Hijacking Catastrophe

New Documentary About Neocon Agenda & Bush Administration's Response to 9/11



Now Available On DVD & VHS



Jun 17, 2004, 01:00 ET from Media Education Foundation

    NORTHAMPTON, Mass., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Media Education Foundation
 (MEF), a leading producer and distributor of educational films, has released a
 powerful new documentary on DVD and VHS about the neoconservative roots and
 political effects of the Bush Administration's response to the 9/11 terror
 attacks.
     Narrated by Julian Bond, and featuring interviews with government insiders
 and two dozen of the most prominent political commentators in the country,
 Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire places the
 emergence of the so-called Bush Doctrine within the context of a two-decade
 struggle by neoconservatives to radically increase defense spending while
 radically transforming the global, post-cold war order by means of military
 force.
     "The positive attention Michael Moore's been getting with Fahrenheit 9/11
 tells us that a lot of people are ready to question the radical turn this
 country has taken since 9/11, without fear of being labeled soft or
 unpatriotic," said Jeremy Earp, who wrote and directed the documentary with
 Sut Jhally. "That's good news, but it's not enough. There's no doubt Moore's
 about to come under intense personal attack. And by delivering a storehouse of
 heavy hitters who understand, as Moore does, that dissent is an American
 tradition, we're hoping to help keep attention focused on policies, not on
 personalities."
     The documentary provides a fast-paced analysis of the Bush
 Administration's media tactics after 9/11, and offers blistering commentary on
 the war in Iraq from a range of administration critics. They include Norman
 Mailer; Chalmers Johnson, whose prophetic book Blowback became an
 international best-seller after 9/11; political dissident Noam Chomsky;
 Benjamin Barber,author of Jihad vs. McWorld; globalization theorist Immanuel
 Wallerstein; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams; former Chief UN Weapons
 Inspector Scott Ritter; retired Army Special Forces Sergeant Stan Goff; Daniel
 Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. Karen
 Kwiatkowski (Air Force, ret.).
     In an especially fascinating first-hand account, Kwiatkowski describes how
 she watched in horror as the administration set up a propaganda operation to
 convince the American people that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United
 States and that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
     "What emerged over the course of all of our interviews," said Jhally, "was
 a clear sense that neocons within the Bush Administration exploited the fears
 of people after 9/11 to win support for an extreme foreign policy agenda that
 they knew most Americans would never buy into. For a long time, a lot of good
 people have been asking questions about this, about where this Administration
 is taking us, and for a long time they've been shut down. We feel it's
 imperative that the American people have access to their insights, whether
 they agree with them or not."
     The film is now available on DVD and VHS for $19.95 at http://www.mef.tv.
 
     For further information contact:
      Kendra Olson
      Marketing Manager
      Media Education Foundation
      tel 413.584.8500 ext. 2203
      email kendra@mediaed.org
 
 

SOURCE Media Education Foundation
    NORTHAMPTON, Mass., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Media Education Foundation
 (MEF), a leading producer and distributor of educational films, has released a
 powerful new documentary on DVD and VHS about the neoconservative roots and
 political effects of the Bush Administration's response to the 9/11 terror
 attacks.
     Narrated by Julian Bond, and featuring interviews with government insiders
 and two dozen of the most prominent political commentators in the country,
 Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire places the
 emergence of the so-called Bush Doctrine within the context of a two-decade
 struggle by neoconservatives to radically increase defense spending while
 radically transforming the global, post-cold war order by means of military
 force.
     "The positive attention Michael Moore's been getting with Fahrenheit 9/11
 tells us that a lot of people are ready to question the radical turn this
 country has taken since 9/11, without fear of being labeled soft or
 unpatriotic," said Jeremy Earp, who wrote and directed the documentary with
 Sut Jhally. "That's good news, but it's not enough. There's no doubt Moore's
 about to come under intense personal attack. And by delivering a storehouse of
 heavy hitters who understand, as Moore does, that dissent is an American
 tradition, we're hoping to help keep attention focused on policies, not on
 personalities."
     The documentary provides a fast-paced analysis of the Bush
 Administration's media tactics after 9/11, and offers blistering commentary on
 the war in Iraq from a range of administration critics. They include Norman
 Mailer; Chalmers Johnson, whose prophetic book Blowback became an
 international best-seller after 9/11; political dissident Noam Chomsky;
 Benjamin Barber,author of Jihad vs. McWorld; globalization theorist Immanuel
 Wallerstein; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams; former Chief UN Weapons
 Inspector Scott Ritter; retired Army Special Forces Sergeant Stan Goff; Daniel
 Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, and Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Col. Karen
 Kwiatkowski (Air Force, ret.).
     In an especially fascinating first-hand account, Kwiatkowski describes how
 she watched in horror as the administration set up a propaganda operation to
 convince the American people that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United
 States and that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks.
     "What emerged over the course of all of our interviews," said Jhally, "was
 a clear sense that neocons within the Bush Administration exploited the fears
 of people after 9/11 to win support for an extreme foreign policy agenda that
 they knew most Americans would never buy into. For a long time, a lot of good
 people have been asking questions about this, about where this Administration
 is taking us, and for a long time they've been shut down. We feel it's
 imperative that the American people have access to their insights, whether
 they agree with them or not."
     The film is now available on DVD and VHS for $19.95 at http://www.mef.tv.
 
     For further information contact:
      Kendra Olson
      Marketing Manager
      Media Education Foundation
      tel 413.584.8500 ext. 2203
      email kendra@mediaed.org
 
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