The Path to 9/11 was a two-part miniseries that aired in the United States on ABC television from September 10 – 11, 2006, and also in other countries. A miniseries (also mini-series) in a serial Storytelling medium is a production which tells a story in a pre-planned limited number of episodes The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The film dramatizes the 2001 terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center in New York City and the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Drama is the specific mode of Fiction represented in Performance. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, when a Car bomb was detonated below Tower One of the World Trade Center The World Trade Center in New York City, United States (sometimes informally the WTC or Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan The City of New York
Initially promoted as having a high level of authenticity and claiming that its screenplay was "based on the 9/11 Commission Report," controversy arose from the film after that claim was later removed by ABC. 9/11 Commission Report, formally named Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is the official report of the events leading up to Critics pointed out that key scenes were fictional in nature, and the controversy ensued.
The film was written by Cyrus Nowrasteh, and directed by David L. Cunningham; it stars Harvey Keitel and Donnie Wahlberg. Cyrus Nowrasteh (سیروس نورسته born September 19, 1956, is an American screenwriter and director of theatrical films television shows and made-for-TV David Loren Cunningham (born February 24, 1971) an American film director and producer Harvey Keitel (born 13 May 1939 is an Academy Award -nominated American actor Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg Jr (born August 17, 1969) is an American Singer, Actor and producer. 
According to ABC:
|“||The Path to 9/11" is executive-produced by Marc Platt (Empire Falls). Empire Falls is a 2001 novel written by Richard Russo. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002 The producers are Hans Proppe (Anne Frank) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (also the writer). Governor Thomas H. Kean (Chairman, The 9/11 Commission) is senior consultant. The director is David L. Cunningham. The miniseries is a production of UHP Productions, Ltd. , and is distributed by ABC Studios, formerly Touchstone Television. ABC Studios is the Television production division of Disney-ABC Television Group. ||”|
The miniseries presents a dramatization of the sequence of events leading to the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al Qaeda on the United States, starting from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and up to the minutes after the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, based on the 9/11 Commission reports. Betty Ann Ong ( Chinese: 鄧月薇 5 February 1956 &ndash 11 September 2001) born in San Francisco was an American Al-Qaeda, alternatively spelled al-Qaida, al-Qa`ida or al-Qa`idah, ( Arabic:; ar-Latn ''al-qāʿidah'' Translation: The The 1993 World Trade Center bombing occurred on February 26, 1993, when a Car bomb was detonated below Tower One of the World Trade Center 9/11 Commission ReportThe National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, was set up on November 27, 2002 The point of view of the movie is from two primary protagonists: John P. O'Neill, and a composite Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent, "Kirk". John Patrick O'Neill ( February 6, 1952 – September 11, 2001) was a top American anti- Terrorism expert who worked as a near as long as it used to be several months ago It has been actively summarized and split into sub-articles and there is a dynamic talk page discussion of all O'Neill was the real-life Special Agent in charge of Al Qaeda investigations at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He died in the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11 shortly after retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and taking the position of Director of Security for the World Trade Center. The World Trade Center in New York City, United States (sometimes informally the WTC or Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul The composite CIA agent "Kirk" is shown dealing with various American allies, especially Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, in Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Massoud ( (2 September 1953 &ndash 9 September 2001 was a Tajik Kabul University engineering student turned military leader who played a leading In addition, "Patricia", a CIA headquarters analyst, represents the views of the rank and file at CIA headquarters. The miniseries features dramatizations of various incidents summarized in the 9/11 Commission Report, and represented in high level discussions held within both the Clinton and Bush administrations. 9/11 Commission Report, formally named Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is the official report of the events leading up to The final hour of the movie dramatizes the events of 9/11, including a re-creation of the second plane entering the World Trade Center, Tom Burnett's calls to his wife, and John Miller's reporting near the scene of the attacks. Thomas Edward Burnett Jr ( May 29, 1963 &ndash September 11, 2001) was the vice president and COO of a Pleasanton California The film concludes with information about the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, as well as the performance evaluation the Commission gave the government when it reconvened in 2005.
