Sunday, February 13, 2011
David Ray Griffin labeled 'disinfo' by keyboard warrior
It sounds like an Onion headline: "David Ray Griffin labeled 'disinfo' by keyboard warrior."
This has got to be a joke, right? Somebody out to make fun of the excesses and occasional idiocies of the 9/11 truth movement must have penned a very clever parody?
An unknown and unaccomplished blogger named Erik Larson (NOT Professor Eric Larsen who was the best writer in the 9/11 truth movement before he retired from politics and returned to literature) has put David Ray Griffin, whose eight 9/11 books have set the standard for 9/11 research, in the "Mis & Disinfo" category at his website. Mr. Larson, if that is indeed his real name, apparently believes that Dr. Griffin's extensive research on alleged 9/11 cell phone calls from allegedly hijacked airliners is "Mis & Disinfo." Larsen's article, heavily plagiarized from Griffin-cell-phone-theory critic Andrew Kornkven, is a classic example of the "if it's possible, no matter how improbable, then it must be so (if it confirms the official story)" fallacy so prevalent among "debunkers."
I am not the Onion; I am not interested in an amusing "local nobody pretends to be somebody" story. So why should I care that some nobody out there in cyberland is claiming to be a truther yet defaming Dr. Griffin?
The problem is that Larson and a bunch of his fellow nobodies, nonentities, mediocrities, and pseudonyms have seized control of 911blogger -- a bait n' switch operation that established itself early as the go-to 9/11 news-and-views site, then underwent a series of putsches and bannings that have gradually aligned it with the forces of dimness. The clique behind the coup at 911blogger seems dedicated to three projects: (1) Use pseudonyms, nonentities and mediocrities to defame real, accomplished people in the 9/11 truth movement; (2) Do everything possible, from a supposedly "truther" perspective, to support the discredited hypothesis that America really was attacked by Arab/Muslim hijackers on 9/11; and (3) Keep a lid on the extensive evidence implicating the Israeli Mossad and Zionism in 9/11, while building a firewall between the 9/11 truth movement and the burgeoning pro-Palestine movement (which counts among its enthusiasts most of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims - the very constituency an honest 9/11 truth movement could enlist for truly massive support, both financial and numerical).
Let's compare Erik Larson's colleagues at his website, "911reports.com," with the people they love to smear and attack.
In one corner, Team Larson, a.k.a. the Nattering Nobodies of Negativism: "Arabesque," "Col. Jenny Sparks," "George Washington," Jon Gold, and "Reprehensor." "George Washington" is a real person with a law degree who happens to be a talented researcher and writer - a nice guy who shouldn't be hanging out in a place like this. The rest are certified nonentities: keyboard warriors or worse without a shred of talent or integrity and without significant real-world accomplishments to their mostly imaginary names. "Reprehensor," whom I met at the Vancouver conference where I was MC, was the second most nervous, ill-at-ease person I have ever seen at a 9/11 conference (the first was Jim Hoffman at the DC 9/11 Truth Emergency conference in 2005). "Reprehensor" has supposedly claimed to be from Wisconsin, though none of us who have been busting our butts for 9/11 truth here since 2003 have ever heard of him. Like the other NNNs, he has apparently never actually published anything; earned an advanced degree; engaged in real-world scholarship; written a book; organized a conference or event; or made public any kind of CV or real-world biography.
In the other corner, targeted by the NNNs:
David Ray Griffin, one of the world's leading generalist scholars, author of 30 books including eight on 9/11, acknowledged as the world's leading scholar of 9/11 by near-universal consensus.
Barrie Zwicker, Canadian media critic, author of Towers of Deception, maker of The Great Conspiracy, widely regarded as the premiere early 9/11 truth leader and still ranked by some beside Dr. Griffin at the top of the field.
Rowland Morgan and Ian Henshall, authors of several of the best 9/11 truth books (and, alongside Jim Marrs' The Terror Conspiracy the only ones picked up by a major publisher).
