9/11: David Ray Griffin & David Shayler
Yesterday I had the privilege to attend the London event with David Ray Griffin and David Shayler: Was 9/11 an inside job ? The event got an excellent plug in yesterday's Guardian.
A Christian theologian, David Ray Griffin is one of the most fluent, eloquent, impressive and persuasive people to write and talk on 9/11, and who's contributions to 9/11 study, critique and discourse have simply been enormous, so I was very much looking forward to this lecture.
After the introductions by a leading UK 9/11 Truth activist; a fellow called Andy, Shayler gave an excellent and very down to Earth and very decent speech which covered himself, his background in MI5 and 9/11 which progressed into a particularly outstanding section about liberty and democracy in the UK which got a large round of applause.
Griffin gave an excellent and detailed speech which covered a great deal of ground from the alleged hijackers, NORAD's response, the destruction of the WTC, the Pentagon and the political backdrop to 9/11.
It was very impressive in it's detail although I personally felt it was not quite as strong as his famous Madison speech which was aired on C-SPAN, or quite as fluid and as simple to follow as some of his many radio appearences.
Unless one is familiar with it, it was easy to get lost on the significances of the problems in the NORAD story, which revolve around several different and contradictory accounts given by the US military. To be fair Griffin seemed quite tired as I believe he recently gave a speech in Amsterdam and was interviewing much of yesterday with the BBC. I believe he and possibly Shayler will appear on the 'Heaven and Earth' show tommorow morning.
Several times though Griffin did get into his most powerful flow, particularly on Blair and on the quite serious issue of 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow, and overall his presentation brought him a long and well deserved standing ovation.
One very serious recent issue which was raised in a question & answer sesssion is that fellow 9/11 scholar Professor Steven E. Jones has apparently been suspended from BYU. Griffin advised UK 9/11 activists to write to BYU to express their concern which I thoroughly agree with. Jones is a long standing professor at BYU of outstanding credentials.
All in all, it was a very interesting positive experience, and UK 9/11 activists should be extremely proud at an excellent and successful event that packed the hall. As well as an extremely brief conversation with an exhausted DRG, I got the chance to chat with David Shayler afterwards, who was drawing quite a crowd around him. I was a little surprised to hear him talk about holograms, and it seems Shayler may be a 'no-planer'.
I personally agree with those like Paul Watson who recently warned that this theory is sending people down the wrong path.
I should stress though Shayler seems as genuinely concerned as everyone is about the state of the world, and his speech on civil liberties was superb, hard hitting and down to Earth, so I honestly don't know why he was discussing this theory.
Also the people I met at the event were all very friendly, decent and well-informed people, and all genuinely concerned about what the hell is happening in this world. Naturally, you can't blame them.
Whatever you feel about 9/11, you come away from the event with no doubt that the world is in real crisis and the direction of the US and UK government is now so monstrously deformed and detatched from all reality, that it is simply putting everything in peril. The strong feeling among attendees was that 9/11 is not going to be swept off the table.
Some brief video clips I took:
Griffin urges new 9/11 Truth action:
Griffin talks about Blair's dossier on Afghanistan:
Some photos below:
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