Friday, March 21, 2008

David Ray Griffin Reads a Book

Perennial 9/11 conspiracy author David Ray Griffin has apparently posted a review on of Philip Shenon's "The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation". He gave it three stars, although he spent much of the time talking about himself.

Because Shenon simply presupposed the truth of the official story as fully as did the Commission, his book is terrible as well as great. It is terrible because Shenon, in mentioning the contention that 9/11 was an inside job, assures his readers that this contention has been debunked, while showing no sign of having studied any of the books that provide evidence for this contention. In his bibliography, for example, he mentions two defenses of the official account: "Debunking 9/11 Myths," put out by Popular Mechanics, and "Without Precedent," coauthored by Kean and Hamilton. But he does not mention my "Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory," in which I responded at length to both of these books. Also, although one would expect his bibliography to include all major critiques of the 9/11 Commission, it does not include my book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," which has generally been considered the major critique of the Commission's report.

Interestingly enough, this is the only review he has on his account. I suppose this should not be surprising to someone who has seen his library.

Now I am just waiting for him to review the Pulitzer prize winning histories The Looming Tower, by Lawrence Wright, and Ghost Wars by Steve Coll. Not to mention the excellent debunking of him by Ryan Mackey. But I am sure we will get 2-3 rehashings of his books instead.