9/11 Pentagon Debate: Craig Ranke (CIT)
vs Anthony Summers
Posted on October 31, 2011, 11:01 by
Last month, Pacifica Radio hosted a series of debates about 9/11,
which were then broadcast nationwide on their radio network and
affiliates as part of their 9/11 tenth anniversary special. In
the debate about "the lingering questions surrounding the attack" at
the Pentagon, I had a chance to go head to head with Anthony
Summers, co-author of the book The Eleventh Day: The Full Story
of 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden. He argued in favor of the official
narrative, while I (of course) argued against it.
Besides touting it as "the first panoramic, authoritative account of
9/11", Summers' and his wife (co-author) claim in the sleeve of
their book that they "thoroughly consider the contentions of the
'9/11 truth' movement". On page 116, they say that they "have seen
not jot of evidence that anything like a false flag scenario was
used on 9/11." They go on to say that "after more than four years'
research" they have not "encountered a shred of real information
indicating that the Bush administration was complicit in 9/11."
In the debate, I demonstrate that Anthony Summers has either not
"thoroughly considered" the evidence we (CIT) present, or is
deliberately covering it up. I also get him to concede that he
has not interviewed a single witness to the Pentagon plane for this
allegedly "panoramic, authoritative" book.
We feel that this is a particularly important debate considering
that Summers has been featured rather prominently by the corporate
media this year as some sort of 9/11 expert and supposed debunker of
"conspiracy theorists". This included an interview with
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
member Charlie Rose of PBS in July, who introduced him as "an old
friend". In that interview, Summers stated that: "What we did in the
end was, I hope, successfully to dispatch, for sane Americans, most
of the conspiracy theorists' ideas".
The debate was "moderated" by Pacifica's Terry Kester, although it
was clear that he was not neutral on this subject, and he even
jumped in several times to attempt to assist Summers.