By Martin Hill
May 4, 2016
Many old programs from corporate news and entertainment networks are made available to the public for sale and use in private homes.
ABC’s 20/20 has an entire online marketplace where they sell episodes going years back.
But when a documentary filmmaker and 9/11 researcher wanted to buy a copy of ABC’s 20/20 episode titled ‘The White Van: Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?’ from June 21, 2002, it was a no go.
They forwarded me the e-mail exchange they had with ABC, it is below.
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 4:15 PM
To: ABCNewsStore Owner: Dan Arbeiter
Subject: 20/20: The White Van (June 21, 2002)
My name is [Redacted.] I was inquiring how I might be able to obtain video coppies (or if its available in a particular format) of 20/20 specials? How much are archives? I’m looking for a 20/20 special from June 21st 2002, called ‘The White Van: Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?’
I’m doing video research, and i may possibly use on a independent documentary film. I live in [Redacted.], so I’m readily available to pick up anything in [Redacted.]. Thank you very much. [Redacted.]
Phone # [Redacted.]
On Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 7:09 AM, Arbeiter, Dan [Dan.Arbeiter@abc.com] wrote:
If this report is available, I can provide you with a DVD for home video (personal viewing) only. Any other type of use, such as footage for a film, would require additional review/permission.
The cost for a special/archive order is:
Tax: if applicable
Let me know if you want me to check on the availability of this report.
Yes, i’m very interested and would like a DVD copy, and i also understand permission requirements. Thank you for your quick response.
On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 10:33 AM, Arbeiter, Dan [Dan.Arbeiter@abc.com] wrote:
Unfortunately, this report is cannot be released on DVD, or any other format.
I’m sorry I could not be of further assistance with this request.
On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM, [Redacted] wrote:
Just one more question. if this 20/20 broadcast cannot be put onto DVD or any format, is there a way i can arrange for it to be viewed?
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I’m sorry, not this report.
Here is the PREVIEW of the ABC Report titled ‘The White Van: Were Israelis Detained on Sept. 11 Spies?’ – June 21st 2002
Here is one of the documentaries from YouTube user ‘DJ Thermal Detonator’: