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09-08-2006 02:00 AM  14 years ago
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The path to 911
I recently attended an advance screening of ABC’s outstanding, epic miniseries "The Path to 9/11" (airing this September 10-11), and I came away enormously impressed. Writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh ("Into the West", director David Cunningham ("To End All Wars", and the whole production team have done a magnificent job in presenting the complex events leading up to 9/11 with accuracy, fairness, and artistry.

"The Path to 9/11" starts with the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and covers the international terrorist conspiracy that unfolded over the next eight years and led to 9/11. The miniseries is shocking for taking a pro-American, anti-terrorist approach that is all too lacking in Hollywood’s depictions of the War on Terror ("Syriana," "Fahrenheit 9/11," and "V for Vendetta" anyone?). At a time when the resolve of this country in fighting the War on Terror seems to be flagging, "The Path to 9/11" - much more than Oliver Stone’s "World Trade Center" - will remind the nation why we’re in this war. "The Path to 9/11" provides the context and the history that "World Trade Center" misses. FrontPage Magazine ran an excellent interview recently with writer/producer Cyrus Nowrasteh (who spoke at the 2005 Liberty Film Festival). This quote from Cyrus will make clear why I’m so excited about this miniseries:

"Nowrasteh: This miniseries is not just about the tragedy and events of 9/11, it dramatizes “how we got there” going back 8 years to the first attack on the WTC and dealing with the Al Qaeda strikes against U.S. embassies and forces in the 90s, the political lead-up, the hatching of the terrorist plots, etc. We see the heroes on the ground, like FBI agent John O’Neill and others, who after the Œ93 attack felt sure that the terrorists would strike the WTC again. It also dramatizes the frequent opportunities the Administration had in the 90s to stop Bin Laden in his tracks ‹ but lacked the will to do so. We also reveal the day-by-day lead-up of clues and opportunities in 2001 right up to the day of the 9/11 attacks. This is a terror thriller as well as a history lesson. I think people will be engaged and enlightened.

FP: When you refer to the failed effort to stop Bin Laden in the 1990s, this was obviously the time of Bill Clinton. How much do you think his administration made us vulnerable to 9/11?

Nowrasteh: The 9/11 report details the Clinton’s administration’s response (or lack of response) to Al Qaeda and how this emboldened Bin Laden to keep attacking American interests. The worst example is the response to the October, 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen where 17 American sailors were killed. There simply was no response. Nothing."

Fortunately, Nowrasteh and the producers of this miniseries have gone out on a limb to honestly and fairly depict how Clinton-era inaction, political correctness, and bureaucratic inefficiency allowed the 9/11 conspiracy to metastasize. Let me say here though that "The Path to 9/11" is not a partisan miniseries or a “conservative” miniseries. It simply presents the facts in an honest and straightforward manner (the producers have backed up every detail of the miniseries with copious amounts of research and documentation), and the facts are that for seven years, from 1993 to 2000, the Clinton administration bungled the handling of the world-wide terrorist threat. The miniseries is equally honest in depicting the Bush administration. It shows a few points where administration officials, following in the tradition of the Clinton years, do not follow certain clues about the terrorist plot as zealously as they should have.

Nonetheless, "The Path to 9/11," by honestly depicting the unfolding of events over eight years, makes it clear that most of the conspiracy leading up to 9/11 was hatched during the seven years of the Clinton administration, and that since Bush was in power for only eight months when 9/11 occurred, he can hardly be blamed for the entire disaster.

"The Path to 9/11" does a tremendous job in bringing to life the complex web of international characters and organizations that lay behind the events of that tragic day. ABC has created a miniseries that is truly epic in scope - a richly textured tapestry that weaves together a fascinating array of people, places, organizations and events both here in America and around the world. I was impressed by how vivid every character was, however briefly he or she may have been on the screen - and how quickly, clearly, and economically Nowrasteh and Cunningham depicted complex events. I absolutely loved the on-location work they did, and the great character actors of every nationality that they brought together. Cyrus Nowrasteh's background as an Iranian-American seems in particular to have given him a special insight into both the Middle-Eastern and American aspects of the story. Director David Cunningham, the son of a missionary, also brings an obvious love of foreign cultures and locales to his direction. The result is an engrossing, atmospheric tale of foreign intrigue. It was fascinating to see the crowded urban slums of Pakistan where the CIA captured Ramzi Youssef, the desert fortresses of the Taliban and Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, the Manila nightclubs where the 9/11 hijackers planned their attacks, the Tanzanian locales where the embassies were blown up, the meetings of the terrorists in Spain, and the various locations across America where the conspiracy comes together.