ABC's broadcasts though originally planned to be shown "with limited commercial interruption" were aired with no commercials, since the network was unable to obtain sponsorship. Events 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Events 9 - The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest ends 506 - The Bishops of Visigothic Gaul  The broadcasts were also watched in Canada, where the network is available on cable and satellite. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Many Canadians now receive their Television service through some sort of multichannel television platform such as Cable television or Satellite television
Part 2 of the miniseries, also uninterrupted, aired in the San Diego, California market on KGTV nearly a week later, on September 16, 2006, from 8:30pm-10:30 pm. KGTV is the ABC Television affiliate in San Diego California. Events 1400 - Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
In Finland the miniseries was shown in five parts as distinct from normal two. The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. Events 509 BC - The Temple of Jupiter on Rome 's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September VT4 can also mean the fourth version of Video Toaster, VT a non-linear video editing and effects software package Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Events 308 - The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. MTV3 is a Finnish commercial television station owned by Bonnier. Events 326 - The old St Peter's Basilica is consecrated 1302 - Pope Boniface VIII issues the Papal bull Events 1034 - Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, King of Scots dies Donnchad, the Events 1409 - The University of Leipzig opens 1755 - The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire Events 536 - Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe.
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According to ABC, the movie is based on the 9/11 Commission Report, books The Cell by John Miller and The Relentless Pursuit by Samuel Katz, as well as personal interviews, news accounts, and other sources.  The first indication that ABC was running a miniseries appeared in a brief article in the New York Post. The New York Post is the 13th-oldest Newspaper published in the United States and generally acknowledged as the oldest to have been published continually  In it, the producers identified shooting locations and revealed that Harvey Keitel would play John O'Neill. John Patrick O'Neill ( February 6, 1952 – September 11, 2001) was a top American anti- Terrorism expert who worked as a At the time, ABC had a working name of Untitled Commission Report and the producers used the working title Untitled History Project, with the project beginning filming in July 2005 and scheduled to end post production by January 2006. 2005: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October January 2006: ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July Preview screenings were made in May for foreign broadcasters.  The film was first publicly announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in July. The Television Critics Association (or TCA) is a group of approximately 200 United States and Canadian journalists and columnists who cover Television
According to Advertising Age, the miniseries was a personal project of ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson, who began to look for a producer shortly after reading the 9/11 Commission Report.
The White House asked the major networks for airtime to present a Presidential Address to the nation. See also Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the Official residence The interruption delayed the broadcast of the second half of Path to 9/11 by approximately 20 minutes in the Eastern and Central Time Zones. Otherwise, the movie aired without any interruption.
Filming was conducted in Morocco, New York City, Toronto, Hamilton, Ontario and Washington, D. C. The production was one of the few allowed to film at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia. Morocco (المغرب "al-Maghrib" officially the Kingdom of Morocco (المملكة المغربية is a country located in North Africa The City of New York Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario Hamilton (ˈhæməltən ( 2006 population 504559 UA population 647634 CMA population Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D near as long as it used to be several months ago It has been actively summarized and split into sub-articles and there is a dynamic talk page discussion of all This article describes the unincorporated community of Langley in McLean Virginia 
ABC advertised the involvement of Republican 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean as both a consultant and as a co-executive producer. Thomas Howard Kean (born April 21, 1935 in New York City) is an American Republican Party Politician, who served as the 
Commission member Richard Ben-Veniste said that the miniseries misrepresented many facts presented in the the 9/11 Commission report, and noted that no Democratic 9/11 Commission member had been consulted. Richard Ben-Veniste (born January 3, 1943) a member of the 9/11 Commission, is known for his pointed questions and criticisms of members of both the The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. 
The extent of the criticism and indignation expressed resulted in ABC revising its original description of the film as a "docu-drama based on the 9/11 Commission Report" to describe it as a dramatization of events based only in part on the 9/11 Commission Report. The network also added a disclaimer to that effect three times during both nights of the U. S. broadcast. However, these last-minute revisions and the dilution of its original claims were made too late to prevent the Path to 9/11 film being marketed in some other countries as the "Official True Story".
