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The Truth Behind 9/11 (New book from the Presbyterian Publisher Says Bush brought down the towers)
Weekly Standard ^ | 08/23/2006 | Mark Tooley

Posted on 08/23/2006 10:59:53 AM PDT by nickcarraway

According to a new book from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Bush brought down the towers.

DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION covertly blow-up the World Trade Center, ignite the Pentagon, and shoot down United Flight 93 to pave the way for a new American empire? The answer is "yes," according to a new book printed by the official publishing house of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and written by a theologian at a United Methodist seminary.

Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, published by Westminster John Knox Press, is fairly succinct in its conspiracy theory. In fact, only the first half of the book is devoted to dissecting the conspiracy, the facts being so obvious that elaboration is hardly required. The second half is focused on the theological implications of America as empire, and why Christians should stand against it.

David Ray Griffin, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Claremont School of Theology in California, is the author of what is now his third book on 9/11. "If we believe that our political and military leaders are acting on the basis of policies that are diametrically opposed to divine purposes, it is incumbent upon us to say so," he explains in the preface. A "process" theologian who believes that God is constantly evolving, Griffin is a member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," a non-partisan group that is "dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11."

The book is blurbed by the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin, United Methodist theologian Catherine Keller of Drew University, Episcopal theologian Carter Heyward of Episcopal Divinity School, and Roman Catholic dissident feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether. Griffin explains that parts of the book are based on lectures he delivered in June 2003 on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. The project in revisionist history seems to be ecumenical.

Expecting controversy, the Presbyterian publishing house issued a news release, insisting that "Professor Griffin's thorough research and intellectually rigorous arguments have persuaded us that this book should have a place in that conversation, regardless of the conclusions readers come to accept." The Presbyterians are printing more than 7000 copies of Griffin's latest work.

Griffin's thesis is pretty straightforward: The events of 9/11 were a false flag operation undertaken by U.S. intelligence and police agencies at the behest of the Bush administration. Examples of other successful false flag operations cited by the author are the 1931 Mukden Incident, in which the Japanese blew up their own railway in Manchuria and blamed it on Chinese troops to justify further invasion; the 1933 Reichstag Fire that the Nazis ignited and blamed on communists to justify their dictatorship; and Operation Himmler, in which Germans posing as Polish troops "attacked" German border stations in order to justify the subsequent Nazi invasion of Poland.

American examples of false flag operations, as outlined by Griffin, include provocations that led to the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippines War, and the Vietnam War. More recently, Griffin tells us, the United States staged terrorist operations in Italy, Turkey and Belgium during the 1970s and 1980s to create a backlash against the left. So Griffin does not see the false flag attack of 9/11 as an aberration, a devious plan that only the Bush administration would devise.

Quite simply, "central members of the Bush administration, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, came into office intent on attacking Iraq, an Arab Muslim nation." For several months preceding 9/11, the administration was also planning to attack Afghanistan. Accordingly, the administration planted explosives in the basement of the World Trade Center, to ensure their collapse by "controlled demolition."

The laws of physics alone cannot explain why steel-reinforced towers would implode as a result of mere airplanes crashes, Griffin insists. Also, the company in charge of security for the World Trade Center was conveniently headed by a cousin of President Bush. Mayor Giuliani had advance knowledge of the impending collapse, as revealed by his public statements after the first plane hit. The supposed crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon was a fabrication, and the U.S. Air Force shot down Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, though Griffin does not provide much detail to substantiate either claim. As evidence, he dwells only on perceived inconsistencies in FAA reports.

"The implications are indeed disturbing," Griffin writes of his "assumption that 9/11 was orchestrated by members of the Bush-Cheney administration." "The effect of 9/11 . . . was to allow the agenda developed in the 1990s by the neoconservatives . . . to be implemented," he explains. He is careful to assure that though "some people think that Jewishness is a necessary condition for being a neoconservative, this is not so." Cheney and Rumsfeld are prime examples of non-Jewish neocons, he observes, and he focuses on them as the culprits.

