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European 'Path to 9/11' trailer promotes 'official true story' which falsely blames Clinton officials

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Published: Saturday September 9, 2006

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The European trailer for ABC's Path to 9/11 miniseries, which is scheduled to air this Sunday and Monday on the five-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, promotes the docudrama as the "official true story" and seems to utilizes nearly every part of it's brief forty second running time blaming Clinton era officials, even though it isn't based entirely on the 9/11 Commission Report and the network has admitted that "the movie contains fictionalized scenes."

The advertisement, currently running across Europe and other parts of the world, suggests that "one decision" by Clinton officials "changed our world," and was spotlighted in a Daily Kos diary by a user named "STOP George."

"This particular trailer is also making a mockery out of ABC's recent statement (damage control) over this film," wrote STOP George.

"The Path to 9/11 is a dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 Commission Report, other published materials and from personal interviews," said ABC's statement.

ABC will also run the following disclaimer throughout the airing:

"The following movie is a dramatization that is drawn from a variety of sources including the 9/11 Commission Report and other published materials, and from personal interviews. The movie is not a documentary. For dramatic and narrative purposes, the movie contains fictionalized scenes, composite and representative characters and dialogue, as well as time compression."

Yet the European trailer does not contain any such disclaimer.

"The official true story," the narration on the trailer begins.

"How they could have wiped bin Laden out," the narrator continues. "They didn't."

"But why?" asks the narrator. "And how one decision changed our world."

The trailer then shows clips of actors playing various Clinton officials who fret and complain about not having the "authority" as they let the chance to kill Osama bin Laden slip away, scenes that the docudrama makers have already admitted to being "improvised" and not based on the 9/11 Commission Report, and have been reportedly "tinkered with" after liberal blogs, former Clinton officials ranging up to the ex-President himself, and even many Republicans complained over the last week.

In October of 2001, Walter Pincus and Bob Woodward reported for The Washington Post that Pakistan called an end to an operation which consisted of "approximately 60 commandos from the Pakistani intelligence agency" that were "secretly trained and equipped" by the CIA "to enter Afghanistan for the purpose of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden, according to people familiar with the operation."

"The operation was aborted on Oct. 12, 1999, however, when [then-Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz] Sharif was overthrown in a military coup led by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who refused to continue the operation despite substantial efforts by the Clinton administration to revive it," reported Pincus and Woodward.