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9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, The
A Critique of the Kean-Zelikow Report
David Ray Griffin

6" x 9" • 352 pages
ISBN 9781566565844 • paperback • $18.00

With US political leaders, Democrat and Republican alike, rushing to embrace the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, and an eager media receiving the Commission’s 567-page report as the whole story, the history we can stand upon forevermore, everyone who cares about the fate of American democracy will want to know something about what those pages actually say.

The Commission’s account, by popular reckoning, has made an impression with its heft, its footnotes, its portrayal of the confusion of that sobering day, its detail, its narrative finesse. Yet under the magnifying glass of David Ray Griffin, eminent theologian and author of The New Pearl Harbor (a book that explores questions that reporters, eyewitnesses, and political observers have raised about the 9/11 attacks), the report appears much shabbier. In fact, there are holes in the places where detail ought to be thickest: Is it possible that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has given three different stories of what he was doing the morning of September 11, and that the Commission combines two of them and ignores eyewitness reports to the contrary? Is it possible that the man in charge of the military that day, Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Myers, saw the first tower hit on TV, and then went into a meeting, where he remained unaware of what was happening for the next 40 minutes? Is it possible, as the Commission reports, that the FAA did not inform military that the fourth airplane appeared to have been hijacked—contrary to both common sense and the word of FAA employees? Is it possible that the Report, upon which are based recommendations for overhauling the nation’s intelligence, fails to mention even in a footnote the most serious allegations made public by Coleen Rowley, FBI whistleblower and Time person of the year?

David Ray Griffin’s critique of the Kean-Zelikow report makes clear that our nation’s highest leaders have told tales that wear extremely thin when held up to the light of other eyewitness reports, research, and the dictates of common sense—and that the Commission charged with the task of investigating all of the facts surrounding 9/11 has succeeded in obscuring, rather than unearthing, the truth.


David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at the Claremont School of Theology (California) and the author of twenty-five books, most recently The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 and Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith.


Media Reviews
Through an incisive and carefully documented review, David Ray Griffin skillfully refutes the findings of the 9/11 Commission. . . . -- Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa

Advance Praise for David Ray Griffin’s
The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions



"This book is arguably the most important landmark in the investigation into 9/11 available on the book market so far. It is a very important, but also truly disturbing, book. For it shows to the reader in meticulous detail that the official investigation led by Thomas Kean and Philip Zelikow into the story about 9/11 presented by the White House has omitted and distorted so many facts that it can never seriously be accepted as the true account of what happened on 9/11.

Only very few people have read the 576 pages of the Kean/Zelikow report and tested the quality of the book. It is therefore of great value that Professor emeritus David Ray Griffin has carried out this task and described in detail how sensitive facts regarding mysterious or even illegal behaviour by senior US executives had been supplied in sworn testimony to the Kean/Zelikow commission by members of the FBI but then ignored in the Kean/Zelikow book. Griffin also explains that no mention, let alone explanation, is given of the collapse of WTC 7 or of the BBC report that six of the 19 hijackers were still alive.

While Griffin explicitly suspects that the Bush administration and the Pentagon have covered up the true 9/11 story, he never claims to know it himself but asks for a new and truly independent investigation. It is this latter feature which greatly contributes to the credibility and importance of this courageous book. I use this book with my history students to illustrate how history can be distorted through omissions and distortions. I warmly recommend this book to all those who are interested in both 9/11 and the subsequent cover up."
— Dr. Daniele Ganser, Center for Security Studies, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

From Publishers Weekly
The 9/11 commission report "simply cannot be trusted," concludes this retired Claremont School of Theology professor. Following up on his call for an official investigation in The New Pearl Harbor (2004), Griffin revisits the cataclysmic events and deconstructs the government's probe. He offers two mind-numbing versions of an "alternative conspiracy theory": that the Bush administration "deliberately" failed to prevent the attacks or, more chillingly, "was actively involved in the planning and execution of the attacks." Why? To spur the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the occupation of their valuable oil and natural gas resources. Embracing the complicity theory, Griffin claims the 9/11 Commission's report, labeled the Kean-Zelikow Report here to underline the White House allegiances of its Republican chairman and director, was neither thorough nor non-partisan but rather a "cover-up" designed to back up the Bush administration's view of the day's events. Among the problems Griffin says the commissioners fail to address are discrepancies in the hijackers' identities; the behavior exhibited by President Bush and his Secret Service contingent in Florida; and the charges of obstruction by higher-ups made by FBI agent Coleen Rowley and other mid-level officials. In fact, "revisionism" was the Commission's major goal, argues the author, since the report reconstructs the timelines of the hijackings, officials' teleconferences and the plane crashes to absolve the military of mishandling jet fighters' intercepts of the doomed passenger aircraft. Supported by news media reports, government documents and readily available secondary sources, Griffin's research raises valid questions about the Commission's political aims and investigative methods. But unless future Woodwards and Bernsteins dig up evidence to the contrary, the author's theories about a government role in the 9/11 plot will remain pure speculation.
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“With this new book, David Ray Griffin establishes himself, alongside Seymour Hersh, as America’s number one bearer of unpleasant, yet necessary, public truths.”
— Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University

