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Group lobbies legislatures to investigate 9/11 truth
By Tabish Talib
Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011 23:09
David Meiswinkle, state coordinator for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, discusses an alternate 9/11 theory.
Members of the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth held a rally yesterday outside the Middlesex County Courthouse on 56 Paterson Street to ask the prosecutor's office to investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center, which the organization believes was caused by bombs inside the towers.
The organization handed out literature to pedestrians on the street that contained statements from engineers and architects who believe nano-thermite explosives caused the collapse of the Twin Towers and Building 7, said David Meiswinkle, state coordinator for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
"[The building contained] some unignited and some partially ignited nano-thermite," he said. "One of the foremost experts on the explosive, Niels Harrit, has said it was the cause for the buildings coming down."
Meiswinkle, a criminal defense and trial attorney who served as the University's student body president from 1971 to 1972, said the organization is pushing for an investigation and sent information to the prosecutor's offices in all 21 counties.
"Law enforcement's job is to find the suspects. And we're saying that the evidence points in a different direction," he said. "We want them to investigate this."
The Middlesex County prosecutor's office was not available for comment at press time.
Although the federal government already conducted an investigation, state and county officials are free to start their own investigations, Meiswinkle said.
"Seventeen of the state's 21 counties had citizens who were victims. The worst was Bergen County, with 123 victims and Monmouth County [with] 122," he said.
The organization did not take a position on who was to blame for detonating the building, said Meiswinkle, who served as a New Brunswick police officer for 23 years.
"We purposely don't want to point fingers," he said. "The reason being that credibility is in objectivity."
Denise Morgan, Meiswinkle's assistant, said Meiswinkle has a history of advocacy extending to his time at the University.
"David was the one who advocated and got the administration to introduce handicapped-[accessible] buses with hydraulic lifts," she said.
Morgan worked in the Dean of Students' office from 1970 to 1972 and said Meiswinkle was considered radical on campus.
"He pushed for co-ed education, he pushed for an entire river dorm building, which didn't have electricity and proper water to be renovated and fixed," she said. "Whenever there was a problem on campus David stood on a soapbox, and he got the job done."
John Smith, who works at the barbershop across the street from the county courthouse, said the rally's gesture was good, but he was not supportive of the effort.
"We'll never know how they came down, just like we'll never know who killed John F. Kennedy," he said. "We can only speculate, whoever designed it are the only people who knew, and they're probably dead."
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth will also screen a documentary featuring engineers and architects who claim the fire was not the cause for the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, Meiswinkle said.
"The documentary is narrated by actor Ed Asner, who supports the organization," he said.
After the 10-year anniversary of the attacks, the organization plans to speak to Congress and ask them to reinvestigate the events that lead to the collapse of the World Trade Center, he said.
Meiswinkle said the 9/11 Commission report left many details out, and even former N.J. state Gov. Thomas Kean agrees it was set up to fail.
"Justice has not been done, instead the report ripped a giant hole in the soul of the country," he said. "We respect law enforcement. We're saying that they are the guardians of the society, they are the protectors, and that's why we invited them here.