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PETITION TO CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT

Credo:

Same thing

If you think it will help keep you saner in this time of madness, of the resurgence of NAZI policies, then tell them off.

Personally, I’d prefer the whole lot of them be arrested for supporting the very terrorism and war crimes they rail against and for Crimes Against the Peace under the Nuremberg Statutes.

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

UN Charter / The “Supreme Law of the Land”

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

-US Constitution, Article 6.2

P.S.

I love how evil ghouls like Diane Feinstein only allow you to choose “Defense” as a topic to email her about.  “War” is not available.  Foreign aggression isn’t “defense,” Diane, as your Nazi predecessors found out at their war crimes tribunals after World War Two.

Syrian War Fraud Evidence

Posted: August 28, 2013 in -

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Video from Syria shows rebel “Free Syrian Army” (sic) using nerve gas. This is the evidence that Obama doesn’t want to be known prior to his scheduled bombing of that beleaguered nation. US / Saudi allied terrorists are the ones killing civilians with nerve gas. Orwell rolls in his grave.

EVIDENCE: Syria Gas Attack Work of US Allies

 

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Zero Teorem is highly anticipated, and to release after the Venice Film Festival.

Terry Gilliam on Directing Zero Theorem

 

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The North Koreans Are Coming! The North Koreans Are Coming!

by Jennifer Epps

 

The action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen is now out on DVD, and just in time for the August exercises the U.S. and South Korea are conducting against North Korea. To clarify, Olympus Has Fallen is the besieged-White House flick that sold a lot of tickets this year. That it scored at the box office should be of grave concern to thinking people, for action pic director Antoine Fuqua has delivered the kind of movie whose main purpose seems to be to stir the country up to support war against the people it depicts as the enemy. It does for North Korea what 300 did for Iran. In other words, it’s a propagandistic, bloodthirsty, button-pushing, racist, fascist, ultra-macho, oppressively violent, self-serving, and simplistic piece of patriotism porn.

Just like in regular porn, the dialogue in Olympus‘ patriotism porn is cliched, and the married screenwriting couple Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt apparently deemed no line too brazenly manipulative or Fox News-cheesy for inclusion. (This is their first produced feature film, though Rothenberger previously won the Nicholl Fellowship for a script about the Korean War.) The basic plot of Olympus Has Fallen is that the President of the United States is taken hostage by rogue North Koreans who have infiltrated 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.   Of course he declares courageously that he will not negotiate with terrorists. Of course we’re told that the reason they hate us is for our freedoms. Of course both the President (Aaron Eckhart) and, after he becomes incapacitated, the acting president (Morgan Freeman), make speeches about how the American way of life will not be compromised, and about how Americans never rise to the occasion more than when we are tested. The patriotism porn reaches a fever pitch when the female Secretary of Defense (Melissa Leo), after being brutalized by thugs, is dragged off to be raped, tortured, and/or murdered. As she goes, she defiantly spits out a guttural, disdainful mantra: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States.” (It’s a moment of sexism in disguise: whatever achievement the promotion of someone of her gender to this lofty portfolio might bring is undermined by the tacit message that a female Defense Secretary is vulnerable.)

In Olympus Has Fallen‘s scenario, we’re supposed to believe that North Koreans can take over the White House by attacks from the air with a handful of fighter planes which look like they’re from WWII — and that somehow NORAD, the FAA, the Pentagon, the Secret Service, the National Guard, the Coast Guard, the Washington police, and Washingtonians themselves will all either fail in resisting them or cower in hiding. The principal initial battlefield of the invasion is the front lawn of the White House, where a gun fight takes place between the Secret Service and young-punk Koreans. (The motley group of hostile Koreans look like tourists and students before breaking through the iron gates — the unspoken lesson of this sequence being: don’t trust Koreans. Even if they resemble everyday assimilated Korean-Americans, they might be a threat from within!) Once the terrorists have snuck into 1600 Pennsylvania, they bypass all of the Secret Service’s precautions and gain access to the Commander-in-Chief’s military and communication consoles — they don’t have to take over the whole country, just its hub.

