Iowa’s Democratic Senator was in the audience for a sneak preview of a controversial documentary that attacks the Bush Administration. Senator Tom Harkin saw Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 last night in D.C. Harkin saw just half of the film because he had to return to the Senate last night to vote on the defense bill, but Harkin says the first half he saw was “very powerful.” Harkin says it presents the “unvarnished version” of what happened during the 2000 election, and what happened leading up to and during the attacks of September 11th. Harkin says the documentary is “very provocative” and raises a lot of questions. Harkin says he was not fully aware that the White House approved an airlift that took members of the bin Laden family and other Saudis out of the U.S. in the days when all air traffic was grounded in the U.S. after 9/11.Harkin says he’s not saying those bin Laden family members were guilty of anything, but Harkin says at the very least they should have been questioned by American authorities rather than allowed to sneak out of the country. Harkin calls that part of the documentary “quite startling.” Moore attempts in the film to show business links between the Bush and bin Laden families. The Independent 9/11 Commission investigating the attacks reported this month that the F-B-I had approved the Saudis departures and noted that most of bin Laden’s relatives have nothing to do with him. The film opens on 800 screens this weekend. Many republicans are urging a boycott; many democrats, including Harkin, are urging Americans to see the film.
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