The think tank American Freedom Alliance said today it will screen the full unedited version of the 2006 ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 11, the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The group bills the event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City as the first time the unedited version will be shown, after ABC trimmed about a minute of footage ahead of its original broadcast airing — a move the mini’s writer-producer Cyrus Nowrasteh said was due to political pressure from Democrats who disputed the facts portrayed in the script, which was critical of President Bill Clinton for not killing Osama bin Laden when given the opportunity in 1998. (ABC advertised that the mini was based on the 9/11 Commission report, but commission member Richard Ben-Veniste and the Clinton Administration were among those that disputed its version of events). That same pressure, Nowrasteh has claimed many times since, has delayed the 4 1/2-hour miniseries from being released on DVD. In other words, it all became a big morass that nobody could really fix (see ABC’s 9/11: Big Mystery! Where’s Disney Chairman George Mitchell In This Mess?).
The American Freedom Alliance, which bills itself “a non-political, non-aligned movement that promotes, defends and upholds Western values and ideals,” will show the mini in two parts: 10AM-12:30 PM and 5PM-7PM, with a forum and commemoration for 9/11 victims held between screenings. Nowrasteh will be interviewed live at 4:30 PM by John Ziegler, whose documentary Blocking The Path to 9/11 chronicles efforts to prevent the miniseries from airing.