- Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology,
Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University,
Claremont, CA where he's still co-director of the Center for Process Studies.
- He's authored and/or edited three dozen books, mainly
in his field, but notably and heroically on 9/11 truth, Osama bin Laden,
and his newest titled, "Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's
Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory." More on it below.
- Cass Sunstein is a well-known University of Chicago and
Harvard Law School Professor before being appointed Obama's Administrator
of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in charge
of "overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality,
and statistical programs," among other duties.
- Distinguished Law Professor, activist, and international
law and human rights expert Francis Boyle said this about both law schools
and the University of Chicago's political science department, steeped in
- "Do not send your children to the University of
Chicago where they will grow up to become warmongers like (Paul) Wolfowitz
and (John) Ashcroft. The University of Chicago is an intellectual and moral
cesspool," referring to its political science department and law school.
Its extremist economics department is much the same, indoctrinating students
with predatory capitalist ideology.
- Boyle's "Harvard's Gitmo Kangaroo Law School: The
School for Torturers" article advised:
- "Do not send your children or students to Harvard
Law School where they will grow up to become racist war criminals! Harvard
Law School is a Neo-Con cesspool."
- "Harvard is to Law School as Torture is to Law."
- Commenting on Sunstein when he was mentioned as a possible
Supreme Court nominee, Boyle, calling him a "Neo-Con," said he'd
be a "lethal" choice.
- Professor Emeritus James Fetzer, Founder, Scholars for
9/11 Truth, took sharp issue with Sunstein's attempt to discredit its proponents,
saying his "Conspiracy Theories" report (discussed below) is
a "corrosive approach" and "massive blunder" to believe
they're "obviously false!" In fact, "No one can know which
theories are true or false without investigating them." That a Harvard
Law professor would suggest it "is simply stunning," yet unsurprising
given the source.
- Sunstein is a notorious neo-con, abhorrent of First Amendment
and other democratic freedoms, believing the rule of law is best served
by subverting it.
- Glen Greenwald's "The Horrible Prospect of Supreme
Court Justice Cass Sunstein" article said:
- "From the beginning of the War on Terror, Cass Sunstein
turned himself into the most reliable Democratic cheerleader for Bush/Cheney
radicalism and their assault on the Constitution and the rule of law."
He also supports military commissions, illegal surveillance, and "mock(ed)
the notion that Bush had committed crimes while in office."
- One of his former students added:
- "I think (he's) an extremely ambitious man (who'd)
run over his grandmother for a seat on the Supreme Court."
- Apparently over the country as well, trashing it and
the public interest for power, clearly the aim of his "Cognitive Infiltration"
- In January 2008, he and Adrian Vermeule published a controversial
report titled, "Conspiracy Theories," they define as "an
attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations
of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role."
- "Many millions of people hold (them); they believe
that powerful people have worked together in order to withhold the truth
about some important practice or some terrible event."
- Citing 9/11 truth, the reason for their report, they
say believers "may create serious risks, including risks of violence....rais(ing)
significant challenges for policy and law....The existence of both domestic
and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing
real risks to the government's antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter
- His solution - debunk and undermine them by "cognitive
infiltration of extremist groups," his modern-day version of COINTELPRO,
the FBI's infamous 1960s and 1970s counterintelligence program to neutralize
political dissidents, including the American Indian Movement, Black Panthers,
and communists, as well as anti-war, human and civil rights activists,
- Rebranded, COINTELPRO flourishes more than ever against
new targets, including Muslims and others in the "war on terror;"
environmental and animal rights activists, and supporters of democratic
freedoms over despotism and imperial wars, among others.
- Sunstein wants conspiracy advocates neutralized, using
"independent groups to supply rebuttals, and by cognitive infiltration
designed to break up the crippled epistemology of conspiracy-minded groups
and informationally isolated social networks." In other words, destroy
them by conspiring against them from within, using illegal and extralegal
- "Government agents (and their allies) might enter
chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt
to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their
factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action."
- In June 2009, Sunstein and Vermeule updated their scheme
in The Journal of Political Philosophy titled, "Conspiracy Theories:
Causes and Cures." The cause - psychological conditions. The cure
- elimination by cognitive infiltration, including with "independent
experts with information and perhaps prod(ding) from behind the scenes....(but
not) too close (to avoid being) self-defeating" if exposed.
- In fact, what Sunstein proposed is illegal under statutes
prohibiting internal government propaganda, aimed at the public, though
legal technicalities have never before been a deterrent.
- Nonetheless, according to a March 21, 2005 Congressional
Research Service report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) defines
"publicity or propaganda" as either official self-aggrandizing,
partisan activity, or "covert propaganda," the latter government-originated,
disguised to appear otherwise, including by enlisted journalists, corrupting
their profession by accepting cash to cooperate, a practice used by the
Bush and earlier administrations as well as the CIA and perhaps FBI.
