Theologian calls for response to 9/11Tue Apr 19, 2005 22:43188.8.131.52
Theologian calls for response to 9/11
By Samara Kalk Derby
April 19, 2005
David Ray Griffin asks the tough questions about Sept. 11, contending U.S.
officials had some knowledge of what was coming and possibly orchestrated
Griffin, whose book, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the
Bush Administration and 9/11," came out a year ago, drew an enthusiastic
standing ovation from the majority of the 400 or so people who packed his
lecture Monday night at Bascom Hall.
A retired Christian theologian, Griffin, 65, taught for more than 30 years
at the Claremont School of Theology in California.
His comments Monday night were directed at religious people, who he said
need to respond to Sept. 11 - and the American empire that has ensued -
based on the moral principles of their religious traditions.
Drawing laughter from the crowd, Griffin said he had in mind principles
like: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors' oil" and "Thou shalt not murder
thy neighbors in order to steal their oil."
While Griffin noted that his books and talks have not received attention
from the mainstream media, C-SPAN had a cameraman at the event and plans
to air the lecture at a future date. Madison's public access cable
television station, WYOU-TV/Channel 4, meanwhile, will air the talk at 7
Americans interpret the events of Sept. 11 in one of four ways, Griffin said:
• A first group accepts the official interpretation that Sept. 11 was a
surprise attack by Islamic terrorists. It is easy for these people "to
think of America's so-called War on Terror as a just war," Griffin said.
• A second group accepts the official line but thinks Sept. 11 has been
used opportunistically by the Bush administration to extend the American
empire. People who hold this view often believe that America's response to
Sept. 11, which has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, is far worse
than the attacks themselves, he said.
• A third group believes the Bush administration knew the attacks were
coming and let them happen. It shows the government as "deliberate and
cold-blooded," advancing its imperial designs while hypocritically
portraying itself as promoting a "culture of life," Griffin said.
Although there has been no national survey, a Zogby poll taken last year
indicated that almost half of the residents of New York City share this
view, he said.
• A fourth group believes that the government orchestrated the attacks.
While no poll shows how many Americans believe this, polls in Canada and
Germany have found as many as 20 percent of those populations do, Griffin
In his follow-up book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and
Distortions," Griffin examines the questions that he and others in the
"9/11 Truth Movement" charge were never examined by the federal
government's 9/11 Commission.
Evidence to support the theory that U.S. officials had at least had some
foreknowledge of the attacks comes from David Schippers, the chief
prosecutor for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, who reportedly
received warnings from FBI agents about the attacks six weeks earlier,
Other government officials, including Attorney General John Ashcroft,
would not respond to the warnings, he added.
There was the extraordinarily high volume of "put options" purchased in
the three days before the attacks, Griffin said, with investors betting
that stock in United and American Airlines - the two airlines used in the
attacks - would go down. There were also a suspiciously high number of put
options for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, which occupied 22 stories of the
World Trade Center.
"U.S. intelligence agencies monitor the market, partly to look for signs
of impending attacks," Griffin said. "One wonders how information could be
much more specific than this."
Griffin then made a case that government officials planned and executed
For one, the United States military neglected to send fighter jets to
intercept the hijacked planes. Such interceptions usually occur within 10
to 20 minutes after the first signs of trouble and are routine, happening
about 100 times a year, Griffin said.
It seems implausible, he said, that the Pentagon was struck by Flight 77,
since it is "surely the best defended building on the planet." The U.S.
military has the best radar systems in the world and "does not miss
anything occurring in North American airspace," he added.
Griffin also made a case that the collapse of the World Trade Center
buildings was brought on by thousands of explosives placed throughout each
of the buildings. They went straight down, at free-fall speed, as in
controlled demolitions, and many people in the buildings reported that
they heard or felt explosions, he added.
"High-rise steel-frame buildings have never - before or after 9/11- been
caused to collapse by fire," he said.
Sue Adams, 50, introduced herself to Griffin after the talk, calling him
heroic. "I think some day we may really know the truth," she said, adding
that it will likely be after the Bush administration is gone.
Orion Litzau, a UW freshman studying engineering, agrees that the answers
the government put out through the 9/11 Commission were more than a simple
"They were not only partly false but a complete, bold face lie," he said.
"David Ray Griffin brings out interesting points about what could be the
true story behind the 9/11 attack."
Jim Goulding, 67, who teaches religious studies at Edgewood College,
admitted at first he wondered whether Griffin was a crackpot, but instead
found he had a "tremendous reputation as a theologian."
Goulding has read both of Griffin's Sept. 11 books.
"I think he makes a convincing case - well documented, well footnoted," he
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The New Pearl Harbor
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Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
"That 9/11 has become a defining moment in our history cannot be gainsaid. But its exact significance is an exceedingly contentious question notwithstanding the seeming clarity of prevailing accounts. David Ray Griffin deconstructs those accounts with a host of unresolved puzzles strongly suggestive of some sort of culpable complicity by US officials in the event. His book presents an incontrovertible argument of the need for a genuinely full and independent investigation of that infamous day. "--Douglas Sturm, Presidential Professor of Religion and Political Science, Emeritus, Bucknell University
"David Ray Griffin has done admirable and painstaking research in reviewing the mysteries surrounding the 9-11 attacks. It is the most persuasive argument I have seen for further investigation of the Bush administration's relationship to that historic and troubling event." -- Howard Zinn
"This is a very important book. David Ray Griffin's carefully researched and documented study demonstrates a high level of probability that the Bush adminsitration was complicit in allowing 9/11 to happen in order to further war plans that had already been made. A must read for anyone concerned about American foreign policy under the present administration. " -- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
"Was the U.S.'s failure to defend itself against the attacks on Sept. 11 a comedy of errors or a brilliant, if cynical, plot by highly placed government officials, or something else? We'll never know as long as the administration stonewalls efforts to get information. But such relatively reliable information as is now available is assembled in this book, so that citizens can come to more informed judgments about the nature and functioning of our government. This is a must read for all who want to get past the conspiracy of silence and mystification that surrounds these events. "-- John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University
"This book is as full of research and authoritative notes as a field full of springtime daisies. The author raises frightening questions, and the questions beg for answers. One thing we can conclude for certain. The events surrounding 9-11, both before and after, cannot be simply swept under the rug of conventional wisdom unless we allow it. This book gives us a foundation to discover the truth, one that we may not wish to hear. " -- Gerry Spence
"David Griffin's The New Pearl Harbor belongs on the book shelves of all those who, in any way, doubt the veracity of the accounts presented to the public by the Bush administration concerning the worst terrorist attack in America's history. The facts presented in this book are disturbing -- and they should be. Griffin's book goes a long way in answering the age-old question inherent in American political scandals: What did the President know, and when did he know it? "-- Wayne Madsen, author, journalist, syndicated columnist
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