The real problem is what this movie says about us. When those Abu Ghraib pictures came out years ago, at least half of America was horrified. The national consensus (albeit by a frighteningly slim margin) was that this wasn’t who we, as a people, wanted to be. But now, four years later, Zero Dark Thirty comes out, and it seems that that we’ve become so blunted to the horror of what we did and/or are doing at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and Bagram and other places that we can accept it, provided we get a boffo movie out of it. That’s pathetic. Bin Laden was maybe the most humorless person who ever lived, but he has to be laughing from the afterlife. We make an incredible movie that celebrates his death – a movie so good it’ll be seen everywhere in the world – and all it does is prove him right about us. — Matt Taibbi, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Osama bin Laden’s Last Victory Over America (via theamericanbear)
To protect us from terrorists our government treats us like terrorists. —
Hal O’Boyle (via thinksquad)
SS: Government wants us to live in a prison system and pay taxes.
I present to you the incredibly brilliant System of a Down (before Daron found cocaine).