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While the wingnuts hype ABC's "Path to 9/11" which blames the attacks on Monica Lewinski, there is another movie coming out this week we should be talking about, instead.  It's called "9/11: Press for Truth" and the producers sent me a copy to review as a blogger at DailyKos.  It starts as the story of 9/11 widows and their failed efforts to find anyone willing to get to the bottom of the failures that led to 9/11.  The PDB was easy to report, just run the memo, but the PDB was the tip of an iceberg.

Half way into the film, they lay out a stunning series of events that led up to the 9/11 attacks.  First, they show an NBC news clip of an Al Qaeda defector who turned himself in a year before 9/11 and confessed he was part of a hijacking plot in US.  Next, they show a clip from CBS, describing warnings the British gave Bush about multiple hijackings in the US.  Then, they quote a July 2001 BBC news story describing fears that Bin Laden was planning to attack the G8 summit in Genoa, using air planes as weapons.  The MSM still hasn't connected the dots.

Watch the trailer for "9/11: Press for Truth".

Check if the movie is playing in your hometown this week, or pre-order the DVD online if you can not see it in person.

Some of the most powerful lines in the movie are from women who lost their husbands on 9/11.  Those who became known as "The Jersey Girls" are featured prominently in the film.  Here are some of their quotes:


Lorie Van Auken, "On 9/11, the media started out by doing it's job and somehow got waylayed and stopped doing its job.  It began reporting soley on the administration and the governments activities."

Monica Gabrielle, "The one thing that I personally was hoping for was another Woodward and Bernstein with regard to 9/11.  Someone, anyone that was willing to put their teeth into this."

Kristen Breitweiser, "If the public was better informed in the summer of 2001, lives would have been saved, maybe the attacks wouldn't have been prevented, but lives would have been saved.  My husband was in Tower Two.  If he knew that it was a terrorist attack, he wouldn't have stayed in the building."

Mindy Kleinberg, "The 9/11 terrorists were not just lucky once, they were lucky over and over again.  When you have this repeated pattern of broken protocols, broken laws, broken communication, one can not still call it luck.  If at some point we don't look to hold the individuals accountable for not doing their jobs properly, then how can we ever expect a terrorist to not get lucky again?"


Two more lines from the movie also stuck in my mind:

Veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, "The whole mystique of intelligence is that you acquire this very valueable information covertly, but the truth be told about eighty percent - eight zero - of any of the information that one needs is available in open source materials."

Paul Thompson, "As I began researching I noticed this curious phenomenon, which is that there is a lot of information that comes out in the main stream press, but it comes out buried.  As a casual observer of the news, I'd never noticed any of this stuff."

Let's hope America notices this movie, and starts to ask the hard questions about what truly led on 9/11, and who it is that we are really at war with in this conflict we have all come to know as the "War on Terror".

Originally posted to topdog08 on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 03:40 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  We should get ABC to run this documentary (6+ / 0-)

    as counter-point to their scandolous propoganda play.  It would have to be run during prime time on any of the highest viewership evenings.

  •  This has to get out to the public (3+ / 0-)
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    rapala, david78209, va dare

    in time to influence the elections. That's the problem with the ABC docudrama.

    •  Use of public airwaves (2+ / 0-)
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      grndrush, Danjuma

      The 'broadcast spectrum' belongs to the public.  Local TV stations have licenses to use part of it -- their assigned frequencies -- "in the public interest."  

      It is clearly against the public interest to confuse people about an important factual point.  ABC's docu-drama, "The Path to 9/11" will apparently lead viewers to think it is documentary fact that the CIA once had Osama bin Laden's house surrounded but president Bill Clinton balked at giving an order to attack.  In fact, that part of the show is actually 'dramatic license,' or fiction.

      Broadcasting misinformation about who missed a clear chance to prevent 9/11 is at least as bad an abuse of the public interest as broadcasting a glimpse of Janet Jackson's exposed breast.

      We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.

      by david78209 on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 07:08:42 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, well (2+ / 0-)
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        grndrush, david78209

        even the "fairness doctrine" is ancient history by now. :-(

        •  Still... (1+ / 0-)
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          Danjuma

          For one thing, this is a great argument for reviving it.

          But even without it, the principle on which it was based remains -- the public owns the airwaves and they are to be used in the public interest.  The TV stations don't have to count minutes and give 'equal time' but they still shouldn't be doing things that are clearly detrimental to the public interest.  Spreading disinformation that will inflame the poltitcal debate is most certainly against the public interest.

          We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on the dryer.

          by david78209 on Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 07:19:57 PM PDT

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