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David Ray Griffin

Griffin Tour begins tomorrow, April 7, in Pennsylvania

Professor David Ray Griffin, renowned author of a series of eye-opening books
that recount his painstaking research into the attacks of September 11, 2001,
begins his new European tour in London on 14th April. Stressing the fact that
the time has come for a second look at the events of that fateful day, the tour
will include stops in Paris, Brussels and Madrid, and several other cities.

Professor Griffin’s talks will afford the public an excellent opportunity
to learn more about the fundamental questions surrounding 9/11. The 9/11 Truth
Movement, which started out as a disparate, grass-roots undertaking, has blossomed
into a serious community that now includes many specialized branches, such as
Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth,
Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth,
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Veterans
for 9/11 Truth, and Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice (a group which includes
a significant number of prominent scientists). Many former intelligence officers
also support the movement and have contributed to the ever-growing list of evidence
that proves far beyond a reasonable doubt that the explanations provided by
the Bush-Cheney administration are quite simply false.

US Tour
Details below

European Tour
Details at Time
for a Second Look – European Tour

April 7 – Wayne, Pennsylvania April 14 – London May 7 – Lucerne
April 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY (Vassar) April 15 – Brussels May 9 – Hamburg
April 9 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire April 17 – Paris May 11 – Stockholm
April 10 – Keene, New Hampshire April 18 – Lausanne May 13 – Trondheim
April 11 – Boston, Massachusetts April 20 – Madrid May 14 – Oslo

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London Truth Action & We Are Change London at the G20 Meltdown (April 1st)

by Gareth Newnham
April 2, 2009
911blogger.com

[David Ray Griffin will be speaking London on April 14 2009 - Details at
http://timeforasecondlook.com/tour/
]

London Truth Action and We Are Change London were at the G20 protest in the City of London yesterday raising awareness.

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out for musicians Billy Bragg,
Kate Nash, Sam
Duckworth
(Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) and Olly
the Octopus
using our PA system and impromptu stage – the Bank of England.
We also chatted to and exchanged contact details with actor and comedian Russell
Brand
.

9/11: Time for a Second Look – David Ray Griffin begins US/European Tour

Professor David Ray Griffin, renowned author of a series of eye-opening books that recount his painstaking research into the attacks of September 11, 2001, begins his new European tour in London on 14th April. Stressing the fact that the time has come for a second look at the events of that fateful day, the tour will include stops in Paris, Brussels and Madrid, and several other cities.

Professor Griffin’s talks will afford the public an excellent opportunity to learn more about the fundamental questions surrounding 9/11. The 9/11 Truth Movement, which started out as a disparate, grass-roots undertaking, has blossomed into a serious community that now includes many specialized branches, such as Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth, Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth, Veterans for 9/11 Truth, and Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice (a group which includes a significant number of prominent scientists). Many former intelligence officers also support the movement and have contributed to the ever-growing list of evidence that proves far beyond a reasonable doubt that the explanations provided by the Bush-Cheney administration are quite simply false.

As Professor Griffin states, “The mainstream media are reluctant to discuss the subject and politicians are loath to delve into disturbing facts that ultimately indicate that America has gone to war on false pretences.” Griffin says abundant evidence now exists that proves the Bush-Cheney administration broke… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin – ‘Time for a Second Look’ Tour – Pennsylvania, April 7

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DAVID RAY GRIFFIN

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lecture – "9/11: Time for a Second Look"
MIMS Food & Drink (Upstairs)
110 N. Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
610.688.0800

6:00 pm Cocktails
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Lecture

Cost: $35*

(Seating limited; reservations suggested: MIMS – 610.688.0800)

David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus,
Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont,
California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies.

He has published (as author or editor) 34 books, primarily in theology, philosophy,
and philosophy of religion, with special emphases on the problem of evil and
the relation between science and religion.

