WHEN the fattened cats at Disney put the kibosh on Michael Moore’s new film, ‘Fahrenheit 9-11,’ they did more than censor an artist. Gagging
facts: the Bush Administration’s killing off investigations of Saudi Arabian funding of terror including evidence involving a few members of the bin Laden family in the
I know, because, with my investigative team at BBC television and The Guardian of Britain, I wrote and filmed the original reports on which
On November 11, 2001, just two months after the attack, BBC Television’s Newsnight displayed documents indicating that FBI agents were held back from investigating two members of the bin Laden family who were fronting for a “suspected terrorist organization”
We further reported that upper level agents in the
The next day, our Guardian team reported that agents were constrained in following the money trail from an extraordinary meeting held in
Those stories ran at the top of the nightly news in
Our news teams picked up several awards including one I particularly hated getting: a Project Censored Award from
It’s the prize you get for a very important story that is simply locked out of the American press.
And that hurts. I’m an American, an
What’s going on here?
Why the heck can’t agents follow the money, even when it takes them to
This is not the first time that Michael Moore attempted to take our BBC investigative reports past the
Here’s an example of Moore’s underground railroad operation to bring hard news to America: In the Guardian and on BBC TV, I reported that Florida’s then Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, removed tens of thousands of Black citizens from voter rolls just prior to the 2000 election. Her office used a list of supposed ‘felons’ – a roster her office knew was baloney, filled almost exclusively with innocents.
I printed the first installment of that story in the Guardian papers while Al Gore was still in the race. The Washington Post ran my story seven months later. By then, it could be read with a chuckle from the Bush White House.
The Black voter purge story would have never seen the light of day in the USA, despite its front-page play over the globe, were it not for Moore opening his book, ‘Stupid White Men,’ with it.
So go ahead, Mr. Mickey Mouse mogul, censor the guy in the baseball cap, let the movie screens go dark, spread the blindness that is killing us. Instead, show us fake fly-boys giving the “Mission Accomplished” thumbs up.
It’s so much easier, with the lights off, for the sheiks, who lend their credit cards to killers, to jack up the price of oil while our politicians prepare the heist of the next election, this time by computer.
Let’s not kid ourselves. Tube news in the
Maybe I’m getting too worked up. After all, it’s just a movie.
But choking off distribution of