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Debunking 9/11 Debunking
An Answer to Popular Mechanics and the Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory
David Ray Griffin

6" x 9" • 400 pages
ISBN 9781566566865 • paperback • $20.00

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2008 Winner, Current Events-Bronze Medal


By virtue of his previous four books on the subject, David Ray Griffin is widely recognized as one of the leading spokespersons of the 9/11 truth movement, which rejects the official conspiracy theory about 9/11. Although this movement was long ignored by the US government and the mainstream media, recent polls have shown that (as Time magazine has acknowledged) the rejection of the official theory has become “a mainstream political phenomenon.” It is not surprising, therefore, that the government and the corporately controlled media have shifted tactics. No longer ignoring the 9/11 truth movement, they have released a flurry of stories and reports aimed at debunking it.

In the present book, David Ray Griffin shows that these attempts can themselves be easily debunked. Besides demonstrating the pitiful failure of Debunking 9/11 Myths (published by Popular Mechanics and endorsed by Senator John McCain), Griffin riddles recent reports and stories put out by the US Department of State, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Time magazine. He also responds to criticisms of these efforts by left-leaning and Christian publications—which one might have expected to be supportive.

Throughout these critiques, Griffin shows that the charge that is regularly leveled against critics of the official theory—that they employ irrational and unscientific methods to defend conclusions based on faith—actually applies more fully to those who defend the official theory.

This book, by debunking the most prevalent attempts to refute the evidence cited by the 9/11 truth movement, shows that this movement’s central claim—that 9/11 was an inside job—remains the only explanation that fits the facts.

David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. His 30 books include The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004), The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), and 9/11 and American Empire (2006, with Peter Dale Scott).

Media Reviews

"An emeritus professor of theology with no previous interest in conspiracy theories, Griffin has dedicated himself since 2003 to the '9/11 truth' movement, a group committed to 'exposing the falsity of the official theory about 9/11,' and this book is a thorough, highly detailed attempt to do just that. As Griffin aptly notes, 'the assumption that conspiracy theories are inherently irrational' has recently taken root in American culture, making any attack on the official government record instantly dismissible, but Griffin takes to the difficult task with solid reasoning and true zeal. All but the most dogmatic readers will find Griffin's evidence-from the inconsistencies between NORAD tapes and the 9/11 Commission Report to rigorous exploration into the physics of the collapse-detailed and deeply unnerving. For instance, Griffin considers the fact that firefighters were told, five hours before the fact, that building WTC 7 was going to collapse, despite 'the fact that WTC 7 was not hit by a plane, that the available photographs show no large fires, and that fire had never caused a steel-frame high-rise to collapse.' Another chilling passage looks at the Pennsylvania crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 through the testimony of those first to arrive, who were unanimous in finding 'no recognizable plane parts, no body parts.' For anyone who doubts the government's truthfulness regarding the WTC terrorist attack, this well-researched volume will give you a trough full of ideas to chew on."
-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"David Ray Griffin, author of 30 books and professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, systematically challenges the principal official and semi-official defenses of the standard account of 9/11 events...Throughout the book's 391 pages, including 61 pages of references, Griffin exhibits exceptional skill in detailed scholarly analysis. He concludes with a call to the reader, and all of us, to bring these issues into full public discussion and to expose the truth about 9/11, whatever it may be. Indeed, such ‘truth' has certainly not yet been revealed due to extensive gaps and contradictions in official theories that he documents in detail."
-- ALA's Choice

"Considering how the 9/ll tragedy has been used by the Bush administration to propel us into immoral wars again and again, I believe that David Ray Griffin's provocative questions about 9/ll deserve to be investigated and addressed."
-- Howard Zinn

"Griffin (philosophy of religion and theology, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate U.) debunks the debunkers of the main conspiracy theory surrounding 9/11 - that it was an inside job. He upholds this explanation and in individual chapters, takes issue with four defenses of the government's account of 9/11: Michael Bronner's essay '9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes' from Vanity Fair, Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission by Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, documents by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and David Dunbar and Brad Reagan's Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts, an expansion of a Popular Mechanics article from 2005."
-- Book News

