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9/11 sceptic Richard Gage takes London and Bristol by storm

Posted by seumasach on July 5, 2011

6th July, 2011§

David Aaronovitch, 9/11 believer, Promises Debate.

Some 250 people braved a chilly Monday evening to hear world renowned US architect Richard Gage demolish the US governments’ version of 9/11 at the main lecture room in the Royal Instsitute of British Architects this week. The Times’ David Aaronovitch, a leading media cheerleader for the official 9/11 story, was present and accepted a challenge to debate the issue in public.

The meeting in Bristol the next day saw an even higher turnout. People were turned away from the standing room only meeting at Colston Hall.

In contrast to the corporate media outlets in London, the local media coverage of the Bristol event included a front page article in the Bristol Evening Post entitled ‘911:The Bombs Theory’, a double page spread and a leading article entitled ‘In Praise of Richard Gage’ who is described as a ‘brave man’. Richard Gage did an interview on Radio Bristol on the Tuesday morning and other local radio stations all covered the event including Jack FM, Bristol Community Radio and Ujimma Radio. As a result of extensive leafleting of the Bristol University Engineering Department and a mailshot to every Architechtural and Engineering practice in the city there was a good turn out from the professional community.

The London audience included a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds including, engineering students, radical young activists, peace movement people, sceptics and those who were simply curious. There were writers from The Times, the Guardian and various other freelancers as well as Press TV and Paradign Shift TV. The team from the BBC News department under producer Mike Rudin, currently making a “Conspiracy Files” programme on the topics of Gage’s presentation, did not bother to attend.

The London meeting faced obstacles in addition to the usual news blackout. The Architects’ Journal, a leading weekly magazine, had accepted an advert for the event, but shortly before it would have gone to press they changed their minds. RIBA too was under pressure to cancel. Later the magazine Building Design unleashed a torrent of vitriol, quoting two American architects and that well known expert on everything: David Aaronovitch. No independent UK architect was asked for an opinion.

Gage avoided jumping to any conclusions about who was behind the 9/11 attacks. He presented a large amount of forensic evidence indicating the official explanation of destruction of three buildings of the World Trade Centre by fire alone is impossible, and explained the new evidence from Danish nanotechnology expert Niels Harrit indicating that WTC dust has the tell-tale particles of uncombusted military grade nanothermate. Experts in the audience were particularly impressed by the extraordinary amount of microscopic iron spheres found by government scientists in WTC dust, indicating the steel was melted on a massive scale. This is impossible according to the official theory, but is predicted by the controlled demolition theory. It seemed extraordinary that the US government’s NIST, charged with investigating the unprecedented collapse of the three buildings, refused to consider the possibility that explosives had accelerated the collapse and therefore avoided having to consider or explain any of this evidence in its reports.

When question time began, quick on his feet and first to the microphone was David Aaronovitch, Times columnist and self-styled expert on ‘conspiracy theories’. Charlie Skelton a freelancer who writes for The Guardian observed that of all Aaronovitch’s four points, presented as questions like ‘what happened to the passengers on the planes?’,  none addressed the subject matter of the presentation. Gage’s bald answer to each was essentially: ‘I don’t know.  I’m not an expert on conspiracies but on building design.’ When Aaronovitch complained that the meeting was biased against the official story of 9/11, he was challenged to take part in a balanced debate with Richard Gage. Two hundred people heard him say yes, but one organiser predicted that he never would.

Watch this space….



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