HANANIA: (Bonus Column) More 9/11 Conspiracy Theories. For release Thurs, Sep. 6, 2007

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9/11 Conspiracy Theories of the “Other Kind”

By Ray Hanania

The latest Sept. 11, 2001 “conspiracy theory” involves the “Why Isn’t My DVD being Released by Amazon.com?” A complaint from producer Cyrus Nowrasteh. His film (he was the primary producer), “The path to 9/11,” was a mini-series broadcast on ABC and based on the book “The Cell” by John Miller. But — and here is the conspiracy mystery — it hasn’t reached DVD distribution on Amazon.com which lists it, mysteriously, as “unavailable.”

Declares Amazon.com, the apparent philisophical engine of leftwing political thought, “Availability: Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

Does that mean it was never in stock?

“The Path fo 9/11” is not the same as the other, more objective film, “The Road to 9/11” by Director Sabin Streeter, which IS available on Amazon.com and other online DVD sales sites. (Who Hah! Insert Twilight Zone music here).

The theory being promoted is that Hillary Clinton has squashed the sales of the DVD. That’s power, right. To influence Amazon.com. The idea is “The Path to 9/11” made her husband, and presumbaly her because she was married to him, look bad. But, it also made Bush and his White House look even worse … could it be Limbaugh is blocking the sale?

The director is David Cunningham. Nowrasteh is one of four producers: Penelope L. Foster – Producer (producer); Cyrus Nowrasteh – Producer (producer); Hans Proppe – Producer (producer); and, Mark Winemaker – Producer (producer). It stars Harvey Keitel, and was broadcast on ABC TV in two parts on Sept. 10, and Sept. 11, 2006.

But only Nowrasteh has taken on the offense.

And why? Here’s my conspiracy theory:

Nowrasteh has reportedly boasted on his radio show that Rush Limbaugh is one of his closest personal friends. He openly asserts “politics” is behind the delay in the release of the DVD on Amazon.com. (That’s enough for me to ban anything Nowrasteh does.)

In an interview last year on one of those hate-web-sites (I won’t link it), Nowrasteh was upfront (clue) in claiming, “It [the 2 part documentary] also dramatizes the frequent opportunities the Administration had in the 90s to stop Bin Laden in his tracks — but lacked the will to do so.”

He continued with the Clinton-bashing, without making any mention of Bush, asserting, “The 9/11 report details the Clinton’s administration’s response — or lack of response — to Al Qaeda and how this emboldened Bin Laden to keep attacking American interests.”

“The Path to 9/11” was nominated for Two Emmys for sound and visual effects, not for content or drama, though. It did win some other, lesser awards.

It has been denounced as pro-Republican propaganda.

Now, if I were to assess all this, I might conclude this: If Hillary Clinton can really put so much influence on Amazon.com, just think what she can do to China?

You go girl!

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and author. Arab Writers Group Syndicate, www.ArabWritersGroup.com)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com