Dr Frank Legge and the Science of 9/11
Dedication by John Bursill at Frank Legge’s Funeral Service in Perth Australia on the 29th of October 2016.
Good afternoon to you all and my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Kaye, his children, grandchildren, greater family, friends and associates. I am here representing the worldwide 9/11 Truth Community to celebrate a great human being, and to recognize the great body of work Frank undertook over the last ten years of his life whilst uncovering the truth of the events on September 11, 2001.
I have given many addresses on this controversial issue over many years, on radio, TV and to large conferences, but this I see as the most important. Firstly I should introduce myself. My name is John Bursill; I am a Senior Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Avionics for a large Australian Airline and am currently acting in the role of Engineering Duty Maintenance Manager in Sydney. I have worked in the airline industry for 30 years in many responsible roles and have served as an Executive of the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association. I currently hold the position of President of the Sutherland Aboriginal Education Consultative Group working for better outcomes for Aboriginal children. I have served with distinction in the Australian Army Reserve for over ten years, still being active within the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) in my local community, where I also work with the Lions and other community organisations.
My role in the 9/11 Truth Movement was as the Australian Spokesperson, including representing the international group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. I have been a street activist, international conference organiser, blogger and podcast host. Frank spoke at numerous events I held in Sydney including one attended by the Honourable Senator Yukisa Fujita of the parliament of Japan who at the time was the Chairman of the Senate Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee. Frank was a regular guest on the podcast Visibility 911to discuss with me as host the science of 9/11, and to help activists understand the misinformation and misguided speculative theories being presented to and by the movement. He was always the gentle voice of reason.
I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am like Frank, a conspiracy factualist and a rational actor for truth, peace and justice. Frank Legge was not just a friend, mentor and hero to me, but to thousands of others, becoming an inspiration and a source of hope that a better world was possible. Frank encouraged us activists that, through exposing the truth of 9/11, which is the pretext to this endless war, peace on earth was a real possibility. Frank demonstrated through action that good educated people of high standing with much to lose would take the hard path and speak truth to power and that brave selfless souls will stand up for the powerless even when they risk being alienated from their families, ridiculed by their academic peers and in many cases lose their jobs as a direct consequence of speaking out.
Today I am primarily here to represent the large Scientific and Engineering Community to whom Frank was a pillar and to pay their respects to Frank and to his work. I will do this through their words which have been truncated and edited due to service time constraints. These are the reflections of some of his closest scientific and activist collaborators that have fought stridently with Frank for 9/11 truth and justice, in the name of peace.
Reflections by Some of Frank Legge’s Scientfic Collaborators
Dr Steven E Jones
Dr Jones is an American physicist known largely for his work on Cold Fusion at Brigham Young University. Jones is also known for his association with 9/11 research and has claimed that mere airplane crashes and fires could not have resulted in the rapid and complete collapse of all three World Trade Center towers on 9/11. He suggests controlled demolition instead, based upon his own experiments and analysis. Dr Jones has received numerous scientific awards and has been published in many scientific journals, including Nature, Physical Review Letters and Scientific American, to name just a few.
“Frank was an intelligent, well-informed colleague who assisted me on several studies as well as being a good friend. My sincere condolences to Kaye and his family.
“I well remember my visits with Frank in November 2009 during a speaking trip to Australia at the invitation of John Bursill. It was a wonderful time together, sharing meals and discussing 9/11 and other issues. I will always remember this event and our time together.
“One argument that I often used in talks about the 9/11 tragedy was around the rapid collapse of all three buildings. The physics involved applies especially to World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC7) where the roof fell at free-fall acceleration for over 100 feet. Later, due to our work, this was finally admitted to by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As I recall, the gist of this argument was first raised by Dr. Legge and I thank him for it.”
David Chandler is a retired teacher of physics and mathematics who taught at secondary and college levels for 35 years. He holds a BS in Physics, an MA in Education and an MS in Mathematics.
“I will state as a fact, at the outset, what Frank and many of us have come to recognize, that the events of 9/11 were staged by powerful insiders as a pretext for war and profit, and the official story is no more than an elaborate criminal cover-up. Railing against the lies of the powerful only gets you so far. The 9/11 Truth Movement found real traction when independent scientists and engineers like Frank became involved. In the case of an inquiry into a “State Crime Against Democracy” there are economic, political, and criminal consequences for the perpetrators. Overt and covert opposition to our efforts is inevitable. Lives, fortunes, and vast geopolitical ambitions are at stake. For the powerful, truth is something that gets in the way, but for democracy truth is essential.
