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Debunker Buster

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Debunker Buster

by Tod Fletcher

May 12, 2007

Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a monumental accomplishment by David Ray
Griffin. He exhaustively and definitively destroys the pretensions of four major
“9/11 debunking” publications published in 2006, shortly before the
fifth anniversary of the events. Although the book is organized into chapters
dealing with each one of the four publications in turn, Griffin has such a broad
knowledge of all the evidence pertaining to the events, and such command of logic
and argument, that the book is thoroughly cohesive and progressively builds an
integrated critique of all dimensions of the official theory. Debunking 9/11
Debunking will effectively serve as a veritable encyclopedia of not just
the facts of 9/11, but of the best arguments to debunk the official (and semi-official)
lies about the facts. Griffin, as usual, avoids speculation and focuses on showing
that the official story of what happened that day cannot be true.

Before the four central chapters, Griffin provides an Introduction
  (“Conspiracy Theories and Evidence”) in which he distinguishes between
  rational and irrational conspiracy theories and discusses the “double
  standard” used by the mainstream and left-leaning press, i.e., the
  confused (or self-serving) way in which they fail to make this
  distinction and then assert that critiques of the official account are
  “conspiracy theories” while completely obfuscating the fact that the
  official story is itself a conspiracy theory. He deals in detail with
  tendencies of human thought that make it difficult for people to look
  at unfamiliar and threatening evidence (“paradigmatic thinking” and
  “wishful-and-fearful thinking”), as well as the main a priori reasons
  put forward by such debunkers for why alternative theories needn’t be
  taken seriously (“incompetence,” “someone would have talked,”
  “overwhelming evidence for al-Qaeda’s responsibility,” etc.). The
  Introduction concludes with a discussion of the role of scientists and
  scientific explanations in 9/11 conspiracy theories, and shows that
  just as there are rational and irrational conspiracy theories regarding
  9/11, both scientific and unscientific theories to explain the events
  have been put forward. The rest of the book shows that science and
  reason are all on one side, that of the alternative, not the official,
  9/11 conspiracy theory.

Chapter 1 zeroes in on the Vanity Fair article by Michael Bronner,
  “9/11 Live: the NORAD Tapes”, which was published in the September,
  2006 issue of the magazine. Bronner claimed to provide the real story of the
  military’s response to the hijackings, based on his privileged access to the
  “NORAD tapes”, i.e., selections from the audio tapes recorded by NORAD
  (and the FAA) as the events took place. Griffin proves conclusively that the
  story told by Bronner is an elaborate and clever psyop filled with lies. First,
  the tapes, which only surfaced in 2004, are contradicted by volumes of independent
  evidence, which Griffin exhaustively details. Second, Griffin’s extensive new
  research, especially long interviews by email with a former FAA air traffic
  controller, Robin Hordon, and with the current military liaison at the FAA’s
  Boston Center, Colin Scoggins, who was on-duty that day, shows that the story
  told by Bronner about the FAA’s slow response to the flight emergencies of all
  four planes is simply incredible. He presents a detailed, nuanced analysis of
  the important distinction between the “Emergency Protocol” and the
  “Hijacking Protocol”, and shows that the military (with the help of
  Bronner and the 9/11 Commission) is attempting to defend itself from charges
  of a stand-down by claiming that their responses were controlled by the slower
  “Hijacking Protocol”. Finally, Griffin makes an extremely strong case
  for the high probability that the “tapes” themselves are fakes, likely
  the product of voice morphing-technology and cherry-picking of real tapes to
  make a false audio record.

In Chapter 2 Griffin turns to the book Without Precedent by the co-chairmen
  of the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, published in August, 2006.
  He proceeds to dissect, with his usual rigor and precision, the lame efforts
  of Kean and Hamilton to debunk different alternative conspiracy theories. He
  turns their own arguments against them by showing that every type of flaw they
  find in alternative theories is actually far more accurately descriptive of
  their own, official, irrational conspiracy theory. Griffin completely destroys
  their efforts to debunk the stand-down theory and theories that assert that
  flight 77 did not hit the Pentagon, and notes that they avoid all mention of
  the alternative theories about the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings
  (and again, as in The 9/11 Commission Report, they never mention the collapse
  of WTC 7). Griffin then exhaustively shows that their criteria for identifying
  “conspiracy theories” all apply best to their own theory, in that
  they begin with their conclusion, they exclude vast amounts of relevant evidence
  completely (most notably the fact that Philip Zelikow, the Executive Director
  of the Commission, is a close associate of the Bush administration and completely
  skewed its “investigation”), their continued adherence to theories
  already disproved by facts, their ignoring of facts contradicting their theory,
  their uncritical acceptance of dubious evidence, their reliance on third-hand
  evidence, and their disdain for open and informed debate. Griffin’s destruction
  of their pretensions to have provided an objective, rational analysis of “conspiracy
  theories” could not be more total.

