Sunday, September 10, 2006

The 9/11 path farrago 

A question –does the BBC employ fact checkers when it buys in foreign made documentaries? The drama-doc due out tonight (Sunday 10th Sept) ‘Paths to 9/11’ advertises itself as a sober look at history as documented in the official findings of the 9/11 Commission. But key scenes in that docudrama, highlighted in trailers, are complete fictions, directly contradicting Commission findings. This is most evident in the scenes involving former President Clinton.

Is it a coincidence that the programme was apparently made by virulent anti-Clinton activists in the USA? Has the BBC been bamboozled by US Republican dirty tricks operatives?

The 9/11 Commission made it clear that Clinton while in office gave the go-ahead to pursue and kill bin-Laden and destroy his network. Some may remember the controversies over bungled attempts at this such as the destruction of a pharmaceuticals factory in Sudan and a cruise missile strike on an empty house in Afghanistan. There is an awful lot of real hard fact to distangle and Clinton does have some questions to answer. But the programme is simply libellous to suggest that bin-Laden was allowed to escape when he was directly in the crosshairs of an US hit squad or that 9/11 happened because Clinton was distrated by stains on a blue dress..

Lets hope that this farrago due to go out tonight does not confuse people and distract from clear thinking about the Mess in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Just another thought – the BBC has I know been warned that this programme is grossly defamatory and broadcasting it here will bring it under the umbrella of UK libel law. Ouch. I do NOT like the way our laws operate and can be used by foreigners …

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