Archive - Mar 2006
Good Night, and Good Luck. is an Academy Award-nominated 2005 film directed by George Clooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, that portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
The movie, although released in black and white, was filmed on color film stock but on a grayscale set, and was later color corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when media is a voice of dissent against the government.
The title is taken from the line with which Murrow routinely closed his broadcasts.
It was a good movie (I give it 4 out of 5), and Clooney was obviously commenting on the current tendency to vioate basic rights and freedoms in our fearful fight against terrorism by telling the story of violating basic rights and freedoms in the fearful fight against communism.
Have a listen to episdoe 310 of This American Life. It features interviews of several former prisoners in Gitmo. I'm sure there a plenty of really bad guys in Gitmo, but there are apparently also many, many ordinary folks seized by mercenaries and sold to us who never faught with the Taliban et al. From the description of the episode:
The right of habeas corpus has been a part of this country's legal tradition longer than we've actually been a country. It means the government has to explain why it's holding a person in custody. But now, the war on terror has nixed many of the rules we used to think of as fundamental. At Guantanamo Bay, our government initially claimed that the prisoners should not be covered by habeas - or even by the Geneva Conventions - because they're the most fearsome terrorist enemies we have. But is that true? Is it a camp full of terrorists, or a camp full of our mistakes?
Prologue. Joseph Margulies, a lawyer for one of the detainees at Guantanamo, explains how the detention facility there was created to be an ideal interrogation facility. Any possible comfort, like water or natural light, are entirely controlled by the interrogators. (3 minutes)
Act One. There's No U.S. in Habeas. Jack Hitt explains how President's Bush's War on Terror changed the rules on prisoners of war, and how it is that under those rules, it'd be possible that someone whose classified file declares that they pose no threat to the United States, could still be locked up indefinitely - potentially forever! - at Guantanamo. Jack Hitt reports. (24 minutes). Clarification: When Seton Hall Professor Baher Azmy discusses the classified file of his client, Murat Kurnaz, in this Act, he is referring to information that had previously been made public and published in the Washington Post. That material has subsequently been reclassified.
Act Two. September 11th, 1660. Habeas Corpus began in England, and 175 members of the British Parliament filed a "friend of the court" brief in one of the Supreme Court cases on habeas and Guantanamo, apparently the first time that's happened in Supreme Court history. In their brief, the MP's warn about the danger of suspending habeas: "During the British Civll War, the British created their own version of Guantanamo Bay and dispatched undesirable prisoners to garrisons off the mainland, beyond the reach of habeas corpus relief." In London, reporter Jon Ronson, author of Them, goes in search of what happened. (6 minutes)
Act Three. We Interrogate the Detainees. Although over two hundred prisoners from the U.S. Facility at Guantanamo Bay have been released, few of them have ever been interviewed on radio or television in America. Jack Hitt conducts rare and surprising interviews with two former Guantanamo detainees about life in Guantanamo. (20 minutes)
Song: "Know Your Rights," The Clash
Last night we got together with a bunch of our Knoxville friends...Greg, Carol, Cade, and Cian...David, Jenn, Alex, Abbey, and Ben...Jim, Kelly, Caroline, and Joe...Dave, Ellen, Anna, and Owen...Muriel (Gary couldn't make it)...Danny, Phyllis, and Will.
On our way from Nashville to Knoxville, we spent last night and this morning in Cookeville. We went swimming at the hotel pool. Within a few seconds of each other, both Elliot and Finn got in water over their heads, so Lisa had to come to the rescue while Jonathan was taking pictures. Later we went over to Lisa's cousin Emily's house. We saw Emily, her husband Josh, and their 10-month-old daughter Lucy. Wayne, Judy, and Nancy also came over. After we had pizza, we then stopped by the house of Jonathan's friend Don and his wife Tracy and their two kids Mary and Matthew. They gave us a tour of their new house. It was late by little-kid standards, so we didn't stay long. This morning we stopped in to see Lisa's Aunt May before heading to Knoxville.
Last night we watched A History of Violence (2005,R) (Screen It! Review) with the Lashlees. From wikipedia: "It stars Viggo Mortensen as the owner of a diner who is thrust into the spotlight after killing two robbers in self-defense." It was a decent film...nothing spectacular but we enjoyed it. I give it 4 out of 5 instead of 3 because of ist uniqueness and unconventionality. Laura L. commented that the some of the fight scenes were almost comical. So was Viggo running all of the way home from town with an injured foot.
As part of our Nashville stay, tonight we met a bunch of our college friends for dinner at Ryans...Matt, Laura, and Eli...James, Laura, Luke, and Ezra...Will and Carla...Jason, Carey, and Hayden...Tommy and Seth (Mary Beth couldn't make it)...Bill (Rachel couldn't make it). After dinner, some came back to the Lashlee's to hang out...and then later the Lashlees and Moores watched A History of Violence. Midway Lisa boasted, albeit prematurely, that this would be the first movie that she had watched with the Lashlees without falling asleep. Alas, her prediction did not come true.