To date, ABC's $40 million miniseries, which drew a combined audience of 25 million, has not been released on DVD. Writer and producer Cyrus Nowrasteh has said that a stalled release is not due to lack of interest but rather strong political pressure. Cyrus Nowrasteh (سیروس نورسته born September 19, 1956, is an American screenwriter and director of theatrical films television shows and made-for-TV He told the Los Angeles Times that "[P]owerful forces are out to protect Bill Clinton's presidential legacy and shield Sen. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) from any potential collateral damage in her bid for the White House". Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26 1947 is the junior United States Senator from New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Furthermore, Nowrasteh goes on to explain that he was told by a top executive at ABC Studios that "if Hillary weren't running for president, this wouldn't be a problem. ABC Studios is the Television production division of Disney-ABC Television Group. " According to the LA Times, an ABC spokeswoman reached September 4, 2007 would say only that the company "has no release date at this time," and she declined to comment further. Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  In an interview with KFI's John Ziegler, Nowrasteh candidly discusses the issue. John Ziegler may refer to John Ziegler (talk show host (b 1967 former Los Angeles talk show host John Ziegler (sports administrator 
The extensive pre-broadcast controversy over the film was based on content that was present in viewing copies sent to conservative political groups, talk show hosts and bloggers. Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favour Tradition, where tradition refers to various religious cultural or nationally defined  The office of former President Clinton repeatedly requested a preview copy, but was denied one,  as was former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  However, a version was shown at a Washington DC screening to members and guests of the National Press Club,  and to attendees of the Midwest Security and Police Conference in Chicago. The National Press Club is one of the world's leading professional organizations for journalists 
The film's writer/producer, Cyrus Nowrasteh, has described himself as "probably more of a libertarian than a strict conservative," but "it's not the predominant thing that's driving me, my career, or my writing. Cyrus Nowrasteh (سیروس نورسته born September 19, 1956, is an American screenwriter and director of theatrical films television shows and made-for-TV Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the " He said further that he did not "want to just be a conservative version of Michael Moore. Michael Francis Moore (born April 23 1954 is an Academy Award -winning American filmmaker author and liberal Political commentator. " Nowrasteh also wrote and directed The Day Reagan Was Shot, a TV movie for which Oliver Stone was the executive producer. William Oliver Stone (born 15 September) is an American Film director and Screenwriter. 
Nowrastech has been a featured speaker and columnist for the Liberty Film Festival - a Conservative film festival which merged in 2006 with David Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture (now the David Horowitz Freedom Center) to form a joint conservative film organization. David Joel Horowitz (born January 10, 1939) is an American conservative writer and activist The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a Conservative foundation founded in 1988 by political activist David Horowitz and his long-time collaborator co-author and  In November of 2006, He received an award in 2006 from the Liberty Film Festival for his participation in The Path to 9/11.  
Much of the context of the controversy surrounding The Path to 9/11 concerns criticisms that the movie incorrectly portrays events and actions of the US government during the 1990s in combating al-Qaeda. The federal government of the United States is the central United States Governmental body established by the United States Constitution. Al-Qaeda, alternatively spelled al-Qaida, al-Qa`ida or al-Qa`idah, ( Arabic:; ar-Latn ''al-qāʿidah'' Translation: The
The bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report provides details on many failed initiatives during both the Clinton and Bush administrations in the years before the attacks. The United States Presidency of Bill Clinton, also known as the Clinton Administration, was the executive branch of the Federal The Presidency of George W Bush began on his inauguration on January 20, 2001 as the 43rd and current President of the United States of America During the Clinton administration, the report describes several situations where the United States was unable to capitalize on intelligence opportunities to kill or capture Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden, with some spelling variations is the name used in English to refer to (أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن born 10 March These include: 
Two FBI agents criticized the film for creating a work of fiction, and claiming it was inaccurate. Thomas E. Nicoletti had been hired by the filmmakers as a consultant, but quit because "There were so many inaccuracies. . . I’m well aware of what’s dramatic license and what’s historical inaccuracy," Nicoletti said. "And this had a lot of historical inaccuracy. '"
Dan Coleman, who retired from the FBI in 2004, said he also was concerned when he read the script in the summer of 2005 after being approached by producers about being a technical advisor.