"Professor Griffin is the nemesis of the 9/11 cover-up. This new book destroys the credibility of the NIST and Popular Mechanics reports and annihilates his critics."
-- Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury during the Reagan administration

"David Ray Griffin hits another one out of the park by taking on the left gatekeepers and the mass media for the lies and cover-up called ‘the official story of 9/11/01,' which is the greatest conspiracy theory ever perpetrated on the American public. I highly recommend this book for all thinking Americans."
-- Meria Heller, Producer & Host of the Meria Heller Show

"A must-have for libraries that seek to inform the public on the subject...All libraries should have a copy of at least one of Griffin's radically political books."
--Peter Gruskin, Counterpoise

Reader Reviews

"History will judge Professor David Ray Griffin to be one, if not the greatest American patriot of this age. His dogged debunking of the debunkers is nothing short of breathtaking. In reading it, I was reminded of Stephen Sondheim's song in 'Sunday In The Park With George'- Art Isn't Easy;' "Putting it together, part by part, piece by piece, step by step, bit by bit." As a senior, veteran and life-long liberal, I've not enjoyed a decent night's sleep since, September 11, 2001. By 11:00 am that fateful morning, my gut told me something wasn't passing the smell test in NYC, Shanksville and DC, (then alone, Sarasota.) Subsequently, my suspicions have cost me significant alienation from friends and family. Nevertheless, I continue to inform myself at every opportunity. I see Debunking 9/11 Debunking as my post-graduate course in the process. Mr. Griffin concludes his courageous tome by stating that nothing is more important to the very survival of our planet than a true accounting of the events of 9/11 and ultimately exposing all those responsible. I couldn't agree with him more."
--C. Robert Holloway, Production Designer, Novelist New Orleans, LA

"The debunking of PM and Chertoff! Griffin a brilliant theologian and a dedicated 9/11 truth seeker has written another thorough and well researched book that will send chills into the minds and the hearts of the 9/11 official theory architects. Griffin with his passion for truth, debunks point by point Popular Mechanics claims and pseudo-corroboration of the official conspiracy theory. He convincingly strikes back with overwhelming evidence at the disinformation campaign and every circulating 9/11 myth that was launched by the corporate/culprit media to perpetuate the official story. The truth about 9/11 will never be revealed, because the majority of the public are guided by their conditioning of the herd mentality that deters them from critical thinking. We are trained not to question authority and to follow it blindly even into the abyss. It is biblical! You don't reveal the truth and question the establishment or you will be banished from the Garden Eden and crucified! Claims of incompetence will always remain the theme that would prevail, in order justify the occurrence of 9/11. It is more benign than complicity and treason, and would disguise the military state in the flag of democracy. It is also an acceptable scenario in the minds of the fearful herds, because it would help them correlate to their own incompetence, and to the lack of control in their own lives. In addition, when a federal agency claims incompetence for its mistakes, it will receive more control, funding and resources, and will eventually expand to a bloating level in order to reduce these mistakes. Ironically, whenever an error occurs, it is usually blamed on that same bloated bureaucracy that was expanded to begin with to resolve that same problem. It is an interesting cycle, nevertheless a vicious one. Are you confused yet? If you are, that is good! That is the whole idea, which is for us to remain in a state of confusion; therefore, we accept whatever we are told, as we become little incapacitated automotons repeating the propaganda and the buzzwords that were engendered for us by the elitist media to propagate their myth and advance their global agenda. That in turn would reduce our inner conflict about two opposing ideas, and would eventually force us into choosing the most familiar and the safest idea that quells our inner conflict and help us regain balance and harmony. Once again, congratulations to Griffin on a job well done! Another book another blackout! Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a must read. Open-mindedness is a frightening phenomenon, but the truth is worth the risk!!"
--Richard Skaff, Social Scientist

 — C. Robert Holloway

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9/11 and American Empire (Volume II)
9/11 Ten Years Later
9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, The
9/11 Contradictions
Challenging Empire
9/11 and American Empire (Volume I)
Hijacking Catastrophe
Cognitive Infiltration