[act-ma] Skeptical about 9/11. Hear David Ray Griffin, 11 April, Boston U

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Wed Apr 1 19:34:01 PDT 2009



  9/11: Time for a Second Look

  “9/11 conspiracy guru” David Ray Griffin to speak at Boston University, April 11, 2009 

  Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive calls David Ray Griffin “the guru of the 9/11 conspiracy movement” and describes his theories about 9/11 as “a cul-de-sac… [leading] nowhere.” Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Boston University, on the other hand, believes that “David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9/11 deserve to be investigated and addressed.” No single proponent of alternative theories concerning the events of September 11, 2001 has received more attention – supportive and critical – than David Ray Griffin, who will be giving a public lecture at Boston University’s Morse Auditorium on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 7pm. Dr. Griffin’s appearance at Boston University will be his first ever in Boston, after which he will embark on his second European tour, where he will present the most thorough, up-to-date and popularly accepted alternative critique of the 9/11 story to audiences in London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Lausanne, Lucerne, Hamburg, Stockholm, Trondheim, and Oslo. The BU event is co-sponsored by the Boston University School of Theology and the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee.

  (see video trailer)

  David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. 
  He has published (as author or editor) 34 books, primarily in theology, philosophy, and philosophy of religion, with special emphases on the problem of evil and the relation between science and religion. 
  Seven of his books deal with 9/11: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004), The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), Christian Faith and the Truth about 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action (2006), 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out (2006, co-edited with Peter Dale Scott), Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory (2007), 9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press, and The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé (2008).  
  In 2008 Griffin also made presentations on 9/11 at the European Parliament and the Japanese Diet. 
  In his latest book, The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 911, the Cover -Up, and the Expose, Dr. Griffin once again invokes the tragic events of December 7, 1941, laying out further evidence for why he believes the attack of September 11, 2001 was an “inside job”  —  a false flag attack — that can be traced to the highest levels of the US government. In defense of his thesis, Griffin: 
  –points out the continued failure of the mainstream press to investigate any of the questions and anomalies which appear to contradict the official account of 9/11, and claims the media dishonestly uses the term "conspiracy theory" to prevent criticism of the government’s conspiracy theory involving 19 “radical” Muslims.  
  –deconstructs, using expert testimony, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) five “crucial claims” about the World Trade Center (WCT) collapses, showing that NIST, in fact, provides no supporting evidence for any of its claims. He further points out that NIST and the 911 Commission ignored vast amounts of relevant evidence for controlled demolition of all three WTC buildings (WTC 1, 2, 7) that collapsed on 9/11, among which are the sudden, symmetrical collapses at near-freefall speeds (in the case of WTC7 into its own building footprint), pools of molten metal under the debris pile for weeks indicating temperatures considerably higher than jet-fuel and office-materials fires could possibly generate, and residue of explosives found in WTC dust. 
  –presents what he suspects to be motives that high level government officials had for orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. Griffin contends that the 9/11 Commission suppressed any mention of these possible motives, as well as the fact that key members of the Bush Administration were signatories to the radical plan drawn up in 2000 by the neo-conservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), for increased militarization and global dominance. The PNAC report suggested the necessity for a “New Pearl Harbor” event to persuade the American public in favor of its stated goals, hence, the title of Griffin’s first and latest exposé, The New Pearl Harbor (Revisited).  
  Griffin’s 9/11 books have been endorsed by Michael Chossudovsky, William Sloane Coffin, Harvey Cox, Richard Falk, Catherine Austin Fitts, David Griscom, Jim Hightower, British MP Michael Meacher, Mark Crispin Miller, Rosemary Ruether, Marcus Raskin, Paul Craig Roberts, Peter Dale Scott, Gerry Spence, Lorie Van Auken, Howard Zinn, and former CIA officials Robert Baer, Bill Christison, and Ray McGovern.
  Four of these books have been given special recognition: The New Pearl Harbor and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortion received the 2006 Helios Foundation Award for 2006. Debunking 9/11 Debunking was a Bronze Medal Winner in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The New Pearl Harbor Revisited was named a “Pick of the Week” in 2008 by Publishers Weekly.
  His essays and interviews about 9/11 have appeared in such disparate publications as Zion’s Herald1, Hustler Magazine2, Global Outlook3, LA Times Magazine4, Conversations in Religion and Theology5, Penthouse Netherlands6, Whole Earth Times7, Tikkun8, and Le Monde Diplomatique9. 
  Griffin has been featured on “The Richard & Judy Show” (London)10,  C-Span (twice)11,  ABC News Radio12, “Tucker” on MSNBC13,  CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation)14, the BBC’s “Heaven and Earth,”15 and in over 400 radio talk-shows16,  including Democracy Now!17.  Many videos of his talks and interviews are available on the Internet18.  
  During the week prior to his lecture in Boston, Dr. Griffin will also give lectures in Wayne, PA, Vassar College, Portsmouth and Keene, NH. 

