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

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website www.SuburbanChicagoland.com, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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