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Fahrenheit 9/11
an article by David Adams

Like thousands, maybe millions, of Americans, I went to the opening night showing of Michael Moore's new film, Fahrenheit 9/11. There were people lined up to see it when we went, and even longer lines for the later show when we left. Another showing was scheduled for midnight. I guess that's because it looked for a while like the film was going to be censored. Nothing like the threat of censorship to make people want to see it!

The film puts together remarkable footage from the most controversial events of our time, beginning with the Congressional debate (or should one say "lack of debate") following the 2000 election and going through the war in Iraq. And controversy there is. For example, one critique of the film on the Internet at Spinsanity, objects especially to Moore's portrayal of the 2000 Florida election and the Bush family connections to oil interests in the Middle East.

For me, the best part was at the end. The packed audience had watched and listened to George W. Bush and his warriors in silence, but when it was over, they burst into loud, sustained applause. It was as if a fearful silence had been broken.

Some folks were outside the theatre with voter registration forms and with bumper stickers from moveon.org to vote for peace in November. It felt like a movement was being born.

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Fahrenheit 911 continues to have an impact in unexpected ways.  Now news reports, including CNN and the New York Daily News report that the Congressman chosen by Bush to head the CIA was interviewed during the filming of Fahrenheit 911, and in response to the question as to whether he was qualified to work for the CIA, here's what he said.

"I don't have the language skills. I, you know, my language skills were romance languages and stuff. We're looking for Arabists today. I don't have the cultural background probably," Goss is quoted in an interview transcript.

"And I certainly don't have the technical skills, uh, as my children  remind me every day: 'Dad you got to get better on your computer. ' Uh, so, the things that you need to have, I don't have. "

Moore told Reuters that Goss, who until Tuesday was chairman of the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, granted an interview to two of his producers without first checking to see who they worked for. " You'd think the person who was the head of the intelligence committee would ask a few more questions," said Moore.

"The reality is that Porter Goss was in charge of the oversight of the CIA during a time when the CIA didn't do its job, which in part resulted in the loss of lives of 3,000 people," he said via  telephone from New York.


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This report was posted on July 7, 2004.