Zero Dark Thirty' Is Dangerously Wrong
By Susan Estrich
At the very beginning of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the audience is told that the movie they are about to see is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events." Then we hear tapes, terrifying if familiar, of those final calls being made by those trapped on 9/11.
Then comes the torture.
Bigelow has defended the scenes, which leave audience members rooting for our heroes (who are doing the torturing) as a "part of our history." If you believe the movie (and you shouldn't), torture was key to finding and killing Osama bin Laden.
Except it wasn't. This is a movie masquerading as a true telling when in fact what it tells is a lie.
The problem with this movie isn't just that it's wrong about the efficacy of torture or its role in the killing of Osama bin Laden. The problem is that its untruths are dangerous — distorting the debate here at home about torture ("Look, Mom, it works," you'll hear some conservatives boast), and much more seriously abroad, where it could endanger Americans who are already risking their lives for our country.
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I called bull___ the second I saw the previews. The airwaves are chock full of propaganda, right now. Lots and lots of bull---- being stuffed in our skulls.
We are to believe that 9/11 was an outsider attack, we are to believe Osama was killed by our guys, we are to believe that Obama is somehow the guy who "got that done", when in all likelihood he's just carrying on the grand illusion the Bush admistration began.
We are to believe that more taxes and learning to do without are the answers to our economic problems, we are to believe that corporations are people, too, that they are the life-blood of this country, when in fact, the bigger the corporation, the more like a disease and a bane they are to our nation's welfare. They should not be allowed to have anything to do with our politticians, they should not be allowed to ship jobs overseas without paying their overseas workers like Americans ON TOP of a huge tax that makes their goods extremely expensive when they come back to this soil. That's how the economy can be fixed.
We are to believe that having our arms twisted into buying healthcare will make sure that everyone is insured and adequately covered for health, when all it would take is the re-allocation of our tax dollars to cover medical costs for the nation.
We are to believe that when we question, when we find that there is something about our world that doesn't feel right, that we've got a "mental disease", when in fact we are the cure for just such diseases.
TruTV would have us rooting and cheering for the repo-men the banks send out to abuse those who are struggling with their payments, they would have us see the cops as nearly omniscient, when they actually only show us the stops that go well for them, not the ones where the suspects get away. They would have us find it in our hearts to support big oil, as we watch a reality show about oil-riggers, and come to sympathize with them, and to enjoy watching poor peoples' things auctioned off out of a storage bin they dcould no longer afford to keep, because they didn't have the "right stuff" that allowed them to thrive in this very sick, twisted, and disgusting Empire that our Republic has become, that our whole world is becoming.
And of course, they would have us believe that disarming America is necessary, that our 2nd Amendment is a bad thing. And then, who knows what will follow? With the 2nd Amendment out of the way, how long will it be before the shock of the Constitution's mortal wounds wears off, and the whole document is officially done away with?
And the worst part is, most people won't even care. They'll accept the new reality in the small doses it comes in, letting the media convince them that it's for the good of the nation that martial law is declared, that we continue working not for pay, or rewards, but for whatever bare necessities, whatever table-scraps they throw us, to keep their slaves just healthy enough to produce their food, and luxuries.
People will accept this, because of smiles. Because of kind words, moving speeches, and pretty faces on the TV; the Beautiful People. Those all-knowing, so-perfect-it-hurts rocks that we cling to when times are bad. They "know the way", their word is law, is gospel, is as official and final as it gets, because it's on TV; which civilians have less control over than they do the internet; and both sources, as we "know", are totally incapable of lying or being wrong.
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Sounds like the Pentagon deliberately didn't record anything so that nothing would be leaked, so that Osama bin Laden's final resting place could not be a site of pilgrimmage. Also, so that nobody could make propaganda materials out of displaying the martyr's bullet riddled body. To the extent that I trust my goverment at all, I think they did the right thing here.
Shane, the Twin Towers fell, the Pentagon got hit, and Flight 97 fell out of the sky. Unquestionably, those events happened. Why is it difficult for you to believe that an outside enemy of the USA did them? Do you think the USA has never pissed anybody off?
There is too much evidence to the contrary, experts have spoken to the way the buildings fell from the bottom up, the way the metal beans collapsed, etc. it is all over the Internet and You tube.
Unquestionably? Brandon, I strongly urge you view some things outside what mainstream media has to offer. Farehnheit 9/11, Zeitgeist, so many documentaries about 9/11.
A few off-the-top-of-my-head nuances from these programs:
1. Demo experts who investigated the scene found that the beams of the building were cut at precise angles, and on those beams they found the residue from explosives, military grade, if I remember correctly.
2. People in the subterrranean levels of the building heard an explosion near the ground, THEN heard the plane hitting above.
3. Building 7? WTF?! Where's the explanation for that one? Anyone? Bueller?
4. Where are the black boxes from the planes? Some insiders have stated that they WERE found.
5. Where's the footage of the plane that hit the pentagon? Many at the scene say there was no plane debris.
6. Flight 97's crash site: where was the debris?
Watch these programs, they explain it far better than I do.
Thank you Shane, a picture is worth a thousand words, so much evidence!
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