“We have had some spotty success in getting our work published in mainstream scientific journals, but we needed our own journal to allow our research to flourish. Frank was involved from very early on and contributed significant research to the Journal of 9/11 Studies, becoming one of the editors. Some of the best papers have a long list of contributing authors and Frank was frequently one of them.
“I felt a special twinge of sadness when Frank asked recently to be taken off our internal email circulation list because he no longer had the energy to devote to the work. The work continues, we have made significant progress and he is part of it. Through it all we are conscious of Frank’s enduring influence. I will be maintaining Frank’s extensive web site, The Science of 9/11. We miss you Frank.”
Ken Jenkins has been active as a leader and organizer in the 9/11 Truth Community in the US since early 2002. Ken is an Electrical Engineer with an academic interest in psychology and geopolitics. Ken in later life has focussed on peace activism and documentary film making.
This letter I will read now was sent to Frank as his health was declining. It refers to the later work Frank did in collaboration with many others, including myself, proving the official story of a Boeing 757 hitting the Pentagon is correct. This was important because many good activists had been convinced the Boeing 757 had not hit the Pentagon primarily due to a lack of a proper transparent investigation by the US government. This void allowed poorly conceived arguments to be presented forcefully by misguided, unqualified and in some cases disreputable people. In our opinion this belief that no plane hit the Pentagon had put all the good work done on the World Trade Center (WTC) at risk through association.
“Dear Frank: I want to thank you for your tireless and excellent work on behalf of 9/11 truth. Your commitment to the truth and your integrity regarding science has been an inspiration to me and I’m sure to others as well.
“I particularly admire your courage in moving beyond the more widely accepted WTC science taking on the controversial Pentagon plane issue. Your pioneering work, clear scientific approach and information, your common sense and logical reasoning have all been a major inspiration, particularly while making my Pentagon plane film.
“I am particularly grateful that you collaborated with me in using your website to present a stand-alone piece we wrote together. I feel honored to have my name after yours on what became the ‘Why Not Use a Plane?’ article.
“While reviewing our article I was inspired to use it as the basis of a short video for YouTube and the text as the basis of the script for the voice-over. I want you to know that I will dedicate both that short video and my longer Pentagon Plane Puzzle film to you. In Truth and Peace, Ken.”
Dr John D Wyndham
Dr Wyndham has a PhD in Physics and was a former Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and a former Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy at Pepperdine University.
“Although Frank and I never met in person, we worked closely together for over five years on the 9/11 Pentagon question. Frank’s approach was that of a true scientist – open, inquiring, humble, and long-suffering when vilified. Despite much rejection and opposition, Frank continued his work through solo and joint papers, actively contributing even after he fell ill.
“Society owes him a great debt for upholding the ideals of scientific investigation in an age of propaganda and the refusal of the scientific community at large to speak the truth.
“His research made fundamental contributions to resolving the 9/11 Pentagon question in favor of large plane impact. Frank’s work is a shining example of what it means to be a great scientist.”
Kevin Ryan is a former Site Manager for Underwriters Laboratories where he lost his job after he questioned their analysis of the steel used in the trusses at the World Trade Center. Kevin is the editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies since 2006 and together with Frank as co-editor until 2012. He has worked as a chemist and chemistry laboratory manager for 30 years. Kevin wrote an article about Frank’s scientific and greater life that will be published on-line. For any that are interested I have numerous copies of this draft article with me today for distribution. Here is an excerpt:
“Frank was a leader of the international 9/11 Truth Movement. He had been a co-editor of the Journal of 9/11 Studies and a founding member of both Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice and Scientists for 9/11 Truth. His contributions to research into 9/11 will be remembered as among the most important in history.
“Dr. Legge wrote and co-authored many papers examining the destruction of the three high-rise towers on September 11, 2001. He believed that the evidence for explosives in controlled demolition of all three towers was convincing and that the failure of the U.S. agency National Institute of Standards and Technology to consider this possibility was prima facie evidence of corruption and obstruction of justice.
“Although a sound scientific approach was characteristic of his work, Legge’s personality was also important in that he was often the most mature participant in any discussion. This is not to say he was merely the oldest but that he was level-headed and composed in many heated, ego-driven, arguments.
“In the last decade of his life, Frank Legge was a tremendous influence on many people around the world. He led scientific inquiry into one of the most controversial subjects in history and he collaborated positively with many fellow citizens to reveal the truth. Those of us who worked with him during this time will remember his intelligence, dignity, and respect for others.”
That is the end of these heart felt dedications from Frank’s peers. I and Kaye hope Frank’s dedication to this subject has encouraged you to think again about the events of 9/11 and to question the current wars that developed from that event. I know Frank would be truly happy to know his and others work was not in vain!
Lest we forget; vale Dr Frank Legge!