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Editor's Note: The Reader is publishing here Part One of G. Edward Griffin's The Future is Calling Essays. The entire set of essays can be downloaded as PDF's at the links below:
Part One: The Chasm
Part Two: Secret Organizations and Hidden Agendas
Part Three: Days of Infamy
Part Four: The War on Terrorism
The Future Is Calling (Part One)
© 2003 – 2009 by G. Edward Griffin
Revised 2009 April 26
"The purpose of this presentation is to prove that, what is unfolding today is, not a war on
terrorism to defend freedom, but a war on freedom that requires the defense of terrorism."
G. Edward Griffin is a writer and documentary film producer with many successful
titles to his credit. Listed in Who’s Who in America, he is well known because of his talent
for researching difficult topics and presenting them in clear terms that all can understand.
He has dealt with such diverse subjects as archaeology and ancient Earth history, the
Federal Reserve System and international banking, terrorism, internal subversion, the
history of taxation, U.S. foreign policy, the science and politics of cancer therapy, the
Supreme Court, and the United Nations. His better-known works include The Creature from
Jekyll Island, World without Cancer, The Discovery of Noah’s Ark, Moles in High Places,
The Open Gates of Troy, No Place to Hide, The Capitalist Conspiracy, More Deadly than
War, The Grand Design, The Great Prison Break, and The Fearful Master.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he majored in speech
and communications. In preparation for writing his book on the Federal Reserve System, he
enrolled in the College for Financial Planning located in Denver, Colorado. His goal was not
to become a professional financial planner but to better understand the real world of
investments and money markets. He obtained his CFP designation (Certified Financial
Planner) in 1989.
Mr. Griffin is a recipient of the coveted Telly Award for excellence in television
production, the creator of the Reality Zone Audio Archives, and is President of American
Media, a publishing and video production company in Southern California. He has served
on the board of directors of The National Health Federation and The International
Association of Cancer Victors and Friends and is Founder and President of The Cancer Cure
Foundation. He is the founder and president of Freedom Force International.
Thank you, Richard, and thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen. What a terrific
introduction that was; but, in all honesty, I must tell you that it greatly exaggerates the
importance of my work. I should know. I wrote it.
The dangerous thing about platform introductions is that they tend to create
unrealistic expectations. You have just been led to anticipate that, somehow, I am going to
make a complex subject easy to understand. Well, that’s quite a billing. I hope I can live up
to that expectation today; but it remains to be seen if I can really do that with this topic: The
War on Terrorism. How can anyone make that easy to understand? There are so many issues
and so much confusion. I feel like the proverbial mosquito in a nudist camp. I know what I
have to do. I just don’t know where to begin.
There is a well-known rule in public speaking that applies to complex topics. It is:
First, tell them what you’re going to tell them. Then tell them. And, finally, tell them what
you told them. I’m going to follow that rule today, and I will begin by making a statement
that I have carefully crafted to be as shocking as possible. That’s primarily because I want
you to remember it. When I tell you what I’m going to tell you, I know that, for many of
you, it will sound absurd, and you’ll think I have gone completely out of my mind. Then, for
the main body of my presentation, I will tell you what I told you by presenting facts to prove
that everything I said is true. And, finally, at the end, I will tell you what I told you by
repeating my opening statement; and, by then hopefully, it will no longer seem absurd.
What I am going to tell you is this: Although it is commonly believed that the War on
Terrorism is a noble effort to defend freedom, in reality, it has little to do with terrorism and
even less to do with the defense of freedom. There are other agendas at work; agendas that
are far less praiseworthy; agendas that, in fact, are just the opposite of what we are told. The
purpose of this presentation is to prove that, what is unfolding today is, not a war on
terrorism to defend freedom, but a war on freedom that requires the defense of terrorism.
That is what I’m going to tell you today, and you are probably wondering how
anyone in his right mind could think he could prove such a statement as that. So let’s get
right to it; and the first thing we must do is confront the word proof. What is proof? There is
no such thing as absolute proof. There is only evidence. Proof may be defined as sufficient
evidence to convince the observer that a particular hypothesis is true. The same evidence
that is convincing to one person may not convince another. In that event, the case is proved
to the first person but not to the second one who still needs more evidence. So, when we
speak of proof, we are really talking about evidence.
It’s my intent to tell you what I told you by developing the case slowly and
methodically; to show motive and opportunity; to introduce eyewitnesses and the testimony
of experts. In other words, I will provide evidence – upon evidence – upon evidence until
the mountain is so high that even the most reluctant skeptic must conclude that the case has
Where do we find this evidence? The first place to look is in history. The past is the
key to the present, and we can never fully understand where we are today unless we know
what path we traveled to get here. It was Will Durant who said: “Those who know nothing
about history are doomed forever to repeat it.”
Are we doomed to repeat history in the war on terrorism? If we continue to follow
the circular path we are now taking, I believe that we are. But to find out if that is true, we
need to go back in time. So, I invite you to join me, now, in my time machine. We are going
to splash around in history for a while and look at some great events and huge mistakes to
see if there are parallels, any lessons to be learned for today. I must warn you: it will seem
that we are lost in time. We are going to go here and there, and then jump back further, and
then forward in time, and we will be examining issues that may make you wonder “What on
Earth has this to do with today?” But I can assure you, when we reach the end of our
journey, you will see that everything we cover has a direct relevance to today and, in
particular, to the war on terrorism.