Griffin graciously acknowledges that neocons outside the government were likely not complicit in the 9/11 attacks, even if those attacks furthered their agenda. But those in power, like Bush and Rumsfeld, openly and ominously spoke of 9/11 as an "opportunity."

"The motives behind this false-flag operation were imperial motives, oriented around the dream of extending the American empire so that it is an all-inclusive global empire, resulting in a global Pax Americana," Griffin writes. Obviously this has profound spiritual implications for Christians, Griffin observes, having already concluded that Jesus Christ's primary goal on earth was to overturn the Roman Empire of His day. Unfortunately, Griffin opines, the early church, including some Gospel writers, covered up this truth, claiming that salvation was eternal rather than a political liberation. These revisionists persuaded Christians that the empire would "facilitate, not hinder, the coming of the kingdom of God." Christianity then went from being anti-empire to an imperial religion.

Bush and his neocon supporters have now revived notions that empire can further the kingdom of God through the "universal values" of democracy and freedom, Griffin asserts. The language of empire was present with the Founders, but the power for America to implement it was not present until Second World War. During the Cold War, the United States spread its empire through covert action and military intimidation: Iran in 1953; Guatemala in 1954; Greece in 1967; and Indonesia in 1965. Strangely, Griffin omits Chile in 1973 in his catalog of supposed crimes.

Replacing Great Britain as the world's dominant imperial power, the United States has presided over a "global apartheid" that keeps Western white people wealthy while impoverishing everybody else, Griffin writes. In this role, the United States heads a world capitalist system that "denies the right of life to people on a massive scale, resulting in 180 million people dying each decade from poverty-related causes."

Whereas the Nazis and Soviets only killed 50 million people each, and were labeled "evil," the United States is killing 180 million people every ten years, Griffin writes, not including the millions more the United States killed in its various military interventions over the last 60 years. The United States has overthrown more governments than the Nazis and Soviets ever did. Therefore, Griffin feels justified in labeling the United States as an "evil, even demonic empire."

America's nuclear arsenal and its contribution to global warming only compound the evil. "Demonic power is now firmly lodged in the United States, especially in its government, its corporate heads, the 'defense' industries, its plutocratic class more generally, and its ideologies," Griffin complains. Given the scope of America's satanic accomplishments and ambitions, the crimes of 9/11 appear trivial.

"The U.S. government was planning . . . to use the deaths of some three thousands people (whom itself had killed) to justify wars that would most likely kill and maim many hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps millions," Griffin concludes, rather anti-climatically. His solution: a global government to replace nation states. In the interim, he hopes Protestant denominations and the Catholic bishops will investigate how 9/11 was precipitated by "U.S. imperial interests."

On the left, it is common to explain the Bush administration's "imperial" policies as the work of whacky "Left-Behind" evangelicals who supposedly think that the Second Coming will be precipitated by war in the Middle East. But those people on the right, if they actually exist, are almost dull when compared to the nuttiness of Professor Griffin and his colleagues in the curia of old-line Protestantism who agree with his theories.

Mark D. Tooley directs the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911conspiracy; bookreview; liberationtheology; ncc; oneworldreligion; religiousleft; thereligiousleft; wcc
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1 posted on 08/23/2006 10:59:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Where do these sick nutcases come from?
2 posted on 08/23/2006 11:01:49 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Pure puke.


3 posted on 08/23/2006 11:02:26 AM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I will read the book after my probing by the aliens that are staying for the weekend. They got a real kick out of my tin foil hat.


4 posted on 08/23/2006 11:02:30 AM PDT by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: nickcarraway

MUST be PCUSA.....NOT PCA Presbyterians.....


5 posted on 08/23/2006 11:02:47 AM PDT by goodnesswins (I think the real problem is islamo-bombia! (Rummyfan))
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To: nickcarraway

Such doddering idiots tools of the left. All the theories have been debunked and not one has been bunked. How do you bunk?