Seven of his books deal with 9/11: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions
about the Bush Administration and 9/11
(2004), The 9/11 Commission
Report: Omissions and Distortions
(2005), Christian Faith and the Truth
about 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action
(2006), 9/11 and American
Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
(2006, co-edited with Peter Dale Scott),
Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders
of the Official Conspiracy Theory
(2007), and 9/11 Contradictions:
An Open Letter to Congress and the Press
(2008), and The New Pearl
Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé
(2008).

His 9/11 books have been endorsed by Michael Chossudovsky, William Sloane Coffin,
Harvey Cox, Richard Falk, Catherine Austin Fitts, David Griscom, Jim Hightower,
British MP Michael Meacher, Mark Crispin Miller, Rosemary Ruether, Marcus Raskin,
Paul Craig Roberts, Peter Dale Scott, Gerry Spence, Lorie… Continue reading

Mainstream Media vs 9/11 Truth

Posted by ‘piscesgutt’ at youtube February 13, 2008; picked up from 911blogger.com 3/24/09

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Starring:

George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Noam Chomsky
Jonathan Turley
Christopher Hitchens
Tim Russert (NBC)
George W. Bush
Thomas Kean
Wolf Blitzer (CNN)
Jeff Ferrell (KSLA)
Keith Olbermann (MSNBC)
Tucker Carlson (MSNBC)
David Ray Griffin
Councilor Yukihisa Fujita of Democratic Party of Japan
Sabrina Rivera (WeAreChange.org)
Rudy Giuliani
Matt Lepacek (Infowars)
Brian Kilmeade (Fox News)
Better Bad News
Paul Craig Roberts
Scott Ritter
Mitt Romney
Justin Martell (Student Scholars for 9/11 Truth)
Ron Paul
KVUE News
Willie Nelson
Bill O’Reilly (Fox News)
Dennis Kucinich
Donald Rumsfeld
Charlie Sheen
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC)
Ray McGovern (former CIA)
Condoleeza Rice
CODEPINK member Desiree Fairooz
Dick Cheney
Saddam Hussein
Phillip D. Zelikow
Charles Gibson (ABC)
Harry John Roland
Sean Hannity
John McCain
Alan Colmes
George H. W. Bush
Lindsay Graham
David Frum
Osama bin Laden
Ayman al-Zawahiri
William Kristol

Source URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctqEndNmaFk

Richard Falk: Gaza attacks “war crime of the greatest magnitude”

by Reprehensor
March 21, 2009
911blogger.com

UN envoy Richard Falk, who wrote the foreword for David Ray Griffin’s New Pearl Harbor, and has also praised Peter Dale Scott’s book, The Road to 9/11, was yesterday quoted by Haaretz speaking out strongly against Israel’s attacks in Gaza as war crimes;

A United Nations human rights investigator said on Thursday that Israel’s offensive against Hamas in densely populated Gaza appeared to constitute a war crime of the “greatest magnitude.”

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said the Geneva Conventions required warring forces to distinguish between military targets and surrounding civilians.

“If it is not possible to do so, then launching the attacks is inherently unlawful and would seem to constitute a war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law”

Falk’s assessment is bolstered by statements from IDF soldiers, recently debriefed in Tel Aviv. This was covered last night by UK’s Channel 4;

And also covered by Russia Today, and Haaretz;

IDF in Gaza: Killing civilians, vandalism, and lax rules of engagement
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent – 19/03/2009

During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.

The soldiers are graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon. Some of their statements made on Feb. 13 will appear Thursday and Friday in Haaretz. Dozens of graduates of… Continue reading

9/11 Truth & Justice Songs, by Vic Sadot

VicSadotVic Sadot’s latest CD, 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs is now available at the 911TruthStore! Last year Vic traveled from his home in Delaware to Berkeley, and has been singing at peace and justice festivals, participating in TruthAction events with San Francisco truth advocates, and sang Cheney’s in the Bunker last year at a rally for Green Party Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney.

Have a listen to a sample of Vic’s work at Last FM and you’ll want a copy of this CD — Please support this talented, dedicated truth musician.

