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Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire (2004)



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Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase


Documentary, Special Interest


Oct 5, 2004

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An intellectually steelier case against Bush, his cabalistic administration and the Iraq war than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The most outspoken and yet in some ways the calmest of the new documentaries opposing the Bush presidency.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Although the positions are by now familiar, especially for those who have seen the previously released films on the subject, there's enough solid and persuasive analysis here to give this effort a fresh urgency.

September 22, 2004
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There's really nothing new here ... and lacking the drama and humor of Fahrenheit 9/11, it is even more likely to be preaching to the converted.

September 10, 2004
New York Post
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There's nothing like facts to prosecute a case, and this documentary about the Bush administration's pre-9/11 determination to invade Iraq is nothing if not fact-based.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Where Hijacking does its job best is in laying out the historical details of what Kwiatkowski calls the 'storyline' leading up to the Iraq invasion, a narrative fiction prepared and sold by neocons to a gullible, and scared, public.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Is there a direct connection between 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, Hitler, Gary Cooper, George Bush, shock and awe, condoms and toasters, shopping, and the fall of the Soviet Union? These filmmakers think so.

May 15, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

[I]n our toxic media environment... Hijacking Catastrophe becomes even more vital for anyone who considers himself informed on current events...

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Serious, sober, even chilling, and answers the question of why the U.S. went to war in Iraq better than any other recent film or television show on the subject.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This hard-hitting documentary criticizes the macho underpinnings of an American foreign policy based on military prowess to establish global dominance.

September 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film's form is measured, but its message is incendiary.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

No doubt it's a strong case. Why, then, does it feel so unconstructive?

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's the alpha male pathology that drives men to war and motivates them to want to protect their own that Hijacking Catastrophe explores most effectively.

September 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A solid primer on the errors of the Bush administration.

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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