FDL Movie Night: The Warning
[ Please welcome Joseph P. Sottile. As a reminder, please take off-topic discussions to a different thread. – Lisa]
The Warning is a smart, straight ahead, no-nonsense documentary featuring exclusive interviews with recently-published authors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Crimes Against Nature), Naomi Wolf (The End of America), Chris Hedges (American Fascists), Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) and Joe Conason (It Can Happen Here).
Emmy Awarding winning producer Joseph Sottile did triple duty as writer/produce/director on this film which delves into the scary stuff about our fragile civil liberties many people just don’t want to the think about–but should.
Sottile and the authors explore the dark recesses in the Constitution, discovered by right wing federalist lawyer John Yoo and put in effect after 9/11 that can create absolute powers for a president under a national emergency, or pretty much whenever he pretty much feels like it.
Illegal imprisonment and wiretapping are just part of the chilling sweep of Executive powers "written in invisible ink" which came into play under the Bush Administration, thanks to a group of powerful men, including Supreme Court judges who seemingly hold the Constitution and citizens in contempt.
One startling tidbit: The North Korean origins and purpose of torture techniques, including water boarding used in Gitmo and elsewhere, were designed to cause victims to recant their views, rather than give up information.
Now our challenge is to insure that our new president does not abuse these sweeping Executive powers, that he lives up to his promise to close Gitmo and that as Americans our civil liberties are protected. And this film shows that we are pretty much on our own when it comes to that–as citizens we have to speak up, speak out and be bold, rather than sitting numbly on our couches or hiding in the basement wearing a tin foil hat.
Luckily Sottile strikes a tone that is inspiring and informative rather than simply fear-mongering, and this film despite its liberal cast is one that carries a message for all political bents. It’s important for all of us, Democrats, Republican or Other to know how dissent can be harshly treated and suppressed with a just a pen stroke.