  [1] “9/11: A Christian Theologian’s Response: Deceptions of Empire and the Anti-Imperial Gospel of Jesus,” Zion’s Herald, July/August 2005: 5-6, 39-40 (available at http://www.anthonyflood.com/griffin911xntheologiansresponse.htm <http://www.anthonyflood.com/griffin911xntheologiansresponse.htm> ). 

   [2]  “What If Everything You Know about 9/11 Is Wrong?” Interview with Bruce David and Carolyn Sinclair, Hustler Magazine, August, 2005: 32-35, 108 (available at http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20050604140153943 <http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20050604140153943>  [text only] and http://911truth.org/docs/drgHfull.pdf (with graphics).

   [3] “Truth and Politics of 9/11: Omissions and Distortions of The 9/11 Commission Report,” Global Outlook (www.GlobalOutlook.ca <http://www.GlobalOutlook.ca/> ), Issue 10 (Spring-Summer 2005), 45-56.

   [4] “Getting Agnostic about 9/11” (an interview conducted by Mark Ehrman), LA Times Magazine, August 28, 2005 (http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-crgriffin35aug28,1,3835884.story?coll=la-headlines-magazine <http://www.latimes.com/features/printedition/magazine/la-tm-crgriffin35aug28,1,3835884.story?coll=la-headlines-magazine> ).

   [5]  “Response to Ian Markham” (to Markham’s review of The New Pearl Harbor), Conversations in Religion and Theology, 3/2 (November, 2005): 220-236.

   [6]  “Rokende Pistolen Gezocht: De Echte Daders Achter 9/11” (Interview), Penthouse (Dutch), December, 2006: 088-091.

   [7]  “9/11 Under Attack: David Ray Griffin: Why the Official Story Just Doesn’t Make Sense.” Interview by Abigail Lewis. Whole Life Times, September 2006: 53-54.

   [8]  “The American Empire and 9/11,” Tikkun, March-April 2007)  (http://www.tikkun.org/magazine/tik0703/frontpage/empire911 <http://www.tikkun.org/magazine/tik0703/frontpage/empire911> ).

   [9]  “The Truly Distracting 9/11 Conspiracy Theory: A Reply to Alexander Cockburn,” Le Monde Diplomatique Norway, English version, March 2007 (http://www.lmd.no/index.php?article=1408#fotnoter <http://www.lmd.no/index.php?article=1408#fotnoter> ).

   [10] June 22, 2004. 

   [11]  (1) “9/11 and the American Empire: How Should Religious People Respond?”, Lecture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, April 18, 2005, broadcast on C-SPAN2 [BookTV], April 30, 2005 (available at http://www.911blogger.com/2005/04/proper-release-of-griffin-in-madison.html); BookTV, C-SPAN 2, November 24 & 25. (2) “9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out,” September 24, 2006, Berkeley, CA, edited by Peter Dale Scott and David Ray Griffin. The event featured remarks by Griffin, Scott, Peter Phillips, Kevin Ryan and Ray McGovern, who served as host.
  [12] ABC News Radio, September 11, 2005. 

   [13]  “Tucker,” MSNBC, August 9, 2005 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxKW3EqbfRE). 
  [14] < “9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracy: Interview: David Ray Griffin,” CBC News, August 25, 2006 (http://www.cbc.ca/sunday/911griffin.html <http://www.cbc.ca/sunday/911griffin.html> ).

   [15]  “Heaven and Earth,” BBC1, September 10, 2006 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9181676883393469552 <http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9181676883393469552> ). 

   [16]   For some of these, see http://www.radiodujour.com/guests/griffin_david_ray/index.html <http://www.radiodujour.com/guests/griffin_david_ray/index.html> . 

   [17]  “The New Pearl Harbor: A Debate On A New Book That Alleges The Bush Administration Was Behind The 9/11 Attacks,” Democracy Now! May 26, 2004 (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/26/150221 <http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/26/150221> ). Wednesday, May 26th.

   [18]  See http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=david+ray+griffin&num=10&so=0&start=30 <http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=david+ray+griffin&num=10&so=0&start=30> .

   [19]  Independent Publishers (http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1157&urltitle=Announcing%202007%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20Results <http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1157&urltitle=Announcing%202007%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20Results> ). 

   [20] Publishers Weekly, November 24, 2008 (http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6617001.html?industryid=47159 <http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6617001.html?industryid=47159> ).




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