A review of David Ray Griffin’s new book, Cognitive Infiltration:
an Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
By Tod Fletcher
Posted September 15, 2010
Shortly after taking office on January 20, 2009 President Obama appointed Harvard
law professor (and personal friend) Cass Sunstein to the post of administrator
of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In June 2009
Sunstein published an essay in The Journal of Political Philosophy entitled
“Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he provided an “analysis”
of conspiracy theories, viewing them, as his title indicated, as “caused”
by “informational isolation” and requiring “cures”, i.e.,
elimination. The article led to an outcry by civil libertarians of all political
stripes, who especially singled out for protest Sunstein’s call for covert “cognitive
infiltration” by government agents of organizations the government deems
Because Sunstein explicitly states that “9/11 conspiracy theories”
are his main focus, virtually all interpreters have agreed that Sunstein’s call
for what is essentially another Cointelpro Operation is directed specifically
against the 9/11 truth movement. (Cointelpro, or “Counter Intelligence
Program”, was the FBI’s name for its high-priority operations to infiltrate,
provoke, undermine and disable civil rights, socialist, antiwar, black power
and Native American movements during the late 1950s and the 1960s.) The fantastic
picture Sunstein paints of the 9/11 truth movement as “harmful,” “dangerous,”
and likely to resort to “terrorism” suggests that he is serving a
function similar to Philip Zelikow’s during the Bush/Cheney years; in his own
way, Sunstein… Continue reading
9th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks Welcomes “9/11 Truth News”, a Website Focused on Responsible 9/11 News and Information
Not sure what to think about the 9/11 attacks? Perhaps you’re curious on this 9th anniversary, but you want to avoid the circus of conspiracy theories, lies and disinformation? Starting now, you can go to 9/11 Truth News ( www.911truthnews.com ) for updates on under-reported news, effective activism being done by the international 9/11 Truth Movement, as well as highlights of the best research and scientific information regarding the attacks.
September 09, 2010
LOS ANGELES–If you follow the American “Mainstream Media” news, you might have reason to think that a person who questions the official version of the 9/11 attacks is just a tad off the mark, or even outright crazy. Yet, those people are all around you. Roughly 45% of people in the US – over 130 million – support a new investigation into the attacks, according to a 2006 Zogby poll . A global tally of truth seekers would dwarf the population of many countries.
“This is 9/11 truth for the rest of us!”
In other words, the chances are pretty good that you or people you care about are looking for answers on this 9th anniversary. And yet with so many questions and so much public interest the issue remains basically taboo. Why the media blackout?
With no responsible coverage of the issue, everyday citizens have taken matters into their own hands, building an alternative media online. For… Continue reading
Review by Carol Brouillet
August 26, 2010
Film produced by Brett Smith
2010, 48 minutes
The film is a glimpse into the pivotal life of Professor Steven E. Jones by a young filmmaker, Brett Smith, over the course of the years when Professor Jones’s criticism of the official explanation for the destruction of the World Trade Center drew national attention to him and Brigham Young University.
Professor Jones had been teaching at Brigham Young University for over twenty years, and he loved his students and his career. He was attending a lecture in 2005 when the subject of 9/11 came up. The lecturer hinted that something was deeply amiss in the official story and half the room agreed with her. Professor Jones fell into the other half of the room’s shocked surprise at the idea. Afterwards he did some research on the Internet, discovered Jim Hoffman’s WTC 7 site, and learned for the first time about building 7, not struck by a plane, which came down in the exact manner of a controlled demolition. His research into the destruction of the buildings began.
Professor Jones wrote his first paper on the subject, “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?”, and presented a seminar on the same topic at BYU, both of which drew the local press and created quite a stir.
