Two Hit, Three Down - The Biggest Lie

National Academy of Science member and Distinguished Professor endorses
David Ray Griffin's work exposing the truth of 9/11

By Lynn Margulis

I comment here on the nanotechnology aspect of 
Jerry Mazza's masterful review (Rock Creek Free 
Press, January 2010, page 6) of David Ray 
Griffin's extraordinary 2009 book, The Mysterious 
Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final 
Official Report about 9/11 is Unscientific and False.

By the time we (Dorion Sagan -- my eldest son and 
Sciencewriters partner -- and I) met David 
Griffin [DRG] in 2003 in his native habitat at 
the Center for Process Studies (which is on the 
campus of the Claremont School of Theology in 
southern California), he had written over two 
dozen books, none of which I had ever read or 
even heard of. We immensely enjoyed a three-day 
scientific-philosophical meeting on the 
Darwinian-evolutionary view of life that had been 
organized by Griffin's sage mentor, the 
sweet-tempered but razor sharp, Jimmy 
Carter-sounding, octogenarian professor emeritus 
and director, John B. Cobb, Jr. The results of 
this fascinating meeting have since been published (Cobb, ed. 2008).

At that meeting, Griffin's talk was sober, 
academic, competent, scholarly -- and entirely 
new to me: Christian theology in a much broader 
philosophical context than any to which I had 
ever been exposed. The science-friendly 
philosophical outlook Griffin espoused apparently 
was developed by Alfred North Whitehead 
(1861-1947), the English 
mathematician-philosopher who became a Harvard 
professor, or by Cobb. Why would I have known 
anything about this theological-philosophical 
work? My own expertise after all is in protoctist 
and organellar genetics. With close colleagues I 
reconstruct the origin and evolution of nucleated 
cells in the Proterozoic Eon. Where I understood 
DRG's talk at all, he made clear to me his 
honesty. Truth, especially 
scientifically/empirically established truth, 
seemed intrinsic to his Christianity. As a 
typical agnostic scientist overtly critical of 
organized, and even disorganized, religion, I was 
surprised by the scientific commitment to 
approaching empirical truth in a religious 
context rather than the usual authority-pleasing consensus.

Griffin went on to elaborate that, although as a 
Whiteheadian he embraces the methods and results 
of science, he is critical of the entire 
international scientific enterprise as generally 
practiced today. Not only do scientists 
extrapolate their intrinsically specialized 
empirical knowledge into intellectual territory 
where it does not belong, but they don't heed 
Whitehead's recognition that, after all, 
scientists -- like all people -- have an 
emotional life and an inner spirit. The acclaimed 
"objectivity of science," on close scholarly 
inspection (by, say, Cobb, Griffin and other 
Whiteheadians), often translates into tribalism, 
jingoism, naivetÚ, denial of obvious truths, 
uncritical service to The State, and other forms 
of profoundly dangerous ignorance. Scientists, as 
do all groups of people, share unstated 
philosophical assumptions. For example, they not 
only have faith in the consistency and 
"knowability" of the real world, but they often 
assume that the concrete particulars of the world 
are adequately described by the abstractions that 
have proved useful for limited purposes in their 
own disciplines -- an assumption that Whitehead 
called the "fallacy of misplaced concreteness."

On the return trip east from this meeting, I 
read, non-stop, DRG's seminal book on 9/11, The 
New Pearl Harbor. Since then I have watched the 
"aging theologian" (his self-description as 
quipped in the excellent video-graphed lecture 
"9/11 and Nationalist Faith" (or was it 9/11: 
Let's Get Empirical? Both are highly recommended) 
metamorphose from a compelling, careful scholar 
to a brave and extraordinary orator (but still 
careful scholar). Griffin has become a superb 
politician with a single agenda item: We must 
re-open public inquiry into the events of 
September 11, 2001, especially the collapse of the World Trade Center.

