An explosive new interview just recently aired features award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M., The Young Messiah) who claims that Bill and Hillary Clinton used their political influence at ABC/Disney to have the Emmy Award-winning 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11 effectively banned from the U.S.
The miniseries, which looked at events that led up to the 9/11 attacks, was premised largely on events that happened during Bill Clinton’s presidency (January 1993 – January 2001). As Breitbart News reported last year, the four-hour miniseries with an all-star cast from the acclaimed Iranian-American writer-director presented a factual dramatization of pre-9/11 events, “including an examination of then-President Bill Clinton’s failure to capture and kill its chief architect, Osama bin Laden.”
ABC reportedly spent about $40 million to produce the miniseries but then shelved it indefinitely after allegedly being pressured by the Clintons (ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos was Clinton’s campaign chief and a White House official, and he’s a major donor to the Clinton Foundation).
In an interview with KSFO morning show host Brian Sussman, Nowrasteh described almost incomprehensible actions on the part of ABC.
“The amazing thing was the Clintons were able to put pressure on Disney/ABC basically to bury their own movie that they spent $40 million on, The Path to 9/11, which did air once, by the way, over two nights, and was number one in the ratings with 20 million viewers,” Nowrasteh told KSFO The Morning Show’s Brian Sussman.
In many ways, he continued, the Clintons are “more effective” at censoring material “than the ayatollahs in Iraq” who banned his 2008 “Soraya” film because it was critical of the Iranian government. Nowrasteh was able to smuggle some DVD copies of “Soraya” into Iran, but “the Clintons made sure that no one can see The Path to 9/11,” he said.
The miniseries covered the period between the first World Trade Center attack on Feb. 26, 1993 – just a month after Clinton took office – until Sept. 11, 2001, “in factual detail, which was really the problem for the Clintons because we portray the opportunities that Bill Clinton had to kill bin Laden, and passed on it.”
“By censoring it, they made sure that the DVD was never released so that Americans could not see it, and they made sure that it was never re-broadcast,” he continued. “It is basically the only banned film in America.”
And no doubt the Clintons want to keep the series banned as Hillary makes her own bid for the White House; even though she was only the first lady, from the outset her husband told the country and the world that his was really a co-presidency. During the 1992 campaign, Bill often bragged, “Buy one, get one free,” in reference to his wife.
As for the miniseries, it was apparently so politically controversial for the Clintons that Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, threatened to revoke the network’s broadcast license if changes weren’t made so the series did not seem critical of President Clinton.
“[The Clintons] are out to silence their critics, as aggressively as they can possibly get away with,” Nowrasteh said. “The suppression of The Path to 9/11, the burying of it, the making sure that no DVD of it was ever released by a major company in this country, was all a direct result of her run for the presidency, her initial run. She was ultimately defeated by Barack Obama, but that’s what it was all about.”
Sussman asked which is worse, the “blatant censorship” of Iran when its leader banned “Soraya,” or the “sophisticated, backroom censorship” of the “9/11” in the U.S.
“I think the latter is worse, because we know better,” Nowrasteh replied. “This country is founded on freedom of expression, and freedom of artistic expression, and the mainstream media fell in line behind the Clintons.”