Let me wrap up by saying that what I truly loved about "The Path to 9/11"
was the following: the honesty with which it told the story behind 9/11 with all its political ramifications; the epic scope and sweep of the story; the vivid and interesting characters of all nationalities; the great use of international locations; the terrific use of ethnic source music in tying the segments together and giving the miniseries a musical, propulsive pace (often reminding me of the musical quality of such 1940s Warner Brothers classics as "Casablanca" and "The Sea Hawk"; and the outstanding cinematography and editing (the miniseries has a great documentary-realist style that comes from director David Cunningham’s background as a documentarian). Cyrus Nowrasteh tells me that they had five cameras shooting at all times, which accounts for the great natural moments they caught between the actors, and the swift pace of the storytelling.

Overall, I thought "The Path to 9/11" was infinitely better than Oliver Stone’s "World Trade Center" (granted, Stone decided to tell a narrower story), and if this is properly marketed, ABC should have a huge hit on its hands. The problem is that I don’t see ABC marketing it at all, and I’m concerned that they’re dropping the ball on getting the word out about this show. They’ve reportedly spent more than $40 million producing "The Path to 9/11," and yet I see little advertising or promotion anywhere. Conservatives need to really step in here and spread the word via talk radio and the internet. Every American, and everyone alarmed by Islamic terrorism around the world should see this miniseries. "The Path to 9/11" should get every Emmy award and Golden Globe award out there - if Hollywood is willing to be fair and open-minded.

I’m highly encouraged by the ad that 84 Hollywood filmmakers and celebrities took out on August 17 in the Los Angeles Times denouncing Hamas and Hezbollah, and I’m thrilled by this ABC miniseries. I hope this heralds a new, saner approach on the part of Hollywood toward the world-wide problem of Islamo-fascism -- one that recognizes Islamic terrorism for what it is, and is willing to denounce it so that better things, such as democracy, civil rights, women’s rights, and free speech -- can take its place. These are issues that all conservatives and liberals can get behind, and I’m glad to see that the entertainment industry is finally, at least in these two instances, uniting for the greater good of this country and for the noble cause of democracy around the world.
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09-08-2006 02:21 AM  14 years ago
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The Clinton Clan is trying to have that movie pulled or edited and ABC sounds like they are bending. They have been kicking their blogs and left wing websites into a frenzy and having them call and write to ABC.
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09-08-2006 03:02 AM  14 years ago
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Everyone else should start calling and threatening to boycott their stations and advertisers if they edit it."There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."
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09-08-2006 03:24 AM  14 years ago
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yeah i was listening to radio all day today and they kept trying to find out more info from abc. I think it's bullcrap how the clinton adminstration is still trying to save their image. Oh well, can't wait to see it aired.Justin - Team Horizon, Team Byron
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09-08-2006 03:28 PM  14 years ago
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Thats airing here in England on Sunday 10th and Monday 11th on Sky One.
I'm really looking forward to watching it.

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09-08-2006 03:32 PM  14 years ago
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And I can't wait to miss it!
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09-08-2006 03:46 PM  14 years ago
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LOL, me either Jitsu. If it werent for the Clintonista's getting their knickers in a jumble I wouldnt care. maybe its wrong but I enjoy watching slick willy and madame albright squirm."There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."
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09-08-2006 03:52 PM  14 years ago
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getting their knickers in a jumble
Looks like they have something to hide!
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09-08-2006 04:52 PM  14 years ago
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while I'll admit that clinton's administration did little to prevent 9/11, it is a fact that it happened on bush's watch. Now we are neck deep in the bs that is iraq w/ no end in sight.
Don't you guys know that it is all conspiracy? THe bushes are friends with the bin ladens!!! Doesn't anyone know that? They have all the same financial interests! oil. That's the real evil.
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09-08-2006 04:52 PM  14 years ago
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Everyone else should start calling and threatening to boycott their stations and advertisers if they edit it.
aahhh...boycotting...whats that? still used in the 21st century? I sure would like to know when was the last time such a thing took place and worked.