- Griffin's New Book - A Powerful Truth Antidote
- His new book is an invaluable analysis of Sunstein's
proposal to undermine democratic freedoms, airbrush truth, impose censorship,
and criminalize individuals who challenge official versions of patent lies,
specifically 9/11, the seminal one of our time.
- Critics agree, including Professor Peter Phillips, President
of the Media Freedom Foundation and Project Censored saying:
- Griffin's book should be "entitled 'the Courage
of David Ray Griffin' (for) His continuing efforts to speak truth to power
regarding issues" as vital as 9/11. Project Censored strongly recommends
it at a time our democratic freedoms are at risk, including dissent, what
Howard Zinn called "the highest form of patriotism."
- Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott called Griffin our
"preeminent (9/11) expert....his research....consistently careful,
thorough, and objective." His new book provides "a patient, point-by-point
and much needed refutation" of Sunstein's dangerous proposal. "He
relentlessly shows how (he's) guilty of the very mentality he warns against:
close-mindedness and refusal to debate. Those who seek to prevent 2010
from becoming 1984" must read this invaluable book.
- Professor Emeritus Richard Falk said Griffin wrote "a
devastating critique, (using) his formidable philosophical and theological
- Cyril H. Wecht, past President, American Academy of Forensic
Sciences and the American College of Legal Medicine called the book "brilliantly
written....a scholarly dissection of (Sunstein's) sociopolitical proposal....,"
one essential to expose and oppose.
- Discussing Sunstein's 10 theses, Griffin deconstructs
their flaws, contradictions, and dangers to a free society. He also explains
the legitimacy of 9/11 truth, and Sunstein's inability to refute it by
disinformation, lies, suppression of facts, stifling debate, and attacking
- What Obama did on September 23, calling Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's 9/11 truth comments to UN General Assembly:
- "hateful (and) inexcusable, particularly for him
to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground
Zero, where families lost their loved ones, people of all faiths, all ethnicities
who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation...."
- Others attacked the comments as "abhorrent and delusional,"
no matter that millions around the world share them (including Architects
and Engineers for 9/11 Truth), calling the event a crime, debunking the
official account as deceitful, untrue, and destructive to democratic freedoms.
- Ahmadinejad, in fact, suggested "three (possible)
- 1. "That a very powerful and complex terrorist group"
successfully circumvented US intelligence, Washington's position.
- 2. "That some segments within the US government
orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its
grips on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime."
- He said most Americans "as well as other nations
and politicians agree with this view." European polls suggest it.
US ones vary and have largely ducked the issue by not asking precise questions.
- 3. "It was carried out by a terrorist group but
the American government supported and took advantage of the situation."
- Ahmadinejad "proposed that the United Nations set
up an independent fact-finding group...." He also criticized Washington
for using the attack as a pretext for war against Iraq and Afghanistan.
These views are verboten in the West, those expressing them pilloried as
unpatriotic or worse.
- Griffin is one, the preeminent 9/11 truth proponent and
consummate scholar. Using his masterful skills, he demolishes Sunstein's
arguments, ones based on disinformation, deceit, and bad analysis, not
up to the standards of an accomplished liar, and no match for Griffin.
- Thomas Fletcher summed it up saying:
- Griffin's book "is a lucid and compelling exposure
of the contempt held by the official (9/11 myth) defenders for dissenters
who have seen through their Big Lie." They also fear truth that reveals
their ugly agenda. "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"
globally. Truth is a powerful disinfectant, what government conspiracists
- Some Final Comments
- On September 12, Professor Denis Rancourt titled an article,
"Why we love to hate conspiracy theories: 911 Truth as threat to the
- Many on the left share guilt with the right by "vehemently
attack(ing) and ridicul(ing) 'conspiracy theories' such as the present
911 Truth movement."
- Why, he asks? "Is that not the modus operandi of
power? Is it so difficult to believe that (the 911 attack) was not orchestrated
by....religious zealot(s)? Or that those who measurably benefitted"
had everything to gain? "What ever happened to 'war is a racket' and
'follow the money?' "
- At issue is that "power owns the media, (and) more
importantly....our jobs" and lives in other respects. Even more important
than truth is how it's used - to "rebel, actually rebel and individually
take back power over (our) lives." Instead, too many of "the
intelligentsia" protect themselves and "the system" by being
"a visceral opponent of 911 Truth....in order for power to save face."
- Let others fight the good fight they may feel, but unless
enough do, putting a lot on the line, wrong will prevail over right and
squeeze harder for even more of what they want.
- Perhaps the next "9/11" will be a mushroom-shaped
cloud or other comparable state-sponsored "disaster," again blamed
on foreign adversaries as a pretext for more war. Why not, given America's
permanent war agenda, a topic addressed in an earlier article, accessed
through the following link:
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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