“They sent me the script, and I read it and told them they had to be kidding,” Coleman said. “I wanted my friends at the FBI to still speak to me. ”
Critics claim many inaccuracies in the film, including the depiction of the Clinton administration. For example in one scene, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger is portrayed as unwilling to approve a plan to take out a surrounded Osama bin Laden. Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (born October 28, 1945) served as the 19th United States National Security Advisor under President Osama bin Laden, with some spelling variations is the name used in English to refer to (أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن born 10 March He leaves it to former CIA Director George Tenet to decide if he will take responsibility. George John Tenet (born January 5, 1953) was the Director of Central Intelligence for the United States Central Intelligence Agency In the original version of the film, Berger hangs up the phone on Tenet, and Tenet calls off the operation. No reliable verification of this event has ever been discovered. In fact, even Richard Miniter — a conservative author and critic of the Clinton administration — was quoted as saying
|“||the idea that someone had bin Laden in his sights in 1998 or any other time and Sandy Berger refused to pull the trigger, there’s zero factual basis for that. Richard Miniter (born 1967 is the author of two New York Times best selling books Losing bin Laden and Shadow War. ”". ||”|
Nowrasteh has said that the abrupt hang-up portrayed was not in the script and was instead improvised. It was later removed from the version shown in the United States.  Moreover, Nowrasteh maintains that a certain amount of dramatic license must be allotted in the process writing a dramatic script with a historical underpinning (see docudrama and biopic). A Docudrama is a Dramatization of actual historical events Generalities Docudramas tend to demonstrate some or most of the following characteristics A biographical motion picture &mdash often shortened to biopic &mdash is a film that dramatizes the life of an actual person or people Although the precise conversations depicted in the script may never have taken place, the general tone and content of events depicted in The Path to 9/11 are alleged true. Nowrasteh has said that the film "dramatizes the frequent opportunities the administration had in the 90’s to stop bin Laden in his tracks but lacked the will to do so. Will, or willpower is a philosophical concept that is defined in several different ways ”  When asked if he thought of the script as a "historical document," Nowrasteh has responded:
|“||No, but I stand by the original version of the movie, and I stand by the edited version. . . There has to be conflation of events. The most obvious problem any dramatist faces is that of sheer length. I had to collapse the events of eight and a half years into five hours. I don’t know any other way to do it except collapse, conflate, and condense. ||”|
Nowrasteh used the book Dereliction of Duty by Robert "Buzz" Patterson as a source for portions of the movie. Dereliction of Duty The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security is a Book written by Robert Buzz Patterson  In 2006 Patterson served as a board member for Move America Forward - a conservative political PAC, and was a host of a conservative talk show The Buzz Cut for a number of years . Move America Forward is a conservative political action group He also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center. The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a Conservative foundation founded in 1988 by political activist David Horowitz and his long-time collaborator co-author and As a former Senior Military Aide to President Clinton, he was one of five men entrusted with carrying the President’s Emergency Satchel, otherwise known as the Nuclear Football. The Nuclear Football (also called the President's Emergency Satchel, The Button, The Black Box or just The Football) is a specially outfitted
Dereliction of Duty contains a compilation several events witnessed by Patterson. In an interview with World Net Daily, Patterson agrees that scenes from The Path to 9/11 conflate several events, but he maintains that the overall depiction of how the Clinton administration handled its opportunities to get bin Laden was correct. WorldNetDaily, also known as WND, is a socially conservative news and opinion website founded in 1997.  Patterson states that he witnessed several incidents similar to those depicted in the movie, where Berger was pressing Clinton for a decision to strike at bin Laden, "but he couldn't get a decision from the President. " Dereliction of Duty recounts an event where Berger was informed in the situation room by a military watch officer, "Sir, we have a two-hour window to strike. " Clinton did not return phone calls for Berger for more than an hour, then said he wanted more time to study the situation. Patterson also describes a second incident where Berger placed an urgent call to Clinton through Patterson. Clinton, who was watching a golf tournament, became irritated, and after a third attempt at relaying the message, responded that he would call Berger on his way back to the White House. According to Patterson, by then the window of opportunity was closed. 
According to the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report, there were several real-life circumstances where plans to capture bin Laden were called off that may roughly speaking match the description of events occurring in the movie (see above). 
In May 1998, plans by the CIA to utilize allied tribal forces to capture bin Laden were called off (page 114). Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Both Berger and Tenet claim it was Tenet, not Berger, who called off plans. However, the report makes no claim as to who actually called off the operation, and it notes that the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations James Pavitt said he "thought that it was Berger’s doing, though perhaps on Tenet's advice. James L Pavitt (born February 19, 1946) was Deputy Director for Operations (DDO for the CIA from 1999 until June 4, " Berger claims, and his claims are presented uncontested in the Report, the operation was never in the execution stage in the first place because it was not feasible for local tribes and warlords to assist in his capture and delivery to the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the 
In February 1999, a potential cruise missile strike against bin Laden was called off. February 1999 was a month with twenty-eight days The following events also occurred during the month According to the report, "Clarke told us the strike was called off after consultations with Director Tenet because the intelligence was dubious. . . " (page 130). Again in May 1999, a potential cruise missile strike against bin Laden was called off. Here again, the report suggests that it was Tenet who was responsible for canceling the attack, based on concerns regarding the reliability of intelligence (page 140).
