Wednesday, April 20, 2005

David Griffin and 9 11

On May 26th 2004, the Toronto Star reported a national poll showing that 63% of Canadians are convinced US leaders had 'prior knowledge' of the 9 11 attacks yet declined to act. There was no US coverage of this poll.


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David Ray Griffin believes U.S. officials had some knowledge of 9 11 and possibly orchestrated the attacks.

Griffin's book is called "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11."

Griffin recently got a standing ovation from the people who packed his lecture in Wisconsin.

Griffin is a retired Christian theologian.

According to Griffin, Americans interpret9 11 in one of three ways:

1. It was a surprise attack by Islamic terrorists.

2. The Bush people knew the attacks were coming and let them happen. A Zogby poll taken last year indicated that almost half of the residents of New York City share this view.

3. The government orchestrated the attacks. Polls in Canada and Germany have found as many as 20 percent of those populations believe this.

In his follow-up book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," Griffin examines the questions that he and others in the "9/11 Truth Movement" claim were not examined by the federal government's 9/11 Commission.

Evidence to support the theory that U.S. officials had at least had some foreknowledge of the attacks comes from David Schippers, the chief prosecutor for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, who reportedly received warnings from FBI agents about the attacks six weeks earlier, Griffin said.

Government officials, including Attorney General John Ashcroft, did not respond to the warnings, he added.

There was the extraordinarily high volume of "put options" purchased in the three days before the attacks. Investors betting that stock in United and American Airlines - the two airlines used in the attacks - would go down. There were also a suspiciously high number of put options for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, which occupied 22 stories of the World Trade Center.

"U.S. intelligence agencies monitor the market, partly to look for signs of impending attacks," Griffin said. "One wonders how information could be much more specific than this."

Griffin then made a case that government officials planned and executed the attacks.

The United States military neglected to send fighter jets to intercept the hijacked planes. Such interceptions usually occur within 10 to 20 minutes after the first signs of trouble and are routine, happening about 100 times a year, Griffin said.

It seems implausible, he said, that the Pentagon was struck by Flight 77, since it is "surely the best defended building on the planet." The U.S. military has the best radar systems in the world and "does not miss anything occurring in North American airspace," he added.

Griffin made a case that the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings was brought on by thousands of explosives placed throughout each of the buildings. They went straight down, at free-fall speed, as in controlled demolitions, and many people in the buildings reported that they heard or felt explosions, he added.

"High-rise steel-frame buildings have never - before or after 9/11- been caused to collapse by fire," he said.

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