"... the shortcomings of the US government ..."
by W. Finnerty Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:19
"Film director Brian de Palma has become an expert in voicing people's frustration with the shortcomings of the US government. RT caught up with the celebrated Hollywood filmmaker and screenwriter to ask him political and apolitical questions."
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"I think our foreign policy is incorrect, I don't think we should have been in Iraq at all, I think we were lied to by our government. When you put young boys in situations when they don't know why they are there, it's even worse than Vietnam. Not only are you in a terrible environment, where everybody wants to kill you, and you walk around and suddenly the earth explodes, your best friend's just lost his leg, you detest the people you're supposed to be fighting for and you do crazy things. That's what 'Redacted' is about, and that's what 'Casualties of War' was about. These wars make no sense and crazy things happen."
"Oliver Stone, who wrote the script to one of your best-known films 'Scarface,' said in an interview with RT that Americans are living in an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide, eventually some part of you is going to end up in a database somewhere. According to historian Peter Kuznick, the US government intercepts over 1.7 billion messages a day . Are you aware of this?"
"I think the use of torture in the Bigelow movie is very realistic. I don't know why everybody is so surprised or upset. But the fact that you would say that Americans actually torture people was like" impossible. But of course they torture people!"
Article 5 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948):
"No one shall be subjected to TORTURE or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
The full text of the UN UDHR is available at the following www page address:
There is some extremely serious "CATCHING UP" to do, regarding basic "human rights law" awareness, in 2013 it would seem?
And, we now need to be VERY "quick about it" (it appears to me at least), if all of the dangerously missed opportunities, in the Republic of Ireland and all (or almost all) other countries of the world, regarding the strongly recommended need for "training and education" (mentioned in the final paragraph of the UDHR Preamble) -- the really mystifying, and wholly avoidable, missed UDHR "training and education" opportunities (and consequential ignorance of human rights law) adversely affecting the three "lost" generations or so of us since 1948 relating to all such training, that is -- is ever to be satisfactorily compensated for, and overcome, by "humanity as a whole"?
Correctly or otherwise, it seems to me that "humanity as a whole", the "general public" of all nations of the world in other words, needs to VERY rapidly adapt a sturdy "ZERO-TOLERANCE" stance towards GOVERNMENT CRIME from now on: using human rights law; or, run the rapidly-growing risk of facing a thermonuclear WW3 "situation": allowing for the manner in which the U.S. "love of war", "passion for war", or whatever it is (?), appears to be growing more and more out of control: regarding what might yet prove to be an unstoppable "trip/slide" of one kind or another -- for the whole lot of us -- into some form of thermonuclear "Hell on Earth" scenario?
Ninety minutes or so of international thermonuclear bomb-slinging, roughly about the overall time it takes to complete a football or hurling match, is all it is believed that it would take to destroy civilisation in its present state of development; possibly destroy "humanity as a whole"; and, maybe even permanently destroy all of "Life on Earth", as a whole.
"Unconstitutional Legislation, United States, The Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper, George W. Bush, Human Rights Ireland, William Finnerty"
The above text is based on a comment dated February 3rd 2013 at the following Indymedia (Ireland) www location:
'Fighting "The Cause" of Democracy, Constitutionalism, and Republicanism in Ireland ...'
'However, I have seen "negative reference" in her writings to "Stalinism", and if by that she (Dolours Price RIP) meant she had no time for "Totalitarian Republicanism" -- which I believe actually exists in practice, under the deceitful and grossly misleading verbal guise of "Republicanism", then she and I would be "of exactly the same mind" regarding all such matters. My view is that "Totalitarian Republicanism" (and identicly with regard to verbally disguised forms of "Totalitarian Democracy" as well) is, in reality, Totalitarianism, and nothing else other than Totalitarianism. In other words, democratic -- genuinely democratic that is -- constitutional republicanism, is the ONLY form of "republicanism" that is of any interest to me: "government of the people, by the people, for the people", to put it all another way.'
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