9/11 Conspiracy Theories – Debunking Richard Gage

May 1, 2010     
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“The popularity of conspiracy theories is explained by people’s desire to believe that there is some group of folks who know what they’re doing,” (Damon Knight)

Debunking conspiracy theories that involve the government is a relatively simple process. Rather than getting bogged down in the analysis of minor details, a larger overview of the relationship between government and conspiracies will easily determine if a conspiracy is at play.

Any major event will attract a fringe group which seeks to profit financially or advance an agenda by creating a conspiracy. One current example is the speaking tour of Mr Richard Gage who is the founder of “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.” His current tour is taking him to Canada, where he will address audiences at the University of Toronto, Carleton University and the University of Quebec in Montreal. Mr Gage believes that it was “explosives” that brought down the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11 and not the 400,000 pound airliners travelling at several hundred miles per hour.

Mr Gage would have us believe that a mysterious conspiracy was behind the 9/11 attacks and that it was secret operatives who planted the “explosives.” As with any other conspiracy theory that involves accusations that the “government” or the CIA (or whoever) actually carried out the attack, it is necessary to run down the following checklist of observations. If you can get past all of these tests, then maybe there really was a conspiracy at work. If not, it is simply that, a conspiracy theory dreamt up by fringe individuals.

1. A good conspiracy theory suggests that the government is competent enough to map out the strategy, plan the mission, subvert the individuals required to run the plot and then carry it out without getting caught. For anyone who has ever worked for government, it is known that the level of competency required to create such a conspiracy is beyond that of virtually any government – democratic or otherwise.

2. A conspiracy theory assumes that the government pays its employees enough to remain silent. Given the untold millions that could be made by a single book deal revealing the conspiracy and the relatively low rates of pay in government, this is obviously a ludicrous suggestion.

3. The 9/11 conspiracy theory assumes that the rank and file worker in government who helped carry out the conspiracy would tolerate and assist in the mass murder of their fellow citizens. This might be a fair criticism of senior political leaders in some states, but it is a slanderous accusation for the vast majority of government workers in democratic states.

In addition to these general guidelines, it is useful to keep the principle of Occam’s razor in mind when doing analysis on major events: the simplest solution is usually the correct one. If a large airplane full of jet fuel crashes into an extraordinarily tall building at a high rate of speed, then it was probably the airplane that caused the building to fall, not a cabal of unseen secretive government operatives who committed a mass murder against their own citizens.

One other quick general rule might be applicable as well. Any group that has the word “truth” in its name is probably not looking for the truth in the same way that any country that has the term “democratic” in its official title is probably not democratic.

The opinions expressed in this blog are personal and do not reflect the views of either Global Brief or the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs.

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26 Responses to “9/11 Conspiracy Theories – Debunking Richard Gage”

  1. Pavlovian Dogcatcher on May 3rd, 2010 11:00 am

    Mr. Quiggin battles strawmen, apparently oblivious to the facts Richard Gage presents to debunk Quiggin’s favored conspiracy theory. For those who aren’t intent on burring their heads in the sand, see here:


  2. Cincy911Truth on May 3rd, 2010 12:15 pm

    Tom Quiggin wrote “Debunking conspiracy theories that involve the government is a relatively simple process. Rather than getting bogged down in the analysis of minor details, a larger overview of the relationship between government and conspiracies will easily determine if a conspiracy is at play.”

    Yes, that completely alleviates you from doing any research whatsoever doesn’t it? By making such a general statement totally devoid of any facts, scientific analysis, critical thinking or research of any kind you can merely espouse your opinion based on NOTHING.

    Let’s take a look at some facts and evidence. Shall we Tommy?

    Simple science proves the inside job aspect of 9/11. Both WTC towers fell at near ‘freefall acceleration’. Freefall acceleration is described as the time it would take to drop an object a given distance until it reaches the ground with only gravity as the downward force. Ex: the time it would take to drop a baseball off the top of one of the 110 storey World Trade Center buildings until it hit the street below with only air as the resistant force. (About 9.2 seconds.) Therefore, as each tower collapsed, how is it physically possible for them to collapse at this speed with all of the massive steel and concrete support structure below giving NO RESISTANCE? Also, what was the energy force that caused massive multi-ton steel support columns to be ejected laterally outward up to 600 feet embedding them into nearby buildings? What was the energy force that caused all of the concrete to be pulverized into a fine powder covering all of lower Manhattan? You can’t have it both ways. If the Official Government Conspiracy Theory claims that the weight of the part of the building above the plane impact area crushed the lower structure how can it also have the energy to eject the steel outward and pulverize the concrete too? Simple answer. It can’t.

