9/11 Conspiracy Theorist to Leave Brigham Young

Associated Press
Sunday, October 22, 2006

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 21 -- A Brigham Young University physics professor who suggested that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives has resigned, six weeks after the school placed him on leave.

"I am electing to retire so that I can spend more time speaking and conducting research of my choosing," Steven E. Jones, a physics professor, said in a statement released by the school.

His retirement is effective Jan. 1.

Jones recently published theories about U.S. government involvement in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, including one suggesting that explosives inside the World Trade Center -- not airplanes striking the twin towers -- brought the complex down.

BYU stripped Jones of two classes and put him on leave in early September. It also began investigating his research.

The school abandoned its review Friday after reaching a retirement agreement with Jones, BYU spokeswoman Carri P. Jenkins said.

Jenkins said the school did not pressure Jones to retire.

Jones, who in 2005 helped found a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth, said he plans to continue researching and speaking about his Sept. 11 theories. That includes completing an analysis of soils and metals from the towers that led him to the conclusions in his paper "Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?"

Jones began teaching at BYU, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1985.

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