Reviewing Professor Griffin’s tenth book on the tragedy and travesty of 9/11 isn’t easy for someone who does not have a similar acumen when it comes to science: engineering, pyrotechnics, communication, architecture, physics, and chemistry. The author shows a truly remarkable familiarity with facts, a result of looking into the background of this great American disaster with a determination rarely found in contemporary research.
Previous reviewers have dealt extensively with the impeccable scholarship and masterful command of details in this latest work by Griffin. That the official conspiracy theory cannot stand is proven beyond any shadow of doubt. Why does that not sink in? Why is the obvious truth, so evident to all who have eyes to see, still denigrated, ridiculed, ignored?
Two of the nine chapters of this eminently readable book struck me as particularly significant, probably because I share with Griffin a background in theology and philosophy. Chapter three deals with the baffling silence (or, at times, pugnaciousness) of journalists who, in the past, have established for themselves a spotless record of honesty, fearlessness, and integrity. What keeps these valiant seekers after truth from making the leap? They seem to be modern-day Nicodemuses or Josephs of Arimathea: inclined to search, to listen, even to entertain a “heretical” thought or two at night, but can’t, won’t commit. While I wholeheartedly agree with Griffin in his definition of miracles as “violations of fundamental principles of physics and chemistry (p.27), I, nevertheless, would proffer a rather more existential kind of miracle: that of conversion to the Truth. It took our distinguished author several years before his eyes were opened. It took me four years until someone gave me The New Pearl Harbor, a book which I read without laying it down once. Scales fall from eyes, unpredictably, there is no method by which this can be brought about. Griffin needs to be commended for never stooping to the level of his detractors (who either ignore or malign him). His style (and, I assume, his manner of life) is irenic, pastoral, simply Christian. Of the one finger that points at the “blind” people out there, three others point at ourselves who, inexplicably, have heard, imbibed, learned, repeated, but never seen the Truth. St. Augustine’s Sero te amavi (“Late have I loved Thee”) comes to mind as a sorrowful confession of those who just can’t believe that they had believed the Unbelievable for so long!
The whole book is suffused with a spirit of optimism that the truth will eventually come to light. The past ten years have seen an amazing growth of the movement, mostly composed of people who took a while to be struck by the evident. The impressive number of engineers, architects, academics, pilots, fire-fighters, and clergy who have publicly expressed their demand for a new, truly independent investigation speaks to the fact that the official version has clay feet which are becoming more and more brittle.
Chapter eight makes you swallow hard. Could it be that what we call Christianity in America is really nationalism, Americanism, imperialism? If Griffin is right, then the vast majority of Christians have a real problem: do they pledge allegiance to God and His Christ or to the Emperor? Do we value good relationships with friends, compatriots, colleagues more than the Truth? This chapter, to me, opens up the most painful issue of all: can Christians be Christians without questioning the powers-that-be? This is the work, has been for a long time, of theologians like Griffin: challenging the status quo, provoking the centers of power into reacting to the gauntlet that was thrown before them. Theologians, like Griffin, are not about “believing” (as some detractors think) but about questioning beliefs in the light of Truth. World: watch out for theologians! They may open your eyes, sooner or later, to see what you failed to descry before: 9/11 is the work of people like you and me, they are among us, they are us.
One last suggestion: I hope that Griffin will embark on another book, one more autobiographical, one which details the struggles of a valiant seeker after Truth, maybe an anthology of stories which make us see what price there is to pay for speaking up and not letting go.
Georg Retzlaff, September 28, 2011
My hat is off to Professor David Ray Griffin for his tenacity, attention to detail, concern for accuracy, and the good will and decency with which he deals with his often bickering, fellow 9/11 skeptics.
9/11 Ten Years Later is an excellent summation of the case for doubting the official miracle story of 9/11. It is a fitting tribute to the many innocents killed on Sept. 11, 2001 whose murderers have escaped prosecution. The most poignant part of the book for this writer was the section toward the end where reference is made to the killings of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy. I was a child when my president was killed. As the years rolled onward I began to sense that something was terribly wrong with the government’s story of one “lone nut” assassin and one very talented rifle bullet. A few years ago I was introduced to actor Woody Harrelson at a San Francisco restaurant. He wanted to chat about a mutual friend. It would have been nice to make small talk with a movie star but I chose instead to ask him about the alleged role of his father, Charles, in the assassination of President Kennedy. I had heard the rumors (that the elder Harrelson was one of the shooters), and I had seen a statement from Woody wherein he said, “My father was a CIA agent.” At the time I met Woody his father was still alive and an inmate in a Federal prison. I wanted to have the chance to interview his Dad in prison; that was the reason I asked Woody point-blank if his Dad was involved. His reaction was something I will not forget. He grew immediately distraught and came close to crying. Then grim-faced he told me, “no” — “no” I could not see his father; no he would not answer my question. It was all very awkward to say the least, but I felt I had done my duty by confronting Woody over so momentous an issue. Now his father is dead and a piece of the Kennedy puzzle has died with him.