In Chapter 3 Griffin takes up the online publication by the National
  Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entitled “Answers to
  FAQs”, from August 30, 2006. The title refers to frequently asked
  questions about NIST’s earlier Report on the destruction of the Twin
  Towers, which had failed to provide an explanation that satisfied many
  readers, and resulted in a flood of questions to the agency. In its
  “Answers to FAQs” NIST pretends to set all such questions to rest.
  Griffin shows, again with extraordinary thoroughness and incisiveness,
  that NIST has failed to debunk the controlled demolition theory of the
  Towers’ (and WTC 7’s) destruction. He shows that the planes could not
  have caused the extensive damage to the columns and fireproofing
  claimed by NIST; that the fires were nowhere near as hot,
  long-lasting, and extensive as claimed; that NIST’s theory of
  “collapse” cannot, therefore, be true; that NIST fraudulently “tweaked”
  its computer model of the situations in the Towers, changing parameters
  until it generated the result they wanted; that, entirely
  unscientifically, they never even considered the hypothesis of
  controlled demolition as a possible explanation; that NIST claimed
  there were no explosions within the Towers just before they fell (the
  massive evidence for which Griffin summarizes); that NIST claimed there
  were no other types of evidence for controlled demolition (the
  voluminous evidence is then presented in exhaustive detail by Griffin);
  and finally, Griffin asks, “What about WTC 7”? NIST still has not
  provided the public with a report on the collapse of Building 7,
  despite its mandate to do so; as Griffin details, this is probably due
  to the very substantial difficulty they will have in explaining the
  collapse in any way other than as the result of a controlled
  demolition.

In a blockbuster of a last chapter, Griffin in Chapter 4 destroys Popular
  Mechanics’ Debunking 9/11 Myths, a short book expanding a 2005 article
  in that magazine. He starts out with a thorough deconstruction of Senator John
  McCain’s propagandistic Foreword, and then reviews the history of the involvement
  of Benjamin Chertoff, cousin of Michael Chertoff, Director of Homeland Security,
  in the book’s production, and the fact that the editors of the book deny this
  relationship. Griffin then explicates the logic underlying the task facing Popular
  Mechanics. Specifically, it “must show that every one of the key claims
  made by the leading critics of the official story is false. Why? Because each
  of these claims challenges one of the essential claims of the official story.
  If even one of those essential claims is disproved, then the official story
  as such is thrown into doubt. Critics do not need to show the falsity of every
  essential element in the official account; they need to show only the falsity
  of one such element.” Griffin then proceeds to demonstrate, in great detail,
  that the book utterly fails to accomplish its purpose with respect to even one
  essential claim of the leading critics of the official story, let alone all
  of them. He follows the order of the book and shows that the arguments presented
  to debunk critics of the official account of the planes and the alleged hijackers’
  flying skills, the stand-down, the destruction of the World Trade Center, the
  events at the Pentagon, and Flight 93 all fail, quite miserably and even comically.
  Along the way he exposes the many rhetorical tricks and deceptions used by the
  editors to fool gullible readers.

The book’s Conclusion returns to the role played by the press, showing
  that its uncritical acceptance of the official conspiracy theory of
  9/11, due to its reliance upon the authority of the government and its
  unfounded assumption that official and semi-official publications have
  been genuinely scientific, objectively neutral reports, has perpetuated
  an irrational and unscientific theory and suppressed far more rational
  and scientific alternatives. Griffin provides examples of this
  misplaced trust in the government in writings by left-leaning
  journalists, including Alex Cockburn and Matt Rothschild. He believes
  the left press may be able to see the errors they have made, and make a
  turn toward the truth, but holds out little hope for the mainstream
  press, which largely has vested interests in the government agenda of
  “the war on terror.” Griffin concludes with suggestions for how US
  citizens and people in other countries could organize and mobilize to
  demand a genuine investigation into 9/11, leading to judicial
  proceedings.

Debunking 9/11 Debunking is a tremendous book, which should be read
  by everyone. By utterly destroying each of the well-funded, best efforts of
  the government to defend its case in the court of public opinion, the book effectively
  finishes off the official conspiracy theory. With this book in its arsenal,
  the 9/11 truth movement is set to take the offensive. It is time to launch this
  Debunker Buster at the hardened fortresses of the mass murderers within. Do
  what the perpetrators fear most. Read this book!


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