Sunday, September 24, 2006

I'm not the only one who believes Methyl Nitrate was used in 9/11

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous pointed out that I was not the first person to suggest that Methyl Nitrate was added to jet fuel in order to bring down the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Well, that's a nice way of putting it. He actually accused me of plagiarism.

Former CIA agent Robert Baer is someone whose work I've admired for a while. His book "Sleeping With The Devil: How the U.S. Sold it's Soul for Saudi Crude" is a wonderful work detailing the close relationship between the U.S. (Big Oil, the Bush Family etc.) and The House of Sa'ud, which rules Arabia. Along with another book, it was the inspiration for the film Syriana.

Having worked for Aramco and spent a considerable about of time in Saudi, I can testify that he is right to say that Saudi Arabia "kingdom built on thievery, one that nurtures terrorism, destroys any possibility of a middle class based on property rights, and promotes slavery and prostitution." This kingdom also sits on one quarter of the world's oil reserves, thus ensuring that it receives the full support and protection of the U.S. government.

Sleeping With the Devil details the hypocritical and corrupt relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia and the potentially calamitous economic consequences of maintaining this Faustian bargain.

More recently, Mr. Baer has written fiction. Or, as many believe, the truth disguised as fiction, because the CIA's publication review board wouldn't allow him to publish evidence of his 9/11 conspiracy theory.

We agree on method, not motive. He blames Iran. I attribute this largely to Baer's obsession with the death of his late colleague, Beirut CIA Station Chief Bill Buckley. He has presented convincing evidence that Iran was responsible for Buckley's murder.

Murdering a CIA officer in the 80s and killing 3,000 American civilians are two different things. As I've said before, I can't prove exactly who carried out 9/11, nor why. But I studied and lived in Iran prior to 9/11. I took a wife there. It's one of the most pro-American populations I've encountered - certainly more so than Saudi Arabia. As Mr. Baer himself must know, most of Saudi Arabia's oil is in the east, in land populated by Saudi Arabia's persecuted Shiite minority. Iran has far more reason to attack the Saudis than they do us, no matter what their megalomaniacal puppet President might say.

I heartily recommend Robert's books, and I'm glad that my readers are finding corrolations between my evidence and the work of other accredited sources. Again, while dissent is encouraged, unfounded accusations of plagiarism are not.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Even the Government Doesn't Think I'm Crazy

If the government thinks my ideas about 9/11 (or Peak Oil) are the ravings of a lunatic, they have a funny way of showing it. Not long after 9/11, the government asked me to join a THINK TANK. It was a small working group, made up of myself and about a half dozen members from various scientific, scholarly and..."literary" disciplines.

I put "literary" in quotes and after ellipses because if you knew the work of the writers present, you'd hardly call them literature. I'm no snob - I love Mad Max and The Road Warrior (don't get me started on Thunderdome), in part because the movies are premises on a post-apocalytic society that was brought to the brink by the depletion of oil. Point is, I love a thrill ride. But if you think the novels of Alan Ripley or thinly veiled religious screeds of Thurston Veigh are literature...your taste is shit.

Besides the two authors I've mentioned (only because they have publically disclosed their involvement), there was a nuclear physicist who was both a Holocaust survivor and a participant in the Manhattan project and other "dangerous minds".

What united us was our task. To "think the unthinkable", as our liason said. The point was that the attacks on 9/11 were something out of a Tom Clancy novel. They wanted us to use a combination of imagination and expertise to come up with worse case terror scenarios. The idea was if we could come up with them before the terrorists did, we (or rather, the U.S. government) could devise defenses for those disasters first.

No - I'm not going to share them with you - I don't want to be an accomplice to another terrorist attack. I already feel like one having participated with a government think tank.

As I stated before, I believe the government may have had something to do with 9/11. In fact, I told them this. The fact that they still wanted me anyway...I don't know what to make of it.

Before I was asked to join the Think Tank I made my theories known to special agent Daniel Patrick Skelly, part of the FBI's I-95 squad that was on the trail of the 9/11 hijackers (and lost their boss, late agent John O'Neill in the attacks - he had retired and was head of security for the WTC at the time of the attacks).

While a gentleman, he was not interested in my evidence concerning Methyl Nitrate. Instead, he asked me questions about my time studying in Iran. Others would and continue to ask me about my time there as well, in much less polite (and consitutional) ways. The fact that Iran and Al Qaeda are Shiite and Sunni, Persian and Arab, and would be unlikely to cooperate against the United States did not seem to dissuade the line of questioning. It is clear that someone has Iran in the cross-hairs (this was before the Axis of Evil speech, I should add).

Monday, September 11, 2006

What Really Happened on 9/11

Five years ago today, I stood gaping in horror as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center crumbled to dust. I was not watching it on television, but rather from the streets of New York City. I was in town to deliver the keynote address for the ASPO USA Peak Oil conference at New York University (ironically, my fellow Peak Oil advocate Matthew Simmons would deliver a powerful speech on the same subject in October of 2007.

I was asked to do this conference because I'd just received my PhD Geology from Islamic Azad University in Tehran (complimenting my PhD in Economics from The University of Aberdeen). While in Iran, I was able to observe oil production there. Combined with previous experience in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela and elsewhere, they believed I could provide detailed evidence of having reached Peak Oil capacity from first hand knowledge of multiple data points.

I never got to deliver that address. I was in the hotel lobby of the Soho Grand when the first plane hit (yes, I believe it was a plane, not a missle, drone or explosive device). I saw - and felt - the second impact.

Witnessing the impact was not important, but the immediate aftermath was. I saw the flames.

I know oil and I know fuel. When jet fuel burns, you can see an orange flash. Instead, I saw a BRIGHT OCHRE HUE. There’s only one explanation for seeing that shade of yellow.

Methyl Nitrate. Methyl nitrate is the methyl ester of nitric acid and has the chemical formula CH3NO3. Methyl nitrate is toxic and a sensitive explosive. It causes headaches when fumes are inhaled. It can be produced by the condensation of nitric and methanol: CH3OH + HNO3 → CH3NO3 + H2O

Sorry for the chemistry lesson, it's a hard habit to break after being in academia for so much of my life.

What's special about Methyl Nitrate, besides the color, is that unlike conventional explosives, forensics can’t detect it. (For more on Methyl Nitrate check out this post on the "rogue science forum". Note that it is months before 9/11.)

I believe Methyl Nitrate was added to the jet fuel of the 747 that crashed into the Twin Towers. If footage existed of the Pentagon or Pennsylvania crashes, I think you'd see that glow itself.

Who added the Methyl Nitrate to the fuel, and why? As a scientist, I can only offer theories, not definitive proof. It is possible a foreign power, or a non-state actor such as Al Qaeda could have added it. This would require quite a bit more logistical coordination than I believe either is capable.

The most likely explanation is that 9/11 was an "inside job". Meaning, it involved people or persons involved in the airline industry, the oil industry, airport security...or some combination thereof. I have further beliefs based on my post-9/11 expierience, but for now - just the facts.

More to come.

(Due to the vitriol in the comments I received for this post, I deleted and shut down comments. Dissent is welcome, but it should be conducted in a civilized manner).