Discredited Theories

A number of erroneous theories associated with the 9/11 Truth Movement persist and continue to be strongly promoted by their adherents despite having been thoroughly discredited.  Divergent views are to be expected in science, and especially in a movement like this, but there comes a point where continued promotion of discredited theories does not contribute to truth-seeking.  We are vulnerable to attacks by those who would paint us as crazy conspiracy theorists.  When they can point to wild, speculative theories, coming from “9/11 Truthers,” it allows them to sidestep entirely the solid, evidence-based work we have done.  It is therefore important to evaluate the theories in circulation critically and to reject discredited theories that are damaging to the movement.

Responses to Discredited Theories

What Brought Down the Twin Towers

Mini-Nukes used at the WTC (often associated with the writings of Jim Fetzer)
Letter to the Journal of 9/11 Studies by Steven Jones, whose physics specialty is nuclear energy, refuting the use of mininukes at the WTC
http://journalof911studies.com/letters/a/Hard-Evidence-Rebudiates-the-Hypothesis-that-Mini-Nukes-were-used-on-the-wtc-towers-by-steven-jones.pdf

Directed Energy Weapons (often associated with the writings of Judy Wood)

A number of papers have been published in the “Letters” section of the Journal of 9/11 Studies that dispute the theories put forward by Judy Wood.  She has never responded substantively to these criticisms or engaged with other scientists within the 9/11 Truth Movement.  Her responses are merely re-statements of her assertions.  She does not represent the thinking of the scientific wing of the Truth Movement as a whole.

Interview of Judy Wood by Dr. Greg Jenkins, posted on YouTube by Alisha Citlali:
(This video series is hard to find using search tools on YouTube or Google. The best way to find them is to use the direct links here or search for Alisha Citlali. Most other versions of the interview have annotations attacking Greg Jenkins and promoting Judy Wood.)
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBzzBlLiyDY
Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejmj0N53q0Q
Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY_LAkRrXl8
(Annotated transcript of the full interview)

Pentagon Plane Flyover (CIT: Citizen Investigation Team)
https://911speakout.org/critique-of-cits-fundamentally-flawed-methodology/

The large collection of erroneous contrarian assertions by Barbara Honegger
https://911speakout.org/critiques-of-barbara-honeggers-analysis-of-the-pentagon-event/
It is hard to call Barbara Honegger’s writings and presentations a “theory.”  She has made numerous claims that have been debunked yet still continue to circulate.  Many of these are found in her video presentation, Behind the Smoke Curtain.  This video has undergone numerous “silent revisions” rather than retractions and she has been known to deny ever having made some of her earlier statements.

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