Webster Tarpley, author of the definitive unauthorized biographies of George H.W. Bush and Obama among other important books, including 9/11: Synthetic Terror.
Yours truly (9/11 cv here, more info here and here).
Pilots for 9/11 Truth, the second-most-important professional 9/11 truth organization after Architects and Engineers.
The Rock Creek Free Press, the world's leading truth newspaper, published in Larson's hometown of Washington, D.C.
Citizens Investigation Team, the moniker of Craig Ranke and Aldo Marquis, two of our most accomplished Pentagon researchers.
James Fetzer, founder, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, highly accomplished scholar, author/editor of dozens of books and articles.
Those are just the victims of explicit attacks from our crew of nay-saying nobodies. On top of that...
By rabidly affirming that real cell phone calls (or in the fallback story version cell and seatback phone calls) were made during real hijackings on 9/11, they implicitly attack the extensive research A.K. Dewdney of Scientific Panel Investigating 9/11, perhaps the most-credentialed scientist ever to have made 9/11 truth his mission. (In his anti-Griffin piece, Larson dismisses Dewdney's research because it was done in Canada! No, I'm not kidding - but I wish I were.)
By ferociously defending the official claim that Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, they go after Enver Masud, a highly respected and accomplished engineer who is both a Pentagon witness and a leading Pentagon researcher (and, like Dewdney and me, a key Muslim for 9/11 Truth); Barbara Honegger, another critically-important Pentagon researcher; and a long list of other first-rate researchers, including the notable European journalist Thierry Meyssan, who first broke the Pentagon story.
By doing everything they can to defend the "Muslim hijackers" narrative, the Nattering Nobodies go after Paul Zarembka's The Hidden History of 9/11, which highlights evidence against hijackings including the credible reports that up to 10 alleged hijackers turned up alive after 9/11; and the tremendous work of Elias Davidsson, who has completely demolished the myth of Muslim hijackers.
By doing everything they can to smear and silence the people pointing to Israeli and Zionist complicity in 9/11 - which those of us who actually know something about Mideast affairs realize is by far the most logical hypothesis based on history and geopolitical motive - the Nobodies are trying to snuff out the most exciting and fastest-growing wing of the movement, featuring such luminaries as Alan Hart, Alan Sabrosky, Michael Andregg, and the whole crew at Veterans Today (including editor Gordon Duff and world citizen Ken O'Keefe)...not to mention a series of important books ranging from Justin Raimondo's The Terror Enigma to Christopher Bollyn's Solving 9/11.
Add it all up, and it seems the Nattering Nobodies have done their best to tarnish the image of virtually all of the best books on 9/11! Of the two dozen or so top-shelf books on the subject, the only ones to escape their mudslinging are the seminal but now-outdated The War on Truth by Nafeez Ahmed, and Peter Dale Scott's The Road to 9/11 - which is not really about 9/11 itself, and does not challenge the "Muslim hijackers" myth. (None of the Nattering Nobodies, of course, is capable of writing a publishable book...while their hero, Jim Hoffman, needed the help of Don Paul to put out one notably mediocre volume.)
While smearing virtually the entire literature of alternative 9/11 scholarship, the NNNs have also worked overtime to try to stop the most rhetorically successful 9/11 truth films from reaching a broad audience. Those films, in order of importance, are: Loose Change (especially the fast-moving earlier versions); 9/11 Mysteries; 9/11 In Plane Site; and 9/11 Ripple Effect. All were bad-mouthed by NNNs during their critical growth phases.
The NNNs, in short, are parasites that attach themselves to the high-energy parts of the truth movement in an apparent attempt to kill off that energy. Their specialty is deceptive destructive criticism: ad-hominem smear-jobs disguised as critique.
So there you have them: the Nattering Nobodies of Negativism, those passive-aggressive little dweebs huddling in their parents' basements cranking out attacks on real authors, scholars, researchers and journalists.