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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: #879,201 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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227 of 236 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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94 of 97 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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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Dennis P. McMahon on November 29, 2010
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David Ray Griffin's "Cognitive Infiltration" is a devastating deconstruction of Cass R. Sunstein's shocking and dangerous proposal to have the U.S. government illegally infiltrate and destroy the 9/11 Truth Movement. Sunstein--a Harvard Law Graduate, President Obama's choice to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and once described by Elena Kagan (now a Supreme Court Justice) as "the preeminent scholar of our time"--is unmasked by Griffin and shown to be a fascist automaton, eager to openly do the bidding of the enforcers of the official 9/11 myth that is used to justify the government's perpetual wars in the Middle East, and the ongoing suppression of civil liberties at home. Especially horrifying is that Sunstein is now in a position to help implement the very unconstitutional policies he so eagerly espoused. "Cognitive Infiltration" provides an intelligent and measured response to the twisted madness of Sunstein, who as a result of offering his frightening proposal, has revealed himself to be unworthy of holding public office.

In an analysis of the ten theses that form the basis of the Obama appointee's proposal to eradicate 9/11 Truth, Griffin distinguishes between two levels of meaning in Sunstein's essay: the exoteric (surface) and the esoteric (hidden). The esoteric interpretations portray Sunstein in such a favorable light that readers may wonder if Griffin is being serious in his praise or not. The answer is provided in the Conclusion of "Cognitive Infiltration."

Early on in "Cognitive Infiltration," to counter Sunstein's thesis that conspiracy theories in the U.S. are usually both unjustified and false, Griffin provides excellent summaries of no less than seventeen so-called "conspiracy theories" involving the U.S.
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85 of 91 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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