Zero Dark Thirty

photo of Dick Cheney rendered through a filter making the image look aged and crack. Superimposed on his forehead to look like the shape of his brain inside, is a drawing of two figures waterboarding a third figure in an orange jumpsuit

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN One part nerdy, one part torture porn, Zero Dark Thirty is a cold, amoral view of torture interposed with the more mundane and methodical practices of intelligence gathering, analyzing, and debating. Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal (producer) are talented film-makers and manage to sustain a vision and an emotional tension from …

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Democracy, or Empire? The F-35 debate is a small part of a much larger question

The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The fact that our local political establishment and democratic process is paralyzed in the face of the military‚Äôs insistence that they be free to station the F-35 jet fighter in Tucson should not be seen as a surprise. At least not if we accept the arguments of the distinguished historian Chalmers Johnson, …

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