Ira Einhorn's Review of The New Pearl Harbor
- There is a linkable edition of this article on his blog:
The New Pearl Harbor
David Ray Griffin
Olive Branch Press 2004
Americans appear to have an attention span that is relevant to the
flicker on MTV.
I grew up in a slower time when focus and concentration was the rule
and multi-tasking, which research has shown to be counterproductive,
was unheard of let alone desired.
The assassination of J.F.K. brought my American bred innocence to an
end. I spent two years (1964-1965) working with an international
team of researchers, helping to develop the unwanted facts that made
it clear that our young president was gunned down by a group of men,
as part of a conspiracy that included parts of our own intelligence
The researchers I worked with focused on forensic minutia, failing,
at least in the beginning, to focus on the larger picture; the
context of politics and economics that led to Kennedy's death.
Facts are important; they are essential to proving any assertion or
raising questions about incorrect assertions. And facts you will get
in The New Pearl Harbor, but as the title's reference to Pearl
Harbor indicates; today's researchers are not neglecting the broader
9/11 was a great crime. It was done for reasons that the title
indicates: to provide the rationale for previously planned invasions
of Afghanistan and Iraq. Invasions that the American people would
not have approved without the anger fuelled by 9/11.
We have a tradition of such events: The Main, Tonkin Bay, Pearl
Harbor, and now 9/11.
9/11 allowed previously desired invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq to
go ahead. Invasions that have to do with "Peak Oil" (we are running
out of oil: the petroleum age is coming to an end; America is
positioning itself to grab what it can). There is also the small
matter of this year's opium harvest: $7,000,000,000. Money which is
often laundered through the New York Stock Exchange.
9/11 allowed for the hurried passage of the Patriot Act, elevating
national security above all of our constitutional due process and
other rights; rights that our fore-fathers spent their blood to
achieve. It made toilet paper of the Constitution.
It created a large port barrel called Homeland Security which has a
Nazi ring to it, and in an emergency is allowed to end all of our
disappearing freedoms. The rather dim leader of this department of
fear created a color alert system that has nothing to do with the
natural spectrum. His pronouncements have been ludicrous. He acted
like a character out of Alice in Wonderland who has produced mainly
fear and confusion. And alas, laughter with his famous duck tape
We also have an endless war on terrorism that a misinformed and
heavily stressed-out populace has allowed itself to be taken in by,
thus allowing an incompetent presidential administration to continue
the war in Iraq, the killing of our young and the bankruptcy of our
All of the above and more is a direct outcome of 9/11; a traumatic
event that has so many eager to give up precious liberty to
guarantee an elusive security that is nowhere to be found. Such
cowardice is despicable, portending ills for us all.
"Waving the American flag became a substitute for critical and
independent thought, and slogans such as "united we stand" were used
as blankets to smother whatever critical impulses existed." (Richard
Falk, Foreword, P. IX)
Thus 9/11 deserves a scrutiny equal to the Kennedy assassination.
But now is not 1964. A major technology has intervened: the Internet.
It allows teams of people to communicate effortlessly and often. It
allows new facts to be quickly shared, checked out and discarded
when found to be wanting.
It allows official lies to be quickly brought into the sunshine. It
is a marvelous new form of the Rousseauian General Will when
utilized in an open, sharing manner. It provides a means by which
the perps can be flushed out before the issues go cold.
The New Pearl Harbor is a worthy contribution to this task.
Anyone who looks at some of the basic facts has to be suspicious:
1. The President sat and read to school children for 20 minutes,
though he knew, for quite a while, that the nation was under attack,
and that he was therefore in danger. A danger that he evaded for the
rest of the day.
2. The hole in the Pentagon could not have been made by a Boeing 757.
3. The Pentagon is the most protected building in the world. How did
anything get by that protection?
4. Why were planes not scrambled to shoot down at least two of the
5. How did steel frame buildings suddenly collapse from fire?
6. All indications are that buildings 1, 2 & 7 were brought down by
carefully placed explosives.
7. Why was the forensic evidence - the steel members - immediately
sold and shipped out of the country? 9/11 was a crime scene. Those
steel beams were evidence.
These are a few of the basic questions that Griffin raises and
discusses. Questions that patriotic hand waving or loose talk about
conspiracy theory can't dispel.
They are questions that official reports avoid.
In addition, there are a number of individuals within the
intelligence and law enforcement communities who are being gagged,
for they have information that would upset the applecart.
The book, now in its second edition, is just 200 pages.
It is clear and to the point.
It makes a devastating case in a calm and logical way.
Griffin has been a professor of philosophy of religion at the
Claremont School of Theology in California for over 30 years. He is
the author and editor of over 20 books.
His book is essential reading for anyone troubled by the present
direction of the USA: over 50% of the nation according to the polls.
If The New Pearl Harbor convinces you that 9/11 must not be allowed
to be buried, you are then ready to read Mike Ruppert's Crossing the
Rubicon, which details the context in which 9/11 operated, in much
greater detail, and points a long finger in the direction of those
The leader of these men was re-elected for mainly moral reasons.