    It’s simply science. The only way the three WTC buildings could fall at this rate is that the structure columns were being removed (demolished using explosives) as the buildings fell causing no resistance. The laws of physics don’t/can’t lie. Governments and their paid propagandists (an inept and lazy bloggers) can and do.

    Even lead WTC investigator Dr. Shyam Sunder of NIST (The National Institute of Standards and Technology) admitted the WTC building Seven fell at freefall acceleration for 2.25 seconds. How is that possible for a fire induced building collapse? (See above)

    In April 2009 The Open Chemical Physics Journal, part of the Bentham Open family of peer-reviewed journals published a paper entitled “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe” by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank.

    Molten Metal was found under all three buildings that collapsed. Many war games were planned for 9/11 diverting our air defense from the northeast sector of our country. Bush had plans to invade Afghanistan on his desk on 9/9/01. (Two days before 9/11.) Nanothermate (an explosive incendiary used in controlled demolitions) has been found in the chemical samples of the dust and debris at GroundZero. Steel from the collapsed towers and WTC 7 was quickly shipped off to India and China. (Disposable of valuable evidence.) A record number of put options were made on only United and American Airlines and other companies involved in the 9/11 attacks. NORAD violated its air defense protocols for hijacked airliners allowing these flights to fly over US air space for nearly 90 minutes on 9/11.

    Bill Manning, Editor of Fire Engineering Magazine, referred to the 9/11 investigation as a ‘half-baked farce’ and also pleaded for the removal of the steel from GroundZero to stop being sent off to China without allowing for a full investigation.

    Google: ‘9/11 Eyewitnesses to explosions’. You will hear accounts from policemen, firemen, other first responders, survivors, and other eyewitnesses are referring to explosions and secondary explosions.

    Tom, before you embarrass yourself any further may I suggest that you actually take the time to READ and RESEARCH the subject of your article before you write it?

    These resources should help:

    http://www.AE911Truth.org (Architects and Engineers For 9/11 Truth)


    http://www.STJ911.org (Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice)

    http://www.PatriotsQuestion911.com (This site includes the following:)

    200+ Senior Military, Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials

    1,100+ Engineers and Architects

    250+ Pilots and Aviation Professionals  

    400+ Professors Question 9/11

    300+ 9/11 Survivors and Family Members

    200+ Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals

  3. Chris Sarns on May 3rd, 2010 7:37 pm

    Dear Tom,

    Thank you for keeping 9/11 in the public mind. Your vacant drivel will appeal to the mindless but some will become curious and start looking at the evidence that you have ignored completely. There is no such thing as bad publicity and the more you bad mouth the Truth Movement the stronger we become.

    Please google WTC 7 and see for yourself that it was a controlled demolition before naively saying the government is too incompetent to pull it off. Obviously, you have not studied history. Conspiracies of this kind are the rule, not the exception. This was especially heinous for a reason.
    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a Conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” J Edgar Hoover

    It’s called “Shock and awe”.

    The truth will out and you will be held accountable.

    Vaya con Dios

  4. Pavlovian Dogcatcher on May 3rd, 2010 9:24 pm

    Cincy, the fact that the 3 WTC buildings could not have come down as they did without having been rigged to do so doesn’t rightly prove an inside job, though it’s improbable to have been done without at least some infiltration into our government. Also, I suspect the real terrorist masterminds behind 9/11 are small faction of the many corporate fatcats who stood benefit most from the fallout of the attacks, rather than our government itself. That possibility alone refutes all three of Quiggin’s strawman arguments.

  5. JPass78 on May 4th, 2010 6:16 am

    Is this a joke? This write up offers nothing in terms of concrete facts that support your accusations.

    Just insinuations and blanket accusations that mirror the type of logic you are wrongly attributing to the 9/11 Truth Movement and people who seek the truth about the attacks on 9/11/2001.

    Epic fail.

  6. BenFranklin on May 4th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Boy Tom, you really touched a nerve with this one. I find it ironic that these folks criticize you for putting forward insinuations, yet they simple science at your arguments without themselves having done the math.

  7. Boston Patriot on May 5th, 2010 7:47 am

    Tom, Tom….I’m sorry, but this is a rather weak effort. I mean, is this really the best you can do to “debunk” Richard Gage? Make broad generalizations about “conspiracy theories”?

