books are an effective medium for disseminating ideas.
Thus, it would be surprising if books were not
also employed to discredit challenges to the official story
through the Trojan horse method.
Since books tend to appeal to a more literate and discerning audience
than videos, it would make sense that books designed to sabotage
truth exposure by muddying the waters
would take a more subtle approach than videos like In Plane Site.
This appears to be the case.
In August of 2005, the book 9/11 Revealed
appeared on the shelves of bookstores in the U.S.
Its authors are
a former columnist for the mainstream publications the
Independent on Sunday and the
and Ian Henshall,
the creator of the website 911dossier.co.uk.
In November of 2005, 9-11 Research
published a detailed critique of the book, having the following conclusions:
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is a kind of print version of the website 911Dossier.co.uk:
a site that does not scream "Disinformation!"
but nonetheless promotes numerous hoaxes and deflects attention
away from evidence that proves official complicity in the attack.
Readers who have not researched the attack will probably overlook
the book's critical omissions,
such as its avoidance of the direct evidence
of controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7.
Also, such readers may be unaware that the very hoaxes promoted by the book
have long been used to marginalize the 9/11 Truth Movement.
While pretending to reveal,
the book subtly reinforces the official story in numerous ways.
It states up front that the official story may be true,
and then pretends to expose problems in it
while surreptitiously undermining those criticisms
with numerous hoaxes, poison pills, straw man arguments,
and strategically avoided evidence.
9/11 Revealed gives the appearance of covering the broad
range of issues raised by independent researchers of the attack.
However, the book appears crafted
to avoid, misrepresent, muddle or discredit all of the evidence
that most decisively implicates insiders in the planning
and execution of the attack.
Borrowing from the 911Research critique,
we summarize the books' treatment of several major issues.
The lack of military response:
provides a muddled account of the air defense failures
and follows it with the disclosure of only one of the
multiple war games
in play on 9/11/01. It uses that exercise to make
the incompetence theory seem plausible.
The strike of the Pentagon's west wing:
discloses that the mostly unoccupied section of the building
was struck, but avoids mentioning the apparent targeting
of the Office of Naval Intelligence,
and eclipses the issue of location with its extended
promotion of the no-jetliner theory.
The explosive destruction of the Twin Towers:
introduces the idea of controlled demolition as an "add-on" theory,
compatible with the view that the attacks were allowed to happen,
and then suggests that the buildings may have been rigged
as a "legitimate" precaution to save lives and property.
The book casts the issue of demolition
as something only experts can understand,
avoiding the visual evidence
and common-sense arguments for controlled demolition,
such as comparisons to conventional demolitions.
It fails to note how thoroughly the Towers' were pulverized and shredded,
and avoids the issue of the
of the Towers' destruction.
The shoot-down of Flight 93:
avoids most of the shoot-down evidence,
mis-states what little it discloses,
and sandwiches it between two hoaxes --
the Cleveland airport mystery
and the suggestion that no plane crashed at the site
in Shanksville, PA.
Thierry Meyssan's Big Lie
In 2002 Thierry Meyssan,
described on voltairenet.org
as "Journalist and writer, president of the Voltaire Network"
published 9/11 The Big Lie.
In it, Meyssan showcases his theory that the Pentagon
was not attacked with a jetliner,
but was damaged by a truck bomb.
The book was translated into at least 25 different languages,
and expertly marketed.
According to USA Books,
it sold a half a million copies.
Meyssan followed 9/11 The Big Lie with
in which he proposed that the Pentagon was hit with a missile.
fallacies of evidence and logic,
a set of leaked frames of Pentagon CCTV video
to support the missile theory,
without even questioning the veracity of the images.
Meyssan's books contain a good deal of analysis about who
had the means and motive to commit the attack,
but their treatment of the attack itself
focuses exclusively on promoting the idea that
the Pentagon crash did not involve a jetliner.
this idea is almost certainly false,
it undermines the books' conclusion that the attack was an inside job.
The effective marketing of Meyssan's books
assured that the no-Boeing theory would be the
first alternative theory of the attack that most people would encounter,
and hence the one that they would associate
with questioning of the official story.
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