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Unconstitutional: The War On Our Civil Liberties (2004)

Director: Nonny De La Pena
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Disinformation
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Power corrupts. Plain and simple. by thingstodo May 22, 2006 - 9:32 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This film annotates down sections of the U.S. Constitution and shows how it is being violated and circumvented by different levels of authority in the name of providing security.

Predictably, the victims end up being people connected to the Muslim ways in one form or another. On September 10, 2001, one may sit comfortably on a couch and talk about how we've made progress in understanding, empathizing, and conducting ourselves in a more civilized manner over the decades and years. We would look back on the ill treatment of different people of color, ethnic groups, and faiths as something only marginally small pockets of intolerant extremists would cling to.

Watching this video exposes how, when given the opportunity, we (particularly those of us in power) are so easily brought back to the type of attitude and behavior that we thought we've outgrown.

The interviews and powerful footages do most of the heavy work. The presentation and editing (basically the execution) don't make the connections as well as can be done. There were evidence of undercover agents infiltrating (and in some cases I would say attempting to entrap) peaceful protest groups, for example. And I would've liked the film to follow up with the investigation and perhaps interview the agent or department involved to get their statements. So while I wouldn't praise the film of its technical merits, the information shown, even if a bit fragmented, are important content that indicate how vulnerable our freedom and privacy are in the current environment.

Don't miss it by PTSmith December 1, 2004 - 10:18 AM PST
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Tightly focused and edited documentary about the USAPATRIOT act.
Regardless of your politics, you should see this.

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