Saturday, January 12, 2008
It took me weeks to hunt down the movie The Siege. I watch it now for the ridiculously prescient dialog (see below). It should have a warning label now: "Although this film involves muslim terrorism suspects being mercilessly tortured by the US Military, it isn't in fact a documentary." That is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a whole section about a protest march - against the occupying military presence in New York - invoking the chant "no fear". While there is no military presence in New York (though the police are getting pretty close to a military presence), such a protest would warm my heart. Our fear of terrorism is going to end up far more dangerous to this country than actual terrorism. We always say we are willing to bleed and die for our freedoms, this is basically the test. If the Military Commissions Act and Patriot Act are any indication, we fail that test handedly.