I had personal reasons to be interested in this 
issue: I had watched a member of our Geosciences 
Department (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) 
realize that morning that his beloved brother was 
on the doomed Boston-to-LA "hijacked plane." Two 
of my sons and both of their mates were on 
Manhattan Island on 9/11. My grandson, Tonio 
Sagan, the Problemaddicts hiphop lyricist and 
leader, was released from his Springfield 
probationary status to me that evening. Like 
everyone else close to the action, my global 
consciousness was instantly and permanently 
altered on that date. But I happily remained an 
academic evolutionist. So, I ask here, what 
happened to the "aging theologian" to cause such 
a radical shift in his personal and professional 
life: from ivory tower scholar expert in theology 
and philosophy to detective, orator, and political activist?

I will not try to answer this question, but will 
simply state: Griffin has become a scientist, in 
my view, and even more a science educator. He has 
undertaken the search for the solution to a 
relatively trivial scientific problem and has 
found it in the literature and through 
discussions with experts. Along with solving the 
scientific problem, however, he has burdened his 
life with a colossal science-education problem.

In spite of his authorship of eight excellent 
books on the subject, he is not winning the 
education skirmish. This is not surprising, 
because science education battles -- I can tell 
you this from chronic painful experience -- are 
far more intrinsically difficult to win than 
those of mere science. I illustrate this point 
with regard to the destruction of the World Trade Center.

The scientific problem:

Why did three World Trade Center buildings (#1,#2 
and #7) collapse on 9/11, after two (and only 
two) of them were hit by "hijacked airplanes"?

The scientific answer:

Because all three buildings were destroyed by 
carefully planned, orchestrated and executed 
controlled demolition. Ignited by incendiaries 
(such as thermate) and high explosives (including 
nanothermite), the steel columns were selectively 
melted in a brilliantly-timed controlled 
demolition. Two 110-story buildings (towers 1&2), 
plus one 47-floor building (WTC 7), were induced 
to collapse at gravitationally accelerated rates 
in an operation planned and carried out by 
insiders. The apparent hijacking of airliners and 
the crashing of them into the Twin Towers were 
intrinsic parts of the operation, which together 
provided a basis for claiming that the buildings 
were brought down by Muslim terrorists. The 
buildings' steel columns, which would have 
provided irrefutable physical evidence of the use 
of explosives, were quickly removed from the scene of the crime.

Impeccable logic and addiction to reading inspire 
this truth-seeker. With his practiced scientific 
mind (he has organized professional 
philosophy-of-science conferences and published 
several books on this theme) coupled with 
investigation of evidence from not only us 
scientists but from witnesses, documentary 
film-makers, scholars, architects and engineers 
et al., he concludes that the virtual free-fall 
collapse of the three (not two) World Trade 
Center buildings in 2001 was a premeditated, 
exquisitely executed operation. He recognized 
this "tragic publicity stunt" (my claim) was 
likely intended to provide the "new Pearl Harbor" 
desired by radical neoconservatives, some of whom 
had become members of the Bush administration 
(see Ch. 6 of Griffin's 2006 book, Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11).

The far-more-difficult science-education problem:

The persistent problem is how to wake up public 
awareness, especially in the global 
scientifically literate public, of the 
overwhelming evidence that the three buildings 
collapsed by controlled demolition. (Much has 
been published in peer-reviewed scientific 
journals, see Ch. 4 of The Mysterious Collapse). 
We, on the basis of hard evidence, must conclude 
that the petroleum fires related to the aircraft 
crashes were irrelevant (except perhaps as a 
cover story).We citizens of Earth within and 
beyond the boundaries of the United States who 
demand detailed evidence for extraordinary claims 
agree with Griffin: the rapid destruction of New 
York skyscrapers on September 11, 2001 was 
planned and executed by people inside the US government.

