Union of Concerned Scientists, Why Are they Silent on 9/11?


By Bill Willers for VT with additional materials

In 2011, Scientists for 9/11 Truth sent a letter to Dr. Francesca Grifo, Director of the Scientific Integrity Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), along with information and materials countering the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) account of the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC7). The scientists requested UCS attention to the issue. The letter, shown below (without signatories listed), was signed by 42 scientists from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany and South Africa. The letter went unanswered. Not long thereafter, Dr. Grifo took a position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), her title being that of Scientific Integrity Official.

The UCS has been around since 1969 and is considered by a significant segment of the population to be an indicator of issues of scientific importance. It’s failure to confront an issue that much of the scientific community has shown to be serious scientific fraud within elements of the U.S. Government is certain to be interpreted by much of the public as acceptance of the official account. Some who are familiar with the issue have expressed the view that continued silence on a matter of such significance amounts to a lie of omission.

In early September of this year, researchers at the University of Alaska Institute of Northern Engineering released the result of their four-year study of the collapse of WTC7. Briefly, their findings counter the claim by NIST that office fires brought the building down. The research team is providing a two-month period in which comments on the study can be made. WTC7 can be seen as the cork in the bottle of manifold lies inherent in the official explanation of the attacks on the World Trade Center. If the truth surrounding WTC7 can be brought out into the light of day, it would serve to open many doors onto the larger issue of 9/11.

First in the list of goals of the UCS, as declared 50 years ago in its Founding Document, was to “initiate a critical and continuing examination of governmental policy in areas where science and technology are of actual or potential significance.” The UCS has been silent too long on the issue of 9/11 generally, and the Alaska study has provided an opportunity for the organization to function as intended and to take a strong stand on the destruction of WTC7.


Scientists for 9/11 Truth

P.O. Box 1848

Keene, NH 03431

January 19, 2011

Francesca Grifo

Director, Scientific Integrity Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Two Brattle Sq.

Cambridge, MA 02138-3780

Dear Dr. Grifo:

Re: Violations of Scientific Guidelines by NIST

In response to the recent Scientific Integrity Directive (12/17/10) issued by John P. Holdren, Assistant of the President for Science and Technology, we have written to Dr. Holdren, and enclose a copy of our letter for your inspection.

We are a group of scientists who seek an independent, scientific investigation of the events of September 11, 2001 (9/11) with subpoena power.

We are aware of the efforts of UCS, in response to political interference in federal government science, to push for reforms, and we thank you for those efforts. Regarding 9/11, we note your concern about air safety at Ground Zero and the EPA’s false assurances to the public at the time. There is growing evidence that as a result of government interference that suppressed scientific information, many thousands of first responders and others are now sick and dying.

We wish to draw your attention to an even greater violation of scientific integrity on the part of government officials, in this case the federal scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The NIST investigation of the building “collapses” in New York City on 9/11 are fraught with scientific malfeasance. This malfeasance is contributing to ongoing government behavior affecting the lives of millions, and causing hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths, as well as environmental pollution resulting, for example, from the use of depleted uranium in weaponry in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We are heartened to read on your website that “…UCS will advise and oversee the progress of federal departments and agencies, which are charged with putting the [scientific integrity] directive in place.” We urge you and your scientists to examine the work of independent scientists who have studied the events of 9/11, in particular the building destructions at the World Trade Center (WTC). There is growing awareness among the public worldwide that the official story of these destructions is false, and that the buildings were actually brought down by some form of controlled demolition.

As part of your overseer function, we propose that you recommend that the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S.372) be extended to protect not only federal employees, but also those who work for companies and institutions that are under contract to the federal government or that receive funding from the government, for example, by way of the National Science Foundation. Here are three examples of retaliation:

Kevin Ryan was formerly Site Manager for Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). My Ryan, a chemist and laboratory manager, was fired by UL in 2004 for publicly questioning the report being drafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the World Trade Center Investigation. His original questions, which have become increasingly important over time, remain unanswered by UL or NIST.

Steven Earl Jones is an American physicist known mainly for his work on muon-catalyzed fusion. In 2006, amid controversy concerning his work on the collapse of the World Trade Center, he was relieved of his teaching duties and placed on paid leave from Brigham Young University.

William Woodward, a professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire was subjected to harsh public criticism and calls for dismissal by State legislators, the Governor, and by a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire for mentioning and questioning the official story of 9/11 in his classroom.

We are sending under separate cover reading and viewing materials that have also been provided to Dr. Holdren. In the name of humanity, and in the spirit of scientific enquiry, we urge you to consider these materials carefully. Much is at stake here for our country, the planet, and the future of its people.

