The official account of the events of September 11, 2001, has been used to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which have resulted in the deaths of over a million people; to authorize torture, military tribunals, and extraordinary rendition; and to suspend freedoms guaranteed by the American Constitution such as habeas corpus in the USA, and similar freedoms in Canada, the UK, and other countries.
The media have claimed for over a decade that they are unable to evaluate the technical evidence being presented that contradicts the official narrative of 9/11.
A parallel problem existed in medicine during the years when there were contradictory, unranked approaches to treatment interventions. This problem was greatly reduced by the introduction of "evidence-based" medicine.
Using widely accepted tools such as the Delphi Method, medicine has now developed hundreds of standard Consensus Statements to guide physicians in diagnosis and treatment.
Similarly, 24 expert members of the 9/11 Consensus Panel have developed 44 Consensus Points of "best evidence" regarding what happened on 9/11. The need for this approach arose because the information presented to the public by the government through channels such as the 9/11 Commission Report is contradictory, incomplete and misleading. These 44 consensus points challenge the official account of the events of 9/11. The importance of this approach cannot be understated because of the central role of the events of 9/11 in shaping legislative, social and military initiatives.
The respondents, who remain blind to one another throughout the process, provide three rounds of review and feedback that has been refined into 44 Points of "best evidence." This scientific process has yielded an unprecedented degree of credibility for specific points of evidence relating to 9/11. The official claims regarding 9/11 are contradicted by facts that have been validated by a scientific consensus process, and which include the points of "best evidence."
The term "best evidence" available is used in the very narrow sense with regard to any specific claim of the 9/11 official story that the Panel challenges. It does not mean the strongest evidence against the official story in general. It is simply the "best evidence" against each particular claim that the Panel addresses. "Best evidence," as used by the 9/11 Consensus Panel, is not evidence in support of specific alternative theories of what happened on 9/11.
44 Consensus Points
The 44 Consensus Points are divided into the ten categories below, which in turn link to the individual 44 points:
- General Consensus Points
- Consensus Points about the Twin Towers
- Point TT-1: A Claim about the Destruction of the Twin Towers: Impact, Jet Fuel, and Fire Only
- Point TT-2: A Claim about the Destruction of the Twin Towers: Impact, Fire, and Gravity Only
- Point TT-3: A Claim Excluding Explosions in the Twin Towers
- Point TT-4: A Second Claim Excluding Explosives in the Twin Towers
- Point TT-5: The Claim that the World Trade Center Dust Contained No Thermitic Materials
- Point TT-6: The Claim that There Was No Molten Steel or Iron in the World Trade Center Buildings
- Point TT-7: Why Did the Twin Towers Collapse? The Seismic Evidence
- Point TT-8: Why Did the Twin Towers Collapse? The Physical and Testimonial Evidence
- Consensus Points about the Collapse of World Trade Center 7
- Point WTC7-1: The Claim that WTC 7 Collapsed from Fire Alone
- Point WTC7-2: The Claim in NIST's Draft Report that WTC 7 Did Not Come Down at Free Fall Acceleration
- Point WTC7-3: The Claim in NIST's Final Report that WTC 7 Came Down in Free Fall Without Explosives
- Point WTC7-4: Did the Official Simulation of the Fall of WTC7 Match the Observed Collapse?
- Point WTC7-5: World Trade Center Building 7: NIST's Analysis of the Collapse Initiation Is Not Valid
- Point WTC7-6: The Fraudulent NIST Claim That There Was No Steel Recovered from Building WTC7 for Analysis
- Point WTC7-7: Foreknowledge of the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7
- Consensus Points about the Pentagon
- Consensus Points about the 9/11 Flights
- Consensus Points about US Military Exercises On and Before 9/11
- Consensus Points about the Political and Military Commands on 9/11
- Point MC-Intro: Overview of Contradicted Claims about Key Military and Political Leaders
- Point MC-1: Why Was President Bush Not Hustled Away from the Florida School?
- Point MC-2: The White House Claim as to How Long President Bush Remained in the Florida Classroom
- Point MC-3: The Claim about the Time of Dick Cheney's Entry into the White House Bunker
- Point MC-4: When Did Cheney Authorize the Shoot-down of Civilian Planes?
- Point MC-5: Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld's Behavior between 9:00 and 10:00 AM
- Point MC-6: T he Activities of General Richard Myers during the 9/11 Attacks
- Point MC-7: The Time of General Shelton's Return to his Command
- Point MC-8: The Activities of Brigadier General Montague Winfield between 8:30 and 10:30 AM
- Point MC-9: The Activities of General Ralph Eberhart during the 9/11 Attacks
- Point MC-10: The Activities of NYC Mayor Giuliani on September 11, 2001
- Consensus Points about Hijackers on 9/11
- Consensus Points about the Phone Calls on 9/11
- Point PC-1: The Alleged Calls of Todd Beamer, Flight UA93
- Point PC-1A: The Todd Beamer Call from UA Flight 93: A Serious Problem in the Timeline
- Point PC-2: The Reported Phone Calls from Barbara Olson
- Point PC-3: Cell Phone Calls from the Planes: The First Official Account
- Point PC-4: Cell Phone Calls from the Planes: The Second Official Account
- Consensus Points about Official Video Exhibits Regarding 9/11
In addition to the main website in English, significant portions are available in five other languages.
The panel members were selected from the professional independent research community because of their contributions to the encyclopedic knowledge that has been unearthed about 9/11. They include the following individuals whose detailed biographies can be seen on the Consensus Panel web-site:
- Dr. David Ray Griffin: Co-founder of the 9/11 Consensus Panel
- Elizabeth Woodworth: Co-founder of the 9/11 Consensus Panel
- David S. Chandler
- Giulietto Chiesa
- Jonathan Cole
- Dwain Deets
- Dr. Daniele Ganser
- Lt. Col. David Gapp
- Dr. Niels Harrit
- Dr. Steven E. Jones
- Commander Ralph Kolstad
- Dr. Graeme MacQueen
- P. Dennis McMahon
- Aidan Monaghan
- Rowland Morgan
- Frances Shure
- Lou Stolzenberg
- Daniel Sunjata
- Tony Szamboti
- Dr. Matthew Witt
- Dr. Jonathan B. Weisbuch
- Mr. William Veale
- Dr. Robert Bowman, Deceased (1934 – August 22, 2013)
- Tod Fletcher, Deceased (1952 – September 30, 2014)