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Our civilization cannot survive if we do not confront the unanswered questions about 9/11,
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This review is from: 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed (Paperback)
Before the body of the review I would like to include a few of the many notable comments made recently about this notable book.
"In this, his tenth book on 9/11 and its consequences, David Ray Griffin continues to report the facts and marshal the evidence that the mainstream media continue to ignore. Having previously demolished the official 9/11 story, Griffin now explains how the government got away with its crime against democracy", said
Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the treasury (under Ronald Reagan) and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.
"Our civilization cannot survive if we do not confront the unanswered questions about 9/11. David Ray Griffin does that with the same clarity and meticulous documentation that characterized his preceding books. Frightening as the enormity of the truth about 9/11 may be, we should also bear in mind that it is a window of opportunity for addressing a whole range of problems threatening the lives of our children and grandchildren. I am sure those who follow will recognize David Ray Griffin s body of work as one of the most important contributions of the last decade."
Niels Harrit, Associate Professor Emeritus, Nano-science Center, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen.
"Anyone who has actually studied Griffin's writings on 9/11 knows that the evidence against the truth of the official account is overwhelming. It is not surprising that the mainstream response has been to ridicule and ignore rather than to engage in reasoned discussion. What is disappointing is that leading liberals and responsible journalists have joined in by affirming ideas that contradict basic science and condescendingly rejecting solid research without examining it. In this book, Griffin describes the behavior of these journalists and attempts, in a remarkably charitable spirit, to understand it."
John B. Cobb, Jr., author of The Earthist Challenge to Economism and (with Herman Daly) For the Common Good
"Why yet another book on 9/11? Because, as David Ray Griffin points out clearly and persuasively, 9/11 continues to be not only the greatest crime in American history, but also the most strenuously covered up, and certainly the crime with the greatest political consequences. He shows how over a decade the events of 9/11 and the reports on them have been used to attack the American democratic system. Above all, he documents the success of this attack by the refusal of the media, the academy, and religious institutions to openly discuss these matters, and by the numbers of critics who at one extreme have made fools of themselves in echoing the Orwellian official version, and at the other extreme have been either fired or silenced after their dissent from it."
Peter Dale Scott, poet, former Canadian diplomat, professor at the University of California (Berkeley), and author of American War Machine.
9/11 Ten Years Later is David Ray Griffin s tenth, and maybe his equal-best book about 9/11 (may I mention one of the other best New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-up and the Expose ?.
David Ray Griffin in his new book, 9/11 TEN YEARS LATER: WHEN STATE CRIMES AGAINST DEMOCRACY SUCCEED, takes stock of what we know, after the passage of a decade of intensive grassroots research and analysis, about what really happened that day, and of the present state of the 9/11 truth movement - its strengths and its weaknesses, and how it can move forward most effectively. The book is a combination of important lectures given by Griffin in the last few years, revised and updated for publication, and of completely new essays on key topics, such as the strong evidence that the phone calls from the hijacked airliners must have been faked, and the powerful consensus about the Pentagon events that has been achieved by the movement.
The first four chapters highlight the strongest evidence that 9/11 was an inside job and the clearest implications of that evidence: the lack of evidence that Muslims attacked the US on that day (making clear that the ten-year-long series of wars on Muslim nations is morally and legally unjustified); the multiple occasions on which the laws of physics were miraculously inoperative in the destruction of the World Trade Center, if the official account so ferociously defended by erstwhile critics of government like Bill Moyers, Robert Parry, Alexander Cockburn and many others is to be believed; and the extraordinary case of WTC 7's classic demolition, which has been assiduously covered up by the mainstream media and government agencies (its collapse was never even mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report, and the final report on its destruction issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in November 2008 was fraudulent).
Chapter 5, "Phone Calls From The 9/11 Planes: Why They Are Not Authentic," examines all the evidence that has been discovered regarding phone calls from the hijacked airliners. The phone calls have been a crucial part of the official story of the day's events, purportedly establishing that the planes were hijacked by Arab Muslims and that Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. But after a careful, critical analysis Griffin is forced to conclude that the phone calls were not made from the planes. First he shows that there is no evidence that the alleged hijackers actually were ever onboard any of the planes, and further, that the failure of any of the eight pilots to "squawk" the hijack code into their transponders is "strong evidence that the official story about the 9/11 planes -- that the cabins were taken over by hijackers - is false." He then shows that the calls to Deena Burnett, which registered on her caller ID as calls from her husband Tom Burnett's cell phone (he was a passenger on board Flight 93), could not have been completed because cell phone technology in 2001 was not capable of completing calls from airliners at high elevation. Griffin concludes the calls had to have been faked, and suggests that they were faked by voice morphing, already a well-established technical capability at the time. After examining the claims made for many other calls, including those for Barbara Olson, wife of then Solicitor General Ted Olson, which were the basis for the claim that Flight 77 was still in the air and subsequently crashed into the Pentagon, Griffin concludes that "the evidence that the `calls from the planes' were faked is strong, ... far stronger than the evidence for the view that the calls were made by passengers and flight attendants, describing the activities of Middle-Eastern hijackers."