Blowback or Bloody Treason

Well, the day was nine-eleven in the year two thousand-one
That’s the day the “war on terror” was officially begun
When 2 planes took down 3 buildings in a scene of “Shock & Awe”
Before they hauled away the rubble, it was a crime scene for the law!

Chorus:
Who had the means? Who had the motive?
Who could do this crime and live?
Who had the opportunity?
Who benefits to what degree?
We need a great detective’s logic!
Forensic facts and laws of physics…
Not “leaps of faith”… Just “steps to reason”
Was it blowback or bloody treason?
Was it blowback or bloody treason?

Vic Sadot – Broadside Balladeer – Original Topical Folk Songs 9/11 Truth & Justice Songs - Special 7th Anniversary LTD Edition 9/11/08

1 The Ballad of William Rodriguez - The story the World Trade Center janitor of 20 years who suddenly became a Ground Zero rescue hero as he responded… Continue reading

Why We Need a New Investigation of 9/11 NOW!

March 15, 2009
Ray Bock

In his recent TV appearance [reported on at Huffington Post, as reprinted below],
Dick Cheney said “And now he [President Obama] is making some choices that,
in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another
attack.”

Some investigators of September 11th have concluded that Cheney himself played
a key role in “letting 9/11 happen.”

For example, David Ray Griffin in THE NEW PEARL HARBOR REVISITED (page 94) writes:
“Accordingly, the Commission’s treatment of Norman Mineta’s testimony provides
one of the clearest examples of its attempts to cover up the truth, which in
this case involved Cheney’s presence in the PEOC [Presidential Emergency Operations
Center] during a crucial 45-minute period, during which he apparently confirmed
a stand-down order.” [emphasis added]

Cheney refused to testify under oath before the 9/11 Commission. If it is true
that Cheney played a key role on 9/11, then his statement about “risk …
of another attack” could be seen a veiled threat about another attack–possibly
now in the planning stage.

A new investigation of 9/11, by a truly independent 9/11 Commission, would have
subpoena power necessary to require citizens Cheney and Bush to testify under
oath. Without a new investigation, we will never know if Cheney and Bush (and
many others) are truly innocent of pre-knowledge or complicity in the tragedy
of that infamous day.

If any officials within the Bush administration are guilty–but remain free,
then we are certainly in danger of “another… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin Book Tour – ‘Time for a Second Look’

The Boston University School of Theology and the Boston 9/11 Truth Committee proudly
present:

“The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé”
A Book and Presentation by Dr. David Ray Griffin

April 11, 2009
Boston University – Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Ave.
7:00-9:00pm [doors open @ 6:30pm]

Dr. David Ray Griffin is a prominent theologian and scholar and professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology in California, where he taught for over 30 years (retiring in 2004). He has authored or edited over two dozen books including five books that expose the outrageous lies of the U.S. government explanations of the 9/11 attacks.

Thanks substantially to his own extraordinary personal dedication to the work of exposing 9/11 truth, Griffin is able to conclude that, “The 9/11 truth movement’s exposé of the 9/11 cover-up has shown that virtually every dimension of the official account of 9/11 to be false beyond a reasonable doubt.”

In the preface to one of his books, “Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11″ Dr. Griffin explains why it is that he leads the struggle for 9/11 Truth: “One of our main tasks as theologians is to deal with current events in light of the fact that our first allegiance must be to God, who created and loves all people–indeed all forms of life. If we believe that our political and military leaders are acting on the basis of policies that are diametrically opposed to divine purposes, it is incumbent upon us to… Continue reading

Deconstructing Deceit: 9/11, the Media, and Myth Information

by Mickey S. Huff and Paul W. Rea

They say goldfish have no memory
I guess their lives are much like mine
and the little plastic castle
is a surprise every time
and it’s hard to say if they’re happy
but they don’t seem much to mind.

