Release of the new CIA torture movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' has raised a ruckus within multiple factions of America's ruling class, which cringe at international exposure of the workings of President Obama's assassination program.
Voices of conscience will protest outside of theater screenings, and use this opportunity to engage viewers in discussion of what they've witnessed, how it affects them, and whether it's possible to resist the culture of violence Zero Dark Thirty promotes.
We as a people are brutalized and degraded by the celebration and justification of torture.
"There's one particular nightmare that Americans need to face: in the first decade of the twenty-first century we tortured people as national policy. One day, we're going to have to confront the reality of what that meant, of what effect it had on its victims and on us, too, we who condoned, supported, or at least allowed it to happen, either passively or with guilty (or guiltless) gusto. If not, torture won't go away. -- Peter Van Buren, 'How Zero Dark Thirty Sanitizes Torture'
Ultimately, this film occasions a debate about fundamental human values. 'Taxi to the Dark Side' director Alex Gibney finds the subject of torture "one of the great moral issues of our time" and asks us to confront the American lust for revenge. Does the murder of Osama Bin Ladin truly represent what Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell calls "one of the most significant achievements in our history"?
We say NO. Join our orange jumpsuit contingent (representing the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo) to distribute fliers, hold signs and banners, and loudly proclaim that NO! Torture is always illegal, immoral, and unacceptable.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Jan 3rd, 2013 4:07 PM