Thursday, October 04, 2007

The NIST Whistle-Blower

Some of the commenters have asked us to look into this matter. George Washington, aka Alex Floum, claims to have received second-hand emails from a former NIST employee, via a "prominent 9-11 Truth activist".

But the whistle this guy's blowing ain't exactly an Acme Thunderer. The emails mostly describe normal bureaucratic infighting:

I don't know whether the NBS Director, Dr. John Lyons, was forced into retirement by the Clinton administration; I just remember the abruptness of the change after only 3 years on his job. He was replaced by a relatively unknown and also quite young scientist from DARPA. What I remember about her is her lack of credibility in representing NIST in scientific circles, her choice of senior staff with little regard for their scientific standing, and her keen emphasis on political sensitivities.

The highlighted paragraph is here:

When I first heard of [9/11 truth] and how the NIST "scientists" involved in 911 seemed to act in very un-scientific ways, it was not at all surprising to me. By 2001, everyone in NIST leadership had been trained to pay close heed to political pressures. There was no chance that NIST people "investigating" the 911 situation could have been acting in the true spirit of scientific independence, nor could they have operated at all without careful consideration of political impact. Everything that came from the hired guns was by then routinely filtered through the front office, and assessed for political implications before release.

Note that he doesn't have firsthand knowledge of any changes that were made to the 9-11 NIST reports because of "political implications". And that's because he hasn't worked for NIST since... well, work it out:

I don't know what more I can add that might be relevant, as I have been once-removed from NIST for the past 6 years as a contractor via [a defense company].

The Exoweaponry crowd will no doubt seize on this bit:

After retirement from the Army, in 1983 I joined then-NBS as a scientist on the staff. After 3 years, I decided to move on (engineering on the Star Wars project).

So to summarize, we have a former NIST insider who says the organization considered political implications when releasing studies, who has no specific knowledge of the 9-11 investigations by NIST.

I suspect much that he's written is true. So what?

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