Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sunjata

The NYT says that a series on television (FX) plans to include a character, played by a guy named Daniel Sunjata, who will claim in an episode that "9/11 was “an inside job, 'the result of “a massive neoconservative government conspiracy' that was designed to increase American power by creating a pretext for seizing control of the world’s oil supplies — a view Mr. Sunjata himself happens to share." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/us/politics/09immig.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

Well, it isn't just that he "happens" to share those views. He got them into the script. Sunjata was peddling this loathsome line of malarkey on the set; the understandable offense taken by the firefighters who advise the series seems to have inspired the writers to include the shtick. (Anyone else might have said, "Wow, that's both wacked and offensive, let's show this guy the door." In Hollywood, though, offensive and wacked are pretty much the business model.)

Pretending that al Qaeda didn't carry out the 9/11 attacks is a blood libel against the United States; it will be used to justify the murder of Americans and to dishonor the sacrifices our troops have made since 9/11.

Here's my favorite line from the article: "Mr. Sunjata admits to some trepidation about how the show’s audience will react to the story line. “I won’t say that my opinions were warmly received on the set,” he said. “At one point I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll get fired if I keep opening my mouth.’"

From his lips to God's ear.

2 comments:

Sammy said...

Actually, it'll probably make him a bigger star. That's usually how press works. Good or bad.

the-pathogen said...

"Pretending that al Qaeda didn't carry out the 9/11 attacks". The first time I personally investigated the 9/11 conspiracy claims was when I was in the Air Force in 2003. There are lots of unanswered questions, and seemingly benign information about the attacks that the government has concealed. We could speculate as to the reason this information is kept from the public, or we could look back in history at empirical examples of times when any government has intentionally concealed information from it's citizens.

I think this country's lack of proper investigation into the attacks, lack of transparency in the original investigations, failure to revise major flaws in the congressional investigation, and the intentional concealment of pertinent evidence, all do much more to dishonor our country's integrity then one person stating something on television that our government has done nothing to disprove.

I'm not supporting Mr. Sunjata's views, but enough people in this country obviously agree with him, so perhaps we ought to have some sort of national dialog - if only to squash these insidious ideas.