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"Clinton aide says 9/11 film 'correct'

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First this article and now another.  Dates, times, witnesses who were present to win.  Wow no wonder so much damage control.

"Dick Morris: Clinton Attack 'Outrageous'    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/9/7/203153.shtml
 

 
"Clinton aide says
9/11 film 'correct'

Producer consulted with military attaché
who saw aborted attacks on bin Laden


Posted: September 8, 2006
3:33 p.m. Eastern

By Art Moore
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com


Buzz Patterson with President Clinton
A former military aide to President Clinton who claims he witnessed several missed opportunities to capture or kill Osama bin Laden says the producer of the ABC mini-series "The Path to 9/11" came to him in frustration after network executives under a heavy barrage of criticism from former administration officials began pressing for changes to the script.

In an interview with WND, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson said producer and writer Cyrus Nowrasteh called him the morning of Sept. 1, explaining he had used Patterson's book "Dereliction of Duty" as a source for the drama.

Later that day, Nowrasteh brought a preview copy of "The Path to 9/11" to Patterson for him to view at home. Patterson, who says he has talked with the director seven or eight times since then, also received a phone call from an ABC senior vice president, Quinn Taylor.

Patterson told WND he recognizes the television production conflates several events, but, in terms of conveying how the Clinton administration handled its opportunities to get bin Laden, it's "100 percent factually correct," he said.

"I was there with Clinton and (National Security Adviser Sandy) Berger and watched the missed opportunities occur," Patterson declared.

The five-hour drama is scheduled to air in two parts, Sunday night and Monday night, Sept. 11.

As a military aide to President Clinton from 1996 to 1998, Patterson was one of five men entrusted with carrying the "nuclear football," which contains the codes for launching nuclear weapons.

Reached by phone at his home in Southern California, Nowrasteh affirmed to WND he consulted with Patterson and gave him a preview of the drama.


Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson (FrontPageMagazine.com)

During the interview this morning, Nowrasteh took a moment to watch as President Clinton's image turned up on his nearby TV screen to criticize the movie. The director did not want to respond directly to Clinton's comments, but offered a general response to critics.

"Everybody's got to calm down and watch the movie," Nowrasteh told WND. "This is not an indictment of one president or another. The villains are the terrorists. This is a clarion bell for people to wake up and take notice."

Patterson pointed out the Bush administration also is depicted in an unfavorable light in the months before 9/11.

An ABC executive who requested anonymity told the Washington Post the network has made "adjustments and refinements" to the drama that are "intended to make clearer that it was general indecisiveness" by federal officials that left the U.S. vulnerable to attack, and "not any one individual."

Yesterday, the New York Post reported Clinton wrote to ABC officials, complaining the "content of this drama is factually and incontrovertibly inaccurate and ABC has the duty to fully correct all errors or pull the drama entirely." Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, according to the Washington Post, has described a scene, in which she is depicted, as "false and defamatory."

Democrats have been particularly critical of a scene that depicts Berger refusing to authorize a mission to capture bin Laden after CIA operatives and Afghan fighters had the al-Qaida leader in their sights.

Nowrasteh acknowledges this is a "conflation of events," but Berger, in a letter to Robert Iger – president and CEO of ABC's corporate parent, the Walt Disney Co. – said "no such episode ever occurred, nor did anything like it."

Patterson contended, however, the scene is similar to a plan the administration had with the CIA and the Afghan Northern Alliance to snatch bin Laden from a camp in Afghanistan.


The scene in "The Path to 9/11," as Patterson recalled from the preview version, unfolds with CIA operatives at the camp on the phone with Berger, who is expressing concern that an attack could result in innocent bystanders being killed. An agent says he sees swing sets and children's toys in the area. The scene ends with Berger hanging up the phone.

Patterson says his recollection is that Clinton was involved directly in several similar incidents in which Berger was pressing the president for a decision.

"Berger was very agitated, he couldn't get a decision from the president," Patterson said.

Patterson noted wasn't sure what Berger wanted to do – whether the national security adviser wanted the answer to be yes or no – but the frustration, at the very least, was based on the president making himself unavailable to make a decision.

In "Dereliction of Duty," Patterson recounts an event in the situation room of the White House in which Berger was told by a military watch officer "Sir, we've located bin Laden. We have a two-hour window to strike."

Clinton, according to Patterson, did not return phone calls from Berger for more than an hour then said he wanted more time to study the situation.

Patterson writes: "We 'studied' the issues until it was too late-the window of opportunity closed."


Harvey Keitel plays counter-terrorism expert John O'Neill in ABC's "The Path to 9/11

In another "missed opportunity," Patterson writes, Clinton was watching a golf tournament when Berger placed an urgent call to the president. Clinton became irritated when Patterson approached him with the message. After the third attempt, Clinton coolly responded he would call Berger on his way back to the White House. By then, however, according to Patterson, the opportunity was lost.

As WND reported, Berger was the focus of a Justice Department investigation for removing highly classified terrorism documents before the Sept. 11 Commission hearings that generated the report used for the television program.

FBI agents searched Berger's home and office after he voluntarily returned some documents to the National Archives.

Berger and his lawyer told reporters he knowingly removed handwritten notes he made while reading classified anti-terror documents at the archives by sticking them in his clothing. They said he also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio.

Patterson said Berger's response to the "The Path to 9/11" is similar to his response to the accounts in "Dereliction of Duty," insisting the incidents attributed to him "never occurred."

Patterson said his book put him under intense pressure from Clinton officials – an aide even spoke of taking away his military retirement benefits – but when the title reached No. 1 on Amazon.com, "they shut up."

There are others who can corroborate his accounts, Patterson insisted, but they are still in military service and therefore legally bound not to come forward and make statements.

Three of the four other military aides who rotated being at the president's side were additional sources for his book, Patterson affirmed."

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51898

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Comments

1.
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 8, 2006, 10:19 pm
lol,is that a joint in bill clinton's mouth?
2.
konaneComment by konane - September 8, 2006, 10:58 pm
Sheesh I hadn't even noticed. I do remember reading about an FBI recording of his brother Roger buying cocaine saying to the effect ... he needed enough for his brother because he had a nose like a vacuum cleaner.
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emilygComment by emilyg - September 9, 2006, 2:50 am
golf peg
4.
Comment by DoubleDown - September 9, 2006, 9:41 am
The golf tee is strategically placed so Monica will have some place to hang her dress while she attends to business ....
DD
5.
konaneComment by konane - September 9, 2006, 9:47 am
ROFLAMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well stated!!!
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csfbComment by csfb - September 9, 2006, 10:27 am
Konane, pardon my ignorance, but what is ROFLAMO?

Have a good weekend, everyone!
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konaneComment by konane - September 9, 2006, 11:13 am
Misspelled, typo, coffee hadn't kicked in yet ... worst case scenario dementia setting in.

ROFLMAO should be it. Rolling on the floor laughing my *** off.

Thanks for catching it!!
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 1:31 pm
Not that anyone here cares, but I certainly won't watch it, although I usually like to watch science fiction.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 2:12 pm
I just want to add:

**FBI Agent Who Consulted On Path to 9/11 Quit Halfway Through Because â_~They Were Making Things Upâ_T ***

Guess you failed to post this headline, Konane.

How about:

***SCHOLASTIC REPLACES â_oTHE PATH TO 9/11â__ CLASSROOM GUIDE WITH NEW DISCUSSION MATERIALS FOCUSING ON CRITICAL THINKING AND MEDIA LITERACY SKILLS***

Obviously they realize teaching students to watch propaganda disguised as a documentary is not educational. 25,000 high school teachers can't be wrong!! Nice to know they backed out and are admitting that this film "does not meet our high standards.."

It is sad that, as George Bush faces his lowest approval numbers, the Right feels that blaming Clinton for the 9/11 attacks will take some of the pressure off of the Republican party by manipulating prime time television.

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konaneComment by konane - September 9, 2006, 2:12 pm
Way too many people saying it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, leaves a slick trail behind it like a duck, even has yellow feathers like a baby duck ..............

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konaneComment by konane - September 9, 2006, 2:31 pm
Yeah teachers UNIONS impress the heck out of me .... ever watch John Stoscill's programs about their teaching "abilities" ??????????? Slackers set up the system to not be able to get rid of slackers..... but that's union through and through.

Under teachers union guidance kids come rolling out unable to read, unable to count .... so totally taken aback by their indignation. NOT!

