ialterman at nyc.rr.com
Sat Jan 28 15:48:21 PST 2006
I have sent the following letter to The NY Times.
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To: letters at nytimes.com
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 6:47 PM
Joseph Ellis says, "My goal is...to invite a serious debate about whether Sept. 11 deserves the historical significance it has achieved" (Op-Ed, Jan. 28).
However, this presupposes the absolute truth of the Bush Administration's official story of the events of 9/11. But what if that story is not entirely true?
In his book "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," Professor David Ray Griffin notes numerous problems with the Report, including, among other things, the omission of critical testimony and evidence, and serious conflicts of interest among the Commissioners. And given the Bush Administration's penchant for spin, dissembling, stonewalling and outright lies about so many things - WMD, a link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, torture of prisoners, and eavesdropping on American citizens, to name just a few - the "official story" of 9/11 becomes increasingly suspect. Indeed, the mounting evidence for alternative theories has created a fast-growing global movement that simply does not accept the idea that nineteen Arab men were able to confound the entire military and airline apparatuses of the U.S., hijack four transcontinental airliners with box cutters, and crash them into buildings and fields.
Mr. Ellis says, "A myriad of contested questions are...at issue here - foreign policy questions...constitutional questions...political questions." Before we seek a place for 9/11 in American history, I would say the most important question is: what truly happened on that fateful day?
Rev. Ian Alterman
New York City
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