The film contains some priceless exchanges and interviews with random students and the administration officials at BYU, which are enlightening, frightening, and humorous. Most impressive are… Continue reading
Posted to YouTube Aug 18 2010
by Vic Sadot
“Trouble In The Rubble” ~ Vic Sadot music video at YouTube (5:42)
Trouble in the Rubble was written by Vic Sadot after reading the Associated Press article on the 9/11 rescue dogs by Amy Westfeldt. It was run in the
Washington Post on October 20, 2006. It also ran in the News Journal of Wilmington DE and numerous other papers on October 21, 2006. It reveals the curious fact that many of the rescue dogs of 9/11 had their feet burned by “white-hot debris”. The reporter did not question or explain how this came to be. While this story is consistent with other reports of pools of molten steel still being “white-hot” many weeks after the free-fall collapse and disintegration of the World Trade Center towers, it is not consistent with the official conspiracy story that the towers fell into rubble as a result of jet fuel fires after Muslims flew planes into the World Trade Center buildings. The news story inspired this topical song.
Vic Sadot is a singer-songwriter based in Berkeley, CA best known for his tribute song to the late-great Phil Ochs, Broadside Balladeer. He is now available for solo bookings & political protests in the Bay Area. See videos at www.youtube.com/vicsadot and hear songs at www.last.fm/music/vic+sadot
August 19, 2010
Announcing the launch of 911TruthNews.com
The editors of 9/11 Truth News are pleased to present 911truthnews.com. 9/11 Truth News is intended to be an accessible and factually oriented first reference for those curious about 9/11 truth. Our movement must serve its audience and this site was created for that purpose.
The key to effectively serving this purpose is our strategy. That starts with the site being solely related to 9/11 truth and edited by four longtime movement activists. With a good deal of thought about who we need to reach and the obstacles that stand in the way of reaching them, the editors of 911truthnews.com will be publishing only that which we believe to be the best this movement has to offer.
What does ‘the best’ look like? Uplifting images of people committed to educating the public. Videos of thoughtful actions and real connections with our audience. Stories of our mutual challenges and cooperative successes. Important discoveries. Revealing hit pieces. Thoughtful commentary. The best looks like positive movement.
In order for this site to reflect the best this movement has to offer, we will need help from the movement to keep us informed about what we might include. We need people to help us find relevant news. We need groups to send us their best images and videos of their actions and events. We need people to help us fill out the resources section by submitting links to related history, our strongest evidence, and information relevant movement… Continue reading
Carol Brouillet has once again graciously taken on the arduous task of organizing the production and printing of updated outreach materials for us, in the form of Deception Dollars, and fact sheets. Please note that the deadline for 9/11 Fact Sheets only is THIS FRIDAY, 2/26/10, expected to ship 3/8/10. If you are interested in stocking up on outreach materials at very, very low pre-order pricing, please read on.
These fact sheets have now been updated to include information about nanothermite along with a few other changes. Pre-order pricing: 3.5 cents/flyer (paper flyers; not cardstock) plus shipping; minimum order 1,000 sheets ($35.00 plus shipping). These are full-color double-sided sheets, approx. 5×7″ size. ORDER DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2010 Carol expects printing to be finished and the orders to ship on approximately March 8th, in plenty of time for you to receive them before the March 20th anti-war rallies, or April 11th actions.
ALSO TO BECOME AVAILABLE SOON:
Carol, with artist Blaine Machan, are now putting finishing touches on the latest Deception Dollar and a new Perception Dollar and are requesting feedback on these before they go to print. Follow the links to Carol’s site for more information on the new Perception Dollars, including the full list of sites referenced on them. You may also order either of these items pre-publication prices now, at $60/2000, including shipping if within the US, by calling Janice at 785.597.5729. To offer feedback on these, please… Continue reading
Our 911TruthStore is closing soon. Please have a look at what’s left in inventory, and if you are interested in any of these items and wish to give them as gifts or share with family at the holidays, order right away.The deadline for pre-Christmas delivery is 12/16 if you wish to use Priority Mail; 12/23 if you pay for USPS overnight shipping.