6 posted on 08/23/2006 11:04:00 AM PDT by shankbear
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To: nickcarraway
the facts being so obvious that elaboration is hardly required

"Don't confure me with facts," she whined.

7 posted on 08/23/2006 11:04:53 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: nickcarraway

What church is this, the Church of the DUmmie MIHOP Congregation?


8 posted on 08/23/2006 11:05:23 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: NonValueAdded

"Don't confuse confure with confuse," he replied.


9 posted on 08/23/2006 11:05:40 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: nickcarraway
If the U.S. is such an evil, twisted empire, then why are these people still here? If I believed this drivel, I'd beat feet for the border ASAP.
10 posted on 08/23/2006 11:06:02 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: goodnesswins

Read Popular Mechanics debunking of all the conspiracy theories. This "Revereand" is a con man just like Alex Jones.


11 posted on 08/23/2006 11:06:05 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: nickcarraway

here's another paper by a nut job professor at BYU..it contains stuff that's way over my head, but maybe some FReeper understands it and can debunk it..it's a way long read, and I've done it with the help of my kitchen counter (where I banged my head while reading it), and beer (copious quantities cause I couldn't believe this idiot believe this)..this guy makes my ex-wife appear sane by comparison..

http://www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/htm7.html


12 posted on 08/23/2006 11:07:18 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: goodnesswins
MUST be PCUSA

or CPUSA... same headquarters, just different rooms.

13 posted on 08/23/2006 11:07:51 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Logical me
Why do we even need enemies when we have people like this on our side? I supposed Osama Bin Laden was created in Pixar studio? And the U.S.S. Cole was bombed by air force guys in grease paint? And the two African embassies were blown up by the friends of G Gordon Liddy at the CIA?

Oh, wait. No, I totally forgot. All of those things happened with BILL CLINTON WAS PRESIDENT!!!!!! So the whole islamofascist problem already existed and wasn't created by Bush & Co.

14 posted on 08/23/2006 11:07:55 AM PDT by bpjam (Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaida - The Religion of Peace)
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To: nickcarraway
DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ....ignite the Pentagon?

They made Flight #77 (including all of its passengers) just disappear. Quite a trick, eh?

15 posted on 08/23/2006 11:08:19 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: nickcarraway

OMG the crockroaches are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and I meant crock!!!!)


16 posted on 08/23/2006 11:08:29 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: nickcarraway

"A "process" theologian who believes that God is constantly evolving, "

Doesn't the Bible say that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever?


17 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:19 AM PDT by fredhead (Women want me....Fish fear me....I can dream can't I?)
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To: nickcarraway

With Theologians like the above thank G_D I'm an Atheist. (wink)


18 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:25 AM PDT by Jan Hus
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To: nickcarraway

"Accordingly, the administration planted explosives in the basement of the World Trade Center, to ensure their collapse by "controlled demolition."

Yep, thats why it started to collapse on top, as seen on many videos...

READ MY TAG LINE!


19 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:26 AM PDT by observer5 (It's not a War on Terror - it's a WAR ON STUPIDITY)
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To: nickcarraway
Griffin is a complete bleeping nut case

I heard him on my local talk radio .. and he went so far as saying that a plane never hit the Pentagon and that Ted Olsen allowed his wife to be killed at another location .... all for the Bush Administration
20 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:32 AM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: nickcarraway
David Ray Griffin, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Claremont School of Theology in California,

Well, there you have it. Nothing sensible comes from CA.
21 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:51 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: All
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts


22 posted on 08/23/2006 11:09:52 AM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Froufrou

Then why are you wasting your time on Free Republic. (Located in California)


23 posted on 08/23/2006 11:10:36 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
A "process" theologian who believes that God is constantly evolving...

In other words, an idiot.
24 posted on 08/23/2006 11:11:04 AM PDT by Deo volente
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To: bpjam
Why do we even need enemies when we have people like this on our side? I supposed Osama Bin Laden was created in Pixar studio? And the U.S.S. Cole was bombed by air force guys in grease paint? And the two African embassies were blown up by the friends of G Gordon Liddy at the CIA?