Like any classic work of fascist propaganda, the movie requires us to believe that we, the pure and principled ones, are small, helpless, beleaguered, and abused, and oh so brave to resist, while the enemy is gargantuan, venal, ruthless, and inhumanly powerful — and oh so barbaric when they take up arms. (This is also the exact scenario in 300.) There’s a recurring double-standard throughout the film which reveals North Koreans committing horrifying atrocities as signs of their savagery, yet when the film’s American hero does almost exactly the same things, it’s supposed to be because of his high principles.

Also revealing is the inclusion of Forbes, a well-educated, urbane peacemaker with White House access. He’s up to no good, of course, because he argues that the North Koreans might have a point.   (Message: you’re either unbudgingly intolerant, or you’re with the terrorists!) Forbes throws terms around meaninglessly; his objections to President Asher, who he feels has sold out to “globalization” and “Wall Street,” are so fleeting they’re like brand names rather than concepts. He’s critical of the President for catering to the rich, but we are shown little by which to gage this complaint. And much like his copy in 300 — a politician who tries to hold his fellow Spartans back from war with Persia — Forbes turns out to be a traitor without a conscience.   His veneer of reason masks a vicious heart. How lovely that the faithless turncoat isn’t just in favor of foreign diplomacy, but also urges support for social justice at home! That’s exactly the kind of guy we want on our side.

And there’s President Asher, a basically good guy, a sensitive widower who has no more color or backbone than his plain name. He couldn’t save his wife during a car accident in the prologue, and later when terrorists start torturing people in front of him, he breaks, too tender-hearted to watch others suffer. If the fate of the country were left in his hands, the film would end in Armageddon.

By contrast, Olympus elevates the brave he-man who sees things in black and white. Of course: he doesn’t engage in “endless palaver,” as Ann Coulter would say, but actually gets things done! Mike Banning, a buff, gruff, once top-level Secret Service agent defends the White House single-handedly against the foreign attack, and director Fuqua casts the same beefcake swaggerer as 300 did to spearhead its cult of machismo: Gerard Butler. Though Butler was effective in a feature directed by Ralph Fiennes which had striking anti-militaristic tones (the 2011 film of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus), I take it that this Scottish actor has no speaking engagements at   “Win Without War” rallies in his future: he was one of the producers of Olympus and spoke admiringly about how relevant the movie was — it hit theatres this past spring, just when North Korea was using particularly bellicose rhetoric. (The fact that the U.S. and its South Korean ally were also waging mock-military exercises against it at the time is not supposed to matter at all. The U.S. government and the compliant mainstream media always manage to put the onus on North Korea regardless of America’s actions — just witness the first line of The Washington Post‘s Aug. 19th story on the current drills: “North Korea on Tuesday criticized South Korea-U.S. military drills with milder-than-usual language that is being seen as a sign of its interest in keeping up diplomacy.”)

Olympus is Agent Banning’s movie, though he’s not witty like James Bond or even John McClane in Die Hard. Butler has little in the way of the dry one-liners we expect from big action movies — this film is a bleak, humorless affair overall. But he has a few. Perhaps most indelibly, when Banning overpowers and captures a couple of armed North Koreans inside the White House, he questions them at knifepoint. One of them, terrified, starts to answer in Korean, so Banning stabs him in the leg and yells “In English!” This got a big laugh in the theater. If the CIA and the Pentagon were not already heavily investing in gaining access to Hollywood (they are) this moment alone would convince them to do so. It’s a primer of bigotry-in-the-making; it’s a paradigm of how brainwashing works under the guise of entertainment.

Of course a crucial part of the equation is that the Koreans in the film are inscrutable — both the good ones and the bad ones. In the North Korean surprise attack on the seat of U.S. government, the fighter pilots wear helmets that are almost like masks, their mouths firmly set and their impassive faces robotic. The North Korean terrorist thugs who capture the President and some of his Cabinet mostly just brood, looking tough and mean; their main characteristic is their hatred of America. The only Korean character with any significant dialogue at all is the terrorist mastermind Kang (Rick Yune), the fiend who plots the whole assault and who wishes for nothing less than America’s complete destruction. (And who seems unaware that nuclear radiation travels, that the scale he’s arranging for would reach Korea.)

