Leading Theologian Speaks Out On 9/11 in NYC
by Les Jamieson
Dr. David Ray Griffin spoke to packed audiences this weekend, in two engagements sponsored by NY911truth.org, WBAI, and MUJCA-NET. Griffin’s presentations, focusing on the collapse of the WTC towers, are summarized here, including ten charactistics of the collapses that bring the “official story” into further question.’, ‘
Even after four years, controversy over the events of 9/11 continues to surface in the news. We recently witnessed the honest questioning of the official account by a FDNY Muslim chaplain which gave rise to a storm of intolerance and deflection of any actual and legitimate inquiry into the official account of the attacks. Even more recent was the refusal by the CIA Director, Porter Goss, to investigate people within the agency who played key roles and should have acted on important information but didn’t.
In the wake of these developments, on Oct. 15th and 16th, New Yorkers filled two venues to hear a prominent theologian and author of two books on 9/11. David Ray Griffin, gave a presentation titled “The Destruction of the Trade Towers: A Christian Theologian Speaks Out.” Dr. Griffin has continued to blaze a trail of courage, leading where media and elected officials except for a mere handful have feared to tread. His presentation went straight to the core of one of the most powerful indictments of the official story, the collapse of the towers including WTC 7.
He included excerpts from the firemen’s tapes which were recently released as a result of a prolonged court battle led by victim’s families represented by attorney Norman Siegel and reported in the NY Times. He also included statements by many witnesses. These sources gave ample testimony giving evidence to explosions going off in the buildings. A 12 minute film was shown for the audiences, who saw for themselves the undeniable details which were presented.
Dr. Griffin listed ten characteristics of the collapses which all indicate that the buildings did not fall due to being struck by planes or the ensuing fires. For instance, he explained the buildings fell suddenly without much if any indication of collapse. They fell straight into their own footprint in a freefall, at the speed of gravity due to no resistance. The towers were built to withstand the impact of a Boeing 707 and 160 mile per hour winds. There was no way the impact from planes and fires could have destroyed 47 massive core columns. These columns were broken in uniform lengths. There was a volcanic-like dust cloud from the concrete being pulverized. The debris was ejected horizontally several hundred feet in huge fan shaped plumes stretching in all directions. These are all facts that have been avoided by mainstream and even most of the alternative media. Again, these are characteristics of controlled demolitions, as news people and firefighters were describing on the morning of 9/11.
It?s important to note that Dr. Griffin is one of many prominent intellectuals–including the likes of Howard Zinn, Peter Dale Scott, Richard Falk, Paul Craig Roberts and Peter Phillips–who have seen through the major discrepancies of the official explanation of 9/11 and have risen to challenge it. In other words, skepticism of what we?ve been told goes far beyond your typical anti-war activists.
Dr. Griffin received standing ovations following both events, which were filled to capacity. With presentations like this, it’s getting increasingly difficult for the naysayers to ignore the actual evidence that the events on 9/11 were far different from what the public has been told. Now its time for the public at large to objectively view this research and seek to learn all they can about the alternative views on the attacks of 9/11, since the US government continues to use that fateful day to further its agenda in so many ways. To understand our current political reality, understanding 9/11 is required.
Dr. Griffin?s speech given at the University of Wisconsin earlier this year, entitled ?9/11 and the American Empire,? was broadcast twice on C-SPAN. In late September he was asked to give expert testimony at hearings sponsored by Cynthia McKinney and the Congressional Black Caucus investigating the 9/11 Commission Report. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Claremont College in California.
This weekend’s events were sponsored by NY911truth.org, WBAI and the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance for 9/11 Truth. For more details on educational efforts here in New York City, as well as DVDs and books by Dr. Griffin, please go to www.ny911truth.org or call 212-714-7147.