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Book Review: The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin

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After three years of discussing murder cases on my blog, I have learned a lot about “circumstantial evidence” and how it is given the same probative weight in a trial as “direct evidence.” Circumstantial evidence includes a myriad of interconnecting facts and situations from which inferences or conclusions can be made. In isolation, one link of circumstantial evidence does not make or break a case; but taken in the context of other related events, many coincidences or decisions form a composite chain of evidence.

[ADBLOCKHERE]Direct evidence includes eyewitness statements and valid photographs or videos that capture events, as well as taped confessions. Timelines, maps, models, and scientific tests that recreate situations or explain the properties of motion, thermodynamics, fires, and ballistics are often used in trials to demonstrate how an event could or could not have occurred based on inelastic data: time, the laws of physics, mechanical realities, and limitations of the human body.

The Scholars for 9/11 Truth and other scientific organizations have compiled an overwhelming “preponderance of evidence,” including circumstantial and direct, that disputes the official findings of the 9/11 Commission. In his 2004 release The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray Griffin, one of the Scholars for 9/11 Truth, presents a thorough and very readable exposé of government complicity in the events of September 11. Griffin’s shocking and well researched work is recommended reading for anyone who is confused about disparate conspiracy theories or needs a place to begin. Griffin presents a nice summary of the evidence in The New Pearl Harbor that thoughtful readers would agree call for a full investigation.

The number of unlikely coincidences that occurred just prior to and after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have already filled pages of books and web sites, but let’s review a few especially interesting ones presented in Griffin’s book:

  • Plans to invade Afghanistan and Iraq were already in place before September 2001. The attack on 9/11 provided the pretext for invading Afghanistan (and later Iraq), but the geopolitical motives were primarily based on protecting and accessing vast sources of gas and crude oil. There is a plethora of evidence for this, not least of which is the blatant imperialist agenda of “The Project for the New American Century,” aka PNAC.
  • ”War Games” were taking place on the morning of 9/11 that caused confusion with our otherwise vigilant air defense. We can either accept that our sophisticated and well-trained military was sleeping at the wheel, or we can believe it was given commands that deterred the standard operating procedures for intercepting hijacked aircraft.
  • That Flight 77, if it really was Flight 77, was permitted to enter air space over Washington, DC without meeting any interference from the most heavily defended buildings on the planet over an hour after the first plane struck New York.
  • Pentagon officials, FBI agents, government officials and various celebrities were warned not to fly on commercial airlines that week.
  • Two steel skyscrapers collapsed after less than two hours in a smoldering but oxygen-deprived fire in free-fall speed of ten seconds for the first time in history. A third building, WTC7, collapsed at 5:30 that afternoon in under six seconds without the accelerant of spilled jet fuel or having been hit by an aircraft. One section of WTC7 had been designed as a bunker for Mayor Giuliani, with reinforced windows and walls, and a separate air and water supply for emergencies. What are the odds?
  • Muhammad Atta, alleged mastermind and pilot of Flight 11 (the plane that hit the North Tower), received $100,000 from the head of the Pakistani ISI just days before 9/11. Why the payoff if he was about to commit suicide? Why would Atta pack luggage with incriminating information and leave it in the airport in Boston? Why would Atta even need luggage? How did Atta’s passport miraculously survive the crash and inferno of the North Tower and float unscathed, later to be found on the street below by the FBI?
  • Speaking of luggage, there was no luggage or any evidence of human remains found in the crash of Flight 93 or Flight 77. Debris from Flight 93 that “crashed” in Pennsylvania was found strewn up to eight miles away from the site, and not a single identifiable piece of a Boeing 757 was found in the rubble of the Pentagon. The engines on a 757 are nine feet in diameter and made of steel. Are we supposed to believe that they disintegrated in a fire? Where are the wings? Where is the tail?
  • The Patriot Act in all its glory appeared within weeks of 9/11, as if it had been sitting in a Word file just waiting to be dated and distributed.
  • Osama bin Laden was recovering from a kidney problem in a US hospital in Dubai the July before the attacks. Did the CIA continue to harbor bin Laden after 9/11? There is evidence to suspect that he and other Afghanistan rebels were escorted out of Afghanistan to Pakistan during the US invasion. Never mind that bin Laden’s family was allowed to fly out of the US to Saudi Arabia while the rest of us were grounded. Links between the Bush and bin Laden families have been documented facts for years.

If there are practical explanations for the questions that have arisen from the official 9/11 Commission report that can be borne out by science, documentation, testimony and common sense, then why aren’t we getting them? Why did the Commission instead omit and distort many facts that pointed to (at the very least) complicity among government officials and massive obfuscation? The New Pearl Harbor asks these and many other disturbing questions.

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About Loretta Dillon

Loretta Dillon began her writing career publishing a neighborhood newspaper and handwritten and illustrated books as a child in a Cleveland suburb. Her strongest literary influences were MAD magazine and Mark Twain. When introduced to the internet, Dillon created a blog to showcase her satire that evolved into a popular forum on relationships, recovery and true crime stories, specifically spousal murder. Selected entries were published as a book in 2005 that was honored as a finalist for a non-fiction "Blooker" award. Dillon's comedy play, "The Smoking Diary" was produced off-Broadway in 2009.
  • tommyd

    The best and wildest conspiracy theories I’ve read about the attacks of 9/11….listen to this doozy……

    19 suicidal Ay-rabs directed by a cave dwelling nomad broke through the 100 billion dollar US security apparatus to sucessfully surprise attack targets using 767 jets which ended up crumbling 2,110-story buildings to dust in the same exact manner. Thorough investigations of the event are halted because the evil mastermind is still alive and plotting to take over the world with Islamo-facsism directed from his cave in a remote Asian mountain range and US military bombardment is the only solution to this problem.

