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The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration & 9/11

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Taking to heart the idea that those who benefit from a crime ought to be investigated, here the eminent theologian David Ray Griffin sifts thru the evidence about the attacks of 9/11-- stories from the mainstream press, reports from abroad, the work of other researchers & the contradictory words of members of the Bush administration themselves--& finds that, taken ...more
Paperback, 1st, 240 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Olive Branch Press/Interlink (Northhampton, MA)
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Dec 28, 2009 Lesandre rated it really liked it
A must read. With all the evidence, this guy proves that there is no way so many operational errors and coincidences could have merged to create the tragedy of 9/11. The Bush administration was complicit. The question remains to what degree. The chapters about the explosions in the towers, the superheated concrete dust (that is now killing the volunteer workers), the US Airways stock, the stand-down orders for scrambling jets, and the Star Wars totally blew my mind. Infuriating and so overwhelmi ...more

Over the years the amount of evidence contrary to the "official version" [Report] of the Bush-Cheney administration has been piling up.

Basically, Griffin is telling us that the "conspiracy theory" [the official report] sold to us is flawed: 9/11 was much more than a plan made and executed by Al-Qaeda members. Many today believe on a "inside (the US) job". Something done to justify wars abroad.

According to Griffin many professional organizations have joined the 9/11 Truth Movement: engineers, a
Christopher Rex
Feb 27, 2009 Christopher Rex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads
Doesn't it strike you as strange that three (3) steel skyscrapers all collapsed in exactly the same manner (free-fall speed & into the path of most resistance all whilst exploding into a fine powder) despite sustaining radically different damage on 9-11? Do you find it odd that the WTC collapses completely defy the laws of physics unless they were carried out by controlled demolition? Did you even know WTC 7 collapsed on 9-11 despite never being hit by a plane? Ever wonder why you've never s ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Marcel rated it it was amazing
David Ray Griffin has written a number of books on the subject of 9/11. I have read most of them. All are well written, entertaining, and scary. If you, like I, tend to think of conspiracy theorists as nut cases, the books on 9/11 written by Griffin might cure you. Before you read any of them, take a quick peek at any YouTube video of World Trade Center Building 7 falling. Note the little plumes of smoke that just precede the drop. Note how they are each exactly one above the other floor after f ...more
May 04, 2007 Gwen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans
I won't get into the debate here, but this is definitely worth a read just for the fact that no one should blindly accept what happens in the world. If anything, you should be asking questions of the government (always a good thing) and see events in the world through more skeptical eyes.
Erik Graff
Jun 06, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all U.S. citizens
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Griffin, a professor at Clarement Graduate School in California, has written a nuanced, well-documented summary of many of the questions surrounding 9/11. An ethicist, he carefully distinguishes between several levels of culpability as regards the main events of that day, namely, each of the two towers, the Pentagon and the aircraft downed in the Pennsylvania field. Too often, authors dealing with 9/11 have lumped everything together, proof of governmental lies (and there have been many) in one ...more
Jun 03, 2009 Worthy rated it did not like it
This is a book for the "true believer", people who want to find conspiracy to justify their paranoid world views. Written by a theologian (and not a good one at that) this book takes a faith based approach to engineering and facts concerning 9/11. Extremely disjointed views and misunderstandings of basic engineering and physics.

While there is a need to show just how incompetent and politically charged the Bush Administration handling of National Security and their attempts to cover this up, the
John Barbour
Jun 12, 2013 John Barbour rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This is the best book on 911. It is an excellent, well researched book regarding the complicity of the US government in the 911 tragedy. This is not a book about some odd conspiracy theory.

As the book says, the government already has an official conspiracy theory that it has sold to the public via the compliant news media. That conspiracy theory has Osama Bin Laden as the head of a criminal conspiracy using planes to pancake two skyscrapers and Bldg # 7. We all know the official line but do we k
Mar 23, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it
I learned what a false flag operation is and just how much was left out of the official 9/11 Commission Report and who Philip Zelikow is. I learned once again not to believe everything I am told. For years I'd known about the Project for A New American Century, but it's amazing how many of the signers of the PNAC's "Statement of Principles" had and have positions of great power in our government. My recommendation for people who thought the official 9/11 report covered all the bases is to check ...more
Kirk Jones
Aug 01, 2010 Kirk Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly outstanding read, Griffin doesn't go down the conspiracy theory route and allow himself to be discredited he pools information from other researchers and combines them with stone wall facts about what transpired that tragic day. He raises some very serious questions of complicity involving Bush, Rice, Cheney, the FBI, the CIA and the Military, a very simple and exhillarating read. Highly recommended to anyone who, like me believes there is no way on earth any terrorist organisation could ...more
Collin O'Donnell
Sep 24, 2015 Collin O'Donnell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
The New Pearl Harbor, or Everything You Always Wanted to Know about 9/11 (But Were Afraid to Ask)

