- In two speeches to overflow crowds in New York last weekend,
notable theologian David Ray Griffin argued that recently revealed evidence
seals the case that the Twin Towers and WTC-7 were destroyed by controlled
demolition with explosives. Despite the many enduring mysteries of the
9/11 attacks, Dr. Griffin concluded, "It is already possible to know,
beyond a reasonable doubt, one very important thing: the destruction of
the World Trade Center was an inside job, orchestrated by terrorists within
our own government."
- On Oct. 15th and 16th, New Yorkers filled two venues
to hear the prominent theologian and author of two books on 9/11 give a
presentation entitled "The Destruction of the Trade Towers: A Christian
Theologian Speaks Out." Dr. Griffin has continued to blaze a trail
of courage, leading where most media and elected officials 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
and WTC 7.
- Dr. Griffin included excerpts from the firemenís
tapes which were recently released as a result of a prolonged court battle
led by victimís 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 of explosions going
off in the buildings. A 12 minute film was shown for the audiences, who
saw for themselves the undeniable evidence for controlled demolition.
- 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. He explained the buildings fell suddenly
without any indication of collapse. They fell straight into their own footprint
at free-fall speed, meeting virtually no resistance as they fell--a physical
impossibility unless all vertical support was being progressively removed
by explosives severing the core columns.
- The towers were built to withstand the impact of a Boeing
707 and 160 mile per hour winds, and nothing about the plane crashes or
ensuing fires gave any indication of causing the kind of damage that would
be necessary to trigger even a partial or progressive collapse, much less
the shredding of the buildings into dust and fragments that could drop
at free-fall speed.
- The massive core columns--the most significant structural
feature of the buildings, whose very existence is denied in the official
9/11 Commission Report--were severed into uniform 30 foot sections, just
right for the 30-foot trucks used to remove them quickly before a real
investigation could transpire.
- There was a volcanic-like dust cloud from the concrete
being pulverized, and no physical mechanism other than explosives can begin
to explain how so much of the buildings' concrete was rendered into extremely
fine dust. The debris was ejected horizontally several hundred feet in
huge fan shaped plumes stretching in all directions, with telltale "squibs"
following the path of the explosives downward.
- These are all facts that have been avoided by mainstream
and even most of the alternative media. Again, these are characteristics
of the kind of controlled demolitions that news people and firefighters
were describing on the morning of 9/11. Those multiple first-person descriptions
of controlled demolition were hidden away for almost four years by the
City of New York until a lawsuit finally forced the city to release them.
Dr. Griffin's study of these accounts has led him beyond his earlier questioning
of the official story of the collapses, to his above-quoted conclusion:
The destruction of the three WTC buildings with explosives by US government
terrorists is no longer a hypothesis, but a fact that has been proved beyond
a reasonable doubt.
- Itís important to note that Dr. Griffin is one
of many prominent intellectuals--including the likes of Gore Vidal, Howard
Zinn, Peter Dale Scott, Richard Falk, Paul Craig Roberts, Morgan Reynolds
and Peter Phillips--who have seen through the major discrepancies of the
official explanation of 9/11 and have risen to challenge it. These brave
individuals represent the tip of an ever-growing iceberg of discreet 9/11
skeptics. Indeed, 9/11 skepticism appears to be almost universal among
intellectuals who have examined the evidence, since there has not yet been
a single serious attempt to refute the case developed by Dr. Griffin and
such like-minded thinkers as Nafeez Ahmed and Mike Ruppert. As for the
general public, polls have shown that a strong majority of Canadians (63%,
Toronto Star, May '04) and half of New Yorkers (Zogby, August 2004) agree
that top US leaders conspired to murder nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11/01.
- How, then, can the mainstream US media continue to ignore
the story of the century? Perhaps the best answer was given by Dr. Griffin
himself in the conclusion of his talk, and is worth quoting at length:
- "The evidence for this conclusion (that 9/11 was
an inside job) has thus far been largely ignored by the mainstream press,
perhaps under the guise of obeying President Bushís advice not to
tolerate "outrageous conspiracy theories." We have seen, however,
that it is the Bush administrationís conspiracy theory that is the
outrageous one, because it is violently contradicted by numerous facts,
including some basic laws of physics.
- "There is, of course, another reason why the mainstream
press has not pointed out these contradictions. As a recent letter to the
Los Angeles Times said:
- "'The number of contradictions in the official version
of . . . 9/11 is so overwhelming that . . . it simply cannot be believed.
Yet . . . the official version cannot be abandoned because the implication
of rejecting it is far too disturbing: that we are subject to a government
conspiracy of "X-Files" proportions and insidiousness.'
- "The implications are indeed disturbing. Many people
who know or at least suspect the truth about 9/11 probably believe that
revealing it would be so disturbing to the American psyche, the American
form of government, and global stability that it is better to pretend to
believe the official version. I would suggest, however, that any merit
this argument may have had earlier has been overcome by more recent events
and realizations. Far more devastating to the American psyche, the American
form of government, and the world as a whole will be the continued rule
of those who brought us 9/11, because the values reflected in that horrendous
event have been reflected in the Bush administrationís lies to justify
the attack on Iraq, its disregard for environmental science and the Bill
of Rights, its criminal negligence both before and after Katrina, and now
its apparent plan not only to weaponize space but also to authorize the
use of nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike.
- "In light of this situation and the facts discussed
in this lecture---as well as dozens of more problems in the official account
of 9/11 discussed elsewhere---I call on the New York Times to take the
lead in finally exposing to the American people and the world the truth
about 9/11. Taking the lead on such a story will, of course, involve enormous
risks. But if there is any news organization with the power, the prestige,
and the credibility to break this story, it is the Times. It performed
yeoman service in getting the 9/11 oral histories released. But now the
welfare of our republic and perhaps even the survival of our civilization
depend on getting the truth about 9/11 exposed. I am calling on the Times
to rise to the occasion.
- Dr. Griffinís 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 Dr. Griffin 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: http://mujca.com.
- Kevin Barrett
- Coordinator, MUJCA-NET