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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The truth shall set you free

A consequence of the increasing availability of information and its sharing is WikiLeaks (and WikiSpooks). I think this is a good thing. WikiLeaks does on an international level what good personal relationships do on a smaller scale - it puts to shame that X-Files mantra of 'deceive, inveigle, and obfuscate.' There's a post about WikiLeaks at America magazine's blog - Wikileaks Embarrassing, but Not the End of Diplomacy in Our Times, and as Jeffrey Tucker is quoted in a Pray Tell post about the Roman Missal translation leaks, “Transparency is not the enemy of truth; it might even be its precondition.” I believe The truth shall set us free .... maybe someone could explain this concept to the Vatican :)

Anyway, this all reminded me of Daniel Ellsberg as there's a video of him posted at WikiLeaks ...



I had a 2008 post about him and the Pentagon Papers that now seems to be gone, but here it is again ....

Mentioning Daniel Berrigan SJ in my post of the other day reminded me of a made for tv movie I'd seen five years ago starring James Spader as Daniel Ellsberg ... The Pentagon Papers. I remember the movie being very interesting, especially given that it ran at the very time the Iraq war was beginning, and James Spader did a great job. The rest of the cast ... Paul Giamatti as Anthony Russo, Alan Arkin as Harry Rowen, and Claire Forlani as Patricia Marx. Reviews of the movie were not easy to come by, but I managed to find one from 2003 by John Leonard ......

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Does Fox News know about this TV movie on its cable sibling? I mean, The Pentagon Papers not only valorizes Daniel Ellsberg, the rogue researcher at the Rand Corporation’s Santa Monica think tank who leaked 7,000 pages of a top-secret Department of Defense report on what went wrong in Vietnam, but also celebrates the New York Times, which published articles based on that leak; the Supreme Court, which voted six to three against prior restraint of such publication; and even the antiwar movement of the permissive sixties (all those pot-smoking weenies).

Casting James Spader as Ellsberg was inspired. From sex, lies, and videotape to Crash to Secretary, something else is always going on in Spader’s head while his body stands around in our world. When his impersonation of Ellsberg joins Rand colleague Anthony Russo (Paul Giamatti) for hard rock, soft drugs, kinky sex, and soul shriveling, you almost expect him to spank his car. Alan Arkin is rather wasted in the underwritten role of Harry Rowen, Ellsberg’s indulgent boss at Rand, and so is Jonas Chernick as Times reporter Neil Sheehan. But Claire Forlani (Basquiat, Meet Joe Black, AntiTrust) makes Ellsberg’s second wife, the socialite heiress Patricia Marx, more radically interesting on camera than she seems to be in the screenplay. As with Spader, there is activity behind her eyes.

To this mix add a director, Rod Holcomb, who has specialized in slam-bang pilots for television series like Wiseguy, The Equalizer, China Beach, and ER. And I also notice a credit to “consulting producer” John Sacret Young, who was the executive producer for China Beach, the best American artwork to emerge from the war in Vietnam this side of Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers.

All the President’s Men appears to be the movie model The Pentagon Papers had in mind: heavy breathing, hold the mayo. Only the underground parking garage is missing; Ellsberg is his own Deep Throat. This is sometimes hokey, though the nighttime Xeroxing of so many thousands of pages by Ellsberg and his children—surely a bad idea, that one—had to have been fraught. Omitted are Ben Bagdikian, who collected volumes of the Pentagon Papers from Ellsberg for the Washington Post and told us so engagingly about it in an unassuming memoir; and Sidney Zion, who fingered Ellsberg as the source of the papers, for which Zion was reviled at the time by people like me who should have known better; and quite a lot of Ellsberg himself, who was much more erratic than the film hints at, and whose diva-based dramaturgy persists to this day.

Still, it’s refreshing to be reminded by a well-made entertainment that once upon a time there were consciences to be stricken, newspapers with some adversarial jumping beans, and an appreciation of the fact that—of course!—governments would rather we didn’t know classified secrets about themselves and their wars, because if we did know, a hitherto obedient demos might actually question policy instead of parroting it.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Victor said...

>>Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine

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WikiLeaks relies on its supporters in order to stay strong. Please keep us at the forefront of anti-censorship and support us today. You can also read more about WikiLeaks, our mission and objectives.<<

When I read and look at movie clips about this stuff "IT" reminds me of what one of my high school teacher told me who I had a lot of respect for when he said that anything which starts off sounding good can also be used to do a lot of harm and he went on to give us a lot of examples like dynamite which can quickly and safely drop a building that is no longer needed as a good example and I don't think I need to mention any bad examples cause I'm sure you get my drift so I'll stop the examples.

As a 64+ year old man in reality, call me crazy but spiritually speaking I concern myself simply a child and I'll always need my mom and dad so I sure hope that I still have one.

Let me try to explain the above paragraph which drasticly sets me spiritually off course and can be found here: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Paul_R%C3%A9gimbal and the story he tells still scares me.

Why I found this is because I once worked with this priest sister and though I've never met him or knew about him I found http://www.cjpr.ca/ and placed him on my blog.

This preach is trying to explain that the anti-Christ is already here and "IT" is just a matter of time before he takes over but he also explain that if we stick with Christ, we can win but if we don't win against him, "IT" doesn't matter cause Jesus will get the final TKO explained here below http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4013199877234120585#

Anyway the bad news is that "IT" in French but I think that "IT" is worth fining a translation,

I hear ya! Words that are so broad Victor but I'll keep praying for you and when I'm really board, I might check those links out. :)

Good Luck

God Bless Peace

8:40 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor,

Fr. Régimbal sounds interesting, if nothing else.

10:10 PM  

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