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The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 Paperback – March 30, 2004
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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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A few facts from the book: The towers were full of asbestos and it was almost impossible to demolish them any other way. By pretending the collapse was caused by terrorism, citizens cannot sue Silverstein for lung damage. There seemed to be a lot of incentive on the part of the leaseholder, Silverstein, to bring them down.
There was an unprecedented fullpower shutdown the weekend prior to 9-11. All security cameras were turned off. This according to an IT guy for Fidelity named Forbes, Google him. He reported a lot of workmen with spools of wire cables that weekend, he was told that internet cables were being upgraded. Because he worked all weekend, he took Tuesday off and watched the towers collapse from home in NJ. He instantly thought it was related to the work down over the weekend.
Also, all bomb-sniffing dogs were removed from the premises 5 days prior to 9/11 -- that would be Friday. What would the dogs have sniffed if they had been there that weekend?
Read the book.
In the same way as 9/11 Mysteries, the author carefully goes through accounts put forward by the Bush administration (or those close to it) and compares them to the accounts provided by other witnesses. Gradually, and systematically, he examines all the contradictions between different accounts. As a result, he persuasively argues that the Bush administration, and sympathetic news corporations, add to confusion rather than clarity.
In a compelling penultimate chapter, he reviews what a person would need to believe for a theory of 'incompetence' by the Bush administration to be sustainable. This is followed by a similar review of 'coincidence' as a plausible theory for the events of 9/11. In both cases, he shows how these theoretical positions are much more problematic (and difficult to believe) than a theory of 'complicity' by the Bush administration.
The language here is important. For Griffin, any theory involving people working together to attack the US on 9/11 is a 'conspiracy theory'. As he points out, the public are faced with choosing between believing a conspiracy theory put out by US government officials (involving 19 Islamic terrorists), and alternative conspiracy theories put out by its "critics" (theorising varying level of complicity by members of the Bush administration). The issue, therefore, is not whether there was a conspiracy or not, but whose conspiracy theory is more believable.
By following the evidence, Griffin makes the case for a full public inquiry.
Dr Rory Ridley-Duff
Sheffield Hallam University
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