Dr. Peter Dale Scott: An Example of Intellectual Courage and Outstanding Scholarship

Dr. Peter Dale Scott charcoal portrait

Dr. Peter Dale Scott's work has a major effect on many seeking a honest and realistic model that describes politics and hidden politics. He is the son of a notable intellectual family. His father F.R. Scott was the McGill Dean of Law and mentor of Pierre Trudeau who would go on to become Canada's Prime Minister. His mother, Marian Dale Scott was a Montreal painter. Peter Dale Scott was born on January 11, 1929. In Poland, during 1961, his work at the Canadian embassy involved reading cables from the International Control Commission policing the 1954 Geneva Accords dividing North and South Vietnam. He went on to teach at the University of California at Berkeley. He was an anti-war speaker during the Vietnam and U.S.-Iraq wars and he became the co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at his university, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA). He is currently Professor Emeritus of English.

Some of his well known books include The War Conspiracy (1972), The Iran-Contra Connection (in collaboration, 1987), Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (in collaboration, 1991, 1998), Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993, 1996), and Deep Politics Two (from JFKLancer, 1995).

Amongst his recent works, The Road to 9/11 puts 9/11 in context as the accumulation of many trends occurring in the deep state without the public state knowing. On page 194 of this book in the chapter, "The 9/11 Commission Report and Vice President Cheney", Scott states "This chapter and the next will explore these issues (unresolved contradictions and misrepresentations in the 9/11 commission report) and make the case that Vice President Cheney is himself a suspect in the events of 9/11 who needs to be investigated further." This is a major statement but Dr. Scott is an outstanding scholar who is able to rigorously examine a subject and prove his point. His book was peer-reviewed and published by the University of California Press which is "one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences." This is not the first time Dr. Scott has published in the UC Press about the deep state.

It has taken hard work and time for many thoughtful people to realize the significance of Dr. Scott's writings. His most recent work, American War Machine, which contains a chapter on 9/11 as an engineered deep event, received supportive reviews and endorsements from very thoughtful experts such as Roger Morris, a former National Security Council staffer, and Paul Almond, an Officer of the Order of Canada and member of the Royal Academy of Arts. The french version of his book was reviewed by five-star General (Ret.) Bernard Norlain who is the President of the Comité d’Études de la Défense Nationale and Director of the Revue Défense Nationale and was a military adviser to French Prime Ministers Jacques Chirac and Michel Rocard.

Today, January 11, 2012, marks his eighty-third birthday. We wish you well Dr. Scott and we thank you for everything you have given us to deepen our understanding about deep politics.

By Adnan Zuberi