Monday, December 26, 2005

Why We Fight

'Why We Fight' is an unflinching look at the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase "military industrial complex"), the film surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century's military adventures, asking how -- and telling why -- a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why -- why does America fight? What are the forces -- political, economic and ideological -- that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy?

During World War II, the U.S. government commissioned a series of propaganda films (some directed by Frank Capra) entitled 'Why We Fight.' Now, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki turns that premise on its head, using the same title to take an incisive, unflinching look at the convention of warfare. Using as his starting point Dwight D. Eisenhower's declaration that a responsible government "must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,"

Jarecki charges that in the current political climate, the government's ambitions -- stated or otherwise -- in going to war are often starkly different from the best interests of its citizens. Why do we lack the sense of wartime purpose that previous generations proudly upheld? How large a role do political and corporate agendas play in influencing a U.S. call to arms? These questions and more are addressed in a powerful film that transcends polemical scapegoating, forcing us to confront a new brand of imperialism that cannot easily be justified or ignored.

Why We Fight - A Film by Eugene Jareki
Release Date: January 20, 2006

Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Incredibles

If you've ever seen the Pixar animated film, The Incredibles, you know there's a scene in there where a superhero gone bad creates a machine that terrorizes a city.... so he could fly in, defeat it and play the hero to all the sheeple who didn't realize where the trouble came from to begin with.

Ever get the feeling that kind of crap is actually happening in the real world a lot these days? It actually has happened, repeatedly. However, it's easier for most people to accept when the history books tell us it happened in Russia or the Middle East. That kind of stuff never happens here in the US.... Nope. Something to think about.

Happy Holidays everyone. Stay safe.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Privacy? What Privacy!

It must be done. All Americans must be tracked and taxed into poverty to protect the country from the evil terrorists. Booga Booga.

Victims of Creeping Fascism
One by one our basic freedoms are being stolen from us by those who purport to represent our interests. These are freedoms for which millions of our own fought and died. Were their sacrifices in vain? It appears so. In the aftermath of the toppling of the World Trade towers by clandestine operatives inside the government, the massive Patriot Act was enacted into law. Incredibly, this immense document, sold to the people as protecting the sanctity of American lives, was not even read by the law makers who voted it into law. The Patriot Act was nothing more than a piece of creeping fascism that quietly, unobtrusively, stripped us of our hard won freedoms without so much as a skirmish.

Bush’s Snoopgate
President Bush came out swinging on Snoopgate—he made it seem as if those who didn’t agree with him wanted to leave us vulnerable to Al Qaeda—but it will not work. We’re seeing clearly now that Bush thought 9/11 gave him license to act like a dictator, or in his own mind, no doubt, like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

NSA uses ECHELON against US citizens
Who would have believed that twitchy paranoiacs are actually onto something? Incredibly, they are: the New York Times has revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on American citizens.
Read more about ECHELON at What Really Happened.

U.S. spying broader than acknowledged

Bush outlines reasons to spy
He says safety trumps privacy.

Fox’s Wendell Goler: Secret Wiretapping Program Used 18,000-Plus Times

Want to bet most of that 18,000 - 19,000 are not "Al Qaeda"?

Democrats Say They Didn't Back Wiretapping

Until the past several days, the White House had only informed Congress' top political and intelligence committee leadership about the program that Bush has reauthorized more than three dozen times. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he and other top aides were just now educating the American people and Congress. "The president has not authorized ... blanket surveillance of communications here in the United States," he said.
So, which is it? They voted for it, or they're just learning of it? You can't have both! This is a text book example of American politics. What are we paying these people for anyway, to have investigations? Why is it that they never seem to know what's going on in Washington? This is looking more and more like good cop bad cop theater, with the purpose of keeping the public divided and thinking there really is a choice. The Democrats blew their cover when they said the war in Iraq would continue if Kerry won the last election, despite many in the party (especially the voters) supposedly being opposed to it and/or thinking it was a waste of resources, since we all know Iraq and that prick Saddam never had any WMDs.

Both parties do not listen to the people anymore. This is more like gang warfare. A fight between two groups of assholes arguing over who gets to call the shots and make the most money for their cronies getting all the contracts.

Newsmax: "But, but, but, Clinton did it too!"
During the 1990's under President Clinton, the National Security Agency monitored millions of private phone calls placed by U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries under a super secret program code-named Echelon.
Fine. They are both equally evil. You won't get any argument from me about that. But equally evil is still evil.

Bush says he signed NSA wiretap order
After The New York Times reported, and CNN confirmed, a claim that Bush gave the National Security Agency license to eavesdrop on Americans communicating with people overseas, the president said that his actions were permissible, but that leaking the revelation to the media was illegal.