We live in such a complacency state of mind that nothing will change as long as the "self" status quo does not as well.

Best of luck!

Personally this will go on the "never will watch it" list...along with "the passion".
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09-08-2006 06:54 PM  14 years ago
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THe bushes are friends with the bin ladens
Ah you watched the Michael Moore propaganda Just think about that statement. If they were friends, why would Bush invade? They don't want the US in the Middle East! And what could Bush do, with the little info he had? Attack b4 the strike - Right that will happen! Bush would not have had congress backing! Don't get me wrong, I don't like being in Iraq! I think we should have hammered Sadam and got out! And also we have not been attacked since!
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09-08-2006 07:42 PM  14 years ago
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O.k...let me get this straight:

1. For eight years the Clinton administration did nothing about the terror threat; then eight months into the Bush adminsitration we were attacked on 9/11. So that's Bush's fault ?

2. After the 9/11 attacks the Bush Administration decided to take an aggressive stance against terror; we haven't been attacked since. But there is no reason we should be in Iraq & Afganistan ?

What kinda A$$ Backwards logic is that??

Paul
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09-08-2006 10:38 PM  14 years ago
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don't waste your time on him pcliftonjr, some people will always be lead by the drive by media. for once we have a president that could care less about what the media thinks of him and actually is doing what is right.Justin - Team Horizon, Team Byron
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09-08-2006 11:30 PM  14 years ago
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I don't like clinton, but he does have a legitimate reason to be pissed. According to CNN there is a scene in the uncut version where it says clinton was too busy dealing with scandal to properly deal with ossama.

You may recall He sent a rocket in, but only knocked a few rocks around.... no troups to make sure the job is done. To say that the reason is "because he was too busy dealling with scandal" is speculation, pretty lame speculation at that. At the time people were also speculating that the reason he sent a missle in the first place was to distract folks from the scandal. So take your pick, the scandal was motivating him or the scandal was distracting him... speculation either way, and to speculate in a way that tries to put blame is slanderous and irresponcible. The writer should be bitch slapped for that.
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09-08-2006 11:33 PM  14 years ago
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Just found this. Like it says watch and LISTEN
http://my.break.com/Media/View.aspx...nnelName=movies
No these are not my sandals, Im just keeping them warm. 08/23/60-05/26/06 RIP Bro.
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09-09-2006 12:03 AM  14 years ago
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pretty lame speculation at that.
The guy was caught with his pants around his ankles (literally), lying about it on national TV, and you think it didnt have an effect on his "decision making?" I wouldnt argue one or the other, I would say it was both. He was distracted by his willy and got caught at it so he sends in a few million dollars worth of cruise missiles to distract from it. Whether he did or didnt doesnt change the fact that he was an incompetent hypocrite. And listen to what he is protesting, not whether it happened, but how it happened. Depends on your definition of "is" I guess.
"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."
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09-09-2006 12:18 AM  14 years ago
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If the scandal happened in different country, would it have even ranked as a scandal? Mostly all the hassle was created by the rebublicans who manufactured a fellony out of a BJ, so the by- partisan blame game kinda splaters back. Which is worse? infidelity or manufacturing a fellony at a cost of 50 million or so? if clinton was distracted by all that, then its the republicans fault as much as clinton's fault so the by partisan finger pointing is nothing more than a mud fight that does nothing more than get all involved dirty, and waste everyones time and money on frivolous crap.

Annother way to speculate at this is the republicans were too busy manufacturing a fellony, to bother fighting for getting troups sent in, instead of just a missile. All of this is a two way street.

was a two way street then, is a two way street now.
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09-09-2006 12:31 AM  14 years ago
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too busy manufacturing a fellony to fight
Hello, we were attacked! Also it was the same drum beating Clinton, Kerry, UN and the rest of both partys had the same intel! Remember they all voted to go to war and it was the intel that Clinton had years before, only difference soon as an election comes around the Dems run for the hill's and say they were missled
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09-09-2006 12:33 AM  14 years ago
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No these are not my sandals, Im just keeping them warm. 08/23/60-05/26/06 RIP Bro.
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09-09-2006 12:35 AM  14 years ago
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LMAO
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