A member of the 9/11 Commission, Richard Ben-Veniste also stated that the scene depicting Berger hanging up the phone on Tenet is fictional. Richard Ben-Veniste (born January 3, 1943) a member of the 9/11 Commission, is known for his pointed questions and criticisms of members of both the 
Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA Bin Laden Unit during the Clinton administration, a critic of President George W. Bush's Iraq policy, says it was not Berger who canceled assaults on bin Laden, but rather Clarke on Clinton's behalf. Michael F Scheuer is a former CIA employee In his 22-year career he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka "Alec Station" from 1996 George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics. Scheuer states, "Mr. Clarke, of course, was at the center of Mr. Clinton's advisers, who resolutely refused to order the CIA to kill bin Laden. In spring 1998, I briefed Mr. Clarke and senior CIA, Department of Defense, and FBI officers on a plan to kidnap bin Laden. Mr. Clarke's reaction was that "it was just a thinly disguised attempt to assassinate bin Laden. " I replied that if he wanted bin Laden dead, we could do the job quickly. Mr. Clarke's response was that the president did not want bin Laden assassinated, and that we had no authority to do so". 
Another scene in question supposedly portrays Madeleine Albright refusing to shoot missiles at Osama bin Laden without authority from Pakistan and eventually getting "permission" from them against the military's wishes. Pakistan () officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country located in South Asia, Southwest Asia, Middle East and Albright insists that this is completely inaccurate.  According to the 9/11 Commission Report, Pakistan was informed by the US Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph W. Ralston who "was sent to meet with Pakistan's army chief of staff to assure him the missiles were not coming from India. Joseph W Ralston ( November 4, 1943 in Hopkinsville Kentucky) is currently the United States Special Envoy for Countering the India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country " 
In the opening scene of the film, American Airlines is depicted as ignoring a security warning regarding hijacker Mohammed Atta. American Airlines Inc (AA is a US -based airline and the world's Largest airline in total passenger miles transported and passenger fleet size Mohamed Atta ( ar محمد عطا السيد) (September 1 1968 &ndash September 11 2001 was an Egyptian Islamist, The airline involved was actually U.S. Airways. US Airways Inc is the fifth largest Airline in the United States. 
According to the 9/11 Commission Report: "While Atta had been selected by CAPPS [a security warning at a U. The Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (often abbreviated CAPPS) is a Counter-terrorism system in place in the United States air travel S. Airway ticket counter] in Portland [Maine] three members of. Portland is the largest city in the US state of Maine and the County seat of Cumberland County. . . [Atta's] hijacking team - Suqami, Wail al Shehri, and Waleed al Shehri - were selected [at an American Airline counter] in Boston. Their selection affected only the handling of their checked bags, not their screening at the checkpoint. All five men cleared the checkpoint and made their way to the gate for American 11. "  The incorrect depiction of location and airline may be justified as "time compression and compositing", as described in the film's disclaimer, or it may be an example of careless writing and sloppy fact-checking.
As a result of the inaccuracy, American Airlines stated they planned to pull all advertising from the ABC network and were considering legal action. 
ABC, which offered the movie to schools, critics, some blogs, radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, and conservative movie critic Michael Medved, eventually presented a special screening to which Democrats such as Richard Ben-Veniste were also invited. A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American radio host and conservative Political commentator. Michael Medved (born October 3 1948) is an American radio host, conservative political commentator, Film critic According to Jay Carson, a spokesman for Bill Clinton, Clinton's office requested a copy of the movie so that they could view it before it aired, but the request was denied. However, Limbaugh has at least partially disputed this, claiming that Ben-Veniste and others saw the film before him.  Carson has also stated that Madeleine Albright and Sandy Berger had also requested a copy and had also not received them. Madeleine Korbel Albright (born Marie Jana Korbelová on May 15, 1937) was the first woman to become United States Secretary of State. Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger (born October 28, 1945) served as the 19th United States National Security Advisor under President 
In addition to requesting an answer, Albright also stated the following reason for wanting a copy:
|“||For example, one scene apparently portrays me as refusing to support a missile strike against bin Laden without first alerting the Pakistanis; it further asserts that I notified the Pakistanis of the strike over the objections of our military. Neither of these assertions is true. In fact, The 9/11 Commission Report states (page 117), "Since the missiles headed for Afghanistan had had to cross Pakistan, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was sent to meet with Pakistan’s army chief of staff to assure him the missiles were not coming from India. Officials in Washington speculated that one or another Pakistani official might have sent a warning to the Taliban or Bin Ladin. The Taliban ( طالبان, also anglicised as Taleban; translation "students" is a Sunni Islamist, predominately "||”|
On September 7, Clinton warned ABC through his attorneys that The Path to 9/11 misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden.
