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The Power of Paranoia,
This review is from: 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed (Kindle Edition)
An excellent primer for anyone who has ever had a one of those bizarre, inconclusive conversations with a conspiracy theorist; carefully demolished whatever particular theorem they are subscribing to, but still been left with that disturbing feeling that they still think that they are right! Everything is here; the deliberate or unintended misinterpretation of the technical or historical, the colourful hints at vast and unscrupulous global "elites", the strange unwillingness to accept really very simple and self-evident truths in favour of implausible mega-conspiracies which are on the one hand unimaginably vast in their scope and capabilities and yet on the other hand seem peculiarly incompetent, indecisive and mis-directed. A read which was indeed deeply disturbing and sad - but not in the way the author intended.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2012, 03:15:54 BST
Anthony J. Thorne says:
A good thing you bought the book and read it anyway despite your severe distaste for conspiracy theories. This should encourage Mr Griffin to write even more of them. Or did you 'borrow it from a friend'?
Posted on 1 Sep 2012, 18:27:40 BST
Nadia Georgiou says:
'strange unwillingness to accept really very simple and self evident truths'. The same could be said of you.
Yes you've clearly accepted these 'simple truths' that have been spoon fed to you by media and politicians. Where is your evidence to say that the thousands of people, engineers, scientists, families of victims are all raving conspiracy theorists? What do you have to counter all the continued evidence that shows what 9/11 was. If you want objectivity, look at wikileaks pager leaks from that day.
The reason you are left with that disturbing feeling that they still think they are right, is because they are. Some part of you does know this, but your mind rejects the enormity of what it would mean.
Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 21:43:59 BST
Yadda yadda yadda. Yet another groupthink zombie whose got the "conspiracy theory" routine down pat. They think that by calling someone a conspiracy theorist that that dispenses with the argument. It doesn't. He hasn't read the book and he probably ripped off the review from someone else.
Posted on 5 Nov 2012, 13:20:17 GMT
Ms. A. M. Christie says:
I feel sorry for people like you who beleive the scumament's lies. You were brainwashed from birth, and that's not your fault, but since then you've had a chance to develop your own opinion: yet you choose to believe the lying, corrupt, theiving government instead. Shame on you and the millions of other sheep out there.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012, 00:02:18 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012, 11:25:33 GMT
Kindle Customer says:
"Shame". "Brainwashed". "Zombie". I take it that these are the reasoned replies of those who have "the truth" on their side. Abuse is generally the response of those who have nothing considered to say as I think these responses would indicate.
I think that the greatest mystery of 9/11 is the fact that so many people wish to believe these fantasies of "dark forces" within their own nation. I have been directed to so many "conclusive" pieces of evidence concerning 9/11 and found that none of them - not one - actually amounted to anything whatsoever. Some of them were made up, some of them were honest mis-interpretations of complex data, some were sinister manipulations of the simple truth by people with agendas to deceive. But of course the truth, as is so often the case, is really very simple: a small group of people shared an unpleasant fantasy that God had given them a mission to kill the innocent and they carried it out.
If you choose to believe in flying saucers, Men in Black, the international conspiracy of Jews and Bankers and Freemasons that's fine, whatever turns you on; whatever keeps you comfortable and makes you feel smart and separate from the "sheople" but you are just denying the clear and simple truth in favour of dark and complex fantasy. The truth is certainly unpleasant but it is also horribly straightforward: no conspiracies of thousands, no "controlled demolitions", nothing like that; just a small number of the guilty, a large number of the innocent, and the rest of us watching helplessly.
You all have my best wishes.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2013, 00:19:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Feb 2013, 00:30:28 GMT
Oh dear me. Nice try watcher476 but you are transparent. You haven't read anything or conducted any research. Your response is typical of those with closed minds who prefer to be spoon-fed and are incapable of independent intellectual thought. You choose to believe in the 9/11 official version despite the weight of evidence and public opinion against it. Of course, you want to believe everything your government tells you. I sympathise, I understand. You feel a duty to undermine the 9/11 'conspiracy theory' using the now well rehearsed and tired anti-conspiracy theory script. Let us remind ourselves of it yet again; first, portray the non-believer as paranoid or crazy or both in order to discredit him and foreclose any debate. Second, assert that the 9/11 conspiracy is demonstrably false without providing any evidence of its falsehood - merely assert your opinion as fact. Third, express mock concern for the non-believer and claim he is unteachable because he is paranoid and/or crazy, poor chap. Finally, attribute to the non-believer a belief in UFOs, men in black, aliens etc - i.e. things which he does not in fact believe in but words must be put into his mouth in order to reiterate just how crazy and paranoid he is. All served up with the patronising and superior tone of one who attempts to elevate himself by reducing others and all the while accusing the non-believer of arrogance ("whatever makes you feel smart and separate from the sheople (sic)") . There is nothing of any substance in your post. Like the rest of your ilk, you talk a lot but say nothing. You merely repeat the assertion that conspiracy theories are all fantasy. Try again. This time minus the character assassination of those who ask questions of their government. Much, much smarter people than you have researched and written extensively on this subject. Next time, try reading.
Oh and by the way, thanks, but we really don't need your 'best wishes'.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2013, 20:53:28 GMT
A German Amazon Customer says:
these "guys" arnt for real, they are paid shills.
Posted on 1 Aug 2013, 08:48:52 BST
J. Potter says:
Only one review? Hmmm...
Posted on 1 Nov 2013, 16:57:14 GMT
David Ray Griffin should be congratulated on yet another factual, well written and concise book. An incredibly brave individual, persistent in his pursuit of the truth despite all the obstacles he has to overcome from the brainless, unintelligent sheep and blind nationalists (.....why does Watcher476 immediately come to mind.....not many brain cells there methinks!). Those who dismiss everyone who does not agree with the ridiculous "official story" which defies the basic laws of physics and science need perhaps to do a bit more reading and research. Einstein had it right when he stated that "Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance", as anyone who has taken the time to thoroughly research the subject and the masses of credible evidence available can only come to one conclusion. That is of course unless you have a sheep brain or you are an "online disinformation operative" like Mr Watcher476.