Excellent New Reviews of "Cognitive Infiltration"

Although many people read the reviews of new books at Amazon.com, it's likely that most people stop reading reviews of a book after it has been out for a few months. But sometimes some of the best reviews have appeared late. I have here reposted three excellent recent reviews of David Ray Griffin’s “Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory.”


A Case for the High Court, January 14, 2011
By Rev. Dr. Ronald David

Cass Sunstein is a highly regarded, pedigreed constitutional scholar and lawyer. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and taught at arguably two of America's most prestigious law schools, the University of Chicago and Harvard. Mr. Sunstein is now the Adminisrator in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for President Barak Obama.

Regrettably, Sunstein is as well the author of an essay that may besmudge his vaunted reputation, "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures." That essay the subject of David Ray Griffin's book, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee's Plan to undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory (Northampton, Massachusetts: Olive Branch Press, 2011).

I ask the reader to imagine that Sunstein the esteemed jurist is the US Solicitor General rather than Administrator of OIRA. As Solicitor his task is "to supervise and conduct government litigation in the United States Supreme Court." Imagine further that Sunstein brings before the Court a case--The US Government versus 911Truth.org. The basis for prosecution is outlined in the aforementioned "Conspiracy Theories."

Imagine as well that the attorney for the defense is David Ray Griffin. In Cognitive Infiltration Griffin diligently and relentlessly dismantles Sunstein's case, bit-by-bit, thesis-by-thesis. Among other things, it appears that Sunstein has not even examined the "evidence," i.e., claims made by 911Truth.org that the government's conspiracy theory fails miserably to account for the events of September 11, 2001. Rather, Sunstein defines those claims as "conspiracy theories" in a dismissive, pejorative sense. He then proceeds to consider the means by which the authors of such theories might be stopped and/or their audience "inoculated" against hearing or believing them. It is as if Sunstein presumes guilt and seeks remedy before trial.

With each thesis Griffin does consider the possibility that beyond a superficial (or exoteric) reading of Sunstein's case, a deeper (esoteric) meaning is intended. That is, Sunstein may actually recognize that among his readers will be those who are sufficiently astute as to realize that the theory advanced by 911Truth.org far better accounts for all of the available evidence than does the government's theory. I can think of no other explanation for Sunstein's shamefully shallow argument.

Griffin's rebuttal is trenchant and airtight. I concur with his conclusion that, "if the government had to defend its [own] account of 9/11 in a court of law, it would not have a winnable case." A case against 911Truth.org would be weaker still.

Forget the names and reputations of the protagonists. Read Cognitive Infiltration as a legal debate between two anonymous lawyers. Weigh the evidence. I have no doubt that you would be persuaded as I am that given a fair and honest hearing the outcome would favor 911Truth.org. My conviction regarding the likely judicial findings is tempered only by the current composition of the High Court, particularly Justices Roberts, Alito, Thomas, and Scalia. Still, the evidence is too compelling--Griffin and 911Truth.org prevails. The government fails.

Deconstruction of a Fascist Proposal to Destroy the 9/11 Truth Movement, November 29, 2010

By Dennis P. McMahon (Brooklyn, NY) (REAL NAME)

David Ray Griffin's "Cognitive Infiltration" is a devastating deconstruction of Cass R. Sunstein's shocking and dangerous proposal to have the U.S. government illegally infiltrate and destroy the 9/11 Truth Movement. Sunstein--a Harvard Law Graduate, President Obama's choice to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and once described by Elena Kagan (now a Supreme Court Justice) as "the preeminent scholar of our time"--is unmasked by Griffin and shown to be a fascist automaton, eager to openly do the bidding of the enforcers of the official 9/11 myth that is used to justify the government's perpetual wars in the Middle East, and the ongoing suppression of civil liberties at home. Especially horrifying is that Sunstein is now in a position to help implement the very unconstitutional policies he so eagerly espoused. "Cognitive Infiltration" provides an intelligent and measured response to the twisted madness of Sunstein, who as a result of offering his frightening proposal, has revealed himself to be unworthy of holding public office.

In an analysis of the ten theses that form the basis of the Obama appointee's proposal to eradicate 9/11 Truth, Griffin distinguishes between two levels of meaning in Sunstein's essay: the exoteric (surface) and the esoteric (hidden). The esoteric interpretations portray Sunstein in such a favorable light that readers may wonder if Griffin is being serious in his praise or not. The answer is provided in the Conclusion of "Cognitive Infiltration."

