The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11

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In the wake of the September 11th attacks, numerous individuals on the Internet and elsewhere began attacking the official accounts of how they occurred, raising questions over the actual physical evidence, the construction of the evidence, and the conduct of the government investigations. Although dubbed "conspiracy theorists" by many, former philosophy of religion professor Griffin prefers to call them "revisionists," arguing that they have made a strong prima facie case for some version of official complicity ...
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Overview

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, numerous individuals on the Internet and elsewhere began attacking the official accounts of how they occurred, raising questions over the actual physical evidence, the construction of the evidence, and the conduct of the government investigations. Although dubbed "conspiracy theorists" by many, former philosophy of religion professor Griffin prefers to call them "revisionists," arguing that they have made a strong prima facie case for some version of official complicity in the attacks. Collecting and collating the work of the conspiracy theorists/revisionists, Griffin admits that "although I have repeated only evidence that seemed credible to me, I have not independently verified the accuracy of this evidence." Some of the evidence seems easily dismissible, such as the possibility that the Pentagon was hit by a guided missile and not an airliner or that the twin towers were felled by controlled demolition explosives, while some, such as reports that the head of Pakistan's intelligence had wired money to the hijackers or that the Bush administration failed to adequately address warnings of the likelihood and nature of the attacks, will likely strike a significant number of readers as demanding further investigation. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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A philosopher at the Claremont School of Theology, Griffin scrutinizes the time line and physical evidence of September 11 for unresolved inconsistencies. Griffin draws heavily on three similarly skeptical examinations, by Nafeez Ahmed, Paul Thompson and Thierry Meyssan, whose The Big Lie was a bestseller in France, and which the New Republic has called "thin-and thinly argued." Based on these sources, Griffin maintains that a full investigation of the events of that tragic day is necessary to answer such questions as whether American Airlines Flight 77 did crash into the Pentagon (though many will find it impossible to doubt this) and how United Airlines Flight 93 was downed. He claims that if standard procedures for scrambling fighter jets had been followed, the hijacked planes should have been intercepted in time, and that structurally, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers most likely was caused by explosives placed throughout the towers, not from the plane crashes. He strongly implies that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the attack and sought to conceal what Griffin suggests was the Pakistani intelligence agency's involvement in the planning for the attacks. His analysis is undergirded by the theory that a significant external threat, on the scale of Pearl Harbor, was very much in the interest of the Bush administration, which he believes is intent on self-interested aggressive foreign policies. Even many Bush opponents will find these charges ridiculous, though conspiracy theorists may be haunted by the suspicion that we know less than we think we do about that fateful day. (Mar. 31) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566565523
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 468,878
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Flights 11 and 175 : how could the hijackers' missions have succeeded? 3
2 Flight 77 : was it really the aircraft that struck the Pentagon? 25
3 Flight 93 : was it the one flight that was shot down? 49
4 The president's behavior : why did he act as he did? 57
5 Did US officials have advance information about 9/11? 67
6 Did US officials obstruct investigations prior to 9/11? 75
7 Did US officials have reasons for allowing 9/11? 89
8 Did US officials block captures and investigations after 9/11? 105
9 Is complicity by US officials the best explanation? 127
10 The need for a full investigation 147
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Preaching to the choir

    As a college student at a state school (California) I was forced to read this rag. If you chose to throw your money away and buy this, you will no doubt accept Griffins silly theories. Keep looking for conspiracies, continue to question authority and rebel like a good little communist you are. Liberalism is a mental disorder, I'm done...

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    This book makes a sound argument

    This book makes a strong argument for further investigation into the events of September 11 2001. Griffin seemed to focus on making an argument for investigation as compared to indicting certain individuals. It was not a 'Bush-bashing' book, it was a well written argument using solid facts. This is a must read for any concerned individual. For those who think that 9/11 conspiracy is absurd, ask yourself a simple question...if it is so absurd then why doesn't the government investigate these claims?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    9/11 Recap Book

    I recommend this book to anyone who is interesting into 9/11 and the events before and after that day. Given the many facts and viewpoints from the author, this book will make you second-guess yourself about what really happened. Supported by many respectable sources, this book is a well-written book and is easy enough for many to understand what he is saying in order to make you think while reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    A Brilliant Work, a MUST read

    Every American should *still* be asking Griffin's questions: - Where was the US Air Force when we needed them? - How could a plane have even reached the Pentagon? - How could the towers have ever fallen? - Why was the administration so inept before & during the attacks, and why do they now ridicule anything but the official story? Dr. Griffin answers these questions, in a manner far more convincing than the official 9/11 report. His approach is based on fact rather than emotion, which makes the book all the more chilling. It will keep you awake at night, as Griffin makes the case that the official story is a 'big lie'. Thank you, Dr. Griffin, for giving us the truth. Twenty years from now, is this what we will teach our children about 9/11?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Opening Pandora¿s Box

