Dr. David Ray GriffinThe 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page LieMon May 23, 2005 14:15184.108.40.206Dear 9/11 truth activists and concerned citizens,
Here is a brand new article by Dr. David Ray Griffin, which lists over 100
lies included in the official 9/11 Commission report. This article is an
excellent summary/companion to Dr. Griffin's newest book, The 9/11
Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.
Towards Peace and Truth,
The 9/11 Commission Report: A 571-Page Lie
by Dr. David Ray Griffin
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In discussing my second 9/11 book, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions
and Distortions, I have often said, only half in jest, that a better title
might have been “a 571-page lie.” (Actually, I was saying “a 567-page
lie,” because I was forgetting to count the four pages of the Preface.) In
making this statement, one of my points has been that the entire Report is
constructed in support of one big lie: that the official story about 9/11
Another point, however, is that in the process of telling this overall
lie, The 9/11 Commission Report tells many lies about particular issues.
This point is implied by my critique’s subtitle, “Omissions and
Distortions.” It might be thought, to be sure, that of the two types of
problems signaled by those two terms, only those designated “distortions”
can be considered lies.
It is better, however, to understand the two terms as referring to two
types of lies: implicit and explicit. We have an explicit lie when the
Report claims that the core of each of the Twin Towers consisted of a
hollow steel shaft or when it claims that Vice President Cheney did not
give the shoot-down order until after 10:10 that morning. But we have an
implicit lie when the Commission, in its discussion of the 19 alleged
suicide hijackers, omits the fact that at least six of them have credibly
been reported to be still alive, or when it fails to mention the fact that
Building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed. Such omissions are
implicit lies partly because they show that the Commission did not honor
its stated intention “to provide the fullest possible account of the
events surrounding 9/11.” They are also lies insofar as the Commission
could avoid telling an explicit lie about the issue in question only by
not mentioning it, which, I believe, was the case in at least most
Given these two types of lies, it might be wondered how many lies are
contained in The 9/11 Commission Report. I do not know. But, deciding to
see how many lies I had discussed in my book, I found that I had
identified over 100 of them. Once I had made the list, it occurred to me
that others might find this summary helpful. Hence this article.
One caveat: Although in some of the cases it is obvious that the
Commission has lied, in other cases I would say, as I make clear in the
book, that it appears that the Commission has lied. However, in the
interests of simply giving a brief listing of claims that I consider to be
lies, I will ignore this distinction between obvious and probable lies,
leaving it to readers, if they wish, to look up the discussion in The 9/11
Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions. For ease in doing this, I
have parenthetically indicated the pages of the book on which the various
issues are discussed.
Given this clarification, I now list the omissions and claims of The 9/11
Commission Report that I, in my critique of that report, portrayed as
1. The omission of evidence that at least six of the alleged
hijackers---including Waleed al-Shehri, said by the Commission probably to
have stabbed a flight attendant on Flight 11 before it crashed into the
North Tower of the WTC---are still alive (19-20).
2. The omission of evidence about Mohamed Atta---such as his reported
fondness for alcohol, pork, and lap dances---that is in tension with the
Commission’s claim that he had become fanatically religious (20-21).
3. The obfuscation of the evidence that Hani Hanjour was too poor a pilot
to have flown an airliner into the Pentagon (21-22).
4. The omission of the fact that the publicly released flight manifests
contain no Arab names (23).
5. The omission of the fact that fire has never, before or after 9/11,
caused steel-frame buildings to collapse (25).
6. The omission of the fact that the fires in the Twin Towers were not
very big, very hot, or very long-lasting compared with fires in several
steel-frame buildings that did not collapse (25-26).
7. The omission of the fact that, given the hypothesis that the collapses
were caused by fire, the South Tower, which was struck later than the
North Tower and also had smaller fires, should not have collapsed first
8. The omission of the fact that WTC 7 (which was not hit by an airplane
and which had only small, localized fires) also collapsed---an occurrence
that FEMA admitted it could not explain (26).
9. The omission of the fact that the collapse of the Twin Towers (like
that of Building 7) exemplified at least 10 features suggestive of
controlled demolition (26-27).
10. The claim that the core of each of the Twin Towers was “a hollow steel
shaft”---a claim that denied the existence of the 47 massive steel columns
that in reality constituted the core of each tower and that, given the
“pancake theory” of the collapses, should have still been sticking up many
hundreds of feet in the air (27-28).
