Monday, November 8, 2010
The Great Demolition Debate, Pt. 2: Niels Harrit vs. Denis Rancourt
Tuesday, November 9th, 9-11 a.m. Pacific (noon-1 pm Eastern) on http://NoLiesRadio.org, to be archived here a few hours after broadcast...
Special two-hour debate: chemistry professor Niels Harrit, lead author of the "smoking gun of 9/11" nanothermite paper, vs. physics professor Denis Rancourt!
On last Saturday's show (read about it here, and listen here) physics professor/activist Denis Rancourt and I spent the first hour amicably discussing 9/11, and mostly agreeing with each other. During the second hour, we had a heated debate (temperatures almost high enough to vaporize steel!) about what happened to the Twin Towers: I argued that the controlled demolition hypothesis best explains the facts, while Denis, who admits that WTC-7 was a controlled demolition, claimed that the Towers could have collapsed due to plane crashes and fires as the government says.
But wait - what about the unexploded nanothermite chips (making up as much as .1 percent of the WTC dust) found by chemistry professor Niels Harrit and eight other scientists? While I don't know much about chemistry, I'm good at judging arguments. Those who have attacked Dr. Harrit's paper have used such blatantly bad arguments as to have made a prima facie case that the paper is unassailable. Let's see whether Denis Rancourt, who knows something about nanotechnology, can do any better! (I wonder whether he thinks it's a coincidence that much of the NIST cover-up crew, who pretended they had never heard of nanothermite, were in fact nanothermite experts!)
Niels Harrit is an Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen. He is an expert in organic chemistry, photochemistry, fluorescence, and nanotechnology, and the lead author of a potentially historic scientific paper on nanothermite residues in World Trade Center dust.
Denis Rancourt was a tenured professor of physics at the University of Ottawa. His activism on many issues, including the conflict in Occupied Palestine, led to his being fired and dragged off campus in handcuffs by police - an amazing moment in Denis's ongoing academic freedom struggle.