I think, by now, we’re all accustomed to seeing the Bush administration use the tragedy of 9/11 for political purposes. Now, we learn that ABC is pushing a new “docudrama” of the events leading up the 9/11, which serves as little more than a propaganda film for the GOP. The 6-hour, two-day miniseries plays host to general inaccuracies and distortions — even outright factual lies.
For example, Richard Clarke, a former counterterrorism official for both Bushes and President Bill Clinton, has issued a statement indicating a key scene in the movie was pulled from thin air. The action is set in the Clinton years, but Clarke sets the record straight (via Think Progress):
- Contrary to the movie, no US military or CIA personnel were on the ground in Afghanistan and saw bin Laden.
- Contrary to the movie, the head of the Northern Alliance, Masood, was no where near the alleged bin Laden camp and did not see UBL.
- Contrary to the movie, the CIA Director actually said that he could not recommend a strike on the camp because the information was single sourced and we would have no way to know if bin Laden was in the target area by the time a cruise missile hit it.
And while the “docudrama” lays the blame for 9/11 at the door of Clinton, ABC is refusing to provide an advanced copy of film to Clinton’s office or former officials from his time in office, like Sec. of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Adviser Samuel Berger.