A Review of Liam Scheff’s Book Official Stories – 9/11 A Perfect Tuesday Morning

Official Stories reads like the transcript of a lobotomised, paranoid, drunk talking to himself in the pub.

I have recently been involved in a little bit of internet drama after producing videos critical of the AIDS denialist documentary House of Numbers. To be more specific it was after I published a video about Liam Scheff's contribution to the documentary. You see Liam seemed to be under the impression that HIV cannot be transmitted through heterosexual sex and cited the paper ‘Heterosexual Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Northern California: Results from a Ten-year Study’ as evidence. When it was pointed out to him in my video that the paper did contain evidence of HIV's transmission and that many other papers exist that prove beyond all reasonable doubt that HIV can be transmitted this way he decided to file an illegal DMCA against it. Even though my video fell well within fair use (and every lawyer I have spoken to agrees), Liam seemed to think he was justified in filing it because he believed it was not made for educational purposes; but instead for propaganda. He later tried to defend his actions on the Robert Scott Bell Show by claiming that he was the victim of a well orchestrated attack and that I was not a person but part of "Myles Power inc." whose job it is to promote the "big pharma brand" To normal people this mix of paranoia and unwarranted self-importance is absurd but Liam lives in a bizarre world where every government, scientist and corporation is out to get him and those who disagree with his theories are in their pockets. This world is normally out of the grasp of people like myself but Liam has been kind enough to give us a window-in via his book Official Stories: Counter-Arguments for a Culture in Need.

Liam Scheff Official Stories

I have given myself the task of writing reviews of some of the more interesting chapters in Liam's book starting with 9/11 - A Perfect Tuesday Morning. But before I go into detail about some of the more absurd claims and basic factual errors this chapter contains, I think it's important to discuss the book from a technical standpoint.

The book is a meandering, unfocused mess and in all honesty reads like it has been transcribed from Liam when he was drunk. There is no cohesion in any of the chapters and there are often parts where Liam would dedicate whole pages to unrelated topics. For example, when talking about what he considers to be the history of the discovery of HIV he spends a great portion of time talking about Watson and Crick. He then goes on to say that the central dogma of molecular biology is proof that science and religion are similar because of the use of the word dogma. The book is also punctuated by lines that I think are meant to be funny which quite often use inappropriate language. For example, when talking about why the HPV vaccination is given to children, Liam says “The medical establishment is now saying that your four year-old is a slut”. Also for a book that claims to be “heavily-researched”, it seems to be missing quite a few references. In fact, it’s missing them all and instead has a list of things to google……I’m not kidding. Liam tries to defend this decision by saying that “Footnotes are tools that academics use to demonstrate to their professors that they can’t quite think on their own yet, don’t have any opinions of their own”.

One thing that really stands out in the chapter on 9/11 is the lack of anything of substance. There is no grand elaborate conspiracy theory discussed; nor is there any evidence of any foul play presented. There is simply nothing to sink your teeth into. The chapter starts with the assumption that 9/11 was an inside job and runs with it. Now I know in the past I have bashed truthers for their lack of in-depth research but I have to admit at least they did the ground work. They saw something they could not explain or incorrectly interpreted and tried to base a hypothesis around their previous experiences. Here there is nothing but embarrassing factual errors that would make even the most hardened truther blush. At one point, Liam says that WTC3 (the Marriott hotel that was between the Twin Towers) survived the attack. Liam later goes on to talk about the bowing of the twin towers thought to be caused by the floor trusses sagging and putting pressure on the outer walls. Although this sagging is well documented on film and is accepted in the truther community, Liam claims to have never seen it. For someone who has a list of things to google at the back of his book it is very surprising to me that he has never once searched for this sagging.

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When it comes to WTC7 Liam seems to be under the impression that the reason the firefighters left the building to collapse was because they were told to by Larry Silverstein. This all comes from an interview of Larry given a year after 9/11 where he said “pull it”. In this interview, Larry is quite clearly talking about the need to evacuate firefighters away from WTC7, and is often mis-quoted to give the impression that he was the one telling people to leave, when infact he says “and THEY made that decision to pull it”. Liam also incorrectly gets the WTC7 collapse time wrong – something that could have been corrected by timing the well-documented videos showing the collapse. He also keeps referring to Larry as “Lucky Larry” because of the settlement reached regarding the payout from the insurance companies. What Liam fails to mention is that Larry claimed approximately $4.6 billion (USD) and the cost of rebuilding the whole complex was originally estimated to be $11 billion but is now predicted to be closer to $15 billion.

