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A philosopher at the Claremont School of Theology, Griffin scrutinizes the time line and physical evidence of September 11 for unresolved inconsistencies. Griffin draws heavily on three similarly skeptical examinations, by Nafeez Ahmed, Paul Thompson and Thierry Meyssan, whose The Big Lie was a bestseller in France, and which the New Republic has called "thinâ€"and thinly argued." Based on these sources, Griffin maintains that a full investigation of the events of that tragic day is necessary to answer such questions as whether American Airlines Flight 77 did crash into the Pentagon (though many will find it impossible to doubt this) and how United Airlines Flight 93 was downed. He claims that if standard procedures for scrambling fighter jets had been followed, the hijacked planes should have been intercepted in time, and that structurally, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers most likely was caused by explosives placed throughout the towers, not from the plane crashes. He strongly implies that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the attack and sought to conceal what Griffin suggests was the Pakistani intelligence agency's involvement in the planning for the attacks. His analysis is undergirded by the theory that a significant external threat, on the scale of Pearl Harbor, was very much in the interest of the Bush administration, which he believes is intent on self-interested aggressive foreign policies. Even many Bush opponents will find these charges ridiculous, though conspiracy theorists may be haunted by the suspicion that we know less than we think we do about that fateful day.
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"...a must-read for all who want to get past the conspiracy of silence and mystification that surrounds these events." -- John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Theology, Emeritus Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University

"Griffin's book goes a long way in answering...What did the President know, and when did he know it?" -- Wayne Madsen, Author, journalist, syndicated columnist

"It will be painful...to turn the pages of this thoughtful and meticulously researched book. But turn we must." -- Colleen Kelly, sister of Bill Kelly Jr., who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

"Sensitive to the "conspiracy theory" mind-stop that has disconnected...Americans from the facts of this...event. [A] courageously impeccable work." -- John McMurtry PhD Professor of Philosophy, University of Guelph

"This book gives us a foundation to discover the truth, one that we may not wish to hear." -- Gerry Spence

"This is a very important book... A must-read for anyone concerned about American foreign policy under the present administration." -- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

"This is an important, extraordinarily well-reasoned and provocative book that should be widely read." -- Marcus Raskin Co-founder, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC

"[A] superbly written analysis of the various criticisms of the official story made by many independent researchers." -- Jack Ceder

"[A]n extraordinary book... It is rare, indeed, that a book has this potential to become a force of history." -- from the Foreword by Richard Falk, human rights lawyer and professor emeritus, Princeton University

"[This] book presents an incontrovertible argument of the need for a genuinely full and independent investigation of that infamous day." --Douglas Sturm, Presidential Professor of Religion and Political Science, Emeritus Bucknell University

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group; 1st edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566565529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566565523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
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One of the most critical challenges confronting Americans today is to grasp the true nature of the current Bush administration. After four traumatic years in office, G.W. Bush and his handlers, have shown a taste for the aggressive accumulation, and exercise of power, that is unprecedented in U.S. history.

In spite of the seemingly irrefutable official government account of 9/11, the question of government complicity is now no longer in doubt. Three years of diligent civilian research has uncovered hidden facts that clearly show that 9/11 and the subsequent 'war on terror', are not what they appear to be! The Bush administration has effectively used, ironclad secrecy, outright deception, and a compliant mainstream media, to push an official story of 9/11 that effectively conceals the truth. It is not surprising then, that the most vigorous opponent of any type of post 9/11 investigation, was the Bush Whitehouse. What were they trying to hide? A few facts to consider:

a. Prior to the attacks, key alleged hijackers were protected from FBI field investigations, by FBI headquaters.

b. All hijacked plane passenger lists, are five passengers short of the official count, and contain no Arabic names.

c. The fires caused by planes on the upper floors of the twin towers effectively burned out, before the towers fell.

d. FDNY personnel escaping the WTC north tower, reported explosions going off as the tower collapsed.

e. The 40 story WTC building 7 collaped exactly like the twin towers without ever being struck by a plane.

f. All steel from the WTC collapses was hurriedly shipped out of the country without the usual investigations.

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A theologist raising a lone voice against a high crime of state reminds one immediately of the Nazi scourge and the almost lone voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whom Hitler hanged a few days before the end, to rob him of any sense of victory or redemption that he might have enjoyed.
The Bush regime presented a similarly hard face of universalist missionary zeal, albeit not uniformed, with a messianic vision of putting the world to rights, an enormous military machine with which to do it, curfew-lite civil rights, and a consumer economy in a state of overheated boom. The post-9/11 regime granted the attacks religious icon status, with pictures of brave firemen at Ground Zero being played to children in school across the nation over the sound of the Stars and Stripes every morning.
The so-called War on Terror was declared, although it was strangely at odds with the Americans' indulgent attitude to terror as practised by the US-funded IRA in the UK, with the government of Mrs Thatcher being blown out of their beds at three in the morning at the Grand Hotel, Brighton, and vast swathes of commercial real estate gutted in Manchester and London. Suddenly, America was rising up in righteous fury.
It now seems that America's righteous fury was directed into wars that the Bush regime had long been planning behind the scenes. Indeed, the 9/11 attacks might have been a pre-emptive measure against a war in Afghanistan that the Pentagon was already plotting. Or, perish the thought, did they occur as a pretext for that war?
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Griffin's book is the ultimate wake-up call for America. It's time to "take the bull by the tail and look the facts in the face" (W.C. Fields) and admit "we've met the enemy, and he is us" (Pogo). It's time to take a close look at the official story of 9-11, which is demonstrably false--a Big Lie presumably concocted by those who wanted to drag us into endless war by staging a phoney "New Pearl Harbor". It was the disaster film to end all disaster films, a cinemetographically stunning commercial for the long-planned war in which 3000 extras played the role of collateral damage.
The facts are stunningly clear. The hijackers' mission could not have succeeded without stand-down orders issued by the top of the U.S. military command. The WTC was taken down with explosives in classic controlled demolitions, as FEMA well understood but couldn't come right out and say. The fifteen-foot diameter hole in the Pentagon was obviously caused by a missile, not a 125-foot wide by 40-foot-high 757. And the flight in Pennsylvania that "crashed" was shot down BECAUSE the passengers were regaining control of the plane. One of them was a pilot, and live hijackers would be inconvenient. Those guys weren't Muslim fanatics. They went to a lap-dance club the night before, for Allah's sakes! The Saudi muscle guys came over on CIA snitch visas, as a CIA source involved in the subsequent coverup, I mean "investigation", informed me, and they were garden variety thugs, not martyrs. Keeping all of the above in mind, Bush's weirdly nonchalant behavior at the school in Florida--a location the whole world knew about, from which he would have been quickly evacuated if the nation were really under attack--makes a bit more sense.
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