Friday, January 26, 2007

Path to 9/11 Hannity Reviews Deletions from Film

Hannity's America program (Sunday, 9 PM, Fox network) to feature footage of ABC deleted scenes from Path to 9/11.

What has precipitated this revisit of the Path to 9/11 is likely Sandy Berger... John Gibson mentioned the upcoming Hannity programming this evening, and queried Lanny Davis on the scenes which were deleted after complaints were made at the time.

Friday, January 26:
• The REAL Path to 9/11: We've got a special preview for you tonight of Sean's investigation...

Sitting in for Hannity is Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris to co-host on Hannity & Colmes
Movie, television star to fill in for conservative half of team

Hannity and Colmes discussing the deleted scenes with Bill Sammon and Marc Ginsberg...

Sammon says everybody has admitted this is a dramatization, but why doesn't Sandy Berger come out and say what happened...

Ginsberg, says it's a distortion, through the lens of a writer who put things in and it is fiction...

Norris: did Tenet confirm that he was told by Sandy Berger to back off... Ginsberg studied the 9/11 Commission report... no doubt there were efforts to target Bin Laden, no evidence that Berger nixed, vetoed, or stopped any capture of bin Laden...

Sammon: you can't believe Sandy Berger, ... he publicly lied about taking items from National Archives... hard to take them at their words...

Norris: did anybody confirm what Tenet said...

Ginsberg: Tenet confirmed there was no evidence to that effect... no one suggests they were not doing the right thing here...

The pair discuss Carter's book with guest...

"There is nothing in the 9/11 Commission Report (the purported basis of your film) to support this portrayal and the fabrication of this scene (of such apparent magnitude) cannot be justified under any reasonable definition of dramatic license. In no instance did President Clinton or I ever fail to support a request from the CIA or US military to authorize an operation against bin Laden or al Qaeda."

Sandy Berger in letter to Robert Iger of Disney in re "The Path to 9/11"
September 5, 2006...

But Sandy, that's not what the National Commission Report says:

Get a preview of what Hannity may air

Trailer You Tube Path to 9/11 - Trailer contradicts ABC's Statement

path to 911 abc deleted scenes

Wonder whether Peter Lance will be a guest.

Sunday, Jan. 28
Join Sean for a 'Hannity's America' special report weekend as we look at the REAL path to 9/11 and the controversy surrounding the cancelled ABC miniseries including scenes never before seen on TV that were edited out of the film

Lance pulled his support from another film Inside 9/11, a National Geographic Channel special...

Former ABC News reporter Peter Lance says a U.S. National Geographic Channel documentary on al-Qaida based on his book is a distortion.
The winner of five Emmy awards said the cable channel's "Triple Cross: Bin Laden's Spy in America," scheduled to air Aug. 28, "skews the documentary so much in favor of the feds that it actually distorts the factual story."
Lance's book, "Triple Cross," which will be released in September, accuses law enforcement officials of negligence in tracking down Ali Mohamed, an alleged al-Qaida agent in the United States for years before Sept. 11, Daily Variety reported.
The book says Mohamed was hired by the CIA and worked for the FBI, all the while providing information to terrorists...

Videotape Feb. 15, 2002 Long Island Association You Tube with transcript

Bill Clinton on Osama Bin Laden

WSJ's Fund claimed Berger and Albright "persuaded ABC to alter scenes involving them" -- but central falsehoods remain

Under pressure from the left, ABC alters 9/11 miniseries

Clinton officials rip ABC’s ‘The Path to 9/11’
Network calls miniseries ‘a dramatization ... not a documentary
By Howard Kurtz

'Path to 9/11' familiar yet enlightening
“The Path to 9/11” is no suspense story.

Before the opening credits roll, we know how it will end.

We can only watch with a growing, appalling sense of dread. We know how this chain of events is going to turn out. We know that no matter how many right decisions are made, the wrong ones will win out, and the nation will lose.

So we are spectators at a tragedy we've seen before, looking on helplessly as the disaster inexorably unfolds...

... Shot in the grainy, jumpy style of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, “The Path to 9/11” runs for six hours, and will air without commercials.

It has come under attack, however, from former members of the Clinton administration who have challenged its accuracy. Former antiterrorism chief Richard Clarke told The New York Times that a scene where CIA agents are stopped by Washington officials from grabbing Osama bin Laden is “utterly invented.” 9/11 Commission member Richard Ben-Veniste told the Times that while former President Bill Clinton is depicted as stopping a CIA attempt to kill bin Laden, he in fact did give the go-ahead.

“The content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate, and ABC has a duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely,” Clinton Foundation head Bruce Lindsey and Clinton adviser Douglas Band wrote in a letter to the network.

ABC has responded with a statement that no one has seen the final copy. The network said the miniseries is “a dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources.” Marc Platt, the film's executive producer, said the film “portrayed the essence of the truth of these events.”

The narrative is based on “The 9/11 Commission Report,” published by the bipartisan committee appointed to find answers to some hard questions. (Sources also include two books: “1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI – the Untold Story,” by Peter Lance, and “Relentless Pursuit,” by Samuel M. Katz.)...

ABC's Twisted 'Path to 9/11'

By Tom Shales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 9, 2006; Page C01

Clinton blasts 9/11 film, amid report of changes
POSTED: 7:55 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2006

...The Times, citing Thomas H. Kean, the Republican who chaired the bipartisan 9/11 commission that investigated what led up to the attacks and who has been a consultant to the film, reported that a scene portraying former national security adviser Samuel R. Berger hanging up on a CIA officer at a critical moment is being altered. Two others under review, according to Kean, portray former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright apparently obstructing efforts to capture Osama bin Laden and Clinton being too distracted by impeachment and his marital problems to focus on bin Laden. (Watch Berger explain why the docudrama is "misleading to the core" -- 6:31)...

ABC's 'Path to 9/11': Bill Clinton's Inconvenient Truth
James Hirsen,
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006

"The Path to 9/11," a six-hour miniseries scheduled to air September 10 and 11 on ABC, has certain former members of the Clinton administration in a panic.

The docudrama is thoroughly sourced and exposes information that former members of the Clinton administration had previously tried to suppress: that there was a failure on the part of the administration to respond to terrorism, inaction that ended up being partly to blame for the tragic events that took place on 9/11.

"Path" is based on the 9/11 Commission Final Report and the 2003 book "The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It." New Jersey Governor and Commission Co-chairman Thomas H. Kean served as a consultant for the miniseries.
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