Tonight, ABC will be showing The Path to 9/11, a dramatization of the supposed run-up to 9/11, based on the 9/11 Commission Report and other sources.
One slight problem? It’s not a dramatization so much as a work of fiction, with some scenes entirely fabricated in the filmmaker’s heads.
Two FBI agents who were asked to take advisory roles on the film declined:
“There were some of the scenes that were total fiction,” said Mr. Nicoletti, who served as a supervisory special agent and a member of the joint terrorism task force before retiring in 2003. “I told them unless they were changing this, I could not have my name associated with it.”
The drama leads viewers to believe that National Security Advisor Sandy Berger told the CIA that he would not authorize them to take a shot at bin Laden. This is complete fiction and the event portrayed never happened.
Of course, the letter is based on reports from other people, since no copies were available for the people portrayed in the film to view.
Q: Do you feel that anything should be changed in this film?
Keitel: Yes I do. This is a tough issue.
You can compile certain things as long as the truth remains the truth. You can’t put things together, compress them and then distort the reality.
This is a film Scholastic were preparing to distribute to schools as an educational tool, and it’s factually, demonstrably incorrect.