leave

“it is a very simple question… are you now or have you ever been a member of the 9/11 truth movement?”

BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leavefrom deseret news: Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called “9/11 truth movement” that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

BYU will conduct an official review of Jones’ actions before determining a course of action, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. Such a review is rare for a professor with “continuing status” at BYU, where Jones has taught since 1985…

Jones became a celebrity among 9/11 conspiracy-theory groups after he wrote a paper titled “Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?” (pdf) The paper was published two weeks ago in the book “9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out” and lays out Jones’ hypothesis that the three towers fell because of pre-positioned demolition charges — not because of the planes that hit two of the towers.

When Jones began to share his demolition theory publicly last fall, he politely declined to speculate about who set the charges other than to say terrorist groups couldn’t have been the source.

Then, later, he started to speak publicly about research conducted at BYU on materials from ground zero. He said he found evidence of thermite — a compound used in military detonations — in the materials.

In recent weeks, after becoming the co-chairman of the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Jones seemed willing to go further, implicating unnamed government groups but not President Bush…

Jones, also known for his cold fusion research, provided academic clout to the 9/11 truth movement. C-SPAN repeatedly broadcast a conference that featured Jones this summer. Recent articles about Sept. 11 conspiracy theories that focused at least in part on Jones have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian in London and other publications.

please watch professor steven jones’ keynote address at the american scholars symposium on june 24th in los angeles…

also check out TAFM’s great post about “Sticking Up for Steven Jones,” which astutely points out that “all sides of this argument have a right to say what they think happened without being persecuted. Anything less than that goes against what this nation stands for.”

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