A reminder to all Americans on Independence Day:
After the NSA/Edward Snowden news broke and I began to read Glenn Greenwald’s coverage in The Guardian about the unfolding of events, I couldn’t help remembering Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s deeply significant 2007 Oscar winning movie, “The Lives of Others.” I recall all too well how I felt then (2007) watching the film for the first time and wondering how long it would take before U.S. citizens would be subjected to a similar kind of surveillance. Was von Donnersmarck’s film a fictional exposé about East Germany’s repressive communist regime under Erich Honecker and Stasi (East Germany’s security police) chief Erich Mielke or did he intend it to be a warning and a broader commentary on new trends developing in the West as a result of the “war on terrorism”? Whatever his intention then, we can surely hold it up now—in light of the most recent news developments—as a awakening about ourselves as a people. How do we protect ourselves from the “enemy” and where do we draw the line?
A. O. Scott’s February 2007 review in The New York Times titled “A Fugue for Good German Men” is the best I’ve read: http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/movies/09live.html?_r=0. I highly recommend the movie.