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Edited by David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott
(Olive Branch Press, 2006, 247 pps; $18)

Practically from the moment the dust settled in New York and Washington after the attacks of September 11, a movement has grown of survivors, witnesses, and skeptics who have never quite been able to accept the official story. When theologian and co-editor David Ray Griffin turned his attention to this topic in his book The New Pearl Harbor (2003), he helped give voice to a disquieting rumble of critiques and questions from many Americans and people around the world about the events of that day. Were the military and the FAA really that incompetent? Were our intelligence-gathering agencies really in the dark about such a possibility? In short, how could so much go wrong at once, in the world’s strongest and most technologically sophisticated country?

Both the government and the mainstream media have since tried to portray the 9/11 truth movement as “conspiracy theorists” who are able to find an outlet for their ideas only on the internet. This volume, with essays by intellectuals from Europe and North America, shows how untrue this caricature. Coming from different disciplines, these authors are united in the conviction that the official story about 9/11 is a huge deception manufactured to extend imperial control at home and abroad.

Contributors include Richard Falk, Danielle Ganser, David Ray Griffin, Steven E. Jones, Karin Kwiatkowski, John McMurtry, Peter Phillips, Morgan Reynolds, Kevin Ryan, Peter Dale Scott, and Ola Tunander.

Co-editor Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina. His next book is entitled The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America. A poet, he was a winner in 2002 of the Lannan Poetry Award.

It has long been clear that the Bush-Cheney administration cynically exploited the attacks of 9/11 to promote its imperial designs. But the present volume confronts us with evidence for an even more disturbing conclusion: that the 9/11 attacks were themselves orchestrated by this administration precisely so they could be thus exploited. If this is true, it is not merely a case of the stated reason for attacking Iraq being a lie, as the Downing Street memos show, but also of the whole “war on terror” based on a prior deception. This book hence confronts the American people – indeed the people of the world – with an issue second-to-none in importance and urgency. I give this book, which in no way can be dismissed as the ravings of “paranoid conspiracy theorists,’ my highest possible recommendation.”— Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity)