Today's Topic - Censorship
It seems that our former President William Jefferson Clinton is a bit uneasy about the upcoming Mini Series called "The Path to 9/11". In fact he wants it banned and not shown on TV at all.
I remember a couple of years ago a movie that was released in theaters that made the Republicans and President Bush look incompetent and somewhat responsible for 9-11 made by Michael Moore. I did not here anyone from the Bush Whitehouse call for it to be banned or not shown. In fact the writer/director/star was heralded by the Democratic party and was an honored guest at the Democratic political convention that year with a prestigious seat right next to Mr. Jimmy Carter.
Freedom of speech is our first right under the constitution. We allow folks to protest our government, burn our flag and go to colleges around the country calling America an evil capitalist pig of a country, many say we deserved 9-11 and worse. We do not censor these folks, we let them speak and then allow the capitalist market place to do it's own kind of natural censorship.
So should we then not allow this filmmaker to show his movie that gives a point of view that calls into question the actions of a certain President and his administration?
What say you America?
Here is a letter from the Clinton legal team to the ABC/Disney producers of "The Path to 9/11".
Despite press reports that ABC/Disney has made changes in the content and marketing of "The Path to 9/11," we remailn concerned about the false impression that airing the show will leave on the public. Labelng the show as "fiction" does not meet your responsibility to the victims of the September 11th attacks, their families, the hard work of the 9/11 Commission, or to the American people as a whole.
At a moment when we should be debating how to make the nation safer by implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, "The Path to 9/11" calls into question the accuracy of the Commission's report and whether fabricated scenes are, in fact, an accurate portrayal of history. Indeed, the millions spent on the production of this fictional drama would have been better spent informing the public about the Commission's actual findings and the many recommendations that have yet to be acted upon. Unlike this film, that would have been a tremendous service to the public.
Although our request for an advance copy of the film has been repeatedly denied, it is all too clear that our objections to "The Path to 9/11" are valid and corroborated by those familiar with the film and intimately involved in its production.
-- Your corporate partner, Scholastic, has disassociated itself from this proect.
-- 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, who served as co-executive producer on "The Path to 9/11," has stated that he raised concerns about the accuracy of several scenes in the film and that his concerns were not addressed during production.
-- Harvey Keitel, who plays the star role of FBI agent John O'Neill, told reporters yesterday that while the screenplay was presented to him as a fair treatment of historical events, he is upset that several scenes were simply invented for dramatic purposes.
-- Numerous Members of Congress, several 9/11 Commissioners and prominent historians have spoken out against this movie.
-- Indeed, according to press reports, the fact that you are still editing the film two days before it is scheduled to air is an admission that it is irreparably flawed.
As a nation, we need to be focused on preventing another attack, not fictionalizing the last one for television ratings. "The Path to 9/11" not only tarnishes the work of the 9/11 Commission, but also cheapens the fith anniversary of what was a very painful moment in history for all Americans. We expect that you will make the responsible decision to not air this film.
Bruce R. Lindsey
Chief Executive Officer
William J. Clinton Foundation
Douglas J. Band
Counselor to President Clinton
Office of William Jefferson Clinton