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  • Scribecast: Cyrus Nowrasteh Discusses the Only Movie Banned in America

    Five years ago ABC aired “The Path to 9/11,” a five-hour docudrama that explained how terrorists plotted to attack America on that frightful September morning in 2001. The movie sparked protests and attempts to stop ABC from showing it. Former President Bill Clinton was among those most displeased.

    As America marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the movie remains under lock and key at ABC. The network never released it on DVD. In fact, last week’s screening at The Heritage Foundation was the first public showing of the film since its television debut in 2006.

    “This is the only banned film in America,” says producer Cyrus Nowrasteh, who agreed to let Heritage show it after meeting our colleague James Carafano, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.

    Listen to our interview with Cyrus Nowrasteh on Scribecast

    Since the movie’s release five years ago, it’s mostly vanished from public discourse. Nowrasteh says that’s unfortunate. It remains one of the most comprehensive representations of the 9/11 Commission Report. It’s not for a lack of trying. Three years ago, filmmaker John Ziegler and producer David Bossie of Citizens United released a documentary, “Blocking The Path to 9/11.”

    These days Nowrasteh is working on other projects. He’s currently producing a film based on Anne Rice’s book, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” He’s also developing a film about the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, a movie he described as the American version of “300.” Gerard Butler, who played King Leonidas in that movie, will play the role of President Andrew Jackson.

    The podcast runs about 12 minutes. It was produced by Hannah Sternberg. Listen to previous interviews on Scribecast or subscribe to future episodes.

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    10 Responses to Scribecast: Cyrus Nowrasteh Discusses the Only Movie Banned in America

    1. rpetty says:

      How can the public see this film? Do Heritage members have access to this film?

    2. Mary says:

      Post the movie on a website – charge $10 for a download/viewing…I'd love to see this movie.

    3. Bobbie says:

      suspicion builds when research is buried by the authority of government…

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      The same main-streamed media that protects Obama when he, and his minions, refuse to use the term "Islamic" terrorist, is the same media that is blocking footage of the actual tragedy that took place on that day to be shown to the general public. The question is "WHY". Could it be that Obama's friend, and 20 pastor, Jeremiah Write is friends with Louis Farrakhan who is friends with Momar Quaddfi, whom just happen to be Muslim?

    5. Texas Pat says:

      Let the truth be known as long as it does not jeopardize future security and safety of this nation. If Clinton or others erred in judgement, then they should have to take their "knocks" just as we all do.

    6. Jeff, Illinois says:

      It's seems to me that more responsible reporting on this issue would include the reasons the film is/was being held back. What are the reasons??? And since Citizens United is for getting it released I suspect the reason(s) it's been withheld may be justified. It's Citizens United that influenced the Supreme Court to pass legislation that made "Corporations – People" in turns of open speech, but more insidiously the right for corporations to give unlimited campaign contributions . . virtually guaranteeing campaign corruption. In essence our coporations and even outside interests can buy our elections. What ever happened to the people. The GOP is helping a Corporatist agenda, while vilifying government at every turn.

      • Jerry says:

        So- if the government is involved in suppressing this video, it must be justified? Perhaps fear of hurting islamist's feelings?

    7. Bobbie says:

      government has heavier influence and authority over any corporations otherwise they serve no purpose. if government gives into bribes of corps or corps give into threats of government, who's fault is that? if there is nothing to hide the government would go above the corporations interests and service the peoples interests by insisting Mr. Nowrasteh's production is available to be seen by choice of people in society. Highly suspicious! Also a violation of freedom and expression.

    8. Jerry says:

      P.S.- your red herring doesn't lead from the original article. Just more obfuscation.

    9. Mike says:

      Read "The Looming Tower"

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