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9/11 thermate theory debunked
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The thermate theory of so-called "controlled demolition" of the World Trade
Center towers has apparently been debunked by its own leading proponent, Los
Alamos weapons developer Steven E. Jones.

Dr. James Fetzer, founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, highlighted this
in a recent
exchange with 

"You do not seem to have found BARIUM NITRATE, Ba(NO3)2, an ingredient in
military versions of thermite, yet you have used videos of the use of
military versions of thermite to illustrate its cutting power relative to
engine blocks. I presume those exercises included Barium Nitrate among the
ingredients. Don't these videos have to be redone relative to these analogs?
How do experiments with thermite relate to work on thermite analogs? How do
these "analogs" work?

Fetzer likely meant to ask about barium oxide, which would be left after the
incendiary reaction. And indeed, wikipedia's
definition<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermate>of thermate confirms
that military-grade thermate contains 29 percent barium

"Thermate is an incendiary compound used for military applications.
Thermate, whose primary component is thermite, also contains sulfur and
possibly barium nitrate, both of which increase its thermal effect, create
flame in burning, and significantly reduce the ignition temperature. Various
mixtures of these compounds can be called thermate, but, to avoid confusion
with Thermate-TH3, one can refer to them as thermite variants or analogs.
The composition by weight of Thermate-TH3 (in military use) is 68.7%thermite,
29.0% barium nitrate, 2.0% sulphur and 0.3% binder.

Jones has acknowledged as much in an
on his website, in which he announces he is now on the hunt for 10
tons worth of other, ill-defined "thermite analogs" -- any of which would
still be woefully inadequate to explain the scale of the damage at the World
Trade Center.


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