–Ani DiFranco, Little Plastic Castles

For the past eight years, American culture has seen an outburst of media-driven mythmaking. Corporate mainstream media organizations, the pundits they sponsor, and politicians from both major parties have formed a new contextual chorus singing the same refrain: “On September 11th, 2001, everything changed.” From cable TV to AM radio, from the blogosphere to the town-hall meeting, Americans repeatedly hear that “this is a post-9/11 world.”

Although there is some truth to this platitude of pivotal change, independently minded citizens may also wonder whether such mass media messages have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This provides an interesting point of debate about what has or has not changed in America since 9/11.

This chapter concerns itself with the ongoing phenomena of media mythmaking and how, like many Americans surmised just after 9/11, everything has not changed. 1 Corporate mainstream media have resurrected powerful myths from America’s past to shape public perception in the present. Through the prism of 9/11, one can see how the corporate mass media are in fact doing more mythmaking than news reporting. Here, the authors will examine central historic American myths the corporate media and even much of the alternative independent media have extended into the… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin on Heartland Security Radio – Tuesday, March 3

 


Steve Bhaerman, Swami Beyondananda, David Ray Griffin

Listen Tuesday, March 3rd at 11am PST/2pm EST

The psychological barriers to 9/11 are enormous. Humor, art, music have helped the Truth Movement to help people overcome their fears and begin to look at the nightmare in the shadow of the American dream. One great comic, singer, writer, all talented ally on the side of truth, peace, justice has been Swami Beyondananda (Steve Bhaerman). If you have never seen him perform, you are really missing out on a wonderful, joyous, enlightening opportunity to laugh heartily. He also wrote an excellent article on David Ray Griffin, which was published as the cover story on three of our locally owned independent weekly newspapers (North Bay Bohemian, Santa Cruz Metro, Silicon Valley Metro)- Unquestioned Answers: Nonconspiracy theorist David Ray Griffin takes aim at the official 9-11 story. Recently Bhaerman was also named one of the Interim Sunshine Cabinet members at the American Citizens’ Summit. David Ray Griffin was also invited to speak at the summit, but he was too busy finishing his latest book.

I heartily recommend what should be a very enlightening conversation between two of my favorite 9/11 Truth heroes- David Ray Griffin and Steve Bhaerman. Here are details on the show from the Swami, himself:

The Caterpillar, the Butterfly, and Inconvenienter Truths

“The truth shall upset you free.”
— Swami Beyondananda

I’ve had some lively discussions with my cohorts (or as my friend Anodea Judith prefers, “co-hearts”) at Heartland Matrix… Continue reading

Tuesday — David Ray Griffin Live Radio Interview

“FAIR & BALANCED” with Kevin Barrett features David Ray Griffin
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 9:00 am Pacific – 12:00 Noon Eastern – 17:00 GMT

Live Interview with David Ray Griffin — Email your questions now.

Listen live at http://noliesradio.org
(or http://67.18.54.205/~nolies
if your ISP is Hughes which still blocks the direct link)

Drawing on empirical evidence, Dr. Griffin points to many alleged flaws and
contradictions in the official 9/11 report. As a result, he has been called
a leading exponent of alternative theories questioning the official account
of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

His many books on the subject include: The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing
Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
(2004), The 9/11 Commission
Report: Omissions And Distortions
(2005), Christian Faith and the Truth
Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action
(2006), 9/11 and the American
Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
(2006), Debunking 9/11 Debunking
(2007), and 9/11 Contradictions: An Open Letter to Congress and the Press
(2008).
Deadline for emailed questions is 9pm Pacific Time, Monday, Feb. 16th. Not all
emailed questions will be answered on the air.

Note from NoLiesRadio: Fair & Balanced with Kevin Barrett is independently
produced and hosted by Kevin Barrett and these shows are externally produced
content. All externally produced content broadcast on No Lies Radio is the sole
responsibility of the program-content producer and is not the responsibility
of NoLiesRadio.org. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the content
producer.