In 1973, ten years after the assassination, many JFK conspirators were still alive and the trail was relatively warm. This of course is the case with the 9/11 conspiracy today. The perps are still around, along with their collaborators and many witnesses. What we lack is a prosecutor like Jim Garrison and a US Senator like Frank Church. Both did yeoman work in pursuing the killers of JFK. Prof. Griffin opines that the murder with impunity of our nation’s president and his brother, the former Attorney General, emboldened the 9/11 conspirators. I agree. Every time a high crime is successfully perpetrated it sets the stage for more atrocities against We the People. And the Cryptocracy is by no means finished processing us. They are only half-way through their project of transforming America into a garrison state embroiled in perpetual war for perpetual peace.
In 9/11 Ten Years Later David Ray Griffin has written an accessible, highly readable handbook on the holes in the conspiracy theory advanced by George W. Bush and his mouthpiece media, concerning a gang of Arabs and a new Pearl Harbor.
9/11 skeptics are a contentious bunch and some are criticizing Professor. Griffin for not advancing their own theories about how the Pentagon was attacked. If we want to avoid having our ranks sundered by suspicion, we may wish to stop insisting on making a dogma out of what is an open-ended, evolving investigation. This entails having good will toward people like Professor Griffin who has indefatigably pursued this great crime committed by “our” government, with a level of scholarship that will stand the test of time. Skepticism toward the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory is not a religion. No categories of heresy or heretic should be created for those skeptics who don’t share our enthusiasm for this or that hunch or thesis about what may or may not have happened. I am leery of self-appointed arbiters of the “correct solution” to the 9/11 attacks. We’re all still learning and studying and that’s a process that should not be hostage to anyone’s doctrine. It is enough to ask probing questions and insist on answers from the media and officialdom. Professor Griffin has compiled the best book of tough – and reasonable – 9/11 questions in print to date. It is my prayer that 9/11 Ten Years Later will serve to inspire more students, scientists, legislators, judges, prosecutors and ordinary citizens to openly cast doubt on the despicable official lies that have been promoted to protect the identities of those responsible for mass murder and its coverup.
Michael Hoffman, September 10, 2011
This may be one of the most important books you’ll ever read. And read it you must…if you are a person who cares about the rule of law, about the integrity of the American judicial system, about war and peace, about freedom vs. slavery, or about right and wrong. As a (retired) criminal defense and civil rights attorney, I was appalled to learn that an American citizen can be “disappeared” and sent to prison for telling the truth about government wrong doing. I’ve represented many whistleblowers and know that the lot of a whistleblower is usually not a happy one. I did not know that in the United States of America, an American citizen who tells the truth about an act of terror can be subjected to extraordinary rendition, held in a secret prison, threatened with forced drugging, and denied the right to confront her accusers, let alone be tried before a jury on the grounds that she is “mentally incompetent” because she insists she is innocent. Yet all these things happened to Susan Lindauer, and they happened over a five year period.
I knew that the administration of George Bush was corrupt, and that Bush and his minions lied to us about Iraq and its alleged connection to 911. But I did not realize until I read this book the extent to which their refusal to heed the many warnings that had previously been disclosed at Congressional hearings may have been more than just gross negligence…it may have been, and probably was, calculated and deliberate. I also knew that the “evidence” against Libya for the Lockerbie airplane terror bombing was shaky and suspect…what I did not realize until I read this book was the extent to which the U. S. government knew that to be the case.
The most disturbing aspect of this book, for me personally, was the extent to which it revealed the scope of corruption in the American justice system. Every institution failed Susan Lindauer, an innocent woman charged with a crime that the government knew she had not committed. The federal courts were complicit. The office of the Attorney General was complicit. The Bureau of Prisons was complicit. The forensic psychiatry industry was complicit. The Federal Pre Trial Services (probabion department assigned to supervise defendants not yet tried) was complicit. The defense bar was complicit. The Bureau of Prisons was complicit. The U.S. Army was complicit. And (this is not a surprise) the U. S. Congress was complicit. The Fourth Estate (the news media) was complicit. Every one of those institutions failed Susan Lindauer. More importantly, they failed their legal, social and moral obligations to the rule of law and to protecting the truth.
The book also sheds seriously needed light into the federal prison system, and the horrendous use of forced drugging perpetrated especially against female prisoners, and the sorry state of ethics among “mental health professionals” involved in the judicial system.
If this book was a spy thriller, it would be a best seller, and movie producers would be chomping at the bit to make it into a movie. But its not fiction, unfortunately, its the truth. Where is Oliver Stone? Where is 60 Minutes? Where are the major publishing houses?
Susan Lindauer deserves to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She should get a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. She should be on the cover of Time Magazine.
The Whole World (should be) Watching. Especially now that Congress has adopted, and the president has signed, a law that appears to make it legal to imprison without trial virtually any American citizen who does anything to anger or frighten the powers that be
Susan Garcia, January 7, 2012