ZU SEHEN AM
So , 30.11. - 19.00 Uhr im Savoy
zusammen mit dem Film:
The Weather Underground
Amerikanische Patrioten, hoch ausgezeichnete Militärs,
kritisieren die Politik ihres Präsidenten und machen
sich damit zu Außenseitern in einem Land, das
nach dem Schock des 11.09.01 sich geschlossen hinter
Präsident Bush stellte. Sie stellen die Frage,
ob es sinnvoll ist, Ausländer in der Einrichtung„
The School of America“ auszubilden und Jahre später
seine eigenen Soldaten von diesen ausgebildeten Talibankämpfern
- oder Noriega- Anhängern töten zu lassen.
President George W. Bush said in a speech about terrorism,
"So long as training camps exist, freedom is at
risk." The School of the Americas at Fort Benning,
Georgia is such a camp according to a group of U.S.
military veterans who, as patriots, love their country,
value freedom, disagree with government operation of
the camp and want it closed.
The New Patriots is a timely and powerful work looking
at on-going US Government dabblings in the internal
running of foreign governments and their agencies.
In this case the new patriots are those from the inner
sanctum of the US military who after often highly decorated
foreign service have come to the realisation that patriotism
is aobut love of country (as distinct from Government)
and honest dissent.
This film exposes the hyprocracy of 'the war on terrorism'
against the state sponsored terrorist training camps
located within US borders and supported by the Government
itself. Most notably the film refers to The School of
the Americas, a training camp run by the US military
whose express purpose is to train the military of Central
American regimes in the subtle arts of torture, surveillance
and other measures against those who would oppose them.
Despite the emotive nature of the subject and with feelings
still high after 9/11, the film is a reasoned, honest
and incisive discourse on what it takes to be counted
as a true defender of freedom.
Five U.S. military veterans, including a Congressional
Medal of Honor winner and a woman West Point graduate,
speak out about terrorism, patriotism, and their transformation
from warriors to peace activists.
After the 9/11 tragedy the U.S. government called for
the eradication of terrorist training camps. Not mentioned
by officials was the U.S. Army School of the Americas
(SOA), located at Ft. Benning, GA, described by the
veterans as a school for terrorism.
After a decade of protests, the SOA changed its name
to Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
(WHISC). As SOA did in earlier years, WHISC today trains
hundreds of Latin American soldiers in counter-insurgency
techniques aimed at terrorizing civilian populations.
In The New Patriots a veteran reminds us that the lives
of the tens of thousands killed by SOA-and WHISC-trained
terrorists in Latin America are no less precious than
the thousands who lost their lives in the U.S. on September
11. The New Patriots is a timely and powerful work...
This film exposes the hypocrisy of 'the war on terrorism'...
The film is a reasoned, honest and inclusive discourse
on what it takes to be counted as a true defender of
freedom". Perth International Film Festival
"I just saw The New Patriots and was very moved.
How brilliant to find these ex-military to add their
voices to all those trying to stop our education of
terrorists in this country. Never before has the point
been made so clearly using the Sept 11 tragedy and Bush's
own words. Thank you, thank you." Susan Sarandon