Activists tell The Daily Caller that The Walt Disney Company is refusing to re-air a 9/11-related docudrama, effectively burying politically inconvenient facts about the events which led to the 9/11 terror attacks, in order to protect the political future of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The Path to 9/11,” first aired on ABC in 2006, portrayed President Bill Clinton’s administration as ignoring warnings and signs that Osama bin Laden and al Qaida were planning a major attack on the United States — a finding supported by The 9/11 Commission Report. But since 2006 Disney CEO Bob Iger has repeatedly refused to rebroadcast it, or to sell the rights to other broadcasters.
President Clinton and his national security adviser Sandy Berger refused to issue an ultimatum to bin Laden and the Taliban in Afghanistan after the USS Cole bombing in October 2000. Both Berger and Clinton later told the 9/11 Commission that there was not enough evidence at the time to link bin Laden to the bombing. Clinton and former President George W. Bush have both been publicly criticized for not militarily responding to that attack before September 11, 2001.
Bush and Clinton have also both taken heat for not capturing, killing or attacking bin Laden before 9/11, even though there were several opportunities for both administrations to do so.
“I think those early opportunities are clear,” 9/11 Commission Chairman and former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean said on Meet The Press in 2004. “We had him. We saw him. I think maybe we could have done something about it.”
“Nobody wanted to invade Afghanistan at that point. American people probably wouldn’t have stood for it,” Kean told host Tim Russert about whether he planned to question Bush, Clinton and their vice presidents on this specific point. “But could we have sent a team in? Could we have sent a cruise missile in? Could we have gotten him and his leadership at some point?”
Kean said “The Path to 9/11” and his commission’s report on the events that led up to the 2001 terrorist attacks make both Republicans and Democrats look bad, but Americans needed to see it.
The commission’s report identified many indications that the Clinton administration, and the early Bush administration, hadn’t taken advantage of opportunities over the course of several years to take out bin Laden. Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, told reporters in 2004 that he and other intelligence officials in his unit provided the Clinton administration with actionable information at least ten times that could have led to bin Laden’s demise. (RELATED: Dick Cheney praises Hillary Clinton)
“The Path to 9/11” included this information, and more. It tied the 9/11 bombings back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, showing there were warning signs of an imminent attack even then. And it highlighted warnings from Ahmad Shah Massoud — an Afghan leader who sharply criticized the Taliban and al Qaeda — of devastating terrorism on the horizon.
Massoud was killed two days before the 9/11 attacks, but he had previously warned U.S. intelligence officials that his assassination would be regarded as a precursor warning to a forthcoming terrorist attack. The film recounts warnings Massoud issued over the course of several years.
Conservative blogger Resa LaRu Kirkland told The Daily Caller that the “Path to 9/11” is the only film she has seen that fully and accurately portrays Massoud’s warnings and criticisms of bin Laden.