And, of course, the '94 WTC bombing was done by GOP operatives attempting to win back the House in Nov. ....and by golly it worked!

25 posted on 08/23/2006 11:11:20 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: goodnesswins

Thanks for pointing that out. Those who don't know the difference tend to lump us all together.


26 posted on 08/23/2006 11:11:34 AM PDT by P8riot ("You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone." - Al Capone)
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To: nickcarraway

This man must have had a hard time writing this "book" wearing that straightjacket. Maybe he dictated it to someone.


27 posted on 08/23/2006 11:12:33 AM PDT by Theresawithanh (Every time I hear the word "exercise", I wash my mouth out with chocolate.)
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To: nickcarraway
This kind of stuff should get these leftist idiots shot..You know folks this is election season and time to go to the polls and elect people that have more sense than the Dem's..make sure you vote and vote against anything that looks, talks, and acts like a donkey..What will the fools think of next don't they know that things like this make them more ignorant in the eyes of the public..This is Democrat doing and sounds like something Michael Moore would write..
28 posted on 08/23/2006 11:12:40 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: nickcarraway

My God, this country is crawling with lunatics!


29 posted on 08/23/2006 11:12:56 AM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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To: nickcarraway

30 posted on 08/23/2006 11:13:10 AM PDT by sono ("It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.")
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To: Logical me
Where do these sick nutcases come from?

The America-hating left. I saw a poll recently that said about 30% of the population believes this crap, so it's basically your aging anti-Vietnam crowd, MoveOners, Kossacks and Lamont Dims.

When you suffer from chronic Bush Derangement Syndrome you're so delusional you'll believe just about anything.

31 posted on 08/23/2006 11:13:19 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway

BTTB (Bump to the bottom.)


32 posted on 08/23/2006 11:14:29 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Froufrou

David Ray Griffin, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Claremont School of Theology in California = Heretic and false Christian.


33 posted on 08/23/2006 11:16:18 AM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: DarthVader

Thank you. That's quite more to the point I was sadly short of making.


34 posted on 08/23/2006 11:17:13 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: nickcarraway
Quite simply, "central members of the Bush administration, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, came into office intent on attacking Iraq, an Arab Muslim nation."

This just kills me. If they did it to justify an attack on Iraq, why wouldn't they have had Iraqi agents do it? These people are idiots.

35 posted on 08/23/2006 11:17:18 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: nickcarraway

I think these bastards out to be hanged in public. It is ENEMY PROPAGANDA, pure and simple


36 posted on 08/23/2006 11:17:33 AM PDT by pissant
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To: nickcarraway

But I am sure that Rev. Griffin believes with a perfect faith that Israel murdered hundreds of little babies at Qana and destroyed a helpless woman's house two times.


37 posted on 08/23/2006 11:18:09 AM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 140-144)
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To: nickcarraway
"The book is blurbed by the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin"

With a name like that, is it any wonder???

38 posted on 08/23/2006 11:18:59 AM PDT by dave k
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To: Froufrou

You are quite welcome! :-)


39 posted on 08/23/2006 11:19:01 AM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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"The book is blurbed by ..... Roman Catholic dissident feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether"

Rosemary Reuther is not a Catholic theologian nor even a Catholic.

http://www.ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/REUTHER.TXT
40 posted on 08/23/2006 11:19:32 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Logical me

I don't know where they come from,but I have a pretty good idea where they're going.


41 posted on 08/23/2006 11:19:55 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: DarthVader
Heretic and false Christian

and barking moonbat too!

42 posted on 08/23/2006 11:20:18 AM PDT by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: nickcarraway
A question for Prof. Griffin:

If Bush is willing to kill thousands in cold blood to further his agenda, why would he let you live to expose it to us all?

Cognitive dissonance.
43 posted on 08/23/2006 11:20:25 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: DarthVader

Yeah, when they start talking about an "evolving" God, I wonder when they'll come up with the "fossil evidence" of the "earlier" God. The tighter the circle they run in, the faster they run up their own butts.


