Monday, July 25, 2005

On The Mark -- Life or Death: Who Did You Vote For?

I read a couple articles this weekend about a documentary filmmaker who was being held captive in various prisons in Iraq by the U.S. It was a mistake that got worse by the day. He holds dual citizenship -- U.S. and Iran. He was in Iraq working on a documentary when his cab was pulled over at a checkpoint. The U.S. military found timing devices in the trunk that are typically used by insurgents to detonate bombs.

It was a horror story, especially the ordeal he went through when it was concluded that he didn't have anything to do with the devices in the trunk (the cab driver was the guilty party). While I felt sorry for him, I also understood (to some degree) why the military wanted to make sure they did a thorough investigation, although some of their tactics showed they hadn't learned many lessons from the Abu Grahib fiasco.

But here's the part that pushed me over the edge. While being interviewed by FBI agents he was asked: Who did you vote for in the last presidential election? Totalitarianism, anybody? Why should it matter who he voted for? He was brave enough to tell them he voted for Kerry. (Would you have done the same?)

If that doesn't send a shiver down your spine...

1 comment:

Chandira said...

Yes, big shiver..

I'm not one to believe in the Bible, but you know? That Revelation book has some scarily accurate shit in it.. I also give Orwell equal credit.