e felt no
shiver of doubt in those first terrible hours.
He watched the attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon and assumed al-Qaeda had wreaked
terrible vengeance. He listened to anchors and military
experts and assumed the facts of Sept. 11, 2001, were as
stated on the screen.
It was a year before David Ray Griffin,
an eminent liberal theologian and philosopher, began his
stroll down the path of disbelief. He wondered why Bush
listened to a child's story while the nation was attacked
and how Osama bin Laden, America's Public Enemy No. 1,
escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora.
He wondered why 110-story towers crashed
and military jets failed to intercept even one airliner. He
read the 9/11 Commission report with a swell of anger.
Contradictions were ignored and no military or civilian
official was reprimanded, much less cashiered.
"To me, the report read as a cartoon."
White-haired and courtly, Griffin sits on a couch in a hotel
lobby in Manhattan, unspooling words in that reasonable
Presbyterian minister's voice. "It's a much greater stretch
to accept the official conspiracy story than to consider the
"There was massive complicity in this
attack by U.S. government operatives."