MIT professor Noam Chomsky doesn’t know what happened to “Building 7″ of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
But he is convinced that so-called “9/11 Truthers” don’t have the answer. During a lecture on “Policy and the Media Prism”
at the University of Florida a few weeks ago, 9/11 truth activist Bob
Tuskin said the mainstream media had covered up evidence that Building 7
imploded in a controlled demolition. Tuskin asked Chomsky if he was
finally ready to “jump on board with” 9/11 conspiracy theories.
right that there’s a consensus among a miniscule number of architects
and engineers,” Chomsky replied. “They are not doing what scientists and
engineers do when they think they’ve discovered something.”
“What you do when you think you’ve discovered something is write
articles in scientific journals, give talks at the professional
societies, go to the civil engineering department at MIT or Florida or
wherever you are, and present your results, then proceed to try to
convince the national academies, the professional society of physicists
and civil engineers, the departments of the major universities, convince
them that you’ve discovered something.”
“There happen to be a lot of people around who spend an hour on the
Internet and think they know a lot physics, but it doesn’t work like
that. There’s a reason there are graduate schools in these departments,”
Chomsky dismissed the claim that scientists and engineers hadn’t
followed typical procedures because they felt intimidated by the
government. He said publishing an article in an academic journal was
virtually risk-free compared to other forms of political activism.
“There is just overwhelming evidence that the Bush administration
wasn’t involved,” Chomsky added. “Very elementary evidence. You don’t
have to be a physicist to understand it. You just have to think for a
Chomsky is smart enough to know better, so he's got to be an agent or totally bought off.