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July 01, 2004
The ChiComs know a good thing when they see it

According to People's Daily Online:

Michael Moore's provocative anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" is likely to become the first imported documentary in China...

In other Michael Moore news, last week's AP report entitled "Former terrorism czar calls Iraq invasion 'enormous mistake'" had this at the end:

[Richard] Clarke took issue with some elements of documentary-maker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911." The movie depicts how the Bush administration allowed Saudi nationals and members of Osama bin Laden's family to leave the United States days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Saudi nationals were not allowed to leave until the FBI cleared them of posing any danger or having any knowledge of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, Clarke said.

"This has become a tempest in a tea pot," Clarke said. "After 911, I think the Saudis were perfectly justified ... in fearing the possibility of vigilantism against Saudis in this country. When they asked to evacuate their citizens ... I thought it was a perfectly normal request."

Clarke added that while he agrees with many things Moore stands for, making this incident a big part of the movie was "a mistake."

NewsMax adds:

In May, Clarke confessed that he and he alone made the decision to approve the flyouts.

"It didnít get any higher than me,Ē he told The Hill newspaper. "On 9/11, 9/12 and 9/13, many things didnít get any higher than me. I decided it in consultation with the FBI.Ē

Clarke told the 9/11 Commission the same thing in March, after first detailing the episode for Vanity Fair magazine last August - leaving plenty of time for Moore to adjust his film to the facts as recounted by his primary source.

Posted by The Lonewacko Blog to Politics at July 01, 2004 08:04 AM
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