    Tom, history is littered with evidence of False Flag attacks to scare the citizenry into submission. The Reichstag fire, as a pretext for Hitler to invade Poland…Google Operation Northwoods. This was a plan presented to Kennedy by the Joint Cheifs of Staff in 1961, and it included several elaborate false flag scenarios, which would have included the murder of American citizens, and generated a pretext for war with Cuba. Next, google the CIA sponsored Operation Gladio and the “Strategy of Tension” to combat communism in Europe during the 70s and 80s.

    If your critical thinking about the major terrorist event of our lifetime stops at: “Oh gee, they’d never do that…and even if they wanted to, they’d never be able to keep everyone quiet.” Then, you’re quite naive about the reality of the military intelligence world. People can be kept very quiet for the right price, or if they fear for the safety of themselves or their loved ones.

    Richard Gage has been giving presentations around the world in which he clearly demonstrates that all three towers displayed not some, but ALL of the characteristics of controlled demolition. Richard Gage is one of many very credible people coming forward and asking questions about 9/11. What is wrong with asking tough questions? Cincy made some great points, and I’d like to reiterate a few of my favorites…I mean…Tom, really research these 5 points and explain them if you want to debunk 9/11 Truth.

    1. Near Freefall Collapse of three buildings (WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7)
    As Cincy put it, the laws of physics don’t lie. Even after a plane struck around the 90th floor of WTC2, there was still 80+ floors of completely intact, steel-framed structure below the damaged area. How would 80+ floors of intact steel-framed structure provide zero resistance to the “collapse”?

    So, by subscribing to the “official conspiracy theory”, you believe that the 80+ floors of intact steel framed structure provided just slightly more resistance than air?

    2. Molten Metal Pools, and chemical evidence of “Nano-Thermite”
    There are many statements from firemen and other officials indicating the presence of pools of molten metal below all three collapsed buildings. The problem here is that according to the “official conspiracy theory”, those fires shouldn’t have ever come anywhere near the temperatures required to melt steel into pools of molten metal.

    What could melt steel into pools of molten metal, you might ask? Good question Tom. I’m glad you ‘re coming around. Incendiary explosives in general, and nano-thermite specifically, according to the scientific paper “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe” by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, which Cincy also mentioned.

    Judge for yourself

    3. Pulverized Concrete, Lateral Ejection of massive steel columns
    If the buildings all truly collapsed due to damage from the airplanes and fire alone, then the “official conspiracy theory” is a gravity based collapse.

    If so, then how do you explain the fact that virtually all of the concrete in all three buildings was pulverized into fine dust? Would gravity do that?

    How do you explain that massive multi-ton steel columns were ejected with incredible force and embedded into buildings as far as 600ft away? Would gravity do that?

    4. Building 7 Collapse
    Tom, how do you explain the perfectly symmetrical, nearly free-fall collapse of WTC Building 7 neatly into it’s own footprint at 5:20PM on 9/11? It was not struck by an airplane. It had been damaged by falling debris, and there were a few pockets of fire that had been burning on a few floors of the building.

    How do you explain the BBC as well as several local NY channels reporting it’s collapse nearly 30 minutes before it happened?

    5. Missing Plane at the Pentagon
    Immediately after the impact at the Pentagon, CNN Reporter Jamie McIntyre stated unequivocally “after my close inspection, there is no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon”. Doesn’t that make you just a little bit curious?

    Watch the clip for yourselves.

    There is so much more than this. Research PNAC and their document “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”. PNAC was a group of neo-cons comprised of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Jeb Bush and more…and in September of 2000 ( 2 months before Bush was “elected”) they published “Rebuilding Americas Defenses” which outlined a modernization project for the US Military, and lamented that such an overhaul would take too many years and too much money, unless there were some type of “catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor”.

    Exactly one year later, with their man in office, they got exactly that, and the Global War on Terror, Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Patriot Act, the Patriot Act II, the Military Decommissions Act, and a rising Police State have been the result.

  8. Get a Life on May 5th, 2010 8:40 am

    Mr Quiggin,
    If you spent your energy researching things for yourself instead of wasting your time on insults and mindless dribble, you may find yourself seeking truth as well. Richard Gage is not directly accusing anyone of involvement, he is simply demanding a new investigation based on solid factual evidence. Don’t kid yourself, there are millions of people who stand behind this truth movement.