Truth & Deception: An Interview with Kevin Ryan on 9/11

In this interview Kevin Ryan discusses the science and psychology of
9/11. He also mentions an upcoming paper that provides strong evidence of incendiary
residues found in the World Trade Center dust. Ryan, who is one of the co-authors
of the paper, says that it is “…much more conclusive than anything we’ve published
before, and is supported by considerable physical testing.”

American Buddhist Net News
2/14/09

ABN: Kevin, you have been a central figure in the 9/11 truth movement. What have you learned from that experience?

KR: The struggle for 9/11 truth has gone on now for over seven years, although I’ve been involved only since 2003. In that time I’ve learned a good deal about history and social inertia, and I’ve made some progress in my communications skills. Many people might think that speaking out publicly, against the wishes of authority like I did, risking one’s career and public standing, can only be harmful to a person. But I’ve found that by showing that I was genuinely seeking a positive outcome, the opportunity to make such a sacrifice became a blessing. There were changes, of course, including a new job and moving to a new town, and a huge amount of work with my new “unpaid job”, but it has been worth it. This is in part due to the fact that I’ve learned that there are many people in the world who feel as I do, that the events of 9/11 were paradoxically something of a gift to… Continue reading

Tonight–Richard Gage Presentation in Denver

Richard Gage, AIA
founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
will speak on Friday, February 13, 2009, 7pm
at the Tattered Cover Bookstore (LoDo),
1628 16th Street at Wynkoop, Denver
$10 suggested donation
9/11 Blueprint for Truth:
The Architecture of Destruction

A multimedia presentation suitable for professionals and laymen alike.
Please alert your friends and relatives who are architects, engineers, and construction
professionals.
A special welcome to attendees of the American Citizens’ Summit at the nearby
Denver Sheraton downtown sponsored by the Transpartisan Alliance.

To view/download/print a full-color flyer/poster for this event in .pdf format,
click here: Flyer

Image of Richard GageRichard Gage, AIA Founder, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

Come and hear Richard Gage, AIA, give his outstanding multimedia presentation on the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. You’ll see an abundance of
photographs and video evidence showing that the way in which the towers collapsed is inconsistent with a plane-impact-and-fire scenario and that the collapses in fact exhibited all the characteristics of destruction by explosives. You’ll learn about molten metal in the rubble pile, molten metal flowing from the windows before collapse, the unmistakable chemical signature of a demolition incendiary “thermite” left behind in the debris, and more. Bring your skeptical friends who want solid, documented evidence and disciplined thinking. We need our best critical thinkers to examine this evidence. Richard has put his professional reputation on the line, and over 560 architecture and engineering professionals stand in solidarity with him at AE911truth.org. His credentials are impeccable… Continue reading

9/11 Truth Teach-in Marathon Sunday on NO LIES RADIO

Sunday, Feb 1st at 9am Pacific – 12 Noon Eastern – 17:00 GMT
Listen live at NoLiesRadio.com (or for Hughes.net users who still can’t access that site despite repeated requests, use http://67.18.54.205/~nolies/
Highlights will be archived after the broadcast.

9/11 Truth Teachin Marathon — 5 hours — 5 key 9/11 Truth Classics
Key information for the uninitiated and the initiated alike.

Debate on Controlled Demolition — Gage versus Craig
Radio debate on whether or not the World Trade Towers were brought down by controlled
demolition or not. Richard Gage, AIA, versus Ron Craig, explosives expert. Richard
Gage is the founder of Architects and Engineers for 911Truth.

9/11 Blueprint: The Architecture of Destruction — Richard Gage, AIA
Interview with Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, about the organization
he has formed, “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth”. Outreach
to architects and engineers; presentations to the public and to professionals;
the physical evidence of controlled demolition of the World Trade Center twin
towers and building seven. For more information: Architects and Engineers for
911Truth.

Thermite: A Case For 9/11 Controlled Demolition — Dr. Steven Jones
Interview with Physicist and Co-Founder of 911 Scholars for Truth, Dr. Steven
E. Jones. Dr. Jones’ paper, “Why Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse?”
is discussed. Evidence for the controlled-demolition hypothesis is discussed
in detail.

