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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 January 2007
Professor David Ray Griffin's first book, The New Pearl Harbor, discussed some of the key evidence that has been left outside the mainstream debate about 9/11, which has tended to focus on areas such as, why was there an 'intelligence failure'?, should the multitude of intelligence agencies be restructured?, what can be done to ensure that such a catastrophic event never happens again?, why do 'they' hate us? et cetera...

Griffin's subseqeuent book avoids these tired questions and instead takes a refreshingly different approach: he asks, if the 9/11 Independent Commission is truly independent, then it should examine all evidence with equal weight and scrutiny. However, he establishes that the 9/11 Commission had it's conclusion fixed from the outset - that 9/11 was solely the work of foreign 'other' terrorists (al-Qaeda) and happened because of a failure of intelligence agencies to communicate effectively with each other.

From this premise, the 9/11 Commission worked backwards and analysed only evidence that was supportive of this conclusion; anything else was omitted (or misrepresented, hence the book's subtitle). For example, anything suggesting that the World Trade Center towers 1,2 and 7 collapsed into their own footprints at near free-fall speed, characteristic of a controlled demolition, is totally ignored. This omission is even more remarkable, in view of the fact that the Independent Commission ignores WTC7 in its entirety.

Professor Griffin works through the Official Report, examining the crucial areas in turn; in particular, he pays close scrutiny to the Commission's timeline for the four hijacked planes and how the FAA, NEADS and NORAD responded to the situation. In each of the areas (and in others), the Commission's report is found wanting.

Somebody who read the Commission's official narrative (and by extension, the Bush version of events) and who was not familiar with just how many of these significant facts are actually in dispute, would not be enlightened to this situation by reading the Official Report. As a result, Griffin's book is required reading for anybody concerned not only with what happened on 11th September, 2001 but also how this terrible event was treated by the group charged with investigating it fairly and independently - a report that was embraced by the political establishment in both the U.K. and the U.S. as well as by their respective 'independent' mainstream mass media.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2005
This book is arguably the most important landmark in the investigation into 9/11 available on the book market so far. It is a very important, but also truly disturbing, book. For it shows to the reader in meticulous detail that the official investigation led by Thomas Kean and Philip Zelikow into the story about 9/11 presented by the White House has omitted and distorted so many facts that it can never seriously be accepted as the true account of what happened on 9/11.
Only very few people have read the 576 pages of the Kean/Zelikow report and tested the quality of the book. It is therefore of great value that Professor emeritus David Ray Griffin has carried out this task and described in detail how sensitive facts regarding mysterious or even illegal behaviour by senior US executives had been supplied in sworn testimony to the Kean/Zelikow commission by members of the FBI but then ignored in the Kean/Zelikow book. Griffin also explains that no mention, let alone explanation, is given of the collapse of WTC 7 or of the BBC report that six of the 19 hijackers were still alive.
While Griffin explicitly suspects that the Bush administration and the Pentagon have covered up the true 9/11 story, he never claims to know it himself but asks for a new and truly independent investigation. It is this latter feature which greatly contributes to the credibility and importance of this courageous book. I use this book with my history students to illustrate how history can be distorted through omissions and distortions. I warmly recommend this book to all those who are interested in both 9/11 and the subsequent cover up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2011
An absolute must read for everybody. I had doubts about the truth of these events from the very beginning when I first saw the news coverage of what we were told happened at the Pentagon, and also the very obviously controlled way the twin towers fell. Any book about 9/11 by David Ray Griffin should be mandatory reading.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2008
When you read this book you see why it took 2 years before The Bush Whitehouse to get the 9/11 commision started. Kean & Hamilton in there own book say "we were set up to fail" The book points out how the white wash was put in place. This book explains the contradictions in the offical Conspiracy Theory. Have your eyes opened to the lies your Govt would have you beleive.David Ray Griffen shows how Philip Zelikow was put in place to make sure the truth never came out.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2013
This book puts forward a truly horrifying proposition - that the government of the Unites States, or a group of powerful men within the government, either set up the 9/11 attacks or were complicit in them, the purpose being to provide a casus belli against Saddam Hussein. The author shreds the 9/11 Commission Report, which strongly resembles the Warren Commission set up after the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Both Commissions had already made their minds up before they even started their work, that they were going to find in favour of the official version, and ignore any evidence to the contrary. The idea that a democratically elected government would deliberately set out to murder thousands of its own citizens in order to justify the War on Terror is terrible to consider, but the author does a brilliant job of making you think that is indeed what did happen
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2011
A friend of mine gave me this book and its conclusions are laughable. Some people will believe anything and are incredibly gullible. One such example is the assumption that an airliner could not possibly have hit the Pentagon even though the crash was witnessed by thousands, there was a plane-shaped smoking hole in the building which appeared instantly, lots of airplane wreckage inside and independent science investigations to verify the tragedy. The only Omission and Distortion here is a good dose of common sense by David Ray Griffin and so-called 'Truthers'.
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