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Ryan Mackey- On Debunking 9/11 Debunking

Ryan Mackey- On Debunking 9/11 Debunking

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On Debunking 9/11 Debunking
Examining Dr. David Ray Griffins Latest Criticismof the NIST World Trade Center InvestigationRyan MackeyVersion 2.1,24May2008Original Release 31August2007FEEDBACK: The author may be contacted atrmackey_email@earthlink.net. Allsubmissions become property of the recipient and may be reproduced, in whole or in part.DISCLAIMER:All opinions stated herein are those of the author alone. This paper isnot an official product and does not reflect the position of any agency, public or private.All work conducted using the authors materials on the authors time. This work containsno sensitive information and no technology, schematics, or instructions of any kind. NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT:Copyright 2008by Ryan Mackey. The author grants anunrestrictedroyalty-free license to reproduce this work, in whole or in part, in personal or professional applications of a non-profit or educational natureonly. All other rightsreserved. Commercial and for-profit applications should be treated according to Fair Useguidelines. Works cited in this paper are used in accordance with Fair Use guidelines andmay be subject to their own copyright protection.
Auust 2007Release1.0Initial public release21 September 2007Update1.1Superficial cleanup, all sections. Contactauthor for tracked changes.11 December 2007Update1.2Corrected reference on pae12. Addedreference [41]. Split references [51] and [52]and adjusted list accordingly. Modified texton pages 41, 101, and 112-113. Typos, page66, 71.21 anuary 2008Revision2.0Added Critical Response sectionandAppendix C.Repaginated.Modified TeresaVeliz subsection, pages 61-62.Edits, page17, 25, 26, 32, 156, 158, 194.24 May2008Update2.1Error in text corrected, pages 79-81. Addedto Critical Response and created AppendixD. Additional text, pages
, 36, 85,138,144, 158, and 264. Typos, pages8, 25, 29,38, 43, 48, 51,53,56, 74, 90, 96, 120, 136,146, 160, 165-170, 172, 174, 178, 183, 185,189, 193, 195, 196, 198, and 206.
In this paper, we examine the claims of Dr. David Ray Griffin regarding the NISTinvestigation into the World Trade Center disasters, and find those claims to beunfounded. All 18 major claims are discussed and rigorouslydismissed, and a furtheranalysis of the text reveals an overwhelming density of factual and logical errors. This paperrefutes Dr. Griffin’s major claims, supporting with evidence that the aircraftimpacts were expected to significantly damage the structures, that the resulting fires wereof both sufficient temperature and duration to cause structural collapse, that a progressivecollapse resulting in total destructionof the Towers was the likely result, and that the“controlled demolitionhypothesis is speculative and unsupported by any evidence. Wealso discuss the anticipated NIST report on World Trade Center Seven. The authorhighlights the fundamental sources oferrors present in Dr. Griffins research and provides a template to evaluate future claims using resources available in open literature.
About the Author
Ryan Mackey is a research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, specializingin vehicle autonomy and Integrated Systems Health Management for aircraft andspacecraft. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and the GraduateAeronautical Laboratories at the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT). He hasauthored sixteen NASA Tech Briefs and Technical Reports, and receivedtwo UnitedStates Patents for his originalresearch.He has contributed to numerous projectsincluding the Joint Strike Fighter, NASAs New Millennium Program and ProjectConstellation. His introduction to fringe beliefs regarding September 11
and the worksof Dr. Griffin came through informal Internet discussions hosted by the James RandiEducational Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awarenessof paranormal and pseudoscientific fraud. While the author pursues this effortindependently of these and any other organizations, he is indebted to them for theircontributions to science, education,and critical thinking.

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