There is one more item available, in addition to what’s at the store … we have just received a few brand new copies of Kristina Borjesson’s excellent 2004 book, “Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press”. Although I’ve not yet added it to the store website, they are available. Please email me to order, with BOOK ORDER in the subject line. If you’re wondering why we can’t “break through” the corporate media, you’ll understand clearly after reading this expose! The book description follows below.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Editor’s (Borjesson) Note: While working in what has been, arguably, the most difficult reporting environment in recent times, CBS’s Dan Rather chose to speak out frankly to BBC Newsnight correspondent Madeleine Holt about the serious and dangerous constraints that he and his colleagues have experienced in the post-9/11 era. I know of no other working broadcast journalist of Rather’s long experience and stature who has been willing to go on the record in such a significant way about these matters.
BBC NEWSNIGHT, MAY 16, 2002
Holt: How much of a challenge professionally has covering September… Continue reading
Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist)
by H. Michael Sweeney copyright (c) 1997, 2000 All rights reserved (Revised April 2000)
Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here. Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives.
The more a particular party fits the traits and is guilty of following the rules, the more likely they are a professional disinfo artist with a vested motive. People can be bought, threatened, or blackmailed into providing disinformation, so even “good guys” can be suspect in many cases.
UPDATE 7/21/09: A reader’s excellent suggestions have been added at the end of this article.
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by Jon Gold
July 19, 2009
Over the years, 9/11 Family Members Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, and Monica Gabrielle, or the September Eleventh Advocates, have written open letters about different issues concerning the 9/11 attacks. I have compiled every letter that I have (not every letter is written by all of them), and put them into one file for you to download. I figured that along with the report written by Lorie Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg regarding how well the 9/11 Commission answered the 9/11 Family Steering Committee’s questions, as well as the new report on the nano-thermite, this could be printed and handed out to people. Please spread this around, and thank you.
from Barrie Zwicker
July 14, 2009
Canadian-born James Douglass of Birmingham, Alabama is a Christian pacifist, a 9/11Truther and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books).
The book rose to number 31 on Amazon’s best seller list two weeks after Oliver Stone appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 26th last holding a copy of the 2008 book, which was shown on camera. Stone said it is a “great book.”
The question “why” that Douglass’s book addresses in the case of JFK’s assassination arguably is also the most important question concerning 9/11. Douglass recently has been added under “Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth” on http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
Douglass’s book deserves wide readership. It’s a tremendously well-researched work, one of the best of the 400+ books on JFK’s assassination. Douglass conducted original interviews with people now able and willing to talk after decades of silence. He also drew on thousands of recently released US government documents to reveal the logic of the plot to kill Kennedy. The plot’s purpose was not only to assassinate a president who was turning toward peace but also to implicate the Soviet Union and Cuba in his murder so as to justify pre-emptive attacks upon them. The parallels with 9/11 are highly educative.
Douglass’s editor, Robert Ellsberg, feels the Stone endorsation is a peg upon which to “re-promote” the book. I agree and commend it thoroughly to all frequenters of 911blogger.com. For the Stone interview, go to… Continue reading
June 28, 2009 (updated July 7, 2009)
by Mark H. Gaffney, Author of The 9/11 Mystery Plane and the Vanishing of America
The evidence was crucial because it undermined the official explanation that Hani Hanjour crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at high speed after executing an extremely difficult top gun maneuver. But to understand how all of this played out, let us review the case in bite-size pieces…
In August 2004 when the 9/11 Commission completed its official investigation of the September 11, 2001 attack, the commission transfered custody of its voluminous records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). There, the records remained under lock and key for four and a half years, until last January when NARA released a fraction of the total for public viewing. Each day, more of the released files are scanned and posted on the Internet, making them readily accessible. Although most of the newly-released documents are of little interest, the files I will discuss in this article contain important new information.
