Hijacking Catastrophe: Hijacking Fear (3 of 10)

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“By helping us understand how fear is being actively cultivated and manipulated by the current administration, Hijacking Catastrophe stands to become an explosive and empowering information weapon in this decisive year in U.S. history.”
Naomi Klein | Author, No Logo

“The Media Education Foundation has been carrying out vitally important work on major issues of the day, in a highly meritorious effort to raise public awareness and understanding, work that is particularly crucial in advance of the coming election, which may well cast a long shadow over the country’s future.”
Noam Chomsky | Professor of Linguistics, MIT

“The next Presidential election will be a watershed mark in our history and the urgency of producing and distributing materials that show exactly what is at stake has never been higher. Hijacking Catastrophe will be a vital tool in the campaign to rescue American democracy from its internal enemies. It will enrage and empower as it enlightens and explains.”
Robert McChesney | Author, Rich Media, Poor Democracy

�What it really comes down to is this: Are the American voters going to sit still for this? Are we going to treat our democracy like some sort of spectator sport, like watching the Super Bowl, or are we going to ask a little more of ourselves this time? Are we going to explore the Bush Administration�s claims? Are we going to look at the details of what this administration has actually done?�
William Hartung | Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

The 9/11 terror attacks continue to send shock waves through the American political system. Continuing fears about American vulnerability alternate with images of American military prowess and patriotic bravado in a transformed media landscape charged with emotion and starved for information. The result is that we have had little detailed debate about the radical turn US policy has taken since 9/11.

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.

At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.

Narrated by Julian Bond, Hijacking Catastrophe features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first-hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq.

Joining Kwiatkowski in a wide-ranging, accessible, and ultimately empowering analysis of American foreign policy, media manipulation, and their global and domestic implications, are former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, author Norman Mailer, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, defense policy analyst William Hartung, author Chalmers Johnson, and Army Special Forces Master Sergeant Stan Goff (Ret.).

At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration’s pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term?

Tariq Ali | Benjamin Barber | Medea Benjamin | Noam Chomsky | Kevin Danaher | Mark Danner | Shadia Drury | Michael Dyson | Daniel Ellsberg | Michael Franti | Stan Goff | William Hartung
Robert Jensen | Chalmers Johnson | Jackson Katz | Michael T. Klare | Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (Ret.) | Norman Mailer | Zia Mian | Mark Crispin Miller | Scott Ritter | Vandana Shiva | Norman Solomon | Greg Speeter | Fernando Suarez del Solar | Immanuel Wallerstein | Jody Williams | Max Wolff

Directed by Sut Jhally & Jeremy Earp

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38 Responses

  1. twenlil says:

    Can't blame the North Koreans for having their own nukes…

  2. Ace May says:

    @gueo224s No joke, this is serious bro! The link to the survival guide is on my profile's description

  3. Ace May says:

    @gueo224s No joke, this is serious bro! The link to the survival guide is on my profile's description

  4. arykhoon says:

    sure man….u r are welcome anytime…

  5. skeeveskeeve says:

    Can I sleep on your couch?

  6. jekk23 says:

    "only a Sith deals in absolutes"
    – Obi-Wan Kenobi

  7. delatroy says:

    @RyanSmoove oh okay, that makes American humane all of a sudden. k

  8. MasonicEyes says:

    Osama bin Laudin, who can run terrorists all over the world, tell them what to do in almost every country, doing this all from a desert pisspot country, I think mabey he knows more about national security then we do, even with our sophisticated stuff. What kind of man can do this from a cave in a desert.

  9. Rene09091971 says:

    article 51? This can be also used for the US, or am I wrong. To "prevent a dangerous country with amssmurdering weapons to terrorize other countries."

  10. Rene09091971 says:

    @arykhoon just worry if your country has oil… if not, nothing will happen now. Only when the oil is utilized, then I would scare. Then they will start to terrorize other countries.

  11. jakejumpover says:

    I want to clarify they had agreed to surrender but not unconditionally. They surrendered unconditonally after and there were mutiple conditions more they had to agree to that they had refused.

    Also they were still discussing taking an unconditional surrender amongst their own government but had officially refused it. So it's possible they would have eventually surrendered unconditionally.

    I know that that's a little confusing but thats what happened.

  12. jakejumpover says:

    Do you want me to look it up for you? Just Google it for yourself. Don't be so lazy.

  13. Ciaran Mooney says:

    @jakejumpover proof?

  14. jakejumpover says:

    absolutely positve

  15. Ciaran Mooney says:

    @jakejumpover you sure?

  16. jakejumpover says:

    their surrender terms were not the same after as before, but i agree the bombings were wrong. i just hate it when people dont have their facts straight

  17. Ciaran Mooney says:

    Agent orange – hundreds of thousands dead

    The only two nuclear bombs dropped on humans were those dropped on the Japanese – not one but two – and their surrender terms were the same after the bombings as before.