There is a small part in this chapter dedicated to the weather conditions and time of day the attack took place. This small snippet is the reason why the chapter is called ‘9/11 A Perfect Tuesday Morning’ because Liam believes that the conditions were too perfect on 9/11 and this, therefore, is the undeniable proof that 9/11 was an inside job! For you see, if the conditions were the slightest bit different, the world would not have been able to see the horrors unfolding before their eyes on TV. I don’t believe this and think that it’s a perfect example of anything and everything feeding back into some people’s conspiracy theories. I can imagine if the attacks were carried out in bad weather conditions, Liam would be saying its the proof it was an inside job because the government did not want you to see the alleged explosions going off.

I realise that this review is a little short, but that’s due to the lack of …..well…..anything of substance in this chapter. Luckily the other chapters in the book that I have read so far are a gold mine of bad science, lack of understanding, incompetence, manipulation of data and paranoia that I should be able to talk for much longer about.

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My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

5 Comments on A Review of Liam Scheff’s Book Official Stories – 9/11 A Perfect Tuesday Morning

  1. You have some real courage reading this book. I would be afraid it would cause permanent brain damage.

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  2. laughingfish13 // April 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm // Reply

    “Watch what you say – they’ll be calling you a radical, / A liberal, / Fanatical, criminal…”

    Kudos to you Myles for dealing with those who don’t want to do the research and learn the *real* truth, not this fake kool-aid truth that they come up with to shelter them from cold, hard, factual reality. You see, I believe I know why these people use conspiracy theories and believe them so fervently – because the world is horribly scary, and scientific knowledge shows both how fascinating and scary the world can really be. Nobody wants to deal with that fear and everyone likes to be in on a good mystery or conspiracy, so they blame some big shadowy entity for their fear because it’s easier and it disperses the thing they really fear – the truth. That’s why they so often claim you’re a “brainwashed sheep that’s afraid of the truth.” They’re scared of the reality of the situation themselves.

    Also, I have a conspiracy theory of my own – I believe that all conspiracy theories, every single one of them, are disseminated by a shady cabal as part of a larger conspiracy to keep people from actually learning the factual truth. What? It makes about as much sense as every other conspiracy theory out there…

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  3. Viewing the Larry Silverstein interview as you suggested, in his conversation with the unnamed fire department commander, Silverstein is quite clearly making the initial recommendation to pull the building, MAKING that decision is actually just AGREEING with Silverstein’s recommendation.

    BUT, regardless of who gets the blame for the decision in this narrative that has been spun for us, there is ample evidence of foreknowledge and that is the real issue. Ridiculously, the BBC and CNN both reported its collapse, complete with an explanation for why it happened, but someone, somehow, fed them the story early since they made their reports while the building was still standing. In both cases, the intact building is clearly visible in the live footage running behind the reporter announcing the collapse. There are also numerous video and narrative accounts of policemen and firemen clearing people away, saying the building was going to come down.

    The damning element in this scenario is that it indicates a very apparent foreknowledge. Let’s not overlook the fact that the building could not have been set up for demolition by the fire department in a matter of hours. Nor are Fire Department strained or equipped to undertake such tasks. Demolitions require specially-skilled technicians who require weeks of preparation. And they certainly don’t run explosives into a building with an “uncontainable” fire in progress. This was a pre-planned event.

    If one part of the 9/11 event, the demolition of WTC-7, was planned, then logic forces you to conclude that all the incidents of that day had to have been known as well, and planned for, in advance. That is the point. Not WHO made the decision, but WHEN was it really made?

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  4. Well said, John. Just the foreknowledge on its own is enough to prove it was an inside job. And that’s before we even get on to the meat of the argument – the laws of physics. There are two current theories for the destruction of WTC7. 1 – that it fell down on its own at (or very close to) free-fall acceleration. 2 – That it was destroyed by controlled demolition. Now, 1) is ruled out because it directly contradicts Newton’s laws. That leaves 2) as the only viable model. As Shirlock Holmes once said: “Once you have eliminated the impossible then whatever is left, no matter how implausible, must be the truth.

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  5. Well I found the part about gut health being related to the health of the human immune system and T cells quite interesting…

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