Chapter 6 discusses Vice President Dick Cheney's changing account of his whereabouts and activities at key times during the morning of 9/11. After admitting on national TV five days later that he had been present and in charge in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the White House before the Pentagon was attacked, he changed his story in November and claimed he did not reach the PEOC until after the Pentagon attack. Griffin shows that the 9/11 Commission Report upheld Cheney's otherwise unsupported second account, which absolved him of responsibility during two key incidents, the Pentagon attack and the destruction of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. He shows further that much evidence, ignored by the Commission, contradicted Cheney's second story, including Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta's testimony before the Commission, Counterterrorism Czar Richard Clarke's published account of the morning, and reports from ABC News on the first anniversary of 9/11, all of which the Commission buried without mention.
The gem of the book is the seventh chapter, "The Pentagon: A Consensus Approach." In this very detailed analysis Griffin shows that the 9/11 truth movement has developed a complex, broad-based refutation of the official story of what happened at the Pentagon (that "the Pentagon was attacked by American Airlines Flight 77... under the control of al-Qaeda"). He examines fourteen facts which have been established by independent researchers, upon which there is universal agreement, and any one of which is enough to demolish the official account. Griffin argues that the movement should concentrate its Pentagon energies on further strengthening and advocacy of these points of agreement, and avoid dissipating time, energy and trust on a question which has taken up much of these resources in recent years, the question of "what hit the Pentagon?" He shows that this question is unanswerable with the evidence available; only a genuine investigation of the 9/11 attacks will enable it to be answered.
Chapter 8 illuminates the psychology of resistance to the truth about the 9/11 events which is so widespread, arguing that the real faith of the nominally-Christian US is "nationalist faith." The critique of the official story laid out by the 9/11 truth movement is literally unthinkable for many, even for devout Christians whose religion calls upon them to avoid all kinds of idolatry, including nationalism. Griffin concludes that "[w]hen Christian faith is subordinated to faith in American goodness ... it becomes a blinding faith, producing Christians with eyes wide shut."
The subtitle of the book indicates that the 9/11 attacks, in being a false-flag operation carried out by elements of the US government, were a "State Crime Against Democracy" or SCAD, with the primarily political purpose of imposing policies by force upon the country, and that the failure to carry out a genuine investigation, arrest the perpetrators and reverse the policies adopted by the government after 9/11 means that the operation has succeeded. But only to this point in time: the future is still open. Griffin provides in a powerful conclusion (Ch. 9, "When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed") suggestions for how the 9/11 truth movement can continue to press forward to the necessary investigation of the 9/11 crimes and the reversal of the tragic course taken by the US while under the control of the criminals.
This superb book is written with the usual clarity, logic and argumentative power readers have come to expect from David Ray Griffin, which he has now employed in ten books on the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 TEN YEARS LATER continues his advance at the cutting edge of 9/11 truth, and should be read by everyone who wants to take stock of what the movement has achieved and how to press on into a future in which illegal, immoral wars have been stopped and the country's democratic ideals reaffirmed.
Thomas C. Fletcher.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2011, 16:50:36 BST
Mr Fahrenheit says:
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2011, 15:37:53 BST
Briefly, re. the above comment, I do not understand why the commentator added silly mentions of 'aliens' and 'anal probes' to his comment. I myself found Eric Cartman's abduction in "South Park" utterly hilarious but what have they got to do with government lies and cover-ups about 9/11? Nothing whatsoever! Let us please not associate 'aliens' with literary or historical theories about the conspiracy Brutus hatched with the Senators of Rome, who came together in conspiracy to kill Caesar, do we? Nor do we insert aliens into 1933, amidst the chiefs of the German Nazi party, who factually conspired to burn down the Reichstag, then blame someone else, in that case, the communists. Every time there is a coup, a political assassination, or similar, it means that some people, a group, actually conspired and made it happen. The study of these moments in history, modern history in particular, where it is happening all around us (EG's range from the 1973 coup and assassination of President Salvador Allende in Chile, to the 2010 Niger coup which deposed President Mamadou Tandja; and other conspiracies led to coups in Honduras in 2009, in Mauritania 2008 ... in fact there have been 15 conspiracies that have led to coups since 2000. Please! ... NO aliens were involved in these conspiracies. The study of conspiracy theory is a serious and academic issue. It should not be relegated to a term of abuse. To use it thus is an abuse of our language for political ends, because it makes something serious become something silly-sounding; and that may result in stopping people thinking about something that maybe they should be thinking hard about. Only last month, August 2011, Caroline Kennedy released her mothers secret taped diary. Jackie Onassis Kennedy announced that she had known, but was silenced, due to fear for her family's safety, that Lyndon B. Johnson had her husband John F Kennedy assassinated. So, that once laughed-at "conspiracy theory" (that a US military-industrial machine, of which LBJ was mostly clearly a loyal trooper, had had JFK murdered) proved right, after all.
