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FILMMAKERS NOTEBOOK

SUPPORT CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY LYNNE STEWART (A 4-part series)
Filmmakers’ notebook # 79 (DVD TRT: 62 min.) (order here)

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 Jaynes)**.

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 media publications www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/OK/wtcbomb.html  -- 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: http://www.counterpunch.org/boyle08022003.html

**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.

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updated Mar 2005