Griffin's eight books about 9/11 (listed below) 
are his call to his kind of truly patriotic 
action. They show in appropriate detail, 
accurately documented, that the official 
government conspiracy theory can not be correct 
journalistically, scientifically, and morally. 
Muslim airline hijackers, in short, never 
triggered the collapse of high-rise steel-framed 
buildings at gravitational acceleration into neat 
removable pieces. They didn't remove the 
remaining steel girders before they could be 
studied as evidence for a huge crime. They were 
not described in telephone calls by passengers 
and crew members from the four airliners -- all 
the evidence for al Qaeda hijackers on the planes 
dissipates under close inspection (for example, 
even the FBI now admits that the reported cell 
phone calls from 25,000 to 40,000 feet never happened).

And to me the most compelling and obviously 
incorrect accusation is that Muslim hijackers 
caused the pulverization of cement high-rise 
office buildings into tons of dust that contain 
crystalline thermate and other minute metallic 
particles not found in the usual charred remains 
of fire rubble. Minute iron-aluminum-molybdenum 
rich spheres, steel perforated with swiss-cheese 
type holes and large quantities of unreacted 
nanothermite are not components of petroleum 
office fires. Besides the fact that building fire 
temperatures, even if fed by jet-fuel, could not 
have risen beyond 1,800░F, and hence they would 
be nowhere close to the of 2,800░F needed to melt 
iron (or for molybdenum that melts at 4,753░F). 
The facile appeal to the presence of gypsum 
(calcium sulfate) in the office wall-board fails 
to explain why sulfur was found in the 
intergranular structure of pieces of steel. 
(There was no detection of calcium!) The New York 
Times, in a rare example of honest reporting 
about the WTC collapses, called this "the deepest 
mystery uncovered in the investigation").

Nor could "Muslim terrorists" have accessed and 
then planted in these buildings huge quantities 
of nanothermite. This recently developed high 
explosive was developed mainly in secrecy by 
professional scientists and engineers who enjoy 
government grant support for "nanotechnology" by 
the military. Significant quantities of red-gray 
crystals of nanothermite have been found in 
several independently collected samples of WTC 
dust studied by a team headed by physicist Steven 
Jones, formerly of Brigham Young University. 
Niels Harrit, a University of Copenhagen 
professor of chemistry who specializes in 
nanochemistry, is the first author of a 
peer-reviewed paper reporting this team's results.

The two mutually exclusive "9/11-conspiracy 
theories", the patently and nefariously absurd 
tale our government imposes on us and the true, 
criminal story yet to be entirely brought to 
light, deserve the attention of all literate 
people. Remember: Only two airplanes struck, but 
three buildings collapsed at free-fall velocities 
on that same day. Begin with Mazza's review and 
Griffin's book that detail the nanothermite 
scientific studies. Examine the government's 
reluctant late admission that WTC 7 came down in 
absolute free fall for over two seconds to 
realize this is a scientific impossibility unless 
all the steel columns were partitioned into neat, 
removable pieces by explosives. Find out what 
happened to two men, Hess and Jennings, trapped 
inside WT7 in its abortive explosion before noon. 
Truth here, as David Ray Griffin tries to tell 
it, is (at least to me) stranger and far more 
dramatic than even the best fiction.

Suggested sources of evidence and explanation:
John B. Cobb, Jr. 2008 Back to Darwin: A richer 
account of evolution, Erdmann Publishers
Michael Ruppert 2009 Collapse: Peak oil, global 
politics, depletion of world resources and the 
end of "civilization" Chelsea Green Publishing Co. White River Junction VT
Lecutre by D.R. Griffin and M. Ruppert on DVDs.
1. The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions 
about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004)
2. The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005)
3. Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A 
Call to Reflection and Action (2006)
4. 9/11 and the American Empire: Intellectuals 
Speak Out (2006, co-edited with Peter Dale Scott)
5. Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular 
Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (2007)
6. 9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press (2008)
7. The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the ExposÚ (2008).
8. The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 
7: Why the Final Official Report about 9/11 Is Unscientific and False (2009)

Lynn Margulis is a professor of Biology in the 
GeoSciences Dept. at UMASS-Amherst and author of 
numerous (and seminal) writings on Symbiosis, 
EndoSymbiotic theory, and anti-neo-Darwinian evolution theory.

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