9/11 - RE: C-SPAN - David Griffin event a stunning,Thu Apr 21, 2005 23:49188.8.131.52From: Kevin Barrett
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 6:28 PM
Subject: thank you for making Monday's David Griffin event a stunning,
Dear friend of the 9/11 truth movement,
A new era has dawned: David Griffin's incendiary but well-documented
charges of Bush administration complicity in 9/11 have broken into both
local and national mainstream media from right here in Madison! C-span
will broadcast Griffin's talk on Book TV (see below). Check the website
below for times. And WYOU-TV, cable channel four, will broadcast their
own tape of the talk at 7 p.m. Thursday.
If you missed this historic moment-- the biggest lecture hall on campus
overflowing with over 450 people who gave Griffin a thunderous standing
ovation for charging the Bush-Cheney regime with orchestrating the 9/11
attacks--you'll have to see the tape to believe it!
And you won't believe the local media coverage either. Scroll down and
do a double-take.
We must seize this moment and push for a new investigation. Write and
call the local media, your representatives, and anybody else who might
be righteously angered to learn that the Bush regime slaughtered 3000
Americans in order to launch a bloody, interminable war they had already
planned. And get ready for street demonstrations as the "springtime of
truth" heats up. Finally, be ready to turn out quickly for direct
action in the all-too-likely event they launch another fake attack to
trigger a draft and an attack on Iran. (The more heat we put on now, the less
they'll think they can get away with it.)
We can take back this country. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to
I checked with C-span, and found out that the show was taped for their
Book-TV program. Book T.V. airs on the weekends (48 hours).
You can check their schedule for the coming weekend at:
or, at: http://www.booktv.org/schedule/
The schedules are updated daily.
Melanie Conklin's column (p. 2 of the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal, a
Republican newspaper) helped draw the overflow crowd:
Talking about Sept. 11 On Monday, Madison will be the site of a rare
visit from David Ray Griffin, theology professor and author of "The New
Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and
As one might guess from that title, Griffin is controversial. He is
being sponsored by a coalition of groups, including the UW Multicultural
Student Coalition and MUJCA-NET (a new Muslim-Jewish-Christian
"The question of the media coverage (or lack thereof) of the
demonstrable mendacity of the official story of 9/11 is the proverbial elephant
in the living room," says Kevin Barrett of MUJCA-NET. Griffin's talk is
being taped by C-SPAN for play at a later date. Jennifer Moire, C-SPAN
spokeswoman, explains its decision to cover the event as a logical
follow-up to the "extensive" coverage they gave the Commission and
Congressional Sept. 11 hearings: "It just seems appropriate to cover other
Griffin says Madison is only his fourth lecture stop on Sept. 11
because he doesn't like to travel, so he usually sticks to radio interviews
he can do in his slippers. But he calls Madison an exception because he
likes seeing people of different faiths coming together to talk about
Sept. 11. And he's "very happy" C-SPAN is coming.
"It will be the closest thing to mainstream coverage that this kind of
interpretation of 9/11 has received," Griffin says.
His talk is Monday at 7:30 p.m. in 272 Bascom Hall.
Speaker Says Bush Knew Of Sept. 11 Plans
The Theologian And Author Believes The President Endorsed The Attacks
To Build Up Support For His Military Plans.
Wisconsin State Journal :: LOCAL/WISCONSIN :: B1
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Doug Erickson Wisconsin State Journal
A noted Christian theologian suggested Monday in Madison that the Bush
administration not only had prior knowledge of the terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, but probably helped orchestrate them.
David Ray Griffin, 65, a retired professor at the Claremont School of
Theology in Claremont, Calif., said the government's version of the
attacks is so implausible it can't possibly be true.
The numerous inconsistencies and far-fetched explanations from Bush
officials "show that the attacks must have been planned and executed by
our own political and military leaders," Griffin said.
He thinks Bush endorsed the attacks to gain support for a military
buildup and global domination effort that began with the invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq.
Griffin is part of a small group of scholars and others questioning the
government's story and the conclusions of the bipartisan 9/11
commission that investigated the attacks.
Griffin's speech before about 450 people at Bascom Hall on the
UW-Madison campus was considered a major victory by his supporters in that it
was taped by C-SPAN for later broadcast on the public service cable
channel. No air dates were available Monday.
Event organizer Kevin Barrett, founder of a Muslim-Jewish-Christian
alliance called MUJCA-NET, told the crowd C-SPAN should be applauded "for
having the guts to put 9/11 truth on national TV."
Barrett said his group paid Griffin's airfare and was hoping to provide
an additional $100 to cover expenses. Otherwise, Griffin did not charge
for his appearance.
Griffin has written extensively on the origins of evil and the
relationship between science and religion. He has authored or edited 24 books,
including "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush
Administration and 9/11."
In the Sept. 11 attacks, armed terrorists hijacked four passenger jets.
Two crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and a third crashed
in a field in Pennsylvania.
According to the government, the fourth jet crashed into the Pentagon
in Arlington, Va., although Griffin questions this and suggests the
damage may have been caused by a military plane or missile.
Griffin operates from the basic premise that 19 Arab-Muslim hijackers
could not have outwitted this country's extensive military defense
system without inside help. Among his arguments:
* Fighter jets typically are sent out immediately upon any sign that a
plane may have been hijacked. They usually arrive no later than 10 to
20 minutes. Yet in this case, the military failed to stop the attacks,
then gave three conflicting versions of why it deviated from standard
operating procedure, Griffin said.
* The Pentagon is probably the best-defended structure on the planet.
How could a commercial airliner fly undetected and toward the Defense
Department for 40 minutes and not be shot down by the Pentagon's
* Bush lingered for more than 15 minutes at an elementary school after
learning of the second jet crashing into the World Trade Center. Given
that Bush's itinerary had been highly publicized, why wasn't the Secret
Service concerned that he might be a target of a surprise terrorist
"This behavior makes sense only if the head of the Secret Service
detail knew that the planned attacks did not include an attack on the
president. And how did they know this for certain unless the attacks were
being carried out by people within our own government?" Griffin said.
* The straight-down, free-fall collapse of the World Trade Center
buildings suggests a controlled demolition. A plane crash and fire could not
have caused such a collapse, Griffin said.
These examples and others "are sufficient to suggest that there is no
escape from the frightful conclusion that 9/11 was engineered by the
Bush administration and its Pentagon," he said.
He closed by saying religious people must seek the truth about 9/11,
create new means to spread the information and work to thwart Bush's
attempts at global domination.
The crowd gave Griffin a standing ovation.
Rob Helfenstein, 41, a floor installer from Waukesha, came away
convinced. "Governments have always used fake terror to manipulate their
people," he said. "History hasn't changed."
But his friend, Dave Balistreri, 35, a construction consultant from
Waukesha, said he entered and left the lecture hall skeptical. Although
Balistreri said the Bush administration probably isn't telling the whole
truth, "I think the level of complicity is much, much less than
(Griffin) is suggesting."
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
Griffin, whose book, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the
Bush Administration and 9/11," came out a year ago, drew an
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 thisview, 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,
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, Griffin said.
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 the attacks.
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
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams
9/11 Attack on America Part 1
The Irregularities of 9/11
9/11 Attack on America Part 2
Omissions & Distortions
(David Ray Griffin)
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