|“||Clinton pointedly refutted [sic] several fictionalized scenes that he claims insinuate he was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal to care about bin Laden and that a top adviser pulled the plug on CIA operatives who were just moments away from bagging the terror master, according to a letter to ABC boss Bob Iger obtained by The Post. Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom then- United States President Bill Clinton admitted to The Lewinsky scandal was a political Sex scandal emerging from a sexual relationship between United States President Bill Clinton and a then |
The former president also disputed the portrayal of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as having tipped off Pakistani officials that a strike was coming, giving bin Laden a chance to flee.
"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," the four-page letter said. 
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Charles Schumer, and Senator Byron Dorgan sent a letter to Robert A. Iger, the President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Harry Mason Reid (born December 2 1939 is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party, as well as Deborah Ann "Debbie" Stabenow (born Deborah Ann Greer on April 29, 1950) is a Democratic United States Senator from Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior U Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14 1942) is the junior United States Senator from North Dakota. Robert A "Bob" Iger (born February 10 1951) is the head of The Walt Disney Company. Their letter includes the following statement:
|“||Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation. |
"The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. The Communications Act of 1934 was a United States federal law enacted as Public Law Number 416 Act of June 19 1934 ch Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events. "
Scholastic Press, which had a deal with ABC to distribute "educational materials" based on the movie, pulled the materials in question from their website on September 7, substituting them with materials focusing on "critical thinking and media literacy skills". The Scholastic Corporation (or sometimes referred to as Scholastic Press; in other cases Scholastic Inc 
Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic Press, had this to say on the matter:
|“||After a thorough review of the original guide that we offered online to about 25,000 high school teachers, we determined that the materials did not meet our high standards for dealing with controversial issues. . . at the same time, we believe that developing critical thinking and media literacy skills is crucial for students in today’s society in order to participate fully in our democracy and that a program such as 'The Path to 9/11' provides a very 'teachable moment' for developing these skills at the high school level. We encourage teachers not to shy away from the controversy surrounding the program, but rather to engage their students in meaningful, in-depth discussion. ||”|
Harvey Keitel, who plays the lead role in the film, also criticized the script, saying that "it turned out not all the facts were correct" and "you cannot cross the line from a conflation of events to a distortion of the event. Harvey Keitel (born 13 May 1939 is an Academy Award -nominated American actor " Keitel also said there was "discussion" and "argument" on-set during the filming about what was truthful and what was not, and that he disagreed with certain decisions.
Producer Marc Platt has acknowledged that the script was based in part on a book co-written by a Bush administration official. Marc Platt (born 1953 is a British writer He is most known for his work with the BBC Science fiction Television The book, The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It was co-written by John Miller, who serves as the assistant director of public affairs for the FBI. 
On September 8, former Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine complained in a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed about her portrayal in the film: "According to the mythmakers, a battle ensued between a cop obsessed with tracking down Osama bin Laden and a bureaucrat more concerned with the feelings of the host government than the fate of Americans and the realities of terrorism. Yemen ( Arabic: اليَمَن al-Yaman officially the Republic of Yemen ( Arabic: الجمهورية اليمنية al-Jumhuuriyya Barbara K Bodine (born 1948 in St Louis Missouri) is a career member of the Foreign Service of the United States Department of State. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed I know this is false. I was there. I was the ambassador. " The ABC miniseries compressed Bodine's role to a single extended scene, suggesting she was dismissive, hostile, and vulgar toward FBI investigator John O'Neill from the moment of his October 2000 arrival in Yemen (see USS Cole bombing). John Patrick O'Neill ( February 6, 1952 – September 11, 2001) was a top American anti- Terrorism expert who worked as a October 2000: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - The USS Cole bombing was a Suicide bombing attack against the U
A 2003 biography of O'Neill, The Man Who Warned America, recounts everything in the scene and portrays her in a similar light.