About the book, which has NOTHING to do with aliens, and, in my opinion is not written in a LOUD manner either. If it were, one shoudl hardly wonder why. After all, they saw 3000 of their citizens murdered that day and we have seen up to 2 million deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, as a result - not forgetting those 30 brave patriotic US Navy Seals who were probably murdered, after carrying out that laughably fake capture and assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Now they are all handily dead (the only time the Taliban ever had such luck, in 10 years it just happened to be against the most able and secret team of Pros in Afghanistan, who'd just, supposedly 'taken-out' OBL) so let's let people get emotional if they want to. I think 2 million dead is a good reason to get loud about things.
My favorite chapter in this excellent book deals with the issue of the phone calls from the planes. As anyone remembers - as many of us tried, I am sure (I did - without success) to try to place a call from a mobile whilst on board. It never worked. It was and mostly still is impossible, even in 2011. Around 1999-2000 I was in New York 3 times, once out of all 3 major airporst there, on big and small planes. I often tried to place cell calls. They never worked. There simply was never a signal. I remembered using seatback phones but they were very hit and miss. I often got connected only to be cut off before a word could be spoken. In fact, I remember only 1 of 10 seat-back calls that worked. The thing is, it was no less than the F.B.I. themselves, who, during the trial of the so-called 20th Hijacker, in 2006, stated that the cell phone calls had NOT been made because ... the technology did not exist for such calls to be connected from high altitudes at that time. Only two less-than-1-second calls were connected in the last seconds of Flight 93, no doubt when it was near ground level. This F.B.I. evidence is on record. Check it out.
To close, I note that the above commentator says "... I have to believe that what we are told in the official version of events is true". Why do you? The official version of events needs you to believe in 12 miracles, as clearly outlined in this excellent book. The only evidence of box-cutters, for example, came from a supposed phone call, purportedly made by Barbara Olsen. Of this call the FBI said (at the trial of the "20th Hijacker" in 2006) it never happened! The FBI simply and clearly ruled-out the most important calls of that day, the calls that are the spine of the 'official conspiracy theory', for that is what it is, the official story is only a theory, as all evidence has been shown to be rigged, faked, placed or fictitious in some other way. Fact!
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P. A. Harrison says:
You are incorrect about the phones. The FBI never ever change there stance on this - in fact you can see in the 9/11 commission that 9 days after 9/11 they were already investigating which calls were from seat back phones (in this case the Olson calls). Griffins assertion that the FBI changed their stance is a lie - he bases it on the fact that the media reported it incorrectly - the media is not the FBI. He never even checked with the media to discover the sources.
His statements about the seat back phones are even more worrying. In one of his pieces of work ("Phone Calls from the 9/11 Airliners
Response to Questions Evoked by My Fifth Estate Interview")he uses a quote from John Hotard as proof the phones were not working. The problem is if you actually check what Hotard said it was this - "It is our contention that the seatback phones on Flight 77 were working because there is no entry in that aircraft's records to indicate when the phones were disconnected.". Hotard is the most senior person from AA to speak out on the issue of the phones and the only one who has stated he researched whether they are working. But Griffin intentionally quote mines in order to try and make it sound as though he said something he did not. This is not a simple mistake - its damn right dishonest.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013, 17:02:22 GMT
The only evidence of box-cutters, for example, came from a supposed phone call, purportedly made by Barbara Olsen. Of this call the FBI said (at the trial of the "20th Hijacker" in 2006) it never happened! The FBI simply and clearly ruled-out the most important calls of that day, the calls that are the spine of the 'official conspiracy theory', Griffin is reporting what the FBI said at that trial - the calls NEVER HAPPENED - understand? I doubt it
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013, 17:54:19 GMT
P. A. Harrison says:
"Of this call the FBI said (at the trial of the "20th Hijacker" in 2006) it never happened!"
Actually no they didn't - and you should do a little more research before making such comments. What they actually said was as follows. One Cell call that connected but dropped straight away - four seat back calls to unknown numbers - therefore they could not guarantee who they were from. However, the FBI contacted the friends and families of those on the plane and confirmed that the only person to have recieved calls that matched up with the records was Ted Olson - therefore they stated that the calls were believed to have originated from Barbara Olson. All this was presented at the Moussai trial - it is also clear in the 9/11 commission that as little as 9 days after 9/11 the FBI were aware of the calls from the seat back phone. The FBI did the correct thing - as the calls were to unknown numbers they cannot say that the calls are 100% from one person - however through elimination and the tying up with Ted Olsons report they can say with a very high certainty that the calls came from Barbara Olson.
the calls did happen - and there is a very easy way to prove it actually - Griffin asserts that the calls must have been faked using voice morphing technology. Now we can assert that the technology does not exist to make those calls (the two experts that the truth movement have turned to with regards to voice morphing (Papcun and Kent) have both gone on record to state that the calls could not have been aked, in Kents case he states that even a decade after 9/11 it still isn't possible. However even ignoring the fact that the tech does not exist there is much simpler evidence. We know from Jeremy Glicks wife that he was never mean to be on flight 93 - his flight was cancelle dthe nigt before due to a fire at the airport he was flying from - this means that there would have been no time to collect the relevant information in order to fool his wife with even if the tech existed. It is an absolute impossibility for these calls to have been faked - understand? I doubt it.
I notice you chose to ignore Griffins dishonest approach to the Hotard quote though. Why is that?
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