Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Just What We Need, Another David Ray Griffin Book

Retired theology professor David Ray Griffin is turning the 9/11 conspiracy movement into his own little cottage industry, coming out soon with his 5th book on the subject (counting those he contributed to). Here he is in the Canadian discussing the book, and more specifically President Bush's reaction in the Florida grade school.

But this agent’s decision was obviously overridden by some higher-level Secret Service agent, as Bush was allowed not only to remain in the classroom for seven or more minutes, but also to remain at the school for another twenty minutes. He was even allowed to deliver a television address to the nation, thereby letting everyone know that he was still at the school.

This behaviour seemed especially reckless in light of reports, issued at the time, that as many as eleven planes had been hijacked. The Secret Service should have feared that one of those planes was bearing down on the school at that very moment. The Secret Service’s behaviour, however, suggested that it had no fear that the school would be attacked.

Now whether this was in violation of Secret Service protocol or not, I don't know, and I highly doubt they are going to publish their security procedures for the world to peruse, but I never have got this theory. What Griffin is proposing is that members of the Secret Service had advance notice of the plot, and intentionally acted in a way to indicate that they were aware of what was going on ahead of time. Why? Why in his world would people do things for no other reason, see also Silverstein's "confession" and cruise missiles at the Pentagon, than to make the plot more complicated and more likely to be exposed?

It is actually quite appropriate that he titled the book 9/11 Contradictions, in that this completely sums up his approach. Griffin has repeatedly stated that he will not do that which is required of a scientist, which is propose and defend a hypothesis, because he knows he cannot form any type of coherent thesis, but that he will just go "anomaly hunting" and point out things he doesn't understand, in the manner of some petulant child.