We would very much appreciate a response within a month, that is, by February 19.


Submitted by Heinz Pommer with Jeff Prager to VT

Introduction by Gordon Duff with Ian Greenhalgh and Jeff Smith (Nuclear weapons designer/particle physicist)

The material here is overwhelming, hours of lectures and dozens of detailed slides.  This is not an easy read.  It is another piece of irrevocable proof regarding 9/11 and the use of nuclear weapons and, on its own, worth much more than just scanning or flipping through.


Architects and engineers say planes don’t knock down skyscrapers.  Nuclear physicists say only atomic bombs can turn out this kind of heat and damage. The real investigators who were silenced by a grand jury and a wealth of threats said it was a conspiracy and named lots of names, some expected, some not.

Now an independent physicist has proven the work done by the original investigators who were silenced and much new work as well.  His modeling and detail is breathtaking.

We were recently introduced to the work of Germany physicist Heinz Pommer.  I chose to contact him.  His work deeply parallels work done by the US Department of Energy and IAEA which was censored and suppressed so that the fake 9/11 report could be published and blame put on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Unlike Pommer’s work (aided by Jeff Prager), the VT team included some of those involved in the ill fated original investigation. Working from different data, to an extent, both teams have ended up with nearly identical results. https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/09/25/the-secret-history-of-9-11/

VT knows the who, how and when from official sources.  Pommer (and Prager), however, have taken their portion a step further and have produced what the original team would have presented to congress and the president, had they been allowed, of the proofs of nuclear weapons and their effects.  Their work is identical to the secret work by the DOE and Sandia National Labs but adds much as well.

Included are video presentations sent by Pommer to me and his PDF slides.  This material has been submitted to the US team and we will get their comments.

6.3     Demon’s trap 9/11

Your mind is not your consciousness. Your consciousness is your state or quality of awareness of your existence, of being a person.

Your mind, however, can be hijacked and controlled. Your thoughts can be guided to this and that, and finally your mind might simply play the role of an uneducated dog. It barks a lot: “be aware, intruders!”

If your mind is bent the right way (in the sense of the perpetrators of 9/11) you will accept nothing except the fairy tale of Osama bin Laden. Then your mind and your thoughts will clutch and grasp to the last straws, in order to save your world view. It will accept nothing, least of all an offending truth.

Truth, however, is important. So, lets start this subchapter rendering homage to one great defender of the truth, Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430 AD)

Saint Augustine of Hippo from Numidia (a Roman province on the North African Coast) was in a certain sense an extremist, whose position could be condensed in the phrase:

“Better to fall with the truth than to stand with the lie.”

He knew Rome well, as he would recognize Rome in modern western society in his splendor and cruelty. Victory at all costs. The truth does not matter, the triumph of the lie is omnipresent and masked – if at all – by the cosy word “illusion”.

To understand the essence of truth – love of God’s creation by all beings – he also studied the lie, defining how these two antipodes reveal themselves in human society.

The next pages show 25 steps in which the destruction process of the South Tower and the processes in the ground are sketched. These sketches did offend many people and were harshly criticized as “fantasy sketches”, or even as a “dangerous effort to deceive the public”.

However, these sketches should be regarded only as a playful approach in an effort to understand a physical process and to calculate a more precise model afterwards. They don’t pretend being “The Truth”. For a conscious person, there is nothing offensive in them. Even if your mind tells you so.

Step 1: Opening of the building at a height of 350 m

Fig. 6-21                                                                                                   Scheme(modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 2: Connection of the nuclear chimney (ignition of small explosives)

Fig. 6-22                                                                                                   Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 3: Weakening of the building structure through radiation (embrittlement)

Fig. 6-23                                                                                                   Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 4: Weakening of the building structure through small explosives (statics)

Fig. 6-24                                                                                                   Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 5: Weakening of the building structure through melting (radiation)

Fig. 6-25                                                                          Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 6: Nuclear fizzle/neutron flash in the tower

Fig. 6-26                                                                          Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 7: Impact of the explosion, start of the eruption


Hard Xray radiation in the Harfountain nozzle in the tower chamber

Fig. 6-27                                                                          Scheme (modified): http://www.deepexcavation.com/uploads/case_studies/WTC_TimesPhoto_Edited_1small.JPG

Step 8: Evaporation of the building core by the plasma needle (approx. 8,000 °C)

The bill (Reauthorization 2015)

In 2015, the Congress passed and President Obama signed the reauthorization of the James Zadroga Act. It provided an additional 4.6 billion dollars in funding for its mission.


The bill (9/11 Victims Compensation Fund reauthorization 2019, until … 2090)

According to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, paying out the outstanding claims and future claims would cost $10.2 billion over the next decade.

