MOORE FILM HEAVY ON INNUENDO, LIGHT ON FACTS
July 23, 2004
The facts do not always agree with what is stated in Michael Moore's new film, Fahrenheit 9/11, say observers. Following are some examples.
Claim: Moore accuses the administration of allowing 142 Saudi Arabian citizens and dozens of bin Laden family members of leaving the United States after September 11th without proper questioning by law enforcement agencies.
Fact: The 9/11 commission concluded that law enforcement officials interviewed 30 of the 142 Saudis, including 22 of the 26 people on the flight that took most of the bin Laden relatives out of the country. It also adds that none of the Saudis were of interest to the investigation, noting that most bin Laden family members severed tied with the Al-Qaeda leader years ago.
Claim: Moore charges that the Bush administration has cut veterans benefits.
Fact: In 2003, the administration proposed to increase health-care spending for the Veterans Affairs Department over the previous year. When Congress wanted to add more money to the budget, the administration opposed the higher increase.
Claim: Moore suggests that one of the first official acts of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai was to help seal a deal for the California-based oil conglomerate Unocal to build a pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean.
Fact: The Taliban balked at the deal when it was originally proposed in 1997, and Unocal abandoned its consortium in 1998.
Source: Denise Beeber and Cheri D. Conner, "'Fahrenheit 9/11' and the Cold, Hard Facts," Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2004.
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