September 10th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Even Harvey Keitel, who plays the nominal hero of the film -- former FBI

Even Harvey Keitel, who plays the nominal hero of the film -- former FBI
agent-turned-World Trade Center security chief John O'Neill -- when
asked in an interview whether he thought the film contained distortions,
replied, "Yes, I do," and called on the network to fix them before the
film airs.

*ABC's Twisted 'Path to 9/11'*

By Tom Shales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 9, 2006; C01

Factually shaky, politically inflammatory and photographically a mess,
"The Path to 9/11" -- ABC's two-part, five-hour miniseries tracing
events leading up to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon -- has something not just to offend everyone but also to
depress them.

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Chris Keeley

it’s a diary of “a gladiator school,” “a walled city of madness.” Guards act savagely — a natural ou

it’s a diary of “a gladiator school,” “a walled city of madness.” Guards act savagely — a natural outcome in a culture where “the only thing lower than an inmate is an ‘inmate lover,’ a ‘hug-a-thug.’

Ray Bartkus

September 10, 2006

Among the Thugs

Michael G. Santos hardly seems like a reliable narrator. As a middle-class kid in Seattle, he was “a mediocre student” in high school, and then, three years after graduation, he chose drug trafficking as a profession. He lived “arrogantly,” driving Porsches and wearing Cartier diamonds, and he owned an offshore race boat called the Outlaw. He was eventually charged with distributing cocaine and, in 1987, sentenced to 45 years in prison. In his book, he presents accounts of the sex, violence and drugs found behind bars. Yet he knows that a man like him — “a long-term prisoner” — is seen as “prone to prevarication or exaggeration.” Few would have believed the Abu Ghraib stories if they’d come from the prisoners, he points out. It was the pictures that made them real.

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