The bill does not appropriate a specific amount of money to process victims’ compensation claims, instead appropriating “such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter through fiscal year 2090.”




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  1. Yes and to add off topic. The Union of concerned scientists wont even stand up to the climate scam (the greatest scientific fraud of the centurys (20, 21st). John P. Holdren, Assistant of the President for Science and Technology, (god father of the climate scam) is totally un trustworthy and a fraudster.
    The climate scam was/is funded by the usual suspects,…ROTHCHILDS! When you want to ‘own’ the world you need a transnational scam to hold the world’s energy hostage, what better than a (fake) climate emergency which has no borders…, via the UN, via the (fake) IPCC, International Panel of Climate CRIMINALS! Who have NO scientific integrity.

    • Agree totally. They regularly publish climate alarmist rhetoric. If they were ever a proper organisation they are not it today, the’ve been had.

  2. …911 was a coup d’etat against the people of America….the constitution replaced by the patriot act….the supreme courts new bible…until the TSA, NSA, and homeland security are gone, we will never be free as we were before 911….yeah our previous illusion of freedom has been shattered….an yet there are millions of Americans still willing to exchange themselves for freedom from fear and reason it out to satisfy their souls and the deed holders…..just do what you are told, don’t get old, and drop your soul in the bin…..

    • This phrase is not given in this context, Mr.Duff. This is what evil needs in general.
      In many modern events, the negative is that people (witnesses, experts, etc.) are suppressed: fear (in the special political sense of the event), corruption, greed and indifference. This applies to 9/11 and Boeing over Donbass and Syria, and the poisoning in Salisbury and the mass of everything else.

  3. My first caveat is that the official story is utter hogwash.. More phony than Peter Pan.. Nukes were used in the basement/foundation, but the collapse was conventional. A blast traveling up the core would have split the building like a banana. With the horizontal ties removed the lateral strength of the building would have been completely compromised. Watching the building come down it was clearly collapsing from the top down. What type of explosives were used no one knows, but isn’t very relevant. The difference between the towers and#7, #7 was a normal controlled demolition. The towers were a robust detonation(s) with no concern about collateral damage. Collateral damage was very desirable to mask the fact of it being a controlled (barely) demolition. There were probably 3 techniques used on the towers. 1:Molten rock steel in basement = nuclear.. 2:Cascading explosions traveling down the buildings as they fall.. 3:Thermite running molten steel just prior to the cascade and the cut columns at the base after the collapse… This was a very very prepped event that required unlimited access to all three buildings. The towers were a controlled demolition like never seen before. A building destruction contractors wet dream, “use as much explosives as you want without any liability to collateral damage”.

    • !00% agree, russscott, Both were used. Top chemists found thermite residue in the dust, unlikely to be a mistake.
      On the whole thing, the US of A will never sort out 911 as it has the most corrupt / despot (owned by foreign powers) court / grand jury system on earth.
      How many countries know 911 was done (NOT by Muslims with box cutters?) MOST. I would guess all of the SCO countries, BRICS, most of the EU, most of Africa. Who at the UN will stand up to the bullies (Irahell and USA)? Noone except Iran.

    • A few things you need to keep in mind:
      – 5th generation nuclear explosives can be directional with most of the energy as high frequency electromagnetic waves (i.e., x-rays and gamma rays);
      – 5 or 6 low yield nuclear demolition charges placed in the core could well cause the effects we saw at the time of collapse;
      – Thermite like residue can be produced when vaporized metal condenses.

  4. Francesca Grifo Director, Scientific Integrity Program Union of Concerned Scientists, moved to soft job at EPA 2015. If she ever cared about scientific truth, she has long forgot those days. Today she remains silent awaiting an undeserved high pension from government. She is like the 50,000 physicists of the American Physical Society in NY. How many of them speak up about this subject 18 years and counting? These are all basically whores, just like the 535 whores in Congress. They don’t want to upset the applecart or rock the boat with unpleasant questions which might get in the way of their easy government grant money. These are the most gutless cowards on Planet Earth. Also observe the deafening silence from all the top physicists at every major university from Harvard to Univ. Chicago to Cal Tech in Pasadena; all cowards afraid to speak up to truth. This is an American Obscenity. If the truth is ever to be exposed it will take some very dramatic event just like 9/11/01 itself. Every day which goes by aids them in the cover up. Ditto for the Sandy Hook scam too. Now they are using courts and illegal court decisions to shut down Jim Fetzer. What a disgrace this country has degenerated to. Americans are the biggest fools on planet Earth. They deserve their plight.

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