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Not a good idea to use this kind of formulation: "It makes me wonder about COINTELPRO and disinformation operations."
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Mr. Kenny is most disingenuous. Someone who is a professional film critic can play with the idea that the film was a "fiction" but the average film-goer has such a poor understanding of the "war on terror" that they will assume a cause-effect relationship between torture and bin Laden's execution. Most people would not know, for example, that Iran and al Qaeda were mortal enemies. (The US relied on military intelligence from Iran in 2002 in order to attack the Taliban.) For that matter, documents released from bin Laden's compound indicated that he knew nothing about the abortive bomb attack in Times Square. Nor would you know that he was angry about the attack on a Catholic Church in Iraq as well as many other terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda in Iraq, a group that had no ties to bin Laden for all practical purposes. The problem with the film is that it tries to have it both ways. When they get attacked for peddling CIA talking points, Boal and ad Bigelow say that they were only "making art". It is regrettable that Mr. Kenny would serve as their accomplice. Louis Proyect, NYFCO
Professor Dean, A friend just sent me a link to the interview you did on Pacifica about communicative capitalism. Out of curiosity, I went to your website and found all sorts of distressing references to communism. Speaking as someone who has been a Marxist since 1967 and who stared down the barrel of machine guns carried by the KKK on the streets of Houston in 1972, I can only inform you that you are in a state of confusion. All this stuff about Ambagen, Zizek, Foucault, et al has nothing to do with communism. It is instead the intellectual masturbation of the left professorate. I doubt that any working person would ever stumble across your blog but perhaps you might consider using the word cammunism or clommunism just to avoid confusion. Thank you for your concideration.
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