As we know, the 9/11 Commission did not begin its work until 2003——more than a year after the fact. By this time a number of journalists had already done independent research and published articles about various facets of 9/11. Some of this work was of excellent quality. T he Washington Post, for example, interviewed aviation experts who stated that the plane allegedly piloted by Hani Hanjour [AA Flight 77] had been flown “with extraordinary skill, making it highly… Continue reading
Perhaps the most interesting thing this week is that an HC contributor found a document in the National Archives showing that, two days before 9/11, the military practiced responding to a simulated hijacking by suicide terrorists targeting New York. The document also mentioned a number of other previously-unknown hijacking-response exercises, and has been written up at the contributors’ blog.
There are also several additional entries in the 9/11 Timeline, about the 9/11 Commission and the day of the attacks.
The Domestic Propaganda Timeline focuses on the back-and-forth of Sonia Sotomayer’s nomination to the US Supreme Court, and Karl Rove instructs readers that the word “empathy” is actually code for “liberal activism.”
The Economic Crisis Timeline marks the 30th bank failure in the US this year, which was Silverton Bank in Atlanta.
Lastly, a contributor to the A. Q. Khan Timeline highlights possible Saudi funding for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
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The provocative new film and book about the untold story of the 2001 U.S. Anthrax Attacks and the dark secrets of the shadowy world of modern day germ weapons research.
“Fear and Terror on The Anthrax Trail” – Anthrax War Trailer:
When the 2001 anthrax attacks hit the USA in the days following 9/11, it was like a one-two punch against the Republic. Workers in New York’s media center who had seen the planes swoop too low over their heads en route to the Twin Tower were now terrified of their mail. In Washington, Capitol Hill was evacuated and White House staffers were chewing CIPRO tablets.
It was our scariest collective nightmare come to life – the attack of deadly invisible bugs. It seemed like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the preceding years filled as they were with scores of films, best-selling books, TV shows and articles on the coming of “Bio-Terror.” Indeed, for the first time in history, national leaders and the military actually acted out high-tech “germ attack” war games, one of which had a scenario shockingly close to the actual events.
So after the government pledged the most thorough investigation it could muster, we hoped the feds would get to the bottom of it all. Thus, we were saddened but not really surprised when the attacks disappeared from public discourse – unmentioned, for example, by any major candidate during the 2008 election contest. And when the FBI announced suddenly last summer that the cold case was red-hot, identified… Continue reading
May 27, 2009
Announcement at 123 Real Change by Sibel Edmonds
We all have been tirelessly screaming
about issues related to Congressional leaders abdicating their main responsibility
of ‘oversight.’ We have been outraged for way too long at seeing ‘no’ accountability
whatsoever in many known cases of extreme wrongdoing. I, and many of you, believe
that the biggest reason for this was, and still is, the lack of true journalism
and media coverage — which acts as the necessary pressure and catalyst for
those spineless politicians on the Hill and in the Executive branch. Or, at
least it’s supposed to. So, in our book, the MSM has been the main culprit.
Well, here is a chance to turn the tables.
At my new blog, 123 Real Change,
I’m happy to present an experimental project, Project Expose MSM, created to
provide readers with specific mainstream media blackout and/or misinformation
cases based on the documented and credible first-hand experiences of
legitimate sources and whistleblowers.123 Real Change is inviting all members
of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC),
other active (covert or overt) government whistleblowers, and even reporters
themselves, to publish their experiences in regard to their own first-hand dealings
with the media, where their legit disclosures were either intentionally censored,
blacked out or tainted.
Yes, we will be naming names — myself included.
We will even do so below, in one real-case example, intended to help illustrate
how the project will work. In the absence of the real investigative… Continue reading
By Thomas C. Fletcher
Review of new book by David Ray Griffin, Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?
OSAMA BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE? by David Ray Griffin is a crucially important and timely examination of the whole range of evidence bearing on the question, is Osama bin Laden still alive? The importance of this question for the present comes from the fact that the United States under its new president is escalating its offensive in Afghanistan and expanding the war into Pakistan, and has claimed that the “hunt for bin Laden” is one of its principal motivations for doing so. Either explicitly or implicitly, the US government and major media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post continue to assert that bin Laden is alive, hiding in the tribal territories on the “AfPak” border, posing an undiminished threat to US security.
