by Christopher Bollyn
Steven Jones had the audacity to question the official report of how the twin towers and Building 7 came down. Because of his research, he has now been forced to take a leave of absence from BYU.

stephenjones.jpg Like a modern-day Galileo or Socrates, the highly respected physicist, who has challenged with logic and scientific evidence the official explanation for the “collapse” of the World Trade Center, has been banned from teaching classes at his university.

On September 7, the third day of the new fall semester at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, Steven E. Jones, professor of physics and 9/11 researcher, was suddenly banned by university authorities from teaching the physics classes he has taught for the past 21 years.

Jones was unexpectedly suspended with pay after participating in a radio show in which he had been cunningly lured to comment on a subject outside his field — the “motivation” of “the Neo-Conservatives” blamed for the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Jones, a soft-spoken physicist who specializes in metal-catalyzed fusion, archaeometry, and solar energy, joined the 9/11 research effort after being intrigued by the unexplained collapse of the 47-story WTC 7 at 5:25 p.m. on the afternoon of 9/11.

Jones’ scientific interest was sparked after having read the August 2002 report in American Free Press that molten iron had been found in the rubble of all three collapsed WTC towers, including WTC 7.

In the summer of 2002, Peter Tully, president of Tully Construction of Flushing, New York, told this reporter he had seen pools of “literally molten steel” at the World Trade Center, where his company had been contracted to remove debris, weeks after the three towers collapsed. The molten metal was found at the bases of the collapsed towers, where their load-bearing central support columns connected to the bedrock. “Such persistent and intense residual heat, 70 feet below the surface, could explain how these crucial structural supports failed,” I wrote at the time.

Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI) of Phoenix, Maryland, wrote the clean-up plan for the WTC and confirmed the presence of molten metal at the site. These incredibly “hot spots of molten steel in the basements” were found “at the bottoms of the elevator shafts of the main towers, down seven [basement] levels.” The molten steel was found “three, four, and five weeks later, when the rubble was being removed,” he said. Loizeaux also confirmed that molten iron had been found in the rubble of WTC 7, the tower owned by Larry Silverstein, which was neither hit by an airplane nor severely damaged, but which collapsed mysteriously in the late afternoon of 9/11.

In 2005, Jones began investigating the collapse of WTC 7 and the large amounts of molten iron seen falling from the burning South Tower. These two subjects remain completely unexplained in the official literature on 9/11.

“The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at this time,” the FEMA-sponsored WTC Building Performance Study of 2002 concluded.” The long awaited National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the collapse of WTC 7 is supposed to be released next year.


The question of what caused the 47 load-bearing central columns of the twin towers to fall has been a fundamental question about their unexplained collapses. The fire-induced collapse scenario does not explain why these crucial internal box columns would have failed.

Last summer, after obtaining pieces of the hardened molten fragments from the WTC, Jones and other scientists at BYU conducted extensive laboratory tests and found that the molten metal was primarily composed of iron, with slight traces of structural steel. >From the physical and photographic evidence, Jones concluded that Thermite, or a similar aluminothermic process, was used to slice the central core columns and bring down the twin towers.

Jones, along with two other physicists and a geologist at BYU, conducted Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Electron Microprobe analyses on the samples.

The previously molten metal samples were predominately iron, with very little chromium, Jones said, along with uncommon chemical elements in abundance such as fluorine and manganese. Aluminum and sulfur were also present, which he said would be expected from thermate reactions. Thermate is Thermite, which is powdered aluminum and ferrous oxide, with two percent sulfur added to the mixture to increase the steel-cutting effectiveness of the reaction.

“The results,” Jones says in a presentation he recently gave at Idaho State University, “coupled with visual evidence at the scene such as the flowing yellow-hot liquid metal still red after falling about 500 feet, provide compelling evidence that Thermite reaction compounds (aluminothermics) were used, meaning Thermite was deliberately placed in both WTC Towers and WTC 7.”

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Jones’ research papers are online at .