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Starred Review. An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the "9/11 truth" movement, a group committed to "exposing the falsity of the official theory about 9/11," and this book is a thorough, highly detailed attempt to do just that. As Griffin aptly notes, "the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational" has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence-from the inconsistencies between NORAD tapes and the 9/11 Commission Report to rigorous exploration into the physics of the collapse-detailed and deeply unnerving. For instance, Griffin considers the fact that firefighters were told, five hours before the fact, that building WTC 7 was going to collapse, despite "the fact that WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, that the available photographs show no large fires, and that fire had never caused a steel-frame high-rise to collapse." Another chilling passage looks at the Pennsylvania crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 through the testimony of those first to arrive, who were unanimous in finding "no recognizable plane parts, no body parts." For anyone who doubts the government's truthfulness regarding the WTC terrorist attack, this well-researched volume will give you a trough full of ideas to chew on.
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"An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the '9/11 truth' movement, a group committed to 'exposing the falsity of the official theory about 9/11,' and this book is a thorough, highly detailed attempt to do just that. As Griffin aptly notes, 'the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational' has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence-from the inconsistencies between NORAD tapes and the 9/11 Commission Report to rigorous exploration into the physics of the collapse-detailed and deeply unnerving. For instance, Griffin considers the fact that firefighters were told, five hours before the fact, that building WTC 7 was going to collapse, despite 'the fact that WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, that the available photographs show no large fires, and that fire had never caused a steel-frame high-rise to collapse.' Another chilling passage looks at the Pennsylvania crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 through the testimony of those first to arrive, who were unanimous in finding 'no recognizable plane parts, no body parts.' For anyone who doubts the government's truthfulness regarding the WTC terrorist attack, this well-researched volume will give you a trough full of ideas to chew on." -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"Considering how the 9/ll tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9/ll deserve to be investigated and addressed." -- Howard Zinn
"David Ray Griffin has established himself--alongside Seymour Hersh--as America's number one bearer of unpleasant, yet necessary, public truths." -- Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University
"Until we get a complete, honest, transparent investigation--not one based on 'confession' extracted by torture--we will never know what happened on 9/11. David Griffin will never let this go until we get the truth." -- Robert Baer, former CIA case officer and author of See No Evil and Sleeping with the Devil.
After reading David Ray Griffin's previous books on the subject, I was over 90% convinced that 9/11 was an inside job. Now, after reading Debunking 9/11 Debunking, I am, I regret to say, 100% convinced. -- John V. Whitbeck, author of The World According to Whitbeck
Considering how the 9-ll tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9-ll deserve to be investigated and addressed. -- Howard Zinn
David Ray Griffin hits another one out of the park by taking on the left gatekeepers and the mass media for the lies and cover-up called "the official story of 9/11/01," which is the greatest conspiracy theory ever perpetrated on the American public. I highly recommend this book for all thinking Americans. -- Meria Heller, producer host of the Meria Heller Show (www.meria.net)
David Ray Griffin's Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a superb compendium of the strong body of evidence showing the official US government story of what happened on September 11, 2001 to be almost certainly a monstrous series of lies. Tragically, the entire course of US foreign and domestic policies since that date has grown out of these almost certain falsehoods. This single book could (and should) provide the basis for the United Nations International Court of Justice, or some specially constituted global body (independent of the US) to investigate with highest priority, and publicly report its findings about, the charge that unknown elements within the US government, and possibly some individuals elsewhere closely allied to the US, caused or contributed to causing the events of September 11 to happen. -- Bill Christison, former senior official of the CIA
David Ray Griffin, author of 30 books and professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, systematically challenges the principal official and semi-official defenses of the standard account of 9/11 events....Throughout the book's 391 pages, including 61 pages of references, Griffin exhibits exceptional skill in detailed scholarly analysis. He concludes with a call to the reader, and all of us, to bring these issues into full public discussion and to expose the truth about 9/11, whatever it may be. Indeed, such "truth" has certainly not yet been revealed due to extensive gaps and contradictions in official theories that he documents in detail. -- ALA's CHOICE
Professor Griffin is the nemesis of the 9/11 cover-up. This new book destroys the credibility of the NIST and Popular Mechanics reports and annihilates his critics." -- Paul Craig Roberts, assistant secretary of the US Treasury during the Reagan administration
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As stated in my previous review of "Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11", the thoroughness of Griffin's research as well as the depth of the theological reflection it had were completely satisfying when I first read that book 5 years ago. I was so convinced, in fact, that I couldn't believe the apparent unwillingness of the incoming Obama administration to immediately reopen the investigation of the alleged attacks. I was utterly appalled at the modus operandi of the elimination of Osama bin Laden in a way the absolutely guaranteed that his side of the story would never be told, thus strengthening the probability of a cover-up perpetrated by the original report but doing nothing to bring it to light.
However, what this book does with magnificent thoroughness and rationality, completely devoid of inflammatory polemic, is to take the "defenses" brought forward in the popular press and shred them with surgical precision. One thing that has been discussed in this book which apparently had not yet come to light at the time of some of Griffin's previous writings is an "answer" to the prima facie objection raised by many who refuse to examine the evidence supporting the hypothesis that this was an "inside job". They simply can't believe the Bush administration could possibly have been so depraved as to sacrifice the lives of 3000 of its own citizens in order to provide a pretext for attacking Afghanistan and Iraq. And yet, it is now a known fact that a week after 9/11, the Bush administration's EPA issued a statement assuring the people of New York City that "the air is safe to breathe", when it had been factually established that the air contained levels of asbestos up to four times the safe level. This lie alone put an additional 40,000 Ground Zero workers at risk of severe respiratory problems. This type of lie goes well beyond criminal negligence into the realm of deliberate endangerment.
Although I gave the other book on 9/11 which I recently reviewed, "Cognitive Infiltration" four stars, commenting, "the only reason I did not award this book five stars is that I believe that redundancy could be a bit `off-putting' to the `already convinced'", I AM going back to the 5-star rating here. Griffin deserves the maximum possible accolade for his devotion to the truth and the perseverance demonstrated by his monumental contribution to getting the truth about 9/11 into the public consciousness despite the many slurs and insults with which the supporters of the official conspiracy theory continue to deluge him and others.
I realize I am lately come to reviewing this book, and therefore probably do not have anything substantive to add; however, I feel no shame in acknowledging that those who were there before me with strong positive views absolutely "got it right!"