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Friday, September 08, 2006

The lies they told

What? Just because Walt Disney hated
Jews, doesn't mean Mickey was an
SS officer.

Key scenes draw flak as false or misleading

More than 25,000 people have written to ABC to complain about "The Path to 9/11," penned by Cyrus Nowrasteh, whom Rush Limbaugh calls a friend. On Thursday, Bill Clinton's office called for ABC to "fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely."

James Bamford, an author who writes about national security agencies, told MSNBC an FBI agent hired as an adviser on "Path" quit halfway through production "because he thought they were making things up."

ABC's defense: "The movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, and time compression. No one has seen the final version of the film because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible."

Most of the furor concerns a few key scenes.
Scene: The CIA and Northern Alliance come within killing distance of Osama bin Laden, but former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is portrayed saying they don't have the presidential authority to kill. ABC reportedly has toned down this scene in recent days.
Reaction: None of that happened, according to the film's senior adviser, Thomas Kean, a Republican who chaired the 9/11 Commission. He admits the scene is a "composite," as are some agents in the film.

"It's utterly invented," President Bush's former terrorism czar Richard Clarke said this week.

"No such episode ever occurred -- nor did anything like it," Berger wrote to ABC. "In no instance did President Clinton or I ever fail to support a request from the CIA or U.S. military to authorize an operation against bin Laden or al-Qaida."

Scene: Agents complain Clinton is too caught up in the Republicans' impeachment effort to act against bin Laden.
Reaction: Citing the 9/11 Commission report, the Clinton letter insists that he and Berger told former CIA Director George Tenet to get bin Laden. "Secondly," the letter says, "Roger Cressy, National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism from 1999-2001, has said, on more than one occasion, 'Mr. Clinton approved every request made of him by the CIA and the U.S. military involving using force against bin Laden and al-Qaida.' "

Scene: Clinton's secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, is portrayed as giving Pakistan a heads-up about a U.S. air strike against bin Laden, allowing him to get away. The strike failed, and Republicans complained it was a political ploy.
Reaction: "It is my understanding that the notification to Pakistan was delivered once the missiles were already in the air," Albright says in a letter to ABC. "At no time did I inform the Pakistanis independently that a strike was to take place. The scene as explained to me is false and defamatory."

The 9/11 Commission report claimed the alert came from someone on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Scene: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other Bush officials are shown taking no action at pivotal moments when terrorists may have been stopped.
Reaction: Bush officials have not complained to ABC.

And if you live in the LA area, you can actually protest the Mouse

Come Protest Disney With Us

Posted on Friday, 09/08/06 - 1:58 pm

The Courage Campaign is organizing a protest of Disney over ABC's planned airing of the false and misleading Path To 9/11 crock-u-drama in Burbank today at 4pm.

Details follow:

Protest at the Disney Lot TODAY in Burbank at 4pm

The pressure against Disney and ABC to pull the plug on their fictitious docu-drama, “The Path To 9/11” is mounting. President Clinton, through his attorney, has condemned Disney as "despicable" for "airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country. No reputable organization," he said, "should dramatize 911 for a profit at the expense of the truth."

The families of September 11 victims have weighed in on the controversy, telling "entertainers" not to "promote misleading or incorrect information as fact to the public." As residents of Los Angeles County, we have the ability to take this fight to the gates of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. We will do so TODAY, Friday at 4pm.

Join Courage Campaign and your fellow activists at the Disney Studios in Burbank in front of the West Alameda Gate, between S. Buena Vista and Keystone Streets.

Let’s make it clear to the executives at ABC that the events of September 11th cannot be re-written by right wing conservatives to suit their political agenda.

posted by Steve @ 7:34:00 PM

7:34:00 PM

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