  9. Rick DeFina on May 5th, 2010 6:58 pm

    Maybe Americans are not as stupid as I thought….. I’ve been reading all the responses to Mr Quiggin here, and it appears that every one of you can see right through him …….as if he was invisible. I am impressed.

  10. tanabear on May 5th, 2010 7:33 pm

    The evidence that the 9/11 Truth Movement has accumulated against the official story is so overwhelming that its defenders have acquiesced the science, knowledge and evidence to us in exchange for fact-free ramblings, personal incredulity and ad-hominem attacks. I find that rarely will the debunkers make any effort to actually defend the NIST reports and the 9/11 Commission report. Their modus operandi is to dismiss the truthers as insane, throw in a few pot-shots and call it a day.

    “The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”
    Aldous Huxley

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  14. beijingyank on May 23rd, 2010 9:14 am

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a Conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” J Edgar Hoover

    This is the Ice Breaker for the retort. It is clear the government has a modus operandi for quite some time and very familiar to a number of us.

    Pearl Harbor- 3000 dead and declassified government documents reveal it was neither unprovoked nor a dastardly surprise attack.

    Assassination of JFK-Scientific acoustic evidence from the Senate Select Committee of Intelligence ‘74 proves Oswald did not act alone.

    Operation Northwoods-false flag proposal put together by the Joint Chief of Staff, designed to kill Americans to provoke a war with Cuba.

    Gulf of Tonkin- recently declassified and now in main stream media exposes the fraud. 1964 claiming in the NY Times and other main stream media by CIA plants claim to the nation Vietnamese patrol boats attacked U.S. destroyer. The incident led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving LBJ a blank check to give billions in no bid contracts to his gang buddies. Ultimately, 58,000 Americans died, hundreds of thousands were maimed and wounded and over 1.500.000 Vietnamese (conservative estimate) were murdered…

    USS Liberty- President Johnson screaming “I want that ‘GD’ ship on the bottom of the ocean.” Senator McCain’s father leads the investigation that clears Israel of all blame. The false flag was staged to blame Egypt and provide justification for US military action in the Middle East.

    The WTC ’93 trial reveals, the FBI plant/informant/provocateur Emad A. Salem convinced IQ challenged Arab patsies to bomb the World Trade Center. Ordered to assemble the bomb, he went to the FBI and tape recorded a conversation asking why real explosives were being used The FBI gave orders to do nothing and then proceeded to spend $3million in the operation that murdered innocents at the WTC.

    Waco-government murders children…in color and on National TV.

    Ruby Ridge- FBI orders “shoot on sight” and then a woman holding a baby gets shot between the eyes.

    False Flag Iran-VP Cheney- Bush administration officials held a meeting in Cheney’s office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran according to NY Time’s Seymour Hersh.

    Oklahoma City Congressional Representative Dana Rohrabacher “Tonight, I will provide examples of how this administration for the past 7 years has undercut Congressional investigators, has lied to Members of Congress, and has forged ahead with secret deals in spite of efforts and pleas by Congress to be informed, if not involved.” -”Someday it will be known the government did this.” Tim McVeigh

    And now, the biggest false flag and conspiracy of them all…911…

    Who is going to believe the government conspired to kill its own people to begin illegal wars, genocide, loot the Treasury, control the heroin trade, do insider trading, and ingratiate right wing Israeli Zionists for a “Greater Israel?”

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a Conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” J Edgar Hoover

  15. Bitter Sweet Truth on July 2nd, 2010 9:20 pm

    Bitter Sweet Truth…

    The bitter sweet truth of it, right there. Thank you….

  16. Tim Sparke on August 1st, 2010 6:38 am

    You neglect to state that 1200 architects and engineers have signed up to Richard Gage’s hypothesis that the impact of planes and the resulting fires could not have caused the three towers to collapse. You also quote Occams Razor - stating that the most obvious theory is usually correct. Well the theory that it was explosives that caused the collapses seen on 9/11 was advanced by all the news commentators at the time - from Dan Rather through to Peter Jennings. I think if you follow your logic you will see that they were right.

    Why is it so important to people like you that Richard Gage is villified publicly? What is it about the idea that the official story of 9/11 deserves re-investigation that you find so difficult to engage with?

  17. psikeyhackr on August 25th, 2010 1:23 pm

    So the only possible conspiracy is one by the government? What Osama bin Laden supposedly did wasn’t a conspiracy?

    You seem to think that a 400,000 pound plane hitting a skyscraper whose mass you do not specify is much heavier than a 200 ton plane hitting a 400,000 TON skyscraper.