BTW, anyone who has studied marketing will tell you that a poll can come out any way someone wants it to ..... carefully select a specific demographic group and carefully phrase the questions. Poof, results say what you intend people to believe as reality.

I've been called by pollsters before and know the game.

Clinton lived and died by polls.

GW doesn't care.

That's the difference between a leader and a has been pacifist media whore. Come to think of it Clinton and Carter sound like brothers.
12.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 9, 2006, 2:51 pm
I'm wasting my time here. So now you're attacking the Academic Community? I'm sure you know the producer of this fantasy, Dick Cunningham, has a mission. He has very strong ties to an evangelical Christian group that encourages students to "use God" to change the face of Hollywood. He is also the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of the worldwide evangelical group called Youth With a Mission. It is obvious what his mission is and Truth has nothing to do with it! Harvey Keitel who is in the movie is even saying this movie is full of distortions. 9/11 was such a tragic time for everyone and this is a sinful way to use politics to point blame when we should be working together as a nation to heal. Shame on you ABC!
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konaneComment by konane - September 9, 2006, 3:40 pm
Wow, the face of Hollywood is already changing. They're re-negotiating contracts of mega-stars for LESS money because films are not producig boxoffice. People are tired of talking heads with lives resembling train wrecks spalshed all over tabloids ...... so have been sitting on their wallets. MTV which heavily promoted Clinton's presidency has suffered financially due to ratings. What goes around comes around and the people who made superstars are withholding maintenance.

Read up some on the "Academic Community" on David Horowitz site, frontpagemagazine.com ...... inform yourself as to what's happening in the trenches.

This is another excellent David Horowitz site. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/
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justxploringComment by justxploring - September 10, 2006, 3:39 am
Films aren't producing money at the box office? I read Pirates of The Caribbean made more money than any film in history. Also, when you can wait for the DVD to come out and then share an evening with several friends for a couple of bucks instead of spending $8 per person, it makes a lot more sense. Regarding MTV - where do you get this twisted information? Yes, MTV lost some viewers, but that's because of technology. Gee, VCRs and VHS tapes don't sell much any more either. Duh! MTV, like Hollywood movies, is losing a small portion of its audience to the iPod and MP3 generation. However, I wouldn't say they're going bankrupt since they pulled in about $7 billion last year and still air in 168 countries. How the heck you can relate any of this to Bill Clinton is so ludicrous, it's probaby more ludicrous for me to dispute it. I suppose if McDonald's suddenly had a drop in revenue you'd blame Bill Clinton because he likes Big Macs.

I've complimented you in the past on your well written blog entries and your passion in trying to follow your heart, but I think I'm changing my mind. No, this isn't a personal attack and since this is your Blog, I'll just get to the point. When everything a person with another view expresses is trashed without any regard to its authenticity or its validity, then she knows that person has a closed mind and talking to deaf ears is a waste of breath.

**A group of historians, including Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Princeton University's Sean Wilentz, wrote to ABC parent Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger, urging him to scrap the series. They said that permitting inaccuracies to heighten drama is ''disingenuous and dangerous.'' **

I hope you enjoy the rest of your life rewriting history in your mind and blocking out all reason and logic.

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konaneComment by konane - September 10, 2006, 9:49 am
I'm have no intention of splitting hairs with someone who obviously doesn't read the news on the web from which about 35% of it makes it to spoon-feeding every night on the evening news and CNN if it suits their agendas.

MTV .... I read it. Stars salaries being cut because of box-office .... I read it or wouldn't have stated it.

I don't play go fetch on command for anyone .... so if you have reservations about my remarks then look it up for yourself.

It's much easier to be carried along with emotional hype of herd mentality being fed predigested "news" so they can tell people what to think ..... than to ferret through dry information from trusted, well researched sources with footnotes and references embedded. The latter is the information I present on my blog. Obviously from blog hit count some people find what I post interesting, perhaps though provoking ..... outside the box of sheep mentality.

You're welcome to begin your own blog ... post your own views.

However right now you've digressed to personal insults outside the context of refuting my information point by point as a civil debate should be carried out.

Stick with the issues.
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konaneComment by konane - September 10, 2006, 10:40 am
Found this entry by an Australian who "Just watched 'The Path to 9/11' uncensored and uncut in that country. Interesting commentary by that person as to what the other part of the world knows about the Clinton years.

"Just watched 'The Path to 9/11'

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1698800/posts

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