|Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick.|
Oliver Stone: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’
- "American citizens live in a fish tank where their government intercepts more than 1.7 billion messages a day."
- "We have been actually classifying more documents under Obama than we did under Bush."
While I don't always agree with Oliver Stone's politics, he gets high marks for consistency. Stone has ripped into George Bush on building a Big Brother State. Now he is going after Comrade Obama.
Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT News to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law.
“He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them,” Stone told RT News.
“It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up in the database somewhere.”
According to Kuznick, American citizens live in a fish tank where their government intercepts more than 1.7 billion messages a day. “That is email, telephone calls, other forms of communication.”
RT’s Abby Martin in the program Breaking the Set discusses the Showtime film series and book titled The Untold History of the United States co-authored by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick.
Obama a wolf in sheep's clothing
Some interview highlights:
Oliver Stone: (Obama) I think under the disguise of sheep’s clothing he has been a wolf. . . . That is what is sad. So we are going into the second administration that is living outside the law and does not respect the law and foundations of our system and he is a constitutional lawyer, you know. Without the law, it is the law of the jungle. Nuremburg existed for a reason and there was a reason to have trials, there is a reason for due process – ‘habeas corpus’ as they call it in the United States.
Peter Kuznick: I agree, if you look at his domestic policy, he did not break with the Bush administration’s policies. If you look at his transparency – he claimed to be the transparency president when he was running for office. There has not been transparency. We have been actually classifying more documents under Obama than we did under Bush. . . . The surveillance has not stopped, the incarceration without bringing people to trial has not stopped. So those policies have continued.
Peter Kuznick: The US government now intercepts more than 1.7 billion messages a day from American citizens. That is email, telephone calls, other forms of communication. Can you imagine: 1.7 billion? We’ve got this apparatus set up now with hundreds of thousands of people, over a million of people with top security clearances in this kind of nightmarish state, this 1984 kind of state.
Oliver Stone: . . . we are all ultimately watching ourselves. It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the surface, but there is no place to hide. Some part of you is going to end up in the database somewhere.
For the full interview go to RT News.
|Some of my favorite Oliver Stone movies.|
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Wall Street (1987)
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
|Oliver Stone's "Alexander"|