by Enver Masud
Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to ask a representative of the Muslim
Public Affairs Council (MPAC) whether or
not they believed the principal conclusion of "The 9/11 Commission Report"
that 19 Arab hijackers led by Osama Bin Laden were responsible for the
attacks of September 11, 2001.
After some evasion, the answer I got from Alejandro J. Beutel, MPAC's
Government Liaison, was that MPAC supports the U.S. government's position on
9/11. Further conversation revealed how little homework MPAC has done on
what is arguably the biggest issue of the decade for Muslims whom MPAC
professes to represent.
I informed Mr. Beutel that there's overwhelming evidence that the official
account of 9/11 is false, and a significant number of Americans do not believe "The
9/11 Commission Report". Among them are 220 senior military, intelligence,
law enforcement, and government personnel; 1200 architects and engineers;
250 pilots and aviation personnel; 400 professors; 300 survivors of 9/11,
and these numbers keep growing.
Mr. Beutel's response was that he had read my book "9/11 Unveiled", as well as the
Popular Mechanics, "peer-reviewed" [sic] article -- presumably "Debunking
the 9/11 Myths: Special Report" published in February 2005.
Popular Mechanics articles are not peer-reviewed, and their 9/11 article has
been throughly debunked -- most notably by David Ray Griffin in his book
9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other
Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory".
Following the publication of the Popular Mechanics article, it was revealed
that the senior researcher for the article was Benjamin Chertoff -- cousin
of Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Some would say that Mr. Chertoff may be "a person of interest" in any real
investigation of 9/11 which "The 9/11 Commission Report" is not.
According to Philip Shenon, an investigative reporter with The New York
Times, a detailed outline of "The 9/11 Commission Report" complete with
"chapter headings, subheadings, and sub-subheadings" had been prepared with
the commission's staff barely in place ("The
Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation," 2008,
This clearly is not how investigations are conducted.
When I asked Mr. Beutel if he had read the NIST reports, he responded he
had read the NTSB [sic] report, and asked if I had read it.
I replied I had searched the NIST reports, and found enough to debunk the
report: (1) NIST did not validate the model, (2) NIST adjusted inputs to get
the output they desired, (3) NIST admitted they did NOT model the collapse
itself (they modeled the immediate period prior to initiation of collapse).
Mr. Beutel's response was that since I had not read the entire report I was
taking "things out of context" like some do with the Quran.
Mr. Beutel is correct that for the Quran to be properly understood one must
study its entire message. However, in science and mathematics, all it takes
is one flaw in a critical fact, or logic, to debunk the conclusion of any
It quickly became obvious that MPAC was not interested in the facts about
9/11 or else they would have done much more research and called in experts
to explain what they are clearly not qualified to understand -- for example
the peer-reviewed paper by Niels H.
Harrit, et al, "Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the
9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe" published in The Open Chemical Physics
Journal, that I mailed to Mr. Beutel after the meeting.
Niels H. Harrit, et al, found "unreacted thermitic material" in the dust of
the World Trade Center indicating the use of rare and highly sophisticated
explosives -- something that more than 100 firefighters testified to, and
which were reported by mainstream news media on 9/11.
When I asked Mr. Beutel how many members did MPAC have, he replied that they
have a mailing list of 10,000. As best we can tell MPAC has donors based
primarily in Southern California, but is not a membership organization. MPAC
probably represents the position of their donors -- not that of American
Muslims at large.
The discussion with Mr. Beutel occurred at the monthly Chai Time held in the
Potomac Community Center in Maryland. It is attended mostly by members of
the Pakistani community. I was the featured speaker at the launching of Chai
Time by Rashid and Bano Makhdoom on February 4, 2001.
Last month, we had 52,189 visitors at our website. They downloaded 10,613
copies of "9/11 Unveiled".
What Really Happened on September 11, 2001
Enver Masud, "Fear Paralyzes U.S. Muslim
'Leaders'," The Wisdom Fund, August 3, 2010
"Muslims Didn't Do It,"
The Wisdom Fund, September 11, 2010
"The Impact of September 11 on the World," PressTV, September 12,