    What wmds are being dropped in Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Phosphorus? Clusterbombs?
    Missiles with depleted uranium tips that kill children as well as deforming babies before they even have a chance at life.

    the biggest terrorists are governments.

  18. Mr D says:


  19. Ja ka says:

    Well said, right on the mark.

  20. Phobophilia says:

    1. Give your people something to fear.
    2. Unite them under a strong leadership.
    3. Let your hidden agendas take action.
    4. Deny everything.

    This method has proven successful throughout history. Politicians and religious leaders can work wonders with it,but it applies to all fields of society.

    This day everyone is researching the symptoms of swine-flu, but perhaps what we really should examine are the symptoms of fear…

    Or more important…who benefit on our fear ?

  21. jackiechan511 says:

    The leader of Al Qaeda will never be captured as long as G. W Bush is in power

  22. artemis7114 says:

    kloten. you are irretrievable.

  23. John Cooper says:

    America won't attack n korea because n korea really have weapons of mass destruction but not oil.

  24. 54spiritedwill54 says:

    Great observation! However, this is technique is as old as politics its self.

  25. arykhoon says:

    america is fucked….and i live next to them

  26. nicolaism says:

    Sorry, I am irrelevant to the video. Sorry also for not representing LTC. Still, it is all love right?

  27. nicolaism says:

    please, find where we agree, and work from there. how bout.. the world is not perfect, its going to hell, if not change course towards heaven. how about, if this world is too much for us there is an easy way out. God is so great for doing this for us. Right?

  28. Earl Bramley-Howard says:

    Insane is the word! It's the end of Nov 2007 now. The Neo-Cons (better known during WWII as the Nazi Party) will need to pull another 'catastrophe' out of the bag soon, because they're losing the propaganda war & the American people are getting wise!

  29. FightTheElite says:

    "The Evildoers"

    The first time someone told me Bushy said that, I couldn't believe it until I saw/heard it for myself…

  30. TruthIsAllThatMatters says:

    Furthermore, Macro, the Jews have had enough forcible conversions and slaughters at the hands of Christianity for 2000 years that they have the RIGHT to have a JEWISH state. Only a prison sentence (which is rarely imposed) for trying to steal Jewish souls? Try DEATH, which is the penalty in Arab countries for handing out a bible. In Israel, you will find churches, mosques, Hindus, Buddhist, all kinds. In Arab countries, you will find death to those who dare to try anything but Islam.

  31. TruthIsAllThatMatters says:

    Macro: There are a small group of Jews known as Neturi Karta who are against Jews living in their OWN homeland, Israel. When the Jews took back their homeland, Israel, in 1948 it was done so as a SECULAR state, not a religious state. Neturi Karta Jews are NOT anti-zionistic, they DO believe that Jews will live in Israel but not UNTIL the Messiah comes. Do your homework.

  32. TruthIsAllThatMatters says:

    Mark Crispin Miller at the end in this segment is lying. "They" do not want the USA to "outdo all previous empires in its permanence". Instead, what is really happening is that "They" are using the US as a tool for their real agenda, which is creating one global empire. "They" have been busy selling US ports and even the highway system to foreign govts along with most other US assets. When "They" are finished using the US to create a global empire, they will dismantle the US as well.

  33. TruthIsAllThatMatters says:

    Macromaster, you know, you are REALLY ignorant. Do you like looking so ignorant? We all see that you are just an ordinary Jew hater, using anti-Zionism to hide behind. The US controls Israel, not the other way around. You're an ignorant Jew hating pig.

  34. aburashdan says:

    get a grip man, bovine is a metaphor of a mindless herd. if i call bush a monkey does that mean hindu's who worship monkeys are being insulted? only in a twisted logic. second of all i know that my fellow americans live in a lala land, where NFL, nascar and bimbo games make more sense than those 'callige boy' stuff you are attributing them, these are the joes you need to talk to not to some dvd shelf

  35. Alyssa K. says:

    First of all, calling us bovines is not insulting to those of us who are Hindu or believe in reincarnation. Secondly, we are not mindless cattle if that's the slant you're trying to give that statement. The fact that these kinds of videos are being produced, that people are advocating impeachment, and questioning the administration–doesn't that tell you something?

  36. aburashdan says:

    prolly your sister got shagged by an indian, get over it hill billy, the world is far too big and cut throat than your goatibough, i have got a better idea for you, slit your banana and eat it.

  37. aburashdan says:

    power, domination and dwindling of resources thats what the american century is all about. people believes what they are told repeatedly by the media, people are not educated enough to know B from bulls eye. what do you do with a democracy where the people have turned into bovines?

  38. L2design says:

    Google: Marvin P. Bush

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