In his gripping new book, Griffin strikes at the root of this pretext for war by closely examining all the evidence that has come out since September 11, 2001, either indicating that bin Laden is still alive or that he is in fact dead. His conclusion is that bin Laden is certainly dead, and that in all likelihood he died in very late 2001. Griffin shows that many US experts in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency came to this very same conclusion long ago, but their views, which do not support the continuation of what President Obama, borrowing the term from Dick Cheney, calls “the long… Continue reading
The US’s political discourse and foreign policy in recent years has been based on the assumption that Osama bin Laden is still alive. George W. Bush promised as president that he would get Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” and has been widely criticized for failing to do so. The US’s present military escalation in Afghanistan is said to be necessary to “get Osama bin Laden.” The news media regularly announce the appearance of new “messages from bin Laden.” But what if Osama bin Laden died in December 2001–which is the last time a message to or from him was intercepted?
In this book, David Ray Griffin examines the evidence for the claim–made by everyone from former CIA agent Robert Baer to Oliver North–that bin Laden is surely no longer with us. He analyzes the purported messages from bin Laden and finds that, as many have suspected, they do not provide evidence of bin Laden’s existence after 2001. This leads naturally to the question: if Osama bin Laden did indeed die in 2001, how and why have dozens of “messages from bin Laden” appeared since then?
Griffin’s meticulous analysis supports above all one simple and urgent conclusion: if Osama bin Laden is dead, the US should not be using its troops and treasure to hunt him down.
David Ray Griffin has published 35 books on philosophy, religion, and politics. His most recent book, The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, was a Publishers Weekly “Pick of the Week” in 2008. His… Continue reading
The Loss of Civil Liberties Timeline has new entries about the roots of the
modern US state, including President Theodore Roosevelt sowing the “seeds
of the Imperial Presidency” at the start of the last century. It also
covers Franklin D. Roosevelt’s increase in the size of the government
during the depression over the Supreme Court’s opposition, and his later
violation of the Neutrality Acts at the start of the Second World War.
The Detainee Abuse Timeline has new entries about the recently disclosed Red
Cross report on torture and a really interesting 1943 memo about the respectful
interrogation techniques the US used in World War II.
In the International Relations Timeline a contributor points out that former
President George Bush banned officials from discussing negotiations with North
A contributor to the Kosovar Albanian Self-Determination Timeline has added
entries about the Italian invasion of Albania in 1939.
Finally, the Domestic Propaganda Timeline has a new entry about the recent
tea parties organised by Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.
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The busiest project this week was the Civil Liberties Timeline, which has expanded
its chapter on the PROMIS application, reportedly the granddaddy of today’s
government surveillance software. Claims that the software was distributed to
other countries have been disputed, but a 1992 Congressional investigation found
two Justice Department memos saying a version of the software was about to be
passed to Israel.
In the War in Afghanistan Timeline, a contributor covers a recent statement
by UN official Philip Alston, who said that “personnel belonging to international
intelligence services” have been involved in a spate of civilian deaths
Contributors to the US Electoral Politics Timeline take a look at a Supreme
Court challenge to Indiana’s voter ID law and recall a 2007 Justice Department
probe that turned up “scant evidence” of voter fraud in the previous
The Domestic Propaganda Timeline takes a look at Fox News rising star Glenn
In the Economic Crisis Timeline a contributor highlights a recent statement
by the US Federal Reserve saying that the largest 19 banks will probably not
require any more bailouts.
Finally, in the International Relations Timeline, former State Department Chief
of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson claims that former Vice President Dick Cheney was
manipulating the Bush administration from the outset.
The History Commons needs funding to continue its operations, including maintaining
and updating the site, and undertaking new projects. Everything we do depends
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