Posts Tagged ‘justice’

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In this mind-controlled imperial parody of a free society, it’s only taken roughly a decade of revelations for the biggest newspaper to come right out and say what the government did was torture. This was notably only AFTER the president used the word last week, not before. They now have permission to give us a tiny slice more truth in their highly doctored pages.

New York Times Will Finally Start Calling CIA Torture Practices ‘Torture’
But ask yourself this:

Is the Times going to look up the torture statute, which any idiot can google in five seconds? Are they going to talk about punishing those who unlawfully torture people in our name?

(a) Offense.— Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

(b) Jurisdiction.— There is jurisdiction over the activity prohibited in subsection (a) if—

(1) the alleged offender is a national of the United States; or
(2) the alleged offender is present in the United States, irrespective of the nationality of the victim or alleged offender.
(c) Conspiracy.— A person who conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be subject to the same penalties (other than the penalty of death) as the penalties prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.

 

You see, when little inconsequential people — like you — commit felonies they get prosecuted in court and sent to prison. Not so for state-sanctioned criminals. The only person who has seen the inside of a jail cell over these torture war crimes so far is John Kiriakou, the guy who blew the whistle on it.

Obama prosecuted him.

Obama is still covering up torture to this day, censoring the senate investigation.

Obama is guilty of conspiracy, section c.

 

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Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Threatened with ‘Diesel Therapy,’ Suffers Shakedowns for Talking to Press

““One of my cellmates, a 40-ish African-American whom I like, respect and consider a friend, made an important point,” according to Kirakou. “‘Don’t you see what they’re doing? They’re trying to make us mad with these shakedowns so that we’ll turn on you.’ He imagined a conversation: ‘Let’s piss off the big black guy so he pressures Kiriakou to stop writing and doing interviews.’”

It did not work that time. “My cellmate urged me to ‘keep up the fight. Keep telling people what it’s like in here.’ I promise to do that.”

John Kiriakou exposed that the CIA was torturing people in violation of the law, and with impunity.  For exposing CIA crimes he was imprisoned and his life threatened repeatedly.  This is truly a lawless, criminal age, and the criminals are in charge.

 

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Roger Ebert once called Fight Club a “fascist movie.”  Although that might have been misplaced, it may apply more aptly to these murder is fun films, Kickass and Kickass 2.

It’s so frustrating when the ideas are so nakedly presented to offset the other malignant ideas that were just presented moments ago.  The level of manipulation reaches schizophrenic heights when torture is fun, but all of a sudden another character pretends to have a moral conscience.  We have a battle of marketing manipulation memes, selling fascist ideas, but trying to also wrangle those peacenik dollars and assuage the consciences of parents who let their kids watch these assaults.

I was shocked at the prospect of “Hit Girl” (Chloe Moretz) the moment I read about the first film in production.  This was a kind of line that had to be crossed, inevitably, but for what purpose?  What is the meaning of Hit Girl?  She’s some kind of super enforcer freak show that could never exist in real life.  She’s also a bloodthirsty mass murderess, with flashy colors and makeup to sell killing as cool.  Of course a collection of lowlifes are presented for her to mow down.  What are people to make of this murder as fun and games, it’s all part of the modern lifestyle, kind of vibe?

The society has drifted quite a bit from the times of peace protests and antiwar movements.  We’ve regressed to a kind of infantile love of mindless violence.  Meaning and consequences are stripped away in favor of blood and circuses.  Now in Amerika it’s easy to sell violence as the solution to just about anything.  Little girls playing dress up is now little girls playing dress up with hollow point rounds and machetes.

The title character, Kickass (Aaron Johnson), represents the common knave. He’s brought into the world of murder for fun and Hit Girl, as a way of establishing his own identity as a superhero.  He’s a scaredy cat and inept.  The contrast between the two remains throughout.

With Kickass attempting to bring balance to the vigilante ideal, the films meander toward gore and death and back toward justice and forgiveness.  The people behind it coldly manipulate the storylines to sell death and supremacy one moment and high school innocence and the rule of law the next. 

Vigilantism is pitted against a useless law and justice system that essentially does nothing positive, ever.  This is an ideological attack on the idea of a justice system at all.  Never are the police called or do they do anything positive.  The only solution is massive force and violence by unaccountable individuals.  Similarities to other vigilante comic book stories (Batman) are intentional, but to what end?  What is it these people think they’re saying in the end?

My guess is that they’re saying: ‘we put x in there to counter y, so give us lots of money, assholes.’

Sounds about right.

No trailer.  Fuck you, Kickass.

2/5

 

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The murder of justice.

I was first alerted to Closed Circuit (2013) because of Jennifer Epps’ review.  This is an important film, one of the most relevant and insightful of the so-called “war on terror.”

This terrorism story parallels numerous real world conspiracies and cover-ups, including but not limited to the London bombings 2005, the 9/11 attacks, the 1993 World Trade Center attacks, Operation Gladio and various terrorists known to be working for intelligence services such as Ali Mohamad (and potentially Ayman al Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden).

The film focuses on the people tasked with defending terrorism suspects and essentially upholding the Constitution, habeas corpus and the Magna Carta – what we understand as “western civilization.”  The defense team is the target of intelligence surveillance and worse when the secrets are deemed more valuable than the people involved.

With precedents such as Lynne Stewart, who was imprisoned as a defense lawyer for a notable terrorist, the pressure on the justice system is real.  The surface can only be scratched in a paranoid thriller movie.  Secret trials, secret evidence, pervasive surveillance, and a longstanding history of intelligence agencies double dealing with terrorists around the world and at home, this type of story is highly relevant to current events (such as the Boston Marathon bombing).

4.5/5

 

Donald Sutherland as President Snow in The Hunger Games: Catching Fir

“We did it in ’68.”
Donald Sutherland: ‘I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution’

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SunCruz

Hopsicker on the SunCruz mob/murder/republican trial happening in Florida:

“Wrote one optimistic pundit, “Murder trumps fraud in the prosecutorial world.” But neither Abramoff or Adam Kidan was ever named as a suspect. The answer to “why not Kidan?” is easy.

No one would be able to convince a jury that the buck stopped with him. (Kidan was the man, after all, who wrote checks(totaling $200,000) to pay for the hit.) That meant charging Abramoff.”

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This was a surprising film, as I hadn’t expected much.  Turns out that if you can get past the neon orange skin colors, a Michael Bay trademark, the story is very dynamic and well spun.

These wacky characters are well developed over the course of their crime spree.  The story is based on true events, by the way, and not just a muscle exploitation opportunity, as the trailer appeared to be.  This is a serious crime film with darkly comedic overtones.

PAIN AND GAIN

In some ways it’s a classic gangster scenario, getting roped into more serious consequences as ambition takes over.  It pits the American dream ideal, sold on TV by arrogant millionaire huckster Johnny Wu, against the reality of working class insignificance.  It pits notions of American meritocracy against get rich quick thievery.  It flips the characters somewhat, so that the likable protagonists are the bad guys, and a very unlikable mark is the antagonist, but also the hero in a way.  It’s an uncomfortable mess of a situation and hard to believe that it could actually have transpired.