9/11 Press for Truth DivX AC3 (hi res/bitrate)
This film is necessary to watch if someone wants to know what facts were left out of the official 9/11 Commission Report. While steering clear of conspiracy theories and \"what-if\" scenarios, this film nonetheless explains much of what has been missing from our national discussion about the terrorist events of that day.
Much of the content is based on author Paul Thompson\'s The Complete 9/11 Timeline
, a piecing-together of almost entirely main-stream media stories related to 9/11. The press for truth begins after a brief and respectful sequence showing New Yorkers reacting to the attacks, the collapse of the North Tower, and memorial ceremonies. At that point we meet the Jersey Girls
: Patty Casazza, Mindy Kleinberg, Lorie Van Auken and Kristen Breitweiser all lost their husbands on September 11, 2001. They came together initially for mutual support. Quickly, they formed the core of a larger group of 911 survivors demanding an investigation. Casazza describes her frustration when she realized that the Bush administration would seek no formal investigation. \"That\' when I went into angry,\" she says.
Their demands for a thorough investigation, the many unanswered questions, and the resistance of the information gatekeepers form the narrative that carries the film forward. The twists and turns offer a fascinating and compelling collection of major stories (or dots) that have never been connected.
One question is why it took so long before any air defense was mounted on 9/11. For example, how in the world could a hijacked airliner slam into the Pentagon of all places, long after other hijacked airliners slammed into the WTC, without being either: intercepted, rendezvoused with, chased, followed, shot at, videoed, or even photographed by our trillion-dollar air defenses? We then see a 1999 newscast describing the rapid response by six Air Force jets to a suspicious private plane over Florida. This type of response is standard operating procedure. The point is obvious; the question devastating. How can a mystery jet over Florida get a quicker response than an attack on the United States?
The film continues with the formation of the 9/11 Commission. The Jersey Girls are immediately incensed when the ultimate gatekeeper
, Henry Kissinger, is appointed to head the commission. When they meet with him, a Jersey Girl asks if Kissinger\'s consulting firm has any Saudi Arabian clients named bin Laden. This question had the intended effect. Kissinger announced he could not take the position.
During commission hearings, we see the vivid reactions of 9/11 family members as Condoleezza Rice down plays the August 2001 President\'s Daily Briefing: Bin Laden determined to strike in US
. Then we see their relief and open armed reception of Richard Clarke. Clarke was in charge of the White House response group on 9/11. He tells the commission and families that both he and the government failed that day and then offers the first apology for that failure. The contrast presented between Clarke\'s humility
and dignity versus Rice\'s insouciance approaches poetic.
Author, activist, and former CIA official Ray McGovern appears briefly to make a key point. In any intelligence investigation, McGovern tells us, 80% of the information is freely available and in the public domain. The process of connecting the information and making it meaningful is a task that often goes undone. In this film, it\'s clear that that challenging task had to be undertaken by 9/11 survivors and motivated citizen-researchers themselves.
The questions continue. They are presented through a combination of survivor statements, news clips, comments from reporters like Dan Rather, and press from around the world. This results in highly provocative and revealing questions on the story of our time. While there are no clear answers, there are clear paths to knowledge.
For example, what relationship did the 9/11 attacks have with the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan? While this seemed like an interruption in the flow of the film, it quickly turned into a gold mine of dots that began to form a pattern. Why did the chief of Pakistan\'s intelligence service, in Washington, DC on 9/11, wire $100,000 to terrorist figure connected to the 9/11 plotters? Why are Pakistani and al Qaeda training camps almost indistinguishable? Why was bin Laden essentially allowed to walk away form Tora Bora, Afghanistan when he was about to be captured? Why were thousands of Taliban members airlifted to Pakistan after their defeat? Why did a key CIA commander
in Afghanistan resign two years before his official retirement in order to tell his story about the failure to capture bin Laden?
The film concludes with an edited sequence of an ABC television producer talking about the restrictions on investigative film making with Leonard Downie, Executive Editor of the Washington Post. We\'re told by the ABC producer that good stories are often either discouraged or spiked (not shown). We then hear Downie make the remarkable argument that the job of the working press is to present discrete stories. He tells us that the act of connecting those stories is really an \"editorial\" function and the responsibility of the public. This was a truly eye opening moment.
The film was directed by Ray Nowosielski and written by John Duffy and Kyle Hence. Paul Thompson\'s book, The Complete 9/11 Timeline
, formed the basis for much of the narrative, and Larisa Alexandrovna of Raw Story
was a key consultant. Overall, this film is a remarkable artistic statement that transcends ideology and operates at the highest level of intellectual honesty, humanity, and patriotism.
- Michael Collins http://www.scoop.co.nz/
Video Aspect Ratio:
1.73 / 45:26
English (subs included)
192 kb/s @ 48KHz
Runtime per Part:
1 hour, 24 minutes
Number of Parts:
1120 MB (1/4 DVDR)
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