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Comparing official conclusions to evidence
on 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.