The Sounds of Silence
Over at Truth Move, several people are appalled at an email that's been going around the movement claiming that Steven Jones is disinfo and that Judy Wood is legit. Well, half-right, anyway. But John Albanese brings up a valid point:
Has Jones submitted his paper, along with samples, to independent labs for verification?
no - he has not.
Are we to simply take his word - as an article of faith? Many in the movement do. But - if we are having a truly objective discussion on this subject - lets be real here. Dr. Jones' paper has not yet been independently verified. And - claiming it is DENIAL - akin to people's resistance to global warming - is not an altogether intellectually honest comparison.
Victoria Ashley counters:
Actually they have. Several different researchers have verified the findings.
well this is big news! Please point us in the direction of these independent labs that have independently tested samples from the WTC dust. I thought it was only Jones who had done this.
And suddenly the crickets are his only reply; nothing in the last four days.
Update: Well, that got things going over there; suddenly lots of new posts on the thread. Victoria Ashley points to this "independent" confirmation by a chemical engineer, who just happens to be a member of Box Boy Gage's Gaggle. He calls in to a radio show in Keene New Hampshire (where have we heard of that town before?). The program's name is "Empire Watch" which gives us a good clue that it's kook city. But in the interview, I can see no direct confirmation of "nanothermite"; just talk about the iron microspheres and the red and grey chips.
Basile mentions joining Gage's gaggle. Here's the interesting part, however. He's not listed there now on their engineers page. He's listed at STJ911 as having a BS degree in chemical engineering. I can see that quite a few of the engineers at AE 9-11 Troof are chemical engineers, so I'm a little baffled as to why he doesn't appear on their roster.
The other "independent confirmation" apparently comes from one Frédéric Henry-Couannier. But here's what he found (pdf file):
And yes, he's a Troofer himself, which explains why he thinks maybe his sample was "deactivated to prevent my independent corroboration of a crucial proof." So far from being independent confirmation, he is in fact non-independent and non-confirming. As lawyers like to say, that's an admission against self-interest, which is considered the strongest kind of evidence possible.