by Michael C. Ruppert
(New Society; 2004)

It’s difficult still, five years after 9/11, to digest the magnitude of the effects of those events. It’s emotionally difficult to view the mess that the Bush Administration has made of everything. It’s intellectually difficult to bear with the oceans of obfuscations, the seemingly wild theories, and the mountains of contradictory evidence pointing this way and that. It is difficult to be a small person, in a giant and vicious world, trying to sort through so much information that has been collated by others. It is beyond difficult, knowing whom to trust.

Crossing the Rubicon can provide you with an excellent starting point for engaging your curiosity, your worries, your suspicions with respect to certain possible large political plots in which you likely have no involvement and no say.

The author is Michael Ruppert, a former police detective. Fittingly, he sticks to formal investigative methods as he organizes and presents information that he gathered during and after the 9/11 events. Yet he doesn’t shy away from frontal accusations: Ruppert is convinced that 9/11 was an inside job. The table of evidence he mounts is massive and frightening. In accordance with his stated investigative procedure, he opens the book by exploring the possible motives of people in power in the U.S. and elsewhere. He asks who could have had reason to plan such a thing, and who could actually have accomplished it, given the necessary will and the resources. To those with an appropriately cynical mindset, his theories may resound convincingly.

Readers who are philosophically wary about “conspiracy theories” may have a difficult time finishing the book, for the simple reason that Ruppert links the 9/11 events with larger and horrifically intricate themes of global resource control, international espionage, developing technologies, emerging diseases, biological warfare, and psycho-social domination. It’s a lot to take in. The mere possibility that Ruppert is even only marginally aiming down the right track is disturbing.

Does the book raise more questions than it answers? Well, I suppose that depends on who you are and what you think already. For some, Crossing the Rubicon only confirms what they already have come to suspect, by whatever path; for others, it is likely to be mind-bogglingly otherworldly and theoretical, despite its claims to fact; and for the remaining, it will be much to sort through.

Review by Aspen Rains, [email protected]