44 posted on 08/23/2006 11:21:39 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: nickcarraway

Since his retirement, he has moved his focus from questions of philosophy and religion to one of politics and, specifically, questioning the 9/11 attacks. His recent work includes the book, The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9-11 (2004) and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, books in which he argues there is strong evidence members of the United States government were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In The New Pearl Harbor, Griffin supports the work of other conspiracy theorists who assert that elements of the US government were behind the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. He purports to use his training in logic to analyze the validity of their arguments. Griffin states the overall thesis of his argument: There should be a well funded and thorough-going investigation of all the questions raised about the 9/11 attack. Griffin also appeared on C-SPAN 2 when he delivered his talk, '9/11 and American Empire: How should religious people respond?'[1]

In an interview with Nick Welsh, Thinking Unthinkable Thoughts: Theologian Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack [2], Griffin analyzes charges that the US government sent airplanes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and these airplanes were only a cover for explosives that the US government had planted within the World Trade Center towers. Griffin also talked with Alex Jones [3]

The second edition of The New Pearl Harbor contains additional material on the Saudi Arabian hijackers, Sibel Edmonds, his analysis of the official 9/11 Commission set up by the US government, and his belief that the US Government deliberately changed its standard rules for analyzing military intelligence in order to allow the attacks. Historian Howard Zinn, the author of A People's History of the United States, describes The New Pearl Harbor as "the most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation on the Bush administration's relationship to that historic and troubling event."

The New Pearl Harbor, after identifying the supposedly unanswered questions concerning the 9/11 attacks, attempts to fit them first, to a conspiracy/complicity theory, and second, to a coincidence/incompetence theory. Then he explores the contradictions inherent in each theory, concluding with the need for a full and independent investigation led by the Fourth Estate.

Critics of Griffin's thesis, such as Chip Berlet, say that many of the claims in the book are refutable. Griffin has rejected these criticisms [4] and debated his critics, [5]. Other reviewers like Mike Williams claim to have found various problems [6][7].

In a review published in the Nation magazine, former CIA agent Robert Baer dismissed the gist of Griffin's writings as one in a long line of conspiracy theories about national tragedies, but noted that the Bush administration had created a climate of secrecy and mistrust that helped generate such explanations. ("Dangerous Liaisons," September 27, 2004).


45 posted on 08/23/2006 11:22:15 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: DarthVader; nickcarraway

Hubs and I joined a United Methodist church around the 2004 election. Initially, I thought we'd be surrounded by conservatives and I suddenly found we are not.

I have trouble with people who don't respect the president. Especially when they're "Christians." It's something I don't get; while I disliked Clinton, I didn't spew all the hate I keep hearing.


46 posted on 08/23/2006 11:22:32 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: Deo volente
A "process" theologian who believes that God is constantly evolving...

In other words, an idiot.

More of a humanist than a theologian.

If you believe that god is whatever you currently perceive god to be, you basically believe that you determine what god is.

It's self indulgence, not theology.

As you said, he's an idiot, but an idiot with a message that appeals to other idiots. Why should they try and conform their lives to god's will when they can simply conform their view of god to their own will?

This crap has little real resemblance to Christianity. They don't worship God, they worship themselves.

47 posted on 08/23/2006 11:23:25 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Mr. Mojo
They made Flight #77 (including all of its passengers) just disappear. Quite a trick, eh?

And Ted Olson stood by and said nothing. Amazing, huh?

48 posted on 08/23/2006 11:23:45 AM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Mo1

And this loonball is getting radio time?


49 posted on 08/23/2006 11:24:30 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Emmett McCarthy
The only reason they rave the way they do is because they think they are righteous and have not accepted the truth of the Gospel. They cannot accept the fact of their own sinfulness and exalt themselves over the Truth. They serve the God of Liberalism = Satan.
50 posted on 08/23/2006 11:25:03 AM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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