SUPPORT CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY LYNNE STEWART (A 4-part
Filmmakers’ notebook # 79 (DVD TRT: 62 min.) (order
THERE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE EARS TO HEAR WHAT WE ARE SAYING.
GO BACK TO WHERE EVER YOU CAME FROM. MAKE TROUBLE. BE CRANKY. SAY
THINGS. ROUSE THE PEOPLE! (video one: 5:35) Lynne Stewart speaks
at the massive Washington DC anti-war rally October 26, 2002.
In her five-minute statement, Stewart alludes only briefly to her
indictment by Ashcroft just six months earlier. With the indictment,
Attorney Gen. Ashcroft successfully removed Lynne as a lawyer to
oppose his (the neo-cons) feddie and fundie* conspiracy against Islam
and civil and human rights.
There were other reasons for Lynne’s indictment (and now, conviction)
– to instill fear and control of those lawyers, like Lynne Stewart,
who will stand up for civil rights and the Constitution. Another
reason is suggested in the third video in this series, our interview
with Ralph Schoenman.
But Lynne Stewart’s primary message at the October 26, 2002 rally was:
Bush’s lying and genocidal war is not inevitable. We must stop it! Go
back to where ever you came from. There are the people who have the
ears for what we are saying. Make trouble. Be cranky. Say things.
Rouse The People. Get the thought processes working!
Her message, worthy of Brecht, was perfect for our ears and many of us
across the nation tried with whatever creativity and understanding we
could muster to rouse the people, were cranky, made trouble, said
things – but mostly only got the thought processes working in
ourselves. We didn’t, many of us, understand what we were up against.
YOU’LL GO DOWN IF YOU DON’T STAND UP… The second talk in this
series (video two: 10:03), Lynne Stewart expresses her hope on
February 14, 2003 at an evening rally that the million person march on
the next day in New York City will stop the madness, that the
Bush-Cheney pre-emptive, illegal immoral invasion of Iraq could be
halted. Lynne ends her talk by reading a poem by Bertolt Brecht:
“And I always thought” --
And I always thought: the very simplest of words
Must be enough. When I say what things are like
Everyone’s heart must be torn to shreds.
That you’ll go down if you don’t stand up for yourself.
Surely you see that.
– In spite of world-wide opposition, the assault on Iraq began a
little over a month later. Not enough people in the US saw that they
would go down when they didn’t stand up for themselves. They failed to
see that the social commons would be ripped up, privatized in order
(in part) to pay a genocidal imperialist assault; their children,
loved ones and themselves would be used for a criminal agenda, for
murder. And now that the lies are partially exposed, many continue to
support the madness, bobbing along in the /regulatory group mind/
(John McMurtry) or the /collective cognitive imperative/ (Julian
LYNNE STEWART, THE 1993 WTC BOMBING, A BLACK OPS DRY-RUN FOR 9-11
(video three: 13:44) The third video in this series takes us deeper
into the story. Ralph Schoenman, whose history as an activist and
writer dates to his years as executive secretary for Bertrand Russell
in the early 60s, published in 1993 an expose – based on mainstream
-- of the FBI-Mossad set-up of Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, Attorney
Lynne Stewart’s client. Schoenman’s 1993 article exposed the 1993
World Trade Center bombing as a false flag operation, a dry run for
the PNAC’s New Pearl Harbor, the Shock and Awe September 11, 2001
inside job terrorist attacks.
LYNNE STEWART ON DEMOCRACY NOW (video four: 32:50)
In part four of this series, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales of
/Democracy Now/ interview Lynne Stewart, her attorney Michael Tigar,
and former U.S. attorney general, Ramsey Clark on February 11, 2005,
the day after civil rights attorney Stewart’s conviction. The
32-minute interview provides background and an update on the case. In
response to a question, Ramsey Clark noted: “Our freedom in society
depends on [Lynne’s] type of courage and commitment. Lynne is an
enormously courageous and brilliant lawyer. But more than that, she's
a loving person and she loves this country too. And she did what is
best for it. And she's right. And history and perhaps, we hope, the
courts will vindicate her.”
Though we failed to stop the war/s because we didn’t understand the
full nature of the hypnotic trance of /the people/ (or multiplicity of
hypnotic trances) articulated largely through corporate and religious
media, we must not fail in our task to keep Lynne Stewart from prison
and overturn her unconstitutional conviction.
All profits from the sale of this video will be donated to the Lynne
Stewart Defense Fund. /Please feel free to make copies/, especially
for public access showings (permission hereby granted)
*Federalist Society; see Francis Boyle:
**Admittedly, this is vague. We hope to clarify these points in a series
of interviews with Julian Jaynes, author of The Origin of
Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Coming soon.