Friday, September 08, 2006

Brigham Young U. prof on paid leave following 9/11 truth research

The Deseret News in Salt Lake City is reporting today that 9/11 Truthseeker, Prof. Steven Jones, has been placed on paid leave from his teaching job at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Writes reporter Tad Walch: PROVO — Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
BYU will conduct an official review of Jones' actions before determining a course of action, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. Such a review is rare for a professor with "continuing status" at BYU, where Jones has taught since 1985.
Jones was teaching two classes this semester, which began Tuesday. Other professors will cover those classes, and Jones will be allowed to continue to do research in his area of academic study, Jenkins said.
Jones became a celebrity among 9/11 conspiracy-theory groups after he wrote a paper titled "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?" The paper was published two weeks ago in the book "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out" and lays out Jones' hypothesis that the three towers fell because of pre-positioned demolition charges — not because of the planes that hit two of the towers.

This is an outrage and a serious threat to academic freedom. So, if a professor takes an unpopular stance on a subject, they are in danger of being kicked out? This is horrible. Don't you all see where this is leading? Pretty soon they'll be passing legislation which will deny public universities funding if they don't embrace the status quo. We need to stop this trend in its tracks, and now!

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