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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566568218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566568210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the United States today, the phrase `conspiracy theory' functions as a sort of giant cudgel, used to scare us out of talking openly about a broad (and ever-growing) range of scandals that the powerful cannot afford to let the people comprehend. In this new book, David Ray Griffin takes devastating aim at that repressive tactic, exposing it for what it really is. All those who cherish democracy, and intellectual freedom, owe it to themselves to read this brave analysis---and owe its author their sincerest thanks." --- Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University

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David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. He is the author of over 30 books.

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Case in point is vividly clear in a new book by Dr. David Ray Griffin, "Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama appointee's plan to undermine the 9/11 conspiracy theory."
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231 of 240 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Fletcher on August 30, 2010
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Shortly after taking office on January 20, 2009 President Obama appointed Harvard law professor (and personal friend) Cass Sunstein to the post of administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In June 2009 Sunstein published an essay in The Journal of Political Philosophy entitled "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures," in which he provided an "analysis" of conspiracy theories, viewing them, as his title indicated, as "caused" by "informational isolation" and requiring "cures", i.e., elimination. The article led to an outcry by civil libertarians of all political stripes, who especially singled out for protest Sunstein's call for covert "cognitive infiltration" by government agents of organizations the government deems "conspiracist".

Because Sunstein explicitly states that "9/11 conspiracy theories" are his main focus, virtually all interpreters have agreed that Sunstein's call for what is essentially another Cointelpro Operation is directed specifically against the 9/11 truth movement. (Cointelpro, or "Counter Intelligence Program", was the FBI's name for its high-priority operations to infiltrate, provoke, undermine and disable civil rights, socialist, antiwar, black power and Native American movements during the late 1950s and the 1960s.) The fantastic picture Sunstein paints of the 9/11 truth movement as "harmful," "dangerous," and likely to resort to "terrorism" suggests that he is serving a function similar to Philip Zelikow's during the Bush/Cheney years; in his own way, Sunstein too is a "myth-maker."

In his new book COGNITIVE INFILTRATION David Ray Griffin has provided the first truly adequate response to Sunstein's deeply-flawed and legally-questionable arguments.
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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Clark on September 19, 2010
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Griffin's complete demolition of Sunstein's essay is controlled and precise. The ten major pillars of Sunstein's argumentative structure are taken apart one by one in this brilliant book. Be prepared for a bit of slower reading in the first fifty pages as the fuses are being set, but run for your lives starting with Chapter Five as the edifice of the official 911 story and Sunstein's rhetorical supports come crashing down. If you're an evidence-based thinker and you're not completely persuaded that the official narrative of 911 is completely implausible after reading this book, please discuss that in a review here. I would really like to hear it.

Merri Sue Clark, Eugene OR
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hanson on September 20, 2010
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In his latest book, "Cognitive Infiltration An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory", David Ray Griffin brings his formidable forensic and analytical skills to bear on an essay by Cass Sunstein and co-author Adrian Vermeule, entitled: "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures".

This essay was first published online in January 2008, by which time Griffin's earlier books had presented overwhelming evidence that the events of 9/11 were an inside job and that the public have been told a gigantic lie, aided and abetted by corporate media.
Indeed, so watertight is the case against the official account that only a deeply ingrained belief in the moral uprightness of the United States -- fostered over decades of selective and tendentious reporting by corporate media -- can account for the fact that about half the population still appears to believe the official account.

So dependent is Sunstein and Vermeule's essay on this brainwashing that, as Griffin shows, they do not even attempt to answer any of the evidence adduced by the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Indeed, so threadbare is Sunstein's `case' that, as Griffin suggests, one could almost suspect that the essay has a sub-text, intended for the more perceptive readers, the intention of which is to prepare the public for eventual acceptance that 9/11 was, indeed, the result of conspiracy by U.S. officials.

Pathetic though Sunstein's 'arguments' are, the thrust of his essay is extremely sinister. In his failure to even attempt to rebut a single shred of the evidence against the official story, he proposes instead that government agents should infiltrate the 9/11 truth movement with a view to disrupting their campaign.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By James L. Hufferd on September 13, 2010
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Dr. David Ray Griffin's dozen or so remarkable books to date dealing with 9/11 and closely-related subjects -- including this latest one -- and the reception accorded them by the minute but ultra-powerful intellectually-occupied segment of the population speak volumes about our tenuous national condition. First of all, Dr. Griffin, not a forensic scientist himself, assembles and both ingeniously and impeccably (from a logical viewpoint) analyzes all of the knowable evidence from all sources on the 9/11 crimes or attacks, and renders it into stunning courtroom-ready evidence PROVING, among other things, that insiders, and not al-Qaeda, brought down the three WTC buildings that fell, by contolled demolition and not utilizing airplanes, jet-fuel fires, or 4 or 5 tiny box scalpels against all of the crew and passengers per plane. Any just court in the world would, through its machinations, accept such evidence and find prolbable cause for an impartial full criminal investigation. But America's entire legal system is sealed against that possibility, to protect ____?_____ from the unimpeded workings of justice. Furthermore, other public intellects don't protest this truly appalling (and sadly revealing) official reception to inroads of the truth when it comes to 9/11. In fact, 99.9% of them remain silent and calm, neither outwardly recognizing David Ray Griffin for his monumental courage or giant epistemological feat of priceless truth-telling in the thankless service to his country.Read more ›
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