Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Real Reason Path to 9/11 Is So Bad

To undercut the future Senate or Congressional investigations which are almost certainly to begin sometime next year.

I read somewhere the theory that this mockumentary is stage one of an October Surprise, meant to set up Democrats as incompetent and weak on national security while reinforcing the old belief that Republicans are the shiznit.

But, from bits and pieces I've read about the flick, it sounds like Nowrasteh makes everyone, from the President to a parking garage attendant, look criminally negligent and stupid, and intimately responsible for the tragedy that followed.

Take, for instance, Nowrasteh's portrayal of airline employees.

Here's what really happened in real life. When Atta was about to board a US Airways flight from Portland, ME to Logan Airport in Boston, a warning popped up. Security regulations at the time required that personnel hold his luggage until he boarded the plane. So they did. When he was boarding the American Airlines flight in Boston, no warning popped up and he was allowed to board, just like anyone else.

In what was surely time compression, Nowrasteh had the warning pop up in Boston. And I could understand that. He needed to combine information from two locales and times into one incident. I'm sure his explanation is that he wanted to show the inadequacy of the security regulations which allowed people on warning lists to fly unsearched, and he wanted to only deal with Logan Airport. It just makes sense.

Here's the problem, as the scene is related by John in DC at AmericaBlog, who has the complete copy of the movie:
The AA employee called a supervisor who kind of shrugged and said, blithely, just let him through. The first employee, shocked, turned to her supervisor and said, shouldn't we search him? The American Airlines supervisor responds, nah, just hold his luggage until he boards the plane. The scene is clearly intended to make American Airlines look negligent.

According to security regulations at the time, no airline was negligent for allowing Atta to fly. Neither US Airways nor American Airlines did anything wrong. Had the supervisor merely explained the regulation in a professional manner to a less experienced employee whose common sense said, "Search him!" (as does everyone's common sense), it would have conveyed the inadequacy of the regulation.

So why have the supervisor act careless and unprofessional and the second employee look shocked? Because this is a movie about assigning blame as far and wide as possible.

It's not about understanding the reasons which lead up to the event. Its purpose is to elicit emotions of outrage and anger and focus them everywhere equally. (Maybe not so equally, considering its portrayal of the previous Administration).

How does spreading the blame equally help for an October Surprise? Not much, but I'm not sure this or anything else will save the Republicans at least one house, and I am sure the Republicans and their minions are very aware of that.

So what this really is about - knowing that one house or possibly both is going to start using subpoena power to open real investigations - is a hopeful propagandistic brainwashing piece to diffuse and confuse public emotion so much it won't matter what investigators find. The national consciousness will already have been set, or at least split, sort of like the split between the Warren Commission crowd and the Grassy Knoll crowd.

As I explained in a previous post, once people see something, it's a lot more likely they will believe it, no matter what any commission finds. As far as I know, some of my memories of my life may have just been dreams. But I saw them, so I remember them as real.

But Bambi got caught in the headlights, and the most egregiously erroneous scenes are purportedly getting reworked. However, as John in DC's post shows, there are surely many little things that will slip by, will be aired and will become true representations of history for many people.

BTW, John in DC called the American Airlines' government affairs office in DC to tell them that The Path to 9/11 was blaming them for the deaths of 3000 people, and the woman hung up on him. So, after that scene airs, let's all write and call American Airlines with our anger that they helped the terrorists kill Americans, and we will never fly with them again.

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