In the latest installment of Takeaways, civil engineer Jonathan Cole presents his paper published last month in the Journal of 9/11 Studies.
Cole shows with remarkable simplicity how the very existence of the North Tower “spire” — a remnant of the core structure that remained standing after the rest of the tower came down — completely undermines the official theory of the Twin Towers’ destruction.
Much thanks to Fran Shure for moderating this talk and to Gene Laratonda for his assistance with the Q&A.
Checkmating the Official Theory
Cole’s paper is a damning critique of a paper co-authored by Jia-Liang Le and Zdeněk Bažant that was published last year in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Structural Engineering (JSE).
Cole originally submitted his “discussion paper” to the JSE last September, but the editors rejected it just two days later on the basis of alleged “insufficient technical content.”
After publishing Cole’s paper in the Journal of 9/11 Studies last month, Editor Kevin Ryan and IC911 Executive Director Ted Walter wrote to JSE Editor John van de Lindt — copying the JSE’s 100 associate editors — and urged that Cole’s paper be published in the JSE. Van de Lindt refused to do so and defended the JSE’s previous decision to reject the paper.
Then, on Wednesday, August 23, Ryan invited Le and Bažant to write a “closure” to Cole’s discussion paper for publication in the Journal of 9/11 Studies. (A closure is a formal response to a discussion paper.) Le and Bažant — who undoubtely realize that Cole’s paper has their theory in checkmate — have yet to respond.