Col. George Nelson was a leading part of a
pilots and engineers who challenged
the lies of 9-11.
Gregory Zeigler remembers a
colleague and a friend.
by Gregory M. Zeigler Ph.D.
former Captain, US Army Military Intelligence
Colonel George F. Nelson passed away on the 12th of June, 2017, at age eighty. We are all part of a network of human associations. Colonel Nelson was no exception to this rule. I knew him for about twelve years, in the context of the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement. I want to discuss the role he played in that body of thought.
George had a 34 year career in the US Air Force, starting as an enlisted man and ending up as a full colonel. During most of this time he was involved in crash investigations. What aroused his suspicion about the official 9/11 story was the fact that all the standard procedures for investigating crashes were not only bypassed, but aggressively flouted by destruction of evidence. As he explained both publicly and privately, in such investigations, it is normal to examine each serial-numbered part. Instead, those parts were reportedly discarded.
The importance of serial-numbered parts, as Colonel Nelson explained it, is to ensure that worn parts are not substituted for other worn parts during scheduled maintenance. The mere presence of a part number is not enough. Critical parts such as landing gear can only be deployed a certain number of times before they become unsafe. Thus, the need for unique serial numbers.
Colonel Nelson's public announcement on this topic became an internet center of interest. I contacted him to find out if he really was the author and why he went public. His answer was simple. He respected his oath of loyalty to the United States of America and felt that that oath required his public statement.
As the years went on, Colonel Nelson involved himself with others. Dave von Kleist and William Lewis, under the auspices of the Power Hour radio station, produced the video "9/11 in Plane Site/Director's Cut". (Yes, that is spelled correctly.)
Phil Jayhan, a Chicago courier, had the idea of slowing down four network videos of the 9/11 plane striking the South Tower of the WTC frame-by-frame and came up with some startling conclusions: there appeared to be some kind of a pod attached to the starboard belly of the Boeing 767 and there was a red flash on the South Tower just before impact. Although some skeptics question Jayhan's claim, the Spanish newspaper Vanguardia researched the topic and supported his analysis. Jayhan's work was incorporated into the Power Hour video and into the follow-on video by Jason Bermas and Dylan Avery entitled "Loose Change."
Others contributed their work. Canadian Professor AK Dewdney put out two seminal articles. One, entitled "Project Achilles," put forth the thesis that ordinary cell phone technology of September 2001 did not permit sustained conversations from passenger aircraft at cruising altitude. This finding would invalidate the official reports of extended cell phone conversations taking place between passengers on the allegedly hijacked planes and families on the ground.
The Japanese TV network Asahi Shimbun took a lively interest in Dewdney's findings. They sent out a team to Canada to confirm Dewdney's findings. Their report went into a two-hour production under the auspices of Japanese media giant Beat Takeshi, fully confirming Dewdey's findings. In addition Dewdney wrote and published an article entitled "The Missing Wings," which argued that no passenger plane struck the Pentagon, since the wings and tail section should have sheared off.
Dewdney's analysis was subsequently reinforced by retired US Army Major General Albert B. Stubblebine, former head of all US Army Intelligence. General Stubblebine's analysis can be found at www.patriotsquestion911.com. Dewdney's articles can be found at his website, www.physics911.net. Alan Miller, one of the giants in 9/11 research, put out his seminal website www.patriotsquestion911.com, where Colonel Nelson's work and those of many others can be found. Although the website has not been updated since 2010, its material is still timely and copious.
The so-called 9/11Truth Movement has had its fair share of acrimony, as do all collective human activities. Many major researchers, such as Christopher Bollyn (see www.bollyn.com), Wayne Madsen, and the incredibly prolific Professor David Ray Griffin moved in different, though not antagonistic circles. The sheer volume of internet-based research, starting from the work of a few pioneers, eventually turned into a flood of mutually supporting analyses all pointing unmistakably to the conclusion that the official story about 9/11 was false. Alan Miller collected a huge sample of such analyses in his website www.patriotsquestion911.com, and the beginner in this topic would do well to look at that site.
My reason for putting out this professional eulogy for Colonel Nelson, for that is what it is, stems from my personal background as a former captain in US Army Military Intelligence. Like Colonel Nelson, I swore an oath to defend my beloved country, the United States of America, from all enemies domestic and foreign. Like Colonel Nelson, I take that oath seriously.
Were we friends? In a sense, since I admired the man enormously and he always showed the deepest respect for me. Nevertheless, during our twelve years of association, I never addressed him by his first name, nor did he invite me to do so. The reason is that we had to assemble a team to defend our country from an attack on the lives of its citizens, its Constitution and Bill of Rights. He was a colonel. I was a captain. So he was my commander. My final words to Colonel George Nelson, USAF(ret) are these. "Proud to have served under you in the defense of our nation... Sir!"