Michael Moore, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and political activist, accused President Bush of exploiting the public's fears after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to launch what Moore called an unnecessary war against Iraq.
"This is all a cover and what's so outrageous about all of this is that this man, George W. Bush, would use the deaths of Sept. 11 . . . as a cover for his right-wing agenda," Moore said Thursday night as he accepted the Eleanor Roosevelt Freedom of Speech Award from the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal activist group.
The rotund, scruffy-bearded activist from Flint, Mich., is up for best documentary at Sunday's Academy Awards for "Bowling for Columbine," which explores America's gun culture.
He told the crowd of nearly 400 Thursday night that it was "high immorality" for the Bush administration to try to link Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11 attacks without providing evidence.