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The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions Kindle Edition
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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.
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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