Television actress Patricia Heaton, who played Bodine and who has her own independent ABC development deal, did not comment on the controversy surrounding The Path to 9/11 nor its worldwide broadcast on September 10-11, 2006. Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actress best known for playing lead character and
Before the miniseries aired, some screeners of previews of The Path to 9/11 asserted that certain scenes misrepresented the real-life events upon which they were said to be based, and that some scenes were complete fabrications. Fox News personality James Hirsen countered that the film, while containing elements of a dramatization, was overall fair and very well grounded in fact.  Still, some public figures (many of whom claim to have been denied the opportunity to see the movie in advance) have picked up on this and accused ABC of being unfair in its portrayal of the Clinton Administration's attitudes and actions regarding terrorism. There are also claims that some individuals portrayed in the film were not given special DVD preview copies before it was aired publicly.
In addition to the fictionalized scenes and misrepresentations, preview copies have also contained several smaller errors that prompted criticism that the film is sloppy in its fidelity to facts. For example, a caption in the film misspelled Madeleine Albright's name.  Another example is a scene portraying a warning popping up on a computer when Mohamed Atta boarded American Airlines Flight 11 in Boston. The scene was factually inaccurate; Atta actually boarded a connecting U. S. Airways flight in Bangor, Maine. Bangor is the County seat of Penobscot County, Maine, United States, and the major commercial and cultural center for eastern and northern Maine 
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian was among many distinguished historians who published an open letter to ABC expressing concern about "flagrant falsehoods about critical events in recent American history", concluding: "A responsible broadcast network should have nothing to do with the falsification of history, except to expose it. Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr, born Arthur Bancroft Schlesinger ( October 15 1917 &ndash February 28 2007) was a Pulitzer Prize recipient The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, We strongly urge you to halt the show's broadcast and prevent misinforming Americans about their history. "
During production of the movie, there was a controversy in the Toronto media over the use of discarded medical charts and records as document props. The Privacy Commissioner for the province of Ontario launched an investigation and the producers destroyed footage including the garbage and sent all remaining documents to a shredding service for disposal. 
While in the U. S. the film was marketed as a loose dramatization of events based on the 9/11 Commission Report, television advertising for the film in countries outside the U. S. called the film the "Official True Story". Further, an Australian TV listing called the film "the story of exactly what happened", which later changed to "The thrilling dramatised investigation" as the airing time drew near. 
Republican William Bennett joined those saying there is "no reason to falsify the record" or "falsify conversations". William John Bennett (born July 3, 1943) is an American Neoconservative Pundit, Politician, and Political During an appearance on CNN he called on ABC to correct the inaccuracies of the show and for fellow conservatives to join him in such a demand. 
a two-part miniseries that placed the blame for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Clinton administration and whitewashed some of the Bush administration's failures leading up to the attacks. Media Matters for America (or MMfA) is a 501(c(3 Non-profit organization founded in 2004 by Journalist and Author The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. 
Allegations of religious involvement surfaced in 2006, when journalist Max Blumenthal commented on David Loren Cunningham and his former links to the international mission organization Youth With A Mission. Max Blumenthal is a journalist and blogger whose work has appeared in The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon, The American David Loren Cunningham (born February 24, 1971) an American film director and producer Youth With A Mission ( YWAM, generally pronounced as "why-wam" is an international inter-denominational non-profit Christian Missionary organization David is the son of Youth WIth A Mission founder Loren Cunningham. Loren Duane Cunningham (born 1936 Taft California) a co-founder of the International Christian Missionary organization Youth With A Mission This connection to Youth WIth A Mission, and past allegations of a political agenda within the organization, were mentioned by Blumenthal. He also noted the previous intentions of David Cunningham to 'revolutionize' film and television by founding an auxiliary group within Youth WIth A Mission called TFI (The Film Institute). Youth WIth A Mission International Chairman Lynn Green acknowledged the allegations, yet rebutted these concerns, insisting that the organization, "had nothing to do with financing the film, nor did any YWAM personnel have any influence on the content of the film. "
Additionally, a book by Thomas Kean, the 9/11 Commission chairman who worked as an adviser to the film, is also included as published material. Thomas Howard Kean (born April 21, 1935 in New York City) is an American Republican Party Politician, who served as the  Kean supports the film saying, "People in both parties didn't particularly like the commission report, and I think people in both parties aren't going to love this one".  Kean also remarked on ABC's Good Morning America: "It's something the American people should see because you understand how these people wanted to do us harm, developed this plot, and how the machinations of the American government under two administrations not only failed to stop them, but even failed to slow them down. Good Morning America ( GMA) is a morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network debuting on November " According to the New York Times of the 13th September, Kean said that he had vetted much of the screenplay for accuracy and that he was confident it reflected the spirit of what happened. "I’m very happy with it," he said.
