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 too is a “myth-maker.”
In his new book COGNITIVE INFILTRATION David Ray Griffin has provided the first
truly adequate response to Sunstein’s deeply-flawed and legally-questionable
arguments. Griffin penetrates the obfuscation and phony scholarship employed
by Sunstein to create the illusion of a rational critique of the 9/11 truth
movement’s alternative account of the events of September 11, 2001. Griffin
presents a series of ten theses put forward by Sunstein, and shows that each
is fundamentally flawed. Further, he demonstrates that Sunstein is unable to
avoid numerous self-contradictions, either explicit or implied, that together
amount to an internal, hidden counter-argument to his own position, which Griffin,
in a novel and entertaining approach, brings out as an ironic “esoteric”
meaning of Sunstein’s essay.
Griffin demonstrates that Sunstein is completely unable to refute the major
positions of the 9/11 truth movement, and doesn’t actually even try to do so.
Instead, Sunstein has produced a pseudo-scholarly fake “analysis”
as a basis for a call for the government to infiltrate and neutralize the movement
through activities which create “cognitive diversity,” clearly not
the least bit different from the FBI’s Cointelpro operations. But in so doing
Sunstein has provided Griffin the means to demonstrate yet again that defenders
of the official account of 9/11 actually cannot proceed by using reason and
fact. They are forced to resort to disinformation, suppression of evidence,
lies, illogic, threats and intimidation, always with the same result: failure.
The more people study the events of 9/11 the more certain they become that the
government and its media outlets are lying.
Sunstein’s essay appears to reveal that the government response to its ongoing
failure will be to resort to illegal activities directed against people who
are speaking out about the highest crimes carried out in the corridors of power.
The remarkably inept manner in which he makes his case suggests, however, that
providing a rationale for such a future policy may not have been his real intention.
Rather, it seems plausible that his purpose is to suggest that such actions
have not even been considered before, let alone implemented, when in fact such
operations have been ongoing since 9/11.
Griffin’s COGNITIVE INFILTRATION is a lucid and compelling exposure of the
contempt held by the official defenders of the 9/11 myth for dissenters who
have seen through their Big Lie. These officials expect that no one will be
able to penetrate the murk of Sunstein’s latest defense of the pretext for the
US wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, now covertly expanding into many
other countries. But with David Ray Griffin’s book, everyone who is concerned
with bringing their carnage and criminality to a stop, as well as to reverse
the rapid erosion of civil liberties in this country, will have no difficulty
remaining clear-headed in the face of the “cognitive infiltration”
carried out by the holders of high office and their agents.