this story sadly reminded me of an hilarious arrested development episode:
Lindsay having lost her stylist to the army reserve decides she must protest the war...
...protesters get off a bus and are herded into a 10ft square cage...
Military Official: This way, please. This way. Thank you. Right here. This way. I’d ask you to make sure you’re fully inside the free-speech zone before beginning your protest.
Lindsay: Free-speech zone? This is where we’re protesting? This isn’t right. Where are the cameras?
Military Official: They’re in the free-press zone. And, if you could save your comments until you’re completely loaded into the cage.
Lindsay: Well, at least the procession will come through here. They’ll see us protest.
Activist: Actually, they’re using their right to cut through the lemon grove.
Military Official: Okay, have fun. Enjoy your right to free speech. The armed forces welcome your dissent...
cracking double bill on bbc4 last night:
'baghdad or bust' and 'why we fight'.
'baghdad or bust' is a fascinating but somewhat depressing human study about the
humanshields.org project. a study of what happens when good intentions get subverted
by clashes of ego and a military dictatorship that can't believe it's luck...
even more enlightening is 'why we fight', a feature length documentary by eugene jarecki.
taking as it's starting point dwight eisenhower's farewell speech to the american public, why we fight admirably and forcefully shows how eisenhower's warnings about the rise of the military industrial complex have come true. old news perhaps, but skillful editing, excellent archive material and 5 or 6 poignant human interest strands make this film essential viewing.
'when war becomes a multi-billion profitable business, you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be more of it.'
'the federal defense budget is larger than all other federal spending combined'
'between 2002 and 2003 the US army spent $1.2bn on recruitment advertising'