[Editor’s Note: This is the second in The Dissenter’s weekly series on 9/11 and its impact on cinema, which will be published as a companion to our series, “Twenty Years In A Security State.”]

“After September 11, 2001, as American soldiers went into battle in Afghanistan and then Iraq, it must have been hard to imagine the public embracing a scabrous anti-military satire,” New York Times critic A.O. Scott wrote in his review of “Buffalo Soldiers.”

The film was released on July 25, 2003, after distribution was postponed four times by Miramax following the September 11th attacks.

“Buffalo Soldiers” premiered…


FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard (Screen shot from the promotional trailer for “The Siege” and fair use for the purposes of commentary)

[Editor’s Note: This is the first in The Dissenter’s weekly series on 9/11 and its impact on cinema, which will be published as a companion to our series, “Twenty Years In A Security State.”]

Yunis Shokuri, who was a Guantanamo Bay prisoner for over 13 years, once recalled the plot of “The Siege” when he appeared before a military tribunal. “The movie was about terrorists carrying out terrorist attacks in the United States.”

“The CIA and FBI were not successful in finding that terrorist group, and the United States Army interfered and gathered all the people of Arabic descent and…


You are reading this because once again a group of Democrats in the political and media establishment are blaming prominent people and their advocacy during the 2016 presidential election for a horrible development.

It does not matter that these individuals had nothing to do with what is upsetting the population. Nor does it matter that these individuals were not the elected representatives or appointed judges responsible. In fact, it is possible these individuals warned such a terrible turn of events could happen and called for action, but their calls were forgotten.

I bet you feel compelled to call out…


Photo from President Joe Biden’s White House

The United States Supreme Court ruled on March 4 that federal government agencies may invoke the “deliberative process privilege” to conceal documents from release under the Freedom of Information Act. It was widely viewed as a setback for government transparency.

Sierra Club sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for “biological opinions” in which they found a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “for the intake of cooling water from power plants and industrial facilities would impermissibly affect threatened and endangered species.”

As Brett Hartle, the government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, stated, “This decision will…


Screen shot from Senate Foreign Relations Committee broadcast of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s confirmation hearing

“American leadership still matters. The reality is the world simply does not organize itself,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken proclaimed at his confirmation hearing. “When we are not engaged, when we are not leading, then one of two things is likely to happen. Either some other country tries to take our place but not in a way that is likely to advance our interests and values, or maybe, just as bad, no one does and then you have chaos.”

Much like President Joe Biden, Blinken is a neoliberal Democrat who believes in the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny.” He thinks if…


ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Colorado (Bureau of Prisons)

The mass incarceration system in the United States is cruel and inhumane, and as a result, the U.S. government had their extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied by a British district judge.

As Judge Vanessa Baraitser declared [PDF], “The detention conditions in which Mr. Assange is likely to be held are relevant to Mr. Assange’s risk of suicide.”

She additionally found there was “a real risk” that Assange would be subject to “restrict special administrative measures” or SAMs if confined in a U.S. prison.

Even more specifically, Baraitser determined Assange would be designated to ADX Florence in Colorado…


Photo: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado (Source)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a co-founder of The Intercept, accused editors at the media organization of censorship and resigned. It involved a story he drafted on Joe Biden and allegations of corruption stemming from his son’s laptop that was purportedly given to the New York Post.

He shared a piece about ending his involvement, announced he was launching a newsletter at Substack, posted the article he claimed was censored, and later posted emails reflecting the sharp disagreement with Intercept editors.

What quickly became the focus was a statement he made about a clause in his contract that prohibited the editing of…


Photo of Daniel Ellsberg by Christopher Michel

Opponents of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange often hold up Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg as an example of someone who was responsible for a good leak. They insist WikiLeaks is not like the Pentagon Papers because supposedly Assange was reckless with sensitive documents.

On the seventh day of an extradition trial against Assange, Ellsberg dismantled this false narrative and outlined for a British magistrate court why Assange would not receive a fair trial in the United States.

Assange is accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime that, as…


The trial portion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing will unfold from September 7 until at least September 24.

Ahead of the extradition hearing, Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola interviewed Barry Pollack, who is Assange’s lawyer in the United States.

In the interview, Pollack outlines why the U.S. government’s position in the case is a “very dangerous one.” He describes several aspects that would likely lead one to believe Assange would be denied justice if extradited to the U.S. for a trial and what makes this hearing September so crucial for Assange’s legal team.

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The following is a…


Screen shot from Joe Biden’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (Source)

*Note: This is a message for people the Democratic Party does not represent and has not represented for several decades.

The Democratic Party and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign have a plan to beat President Donald Trump in 2020 that does not rely on winning progressive and left-wing voters.

It has offered voters on the left stale bread crumbs for their support and exploited their fear of a second Trump term to hold them captive. Let them try to win without us.

During the 2020 Democratic National Convention, this strategy was on full display. Disgruntled Republicans were welcomed with open arms…

Kevin Gosztola

Journalist. Writes about politics. Managing editor of Shadowproof.com. Twitter: @kgosztola

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