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Better This World

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega discuss their documentary “Better This World,” about two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, who fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary. At the 2008 Republican Convention the "Texas Two" cross a line that radically changes their lives. The result: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. The film is a close look at the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America. "Better This World" airs on September 6 on PBS.

Guests:

Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Comments [2]

That Darby could change his 'politics' so completely raises serious questions about where he stood in the first place.

Aug. 30 2011 01:25 PM

As an activist (some of the time), a progressive, and a loudmouth, I can't say emphatically enough that non-violence is the _only_ option for activists, the rebellious, lefties, whatever. The US government can get away with violence of any an all kinds. Precisely because progressives are so marginalized in the US (as opposed to our opposite numbers on the right), violence will be attributed to us _even when_ we act non-violently.

And if those who disagree are going to be persuaded, swayed, violence has exactly the opposite effect.

Finally, I think Mr. Lehrer had someone on yesterday on related issues of government 'counter-terrorism' tactics.

Obama has been an active participant in what Mr. Lopate's guest rightly calls "the criminalization of dissent."

Aug. 30 2011 01:21 PM

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