Contra Costa Times: 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists Come to San Leandro

For anyone who wants to thank Jason Sweeney, author of the below, at the Oakland Tribune – here is his e-mail: Maybe ask hin to show up and do a follow up story. Other than being labeled as conspiracy theorists, this is not a horrible piece.

by Jason Sweeney  source: Contra Costa Times  May 7, 2010

Firefighter and architect argue against official version of terror attacks

The Sept. 11 attacks spawned two wars and a host of security measures that changed the United States and the way many Americans think about the world.

Like other game-changing events in American history, the attacks also have spawned numerous conspiracy theories, which now thrive and grow in the dark corridors and back alleys of the Internet.

On Saturday, two of the most prominent Sept. 11 conspiracy theorists — Bay Area architect Richard Gage and Seattle firefighter Erik Lawyer — will be at the Bal Theatre to present what they think are holes in the official version of the events on that terrible day.

They think the Twin Towers and a third building were destroyed by explosives.

A demolitions expert and engineers will join them to discuss the collapse of the 110-story towers, as well as the 47-story 7 World Trade Center, which was not hit by an airplane, and has become a “smoking gun” for Sept. 11 conspiracy theorists.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a division of the Commerce Department, released a study that said the building collapsed due to fire and damage caused by debris from the Twin Towers.

Gage and Lawyer have given presentations across the country laying out arguments against the institute’s conclusions, and they are calling for a new investigation.

Dan Dillman reopened the Bal Theatre last year and is hoping it becomes a hot location for independent 

films, music, comedy and community events, while also being a space where voices from outside the mainstream can be heard.

“Me, personally, I don’t sit on either side of the fence on the issue,” he said about Sept. 11. “I think to say that they are all crazy, it would be ignorant for us to not listen and make up our own minds.”

For Lawyer, a firefighter of 14 years with the Seattle Fire Department, the events of that fateful day in 2001 have given rise to a life passion. Lawyer runs a website,, which advocates for a new investigation of Sept. 11.

“It’s hard because there are a lot of emotional people out there on both sides of the issue,” he said. “What we want is a new investigation with accountability and justice.”

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