This letter is in reply to the article by Robert Baer
published in The Nation,
which attacks David Ray Griffin's book
The New Pearl Harbor.
response to Baer's piece
was published by The Nation.
Robert Baer, Disinformation, and The Nation
From Jamey Hecht
Assistant Managing Editor
From the Wilderness (www.fromthewilderness.com)
The September 27, 2004 issue of The Nation has a review of David Ray
Griffin's The New Pearl Harbor... written by Robert Baer, celebrated
CIA agent (whose career involvement with the agency is acknowledged
on the review's lead page). Griffin's book has a foreword by Richard
Falk, who sits on The Nation's advisory board. But that hasn't
inhibited the editors from frying the book in lard.
Baer's review is a heavy load of condescension, flustered contempt,
false dichotomies, and a few undisputed facts, borne along by that
old workhorse: the claim that elites can't possibly conspire in
something horrible (like the murder of an American President in 1963,
or three thousand people in NYC in 2001) and then execute it, because
(1) too many people would need to know in advance, and (2) once done,
it wouldn't remain a secret.
Well, FBI field agents like Robert Wright and Colleen Rowley who
desperately tried to prevent 9/11 were stopped by one man, Special
Supervisory Agent David Frasca --- not by the entire FBI. All that's
required are a few well-placed, key people. As for keeping it a
secret, of course the big crimes can't be kept secret. That's where
The Nation comes in.
The best way to cope with the emergence of uncomfortable truths is
to declare that they can't possibly be true, since if they were, they
would have emerged by now -- ahem. Let's go to a commercial.
The facts have come out. Read Michael C. Ruppert's new book,
Crossing The Rubicon (New Society Publishers) and Paul Thompson's The
Terror Timeline (Harper Collins). Both are built entirely from
mainstream news sources and direct testimony. Then ask yourself
whether Dick Cheney and elements in the Pentagon would have foregone
trillions of dollars and decades of oil out of concern that the facts
might come out. They're out! But if they're not in The Nation,
they're not facts.
The usually-recommended response to a review like Baer's is a Letter
to the Editor. Since The Nation prints this sort of CIA-driven
disinfo quite often, there are ample opportunities to find out what
happens to such Letters to the Editor at that particular publication.
They go into a pretty trashcan with a peace sign on it.
Fortunately, it is still possible to find analysis that transcends
the marshmallow-bellyache of this Babyboomer Flagship Publication ---
in the peace-trashcan and in some other places:
Here, Mark Robinowitz has assembled an excellent set of resources
about left-gatekeeper phenomena --- the politics, the psychology, the
practice, the personnel:
And here, Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed offers a major treatment of
left-gatekeeping targeted at Z-Net in particular (especially David
Corn and Michael Albert): "9/11 'Conspiracies' and the
Defactualisation of Analysis: How Ideologues on the Left and Right
Theorise Vacuously to Support Baseless Supposition --- A Reply To
Z-Net's 'Conspiracy Theory' Section"
Here, I take a shot at The Nation for its embrace of a disingenuous
book by Mark Riebling that alleges a tragic "wedge" (Jamie Gorelick,
who learned so much from this book, called it a "wall") between the
CIA and FBI: "Failure and Crime Are Not The Same" 9-11's Limited
And here's another: "Bad Faith Again: An Open Letter To The Nation
Jamey Hecht, PhD
Author, Plato's Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament