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The Truth Behind 9/11

According to a new book from the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Bush brought down the towers.

12:00 AM, Aug 23, 2006 • By MARK TOOLEY
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DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION covertly blow-up the World Trade Center, ignite the Pentagon, and shoot down United Flight 93 to pave the way for a new American empire? The answer is "yes," according to a new book printed by the official publishing house of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and written by a theologian at a United Methodist seminary.

Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11, published by Westminster John Knox Press, is fairly succinct in its conspiracy theory. In fact, only the first half of the book is devoted to dissecting the conspiracy, the facts being so obvious that elaboration is hardly required. The second half is focused on the theological implications of America as empire, and why Christians should stand against it.

David Ray Griffin, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Claremont School of Theology in California, is the author of what is now his third book on 9/11. "If we believe that our political and military leaders are acting on the basis of policies that are diametrically opposed to divine purposes, it is incumbent upon us to say so," he explains in the preface. A "process" theologian who believes that God is constantly evolving, Griffin is a member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," a non-partisan group that is "dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11."

The book is blurbed by the late Rev. William Sloane Coffin, United Methodist theologian Catherine Keller of Drew University, Episcopal theologian Carter Heyward of Episcopal Divinity School, and Roman Catholic dissident feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether. Griffin explains that parts of the book are based on lectures he delivered in June 2003 on behalf of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. The project in revisionist history seems to be ecumenical.

Expecting controversy, the Presbyterian publishing house issued a news release, insisting that "Professor Griffin's thorough research and intellectually rigorous arguments have persuaded us that this book should have a place in that conversation, regardless of the conclusions readers come to accept." The Presbyterians are printing more than 7000 copies of Griffin's latest work.

Griffin's thesis is pretty straightforward: The events of 9/11 were a false flag operation undertaken by U.S. intelligence and police agencies at the behest of the Bush administration. Examples of other successful false flag operations cited by the author are the 1931 Mukden Incident, in which the Japanese blew up their own railway in Manchuria and blamed it on Chinese troops to justify further invasion; the 1933 Reichstag Fire that the Nazis ignited and blamed on communists to justify their dictatorship; and Operation Himmler, in which Germans posing as Polish troops "attacked" German border stations in order to justify the subsequent Nazi invasion of Poland.

American examples of false flag operations, as outlined by Griffin, include provocations that led to the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippines War, and the Vietnam War. More recently, Griffin tells us, the United States staged terrorist operations in Italy, Turkey and Belgium during the 1970s and 1980s to create a backlash against the left. So Griffin does not see the false flag attack of 9/11 as an aberration, a devious plan that only the Bush administration would devise.

Quite simply, "central members of the Bush administration, including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, came into office intent on attacking Iraq, an Arab Muslim nation." For several months preceding 9/11, the administration was also planning to attack Afghanistan. Accordingly, the administration planted explosives in the basement of the World Trade Center, to ensure their collapse by "controlled demolition."

The laws of physics alone cannot explain why steel-reinforced towers would implode as a result of mere airplanes crashes, Griffin insists. Also, the company in charge of security for the World Trade Center was conveniently headed by a cousin of President Bush. Mayor Giuliani had advance knowledge of the impending collapse, as revealed by his public statements after the first plane hit. The supposed crash of Flight 77 into the Pentagon was a fabrication, and the U.S. Air Force shot down Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, though Griffin does not provide much detail to substantiate either claim. As evidence, he dwells only on perceived inconsistencies in FAA reports.