I heard rumors of this just yesterday but hoped it wasn’t true.
Jeremy Stahl started things in motion with his smear piece in Slate.com, Spike Lee Has Fallen Down the 9/11 Truther Rabbit Hole.
The article is ridiculous, comparing Gage to creationists, “COVID-19 vaccine skeptics,” “climate change skeptics,” and, of course, “Holocaust deniers.” The tone of the piece is telling, and the hysteria over Spike Lee giving even slight publicity to Gage and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth on a mainstream platform like HBO is telling. As far as I can remember, the only time anything by AE911 Truth received a mainstream broadcast was their documentary, Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out, on a local PBS station in Colorado about a decade ago.
While I haven’t confirmed it, a commenter said he received this email:
Richard Gage is no longer the CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The board of directors took this decision after Richard made controversial public statements well outside the scope of AE911Truth’s mission — despite the board expressly requiring Richard not to make such statements — and these statements surfaced in the media, contributing to filmmaker Spike Lee’s decision to remove a half-hour of his ongoing HBO docuseries, NYC Epicenters, that featured the work of our organization. Once again, I thank you for your generous support of AE911Truth. Roland Angle, PE, Acting CEO and President
This is troubling, as a recent video from a member said that Gage was being sidelined by two board members pushing uncredible theories. This is a repeat of what happened to the original Scholars for 9/11 Truth, started by Steve Jones, who put Jim Fetzer on the board, at which time Fetzer began pushing the disinformation of Judith Wood and other such nonsense.
I also see a few new hit pieces against Gage from ostensible “truthers” likely pushing weak evidence and disinformation. The last few years have seen the 9/11 families and truth movement gain some legal clout, and if Spike Lee’s documentary had give the issues a wider hearing during the twenty year anniversary, that would have been another big boost.
It would be a great tragedy if this happens to Architects and Engineers, which has been the most, really, the only, credible physics-focused 9/11 Truth group.
It just goes to show that 9/11 Truth still has the ability to cause panic among certain factions of power.