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ERROR: 'Nuclear Devices Were Used to Destroy the Twin Towers'

The idea that nuclear devices, and in particular, 'mini-nukes', were used to destroy the Twin Towers has been promoted in a number of quarters, such as in the DVD 9/11 Eyewitness.

Promoters of the mini-nuke idea have suggested that such weapons were needed to produce the thorough pulverization of concrete observed at Ground Zero, and other aspects of the destruction.

Dr. Steven E. Jones has refuted this idea repeatedly, including in the following short essay.

e x c e r p t
title: Testing the Hypothesis that Mini-Nukes Were Used on the WTC Towers
author: Steven E. Jones
  • Empirical Facts: All nuclear weapons (especially FUSION/Hydrogen bombs) release copious high-energy neutrons which will activate steel and other materials. This is called neutron activation and cannot be avoided, and much of the induced radioactivity remains for decades.
  • I have studied fusion for decades, and have made frequent measurements of neutrons (as well as charged particles).
  • Several months ago, I tested WTC dust samples and a solidified metal sample for radioactivity using a Geiger counter: I found ZERO RADIOACTIVITY. This experimental evidence goes strongly against the mini-nukes hypothesis since neutron activation levels were zero.
  • I also tested some sand gathered from a nuclear-bomb test site decades ago for comparison – and the Geiger counter showed hundreds of counts per minute. This also shows the long life of the radioactive residues due to nuclear bombs – the sand still yields high Geiger-counter readings decades after the nuclear bomb blast.
  • Note that concrete pulverization is often achieved in controlled demolitions with chemical explosives, e.g., the Seattle Kingdome demolition.
  • Mini-nukes are not needed for pulverization nor for “top-down” demolition as observed for the WTC Towers.
In September, 2006, James Fetzer posted a series of articles on ScholarsFor911Truth.org suggesting that 'mini-nukes' were used to destroy the Twin Towers. Fetzer pitted Dr. Steven Jones' one article debunking the idea against six, implying that the idea had merit.

Promoters of the mini-nukes idea have also supported their claim with news stories of nuclear contamination in landfills near New York City, ignoring the fact that the stories were about radium contamination from industrial equipment.

A simple disproof of the idea that nuclear weapons were used to destroy the Towers is that all such weapons generate intense electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum. Onlookers would have been blinded had any such devices been used.

Despite the scientific refutation of the mini-nukes idea by Jones and others using simple scientific arguments, James Fetzer continued to promote the idea on the ScholarsFor911Truth.org website -- a site that purports to represent the group of scholars that includes co-founder Steven Jones.

Another debunking of the nuclear attack "theory" is provided by a Finnish author:

s u m m a r y
title: WTC hydrogen bomb theory refuted
This page provides a 9-point refutation of the ideal [sic] that nuclear devices were used to destroy the WTC buildings. It includes an e-mail exchange between the critique's author and Hannu Yli-Karjanmaa, who has posted the nukes "theory" among a collection of articles attributed to an anonymous Finnish "military expert" it.

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