We don’t even get a chance to absorb any characteristics of the South Korean Prime Minister. Screenwriters Benedikt and Rothenberger might argue that this is just efficient storytelling, but somehow there’s plenty of time for backstories about Agent Banning’s feelings of guilt for the death of the First Lady, for conversations between him and his lady love, and for scenes between the president and his son. Perhaps a substantive conversation with the South Korean Prime Minister might have led us to ponder too many things like: One group of Koreans are our friends but one group are our enemies. One is human and the other is inhuman… and yet they look so alike… Is it possible that even the inhuman ones are human?

Fortunately for Fuqua, the script provides him instead with scenes of Kang ranting incoherently about his grievances, all of which sound meritless. (A core belief of the movie is that the U.S. couldn’t possibly have done anything, ever in its history, that could have harmed another country. It’s the kind of America that is attacked for its goodness.) Kang’s actions speak far louder than his words anyway. He talks about unifying the two Koreas, but the fact he shoots the South Korean Prime Minister in the head, live on TV, makes it clear he doesn’t mean unify in a good way.

The film comes up with its own speculative scenario about how North Koreans could nab POTUS and ultimately try to get access to our nuclear arsenal, and it’s cleverer and more realistic than the Red Dawn remake last year in which North Korean commandos just suddenly parachute into a remote field outside a school in Middle America, with little explanation of how the U.S. could have been taken over by such a tiny, starving country. (Red Dawn was actually filmed, in 2010, with China as the enemy — till they remembered they’d be losing their Chinese market, and switched the villain in post-production.) But with a little more forethought, Olympus‘ writers Rothenberger and Benedikt realized they didn’t have to suggest that the North Korean government itself would launch the invasion. They came up with a way round it by having an outlaw, a long-time terrorist on the Peninsula, spearhead the whole operation.

In this way, Fuqua and his scribes can make use of a more inventive and supple villain than a national army, and I suppose they can even pretend they’re not beating the drums of war. But the subconscious effect is the planting of the idea that North Korea is even more solidly a part of the Axis of Evil than Bush Jr. thought they were: look! they have their own evil terrorists too! And it doesn’t even matter how many nukes they have: they can use ours!

Kang blames America for the famines back home and the destitution of his people, but doesn’t talk about immediate and rectifiable concerns like the regular South Korean/U.S. drills against North Korea — which look very much like real invasions, send fleets into the adjoining waters, involve tens of thousands troops , and fly Stealth B-2 and B-52 bombers which enact simulated nuclear bombing attacks on the edge of North Korean territory. By not mentioning this kind of provocation, Olympus, like the mainstream news media, can make everything the other guy’s fault, like the U.S. would be minding its own business if Pyongyang just wasn’t so aggressive.

Moreover, Kang’s ambition to unify the two Koreas is part of his dream of “one-world government.” However much the terminology might please Libertarians, it obviously vilifies the actual unification sentiments on the peninsula, a region which after all used to be one country before it was divided between the Soviets and Americans in 1945. “No one really asked any Koreans, do you want to be divided and stay like that for over 60 years?” The Guardian of Britain quotes a Seoul professor in an article this May. And the article’s author explains: “The peaceful pursuit of unification is inscribed in South Korea’s constitution. Questioning it would be political suicide for public figures, say analysts, because ethnic nationalism is a key element of political belief across the spectrum.” There’s nothing underground about dreams of re-unifying the two Koreas, the way Olympus implies. Both sides at least pay lip service to it: Pyongyang has an official Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea and Seoul has a Unification Ministry. The cost of reunifying would be most expensive for South Korea, and young South Koreans tell pollsters they’re not that keen on the idea, but the goal of reunification is far from a one-sided Communist plot to dominate the region as the movie suggests.

That MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell would participate in this movie (he has a brief cameo on a TV as a news anchor announcing the invasion) is especially galling because he was in Washington — as Chief of Staff of two key Senate committees — during the Clinton Administration, and ought to know full well that there was a time when Washington diplomacy was actually working with Pyongyang. In 1994 North Korea had only one nuke, and Clinton got them to sign an Agreed Framework, which was effective for 8 years. That’s right, the Clinton Administration actually got North Korea to cease producing plutonium. They began again because Bush Jr. cancelled the treaty in 2002. Thanks to Bush’s approach, North Korea’s arsenal grew to 8 — 10 nukes.