    Picking up this book is like opening Pandora¿s Box. Reading it as a citizen of the world is painful enough, but reading it as an American citizen makes one cringe with despair and anger. Readers may experience trepidations or reservations about reading Griffin¿s book for reason that even Griffin expresses when he states that: ¿. . . most Americans will resist the idea that this ¿attack on America¿ could have been an inside job, staged by America¿s own leaders. The primary responsibility of the president and vice president, their cabinet . . . is to protect America and its citizens.¿ However, this is an important and worthwhile work a piece of investigative reporting of an event that shocked not just American citizens, but people all around the world. Griffin¿s aim in his book is to provoke and promote widespread dialogue among all people on the execrable attacks of September 11, 2001. Whereas conspiracy theories are abundant and usually associated with eccentric individuals and faulty reasoning and data, this is not the case with ¿The New Pearl Harbor¿. Griffin¿s book does read like a spy novel with no heroes in the horizon, but if Griffin¿s contentions have any foundation whatsoever, there are plenty of villains. The book is overflowing with disturbing and all too convincing theories concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US attacks that demolished New York City¿s World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon in Washington, and killed and injured thousands of innocent people. David Ray Griffin brings to light many inconsistencies from within the official report -- inconsistencies that have not been resolved by the American government to the satisfaction of the American people. Griffin assembles the works of various critics of the government¿s ¿official account¿ of the 9/11 attacks. He writes of the many theories proposed for the events, including the fire theory, controlled demolition theory, missile theory, and the two more convincing, complicity and incompetence theories. The individuals in Griffin¿s book that put forth these theories also argue that President Bush¿s administration, including, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, the FAA, FBI, CIA, NSA, and a host of other agencies and government officials have intentionally interfered, coerced, and otherwise blocked efforts of those who wish to get answers to unanswered queries. Griffin contends that President George W. Bush has been unresponsive to the needs of ¿The 9/11 Independent Commission¿ which resulted in a faulty and incomplete report. What Griffin accomplishes in ¿The New Pearl Harbor¿ is to put forward, in simple terms, the doubts and unanswered questions concerning the events that transpired before, during, and after 9/11 that have yet to be confronted and/or resolved. The reader does not have to be a fanatic or a conspiracy bug to perceive the inconsistencies in the official account of 9/11. Griffin¿s logical arguments makes the above mentioned theories all the more credible. Griffin gives the reader an array of sample questions that have been asked, but not answered questions concerning the advance warnings that were ignored by the US government, the lack of reaction by the FAA, NORAD, NMCC and so on. Questions are put forth about the relationship between President George W. Bush and the Royal Saudi and Bin Laden families the relationship between the CIA and Pakistan¿s ISI and Afghanistan¿s Taliban. Griffin writes of the stonewalling and intimidation used by the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other federal agencies towards anyone trying to investigate the 9/11 case. Griffin looks at the statement made that 9/11 was a pretext to wage war against Afghanistan and Iraq for geopolitical purposes. Griffin also looks at President Bush¿s statement that the 9/11 attacks ¿opened vast, new opportunities¿ and many other statements made by government officials. What David Ray Grif

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    A MUST READ

    THE NEW PEARL HARBOR is an excellent synopsis of material researchers and writers have been trying to get out to the public since shortly after 9/11. It's brief and concise, and very informative. It will be new information to readers who haven't seen or heard about these theories in the mainstream media. It's old hat to those of us who have been questioning the often-contradictory 'official' version of the events of 9/11. It must be noted that this isn't the only tool in a growing number of books and articles detailing the 'other side' of the events of 9/11 and asking for a full, impartial investigation into what really happened that fateful day. Read it, then branch on to others, do google searches, inform yourself, and then share the information with others. I would also suggest that readers take time to look at the explanatory endnotes, as well as reading the body of the book. In addition to providing additional food for thought, the endnotes will direct readers to other informative material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Stunning in it's shear volume of facts and anomolies surrounding 911

    Griffins style is straighforward and non-confrontational as he takes up where the mainstream media failed to go. And that left a lot of ground to cover! Laying out a multiple series of possible 911 theories, Griffin then plows through the available facts, news articles and massive research that have been done and meticulously checks the reader back to these senarios, eliminating the ones that don't fit according to the evidentury information he presents. If you read nothing else about 911, and/or have questioned why this event seemingly happened out of the blue, buy this book. A very thorough, incisive dissection of the 'official' story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Why is this book 'hidden' on the rear bookshelves?

    A must-read for everyone - no matter which side of the political aisle you're on. This is more important than politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2004

    A Must Read for Anyone who Loves our Republic

    Over 2,500 souls died on 9/11- they demand that all of us, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives, liberals, and moderates, seek out the truth. What is disturbing about this book is the sheer volume of items reviewed; far too many to simply dismiss without thought. All Americans should read this book before the upcoming election.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2004

    Logical questions that need answering

    This book doesn't jump to conclusions to put forward some whacky conspiracy theory. It calmly presents relevent questions about the events of September 11th, and suggests (but doesn't conclude) what some of the possible answers and their implications may be. The fact that these questions need be asked, and have yet to be answered however, is very distrubing. Nevertheless, if we really want to find out what happened on 9/11, we need to answer these questions. I highly suggest you read this book if you're curious about what really happened that day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    The book for people who don't like conspiracy theories

    Griffin's book is a compilation of facts and questions, with no theories of his own. He does report theories put forth by the main critics of the official story, but also points out serious questions that they don't answer. All in all, it is a compelling case for the urgent need for a full-dress, truly independent investigation of the many baffling questions that remain wholly unexplained by the standard story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    The best description of why we must have accountability in our government...

    THE NEW PEARL HARBOR is a thorough, dispassionate examination of the events surrounding 9/11. It removes all supposed assumptions about what could not have happened on that day and examines the actions of the Bush adminstration from a lense of complete investigative impartiality. Beneath this lense, questions which to this date have not been answered are raised and evidence contrasting the official account of events that day are raised. The cumulative effect is to present the very real possibilities for 'what really happened' in their strongest possible light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Why is this book being ignored by the media!

    I've lost sleep for weeks after reading this book. What you realize after reading it is that we have been lied to about 9/11. The real story may never come out from the media, but if everyone tells someone about this book, maybe we can spread the word on our own. Please read this book if you love our country and wonder what the hell is going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    important to read, just in case

    a calm presentation of possibilities i wish were not possible.

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