Daniele Ganser, Friedensforschung

9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out back

9/11 & American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out
David Ray Griffin & Peter Dale Scott
Title of chapter
The Strategy of Tension in the Cold War Period
Author(s) of chapter
Daniele Ganser
Publication date
September 2006
Olive Branch Press
288 [pp. 79-99]
german and english
open article

Practically from the moment the dust settled in New York and Washington after the attacks of September 11, a movement has grown of survivors, witnesses, and skeptics who have never quite been able to accept the official story. When theologian David Ray Griffin turned his attention to this topic in his book The New P earl Harbor (2003), he helped give voice to a disquieting rumble of critiques and questions from many Americans and people around the world about the events of that day. Were the military and the FAA really that incompetent? Were our intelligencegathering agencies really in the dark about such a possibility? In short, how could so much go wrong at once, in the world's strongest and most technologically sophisticated country?

Both the government and the mainstream media have since tried to portray the 9/11 truth movement as led by people who can be dismissed as "conspiracy theorists" able to find an outlet for their ideas only on the internet. This volume, with essays by intellectuals from Europe and North America, shows this caricature to be untrue. Coming from different intellectual disciplines as well as from different parts of the world, these authors argue that the official story about 9/11 must be rejected and a new analysis of 9/11 is urgently needed.


Richard Falk is Milbank Professor of International Law, emeritus, Princeton University. Since 2002, he has been visiting professor of global studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Daniele Ganser is a Swiss historian who specializes in research on secret warfare and peace. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies at Zurich University and teaches in the history department at the University of Basel.

David Ray Griffin is a professor of the philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies.

Steven E. Jones is a professor of physics at Brigham Young University and a recipient in 2005 of its prestigious Alcuin Award.

Karen U. Kwiatkowski retired from the United States Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 2003 after a twenty year career, with assignments in the National Security Agency, in Headquarter Air Force, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America.

John McMurtry is a professor of philosophy and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, Canada, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Peter Phillips is a professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and director of Project Censored, a media research organization.

Morgan Reynolds holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Formerly chief economist at the US Department of Labor in the first term of George W. Bush, he is now professor emeritus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Kevin Ryan, who became a certified quality engineer after earning a B.S. in chemistry, was for many years the laboratory operations manager and then the site manager at Environmental Health Laboratories, a division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ola Tunander is a senior research fellow at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo. His 1989 dissertation was on geopolitics and US maritime strategy.


“It has long been clear that the Bush-Cheney administration cynically exploited the attacks of 9/11 to promote its imperial designs. But the present volume confronts us with evidence for an even more disturbing conclusion: that the 9/11 attacks were themselves orchestrated by this administration precisely so they could be thus exploited. If this is true, it is not merely the case, as the Downing Street memos show, that the stated reason for attacking Iraq was a lie. It is also the case that the whole “war on terror” was based on a prior deception. This book hence confronts the American people---indeed the people of the world as a whole---with an issue second to none in importance and urgency. I give this book, which in no way can be dismissed as the ravings of ‘paranoid conspiracy theorists,’ my highest possible recommendation.”
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and founder of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity)

“Read this. Read this now. And then tell someone else what it told you. If you wondered where morality, intellectual rigor, common sense and historical perspective went when they disappeared from public discourse, be reassured the authors of these essays were keeping them safe for you, along with a surprisingly functional sense of humor. This is a massively important book about events that are still changing our world. Forget the internet wingnuts, forget the blurry thinking and the blurry photographs, forget the government gibberish. If you want to know about 9/11, read this book. Read it. Read it now. And then tell someone else what it told you.” A. L. Kennedy, author of Paradise and Indelible Acts

“Official versions of historical events should always be questioned. This book, dealing with 9/11 and much more, does just that, and from various points of view. It will provoke argument and that’s a good thing.” Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

“In 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott point out that the book’s publication “signals the beginning of a new phase of the 9/11 Truth Movement, one in which scholars will play an increasingly larger role.” Griffin and Scott have assembled academics, scientists, and other intellectuals with fine minds and courageous hearts to deliver the bitter pill: the official explanation of the events of 9/11 is false and the evidence indicating an inside job is significant. In doing so, they have returned scholarship to its rightful place of leading us back to excellence.”
Catherine Austin Fitts, assistant secretary of housing, George H. W. Bush administration