Morgan Reynolds on WTC Demolition
by Christopher Bollyn
June 16, 2005
Ridiculed and abused by the controlled
press, independent 9-11 researchers have found a powerful ally in Morgan O.
Reynolds, a former official in the Bush administration. Since Reynolds,
professor emeritus at Texas A&M University and former chief economist for the
U.S. Department of Labor (2001-2002), published his article entitled "Why Did
the Trade Center Skyscrapers Collapse?" on June 9, the evidence that the twin
towers and WTC 7 were demolished by explosives can no longer be ignored by the
John Daly of United Press International
(UPI) broached the controversial subject on June 13 when he reported that
Reynolds said the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and
that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the twin towers
and WTC 7. Daly's article, published on the Washington Times website, did
not appear in the newspaper.
"It is hard to exaggerate the importance
of a scientific debate over the cause of the collapse of the twin towers and
building 7," Reynolds said. "If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong,
as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is
not likely to be correct either." As former director of the Criminal Justice
Center at the
While the public expects that academics
and engineers will examine the evidence from 9-11 and speak out, very few are
willing to criticize the government's version. "One of the most appalling
things about the fascist state," Reynolds said, "is that the physical scientists
and engineers have less freedom to pursue the truth than the social scientists
and those in the humanities. They are less free," he said, because physical
scientists, engineers, and academics are usually in some way dependent on the
government or military. "They practice self censorship," he said.
Reynolds, whose articles are published
on LewRockwell.com, has written several articles critical of the official
version since early 2004, but it is his latest article in which he supports the
theory that the WTC towers were demolished by explosives which has had the
greatest effect. "One fact is irrefutable," Reynolds said. "Those buildings
were blown up.
"The pancake theory is ridiculous," he
said. "I'm like the kid in The Emperor's New Clothes," he added. "Somebody's got
to step up and say something." Reynolds said that he wrote his June 9 article
after reading an article in the American Professional Constructor, the
journal of the Alexandria, Va.-based American Institute of Constructors, which
supported the official version that a fire-induced gravity collapse brought down
the three WTC towers.
The article, which supports the official
version that the fires in the towers caused a "pancake collapse" to occur, was
originally written in the spring of 2003 by April Pruett, an undergraduate
student of construction management at the
Dismissing the "pancake collapse"
theory, Reynolds wrote: "I find this theory just about as satisfying as the
fantastic conspiracy theory that 19 young Arabs acting at the behest of Islamist
extremists headquartered in distant
"The government's collapse theory is
highly vulnerable on its own terms, but its blinkered narrowness and lack of
breadth is the paramount defect unshared by its principal scientific rival -
controlled demolition," Reynolds wrote. "Only professional demolition appears to
account for the full range of facts associated with the collapses of WTC 1 (
"This whole profession is off track,"
Reynolds said about the construction industry's acceptance of the official
version, "How can they maintain this giant lie?"
In response to the controversial article
from a professor emeritus, Dr. Robert M. Gates, president of
Gates is a 27-year veteran at the CIA
who served as Director of Central Intelligence from November 6, 1991 until
January 20, 1993, having been appointed by President George H.W. Bush. Gates had
previously served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until
1989, and as Assistant to the President [Bush] and Deputy National Security
Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 to November 6, 1991.
Since shortly after 9-11, I have
reported on the evidence of explosions at the WTC. Having reported on the flaws
in the official version and the evidence that contradicts that version, I was
criticized most notably by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) and
others tied to
The ADL said in a report from November
Washington, D.C.-based conspiratorial and anti-Semitic weekly newspaper, the
successor to the notorious Spotlight, has repeatedly turned to the subject of
the 9-11 attacks as grist for its mill. Its October 29 issue includes an article
by Christopher Bollyn titled, "Some Survivors Say 'Bombs Exploded Inside WTC,'"
in which Bollyn suggests that the "mainstream media" is ignoring "eyewitness
accounts of bombs that exploded inside the world
Today, nearly 4 years after 9-11, there
can be no doubt that the mainstream media and the official versions have
censored eyewitness accounts of explosions before the collapses at the WTC.
Numerous journalists, firefighters, and eyewitnesses at the scene reported
hearing and feeling a series of explosions before the towers collapsed, but
their reports were suppressed and never repeated in the controlled press.
William Rodriguez, a janitor at the WTC,
even testified to the 9-11 commission that he had felt an explosion in the lower
basement levels of the
"They violated all the norms of how you
should proceed on a criminal investigation," Reynolds said about Michael
Chertoff and the FBI investigations of 9-11. "We've had zero convictions."
About the destruction of the steel from the WTC, he wrote, "The criminal code
requires that crime scene evidence be saved for forensic analysis but FEMA had
it destroyed before anyone could seriously investigate it."
"Number one, I am a citizen," he said,
"and a thinker." But above all, Reynolds is a highly-credentialed former
official from the Bush administration who is willing to challenge the seriously
flawed official version.
"Progressive pancaking cannot happen at
free-fall speed," Reynolds wrote. "Free-fall would require 'pulling' or removing
obstacles below before they could impede (slow) the acceleration of falling
objects from above. Sequenced explosions, on the other hand, explain why the
lower floors did not interfere with the progress of the falling objects above.
The pancake theory fails this test.
"If demolition destroyed three steel
skyscrapers at the
"Meanwhile, the job of scientists, engineers and impartial researchers everywhere is to get the scientific and engineering analysis of 9-11 right, 'though heaven should fall,'" Reynolds concluded. "Unfortunately, getting it right in today's 'security state' demands daring because explosives and structural experts have been intimidated in their analyses of the collapses of 9-11."