ABC continued to maintain that their movie was non-partisan and responded to critics by explaining that, "No one has seen the final version of the film, because the editing process is not yet complete, so criticisms of film specifics are premature and irresponsible. In Political science, nonpartisan denotes an Election, event or organization in which the participants declare or do not formally have a Political party "
In a November 2004 Weekly Standard article, Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA's bin Laden unit, tends to lend support to the overall theme in The Path to 9/11 that Berger, Tenet and Clarke were more concerned about collateral damage than killing or capturing bin Laden:
|“||Scheuer thinks Clarke is a risk-averse poseur who didn't do enough to fight bin Laden prior to September 11, 2001. November 2004: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September The Weekly Standard is an American opinion Magazine published 48 times per year Michael F Scheuer is a former CIA employee In his 22-year career he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka "Alec Station" from 1996 Collateral damage is damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome At his breakfast with reporters, Scheuer said that on 10 separate occasions his unit, codename "Alec," provided key policymakers with information that could've led to the killing or capture of Osama bin Laden. "In each of those 10 instances, the senior policymaker in charge, whether it was Sandy Berger, Richard Clarke, or George Tenet," resisted taking action, afraid it would result in collateral damage or a backlash on the Arab street. According to Scheuer, Clarke’s story has changed in the time since.||”|
Some conservative commentators have responded to the controversy by suggesting that what they call "the deep anger of the Clinton political machine" or the "narcissistic whining of the Clinton coterie" amounts to "self-serving complaints," to "an irrelevant diversion," to a "repellent" "hissy fit," and to quibbling about details in what talk radio host Hugh Hewitt described as "a very accurate docudrama" whose main message, according to Brent Bozell, is that "America's intelligence apparatus was woefully unprepared for 9-11, and remains dangerously inadequate today. Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is an American radio Talk show host author and Blogger He comments on politics and society Leo Brent Bozell III (born July 14, 1955 in Washington DC) is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative " Bozell further stated that both "Clinton and Bush officials come under fire, and if it seems more anti-Clinton, that's only because they were in office a lot longer than Team Bush before 9-11. Indeed, the film drives home the point that from our enemies' perspective, it's irrelevant who is in the White House. They simply want to kill Americans and destroy America. The film doesn't play favorites, and the Bush administration takes its lumps as well. "  Hewitt added that the "program is not primarily about the Clinton stewardship—or lack thereof—of the national security. It is not even secondarily about that. Rather the mini-series is the first attempt — very successful — to convey to American television viewers what we are up against: The fanaticism, the maniacal evil, the energy and the genius for mayhem of the enemy. Fanaticism is an Emotion of being filled with excessive uncritical Zeal, particularly for an extreme religious or political cause or in Evil, in many cultures is used to describe acts or thoughts which are contrary to some particular religion A genius is a person of great Intelligence or remarkable abilities in a specific subject who shows an exceptional natural capacity of intellect and/or ability especially "
On September 10, 2006, Part 1 aired over ABC in the United States as scheduled and without commercial interruption. According to the journal Editor and Publisher Magazine, less than one minute was "cropped out" in comparison to the review copy in its possession. Editor & Publisher (E&P is a monthly Journal covering the North American Newspaper industry All of the controversial scenes were included in some manner, with only brief shots trimmed and occasional word substitutions made. In addition, a written and spoken disclaimer was aired at the beginning and end of the movie (and just past the midpoint of the first evening's broadcast) reminding viewers that the movie was a fictionalization.  The film "is not a documentary," ABC/Disney said.
On September 11, 2006, Part 2 aired as scheduled, without commercials, though it was interrupted halfway in by a speech from President Bush in the Eastern and Central time zones, which pre-empted the only parts of the movie that were critical of Bush's handling of the events of 9/11/2001.
While the first night had lower ratings, the second night received the highest ratings of the night. 
During the original broadcast in the United States, The Path to 9/11 was beat by NFL football and tied a rerun of the film 9/11 shown on CBS. Founded in 1950, American Cinema Editors ( ACE) is an honorary society of Film editors that are voted in based on the qualities of professional achievements The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. 9/11 is a Documentary film about the September 11 2001 attacks in New York City, in which two planes crashed into the buildings of the 
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