11. The omission of Larry Silverstein’s statement that he and the fire
department commander decided to “pull” Building 7 (28).
12. The omission of the fact that the steel from the WTC buildings was
quickly removed from the crime scene and shipped overseas before it could
be analyzed for evidence of explosives (30).
13. The omission of the fact that because Building 7 had been evacuated
before it collapsed, the official reason for the rapid removal of the
steel---that some people might still be alive in the rubble under the
steel---made no sense in this case (30).
14. The omission of Mayor Giuliani’s statement that he had received word
that the World Trade Center was going to collapse (30-31).
15. The omission of the fact that President Bush’s brother Marvin and his
cousin Wirt Walker III were both principals in the company in charge of
security for the WTC (31-32).
16. The omission of the fact that the west wing of the Pentagon would have
been the least likely spot to be targeted by al-Qaeda terrorists, for
several reasons (33-34).
17. The omission of any discussion of whether the damage done to the
Pentagon was consistent with the impact of a Boeing 757 going several
hundred miles per hour (34).
18. The omission of the fact that there are photos showing that the west
wing’s façade did not collapse until 30 minutes after the strike and also
that the entrance hole appears too small for a Boeing 757 to have entered
19. The omission of all testimony that has been used to cast doubt on
whether remains of a Boeing 757 were visible either inside or outside the
20. The omission of any discussion of whether the Pentagon has a
anti-missile defense system that would have brought down a commercial
airliner---even though the Commission suggested that the al-Qaeda
terrorists did not attack a nuclear power plant because they assumed that
it would be thus defended (36).
21. The omission of the fact that pictures from various security
cameras---including the camera at the gas station across from the
Pentagon, the film from which was reportedly confiscated by the FBI
immediately after the strike---could presumably answer the question of
what really hit the Pentagon (37-38).
22. The omission of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s reference to “the
missile [used] to damage [the Pentagon]” (39).
23. The apparent endorsement of a wholly unsatisfactory answer to the
question of why the Secret Service agents allowed President Bush to remain
at the Sarasota school at a time when, given the official story, they
should have assumed that a hijacked airliner might be about to crash into
the school (41-44).
24. The failure to explore why the Secret Service did not summon fighter
jets to provide air cover for Air Force One (43-46).
25. The claims that when the presidential party arrived at the school, no
one in the party knew that several planes had been hijacked (47-48).
26. The omission of the report that Attorney General Ashcroft was warned
to stop using commercial airlines prior to 9/11 (50).
27. The omission of David Schippers’ claim that he had, on the basis of
information provided by FBI agents about upcoming attacks in lower
Manhattan, tried unsuccessfully to convey this information to Attorney
General Ashcroft during the six weeks prior to 9/11 (51).
28. The omission of any mention of the FBI agents who reportedly claimed
to have known the targets and dates of the attacks well in advance
29. The claim, by means of a circular, question-begging rebuttal, that the
unusual purchases of put options prior to 9/11 did not imply advance
knowledge of the attacks on the part of the buyers (52-57).
30. The omission of reports that both Mayor Willie Brown and some Pentagon
officials received warnings about flying on 9/11 (57).
31. The omission of the report that Osama bin Laden, who already was
America’s “most wanted” criminal, was treated in July 2001 by an American
doctor in the American Hospital in Dubai and visited by the local CIA
32. The omission of news stories suggesting that after 9/11 the US
military in Afghanistan deliberately allowed Osama bin Laden to escape
33. The omission of reports, including the report of a visit to Osama bin
Laden at the hospital in Dubai by the head of Saudi intelligence, that
were in tension with the official portrayal of Osama as disowned by his
family and his country (60-61).
34. The omission of Gerald Posner’s account of Abu Zubaydah’s testimony,
according to which three members of the Saudi royal family---all of whom
later died mysteriously within an eight-day period---were funding al-Qaeda
and had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks (61-65).
35. The Commission’s denial that it found any evidence of Saudi funding of
36. The Commission’s denial in particular that it found any evidence that
money from Prince Bandar’s wife, Princess Haifa, went to al-Qaeda
37. The denial, by means of simply ignoring the distinction between
private and commercial flights, that the private flight carrying Saudis
from Tampa to Lexington on September 13 violated the rules for US airspace
in effect at the time (71-76).
38. The denial that any Saudis were allowed to leave the United States
shortly after 9/11 without being adequately investigated (76-82).
