10 years on: An interview with ‘Scholars for #9/11 Truth’ founder James Fetzer on his theories and why he pursues them

Man behind Scholars for 9/11 Truth believes his work is 'the highest form of respect to the survivors of 9/11 and their families'

James Fetzer 9/11 Conspiracy

We interviewed James Fetzer, the man behind Scholars for 9/11 Truth , and American philosopher, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a key figure in the 9/11 ‘truth movement’.

We began by asking him about his views on 9/11, and what his theories surrounding the events are. He told us that “…elements of the Department of Defense and of the CIA, acting in concert with the Mossad, wanted to promote the objectives of the Project for the New American Century to take advantage of the demise of the Soviet Union, which left the USA as the sole remaining superpower.  They believed there was a unique historical opportunity to create an American Empire that would dominate the world for the next 100 years if the American people would only support the use of aggression to introduce US military and diplomatic power into the Middle East, from which it could be projected from that geopolitically sensitive area outward.”

“They worried that the public would not support their plans, which involving attacking countries that had never attacked us, unless they were convinced that they themselves were under attack, which would require “a new Pearl Harbor”, which they staged in order to instill fear into us. This was a classic use of violence to manipulate a population for the sake of a political agenda, which defines “terrorism”.  So the American government and Israel were using terrorism on the American people.”

“Why doubt 9/11″

James went on to say that “virtually everything the [US] government has told us about 9/11 is provably false. See “Why doubt 9/11?“, on Scholars for 9/11 Truth’s web site, for twenty refutations of the account that NIST and The 9/11 Commission has presented, which show that the fires burned neither hot enough nor long enough for the Twin Towers to fall, that they actually were converted to millions of cubic yards of dust from the top down, that WTC-7 was a classic controlled demolition, that no Boeing 757 hit the Pentagon, that no plane crashed in Shanksville, and more”

At this point, James pointed us in the direction of the following articles.

There is no evidence that Muslims committed the crime of 9/11 by Elias Davidsson

Phone Calls from the 9/11 Airliners by David Ray Griffin

Leslie Raphael, “Jules Naudet’s 9/11 Film was Staged

New Proof of Video Fakery on 9/11


We then asked James about Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which he describes as “A loose affiliation of experts and scholars across different disciplines, including physicists, pilots, engineers (aeronautical, structural, mechanical), and others, who have become engaged in research on 9/11 out of the conviction that we haven not been told the truth by our own government.” He went on to tell us how  “Its activities have been to make available research on 9/11, to issue press releases, sponsor lectures, organize conferences, and publish books.  Its first conference, “The Science and Politics of 9/11″, was held in Madison, WI, in 2007, as was its first book, THE 9/11 CONSPIRACY (2007), whose title reflects the fact that even the government’s own theory of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory. So either way, we confront the necessity to conduct conspiracy research. Today there are many other more specialized organizations, including Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Muslims for 9/11 Truth, and many others.” He pointed us in the direction of Stephen Lendman, who he tells us has “has just published a nice summary of some of these societies findings”.

James then told us how he got interested in the 9/11 conspiracy theories. “I had organized a research group in 1992 consisting of the most highly qualified individuals to ever study the assassination of JFK, including a world authority on the human brain who was also an expert on wound ballistics; a physics Ph.D. who was also board-certified in radiation oncology and an expert on X-rays; a physician who had been present during his treatment in Trauma Room #1 and, two days later, was responsible for his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald; a legendary photo analyst, who testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) when it reinvestigated his death in 1976-77; and a second Ph.D. in physics who specialized in electromagnetism, the properties of light and images of moving objects.  We discovered that the JFK X-rays had been altered to conceal a massive blow-out to the back of his head and to add a 6.5mm metallic slice in an effort to implicate an obscure WWII Italian carbine as the weapon with which he had been killed, and that the home movies of the assassination had been edited to exclude that the driver brought the limo to a halt to make sure that he would be killed and to make his wounds look more as if they had all been inflicted from behind.  This led to the publication of three books – Assassination Science (1998), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003) - where a summary of the case can be found at “Dealey Plaza Revisited: What Happened to JFK?“,  as well as articles at at AssassinationScience.com and at AssassinationResearch.com.