In Olympus Has Fallen, serious, professional, highly-trained men and women like Angela Bassett’s Secret Service Director and Robert Forster’s General Clegg discuss the crisis with Freeman’s acting president and paint North Korea as incomprehensible, with off-hand remarks like “assuming that the Koreans are rational, which isn’t at all certain…” They express bafflement about what North Korea could possibly want. But given the indelible illustration in Iraq of what the U.S. was willing to do to countries that didn’t have nuclear defenses, it’s not hard to fathom why Pyongyang pursued a nuclear arsenal, nor is it a mystery why they’ve responded negatively to negative stimuli, like the demonstrations of bad faith in the cancellation of treaties, or the massive displays of force in the threatening military drills. Noam Chomsky states in an article this summer: “North Korea may be the craziest country in the world.  It’s certainly a good competitor for that title.”  But he also adds that “it does make sense to try to figure out what’s in the minds of people when they’re acting in crazy ways. Why would they behave the way they do? ” And he notes a recognizable pattern in postures from Pyongyang: “You can read it in straight, mainstream American scholarship.  What they say is: it’s a pretty crazy regime, but it’s also following a kind of tit-for-tat policy. You make a hostile gesture and we’ll respond with some crazy gesture of our own. You make an accommodating gesture and we’ll reciprocate in some way.”

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People who pay attention are few and powerless in the face of rule by propaganda and disinformation.  Even if they number at the 90% range, opposed to war on Syria, for example, it doesn’t matter.  The propaganda bubble sustains itself, and those who disagree cannot be heard.

Once the media became consolidated in the hands of a few depraved elites, the rest was predestined.  Truth has become untouchable, unreachable, mocked, derided, beyond the “conventional wisdom” (sic).

Assad gases his own people; the president says so, as do NATO leaders in Britain, Germany and France.  That must make it true, right?  Unfortunately, when these imperialists all agree on something, it’s simply a pretext for their next crime sprees…

Reuters: US to Strike Syria Before UN Evidence Collected

“Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces within days, according to sources who attended a meeting between envoys and the Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.”

We already know who possesses the Sarin, and who has used it on civilians, just as they have executed civilians by the thousands with more conventional means: the “opposition” Jihadi lunatics that US and European support has aided and abetted for two years now.   The propaganda of the American empire doesn’t pass the laugh test, and their naked, Bush league rush to attack Syria ahead of the truth coming out is another stain on the world.

Another one:

American Empire: A Glass House Built By Stone Throwers

Generation douche…

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This brilliantly deceptive crime thriller puts the unreliable in unreliable narrators.  Trance is a Danny Boyle project, and so I was going to see it no matter what.  The cinematography is trippy and full of interesting angles.  I only wish they hadn’t blown out the highlights so hideously on a number of shots.  I see a variety of cameras were used, apparently some not quite holding up to the high-contrast noir lighting.

But the intensity rises at the end with a crucial period where we don’t know what the hell is going on.  This confusion makes everyone suspect, and the tenuous alliances can rattle one’s sense of trust.  I’m not sure if the intent was to put the viewers into a trance, as in Enter the Void.

I certainly wasn’t sure of anything, right up to the final scene.  It’s a mind tease with sex and violence, and so pretty interesting stuff.  Hopefully none of the previous counts as a spoiler.

 

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by Joe Giambrone

“I’m an upstanding citizen and I’m not doing anything wrong.  I just don’t want the government invading my privacy.”

–unnamed

I got into a heated argument, a disagreeable shouting match over that idea today – mostly being shouted at for nitpicking someone on my own side.  I find the above rationale to be a surface response without any thought behind it or any acknowledgement of how actual surveillance-societies of the past devolved into Orwellian abominations.  Worse still, the current drive for a “Total Information Awarenesssociety, where birth to death communications will be stored forever by the government, looms over us.

NSA / Booz Allen Hamilton whistleblower Edward Snowden has said:

“…they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.”

