The 2nd annual DC Underground Film Festival at the Carnegie Institute is (May 21st and May 22). This years fest features over 55 films that challenge the Hollywood mindset and confront economic, political, and artistic trends that mainstream moviemakers ignore. Check out the complete schedule at www.dcuff.org
The Bush administration is feigning shock and disgust over the revelations of systematic torture of Iraqi prisoners. But there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the White House was fully aware that such crimes were being committed and by whom. Not only that, they continually took steps to cover their own butts should the matter ever come up - like refusing to sign onto the International Court and declaring an instant end to the war in May 2003 to circumvent the Geneva Convention. Among the mercenaries being trained in the US and deployed to Iraq, some on the Pentagon payroll, are former commandos from the brutal Pinochet regime and "enforcers" from South Africa's former Aparthied regime.