Why Is Steven Jones on the Skids?
I was thinking about it this evening. When James and I first started this blog I was initially quite apprehensive about taking on the "Scholars" for 9-11 Denial. Unlike most of the Deniers, I do have some respect for true experts in a field and it worried me that there was a group apparently made up of respected scientists who were buying into this nonsense. Steven Jones, especially, worried me because I was a physics major when I started college and just couldn't handle the upper level material in that field; obviously this guy's got some smarts.
Hearing Uncle Fetzer on the Alan Colmes show made me feel a lot more comfortable. While he's got an impressive resume, when it comes to 9-11 he's about as gullible as Dylan Avery, if better at debating in an adversarial climate.
And indeed, when you poke into all the supposedly brilliant minds investigating 9-11, you find that they all repeat the same garbage. David Ray Griffin has a list of 115 supposed lies and omissions in the 9-11 Commission Report. And if you read it, it's almost all stuff we've debunked here easily--like that six hijackers are alive, or that the manifests didn't include any Arab names, or that Larry Silverstein said "Pull it". Just moronic stuff, stuff that a high schooler could debunk (and indeed, several have).
So why is Steven Jones headed out the door? Well, first because he's the only big credential in the Scholars who's pushing the thermite/thermate solution. You've got Fetzer, Reynolds and Wood talking about the beam weapon from space. Yeah, it sounds nutty as hell, but it's the kind of thing that actually gets people's attention. It can be marketed, with factoids that I'm sure Uncle Fetzer is boning up on right now, like that the Pentagon spent X billion back in the Reagan years on Star Wars. It "explains" the light flashes in Rick Siegel's 9-11 Eyewitness movie.
You also have concern, expressed by many Deniers, that the movement can't put all its eggs in the Controlled Demolition basket. Remember, Controlled Demolition was a fairly early conspiracy theory that was largely considered a dead letter among 9-11 Deniers until Jones brought it back to prominence.
I suspect that Steven Jones is pretty much washed up in this movement. He's not flashy enough for a group raised on Alex Jones and Uncle Fetzer. Most of my fellow debunkers probably feel the opposite, but that's because they're analyzing it rationally. See the problem?