Hollywood and the Pentagon: A Dangerous Liaison (Full Version)

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The American Army’s intrusion in Hollywood war films may surprise some. In fact, the U.S. Army secret services have had close ties with American filmmakers for several decades. The movie Top Gun, for instance, was filmed with the support and approval of the U.S. Army. There is even a special bureau, the Film Liaison Office, that oversees these issues for the Pentagon and the Capitol. It has a clear mission: studying the scripts of American war movies, deciding whether to offer them support or not, depending on their interest for the country’s military leaders.

Scripts are cut and sometimes watered down. Characters are changed and historical truth, sometimes fudged. One director might be loaned combat jets and ships, and all their equipment, enabling him to shoot the scenes written by his scriptwriters. Another director, whose script displeases the army, may be refused any kind of support. That was the case for the film Platoon, deemed overly critical of the Vietnam War. It is then up to the producers to look for shooting locations and equipment outside the United States. Often, at considerable cost.

In his Pentagon office, the head of the Film Liaison Office makes no secret of his goals. He wants to encourage films which flatter the U.S. Army, win support for its actions on the battle field, and encourage more soldiers to sign up. In short: pure propaganda. Few great war films have escaped the influence, or even the censure, of the U.S. Army. From www.cbc.ca

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Waiting to Inhale (Full Version)

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Waiting to Inhale examines the heated debate surrounding marijuana and its use as medicine in the United States. As patients demand laws to protect their right to use medical marijuana, opponents claim their argument is just a smokescreen for a different agenda— to legalize the drug altogether. How did America go from Reefer Madness mania to permitting the first clinical trials using smoked cannabis in decades? And what evidence is there that marijuana can alleviate the devastating symptoms of AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis? Waiting to Inhale takes the viewer from underground pot clubs to the U. S. Supreme Court; from an Israeli scientist’s laboratory to massive government approved marijuana gardens outside London. The film goes inside the lives of patients who have been forever changed by illness—and parents who have lost children to drug overdoses and believe marijuana is the culprit. Above all, Waiting to Inhale sheds new light on the controversy and presents shocking new evidence that marijuana could hold a big stake in the future of medicine.

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  • woodruff

    The last 15 minutes or so is fascinating. But….. who is (corporations are people my friend) GW pharmaceuticals? Starts to read as an infomercial. Subtly…..

    The true information is coming out… save the forests.

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