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Movies

The Road to Guantanamo:The Road to Guantanamo is the first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years without charges in the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Known as the “Tipton Three,” in reference to their home town in Britain, the three were eventually returned to Britain and released, still having no formal charges ever made against them at any time during their ordeal. Part, documentary, part dramatization, the film chronicles the sequence of events that led from the trio setting out from Tipton in the British Midlands for a wedding in Pakistan, to their crossing the Afghanistan border just as the U.S. began their invasion, to their eventual capture by the Northern Alliance and their imprisonment in Camp X-Ray and later at Camp Delta in Guantanamo. (Synopsis from filmmaker)

The Siege: After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Intelligence Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City. (Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database.)

Enemy of the State: (1998) When an attorney is unknowingly given evidence in the assassination of a Congressman, special agents use all the surveillance technology available to capture him. The film stars Will Smith and Gene Hackman. (Synopsis from the ACLU movie list)

1984: (1956) Based on George Orwell’s classic novel, this movie tells the story of a dystopian society where Big Brother watches everything and free thought and free speech are prohibited. Edmond O’Brien, Jan Sterling and Michael Redgrave star. (Synopsis from the ACLU movie list)

Documentaries

The Price of Security
Ted Koppel begins his series exploring the dilemma our government faces in the war on terrorism. Koppel reports from the field to gain insight into how the struggle between the need to provide security and the need to protect individual liberties has evolved over the five years since 9/11. Koppel's guests include those who have served in the administration during and after 9/11, members of Congress, civil libertarians and military officers. Synopsis from Discovery Channel Store.

Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties is an hour-long documentary from Robert Greenwald in conjunction with the ACLU. This new film, written, directed and produced by Nonny de la Peña, details the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed and rolled back since 9/11 and the USA Patriot Act.

The Cost of Freedom
Since it's passage, the PATRIOT Act has drawn criticism and support from Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians. The documentary presents a balanced look at the PATRIOT Act including interviews with both pro and anti-PATRIOT Act lawyers, scholars and activists.


Speakers