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The Path To 9/11

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of 9/11. I watched both installments of the ABC miniseries "The Path To 9/11". It finished last night.

It was unusually well done. Kudos especially to Harvey Keitel for his portrayal of FBI John O'Neill. It ranked with Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove in the annals of television performances. Stephen Root was also good as Richard Clarke. If I hadn't looked at the credits, I would never have known he was the same guy who played Milton in Office Space.

This movie did something difficult...it took an event we all feel very familiar with and showed it to us in a new light. In a way, it could be said that this movie was to 9/11 what Schindler's List was to the Holocaust. There had been a brazillion treatments of the Holocaust when Schindler's List came out, and while it retained it's horror, it was nearly impossible to take a fresh approach. But SL accomplished this by letting us see the Holocaust through they eyes of an individual, Oskar Schindler, who was there watching it unfold and having to make decisions about what to do about it. "The Path To 9/11" did something similar with the John O'Neill. He was a witness to America's repeated failures to do something about terrorism and the viewer actually got to experience his frustration.

I was disturbed by the pressure former Clinton administration officials and Clinton supporters put on ABC to alter or cancel the movie. It is my understanding that parts of it were cut. I understand that the First Amendment allows criticism of speech as much as it allows speech. If the pressure had stopped with just criticism and complaints I would have been ok (well at least tolerant) with it. But I believe a line was crossed when a group of democratic senators sent a letter to ABC suggesting that the program was in violation of the law. This sort of intimidation of the media is typical of Clintonistas,
and it's why I'm no longer a registered Democrat.