No more Ms Nice Guy

Today’s post is a review of John Pilger’s new film The War You Don’t See. It’s screening tonight on ITV at 10.30pm. If you’re in the UK, I urge you to watch it.

If you follow this blog you’ll know I believe that access to the truth, to reliable information, is essential for democracy. Watching the film last night I realised everything I’ve written on the subject is far too moderate. Like many of you, I’ve assumed that basically our government is doing the Right Thing – despite Blair and Bush’s obvious lies about the reasons for going to war in Iraq. The documentary shows how our governments actively conspire to lie to us, and manipulate the media to amplify those lies so that even the most sceptical amongst us start to believe that the lies have some sort of truth to them.

It demonstrates how absolutely critical Wikileaks is as a force to re-balance the access to information. Much of truth revealed in the film is only available to us because there was a place where people in the system – in the military, in the administration – could go to blow the whistle on what’s being perpetrated in our names. Today there’s also a protest in support of Julian Assange in front of the Magistrates Court in Horseferry Rd, Westminister. If you can get there, please go. If you can’t, think about what action you can take. This feel like an urgent moment for our democracy.

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