To that end the NSA’s operating budget has increased steadily, avoiding any cutbacks from the so-called “sequester.”  The new NSA storage facility in Utah is a central piece of this total data capture society.

“An article by Forbes estimates the storage capacity as between 3 and 12 exabytes in the near term… advances in technology could be expected to increase the capacity by orders of magnitude in the coming years.” (Wikipedia)

NSA Whistleblower William Binney revealed further problems at the National Security Agency and its runaway capabilities:

“Binney alleged… controls that limited unintentional collection of data pertaining to U.S. citizens were removed, prompting concerns by him and others that the actions were illegal and unconstitutional.  Binney alleged that the Bluffdale (Utah) facility was designed to store a broad range of domestic communications for data mining without warrants.” (Wikipedia)

Edward Snowden has also said:

“I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications.  Anyone’s communications at any time.  That is the power to change people’s fates.”

Changing people’s fates is the key phrase here.  How and why can this personal data be used?  With lifelong surveillance of everyone, we are little better off than goldfish swimming from glass wall to wall, always under the complete scrutiny of the authorities.  It doesn’t take any imagination whatsoever to see the implications of total scrutiny by secretive government or quasi-governmental entities (or others!).

The STASI regime in East Germany was legendary for this type of behavior, monitoring their own people allegedly for their own good.  A hyper-paranoid society emerged where everyone was suspect.  Anyone could be an informant coerced by the authorities into betraying their neighbors or family members.  Trust of government was nonexistent, and soon all trust throughout the society crumbled.  Any stranger could be a government agent, himself blackmailed by the state into carrying out their wishes.

Guilt by Association

The problem is blackmail.  That is what Edward Snowden meant when he talked about changing people’s fates.  When all associations are known to authorities, the very act of communicating with someone becomes dangerous.  If they are found to be displeasing to the secretive masters of society, then how long before your very real, recorded linkage to them becomes problematic as well?  Guilt by association and character assassinations do not require you to be “doing anything wrong,” only to be perceived that way as a result of smears.  Sensitive data about personal habits can destroy a political campaign before it ever begins.  The manipulation of the public takes many forms, which political activists and the professional political class understand well.

While Obama and Company (on both sides of the aisle) hawk this glaringly unconstitutional assault as alleged protection, being no threat to the public whatsoever – their vanilla lives deemed uninteresting enough to not concern the state – the terrifying nature of power and coercion must be addressed.  Before we follow the propaganda line that we are “not doing anything wrong,” and so have nothing to worry about, there is plenty to worry about when privacy is erased.

The legal justifications for securing our personal effects, enshrined in the 4th Amendment, represent the cornerstone of American freedom: that F-word that politicians blather on about at length even as they secretly betray it.

This is not simply a personal preference to be private, but the necessary precondition for a free society.  Private communications are the difference between what once was America and what once was the Soviet Union, or Orwell’s dystopia if you prefer.  The value of having secure, private lives free of government malfeasance and scrutiny is beyond a price and beyond debate.  As long as the Constitution remains the “Supreme Law of the Land,” those who willingly and gleefully violate it have committed treasons against the American People.

Personal preference has got nothing to do with it.  This is about the very nature of freedom, to be free of coercion and blackmail.  While it’s true that the government apparatus likely has nothing against most people because of their unremarkable ordinariness, this government posture changes immediately as people become politically active.  What the masters of society take very seriously are their own positions of power, and they brook no challengers.  Once a citizen becomes active in attempting to change official policy, all bets are off.

The US government surveils the lives of citizens who stand up and say “No.”  This has been in evidence since forever; name your time period.  But more recently from Seattle WTO protests 1999, to the anti-war movement 2003, to Miami FTAA opponents 2003, to the protestors at national political conventions, and of course to Occupy Wall Street activists the federal government has used all means at its disposal to invade the privacy of its citizen-opponents.  Ongoing surveillance of domestic political movements is the norm, as is infiltration by FBI “informants” (criminals who have made deals with FBI to go undercover and spy for them).