Debunking 9/11 Debunking — David Ray Griffin
Interview with author and theologian, Dr. David Ray Griffin, on his new book,
Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders
of… Continue reading

Obama and 9/11

by Michael Hasty Sunday
RadicalPantheist.blogspot.com

Although I was as happy as most Americans that Barack Obama took the oath of office last week, rather than his Republican alternative, there is a major reason that he did not get my vote in November, which went instead to Cynthia McKinney: Obama is unlikely to re-open an investigation into what really happened on September 11, 2001–an investigation that needs to happen.

According to polls, about four in ten Americans are suspicious that the Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks–either by deliberately ignoring intelligence that warned an attack was coming and allowing the terrorists to strike, to gain public support for the neoconservative foreign policy agenda of increasing American military power in the Middle East; or by actively coordinating the attacks themselves, for the same reason. As Time magazine, in a rare acknowledgement of the 9/11 truth movement, said: “This is not a fringe phenomenon. It is a mainstream political reality.”

It’s easy to understand, however, why a majority of Americans have such a hard time getting their minds around the idea that their government may have some involvement in such a horrendous crime. Americans are conditioned from an early age to think of themselves as “the good guys,” living in a “democracy”–which, however imperfect, has always been primarily motivated by the desire to advance the core national principle of “freedom,” both at home and abroad. And the actions of the government are closely monitored by a diligent “free press.”

It’s a… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin’s audio presentation of “9/11 and Nationalist Faith” online

The audio of Griffin’s excellent DVD, “9/11 and Nationalist Faith” was broadcast on Bonnie Faulkner’s KPFA program, Guns and Butter, on Wednesday, January 07, 2009, and is now available at her archives for online listening.

In “9/11 and Nationalist Faith,” Dr. David Ray Griffin shows that the greatest obstacle to seeing the truth – that 9/11 was an inside job – is not the lack of evidence, but what  can be called “nationalist faith” …

Guns And Butter – On the Air Wednesdays at 1:00pm, at KPFA 94.1fm radio in Berkeley, CA.
Guns & Butter investigates the relationships among capitalism, militarism and politics.

David Ray Griffin on Guns and Butter

 

Many other excellent shows are archived at KPFA here.

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Pearl Harbor

December 8, 2008
by Carol Brouillet
CommunityCurrency.org

December 8, 2008 – Pearl Harbor Day

The New Pearl HarborSixty-seven years ago, on Sunday, December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing over two thousand people and wounding over a thousand. The attack enabled FDR to enter World War II, and prompted huge numbers of Americans to volunteer for military service. In the book
Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor (2000), Robert Stinnett unveiled a memo outlining an 8 point plan to provoke Japan into attacking the US.

Admiral Kimmel, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, was removed from office and demoted, taking the blame for the losses at Pearl Harbor soon after the attacks. Researchers over the course of many years believe that critical information was withheld from Kimmel and that he was unjustly punished. One of those researchers was his grandson, Manning Kimmel IV, who persuaded the U.S. Senate in 1999 to pass a nonbinding resolution exonerating Admiral Kimmel and Army Lieutenant General Short.

In addition to shifting public opinion and gaining popular support for the US entry into World War II, Pearl Harbor was the justification for the passage of the National Security Act of 1947; the creation of the National Security Council, the CIA, and the Department of the Air Force; and the reorganization of the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the Defense Department. Manning Kimmel IV, who worked for the FBI and the CIA, noted that emblazoned on the CIA’s walls is the reminder that the CIA was created “To Prevent Another Pearl Harbor.”

Philip Zelikow, author of the US “Pre-Emptive War Doctrine,” has studied and written about the use, and misuse, of history in policymaking, including “beliefs thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty)”…“Searing events that take on ‘transcendent’ importance and, therefore, retain their power even as the experiencing generation passes from the scene.” In 1998 he co-authored the article Catastrophic Terrorism: Elements of a National Policy, which speculated that if the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center had succeeded,

“the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to describe it.

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