Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Griffin Book: The Usual Suspect Sources

One of the 9-11 Deniers thoughtfully transcribed a portion of the book that he feels expertly debunks Popular Mechanics. In fact, it looks to me like Griffin's using the same old sources with no apparent concern for their credibility.

Our old buddy Christopher Bollyn, for example:

In the months just prior to the publication of the article on which this book is based, a radical change in PM’s personnel was orchestrated by the president of Hearst Magazines, Cathleen P. Black. As reporter Christopher Bollyn pointed out, Black is married to Thomas E. Harvey, who has worked for the CIA, the Department of Defense, and the US Information Agency.

Bollyn, describing this Black-orchestrated change at Popular Mechanics as "a brutal take-over," wrote: "In September 2004, Joe Oldham, the magazine’s former editor-in-chief, was replaced by James B. Meigs. In October, a new creative director replaced PM’s 21-year veteran who was given 90 minutes to clear out of his office." In each of the following six months, Bollyn further reporter, three or four more people were similarly dismissed. Accordingly, the suggestion that this book about 9/11 reflects PM’s long tradition of expertise is misleading.

Once again, why do we hammer these guys all the time on sources like Bollyn? Because he's an anti-semitic kook like Eric Hufschmid and Daryl Bradford Smith. Here are a few other things that Christopher Bollyn has exposed over the years:

Jews control Brigham Young University:

Within two days, the authorities at BYU apparently caved to organized Jewish pressure and put Jones on paid leave. Students who had already begun their fall physics courses with Jones will be taught by other faculty members for the rest of the semester as university administrators review his statements and research.

The Allies are still occupying Germany:

The Allied occupation of Germany began 58 years ago this month and in the eyes of many Germans has not yet ended. Foreign armies are still based on German soil and Europe's largest and most prosperous 'democracy' still lacks a constitution and a peace treaty putting a formal end to the Second World War.

For Germany, World War II, like the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, lacks formal legal closure because a peace treaty has never been signed between the Allies and Germany.

The Israelis were responsible for Abu Ghraib:

The abuse at Abu Ghraib resembles Israeli methods applied in the occupied territories. "Israel is the only country in which the kind of abuse documented at Abu Ghraib occurs as a matter of policy," Hussein Ibish, spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the largest Arab-American organization, told American Free Press.

Indeed, even some of the 9-11 Deniers are very uncomfortable with Bollyn's prominence in their movement:

I used to think that Griffin used Bollyn as a source because he didn't know better, but folks have been bashing him for these types of sources for years. I'm beginning to suspect that Griffin uses Bollyn because he agrees with his kooky ideas on Jews and the Holocaust.

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