As a result of careful media spinning, the bizarre and unfounded notion of American exceptionalism, and overwhelming ignorance to any contradicting facts (be it self-willed or not), the majority of Americans still believe Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The people who still believe the ‘official story’ generally fall into three categories: 1) Patriots who still bel
Harry Moncelle
Dec 02, 2011 Harry Moncelle rated it it was amazing
This book does an excellent job in asking questions that should have been asked by our press and media folks in 2001. A very thought provoking text, well worth the read.
Aug 20, 2011 John added it
Pretty interesting. It took me from "not even Bush could do something so evil" to "hmm, there are a lot of disturbing questions raised here".
Enoch Page
Nov 04, 2009 Enoch Page rated it really liked it
One of the best earliest summaries of how the reports do not fit the evidence of the 911 events.
Houmem Zaghdoudi
Jun 23, 2015 Houmem Zaghdoudi rated it really liked it
The United States has many times in the past fabricated an "incident" as a pretext for going to war, you can dig into internet to find out what have been done to go to Vietnam, Panama, WWI and WWII...
I have seen the two movies of Michael Moore on 9/11 but this book is intensive with astonishing facts and fail proof arguments that the Bush administration has a link somehow to the perpetrators wether directly or indirectly. The book made me a lot more curious than before with the questions left un
Sep 28, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it
"Once when he happened in some connection to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, 'just to keep people frightened'. This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him."
Mar 24, 2009 Elijah rated it it was amazing
A speculative look at what the Bush administration's actions related to the events of 9/11/01 would necessarily be on a scale ranging from total incompetence to total complicity. That the reality is likely anywhere on that scale is as disturbing as the logical explanations of necessary failures related to that day.
Feb 22, 2012 Olga rated it it was amazing
the book worth every minute of my time
Mark Geise
Dec 23, 2015 Mark Geise rated it it was amazing
“New Pearl Harbor” was a great read. Though I have watched several documentaries and read a lot online about the many controversies surrounding 9/11, this was the first book I had ever read on the topic. Griffin raises many legitimate questions and presents convincing evidence to support a full-scale, independent investigation of what happened that day. He also presents different gradations of the complicity theory, as he calls it. These gradations scale up from non-complicity by the White House ...more
Paul Rhodes
Oct 14, 2008 Paul Rhodes rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Steven Spielberg
Recommended to Paul by: My promiscuous eye
I finished this while waiting for the train today. Even if all of it is complete garbage factually (and it must be because America is the Shining City on the Hill and its government, being the shepherd of God's New Chosen People, is morally incapable of doing all those nasty things that Professor Griffin suggests--just as it was morally incapable of, say, murdering a quarter of a million people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for really no good reason or legalizing the slaughter of helpless babies, et ...more
David Ross
May 10, 2016 David Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly well researched book by an author clearly keen on taking in both the official account of 9/11 and the "conspiracy theories". That word is in quotations because of the huge amount of discrepancies he finds with seemingly every department, every official, every agency, every part of this extraordinary official explanation. He looks to prove enough doubt to demand a fully Independent, fully transparent investigation into the attacks and in my
Opinion he does just that. Both sides recei
May 26, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Interesting alternative commentary on what might have happened in some of the areas connected to 9-11. I recommend reading it for yourself. Dig in with an open but critical mind. I took some parts with a grain of salt but some parts were food for mental fodder...
Tony Brasunas
Mar 24, 2015 Tony Brasunas rated it it was amazing
A stunning and courageous look at all of the coincidences one has to believe to adhere to the official theory of what happened on 9/11. If you are a rational person, spending an hour with this book is a must. There are no conspiracy theories here.
Mathew Argument
May 12, 2014 Mathew Argument rated it it was amazing
An unreal read! This book peices together ALL the evidence and unanswered questions! The more you read the more you cant believe this has been allowed to go unquestioned!
Jan 19, 2008 Steven rated it it was ok
Conspiracy book about 9/11. Goes through a range of shady facts about 9/11 - lots of engineering-speak about how hot the WTC would have to be in order to collapse. Lots of "controlled demolition" talk.

Creates a range of possible explanations, from "The Bush Administration was negligent" all the way up to "The Bush Administration orchestrated it."

Forced me to ask a lot of interesting questions. Convinced me that the 9/11 Commission was probably bullshit. Did not convince me that the Bush Administ
Ole Visby
Aug 21, 2015 Ole Visby rated it it was amazing
Essential for those of us wanting a thorough and sober account of the 9/11 events in a world of mutual retaliatory denials and disinformation.
Oct 30, 2015 Scott added it
not even remotely convincing...

The book offers poor sources and unconvincing arguments for its alternate explanation.
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Billie Mulcahy
Dec 26, 2009 Billie Mulcahy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: radical-politics
Griffen explores alternate views of 9-11, from the government executing it to the government standing by and allowing it to happen. He raises some strong points, certainly enough to warrant a closer investigation of what happened. As far as just writing off his hypotheses as conspiracy theories, it would be helpful if the reader would remember that there have been conspiracies; the death of Julius Caesar and the Gulf of Tonkin come immediately to mind.
Jan 07, 2014 Suntsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars just because it makes you think about things you have seen with your own eyes, but yet you feel it is more of a really complicated, and tragic, magic trick.
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Dr. Griffin, a retired emeritus professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the Claremont School of Theology, has published over 30 books and 150 articles. His 9/11 books have been endorsed by Robert Baer, William Christison, William Sloane Coffin Jr., Richard Falke, Ray McGovern, Paul Craig Roberts and Howard Zinn.
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