Monday, December 11, 2006
Screen Play by
Director Edward Zwick
Writer Lawrence Wright
Watch These Scenes:
#16 A Plan of Attack
Posse Comitatus - It is illegal to use US military troops against our own people (the law doesn't cover about Private Corporate Armies or "Security Consultants").
Habeas Corpus - A writ of habeas corpus is a court order addressed to a prison official (or other custodian) ordering that a prisoner be brought before the court for determination of whether that person is serving a lawful sentence and/or whether he or she should be released from custody. President Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus under marshal law in 1862, and arrested 13,000 peace activists.
War Powers Act - The War Powers Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-148) limits the power of the President of the United States to wage war without the approval of Congress. The War Powers Act of 1973 is also referred to as the War Powers Resolution (Sec. 1). The Resolution is sometimes erroneously referred to as simply the War Powers Act, but that is an older law intended to define limits on trade with enemies during wartime.
"The military is a broad sword ... Do not consider them as an option." - General Devereau
"Each cell works independently of the others." - CIA Agent, Sharon Bricher
(The western ideal of individual independence causes great fear in those societies that require obedience to survive. Here we see that mirror reflection of our western value turned against us, and paradoxically our institutions of power are threatened by individuals and small groups of people who care deeply about changing the world, just as we once did. The question becomes, if you have a just society, why would anyone wish to do violence to your people? - mer)
#23 Time to Suffer
"Palestinian Authority is producing good intel with water; of course there is cutting. It's extremely messy." - Army Lieutenant proposing torture
"Are you people insane? What are you talking about?" - FBI Agent, Anthony Hubbard.
"The time has come for one man to suffer in order to save hundreds of lives." - General Devereau
"One man, what about two? How about six? How about public executions?" - Hub
"What if what they really want is for us to herd children into stadiums like we are doing, and put soldiers on the street, and have Americans looking over their shoulders; bend the law, shred the constitution just a little bit?
"Because if we tourture him, General, we do that. And every thing that we have bleed and fought and died for is over.
"And they've won. They've already won!" - Agent Hubbard
"He knew nothing." - CIA Agent, Sharon Bricher, about the accused terrorist, Tariq Huseni, an American Citizen
The Military Commissions Act - signed into law in October 2006 by President George W. Bush, retroactively makes torture legal. It also ends the great writ of Habeas Corpus, even for U.S. Citizens.
#27 The Terrorist Within
"It is because of the money. You believe that money is power. Belief is power." - Samier, the terrorist cell
"Don't tell me we financed your operation." - CIA Agent, Sharon Bricher
"The world is a wheel." - Samier
#29 It is all over
"Order your men to lower their wepons, Hubbard." - General Devereau
"Can't do that, General." - FBI Agent, Anthony Hubbard
"Do it now." - General Devereau
"The Law States..." - Agent Hubbard
"I am the law. Right here, right now, I am the law!" - General Devereau
"You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to a fair trial. You have the right not to be tortured, not to be murdered, rights that you took away from Tariq Husseni. You have those rights because of the men who came before you who wore that uniform. Because of the men and women that are here right now, waiting for you to give them the order to fire.
"Give them the order to fire, General." - Agent Hubbard
"Do you think that I would hesitate to kill you or every other Federal Agent that's in this room, if I thought it was in the best interest of my country?" - General Devereau
"No, no, no you wouldn't hesitate, I know that. But they might." - Agent Hubbard
"Give the order. Make murderers out of these young kids. Give the order." - - Agent Hubbard, whispering
"Give them the order, General!" - Agent Hubbard
The Logan Act - is a United States federal law that forbids private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994.
The most interesting thing about this movie is its present predictions, it was written and produced in the late 1990's, several years before the attacks 9/11 and the subsequent wars. It is also interesting to note that their are many references to IRAQ, and all the terrorists in the movie seem to be Sunnis and come from Iraq (the movie's writers obviously considering the first Iraq war 1991, and the 1993 attack on the NY WTC). This may have something to do with the broadly held mistaken belief that Iraq had something to do with 9/11. It is also interesting to note that the movie immediately goes to the conclusion that the U.S. Army would attack U.S. Civilians and suspend Habeas Corpus, when in actuality, the Army attacked Afghanistan and Iraq, and only later suspended Habeas Corpus took U.S. Citizens to be held and tortured in offshore places like Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.