”It would seem to me that such misinformation would be damning to our national security, and the credibility of our leadership, to the point that would warrant criminal prosecution.”
OT, the film is protected as satire under the first amendment. Even if it was actionable, and I don’t think it was, can you imagine the reaction of the liberal MSM if someone had tried to take action?
For a better discussion of what was wrong and what was actually fabricated read this piece in Newsweek]
Since, according to Gallup, 20% of the American public (including you, as I recall) don’t believe the U.S. landed on the Moon, its not hard to see how gullible many Americans were about this film. It’s still “primacy of print” to most Americans.
Besides, despite the shrill rhetoric of some on these boards
and unlike Canada
, the protection of free speech is still very much alive in the U.S.
I personally thought the film was inappropriate for a nation at war but “I will defend, yada yada yada”
President Bush decided that it was beneath him and his campaign to reply to the allegations, a smart move in my opinion; Kerry should have done the same when the Swift boat ads appeared. ”Whether the Bin Ladens were flown out on the 12th or the 13th, and whether it was GWB's or Clarke's decision to do it, they were flown out of the country, while hundreds of other Arabs/Muslims were detained, some to this day!
These people were direct relatives of the facilitator of the worst crime against the U.S......EVER!” 9/11 Report "...Our own independent review of the Saudi nationals involved confirms that no one with known links to terrorism departed on these flights.31”
This was an after the fact review of the FBI's actions by the 9/11 commission and I'm willing to accept that the independent reviews were thorough ”If I was Ted Bundy's brother, I would find it reasonable that I would be investigated and questioned thoroughly following Ted's arrest and discovery of his heinous crimes.”
Don’t think he had a brother but I take your point. If I had been his brother I would have been offended if I had been detained and interviewed (and that’s what we’re talking about here). As a criminal investigator I might have talked with the brother to see if he could shine any light on Bundy’s movements but I certainly wouldn’t have considered his a suspect based on their relationship. ”How could the FBI conduct a thorough examination and investigation on a trans-Atlantic flight?”
They didn’t, read my earlier post. ”… The FBI interviewed all persons of interest on these flights prior to their departures.” ”Why did we bother to collect them and ship them out? Why did I pay for it as a taxpayer?”
We didn’t, the Saudi government did.
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