    Now that’s one of the wackiest and stupidest conspiracy theories I’ve ever heard in my life!!

  • LunaC

    Then there’s Sibel Edmonds, the FBI intelligence translator who tried to
    blow the whistle on the cover-up of intelligence
    that names some of the culprits who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. She is now under two gag orders that forbid her from testifying in court or mentioning the names of the people or the countries involved but she has been quoted as saying: “My translations of the 9/11 intercepts included [terrorist] money laundering, detailed and date-specific information … if they were to do real investigations, we would see several significant high-level criminal prosecutions in this country [the US] … and believe me, they will do everything to cover this up”.

    The evidence is overwhelming and obvious for those who choose to stop drinking the kool-aid and buying into the “official” story.

  • LunaC

    Furthermore, the CIA has maintained close ties to Pakistan to this day and General Mahmoud Ahmed, the head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), wired $100,000 to Mohammed Atta before the 9/11 attacks. In fact, Ahmed was actually in Washington on 9/11, and had a series of pre-9/11 top-level meetings in the White House, the Pentagon, the national security council, and with George Tenet, then head of the CIA, and Marc Grossman, the under-secretary of state for political affairs. When Ahmed was exposed by the Wall Street Journal as having sent the money to the hijackers, he was forced to “retire” by President Pervez Musharraf.

  • LunaC

    As for bin Laden, the Bush administration concluded, without supporting evidence, that he and al-Qaeda were prime suspects even though he never claimed responsibility for the 911 attacks.

    It should be noted that bin Laden was recruited by the CIA via Pakistan’s ISI to fight Soviet invaders during the Soviet-Afghan war.

  • LunaC

    According to a retired Navy Lt Commander and 28-year veteran of the Defense Department (DoD), the US tried to plant WMDs but failed when the operation was taken out by “friendly fire”.

  • Look, if the government, not Bin Laden blew up the Pentagon, why would he have taken credit for it? Ultimately the guys goal is to inflict as much hurt, terror and chaos on our country, directly or indirectly. It would be a far bigger blow to find out our own people did it than a crazy stranger, and I’m certain he would be screaming from every rooftop if he didn’t do it.

    Here is the problem with your arguments, you want the Bush administration to be bumbling fools and diabolical villians at the same time. You’re telling they had the skills to fake the largest American terrorist disaster–complete with planes and missles–but couldn’t even plant WMDs in Iraq? They could fool millions of people who saw it happen with their own eyes? Half the pentagon? FBI? But couldn’t pull a decent cover up thousands of miles away in the middle of a desert?

    And for the record, Pat Tillman died heroically, friendly fire or not. I’m not sure how your accusing a gov’t of lieing as they just opened another investigation.

    Look, I realize the gov’t lies to us, believe me I do. The logic, however, implicating them in Sept 11 is insane. It’s not there, it doesn’t make sense and its crap.

  • LunaC

    Required Reading –> PNAC 101 – Rise of the Neocons – a concise history of the PNAC and the White House/Pentagon complicity in staging the 911 events.

  • I’ve read:

    “Crossing the Rubicon” by Michael Ruppert
    “The New Pearl Harbor” by David R Griffin
    “911 Commission, Omissions and Distortions” by David R Griffin

    Recommended films:

    “Why We Fight”
    “In Plane Site”
    “Loose Change 2”

    I’ve dedicated my homepage (select URL) to displaying Loose Change 2 and have had over 3000 visitors in the past two weeks.

    Take a look for yourself. And keep in mind how many times you’ve been lied to by the current rulers.

    Today’s headlines had an investigation opening up regarding NFL star Tillman’s death by friendly fire. They told us he died heroically. NOw it seems there is a problem with the official story.

    They told us that Iraqis pulled down the statue of Sadamn Hussein when it was done by American CIA Iraqis as a photo op infront of the hotel housing all the journalists.

    They told us that private Jessica was abused by the Iraqis and heroically fought here way out. Turned out that she was saved by Iraqi doctors who treated her like a human being.

    Weapons of Mass Destruction?

    The battalions of trained Iraqi soldiers ready to take over.

    The link between Sadamn Hussein and Osama Ben Forgotten?

    The Bush administration is a made for TV movie (is about money and power – not gay marriage) and you may not like the ending. Get active!

  • Here’s an interesting petition for a new investigation.

  • You have got to be kidding me, oliver stone lives!!

  • Greg in Germany

    You know, there’s also a whole body of work implicating FDR in the original Pearl Harbor. These opinions should be cataloged in the Alternative History section along with the admitted fantasists. The fever-brained conspiricy theorists will always be among us.

    So, don’t you know that the whole business is really being manipulated by UFO’s?

  • The more people who are aware of the discrepancies between the “official” story and the facts, the better. This investigation is long overdue. The trail is getting cold.

    Maybe you knew about all this before, but I can assure you that millions did not, and we need to get the word out.

  • Loretta,

    I’m not criticizing your work here. So, please don’t take this the wrong way.

    I’ve seen every single one of the bulleted points in your article elsewhere (not the same precise wording, of course) in lectures at the Root & Branch English Lecture Series. And the attack on the World Trade Center is not something I’ve covered very closely or paid a great deal of attention to.

    It strikes me that the author of the this book has finally raised the questions that need to be raised about the attack on the World Trade Center in an intelligent way, without wild coinspiracy theories that throw credibility upon the raising of the questions. But how long will it be before the public starts to ask these questions in an intelligent way?

  • great job…not explaing or proving a single one of the bullet points…which, you actually just copied from a book.