The millionaire activist is so convinced of a government cover-up
he is offering a $100,000 reward to any engineering student who can
prove the World Trade Centre buildings crashed the way the
"Of course, we expect no winners," Walter, 57, heir to an $11
million fortune from his father's home building business, said in a
telephone interview from California on Wednesday.
He said a panel of expert engineers would judge submissions from
Next month, he also launches a nationwide contest seeking
alternative theories from college and high school students about why
New York's World Trade Centre collapsed. The contest offers $10,000
to the best alternative theory, with 100 runner-up awards of $1,000.
Winners will be chosen next June.
The World Trade Centre's twin towers were destroyed after
hijackers slammed two commercial airliners into them. The attack in
New York killed 2,749 people.
Various official investigations give no credence to Walter's
theory. A September 11 commission spokesman did not return calls
Walter insists there had to be explosives planted in the twin
towers to cause them to fall as they did, and also rejects the
official explanation for the damage done at the Pentagon (news
"We have all the proof," said Walter, citing videotapes and
testimony from witnesses.
"It wasn't 19 screw-ups from Saudi Arabia who couldn't pass
flight school who defeated the United States with a set of box
cutters," he said. He dismissed the official September 11 commission
report, saying, "I don't trust any of these 'facts.'"
Walter has spent millions of dollars to bolster support for his
case, running full-page ads in The New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal, The New Yorker and Newsweek, as well as alternative
newspapers and 30-second TV spots.
He points to a Zogby poll he commissioned last summer that showed
66 percent of New Yorkers wanted the 9/11 investigation reopened.
Walter has spent about 30 percent of his net worth on his
"I am a patriot fighting the real traitors who are destroying our
democracy. I resent it when they call me delusional," he said.