Tuesday, September 19, 2006


true patriotism, not Wal-Mart patriotism

This from the Press Release:
"The film presents a terrifying picture of Turkish networks’ activities in global nuclear black-market, narcotics and illegal arms trafficking activities in the United States, and examines the extraordinary efforts of officials within the US Government to insure that the secrecy surrounding Edmonds’ case be maintained at any cost – from Edmonds’ termination from the FBI, to invoking the State Secrets Privilege, to gagging the US Congress.

The film documents the formation of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition and the collective struggle of its members to bring legislative and media attention to retaliation by national security agencies against whistleblowers, and the resulting danger such suppression of the truth causes the United States. The entrenched bureaucratic power of the United States government would rather sacrifice those who would reveal the truth than face the changes necessary to protect the nation. The filmmakers interviewed many high-profile national security whistleblowers, including Daniel Ellsberg, Coleen Rowley (FBI), Russell Tice (NSA), Bogdan Dzakovic (DHS), John Vincent (FBI), Steve Elson (FAA), John M. Cole (FBI), and Matthew Fogg, among others.

Bill Weaver commented: “H.L. Mencken once said that ‘every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats’. This film makes me want to do just that. The incompetence, maliciousness, corruption, inefficacy, impudence, arrogance, and plain stupidity of the government’s criminal activities toward Sibel Edmonds are a national shame. Having lived under tyranny in Iran and elsewhere, Edmonds knows what it looks like. In her case, and in many other recent cases, tyranny comes in the form of the state secrets privilege, a foolproof mechanism of the federal government to hide executive branch corruption, incompetence, and illegal activity. This is a practice more at home with Czars and nabobs, and should have no place in the United States. But Edmonds gave the government something it never expected – a no holds barred battle. She hoisted the black flag and went on the attack by forming the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, an organization dedicated to changing the law, exposing government misdeeds, and giving hell to those who richly deserve it. This film will forever change the way you view the United States government and will give you an insight into what true patriotism, not Wal-Mart patriotism, looks like.” "

‘every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats’ H.L. Mencken.

Whenever equity, civility, and respect for human dignity are taken down such dark roads... I can not stand by, overt mine eyes, nor bite my tongue.

This apple cart is due for a tipping.

E.S. Myers
"This apple cart is due for a tipping."

and not a moment too soon.
What I like about the trailer is that it gives you two aspects of Sibel's story: the uplifting and the depressing part. The depressing part is that there is such corruption in the U.S. government to protect people involved in the nuclear market. The uplifting part is how Sibel and her fellow whistleblower's keep pushing back and fighting, no matter how many gag orders are placed on them.

I am hoping, ultimately, the film will inspire people to take action.
Sibel is an inspiration to all of us who have spoken out against our government's wrong doings.

My problem is with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Blow America. They could give a shit less. As long as they can buy cut rate items at Walmart and buy gasoline for their vehicles at cut rate prices leading into the mid-term elections they don't give a knat's ass about Sibel.

How do we get Mr. and Mrs. Joe Blow America to realize that what Sibel is doing is not only in their best interest but in all of America's interest?
TT - hopefully the movie will get a lot of people interested.

In the meantime, we have to start getting 'informed' people interested - then we can move onto JoeBlow.
Miguel - the trailer is done really well in terms of getting people to want to watch the film. It's pretty difficult not to be on Sibel's side.

I love that scene of her laughing :-)
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