What’s more, the government contracts with private, for-profit spy corporations such as Booz, Allen Hamilton and Stratfor.  It hands this power to blanket spy on the entire citizenry over to private interests for them to exploit.  All this is done in secret, and the Congress cannot even oversee the activities of private contractors, who are naturally shielded from the kind of scrutiny which we are all now subject to by them.  If someone has no problem with the government owning all their personal data (I can’t imagine why), they surely must stop and think about turning over that power to private money-making corporations who are legally shielded from public accountability.

One of the most crucial and ignored whistleblowers to come out of the National Security Agency is a satellite analyst by the name of Russell Tice.  What Mr. Tice has revealed is shocking and largely un-reportable in the corporate perception-management media.  It would shake the very system to its core, and so recently Mr. Tice has been persona non grata on corporate airwaves.  Previously he was welcomed as an expert on the spying programs as an actual former NSA analyst.  After Tice revealed more damaging information, disclosures which threaten the very legitimacy of those who fail to perform Congressional oversight on the runaway surveillance agency, his spotlight was shut down.  Russell Tice finally revealed that for at least a decade now those at the top of the intelligence chain secretly abuse the capabilities of their federal surveillance state.

“[NSA] went after lawyers and law firms… They went after judges.  One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand… They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House — their own people!”

–NSA Satellite Analyst Russell Tice

Now a picture emerges of something quite a bit more damaging to society than simple privacy preferences.  According to Tice, those sitting in Congress and tasked with doing oversight on the spy agencies are themselves under surveillance and compromised.

  • Their loyalties and duties are compromised.
  • Their judgments are compromised.
  • Their repeated displays of gross ignorance about NSA programs are perhaps intentional, by design.

These Senators and Intelligence Committee Congresspersons must toe the line or face expulsion at the next election cycle (or worse).  That is how the NSA and its secretive doings can “change people’s fates.”

Is it too obvious to state that such blackmail is criminal and an assault on democracy?  This attack is on the American People, who are now at the mercy of a Vichy Congress, occupied by the STASI intelligence/surveillance state.

James Clapper, America’s current “Director of National Intelligence,” blatantly lied to Congress on live TV, March 12th.  Clapper claimed that NSA doesn’t collect Americans’ communications knowing full well that they do and are expanding this capability daily.  Clapper received no penalty whatsoever for Contempt of Congress, a criminal offense!  In the Alice in Wonderland world of Washington politics, instead of being jailed for a year for lying to the Congress, Mr. Clapper was voted in UNANIMOUSLY to take over all 16 of America’s spy agencies this August.

Clapper’s current version of the NSA Big Lie is that: “I realized later Sen. Wyden was asking about… metadata collection, rather than content collection…  Thus, my response was clearly erroneous, for which I apologize.”

But it’s not just “metadata,” and the metadata is only one component of the data collection, used to more easily search through the actual content that is also stored by the National Security Agency for varying lengths of time.  When the UK Guardian released this information, provided by Edward Snowden, their offices were later raided by British security forces and computer hard drives were destroyed, as in a typical Banana Republic assault on the press.

James Clapper continues to lie, and the liars have no disincentive to stop their officially-blessed fabricating.  Congressional oversight is negated absolutely, and the Congress remains powerless in the face of the Total Surveillance State – where they are prime targets for blackmail and coercion.

The official pattern has been to lie, backtrack to the next position and to maintain it until further revelations make the current story untenable.  Then, a new story is told with the theme being that regular, inactive, unengaged Americans have nothing to worry about; they are already neutralized.  The truth is that all Americans have plenty to worry about, the complete destruction of privacy and “freedom,” that buzzword that passes by without the slightest contemplation of what it means.  Rule by a secretive military / corporate dictatorship is simply not the “America” that people think of.  Surely it bears no resemblance to the “Land of the free.”  It is an entirely different and alien place.

So what’s your personal preference on that one?

Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog, and his novel of Hollywood debauchery, Hell of a Deal, is available now.

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Note:

Oliver Stone fumbles 9/11 completely (part 9), citing “incompetence” and showing zero of the evidence of complicity and cover-up, of Saudi Arabian intelligence participation and the evidence of the whistleblowers such as Senator Bob Graham.

In part one Stone also ignored evidence of foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack.  This is not the definitive history of the modern age.  Its broad strokes are fine and well, but specifics are not completely reliable.