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David Ray Griffin Cognitive Infiltration

New Book by David Ray Griffin: Cognitive Infiltration

NEW BOOK — In his new book “Cognitive Infiltration – An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory“, Dr. David Ray Griffin writes about former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office.

In 2008 Sunstein co-authored an article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government “conspiracy theories.” Arguing that such theories are believed only by groups suffering from “informational isolation,” he advocated the use of David Ray Griffin Cognitive Infiltrationanonymous government agents to stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups with the aim of breaking them up. Download a PDF of the article here.

Noting that Sunstein’s proposal has evoked condemnations from across the political spectrum–not least because it, being similar to the FBI’s COINTELPRO of the 1960s, would be illegal–David Ray Griffin focuses on the fact that Sunstein’s primary target is the conspiracy theory advocated by the 9/11 Truth Movement. Examining Sunstein’s charge that this theory is both “harmful” and “demonstrably false,” Griffin uses both satire and overwhelming evidence to show that this twofold charge applies instead to what Sunstein calls “the true conspiracy theory” about 9/11-namely, the “theory that Al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11.”

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David Ray Griffin: Cognitive Infiltration — Reviews

“David Ray Griffin has written a devastating critique of Cass Sunstein’s major effort to situate all critics of the official 9/11 story in the garbage pail of ‘conspiracy theory.’ Bringing to bear his formidable philosophical and theological skills, Griffin brilliantly illuminates this cognitive/ political concern, demonstrating that the American people will never find out what really happened on that fateful day until we as citizens insist on considering all available evidence with a fresh and open mind.”
—Richard Falk, professor emeritus, Princeton University

“In the United States today, the phrase `conspiracy theory’ functions as a sort of giant cudgel, used to scare us out of talking openly about a broad (and ever-growing) range of scandals that the powerful cannot afford to let the people comprehend. In this new book, David Ray Griffin takes devastating aim at that repressive tactic, exposing it for what it really is. All those who cherish democracy, and intellectual freedom, owe it to themselves to read this brave analysis—and owe its author their sincerest thanks.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University

“Unrestrained and unchallenged combination of top level political power and academic intellectual arrogance can be a dangerous prelude to governmental censorship and potential criminalization of individuals who dare to challenge ‘official’ versions of various catastrophes and major events of a highly controversial nature. Dr. David Ray Griffin exposes and analyses this grave concern in an objective, scholarly dissection of a sociopolitical proposal set forth by Cass Sunstein in 2008. Readers of Cognitive Infiltration will be both shocked and enlightened by this well documented and brilliantly written book.”
—Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., past president, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and past president, American College of Legal Medicine

Your Comments

  • Michael Rowland

    Over the past three years I have researched and written a novel about 9/11 based around the horrific events of that day. (9/11: Official Complicity – endorsed by Dr David Ray Griffin).

    The more I read, the more I became convinced that Bush and his closest senior advisors were somehow involved.

    It is imperative that an unbiased public independent enquiry is set up to get to the TRUTH! And I hope in MY lifetime the truth is made known!

    I am fully aware that there are great number of people throughout the world who don’t agree with my views. Until those people read ALL the ‘facts’ that are available, how can they make a judgement?

    Take care

    Michael from England

  • Trent Balzer

    **9/11/2001** – This was the day a U.S. President & his administration attacked his own country and people, in order to invade a country for oil and ultimate power over all other nations. It is time for an independent investigation, and conviction for this HEINOUS CRIME. May GOD above grant the victims, their families, …and the truth seekers this prayer this somber day. ~GOD BLESS THOSE TOUCHED BY SEPTEMBER 11th.~

  • Roger S

    For some weeks before 9/11, I had been interested to watch various programs (on Discovery and simlar channels) featuring professional structural-demolition crews, and the techniques they used to neatly bring down buildings into their own footprint. The moment I saw the Towers come down, the instant reaction in my mind was, “Oh my god, that looks like controlled dem—” then I cut off that thought as “unthinkable”.

    For years, I considered the government’s story as true, and actually rolled my eyes any time I stumbled across 9/11 “conspiracy” articles. “Conspiracy theorists”, I groaned, “can’t they give it a rest!” Until 2006, when a good friend pressed into my hands the 1st edition of Griffin’s “New Pearl Harbor”, which I agreed to read only to get my friend off my back (and, I thought, have some ammo to debunk his “conspiracy theories”).

    Instead, I was given pause first by Griffin’s credentials (from Claremont, near my home area and not known for “radical” anything; plus a professor of theology and ethics, of all things), his professed apolitical stance, and—most surprisingly—his previous position, like mine, that those “conspiracies” could not be true, until the force of fact required him to change his mind. After reading the book (footnotes and all, I also teach at university and am a “perpetual student” myself), very much against my will I found my own views completely changed as well.

    I STILL wish it were not true. But fact will not allow me to think otherwise, nasueating though it is.

  • Freddi D.

    Madeleine: I find your comment about seeing the buildings come down as truly interesting…I, too, watched and when the first building fell had some sort of thought like, “wow, that’s weird”, but I realized it had been hit by a large plane…so I figured what everyone else did “it was understandable that it collapsed”. But when the second one fell I felt in my heart and soul that something else was going on! Two buildings, hit from different directions…and they fall into their own footprint IDENTICALLY! I never heard of Tower 7 falling. I was watching the unfolding events at a neighbor’s as we don’t have TV reception here (and will NEVER have it!). Sounds like you’ll eventually be glad to get rid of your condescending baggage AKA “husband”. I’m a skeptic too and if I can’t find this in our library system, I’ll buy it and then donate it to our local library. WE owe it to all of those affected by that day to question, question, QUESTION!

  • Edward Rynearson

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  • Madeleine Lapointe-Millar

    Well, how much can I relate to this? My (soon to be ex-)husband has been broadcadting to the world (and he is an engineer!) that I am a crazy conspiracy nut and paranoid because, from the moment I saw the buildings come down, I questioned the ‘official’ version of ‘the truth’. He believes there is proof positive of this since that epitome of knwoledge and truthfulness, NIST, has… said what it said….So even an engineer from another country can NEED to disbelieve the Laws of gravity and Logic….
    This book sounds very informative and useful. Being the skeptic I am, I will be reading it critically, but then, isn’t that the point?

  • Freddi D.

    Who really wrote this wikipedia article? Looks like “someone” with a lot of time, resources and ambition to discredit anyone doubting the government’s explanation of the 9/11 events. Doth someone protest too much?

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