“The morning of 9/11, I was lying in bed reading the paper and drinking a cup of coffee”

“The morning of 9/11, I was lying in bed reading the paper and drinking a cup of coffee when our daughter in Sarasota/Bradenton, FL, called to tell us to turn on the TV.  The North Tower was smoking and the South Tower about to be hit.  Watching the buildings destruction, I thought what I was watching was incredible, but I had no idea how I could possibly do anything about it. It would be several years before David Ray Griffin would write to me about possibly co-authoring a book, where I would write about JFK and he 9/11. That initiated my first serious study of 9/11, which would become “Thinking about ‘Conspiracy Theories’: 9/11 and JFK”, accessible today as a PDF at, where I explain the principles of scientific reasoning and apply them to JFK and to 9/11. I would found Scholars in December 2005 and become more deeply involved. Have you been interested in conspiracy theories before 9/11?”

JFK Assassination Conspiracy

Yes, I have done extensive research on the death of JFK and the plane crash that took the life of US Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), which can be found on AssassinationScience.com, including a one-hour video lecture about the case (found at the bottom of the menu bar), as well as two statements presented when AMERICAN ASSASSINATION (2004), which I co-authored with Don “Four Arrows” Jacobs was announced at The National Press Club, and a later article I co-authored with John P. Costella, Ph.D., “The NTSB Failed Wellstone”, which Michael Ruppert published in his “From the Wilderness Newsletter“.

We then asked what motivates 9/11 Scholars to keep researching 9/11 after 10 years – to which James tells us “…we believe it is the highest form of respect to the survivors of 9/11 and their families and loved ones to know how and why they died, which our government has manifestly not done.  And the American people are entitled to know their own history, whether than involves the death of JFK or the atrocities of 9/11.”

“Most Americans want to believe what the government tells them and find it extremely difficult to accept findings at odds with their core beliefs.”

So why is it that the majority of people don’t question any of the evidence pointing towards 9/11 being something more than a terrorist attack? James’ explanation for this was that “Most Americans want to believe what the government tells them and find it extremely difficult to accept findings at odds with their core beliefs.  This is known as “cognitive dissonance”, exemplified by a woman who discovers evidence that her husband has been molesting their daughter.  This is so threatening to her core beliefs that she cannot accept it and suppressed the evidence.  When it eventually emerges years later and she is asked why she did nothing about it, she cannot explain it.  Americans are threatened by the very idea that the government–which is supposed to protect and nurture it– could murder 3,000 of its citizens to promote a political agenda, which is the conclusion our research supports but which many Americans cannot accept.”

There are some that say the conspiracy theorists researching 9/11 are besmirching the people who died on that day – what does James have to say for this? He say that “…we believe it is the highest form of respect to the survivors of 9/11 and their families and loved ones to know how and why they died, which our government has manifestly not done.  And the American people are entitled to know their own history, whether than involves the death of JFK or the atrocities of 9/11.”

As the 10th anniversary approaches, is James still hopeful that the ‘truth’ will come out about what really happened on September 11th? He told us that “We know a great deal about 9/11, including that Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 commission, had as his area of academic specialization the creation and maintenance of public myths.”  He went on to describe how “He had completed a draft of THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT a year before he shared it with members of the staff.  Even Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, the co-chairs of the 9/11 commission, have become disillusioned with the lack of cooperation of the Pentagon, which provided three different accounts of what happened on 9/11. Largely because of the internet, we have been able to learn much more about it in far less time because of the kinds of collaborative research it facilitates. I believe we are making great strides, where many of my most important and recent studies of 9/11 and of JFK and of RFK–are archived at Veterans Today.”

9/11 Conspiracy Pentagon

In addition to those James cited, he wanted to share some other resources of “some of special importance” which included

Peeling the 9/11 Onion:  Layers of Plots within Plots

Why doubt 9/11?

9/11 and the Neo-Con Agenda

Is 9/11 Research ‘anti-Semitic’?

Was 9/11 an ‘Inside Job’?

Unanswered Questions: Was 9/11 an ‘Inside Job’?

Are Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan justified by 9/11?

What is your opinion on the 9/11 Scholars, and what do you make of James Fetzers views on 9/11?