Reynolds, Wood and Fetzer’s assault on 9/11 Truth
by Jeremy Baker
“Dr. Reynolds has identified anomalies in the photographic record [that] raise serious issues about the authenticity of the extant visual record…”
–James Fetzer, founder and co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, April 2007
“On behalf of Scholars [for 9/11 Truth] I would observe that Dr. Judy Wood is the leading expert on the technical issues involved in relation to the destruction of the World Trade Center.”
–James Fetzer, April 2007
“Reynolds/Wood really did a number on the Seattle 9/11 movement. They disgraced us to the public and split us apart internally. That’s a job done by a pro.”
–Reverend Rich Lang, Minister, Trinity United Methodist Church and co-sponsor of the October 28th Reynolds/Wood event in Seattle
Some say that the truth can be found in the reconciliation of opposites. But the only truth that lies between the opposites expressed in the quotations above is trouble.
I support the freedom of speech with no reservations and will make full use of mine in the paragraphs below. These rights may even extend to the promulgation of erroneous, ill-proven scientific theory, but most sensible people would never put such theorists on stage and hand them a microphone. Most, but not all
Conspiracy research has always required an open mind; it’s in the job description. But 9/11 researchers and activists have their limits, and Morgan Reynolds and Judy Wood have sorely tested them.
“Right or wrong, this is fascinating stuff…”
–James Fetzer, on Reynold’s and Wood’s “new research” into the attacks on the WTC.
Normally I wouldn’t bother myself with this kind of thing. But these two have been showing up far too often on the 9/11 truth radar screen and have left a trail of destruction wherever they go. They also have some powerful friends in high places. Thus my concern.
Chief among these supporters is, oddly, the outspoken and ubiquitous founder and co-chair of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, the most prestigious 9/11 truth group of them all. 9/11 activists have spent years doing their best to draw engineers, physicists and professionals into the movement and Professor James Fetzer’s st911.org is the result.
“The society belongs to all the Scholars. We do not belong to you, Jim.”
–Dr. Steven Jones in an open letter to st911.org founder James Fetzer.
As founder of st911.org, Mr. Fetzer certainly deserves some respect, but he isn’t shy about taking charge and his conduct isn’t exactly reassuring. Last fall, during a well publicized rift between he and ex-co-chair of “Scholars,” thermite theorist Dr. Steven E. Jones, Fetzer accused Jones of attempting a “hostile takeover” of st911.org citing differences in opinion about some “new research.”
Jones vehemently denied the charge adding that the accusation was “not only unfounded, it is bizarre.” Anyone who has met Dr. Jones or seen him speak would find it hard to believe that he would scheme to take over anything, much less with hostility. And he hardly seems deserving of the appalling invective with which Fetzer and Reynolds have plagued him.
“[Dr. Jones] is incorrigible and a serial liar. We’ve got to clean up our own backyard mess before his implosion takes nearly all 9/11 skeptics down with him.”
–Morgan Reynolds on Dr. Steven Jones, August 2006.
This acerbic commentary from Morgan Reynolds is particularly disturbing when you consider the fact that many 9/11 truth activists believe that it’s Reynolds’ inevitable “implosion” that will really cause trouble. Add engineer and space-beam theorist Judy Wood into the mix and it’s easy to understand why those who are committed to the dignity of the 9/11 truth movement might be developing concerns.
To some, this may seem like a petty squabble among ill-tempered 9/11 personalities, but I don’t agree. I think it’s something more; something that everyone who cares about 9/11 truth should pay some attention to.
“I believe it was precipitous of you to go public with an unproven theory regarding video fakery. In doing so, you…set the whole [911 truth] movement back.”
–Canadian scientist A. K. Dewdney, on Reynolds’ appearance on FOX’s Weekend Live.
During the summer of 2006, the Seattle 9/11 Visibility Project spearheaded a speaking engagement featuring former chief economist and Bush administration defector Morgan Reynolds. Naturally, an ex-Bush appointee hurling thunderbolts back at his old boss while openly implicating Bush and his minions in the highest of high treason was considered a big catch for the 9/11 skeptics community and more than a few otherwise intelligent and discerning 9/11 activists welcomed Reynolds into the fold.
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