“Through an incisive and carefully documented review, David Ray Griffin skillfully refutes the findings of the 9/11 Commission. . . .”
— Michel Chossudovsky, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa

“This is a painstaking and devastating demolition of the lies transmitted by The 9/11 Commission Report. . . . Griffin’s book will strengthen the cause of those who believe that the best defense for democracy is not blind fealty to leaders, but the truth.”
— Peter Dale Scott, author of Drugs, Oil, and War

“In this masterful sequel to The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray Griffin unveils a disparity between official 9/11 "spin" and independently researched 9/11 fact so glaring as to suggest the possibility of a constitutional crisis unlike anything our country has ever known.[This book] seriously—and alarmingly—challenges the independence, impartiality, and thoroughness of the 9/11 Commission."
— Burns H. Weston, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Iowa

“David Ray Griffin’s latest book amply explains why the 9/11 Commission can now be placed in the same category as the Warren and Tower Commissions as dissemblers and varnishers of the truth.”
— Wayne Madsen, syndicated columnist, investigative journalist

“This careful deconstruction of what many have called The 9/11 Omission Commission skewers, with academic rigor, both the official 9/11 story and its associated cover-up. David Ray Griffin's is one of the finest minds at work in the pursuit of truth about 9/11.”
— Barrie Zwicker, Canadian Media Critic and Commentator

"David is a national treasure. His first book The New Pearl Harbor was great.
This book . . . is even better.”
— Meria Heller (www.Meria.net)

“[T]he 9/11 commission aimed more to bring closure than to investigate the anomalies surrounding the event. . . . For those who still seek the truth and hope for a serious investigation of the facts, Griffin's careful analysis of the report is essential reading.”
— John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology

“I admired Mr. Griffin's courage when I read his recent book "The New Pearl Harbor" and I became a fan of his. His new book "The 9/11 Commission Report Omissions and Distortions" is thorough, well argued, and factual, and was even reviewed by an outstanding cast. I am not surprised that this genre of books is allowed to be published these days, because black outs are much stronger than blatant censorship. Black-outs by the corporate media maintain the illusion of freedom of speech, and at the same time ensure that only few people read these books. Black-outs negate the book and the author and indirectly classifies him or her in the leftist, unpatriotic, conspiracy nut categories. Questioning authority figures has become unnatural for us; it goes against our political socialization training and creates in us discomfort and dissonance.... I would also like to applaud Mr. Falk, the distinguished professor from the Council on Foreign relations that has once again reviewed Mr. Griffin's new book, and has the courage to go against his buddies and fellows from the CFR that headed the 9/11 commission like Lee Hamilton, Philip D. Zelikow, John Lehman, and Thomas Kean. The problem I have is that it is hard for me to believe what the CFR talking heads stand for, because they tend to argue both sides of the issue to confuse and befuddle people, and give them the impression that democracy is at work, while the synthesis/solution has already been decided by them. Anyway, and once again Kudos to Mr. Griffin!! Another great book and another black-out by the corporate media! Professor Griffin keep writing and sending your ethical thoughts and decent vibrations into the universe, maybe and only maybe the universe will respond back.”
— Richard Skaff, Social Scientist


"This is a painstaking and devastating demolition of the lies transmitted by The 9/11 Commission Report. . . . Griffin's book will strengthen the cause of those who believe that the best defense for democracy is not blind fealty to leaders, but the truth." -- Peter Dale Scott, author of Drugs, Oil, and War

"In this masterful sequel to The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray Griffin unveils a disparity between official 9/11 "spin" and independently researched 9/11 fact so glaring as to suggest the possibility of a constitutional crisis unlike anything our country has ever known.[This book] seriously--and alarmingly--challenges the independence, impartiality, and thoroughness of the 9/11 Commission." -- Burns H. Weston, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Iowa

"David Ray Griffin's latest book amply explains why the 9/11 Commission can now be placed in the same category as the Warren and Tower Commissions as dissemblers and varnishers of the truth." -- Wayne Madsen, syndicated columnist, investigative journalist

"This careful deconstruction of what many have called "The 9/11 Omission Commission" skewers, with academic rigor, both the official 9/11 story and its associated cover-up. David Ray Griffin's is one of the finest minds at work in the pursuit of truth about 9/11." -- Barrie Zwicker, Canadian Media Critic and Commentator

"David is a national treasure. His first book The New Pearl Harbor was great. This book . . . is even better." -- Meria Heller, host/producer, Meria Heller Show

"[T]he 9/11 commission aimed more to bring closure than to investigate the anomalies surrounding the event. . . . For those who still seek the truth and hope for a serious investigation of the facts, Griffin's careful analysis of the report is essential reading." -- John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor of Theology, Emeritus, Claremont School of Theology

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