    Actually the entire idea of an airliner TOTALLY Destroying a building that HUGE in less than TWO HOURS is ridiculous. The problem with Richard Gage and his organization is that they do not emphasize the importance of knowing the tons of steel and tons of concrete that were on each and every level of the towers and the need for that information to solve this problem.

  18. Jesus D Zeus on September 2nd, 2010 5:53 am

    The following is an extract from an article, “An Anatomy of Terrorism” from Site http://jesusdzeus.com

    This is the result of investigation by someone who has access to the ‘Mental Internet’, where all facts are recocrded. (You may have not even heard about the Mental Internet or the ‘Living book’).


    The rest of the story, with the attack on the WTC, involved Hermes. He selected his group among very dedicated young Islamists, who were already looking for a cause to champion. Such a determined group devoted to a cause, as the ‘Hamburg cell’, would be easily welcome by Al Queda. But Al Queda was not the only organization that helped them. Hermes made sure that they received all the help they needed and their way to their mission was made easy in every way possible by his Freemasons and their ‘Committee of the Majority’, through which Hermes controls all power centers in the Western World, including the CIA. The ‘Committee’ knew about the terrorists’ plans and helped invisibly, (even in the selection of the targets), but the latter suspected nothing.

    However, their mission could not have been so spectacularly effective without the hands on contribution of the demolition squads employed by the ‘Committee’. It is impossible that airplanes crashing very high up into the buildings and to one side would cause their perfectly vertical collapse all the way to their footprint. The collapse of the buildings was a preset controlled demolition and it was planned in conjunction with the terrorist attacks. The ‘Committee’ did not believe that the terrorists could be such good pilots as to hit the towers accurately but would hit the general WTC area. In expectation of the terrorist attack, all WTC buildings were prepared for demolition, to be set off after allowing some time for evacuation. [The Insurance cover for a possible terrorist attack was many billion dollars and was promptly collected. WTC7 was demolished in the afternoon and the rest of the WTC buildings later, the latter as being ‘damaged beyond repair’! (They were so, because of their preparation for demolition and not because of the planes crash). They were all privately owned by high-ranking Freemasons. The ‘Committee’ did not approve the Whitehouse, the Capitol or the Pentagon as targets as these were not privately owned to collect Insurance but could not dictate its choice.]

    As for the Anthrax scare, this had nothing to do with Islamic terrorists. This was the work of a high-ranking ex-freemason and ex-CIA agent by the name Weston, who left freemasonry because he thought that his rank in freemasonry should be higher than it was. After he left freemasonry and the CIA, he was no longer involved with the laboratories that experimented with the Anthrax spores but kept a close touch with old associates still working there. They are the ones who provided him with the spores. He and some of his associates had a bone to pick with the American establishment and the September 11th events gave them the opportunity to start the scare.

    Jesus D Zeus

  19. albie on September 11th, 2010 5:55 am

    Molten metal isn’t awlays molten steel.

  20. Anis on October 11th, 2010 12:52 am

    This article debunks the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory/


  21. psikeyhackr on October 16th, 2010 7:00 am

    So why don’t you explain what constitutes spammy.

  22. psikeyhackr on October 17th, 2010 6:13 pm

    What about the conspiracy that Richard Gage is participating in?

    Doesn’t the first level of a 110 story skyscraper have to have enough steel to support 109 levels? Doesn’t the 50th level have to have enough steel to support 60 levels? So don’t the designers have to determine how to distribute the steel in every skyscraper? Aren’t there lots of them around the world? So why doesn’t Gage and his engineering buddies talk about the distribution of steel in the towers and why an airliner could not possibly destroy them in less than two hours? Why do they emphasize controlled demolition instead of explaining the Newtonian physics?

    Could it be because they should have determined within SIX MONTHS of 9/11 that airliners could not possibly have done that and all of the experts would now look silly if they truly explained it now? Why have they let this drag on for NINE YEARS? We still don’t have a trustworthy table specifying the TONS of STEEL and TONS of CONCRETE that were on every level of the towers.

  23. social city cheats on November 11th, 2010 2:12 am

    He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others.

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  25. damian on November 21st, 2010 1:58 am

    Hi Tommy. It would be nice if you point out some evidence or tell us why we shouldnt believe mr gage.
    I was far away from thinking about an inside job, but
    3 buildings cant fall that fast and that straight without explosives. NIST simulation about wtc7 is pathetic and they never test the debris for explosives.
    You must admit, at least, that there are too many questions without answers.

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