Early on in "Cognitive Infiltration," to counter Sunstein's thesis that conspiracy theories in the U.S. are usually both unjustified and false, Griffin provides excellent summaries of no less than seventeen so-called "conspiracy theories" involving the U.S. government that in time proved to be true, including: numerous U.S. overthrows of legitimate governments around the world (Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Chile, Panama, Haiti, etc.); the manufactured Gulf of Tonkin incident (which Lyndon Johnson used as a pretext for escalating the Vietnam War); the FBI's illegal counter-intelligence program (COINTELPRO) which targeted Martin Luther King and the anti-Vietnam War Movement (and which seems to have served as a model for Sunstein's plan to target the 9/11 Truth Movement); Operation Mockingbird, involving CIA infiltration and (ongoing) control of the U.S. "free press;" and the "Deadly Lie at Ground Zero (2001)" initiated by the Bush-Cheney White House which ordered the EPA to tell the public that the air around NYC's World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks was safe to breathe, even though test results indicated that the air was highly toxic. Trusting their government, 40,000 rescue and clean-up workers dutifully returned to work, unaware of the lies and the danger. As Griffin documents, 60-70% of these Ground Zero workers have come down with various debilitating illnesses, including cancer, and many have already died.

While analyzing Sunstein's primary claim--that those who hold to any unofficial 9/11 conspiracy theory do so because they suffer from `informational isolation' and a `crippled epistemology'--Griffin exposes the absurdity of Sunstein's theory by focusing on the intellectual leadership of the 9/11 Truth Movement, and their impressive credentials. In so doing, Griffin effectively demonstrates that it is Sunstein who is informationally isolated and possessed by a crippled epistemology, as a result of not having done his 9/11 homework.

Similarly, Griffin shows that Sunstein's charge that the 9/11 Truth Movement's evidence is weak or nonexistent would be more appropriately leveled at proponents of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory. In refuting this Sunstein allegation, Griffin includes a masterful overview of the existing evidence which proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the government has lied about what really happened on 9/11.

In a draft of his essay published on the internet, Sunstein, an old friend of Obama, let slip that the government enlisted the editors of Popular Mechanics to serve as the government's `independent experts' on 9/11, Griffin reports. Thus, Sunstein's "proposal" may have sprung from an inner-circle knowledge that the 9/11 Truth Movement is already being cognitively infiltrated (which would come as no surprise to many 9/11 Truthers who suspect that there already are trolls, provocateurs, and "limited hangouts" on the internet). In this light, Sunstein's essay can be seen more as a clandestine attempt to legitimize the government's cognitive infiltration that is already taking place.

Whatever the motivations for Sunstein's fascist proposal, the number of 9/11 Truth converts continues to grow, Griffin notes. If the call for illegal infiltration of the 9/11 Truth Movement is the best plan that can be devised by this "pre-eminent legal scholar," Griffin asks, tongue in cheek, might it not be time for the defenders of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory "to throw in the towel?" Synchronistically, just prior to this writing, two mainstream media personalities--Geraldo Rivera and Judge Andrew Napolitano, both on Fox no less--have begun challenging the government's official conspiracy theory, while admitting that the 9/11 Truth Movement could be right in saying that 9/11 was an inside job.

Time will tell how much 9/11 Truth will be allowed to enter the mainstream, and where exactly that will lead. Whatever the extent and direction, Sunstein will have unwittingly contributed to the effort by writing an essay that "has provided such an excellent foil for [Griffin's] laying out of the current nature of the 9/11 Truth Movement, along with the extent and quality of its evidence," as the literary leader of the 9/11 Truth Movement acknowledges at the end of "Cognitive Infiltration," a truly brilliant work.

Sly and Dry, January 5, 2011
By Allan Weisbecker (Montauk, NY) (REAL NAME)

For those who are already 'awake' this book is a must, if only for DRG's sly, dry wit in lampooning Obama's communication consigliere, Cass Sunstein. Reading the book I found myself in a constant grin and nod mod, with a frequent chuckle and maybe once per chapter an outright belly laugh. Although it's gotten to the point where satirizing the deep state's shenanigans is difficult -- they do such a good job themselves - DRG pulls it off brilliantly. (Having read all his books, it was refreshing to find a sense of humor underlying his dedication to the truth cause.)

Under the humor, of course, is The Horror: Our president not only chose Sunstein as a close advisor, but apparently PAYS ATTENTION to him. We in a heapa trouble, folks.

Those who are new to looking into the truth behind 9/11 (plus a Big ETC), by all means get this book but I strongly urge you to start with one of DRG's earlier works, either The 9/11 Commission Report, Omissions and Distortions or Debunking 9/11 Debunking. The latter works especially well if you tend to believe (or are subjected to) such crud as 'Popular Mechanics explained that.'

Not now, but down the historical road a piece, if civilization as we know it does survive, DRG will be perceived as a national treasure. Read him and learn.