In 2005 James Fetzer and Steven Jones co-founded a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth. In 2007, Jones and other legitimate scholars formed a splinter group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice. Here is a link to a Wikipedia Article that explains this division in greater depth.
In the final analysis, Scholars for 9/11 Truth [SFT] is disinformation, and is not to be confused with splinter group, Scholars for 9/11 Truth & Justice [SFT&J], which is widely respected within the movement.
To the uninitiated observer, it would seem that there is some deep schism within the 9/11 truth movement, but this schism is actually between the legitimate truth movement, represented by David Ray Griffin, Richard Gage, Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, Niels Harrit et al.– and the disinformation apparatus represented by James Fetzer, Judy Wood, Gordon Duff, and (maybe) Kevin Barrett (whose writing is often offensive, bordering on anti-Semitic).
The fundamental disagreement between these two groups is over what role nanothermite played in the demolition of the towers.
What makes the argument of SFT clearly disingenuous is the fact that at no point do these “scholars” claim that nanothermite was not present in WTC dust, because that assertion would be demonstrably false.
What they claim instead is that other means were likely employed to effect the complete disintegration of Towers 1 and 2– a claim which legitimate 9/11 truth-seekers do not discount. But they couch their argument in language which seems to discount the nanothermite hypothesis.
Here is an example, from an article entitled, Nanothermite: If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit! (the title alone should give you some insight into their tactics):
In a paper entitled “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?”(2006), physicist Dr. Steven E. Jones cited thermite to explain the molten metal and first started raising the possibility that nanothermite could explain the additional explosive effects observed. Then four dust samples collected in the aftermath of the towers’ collapse by different individuals were sent to Dr. Jones, and upon testing, they were found to contain unreacted red chips of a nanothermitic material.
Those results were reported in a later paper titled “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in the Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe” by Niels Harrit, et al. (April, 2009), and because of this many assumed that nanothermite had been definitively identified as the prime candidate destructive agent. The paper, said to have been peer-reviewed, came out in the Open Chemical Physics Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), causing 9/11 Truthers to run with the news that explosive nanothermite blew up the Twin Towers, proclaiming what soon became a form of gospel in the 9/11 community. The Gospel of Nanothermite has given the incendiary properties of thermite a set of new miraculous powers: in its nano-state it becomes “Super Thermite” – a high-explosive that pulverized hundreds of thousands of tons of building materials in no more than 10 seconds.
In conclusion, unreacted thermite and iron microspheres are present in all WTC dust samples. This fact alone is more than sufficient to identify 9/11 as a crime very different in nature from that which the mainstream media have thus far portrayed. Other means were likely employed to effect the total and rapid disintegration of the WTC towers, but these means are not yet known to the scientific community, and to introduce theories concerning these additional means is irrelevent and counterproductive, a distraction from what is known and proven.