39. The omission of evidence that Prince Bandar obtained special
permission from the White House for the Saudi flights (82-86).
40. The omission of Coleen Rowley’s claim that some officials at FBI
headquarters did see the memo from Phoenix agent Kenneth Williams (89-90).
41. The omission of Chicago FBI agent Robert Wright’s charge that FBI
headquarters closed his case on a terrorist cell, then used intimidation
to prevent him from publishing a book reporting his experiences (91).
42. The omission of evidence that FBI headquarters sabotaged the attempt
by Coleen Rowley and other Minneapolis agents to obtain a warrant to
search Zacarias Moussaoui’s computer (91-94).
43. The omission of the 3.5 hours of testimony to the Commission by former
FBI translator Sibel Edmonds—-testimony that, according to her later
public letter to Chairman Kean, revealed serious 9/11-related cover-ups by
officials at FBI headquarters (94-101).
44. The omission of the fact that General Mahmoud Ahmad, the head of
Pakistan’s intelligence agency (the ISI), was in Washington the week prior
to 9/11, meeting with CIA chief George Tenet and other US officials
45. The omission of evidence that ISI chief Ahmad had ordered $100,000 to
be sent to Mohamed Atta prior to 9/11 (104-07).
46. The Commission’s claim that it found no evidence that any foreign
government, including Pakistan, had provided funding for the al-Qaeda
47. The omission of the report that the Bush administration pressured
Pakistan to dismiss Ahmad as ISI chief after the appearance of the story
that he had ordered ISI money sent to Atta (107-09).
48. The omission of evidence that the ISI (and not merely al-Qaeda) was
behind the assassination of Ahmad Shah Masood (the leader of Afghanistan’s
Northern Alliance), which occurred just after the week-long meeting
between the heads of the CIA and the ISI (110-112).
49. The omission of evidence of ISI involvement in the kidnapping and
murder of Wall Street Reporter Daniel Pearl (113).
50. The omission of Gerald Posner’s report that Abu Zubaydah claimed that
a Pakistani military officer, Mushaf Ali Mir, was closely connected to
both the ISI and al-Qaeda and had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks
51. The omission of the 1999 prediction by ISI agent Rajaa Gulum Abbas
that the Twin Towers would be “coming down” (114).
52. The omission of the fact that President Bush and other members of his
administration repeatedly spoke of the 9/11 attacks as “opportunities”
53. The omission of the fact that The Project for the New American
Century, many members of which became key figures in the Bush
administration, published a document in 2000 saying that “a new Pearl
Harbor” would aid its goal of obtaining funding for a rapid technological
transformation of the US military (117-18).
54. The omission of the fact that Donald Rumsfeld, who as head of the
commission on the US Space Command had recommended increased funding for
it, used the attacks of 9/11 on that very evening to secure such funding
55. The failure to mention the fact that three of the men who presided
over the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks—-Secretary Rumsfeld, General
Richard Myers, and General Ralph Eberhart---were also three of the
strongest advocates for the US Space Command (122).
56. The omission of the fact that Unocal had declared that the Taliban
could not provide adequate security for it to go ahead with its
oil-and-gas pipeline from the Caspian region through Afghanistan and
57. The omission of the report that at a meeting in July 2001, US
representatives said that because the Taliban refused to agree to a US
proposal that would allow the pipeline project to go forward, a war
against them would begin by October (125-26).
58. The omission of the fact that Zbigniew Brzezinski in his 1997 book had
said that for the United States to maintain global primacy, it needed to
gain control of Central Asia, with its vast petroleum reserves, and that a
new Pearl Harbor would be helpful in getting the US public to support this
imperial effort (127-28).
59. The omission of evidence that some key members of the Bush
administration, including Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy Paul Wolfowitz,
had been agitating for a war with Iraq for many years (129-33).
60. The omission of notes of Rumsfeld’s conversations on 9/11 showing that
he was determined to use the attacks as a pretext for a war with Iraq
61. The omission of the statement by the Project for the New American
Century that “the need for a substantial American force presence in the
Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein” (133-34).
62. The claim that FAA protocol on 9/11 required the time-consuming
process of going through several steps in the chain of command--even
though the Report cites evidence to the contrary (158).
63. The claim that in those days there were only two air force bases in
NORAD’s Northeast sector that kept fighters on alert and that, in
particular, there were no fighters on alert at either M
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