Monday, April 22, 2024


“Our Democracy Got Measurably Stronger”

To the Editor:

Our democracy just got measurably stronger last Saturday as 80 local residents, curious and hungry for the truth, attended a film documentary at the Westport Public Library called Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War.”

Sponsored by Peace Action of CT, the documentary by Robert Greenwald featured interviews with high-level government officials, CIA analysts, top Pentagon officials, and foreign service experts.

They made a compelling case for intentional misrepresentation and distortion of intelligence assessments by the Bush administration.

The experts in the film methodically demonstrate how what was actually known at the time was politicized, stripped of caveats about the unreliability of sources or the uncertainty about certain conclusions—even reused when rejected as junk by CIA—and presented as rock solid ӓevidence by President Bush in his January 2003 State of the Union address and by Secretary of State Colin Powell in his February 2003 U.N. address.

Nearly all of the people who viewed the film raised their hand when asked if they thought a credible case had been made for distortion of intelligence.

And more people around the country are becoming aware of this timely film, as screenings of it have been occurring in libraries, town halls, rented movie theatres and house parties from coast to coast for the last eight weeks.

In our area, it was shown at the Weston Library and Town Hall, at a Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting, and it can be seen again at the Unitarian Church in Westport this Sunday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. with a discussion to follow.

Timing is everything, and David KayԒs report on the absence of weapons of mass destruction, along with his conviction that there was no manipulation of intelligence, has made this film essential viewing by serious people interested in knowing how we actually got into Iraq and what we must do to get out of it.

You can learn more about this film, view the credentials of the 26 career officials, and even purchase the film online, by visiting

Sean Hannon

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