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Iranian Media Spreads 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:07:06 AM »

On September 10, Iran’s state owned media outlet Press TV published an article headlined: “Fire did not destroy World Trade Center Building 7 on Sept. 11, scientific study reveals.” The article claimed that a “comprehensive study conducted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in association with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth found that fire was not the cause of the collapse of the Building 7 of the World Trade Center (WTC).”

The article failed to mention that the group, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, is a project of San Francisco area architect Richard Gage promoting a conspiracy theory that suggests the U.S. government carried out the attacks.

Press TV quotes the organization as saying: “Despite calls for the evidence to be preserved, New York City officials had the building’s debris removed and destroyed in the ensuing weeks and months, preventing a proper forensic investigation from ever taking place.” The article also quotes Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth as claiming: “Seven years later, federal investigators concluded that WTC 7 was the first steel-framed high-rise ever to have collapsed solely as a result of normal office fires.”

The first sentence is contradicted by claims made later in the Press TV article about “research” conducted in 2009 that supposedly found “thermitic” compounds in the WTC debris (more on this later). The second sentence misstates the “official” conclusions about WTC 7’s collapse (the building suffered structural damage from falling debris, not just “normal office fires”).